Thursday, August 18, 2016

Leaving Triscuit---Will Pollock-Review and Giveaway

                                                  Leaving Triscuit: Conscious Goodbyes, Happy Homecomings by [Pollock, Will]
Available Free on Kindle Unlimited.  Click here

We’ve all been there: leaving your pet for extended periods can be very difficult and downright heartbreaking for you and your pet.

But it doesn’t have to be!

This feisty, resilient, smart-as-a-whip Rat Terrier will help you relieve travel stress by using compassionate-communication techniques as outlined by four animal-communication experts.
From chapters like “When Zippers Fly” to “Away Game” and “Reunited,” you’ll have checklists and other techniques on how animals and humans can communicate, even from far away.
Freelance writer and author Will Pollock and his best friend, Triscuit, share their personal story on how they transformed what used to be a stressful situation to a much easier, routine exercise.
Worry less. Do more. Buy Leaving Triscuit and you’ll forever transmute your departures in to a stress-free effort!


Triscuit gazed at me with forlorn eyes and a worried mug. Agitated and distressed, she was in effect saying, ‘Good grief, not again.’ Triscuit hopped on the bed and straight into the suitcase, as if to plant her flag and insist I pack her, too. As a canine parent, you know this doggie agenda: eyes as big as saucers, ears pinned back, shoulders slumped, spirit hanging low. Like Triscuit and so many other dogs and cats of her intuitive ilk, she knew.

I received a complimentary copy  from Elite Book Tours.   
I found Leaving Triscuit to be heart warming and sincere. 
As pet owners many of us can relate to some of the experiences the author faces with pet ownership.  Our pets are beloved members of our families and it's always difficult when they become anxious or traumatized.  
This book is a great resource for pet owners.  It is filled with personal stories,experiences and tips.  

About the author . . .
Will Pollock is a freelance multimedia journalist, content wrangler, artist and author based in Atlanta. His love of dogs and animals began early on when his family owned a Great Pyrenees in New York City named Yeti. He decided to write “Leaving Triscuit” after the stress of leaving his beloved Rat Terrier, Triscuit, while on a three-week trip to Ireland. Separation anxiety is a problem for most pet owners, and the tips and strategies Will learned from experts will help ease that pain.

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Candidate For Murder--Lauren Carr-Book Review-Giveaway

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About the book:(provided by iRead Book Tours

It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the local year-round residents who have enjoyed their rural way of life and the city dwellers moving into their mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clothes lines.

When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees on the town residents, Police Chief David O’Callaghan decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run as mayor of Spencer!

What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight Gnarly becomes the front runner—at which point his political enemies take a page straight out of Politics 101. What do you do when you’re behind in a race? Dig up dirt on the front runner, of course.

Seemingly, someone is not content to rest with simply embarrassing the front runner by publicizing his dishonorable discharge from the United States Army, but to throw in a murder for good measure. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!

Author's Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

And I thought:
I can't say enough about Lauren Carr and this series. I've already read the previous book on my Kindle and I'm currently reading book 1.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to get started on this series.

The story line is full of twists and turns. It's spellbinding and interesting trying to figure out
'Who Dunnit'.
I really enjoyed the characters. I'm so glad that a cast of characters is included in the book.
That made it really easy to keep track of everyone. There are a lot of characters woven into this fun and funny and mysterious story.

Oh a whim/joke our main character Gnarly (which is a dog) is hilariously nominated for mayor. The townspeople of the small town of Spencer, Maryland are disgruntled by the candidates for the mayors office and begin to campaign for Gnarly. And then Gnarly himself becomes suspect to various crimes and our people hero Mac Faraday and Gnarly's owner must dive into the accusations to clear Gnarly's name.

The characters even the vilians are heartwarming. I would recommend reading the series.
Although each book in the series can be read on its own I think you would enjoy it much better by reading the series.

For instance I was curious about the attitude that Archie Mac's had about David's girlfriend Dallas Walker. At one point Archie admits she dosen't 'like her'. The two keep getting thrown together and a few sparks fly. Poor Dallas is new to the town and everyone else has history together which is the reason for Archie's lack of acceptance of Dallas. (Read book 16 in the series Cancelled Vows)

I would recommend this 5 star book to anyone. It is a mystery and crime is involved but it's not graphic.

If your looking for a fun book to spend reading the last few days of the summer I recommend
Candidate for Murder.

Not convinced. Watch the trailer . . .

