A Single Light (The Line Between BK 2) by Tosca Lee Reviewed

Sunday, September 15, 2019






About the book:

Title: A Single Light
Author: Tosca Lee
Series: The Line Between BK 2
Publisher: Howard Books

In this gripping sequel to The Line Between, which New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava calls “everything you want in a thriller,” cult escapee Wynter Roth and ex-soldier Chase Miller emerge from their bunker to find a country ravaged by disease, and Wynter is the only one who can save it.

Six months after vanishing into an underground silo with sixty others, Wynter and Chase emerge to find the area abandoned.

There is no sign of Noah and the rest of the group that was supposed to greet them when they emerged—the same people Wynter was counting on to help her locate the IV antibiotics her gravely ill friend, Julie, needs in order to live.
As the clock ticks down on Julie’s life, Wynter and Chase embark on a desperate search for medicine and answers. But what they find is not a nation on the cusp of recovery thanks to the promising new vaccine Wynter herself had a hand in creating, but one decimated by disease. What happened while they were underground?

With food and water in limited supply and their own survival in question, Chase and Wynter must venture further and further from the silo. Aided by an enigmatic mute named Otto, they come face-to-face with a society radically changed by global pandemic, where communities scrabble to survive under rogue leaders and cities are war zones. As hope fades by the hour and Wynter learns the terrible truth of the last six months, she is called upon once again to help save the nation she no longer recognizes—a place so dark she’s no longer sure it can even survive.
Fast-paced and taut, A Single Light is a breathless thriller of nonstop suspense about the risks of living in a world outside the safe confines of our closely-held beliefs and the relationships and lives that inspire us.

Purchase a copy HERE 




About Tosca Lee

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The House of Bathory Duology (The Progeny, Firstborn), Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker.

A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing video games with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband. You can find Tosca hanging around the snack table or wherever bacon is served.

A Single Light, Tosca’s highly-anticipated sequel to The Line Between, releases September 17 from Simon & Schuster and is available for pre-order now!



My Thoughts:

A Single Light picks up right where The Line Between left us. In Tosca Lee's trademark style she ramps up the story creating tension, action, and desperation. All of which keeps the reader holding their breath and hanging on for dear life. At least this reader.

I love series books for loads of reasons of which are getting to spend more time with favored character's getting to know them better and having a lot of questions answered. Which Ms. Lee does very well in this second book.

For me, the scary thing about these two books is that everything that happens is something I could see happening in our world today. Tosca Lee definitely has her finger on the pulse of our crazy world to create not only a realistic story as well as a real world the story takes place in.

I'm speaking about four months early, but I can see this book being on my end of the year top reads list. I highly recommend this book and series!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher in association with Tosca Lee's street team. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



As the Light Fades by Catherine West - Review with Giveaway

Friday, September 13, 2019


Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for As the Light Fades by Catherine West, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: As the Light Fades 
Author: Catherine West  
Release Date: September 10, 2019  
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.

After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.

Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.

Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.

When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew, 2017 and Where Hope Begins, 2019, and a Carol Award Finalist for Where Hope Begins. Her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019.

Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com  

CONNECT WITH CATHERINE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

My Thoughts: 

With a book by Catherine West I can guarantee to be fully engrossed and emotionally invested. And As the Light Fades was no different.

The character's in this book are dealing with real life issues that we all deal with. The devastation from past mistakes, fear of the future, and a deep desire to not repeat mistakes and be a better version of themselves go through the book from beginning to end.

Having raised three girls the teenage angst that Mia had was on point and broke my heart all over again. 

Family dynamic stories are some of my favorite. Within these pages we get to see Drake, the family patriarch, who is suffering from Alzheimer's to teenager, Mia whose young life has been nothing but one upheaval to another. Matt, Mia's uncle is doing the best he can to be a soft place for Mia to fall. Liz is afraid to be hurt again which makes the romance between her and Matt an interesting one. 
There were humorous parts along the way which rounded out the painful and emotional issues the character's deal with.

 This book evoked all the feels and I highly recommend it!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book via the publisher in association with Just Read Publicity. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

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(1) winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift card from the author!

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Thursday Encouragement # 1

Thursday, September 12, 2019



I've teamed up with some blogger friends to bring you a dose of encouragement each Thursday. Which we could use on a daily basis.




As iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17


This has been a favored verse of mine since I was homeschooling my three girls. It actually became our school's verse.
I never used to thing that by what I did or didn't do I was sharpening or dulling someone. I told my girl's that if they saw their sister struggling to encourage her. I think when we do something for someone else especially when we see that they're struggling we sharpen them instead of dulling them.

Which is probably why encouraging author's is something I love and enjoy doing, because by encouraging author's, and reader's that sharpens them.


I always desire to be encouraging and I hope that this has brought you a little bit of encouragement today.

Visit my friend's blogs for more Thursday Encouragement.


Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl

Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective

Becca @  The Becca Files

Gina @ Stories By Gina

Rebecca @Rev. Rebecca Writes









Featuring Amy Matayo with Excerpt of The Aftermath (Love In Chaos Book 2)


HAPPY BOOK RELEASE DAY, AMY MATAYO!!! 





Today, I am featuring Amy Matayo's newest release The Aftermath which is book two in her Love In Chaos series.


About the book:

Title: The Aftermath
Author: Amy Matayo
Series: Love In Chaos Book 2
Publisher: SYG Productions

According to Riley Mae Floss, life is a ten-page menu of possibilities. As the owner of a cupcake shop in small-town Missouri, she thrives on candies and rainbows and spreading joy every chance she gets. Even her hair is the color of bubble gum. Life is just the way she likes it, so why would she want anything to change now?
But when a tornado rips into Riley Mae’s southern town and destroys nearly everything in its path, her happy little life changes in less than forty-two seconds. Buildings gone. Homes carried away. People missing or even dead. Her bakery a shell of what it once was; also her life. Riley Mae’s picture-perfect world is shattered, and everyone she cares about has been hurt in the process.
According to insurance adjuster Chad Gamble, life always works out exactly the way it’s supposed to…for other people. As for him, life is a bit of a crapfest—one where he never wins the prize, makes the starting team, or gets the girl. He’s straight-laced, suit-and-tie, all-business, and sees the world for the color it is: muted gray with a little black around the edges.
So when Chad Gamble walks into Riley Mae’s ruined bakery to “assess the damages”—his words, not hers—he has no intention of getting bogged down by sentimental nonsense. Sparks immediately start to fly, and not the good kind. Who does this pushy, pink-haired chick think she is, treating him like an outsider when all he came to do was help? He can’t figure out why the locals like her so much.
Or worse, why he can’t stop thinking about her.

Goodreads || Amazon 



EXCERPT


She’s sitting on the floor with her head tilted back against a cabinet door, one hand wrapped around her burned wrist, eyes closed. She looks exhausted, like she’s been drained of every resource the Good Lord gave her, both physically and materially. Supplies are laid out everywhere—on the floor, on the counter, inside the refrigerator. The door is open an inch as though she tapped it with her hip in a rush, but not hard enough to close it. I walk as quietly as I can and push it the rest of the way until it suctions, then look down at her. It’s at that moment I finally notice the tears.

            “What are you doing here, Chad?”

            I suppose I wasn’t that quiet after all.

            She sniffs and wipes her nose with the back of her hand, but she doesn’t open her eyes. One tear slides down her chin and holds there. It takes more effort than it should to keep myself from trying to catch it. There’s something wrong about the sight of Riley crying, like a sudden cloud burst on a sunny day or sipping tea accidentally sprinkled with salt. It saddens me in ways I can’t explain and would rather not decipher.

            “I came to check on you. I didn’t realize you’d be feeding the five thousand with what looks like two eggs and five bags of flour.”

            Her eyes remain closed, but this elicits a laugh. I smile.

            “Is that a crack about my appearance?”

            “No, but I could probably whip up a batch of cookies using only the ingredients stuck in your hair. Seriously, did you dunk your head inside a bag and swish it around? You have the hair of an eighty-five-year-old woman. I can barely see the pink.”

            She cracks open one eye to peer at me. “Should be a relief then, considering you don’t like the color.”

            I don’t tell her it’s grown on me.

“You look tired.”

            “Thank you. The compliments are stacking up.”

            “I didn’t mean it that way. Just that—what have you been doing? Did you really make food for all those people today?”

            “Yep. By myself.”

            “Why?”

            Her eyes finally open, and she stares at me as though she can’t comprehend the question.

            “Because…? What else could I do? They just started coming in, and I couldn’t turn them away.”

            “But that’s too much for one person to manage.”

            “Tell that to the boy with the two fish and fives loaves of bread. He fed a lot more than I did, and he had leftovers.”

