Saturday, July 16, 2016

5 Things Every Parent Needs To Know About Kids and Sex: A Book Review

About The Book:

Real Help for the Toughest Talks 
Nervous about talking to your kids about sex? Anxiety over having "the talk" often means we avoid it as long as we can. While we're waiting, our kids are getting their questions answered and their perceptions of sex and sexuality formed elsewhere--through online searches and a daily diet of mainstream and social media that may shock you.

In this immensely practical and well-researched book, Anne Marie Miller equips parents to take control of the narrative their children are receiving about sex. She shows how to have meaningful and age-appropriate conversations about sex, pornography, and sexual abuse. She also shows how to keep the lines of communication open so that your kids know they can trust you with their fears, struggles, and mistakes. Most important, she offers hope that your children can grow up with a healthy biblical view of sex as a gift from God.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Anne Marie Miller is the author of five books. She has been featured in numerous publications, including CosmopolitanRelevant Magazine, Leadership JournalChristianity Today, and Youth Worker Journal. Miller speaks frequently at colleges, conferences, and churches in the United States and internationally. She and her husband, Tim, live in Iowa. Learn more at www.annemariemiller.com

My Review:

Talking to children about sex is likely the toughest conversation parents can have with their child. And goodness knows there are tons of books, websites, articles and more that try to help parents out. However, I have to say this book is one of the best regarding this topic. With grace, straightforthness and education, Anne Miller covers every topic related to parenting communicating about this topic to their kids. She offers an insane about of information and while overwhelming to me right now, I know I will use this book a lot over the next few years as a mom to an eight and nine and a half year old. The one thing that I absolutely loved about the book was the great addition of a list of social media apps and their potential for issues regarding sex. This is a remarkable tool that all parents need. I believe this is a book that ALL children's ministry and youth ministry staff need to have in their professional library's to share with parents, and encourage parents to purchase. It will be a great resource! A very informative book that reminds parents that sex is not bad and talking to our kids about it is very important and necessary!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase this book at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group 

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The Red Door Inn: A Book Review

About The Book:

Marie Carrington is broke, desperate, and hoping to find sanctuary on Prince Edward Island while decorating a renovated bed-and-breakfast. Seth Sloane moved three thousand miles to help restore his uncle's Victorian B and B--and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart. He wasn't expecting to have to babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. 

The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just two months will take everything they've got--and they have to find a way to work together. In the process, they may find something infinitely sweeter than they ever imagined on this island of dreams.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she's not plotting her next trip to the island, she works as a full-time marketing manager. She is the author of nine novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee.

My Review:

What an endearing read that brings you to the world of Prince Edward Island, Canada. I am Canadian and always love reading books set in my home country. This was a delightful read. I enjoyed watching the development of the characters and the story line was wonderful. I read the book quickly and found it to be a perfect read on a sunny, summer afternoon with a yummy glass of ice tea. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Red Door Inn at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been cnmpensated in any other manner***

Annabel Lee: A Book Review

About The Book:

Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden.
The secret's name is Annabel Lee.

She doesn't know why her enigmatic uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He's left her with a few German words, a barely controlled guard dog, and a single command: "Don't open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me."

Miles away in Atlanta, private investigator Trudi Coffey is visited by a mysterious older man calling himself Dr. Smith. He's been trailing a man for a decade--a man she met through her ex-partner Samuel Hill--and the trail has led him to her office. The last thing Trudi wants to do is to contact Samuel. But it will take both of them to unravel this mystery--before it's too late.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at FamilyFans.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allen Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time.

My Review:

This is one of the best books I have ever read in the mystery/suspense drama! Seriously, the best read in a while. The book is full of a number of very strong characters, a wonderful story line and was very quick to read. It has been a long time since i felt like I had a movie going on in my head as a read a novel, but that is EXACTLY what this book did for me. So good, and I cannot wait to read the second book in the series, The Raven, when it releases Fall 2016.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up. 

