Passionate about Books!

I love to read and I read a lot! My favorite genres are Christian fiction, historical fiction, especially anything set in Ancient Rome or Egypt, horror and thrillers.

Eternal Darkness by Tom Deady

Eternal Darkness - Tom Deady, Pete Kahle, Richard Chizmar

 Picked this one up after really enjoying the author's book, "Haven". I liked this one even better.

Another coming of age story, but this time with vampires. The ending left room for a sequel, which I hope will follow.
4.5 stars rounded up to 5.  

 

                                                    

 

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley, Leah Remini

This book is unreal! You have to read it to know what I mean. Leah Remini is so brutally honest, I tend to believe her. What these people do is just despicable. Kudos to Leah for getting herself and her family out.

 

The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea

The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea

 

 

I found this a tad predictable, but still with some good horrifying moments. It did have a sort of an 80's horror, campy film feel to it.  Rated 3.5 stars.

 

 

The Imam's Daughter by Hannah Shah

The Imam's Daughter - Hannah Shah

This one was heart-breaking, but I couldn't stop reading it! Kudos to the author for speaking out, especially on the subject matter and of a culture that most of us don't understand.

 

Synopsis: She lived the life of a devout Muslim in a family of Pakistani Muslims in England, but behind the front door, she was a caged butterfly. For many years, her father abused her in the cellar of their home. At sixteen, she discovered a plan to send her to Pakistan for an arranged marriage, and she gathered the courage to run away. Relentlessly hunted by her angry father and brothers, who were intent on executing an honor killing, she moved from house to house in perpetual fear to escape them. Over time, she converted to Christianity and was able to live and marry as she wished. Hannah found the courage to live her live free from shame, free from religious intolerance, and free from the abuse that haunted her childhood. This is a remarkable true story of how a young girl escaped a life of torture...a story you won't forget!

 

 

Panacea by F. Paul Wilson

Panacea - F. Paul Wilson

A great conspiracy thriller, except for the part where they make Christians the evil ones. That seems to be the thing nowadays, in a lot of books. It's getting old.

 

With this book, I reached my goal of reading 150 books this year, with over 3 months to go! Yay, me!!

The Store by James Patterson

The Store - James Patterson

To me, this was a poor ripoff of Bentley's "The Store". There was a reason I quit reading Patterson's work a long time ago. I should have stuck to my guns. This guy puts out like 50 books a year (being a bit sarcastic, but not far from the truth), and it shows.
Not recommended.

The Field: UFO, Alien Abductions, Science Fiction by Glenn Gillis

The Field: UFO, Alien Abductions, Science Fiction - Glenn Gillis

Got to about 47% through the book and gave up. There were too many grammatical and spelling errors, but the worst of it was the continuity errors. Because of this, the story did not flow well and in the end, I had to stop reading. The book could use a professional editor. Sorry.

UNDISCLOSED by Steve Alten

Undisclosed - Steve Alten

I love conspiracy theories and ones dealing with UFO's/ aliens and secret technology, ranks right up there as my favorite.


The author labels this book, not as fiction, but "faction", facts woven into a fiction story. The information comes from Dr. Steven Greer, M.D., and the huge amounts of secret files, documents and witness testimony that he has.


Now, I am not going to sit here and tell you that I agree, or disagree, with all the information contained in this book. That is something that everyone should decide for themselves based on the information and their own research. But, the book was very exciting and just thinking about the possibility...well...it does make one wonder. I thought that the possibilities of zero-point energy and trans-dimensional surgery was pretty amazing.

 

Recommended (especially for all you conspiracy buffs out there, or if you loved the show X-Files)!

The front cover is pretty cool too!

 

 

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A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

A Voice in the Wind: 1 (Mark of the Lion) - Francine Rivers

One of the most beautiful stories I have ever read! This is a must read, and although it is Christian fiction, I think anyone could come away from it learning some truthful life lessons. Being a Christian myself, I found it to be one of the finest examples of God's love and mercy.

 

Highest recommendation!

A re-read for me, and one I should re-read more often.

Smashwords JULY SUMMER/WINTER SALE STARTS SATURDAY JULY 1

It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere. This can mean only one thing: It's time for the 9th annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale!
The sale kicks off this Saturday July 1 and runs through end of day July 31.


