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Reign & Ruin: Release Day Blitz

Reign & Ruin (Mages of the Wheel, Book 1)
By J.D. Evans
Publication Date: January 23, 2019
Published by Whippoorwill Press LLC
Genre: Epic Fantasy

Meet A New Book

Synopsis:

“All magic is beautiful,” she said, “and terrible. Do you not see the beauty in yours, or the terror in mine? You can stop a heart, and I can stop your breath.”

She is heir to a Sultanate that once ruled the world. He is an unwanted prince with the power to destroy.

She is order and intellect, a woman fit to rule in a man’s place. He is chaos and violence and will stop at nothing to protect his people.

His magic answers hers with shadow for light. They need each other, but the cost of balance may be too high a price. Magic is dying and the only way to save it is to enlist mages who wield the forbidden power of death, mages cast out centuries ago in a brutal and bloody war.

Now, a new war is coming. Science and machines to replace magic and old religion.

They must find a way to save their people from annihilation and balance the sacred Wheel—but first, they will have to balance their own forbidden passion. His peace for her tempest, his restlessness for her calm…

Night and day, dusk and dawn, the end, and the beginning.

Read an excerpt.

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By the Feet of Men: Review

By the Feet of Men
by Grant Price
Publication date:  September 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Adventure, Dystopian

Book Reviews- Liked it Alot

Synopsis:

WANTED: Men and women willing to drive through the valley of the shadow of death.

The world’s population has been decimated by the Change, a chain reaction of events triggered by global warming. In Europe, governments have fallen, cities have crumbled and the wheels of production have ground to a halt. The Alps region, containing most of the continent’s remaining fresh water, has become a closed state with heavily fortified borders. Survivors cling on by trading through the Runners, truck drivers who deliver cargo and take a percentage. Amid the ruins of central Germany, two Runners, Cassady and Ghazi, are called on to deliver medical supplies to a research base deep in the Italian desert, where scientists claim to be building a machine that could reverse the effects of the Change. Joining the pair are a ragtag collection of drivers, all of whom have something to prove. Standing in their way are starving nomads, crumbling cities, hostile weather and a rogue state hell-bent on the convoy’s destruction. And there’s another problem: Cassady is close to losing his nerve.

Review:

  • I received a copy of this book from the author.

I accepted this book partly because I love dystopian fiction and partly because I have a truck driver for a husband. It took me a while to get to it because I have this HUGE, I mean TOWERING TBR pile.

By The Feet of Men is a fast paced novel that still finds the time for deep character moments.

I really enjoyed the main characters Ghazi and Cass. Although there were times that I couldn’t quite get what Ghazi was thinking. Or why he seemed to jump from one thing to another… although by the end he seemed to have evened out. Cass however was really well written, you could feel his seams ripping out, you feared that he was a breath away from losing it all together. The tension in him was palpable.

The post-climate-apocalyptic setting is one that’s setup to appeal to current audiences, and seems to be an “in” trend these days. This was usually handled pretty well in the book, but there were sometimes it was just too much. A little too much hit-you-over-the-head, guilt-tripping exposition. At other times you could really feel like the setting and history were really plausible.

Hope Hart BookmarkSidenote: I always try to pick ironic bookmarks and for By The Feet of Men I used one of our American Agri-Women Women Heros of Science and Technology bookmarks. It felt absolutely perfect to have Hope Hart,  the leader of the molecular characterization team at Sygenta, with me every time I picked up the book.

Late in the book you get to hear the backstory of a character who lived through the collapse, and man that was emotional and well done and believable.

The big thing that kept this book from receiving my highest rating is that it goes on for a little too long. The team gets hit again, and again, and again, and by the end I felt a little fatigue from it all.

Bottom Line:

A solid post-apocalyptic, dystopian science fiction novel. It’s one I enjoyed even if it went on a little too long.

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P.S. Every blog comment between now and Valentines Day (Feb 14th) will get you one entry into a giveaway of a kindle copy of A Bad Breed by Kat Ross. A darkly magical reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. Giveaway is International, so long as you can receive a link to redeem a Kindle book from Amazon.

