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Friday’s Fiction

Falcon

Falcon by Ronie Kendig is book three of the Quiet Professional Series and is a Contemporary Military Christian Fiction book.

About the book

Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands. Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks. As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence.

My Thoughts

Ronie Kendig has done a superb job of writing about the military and the perils of today’s warfare. She has also done an outstanding job of creating characters, both those you love and those you don’t love.

Unknown to “Falcon,” real name Salvatore Russo, his sworn enemy, Lt. “Cassie” Walker is now at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. If discovering she was there wasn’t bad enough, he learns the Raptor team must depend on her for their new mission.

Cassie had requested to be sent to Kandahar in the hopes of restoring her friendship with Falcon. She quickly realizes, however, that his anger runs deeper than she realized. Knowing she is the key to Raptor’s success and needing to win back Falcon’s trust, she tries to engage him in her life, but Falcon’s having none of it.

The novel is a quick paced, edge of your seat story. The action is believable and heart-wrenching at times. As a former military wife, I feel Ms. Kendig does an amazing job of showing the physical and emotional aspects of the military, in addition to the spiritual side of those who trust and lean on God.

Falcon can be read as a stand-alone, as I did, however, I came to care about the characters so much, I want to read the other two books (Raptor 6 and Hawk) in order to learn more about each person.

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There are some parts of Falcon that are violent and graphic. For that reason, some readers may have a hard time with the subject matter.

For more information about Ronie Kendig, visit her at: http://roniekendig.com/

For more information about the Quiet Professionals Series visit:  http://www.barbourbooks.com/Catalog/ProductSearch.aspx?filter=Titles&search=Quiet+Professional&ExtendedSearch=False&SearchOnLoad=True

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Tuesday’s Tale

The Innocent

The Innocent is a book about the Shaker religion by Ann H. Gabhart.

Carlyn Kearney has been living in limbo for two years; the Union Army declared her husband, Ambrose, Missing in Action in June of 1863. She and her dog, Asher, have been trying to keep the home fires burning, but it was getting harder and harder. She has no money coming in and no way to make any, either. The day her landlord, Curt Whitlow, shows up with Sheriff Mitchell Brodie to evict her, Carlyn knows she has to find some way to stay alive.

Carlyn decides to ask for help at the nearby Shaker Village of Harmony Hill. She is heartbroken when she is told she can’t keep her dog and in desperation asks the sheriff to care for Asher.

As Carlyn tries to come to terms with the unusual life of the Shakers, a series of mysterious deaths upset the peaceful village. As a newcomer, and a seemingly unwilling inhabitant, Carlyn falls under suspicion.

Sheriff Brodie has his hands full investigating the murder and trying to find Asher (who disappears the night after Carlyn goes to the Shaker Village), when Carlyn disappears, too.

Will Sheriff Brodie find Carolyn and Asher? Is Carlyn guilty of murder? Will she become a Shaker?

Ann Gabhart has written several books about the Shakers at Harmony Hill. This is the second of her Shaker books I have read. She imbues each of her stories with rich narrative and eloquent narrative while allowing the reader to become more and more familiar with the Shaker lifestyle.

I received this book from the author, Ann Gabhart, and the publisher, Revell (A division of Baker Publishing) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review The  Innocent.

For more information about Ann Gabhart, you can visit her at:  http://www.annhgabhart.com/

For more information about Revell, visit: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/revell


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Monday’s Mention

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Beck’s Peace by Dora Hiers is book two in the Harmon Heritage Series.

Beck Harmon has spent years running from his life, but it’s not working. His sister, Rori, is getting married to Graham Decker, a racecar driver. Beck figures if Rori can put aside her agoraphobia long enough to go through with a wedding, the least he can do is show up, dirty, scruffy jeans, beard and all.

What Beck didn’t count on was running into Savvy McCord, his sister’s best friend and the love of his life, at the wedding. Beck knows he has a lot of explaining to do to both his family and Savvy. Will everyone be able to understand what he’s been through? Will Savvy forgive and forget? Does he have a chance at true, forever love?

Even though, Beck’s Peace continues the tale of the Harmon’s where the first book of the series, Rori’s Healing, leaves off, the story works well as a standalone, also.

Dora Hiers has written a warm saga of healing and forgiveness, a story of hope and faith that will leave a lasting memory in your heart and mind.

I received this book from the author, Dora Hiers, in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you, Dora, it is a truly wonderful story!)

For more information about the Harmon Heritage Series you can visit: http://pelicanbookgroup.com/  and search for Dora Hiers.

For more information on Dora Hiers, you can visit her at: http://dorahiers.blogspot.com/ or http://dorahiers.com/home.html.