Each year, tens of thousands of Smashwords authors, publishers and readers participate in this global ebook celebration that offers FREE and deep-discounted ebooks.
Please help spread the word to your fellow readers, authors and publishers. Encourage your favorite authors to add books to the promotion.
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This promotion is exclusive to the Smashwords store. It will not impact prices at other retailers. Enjoy!

Top 50 Fiction Blogs and Websites for Fiction Book Readers and Authors

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I thought I would share. Maybe you follow one of these blogs, or maybe you are on the list or know someone who is!

 

My friend is number #34. Great Christian Fiction blog site.

The White Lotus and Persian Rose by Libbie Hawker

Persian Rose: A Novel of Egypt's Fall (White Lotus Book 2) - Libbie Hawker

As with many of Libbie Hawker's other books, I am enjoying this series, but I do have to mention that there are many spelling and grammatical errors which could put off some readers. It didn't bother me so much because the storyline really drew my attention, but I did take away one star because of it. However, there were so many intrigues going on and I just had to know what was going to happen, so I kept reading.

 

This is the story of Rhodopis, one of only two known hetaerae mentioned by name by Herodotus, the other being Archidike, who is also in the book. From being plucked off the streets by essentially selling herself so her family wouldn't starve, to her training by her masters right hand man, Aesop...yes the very one who wrote all those lovely fables we know of today. I wasn't even aware that he existed that long ago.

 

Anyway we go from her training to her introduction as a hetaerae into society at the time of Pharaoh Amasis, who is none too popular, because his love of anything Greek is brewing tension in Memphis. Too many Egyptians feel that the Greek people and culture is doing away with their identity as a people. So it is in this time that Rhodopis finds herself, at the center of a crisis that is about to boil over. That is all I will say about it, because I don't want to give anything else away.

 

 

Book three is supposed to be released this fall, so I am looking forward to the conclusion of her story.
Recommended (if you can overlook the grammatical errors). This review is for both books currently in the series, The White Lotus and Persian Gold.

 

 

The Lights in the Sky by Evan Bollinger

The Lights in the Sky - Evan Bollinger

This book rambles on and on like crazy. All it did was fatten the book up with the same information over and over again. The book can definitely use some editing and cutting down of pages to tell the same story. I was skipping through a lot of the pages just to get to the end.
One or two misspelled words is one thing, but the one that got to me, and was over-used, was "probly".
Not recommended.

Infinite by Jeremy Robinson

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Infinite - Jeremy Robinson

Synopsis:

"SEARCHING FOR A NEW HOME...

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries fifty scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope.

After ten years in a failed cryogenic bed--body asleep, mind awake--William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

It is not the last.

When he wakes from death, William discovers that all but one crew member--Capria Dixon--is either dead at Tom's hands, or escaped to the surface of Kepler 452b. This dire situation is made worse when Tom attacks again--and is killed. Driven mad by a rare reaction to extended cryo-sleep, Tom hacked the Galahad's navigation system and locked the ship on a faster-than-light journey through the universe, destination: nowhere. Ever.

Mysteriously immortal, William is taken on a journey with no end, where he encounters solitary desperation, strange and violent lifeforms, a forbidden love, and the nature of reality itself.

...HE DISCOVERS THE INFINITE."

 

Loved this book! It was totally different from the author's other works and it was simply fantastic!
I highly recommend this one for, not only sci fi fans, but for anyone wanting to read something new and different. You will not be sorry!

5 stars and a favorite!

Puzzle Master by T.J. McKenna

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Puzzle Master - J.T. McKenna

It' s the year 2022 and all religion has been banned and every sort of vice is condoned. Enter a history professor, Cephas, who not only loves puzzles, but is known as the Cult Hunter...famous for breaking the codes that leads the government to track down "hidden Christians". Now in order to stop them once and for all, Cephas is given the chance to go back in time to prove, once and for all, that Jesus was not the Messiah and did not come back from the dead.

 

We are quickly heading to the future laid out in this book, and it's quite frightening.
Great book with a great message and should be read by all. Looking forward tot he sequel. Highly recommended!