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I received a complimentary copy of Candidate For Murder from iReadBookTours in exchange for
my honest review.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What Matters Most-Kellie Coates Gilbert-Book Review

                                                  What Matters Most #4   -     By: Kellie Coates Gilbert
About the book (provided by Baker Publishing)...
Just when she can't take it anymore, Leta finally catches a break. But when things seem too good to be true, they often are.
Finding her dream job went right out the window when Leta Breckenridge had to quit school to help care for her mother suffering from dementia. When a delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta is thrilled to land a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her seemingly ideal job turns into a nightmare when she learns the firm is a front for a political opposition organization--and that the research she's been collecting will be used against Nathan Emerson, the handsome senator she's swiftly falling in love with.

Nathan is a rising political star being pressured to run a bid to unseat the current governor of Texas. He's already in a relationship with a woman much better suited to be a politician's wife, but he's never met anyone like Leta. Could this feisty woman hold the key to his heart--and his future?

With emotional depth and keen insight into what drives us, Kellie Coates Gilbert offers a salient story that calls us to consider what we value most in this life.

About the author . . . 
Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal, and the author of A Woman of Fortune and Where Rivers Part. Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband. Learn more at

And I thought . . . 
Refreshing.  I was very excited to get the opportunity to read and review this book.  I was not disappointed. 
This is the first chance I've gotten to read any of the works by Kellie Coates Gilbert.  I look forward to many more including others from this series. What Matters Most is book 4 in the Texas Gold series. 
I enjoyed the storyline.  And it was a bit refreshing.  I expected the typical love story with a conflict ending in a happily ever after. 
What Maters Most is much more than a sweet little romance.  There's a little bit of intrigue. There's a villain that causes trouble for the couple.  There are some twists and turns leaving the reader interested.  Bringing to light the 
struggle of aging parents was an interesting sub story in the book.  And gave me something to ponder. 
I actually was surprised who the villain was.  Which made refreshingly  unpredictable. 
Ms. Gilbert gives the reader and inside view of dirty politics and the effect it has on everyone. 

All the characters are fun and believable.  I enjoyed getting to know them.  

I look forward to reading more by Kellie Coates Gilbert!

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I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.  

This review is posted at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CBC

Sunday, August 14, 2016

(un)Natural Mom--Hettie Brittz--Book Review

               Why You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids
                                                                                               (un)Natural Mom
About the book (provided by Litfuse)...
(un)Natural Mom: Why You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids (David C Cook, August 2016)
Do you feel like you’re the only mom who serves store-bought birthday treats, dreads school plays, and misses the days of going to the bathroom by herself?
Unnatural Mom gives you permission to say that mothering doesn’t always come naturally to you. Parenting expert and self-proclaimed unnatural mom Hettie Brittz helps you…
—Recognize how unrealistic our culture’s standards of mothering are
—Move beyond the myths of “supermom”
—Complete a profile to determine your own parenting style
—Understand and forgive the mothers who hurt you
—Embrace your capabilities as well as your challenges
Come find new hope in discovering that every mother has unique gifts. In Christ, the “unnatural” mom becomes the supernatural mom who is just right for her family!
About the author...Hettie Brittz
Hettie Brittz is an author, international speaker, and one of South Africa’s foremost voices on parenting advice. She is the developer of the Evergreen Parenting Course and Tall Trees Profiles. Hettie and her husband, Gospel singer Louis Brittz, live in South Africa with their three children.
Keep up with Hettie Brittz by visiting or following her on Facebook (HettieBrittzAuthor) or Twitter(@hettiebrittz).
“Our culture puts so much pressure on moms to be perfect. Hettie Brittz reminds us that the ‘supermom’ is a myth and encourages mothers to embrace their unique temperaments and gifts as they raise their kids.” —Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family
And I thought. . . Real, Authentic Truth.  Hettie allows us moms to realize that God has blessed us by being the moms he intended us to be. 
I love the subtitle . . .
        Why You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids
First I wish I had been taught these truths when I was parenting. 
Second I wish that every mom gets a chance to read this book.  
As a retired preschool teacher I have seen how damaging moms can feel from comparing themselves to other moms.  
These days moms feel that they have to compete.  Compete being the 'best mom'.  And they feel their kids need to be a certain way based on what others are thinking or doing.  
Hettie reminds the reader about the truth of God's word.  
And dispels the myths of parenting.  
This book offers hope for moms.  
from the back cover...
Come find new hope in discovering that every mother has unique gifts.  In Christ, the "unnatural" mom becomes the supernatural mom who is just right for her family!
This book rates 5 stars!  
This review is posted at My Journey Back and Good Reads and is linked at some of my favorite linky parties. (a complete list can be found on my Parties Page)
I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.
This review is posted at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CBC.  

