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Q & A with author Toni Shiloh

Please welcome author Toni Shiloh to New Horizon Reviews

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace of the  love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior.  She writes soulfully romantic novels to bring Him glory  and to learn more about His goodness. Before pursuing her dream as a writer, Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where they are raising their two boys. When she's not typing in imagination land, Toni enjoys reading, playing video games, ​making jewelry, and  spending time with ​her family. Toni is a member of the American Christian ​Fiction Writers (ACFW) as well as the ACFW Virginia ​Chapter.Hi Toni, Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to do an interview. Michelle: What are a few of your favorite hobbies? Toni: Reading!! I'm sure that comes to no surprise…

Review: Finding Love

`Finding Love` is a contemporary romance ebook by author Toni Shiloh.

        Luke Robinson was attracted to a dead soldier's wife. She was a widow and a mother of twins. Parker Jones wasn't supposed to be on the helicopter that took his life. Instead, Luke Robinson was to be on the helicopter. Now he is trying to make amends to the families that lost their son's that fatal day. It was a quirk of fate that he wasn't one of the fallen soldiers. Although he blames himself for the death of his friends.

        Delaney Jones lost her husband during that fatal accident. She is hesitant to fall in love again, especially to a man in uniform. She has two young twins and spends her time with them. Should she fall in love again or just tend to her twins. There are sparks in the air but Delaney is hesitant.

        This novel is a page-turner. I stayed up late reading, not wanting to come to the end of the novel. I hope there will be more in Toni Shiloh's series: The…

Review: And Still She Laughs

Book Description Kate Merrick examines the Bible’s gritty stories of resilient women as well as her own experience losing a child—a journey followed by more than a million on—to reveal the reality of surprising joy and deep hope even in the midst of heartache. Kate Merrick faced the crippling grief that life can bring when her five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Three and a half years of suffering followed, accompanied by fervent prayer, hospital stays, emotional agony, and teeth-grinding fear. And in the end, her baby girl was gone. How was Kate to believe again, to hope again? To find out, she turned to stories in the Bible of real women who dealt with pain and survived. How did Sarah, after twenty-five years of achingly empty arms, learn in the end to laugh without bitterness? How did Bathsheba, defiled by the king who then had her husband killed, come to walk in strength and dignity, to smile without fear of the future? In And Still She Laughs, Merr…

Q & A with author Julianne MacLean

Please welcome author Julianne MacLean to New Horizon Reviews.

USA Today Bestselling author, Julianne MacLean came to the romance genre after completing a degree in English literature from the University of King's College in Nova Scotia. She fell in love with some of the classic romances - Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice - and after a brief stint as a federal government auditor, decided to try her hand at becoming a modern day romance writer.

She is a four-time Rita Finalist and winner of numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers Choice Award, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the Greater Detroit Romance Writers Booksellers' Best Award. Her books have been translated into many languages and she has sold over 1.3 million books in North America alone.

She is a devoted wife and mother, and loves to travel. She has lived in New Zealand and Ottawa, and is now settled happily in Nova Scotia wh…

Review: The Color of a Silver Lining

This is the review of an inspirational novel by author Julianne MacLean.

        Although this novel captured my attention right away, I almost did not finish reading it. However, the intriguing story line and vivid imagery had captured my imagination, so I kept returning to it. I felt as if I became part of the story. The dialog is interesting but easy to digest. I was bothered somewhat by the introduction of a psychic character, but that soon passed.

        The story follows two families who had experienced tragedy in the loss of a child. One of the children survived to tell about her experience in heaven. This child used her artistic talents to draw pictures of what heaven is like. The other family found peace in the experiences of the little girl.

        This novel is so full of emotion, that I found it hard to put down, and I'm now glad I finished the story. As a result, I have been inspired to read more works by this author. I give this story 5* and recommend it t…

Review: Coffee For Your Heart


                               This is the review of `Coffee For Your Heart` by author Holley Gerth.

                This book is perfect for my early morning devotional time while my family is still sleeping.
My day can be pretty hectic, but when I read short devotionals telling me I am accepted, I am forgiven, I am loved, and much more, there are 40 devotionals, I am able to handle things a lot better.

        Along with the short devotional are reflection questions, response statements, and a remember section that is written to help you remember the devotional of the day. I recommend this book to women of all ages. I am sure there are times we all need to remember we are loved, forgiven and accepted.

        This book was previously published as God's Heart for You. So, if you already have that book maybe you could give this book as a gift. However, we didn't want …

Taking a Break

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This week I will be taking a bloggy break in order to catch up on my reading.

Q & A with author Linda Shenton Matchett

Please welcome author Linda Shenton Matchett to New Horizon Reviews.

Linda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger of all things historical, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life-from Edison, New Jersey (named for the famed inventor of the lightbulb) and Washington, DC to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (reputed to be the oldest summer resort in America). A freelance writer for over ten years, her articles and devotionals have appeared in numerous print and online publications. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church, she serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader. 

Michelle: Hi, Linda! Welcome to New Horizon Reviews.
Linda: Thanks for inviting me. It's nice to spend some time with you.
Michelle: Can you tell us a little bit about your book `Let Love…

Review: Let Love Spring

`Let Love Spring` is a historical inspirational fiction book written by three authors: Jodie Wolfe, Sandy Faye Mauck, and Linda Shenton Matchett.