BUY IT: You can purchase Annabel Lee at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complementary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

A Fool and His Monet: A Book Review

About The Book:

Sketchy politics and a palette of lies can't stop Serena Jones from exposing the mastermind behind the daring theft of a priceless work of art
Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art--one that's surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about who murdered her grandfather. She's joined the FBI Art Crime Team with the secret hope that one of her cases will lead to his killer. Now, despite her mother's pleas to do something safer--like get married--Serena's determined to catch thieves and black market traders.

When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Serena leaps into action--and a whole heap of trouble.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several books, including the Port Aster Secrets series. The winner of five Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Sandra has also received a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, a National Readers' Choice Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Learn more at www.sandraorchard.com.

My Review:

What a fun read! This book is full of mystery, humor and even a bit of romance! A perfect trio to be sure!

I feel the author did a wonderful job of telling a story and I found myself reading up late into the night to finish it. The characters were wonderful and I loved the various interactions between them. I have read other books from this author and felt it was one of her better ones, and I cannot wait to see where this series goes.

I recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase A Fool and His Monet at your favorite Christian book retailer  from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Debt Proof Your Marriage: A Book Review

About The Book:

Are you and your spouse in debt? 
Do you want to get out of debt--and stay out? 
How can you team up to make your money work for you?

No matter what your financial situation looks like right now, you and your spouse can take steps to become debt free and strengthen your marriage in the process. Debt-Proof Your Marriage is packed with real-life advice and sprinkled with humor that will renew your hope and determination. It covers everything you need for managing your money as a couple. You'll learn

· how to reconcile different money behaviors and beliefs
· forty places to find money that you didn't know you had
· the 80 percent solution
· and much more

This book will give you all the help you need to take care of the present, clean up the past, and prepare for a successful, financially sound future. And most important, it will show you how to live debt free--protecting your marriage, your money, and your peace of mind.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Mary Hunt is founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living, a popular money management resource, and former financial columnist for Woman's Day magazine. Her books have sold more than a million copies, and her daily newspaper column is syndicated through United Features. The author of 7 Money Rules for Life, Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such asGood Morning AmericaOprah, and Dr. Phil. She and her husband live in Colorado.

My Review: 

Debt and money issues are one of the biggest causes of marital striff in marriages all over the world. I know personally that its been the source of many heated discussions between my husband and I over the almost 19 years we have been married. Looking back, debt is definitely one of the reasons for these discussions. Looking back I cringe at the amount of debt we went into marriage with (student loans were our issue) and yet I also see how far we have come in our money managment and debt repayment. One of our greatest resources for tips and encouragement to get rid of debt has been the books from Mary Hunt! Recently, I had the opportunity to read and review her most recent book, Debt Proof Your Marriage.

Let me first say: I wish I would have had access to this before we were marriage or even in the first year of our marriage.The book is loaded with many wonderful ideas and tips from how to deal with credit cards, money management, to debt repayment. Many of her ideas I have seen before but a refresher was good. One of the things I got from this book was how we, as adults and parents, model financial health, be it good or bad, to our children. This was a huge eye opener and I am glad we have already started teaching them how to positively use money! I love that Mary Hunt doesn't look down on couples for having money issues but gently and kindly moves us from debt to financial freedom with very easy and manageable tips! 

This would be a great book for a bridal shower or wedding gift or even for an engaged couple to read BEFORE getting married.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Debt Proof Your Marriage at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

One Dress, One Year: A Book Review

About The Book:

One girl. One dress. One year. For freedom. 
When sixteen-year-old Bethany Winz learned about the millions of men, women, and children around the world trapped in slavery, her stomach churned. How can anyone do that to another human being? she wondered. And why aren't we doing something?

This is the story of Bethany's "something."

Journey with her as she wears the same black dress every day for a year to focus attention on the lack of choices people in modern-day slavery face and raise money to help end human trafficking. As Bethany works to bring freedom to people worldwide, she'll discover how much she too needs freedom. You'll be inspired not only to change the world in your own way but also to experience the life-changing freedom of God's irrepressible love.

