Showing posts from February, 2018

Q & A with Cara Putman

Please welcome author Cara Putman to New Horizon Reviews.

                         Cara, welcome and I really appreciate your time today.

(1) Do you write full-time or part-time? Writing is one of my jobs :-) I teach full time at Purdue University and also homeschool my kids. Each of those brings me a different kind of joy.
(2) Just for fun, horses or donkeys? Horses. I adore horses, they are such amazing creatures!
(3) A favorite first line of a book? Oh! From the next book on my TBR pile, A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer: Condensation dripped from stone-hewn walls as Charles lowered himself down into the dry well, seeing the treasure his grandfather had tucked away just days before the Allies sacrificed the Sudetenland to Hitler’s death squad like a  lamb to the slaughter. 
(4) What inspired you to write Beyond Justice? A headline. I ran across an article about the flood of unescorted juveniles slipping across the border, and it got me thinking. Before long my mind …

Review: Imperfect Justice

Book Description The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client . . . but she can't prove it. To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Turner snapped and killed her daughter and then was shot by police. However, attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story. Kaylene was a nurturer at heart looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive marriage. Kaylene's death shakes Emilie's world and her belief that she can make a difference for these women. Self-doubt plagues her, and she finds herself struggling to continue her work in the wake of tragedy. Austen Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned of the manner of her death. He receives a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would take on his case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him. Thrown together in the race to save Kinley Turne…

Headlines:: A Million Lights

Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author, and acclaimed actor MichaelW. Smith releases his A Million Lights album Feb. 16 from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music.

The album has USA Today raving in its first-ever “Life” section cover story on Michael that he “is shining brighter than ever” and noticing that A Million Lights “marks a sonic departure for the Grammy winner.”
“I think you have to reinvent a little bit,” says Michael. “I'm going to take some risks and if I fail, it's sure going to be a lot of fun doing it. Taking risks is writing with people you've never written with before and getting out of your comfort zone…”

Eager to experiment with new sounds, Michael enlisted multi-platinum producer and songwriter Bryan Todd (Miley Cyrus, Rascal Flatts) and songsmith Kyle Lee to help flesh out his vision for the new songs. “I called a bunch of people I’d never written with because I wanted to push myself and experiment.”
Yahoo! Music applauds the resulting album for “tack…

Q & A with Ta`Mara Hanscom

Please welcome author Ta`Mara Hanscom to New Horizon Reviews.

                              Ta`Mara, Welcome and I really appreciate your visit here today.

  Why do you write? I like to see the story come out on the page, and I like what it teaches me. I never know how the story is going to go, just that I’m supposed to write it. And as I write I learn things about myself and my true inner character.
Just for fun, Spring or Autumn?  Autumn
What are some of the challenges about writing a series with the same characters? Making sure that all the dates line up and correspond with what happened in a previous book. Making sure that details don’t get changed from book to book. And sometimes I get sick of them!
Just for fun, dogs or cats? I have two cats and a dog. I like the cats okay, but I really love the dog.
If you could have lunch with any literary character, who would it be and why? Athos from The Three Musketeers. He was such a righteous, God-fearing soldier, but…

Re: Christian Romances

Top Ten Tuesday originated with The Broke and The Bookish, Beginning January 30, 2018, it has moved to The Artsy Reader Girl. Each week bloggers are given a top ten, in books, to blog about. This week features Christian Romances. It could be anything romance but since I pledge to keep a clean blog I gave it a twist and am only listing Christian Romances.

(1) Returning Home (Toni Shiloh)

(2) Rumors and Promises (Kathleen Rouser)

(3) Sea Rose Lane (Irene Hannon)

(4) Smile For Me (Jan Thompson)

(5) The Elusive Miss Ellison (Carolyn Miller)

(6) Plain Fame (Sarah Price)

(7) Midnight Clear (Autumn MacArthur)

(8) Imperfectly Proverbs 31 (Autumn MacArthur)

(9) Calm and Bright (Autumn MacArthur)

(10) The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck (Bethany Turner)

Review: Artist Julie Kinscheck

Artist Bio:
Currently busy promoting her last CD: Let My Light Shine, Julie Kinscheck is doing what she loves best: Singing her heart out! In 2008 Julie Kinscheck, Queen of SCAT, released her debut solo artist CD: Grace With Jazz On Top, with which she toured the NE Christian Coffee House circuit and church conferences nationwide. Julie has overcome many struggles- all found in her songs. Her journey from a broken home in upstate New York to a crazy musician's life in Boston and then to marriage and challenges with infertility and insecurity and victories through faith are all there... Born Julie Alice Gibbons in Ithaca, New York, Julie began playing out as a singer-songwriter-guitarist at age nine. But music had to ride shotgun for a while as Kinscheck pursued her goal to make it as an Olympic gymnast! She didn't achieve Nadia's perfect 10's (or even make it to the games) but her determination, which included working out 6 hours a day in the gym, was engraved into he…

Review: Beyond Justice

`Beyond Justice` is part of a mystery/suspense series by author Cara Putman. I wanted to read and review this novel because the title and cover intrigued me. This novel was action-packed from the very beginning. It is book one of a three-part series.

         Hayden McCarthy, the female protagonist, is a lawyer who finds fulfillment in working with domestic violence clients, working with women who need help reclaiming their lives and moving forward. But now she is working on a murder case.