            “But he wasn’t alone. He had helpers. Like, wise men or something.”

            I might have gotten that wrong. Riley shoots me a disappointed look.

“I think they were disciples. Pretty sure the wise men came earlier, like when Jesus was in diapers. Besides, I managed.” She looks around at the mess, a ghost of a smile appearing on her lips. “Mostly, I managed. This place is a bigger disaster than it was this morning. Hopefully, tomorrow will go better. Maybe God will send me one of those wise men you speak of.”

            “You’re doing this again tomorrow?”

            She nods. “Yes. They have nowhere to go except here.” She draws a circle in the pile of pepper, going around and around with her finger. “Did you know that every single one of the folks in the other room lost their homes? Every one of them. Other than a homeless shelter, this is the only roof over their heads right now, so I won’t send them out. Not when I can give them some sense of community. Something normal.”




About Amy Matayo:

Amy Matayo is an award winning author of The Wedding Game, Love Gone Wild, Sway, In Tune with Love, A Painted Summer,The End of the World, The Thirteenth Chance, The Whys Have It, Christmas at Gate 18. Lies We Tell Ourselves, and The Waves. She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But don't feel sorry for her--she's super proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn't put it to good use.
She laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is working on her next novel.










Summer Wrap - Up 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


For some reason I didn't do a June, or July blog wrap up. So I thought I'd just do a complete summer wrap - up.

We had a pretty busy summer with our grands, kids, and family. I'm surprised I got as much reading done as I did.

June Reviews

Libby's Cup of Joe by Rebecca Waters

The Pages of Her Life by James L Rubart

The King's Mercy by Lori Benton

Tate: The Montana Marshalls #2 by Susan May Warren

My Dearest Dietrich, A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Last Love by Amanda Barratt

The Art of Rivers (Coastal Hearts #3) by Janet W. Ferguson

My favorite blog post in June was Anxiously Waiting for Release.


July Reviews 

Storm Rising (The Book of Wars #1) by Ronie Kendig

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

Just One Kiss by Courtney Walsh

My review of All Manner of Things was the most popular post.


August Reviews 

The Yellow Lantern: True Colors, Historical Stories of American Crime by Angie Dicken

Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate

The Pink Bonnet: True Colors, Historical Stories of American Crime by Liz Tolsma

A Glitter of Gold (Georgia Coast Romance #2) by Liz Johnson

The King's Shadow, The Silent Years, A Novel of King Herod's Court by Angela Hunt

Dance of Grace, Chain of Lakes #2 by Stacy Monson

My most favorite post was my Top Ten Tuesday Character's I'd Love to Have As a Best Friend




Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Need To Move Up On My TBR Pile



Happy Tuesday! Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday sponsored by The Artsy Reader Girl. The topic is books on my TBR that I'm avoiding and why. I spent Friday and Saturday going through books and organizing my bookcases, pictured below, and found books that I've purchased that need to be moved up on my TBR.





I need to read one of my own purchased books in between a book I'm reviewing. The problem, a review book arrives in the mail and goes on my review shelf,
pictured here. So, I'll go and grab a book off of here and not take one off of my other shelves. Well, that is in the process of being changed. 😉😊






























Now it's your turn. . . What book(s) are you avoiding and why or what book(s) need to be moved up on your TBR pile? Tell me in the comments!


First Line Friday ; Featuring The Girl Behind the Red Rope

Friday, September 6, 2019



Happy Friday!! I have been so excited about this book! I think it would be so incredibly fun to write a book with your NY Times best selling author, dad. Which is exactly what Rachelle Dekker did! I've just started this book and it is both haunting and eerie. But, not in a creepy way.

Welcome to another edition of First line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. So, pick up the book closest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today's first line is from The Girl Behind the Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker.





Today's first line:

It was hot that day in the hills of Tennessee. I remember because the aged boards that made up the tiny church's floor creaked with every step. As if to say, I'm tired of all you meat sacks treading on me. Be still. 

See what I mean. Just a little creepy. I enjoy reading creepy, eerie books in the fall.


ABOUT THE BOOK:  

Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.

Her older brother's questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she's seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides--but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?


For the first time, bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker team up and deliver an intense, tightly focused ride through the most treacherous world of all.


This book released on Tuesday so you can grab your copy today! Goodreads || Amazon




Once you leave your first line head on over to Hoarding Books to read their first line and see other first lines. Have a wonderful weekend!


 
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