You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

Bethany Winz is studying social justice at Trevecca Nazarene University where she's learning to love Nashville and urban farming. She already loves Jesus, hot tea, good books, and bacon. She processes the world by writing and blogs about the adventure of growing up and what she's learning about justice at www.bethanywinz.com.

Susanna Foth Aughtmon is the author of All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of JeansMy Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself, and I Blame Eve. She coauthored A Trip around the Sunwith Richard Foth and New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson. A pastor's wife and mother of three, Susanna blogs about life's adventures at www.tiredsupergirl.com.

My Review:

One Dress, One Year was a remarkable read into the heart of a 16 year old girl to do God's work here on Earth. She takes you on a journey full of hope, dreams, heartache, and ultimately, while she did not reach some of the goals she had set out to do Bethany Winz has made an impact in the world! How many of us have the gumption to do that, especially at such a young age! She is truly inspiring and I so enjoyed reading this book. It will encourage you, open your eyes to the social justice movement and the horrificness of human trafficking and challege you to do something, no matter how small.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase One Dress, One Year at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Publsihing Group, in exchange for a review on this blog. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Hannah's Choice: A Book Review

About The Book:

When love and family conflict, will she listen to her head . . . or her heart?

Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful--yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her father's worries, her mother's depression, and her sister's rebellious ways. But her world threatens to unravel.

When two young men seek her hand in marriage--one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God's call west--Hannah must make a choice. Will she stay true to the faith of her family or defy her father and abandon her community?


About The Author:

Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Their experiences are the basis for her stories. Jan lives in South Dakota with her husband, their four adult children, two active dogs, and a cat. When she isn't writing, she enjoys hiking the Black Hills and the Badlands. She is the author of the Love Inspired novels The Prodigal Son Returns, A Mother for His Children, and A Home for His Family (September 2015).

My Review:

An absolutely fascinating read that I could NOT put down. It was a delightful Amish fiction read, that allowed me to visit 1842 Lancaster County in my mind with each page read. The characters were very well developed and they were all very relatable. You either liked them or hated them but they definitely each played a great part in the story lines. The subject matter of grief and depression is one almost all of us can relate to and it was lovely to see the journey of the main characters through grief, and how the author shows how the Amish culture does deal with it. A great read and I will be checking out more from this author soon.

If you enjoy Amish fiction you will definitely enjoy this book!

I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Hannah's Choice at your favorite Christian Book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner****

Monday, June 20, 2016

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101 Simple Ways to Show Your Husband You Love Him: A Book Review

About The Book:

Sometimes the simpliest ways to say I Love You can have the biggest impact.

If you could find one new way to encourage your husband, would that be great? 
How about 101 ways?

Speaker and author Kathi Lipp offers a wealth of creative advice that will have a great impact with just a little bit of effort. You'll discover ways not only to bless your man but also to bless your life together as a couple. 

Here's a quick look at just a few of the fun and simple ways that Kathi (along with some of her most encouraging friends) suggests for showing love to your husband:


  • Brag on him on social media and watch his reaction
  • Study up on his favorite team so you can surprise him when you watch a game together (and actually understand what the commentators are talking about)
  • Clean out his car and leave a snack for his drive to work (and not the leftover french fries you found between the seats)
With tons of unique ideas from Fawn Weaver, Shaunti Feldhahn, Sheila Wray Gregoire, Renee Swope, Crystal Paine, Michele Cushatt, and others, 101 Ways to Show Your Husband You Love Him will inspire you to nuture your man and foster a lasting, loving, and fun-filled relationship.

About The Author:

Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker and the author of several books, including The Husband Project, Clutter Free, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and The Get Yourself Organized Project. Kathi is on the teaching team of Church on the Hill in San Jose, California and she and her husband, Roger, are the parents of four young adults.