        Who is responsible for Miguel's death? He had made it to America but he didn't make it to his family. Who killed him? Who wanted him dead, and why? It is Hayden McCarthy's job to find out.

I love that while Andrew, who worked closely with Hayden, was on a most eligible bachelors list he still preferred to spend time with Hayden, who wasn't on any such list. I also prefer the short chapters. The storyline was packed and went fast.

        Fans of NCIS, CSI, and Law &a…

Headlines: Resurrection Letters: Prologue releasing Feb. 9

Dove Award-nominated recording artist, songwriter and award-winning author Andrew Peterson announces the long-awaited album Resurrection Letters, Vol. I, which will release March 30 and will be preceded by the Feb. 9 launch of Resurrection Letters: Prologue. Both recordings will release globally from Centricity Music.

Produced by Ben Shive, Resurrection Letters, Vol. I is the prequel (think Star Wars) to the highly acclaimed album Peterson released and Shive produced in 2008,Resurrection Letters, Vol. II. While Vol. II is more about the implications of Christ’s resurrection victory over sin and death in our own lives two thousand years later, Vol. I begins with the heartbeat of the resurrected Christ while exploring the resurrection itself and its centrality to Christianity. Ten years in the making, the celebratory new volume is meant to move listeners to a greater gratitude, awe and love for God.

“My dream for Resurrection Letters, Vol. I is that it would be the kind of record people t…

Re: Bible Gateway

As a Bible Gateway Blogger Grid Member, it is my obligation to periodically introduce you, my readers, to Bible Gateway or/and Bible Gateway Plus.
Presently Bible Gateway is celebrating their 25th anniversary. One way my family likes to use Bible Gateway is to gather around the computer with our Bibles and listen to the audio version as the narrator reads from our chosen translation. 
There are many translations to choose from KJV, NIV, GNT, HCSB and several more. The ease of looking up a certain Bible verse is simply by choosing a book from the Bible book list, then choose the chapter and Bible Gateway will upload it.
Gateway Plus comes with a 30-day, risk-free trial, which you can cancel at any time. Ads are reduced, you have access to 40+ study and reference books including the NIV Study Bible and the newly-added NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible.

Re: Books On My TBR Pile

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl the topic is `Books That Have Been on My TBR Pile the Longest and I Still Haven't Read`
(1) Love's Unfading Light (Naomi Rawlings)
(2) The Yielding (Tamara Leigh)
(3) The Redeeming (Tamara Leigh)
(4) A Rocky Mountain Romance (Misty M. Beller)
(5) Sword of Forgiveness (Debbie Lynne Costello)
(6) A Lady In Disguise (Sandra Byrd)
(7) Prayers That Changed History (Tricia Goyer)
(8) The Ebony Cloak (April W. Gardner)
(9) Made With Love  (Tricia Goyer)
(10) Cornhusker Dreams (Cara Putman)
(11) Beyond Justice (Cara Putman)
(12) A Pure Heart (Annie Boone)
(13) Untangled (Carey Scott)
(14) Kind Ella and the Charming Duke (Bridget Barton)
(15) Convenient Lies (Robin Patchen)

Review: The Melody of the Soul

`The Melody of the Soul` is historical fiction novel by Liz Tolsma. I chose to read and review this book because the cover and the title intrigued me. The setting is Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1943. Families are split-up, mom's and dad's going to concentration camps, some siblings going to camps others are not. The female protagonist Anna Zadokova was allowed to stay back and take care of her ailing Grandmother.

        This novel has a little bit of everything from love to hate. I appreciate that each mention of Father God the word used to identify Him is capitalized so the reader would understand who is referred to. `The Melody of the Soul` is book one of a series. I look forward to reading the next installment in the Music of Hope series which will be published Fall 2018.

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

Review: This I Know

`This I Know` is a six-week Bible study by author Laura Dingman. Great while studying alone or in a study group. Unless otherwise stated scripture verses used are from the NIV Bible.

       I love the layout of this study because it is easy to use even for someone with limited Bible knowledge.Each week begins with a prayer to guide the reader through the week and a memory verse to work. I like the idea of a memory verse but some seemed too long for someone who has a busy life. In general, the print is easy to read and I would recommend this study to others.

        The weekly studies are specially written for those who feel compelled to control. Throughout the study, the student begins to learn how to give control over to God. This book is my first introduction to Laura Dingman and I would like to do more of her studies.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this Bible study. All opinions are my own."I am linking this post to Literacy Musing Monday's

Review: Enfolded in God's Arms

LISA ARÉ WULF/ Enfolded In God's Arms: 40 Reflections to Embrace Your Inner Healing

E-book: ISBN 978-1-938042-03-4, $2.99
Paperback ISBN 978-1938042027, $9.99; pages 188

          `Enfolded in God's Arms`is a 40-day devotional that takes you on a spiritual journey by using scripture verses, a short daily devotion, a piece of scripture from Psalms, a quiet moment with God reflecting on what is read that day, a prayer and a place to write your thoughts. 
        I like the positive reinforcement of time spent with Jesus. I also think the book cover is perfect for reflecting what is inside. On the front cover, there are flowers to welcome the reader into the book. On the back cover, the author has a bright, happy smile. 
        This devotional is written for any woman who needs inner healing. The book touches to the heart of the soul, the inner being. There are questions for the reader who wants to dig deeper into the message of the day. I invite any woman who needs to be enfolded in…