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Friday’s Forum

Today we have a guest interview! Please welcome Beck Harmon from Beck’s Peace!

Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself.

I’m Beck Harmon, the middle of the Harmon siblings, younger than my twin, Burk, by a couple minutes. The one who doesn’t have his act together yet. The prodigal. I kinda lost myself for a while, who I was, what I believed in. Took me ten years, but I finally found my way home.

Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there.

Anywhere I can find a job. At least, that’s how it’s been for the last decade. But since I came home for my sister’s wedding, that whisper to stay is gaining traction and digging in. And besides, Savvy’s here.

What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn’t know?

I reckon I have a few quirks. Don’t we all? When stress hits, I tend to run to the loudest, noisiest place I can find to drown out that voice in my head. The one that screams I’m just like my father. Since coming back home, though, I’ve noticed that the voice is fading. Might have something to do with a certain golden haired beauty…

Over the years, I’ve worked several jobs, but the one I enjoy most? Remodels. Crazy, isn’t it? It’s a sweaty, dirty job, but I’m good at visualizing the beauty beneath the rubble and restoring a space to the treasure it once was.

What obstacles did you have to overcome to reach your happily-ever-after?

Might’ve saved some time if you’d asked what we didn’t have to overcome. First, God had to hit me over the head with a sledge hammer to get me to accept that I am my own person, that my life isn’t determined by my father’s choices. As if that wasn’t enough, I had to prove to Savvy that I wouldn’t take off again when things got rough. That got a little dicey when I was offered a job a couple hours away, and it sure didn’t help that there was a hometown veterinarian circling like a vulture, waiting to swoop in and make things permanent with her.

Tell us about your special lady. What makes her special?

She’s honest, doesn’t play games like a lot of women I’ve known. She’s a firefighter, feels called to save lives, and she’s strong physically and spiritually. Her sweet, humble spirit draws me like a bee to honey. Her eyes mesmerize me, always have. Hazel, but when she looks at me, they seem to transform from brownish gold to emerald, melting-like, as if I’m some dreamy guy. Makes me want to be that man for her.

The first time you saw her, what did you think? Did you like her immediately, or did she have to grow on you?

Immediately, no question. In all the years I was gone, I never stopped loving her. That love was what kept me away, but it was also love that brought me back home.

Author Name: Dora Hiers

Title of Latest Release: Beck’s Peace

Release Date: 7/24/15

Book Blurb:

Burn survivor Savvy McCord doesn’t blame her best friend for running away. She can’t even look at her scars without wincing. When Beck’s disappearing act spans years, she relinquishes dreams of love and marriage. Unable to face Savvy’s expectations of happily-ever-after, Beck Harmon deserts her, far away from the rumors that he’s just like his father. When the wanderer returns, dreams of forever blossom in Savvy’s heart, but she worries he’ll leave again. Can Beck convince Savvy that her true beauty comes from her inner strength and faith? Will his idea to help burn victims regain their self-confidence restore Savvy’s trust in him? Will love be what the wanderer needs to find peace for his hurting soul?

Purchase Link: http://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=37_46&products_id=669

A little about Dora…

After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son no longer wanted her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing Heart Racing, God-Gracing romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her local chapter, Carolina Romance Writers.

Dora and her real life hero make their home in North Carolina. When she takes a break from cranking out stories, she enjoys reading, family gatherings, and mountain cabin getaways. She despises traffic, bad coffee, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with a happily-ever-after!

Connect with her on Fiction Faith & Foodies, Seriously Write, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

And stay tuned! Monday we will have the review! I think you will really like this book!

 

 


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Monday’s Mention

The Wood's Edge

The Wood’s Edge is book one of The Pathfinders Series by Lori Benton.

About book

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

My Thoughts About The Woods Edge

Lori Benton does a superb job of detailing history and bringing characters to life in her newest book. However, I had a hard time with the violence depicted. I understand the period necessitates the portrayal of Indian hunts and massacres, but I wasn’t prepared for some of the detailed descriptions.

Putting aside my queasiness, I continued reading the story, and I am glad I did. Miss Benton’s attention to detail and meticulous recounting of history enables you, as the reader, to fully immerse yourself into the novel, traveling back in time to the early history of our nation.

The Wood’s Edge covers approximately 20 years, following the lives of the Aubrey family primarily. Incorporated and intertwined with the Aubrey family is the family of Stone Thrower, an Oneida Indian.

A tale of betrayal, redemption, anger and forgiveness, The Wood’s Edge is a story you will think about long after you have closed the book on its final page.

To learn about Lori Benton you can visit her at http://loribenton.blogspot.com/p/connect.html

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.

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