My Review:

This book is one that is full of awesome ideas to shower your husband with hands-on love, whether you are a newlywed or been married for 50 years. There is something for every wife on this list. I love how practical Kathi is in her ideas, and that she does not shy away from her own personal experiences. My favorite part of the book by far though was the personality test at the beginning that the read takes to help them determine which activities would be most suited to their spouse. Also, I loved that Lipp references the book, "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman. It is one of my favorite relationship books! There is something for everyone in Lipp's book and it would be a great idea for a newly engaged couple, bridal shower gift, or wedding gift to be sure.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase 101 Simple Ways to Show Your Husband You Love Him at your favorite Christian book retailer from Harvest House Publishers

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the author, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other mann



Always Watching: A Book Review

About The Book:

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity. 

The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.


When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians to protect his son. But when Wade's bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. 

Olivia's skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade's stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him--including Olivia. But in her mind, even more dangerous than the threats to her life is the hold her handsome client has on her heart.


You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format

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About The Author:

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice, the Deadly Reunions, and the Hidden Identity series. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

My Review:

Oh this was another fantastic read from one of my favorite suspense writers, Lynette Eason. I know I have said it before but her style of writing, along with the themes, twists and turns, awesome characters and story lines, remind me so much of another fave, Dee Henderson! Seriously, I was up late into the night reading this one. I could not put it down. The pace was fast, but not so much that it felt rushed. The characters developed nicely and I cannot wait to see how the series continues and characters grow. Book 2, Without Warning releases August 1, 2016 and book 3, Moving Target, releases January 2017! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

  BUY IT: You can purchase Always Watching at your favorite Christian Book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Make Your Children World Explorers

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Give your family summer vacation a makeover this year and turn it into a "staycation." Have your kids forget their summer boredom, turn off their screens, and instead circle the globe with Focus on the Family's "World Explorers" summer adventure kit!

Throughout the next two months, travel our colorful, diverse world, visiting 27 different countries on six continents. Part of the fun will be figuring out where the next stop is, using five clues that reveal interesting facts about the next country. Once you've determined where you're going, use the games, activities and faith lessons to give your kids a glimpse into that country's unique culture.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Adventures in Odyssey Summer Challenge 2016

This summer, you can join Adventures in Odyssey’s Clubhouse Magazine and help children in the Middle East go to school and learn English. It’s Adventures in Odyssey's Clubhouse Magazine Exercise to Educate summer challenge!

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The Problem

Nearly 7,000 miles away from the United States, there's a war going on in the country of Syria. Many families have been forced from their homes. Parents have had to leave their jobs, and children have had to leave behind toys and friends.

Many of these families now live in refugee camps in nearby countries. They have tents instead of houses. Clean water is hard to come by. This war has put 2.6 million children out of school – some for more than four years already.

The Solution

Our friends at Focus on the Family Middle East know many families who don't have the money to buy a school uniform and pay for their children to go to school. They also know people who would love to teach children English in local churches.

You may not have a lot of money to help, but you probably have time, energy and excitement. Here's what you can do:

1. Go to to Whitsend.org/summer.
2. Print a sponsor sheet and exercise to earn points. You can do it for a week or the whole summer – just remember, the more you exercise, the more points you'll earn!
3. Ask your family and friends to sponsor your efforts.
4. Beginning in July, tell us how you did and receive a digital bundle from your friends at Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family. The deadline to submit your information is August 31, 2016. 

For participating and submitting your information, you will get a free Adventures in Odyssey episode from Album 51. You will also get 101 Surefire Ways to Strengthen Your Child's Faith – eBook and the audio book of Imagination Station #1, “Voyage with the Vikings.” Make the most of your summer—exercise for your health and help other kids in need while you do!

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Raising Uncommon Kids: A Book Review

About The Book:

The greatest lesson we teach our kids isn't anything we say--it's what we do.
Many parents are surprised to discover just how little we're actually modeling the behaviors we hope to pass on--qualities such as unconditional love, gentleness, forgiveness, patience, gratitude, humility, and more. This unique book offers a fresh way to look at molding your children: by focusing more on adding good behaviors than on eliminating bad ones. 