Kindle Clean Up: 40 Books I Need to Read

Continuing in my 40 Series of blog posts for my BIG 4-0 here is my list for Jan.(See the other posts here.) I’m planning on doing a Kindle Clean up in 2020. I have added a lot of great books to my Kindle in the years I’ve had it and haven’t gotten around to reading many of them.

I don’t know if I will be able to read them all this year, but I’m going to try. 😊

40 Kindle Books I Need to Read

Listed in the order they appear on my Kindle. (Also note I have 171 items 🤪 on my Kindle, these are only the top 40 I want to read.)

  1. NeverSea aka Reckless (Currently Reading)
  2. The Book on Rental Property Investing
  3. Dagger and Scythe
  4. Before the Broken Star
  5. Aerusia: Land Beyond the Sunset
  6. The Keeper: A Brilliant Darkness Story
  7. The Light Princess
  8. Fangs and Fennel
  9. Cress
  10. The Watchmaker’s Daughter
  11. Mirror X
  12. Never: Prequel to The Amber Isle
  13. A Darker Shade of Magic
  14. Underground
  15. Dividing Eden
  16. The Neverland Wars
  17. Lady of Sherwood
  18. Steamborn
  19. Warning Call
  20. The Narrowing Path
  21. Ruby’s Story: A Numbers Game Short
  22. Goddess of War
  23. Colorless
  24. City of Shadows
  25. The Sea Queen
  26. Chan’s Story: A Numbers Game Short
  27. Children of Avalon
  28. Muse: Tales of Silver Downs
  29. Coilhunter
  30. City of Skies
  31. The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
  32. Salted
  33. Surviving the Fall
  34. Helen of Sparta
  35. A Bad Spell in Yurt
  36. Atomic Underworld
  37. Dance – Cinderella Retold
  38. The Call of Agon
  39. Everything, Everything
  40. A Princess of Mars

That it for today’s list. Have you read any of the books on my list? Which book do you think I should read next? Let me know in the comments below.

P.S. Every blog comment between now and Valentines Day (Feb 14th) will get you one entry into a giveaway of a kindle copy of A Bad Breed by Kat Ross. A darkly magical reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. Giveaway is International, so long as you can receive a link to redeem a Kindle book from Amazon.

Mythical Me: Review

Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison
by Richella Parham
Publication Date : October 22nd 2019
Publish by: IVP Books
152 pages

Book Reviews - Loved It

Synopsis:

Do you ever find yourself stuck in the comparison trap?

Speaker and author Richella Parham knows what this feels like. “I couldn’t break free from admiring one person’s achievements, someone else’s personality, another’s skills, yet another’s relationships. And don’t get me started on how I looked at other people’s appearances,” she writes. “I was haunted by the admirable attributes of other people, certain that I could never match their worthiness. No matter how well-intentioned the teaching or pithy the advice, I found that most of it didn’t help me change my thoughts, feelings, or actions.”

While there are no easy answers, Parham has identified cultural and spiritual myths about others, God, and ourselves that keep us trapped. From there the journey is a spiritual one. We can pick up practices that help us walk in the freedom of Christ with confidence in ourselves. If you’ve ever suffered from tortured moments of comparison on Facebook, in the office, or in the hallway at church, you’ll benefit from this fresh perspective.

Review:

  • I received this book from the publisher. This review is based on a complimentary pre-release copy.

Have you ever read a book you liked so much that you could hardly review it? That’s Mythical Me, in my mind.

This book came to me at just the right time in my life and it delivered just the right wisdom.

Insightful, inspirational, and raw Richella delivers her wisdom from a personal struggle with comparison. Her battle with it really struck a chord with me. Her gentle way of moving you through the struggles and into freedom leaves you feeling that it is achievable. It’s a book full of hope.

My copy is full of dog eared corners (which I do not normally do, but I couldn’t pause to find something to mark the page with.) I was engrossed, yet I couldn’t hurry. It felt like I need to take the book in breaths, hold it in, breath it out and then go back for more.

Bottom Line:

Buy this book, read it, share it. Have a study with some of your close friends. Suggest it to your women’s ministry and church library. This book is full of wisdom for today and it needs to be heard.

Goodreads / Amazon

“It turns out that insecurity is both the root of comparison and the fruit of comparison.

“I heard God’s voice speak to me. Simply and clearly, God said, “I made you to bless, not impress.””