        The first story is `An Angel for the Cowboy (Jodie Wolfe)`. The year and setting are February 14, 1876, Burrton Grove, Kansas. A mail order bride, a man who looks like his criminal cousin, and three sisters sharing the same house. Wondering, exactly who is Judah Steale?

        The second story is `Spring Recaptured (Sandy Faye Mauck)`. The year and setting are the Town of Springdale, 1907. A secret that could not be divulged, a widow with a child, a lonely aunt, and a jealous ex-boyfriend. They have a chance at a new life, a life like spring.

        The third story is `A Love Not Forgotten (Linda Shenton Matchett)`. The year and setting are Colney Heath, England, 1946. War casualties, a plane crash, and a vet with amnesia.

        I love books like these where the reader can hear from more than one author and learn how the…

Review: Bible Story Coloring and Activity Book

Are the kids bored with summer, yet? Too hot to go outside? Time to settle down and enjoy quiet time? This is an activity book for all age children. Adults are welcome, too. `Bible Story Coloring & Activity book` designed by B&H Kids, is a great way to instill the Word of God into your children.

        There are hundreds of pages, which means hundreds of activities. The kids are sure to enjoy coloring and activities that are arranged in biblical order, front to back. This book can also be used as a companion book to The Big Picture Bible, Bible storybooks, and devotionals. The emphasis of this book is `Be Saved`.

        I especially like the unscramble and secret code pages. I recommend this book for kids 6-12.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this activity book by the publisher. All opinions are my own."

Review: Joyful Inspirations

About the book:
Color uplifting depictions of God's creation--from blossoming gardens to smiling children--and vibrant cityscapes, with illustrated scripture and quotes to inspire and encourage.

Do you delight in spying cheerful birds outside your window? Are you awed by God's creativity as your eyes scan the fields alongside a road of quiet beauty? If your soul craves more moments like these, you'll experience endless joy through coloring the intricate pictures and illustrated scripture in this book. Excite your creativity by filling in creatively rendered cities, gardens, and seas. Reinvigorate your spirit through the uplifting messages of these pages. As you do, you'll feel happily reminded that God is ever-present and looking out for you, because His love touches everything and everyone. 

        If you are an adult who loves to color, this book is for you. There are complex, and not so complex drawings in the coloring book `Joyful Inspirations` designed by Robin Me…

Review: He Calls You Beautiful

Author Dee Brestin's book, He Calls You Beautiful, is a book on the Song of Songs and on Hearing the Voice of Jesus. Amongst the noise in our brains, Dee helps women understand how much God loves them. There are four sections, each section discussing a part of the Song of Songs. Song of Songs is a love story in two parts. It's a love story between a man and a woman, as well as Jesus love for us, His bride.

        My favorite part was when I read about the experience of a Bible verse giving you just what you need. At that time Dee says you have been kissed by a King. (pg. 8) This book was a page turner because as I read the chapters I felt the nearness of Jesus. At the end of each chapter, there are questions for reflection, which makes it a great Bible study. I read the ARC, as the edited and corrected Bible study goes on sale 7/11/2017.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this Bible Study from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own." About Dee B…

Review: Love Lives Here

Maria Goff the author of `Love Lives Here` likens our life to the char that is left after a lodge burns down. She suggests having a memorial service for things lost and remember the beauty of it all. Life can be painful. It's what we do with that pain that determines the outcome.

        Maria says, "taking that first step is the hardest." But once you do you just take one step after another out of the pain. Jesus is our confidence in taking one step at a time.

        I could certainly relate to Maria. In school, I was the one that got the bad grades. I simply couldn't understand what was being taught so I gave up. As a parent, I compared my family to every other family. I had my kids in all types of sports, of which they did not excel at. Now I wish our family would have spent that time going camping.

        This author describes her life so the reader feels they know her and can relate. She could be their next door neighbor. I recommend this book to youn…

The Parables of Jesus coloring book devotional

About the book:
Worship with art as you color-in 46 stunning illustrations based on the parables of Jesus, each with a corresponding devotion and prompts for spiritual reflection and artistic exercise.

God's creativity is everywhere. It's mirrored by His creation--even evident in the illustrative teachings of His Son. This stunning book of 46 soulful, colorable pictures is based on the parables of Jesus. Color the parables, be immersed in their valuable lessons in a unique way, engaging your own creativity, and strengthen your faith.
Also included are 46 uplifting devotions, one related to each parable, and 46 thought-provoking prompts for meaningful reflection and artistic expression. These pages provide worshipful exercises to inspire the artist in you, with space for illustrated prayer and journaling.

  The Parables of Jesus adult coloring book is a fun way to learn about Jesus teachings. For each lesson, the parable is written first, along with a discussion, an activity, and…

Review: Esther (Drawn in Bible Study)

`Esther: Drawn in Bible Study` is written by author Eugene H. Peterson and it features the Message Bible. The thing I enjoyed most about this study was being able to meditate on the Word as I colored the pictures. I think other people should give the Drawn in Bible study a try because they will be able to interact with the story of Esther while they color, answer questions and focus on scripture.
             It is a satisfying way to learn about the Bible that can be enjoyed by young adults and older adults. It would make a great Bible study for a group or individually. The study would take about 4 weeks to finish, working on one section a week. There are two other books in the Drawn in Bible study series, Ruth & Mary. I would like to see more books like this.

             I recommend this series to those reluctant Bible readers, as well as the Bible scholar.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."