Grounding her advice in Scripture, Sami Cone shares stories from her own life to show these principles in action. And she outlines practical things you can do right now to create a home and family that exhibits love, harmony, and generosity of spirit in a self-centered world.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Sami Cone is a blogger, radio host, and TV correspondent. Known as the Frugal Mom on Nashville's top-rated talk show Talk of the Town, Sami hosts the nationally syndicated Family Money Minute and educates more than one million listeners every morning on the Family Friendly Morning Show. She and her husband, Rick, have two children and live in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more at www.samicone.com.

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My Review:

As a Christian mom, it is part of my mission to teach my children traits that reflect our belief in Jesus Christ. Sometimes this is easy, other times not so much but always there are lessons to learn as the journey of life happens. There are literally hundreds of Christian parenting books on the market. To be honest, it can become completely overwhelming to pick the "right" books. Which ones meeet our parenting style or religious beliefs, which reflect parenting girls or boys, which reflect parenting in older years, and so on. However, recently I read a great book that will cover all these situations and more. Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids was a lovely addition to my parenting resources. 

Author Sami Cone uses her outspoken, raw and honest writing style to teach parents how important it is that children be raised with these twelve traits:

1. Love
2. Harmony
3. Gentleness
4. Bearing With
5. Forgiveness
6. Wisdom
7. Patience
8. Kindness
9. Gratitude
10. Peace
11. Humility
12. Compassion

What a phenomenal list! As I read the book, I was encouraged certainly but also humbled because I realized that there was so much I was doing already but I am also so very far away from the parent God wants me to be. I was reminded that I need to not only teach these traits but also model them in my own life. Modelling the behavior I want my children to possess is so incredibly important. I loved that the author gave personal stories but also a lot of wonderful practical tips to teach each trait. 

Some of my favortie quotes from the book include:

-Once we as paretns truly embrace the love of our heavenly father, we must exhibit that love daily and put it into practice (p. 24)
-Whatever you do, don't forget to let your kids help. Anytime you make your kids part of the process, you automatically make them part of the solution (p. 39)
-If we're going to teach our kids to be compassionate, they must first become considerate (p. 74)
-It's not about knowing how to do something. It's about being willing to do anything (p. 174)
-Our goal should not be to raise kids like everyone else in the world; out goal should be to raise our kids in such a way that motivates them to embrace their uniqueness and in turn share that gift with others (p. 191)

My copy of this book is underlined and highlighted all over and definitely is one that I will reference for years to come yet! There is seriously a ton of fantastic ideas both in the book and on the authors website. Check it out here, for great ideas and more information about the author.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids at your favorite Christian retailers from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated

Cold Shot: A Book Review

About The Book:

Four Best Friends. 
And Then One Went Missing . . . 

In college, Griffin McCray and his three best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore Police Department, Declan Grey would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would study to become a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled. 

Now years later, Griffin has left the police and his friendships behind. Still trying to forget a case that went bad when he was a SWAT team sniper, he's living a quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg. Quiet until skeletal remains are uncovered near Little Round Top--and they aren't Civil War-era. 

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Grey steps in to take over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged,ShatteredStrandedSilenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing's Best Award, among others.  

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson. You can find her online at danipettrey.com.


My Review:

Dani Pettrey has been a favorite mystery romance writer of mine since her debut novel and I was super excited to read Cold Shot as it started a new series! I absolutely loved it. The characters were very well developed and the action started from the very first pages, and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout reading this book. I found myself reading late into the night to read this gem.  Seriously, if you haven't had the opportunity to read Pettrey's book, you need to! You will not be disappointed. The suspense level was very high, it was very intriguing and I look forward to seeing how all the characters develop in the rest of the series. What I absolutely love about this book is that proceeds from the sales of Cold Shot will go to rescuing people from human trafficking. That is absolutely awesome!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Cold Shot at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***