       When Death Draws Near

About the book (provided by Litfuse)...Plunge into forensic artist Gwen Marcey's world, full of cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects. Add Carrie Stuart Parks' new Gwen Marcey novel, When Death Draws Near, to the top of your must-read list. Gwen accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before she can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself? 

And I thought . . . When I was offered the opportunity to read and review this book  I was excited.   I am a fan of thrilling suspenseful and a little romantic books.   I  opened it and began reading the day I received it.  I got to the end of chapter two and put it down.  It didn't 'click'.
A few weeks later I picked it up again.  I got a little farther along but I just couldn't get into this book. 
This weekend because this review is due I picked up with the intention of reading it all the way through. 
And honestly it finally began to become interesting to me.  But as I finished the last page I was back to my first impression.  I didn't like this book. 
The story was good.  The story was filled with bumps and twists and turns.  The reader is caught of guard at the end wondering just who is behind all the violence.  
But I didn't connect and frankly I really didn't like the main character.  I got annoyed with her constant turning everything that happened around her or circumstances to her own past misfortunes and failures.  The past was always on her mind and seemed to be always brought into the present through her references.  
When she receives a phone call from her ex-husband informing her he was sending their teenage daughter to her my thought was ridiculous!  Who in their right mind sends their daughter to their ex 
(who they already have issues concerning parenting with)who is on assignment out of town knowing that these assignments tend to lead to danger.  
And Gwen the main character just says o.k and goes and picks her up at the airport!  This is after she has already had two attempts made on her life for investigating the towns recent murders and rape cases.  
The craziness continues after the daughters arrival and until the end.  Which btw turns out o.k. for all. 
Personally I could have left all that drama out of the story and I think it would have been much better.  
Admittedly I have not read the 1st two installments in this series.  And maybe if I had I would have liked the story and the main character better.  Maybe I would have understood the reasoning.  

For more information about the authors other works and other books in this series visit her website

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 22. The winner will be announced August 23 on the Litfuse blog

I received a complimentary copy of When Death Draws Near from Litfuse in exchange for my honest 

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

God Made You Just Right--Children's Book Review

                                                              God Made You Just Right Board Book   -     By: Jill Roman Lord
About the book (from Amazon)...
A bright and cheerful reminder that God made each of us special and unique
Here is a message that every parent will want to share with his or her child: You're brilliantly created and there s no one else like you! With easy-to-understand descriptions and simple, rhyming text, Jill Roman Lord shares the message that God created each of us in just the right way in a manner that even the youngest child will understand. Bright and engaging illustrations from Amy Wummer pair perfectly with the text and enhance the appeal of the book. Ages 2-5.

And I thought ...
What a precious little book filled with God's plan and promises for each child.  It's a small little toddlers board book.  An excellent introduction to God's love and promises for the toddler.   

Parents will love reading this little book to their children. 

The illustrations by Amy Wummer are delightful depicting children baking cookies, building sandcastles, running and jumping and playing.  

I love that the story is based on Jeremiah 29:11 and is printed on the last page.  Giving parents an opportunity to share this verse with their toddler over and over every time they read the book. What a great verse to be the first verse a child learns!

I recommend this book for parents, grandparents and teachers.  Its a great book for a church nursery or toddler classroom.  

5 big 'ole stars are 'Just Right' for God Made You Just Right!  You won't be disappointed.  

A complimentary copy from Worthy Publishing was offered to me in exchange for my honest review. 

This review will be posted at My Journey Back  Good Reads. 
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Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CBC.  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fetching Sweetness-Dana Mentink--Book Review

                                                   Fetching Sweetness
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About the book (provided by Litfuse)...
Fetching Sweetness (Harvest House, July 2016)
Standing between Stephanie and her dream is one hundred pounds of lovable trouble.
It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author’s valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.
But Agnes’s canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.
When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings—a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog…thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.
Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it’s a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.
About the author...Dana Mentink
Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.
Find out more about Dana at
And I thought...Another winner!  I loved the fun and 
quirky story and characters.  This is my second chance
to read the work of Dana Mentink. This is the second book in the Love Unleashed Series.  I am looking forward to many more.  
This story is creatively written and just fun.  I read it in a couple of days because I couldn't put it down.   
I caught myself reading funny sections to the Cowboy. I caught myself giggling.  
The main character 'Sweetness' was a mix of quirkyness, goofiness and tender hearted.  Who had a habit of collecting other strays.  'Sweetness' captured the hearts of the 'people' characters in the book and this reader. 
Miss Mentink weaves together a fun and sweet romantic story around the crazy lives of a young couple that are both facing challenging things in their lives.  Each are dealing with their own questions about God and their faith.  
Fetching Sweetness is worthy of my 5 star rating. 
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I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.