21 March 2017

How you can help ACRBA

Today I am talking about (ACRBA) Australian ChristianReaders Blog Alliance and how it can help you as an author and some of you may be able to help us.

Firstly A little background on what ACRBA is how and it came about. Several years back Narelle Atkins and I were talking about blog alliances and how many were no longer sending books to Australian and New Zealand readers unless they could get the book as an e-book. As a member of several alliances I was saying how much as a reader I enjoy being able to review books and promote authors. We got talking about how it would be nice to be able to support Australasian Authors and through this the alliance was formed.

From there we created a blog page and started recruiting reviewers and then authors and publishers. We do review overseas books as well as Australasian but first preference goes to books from this area. We read both print books and eBooks but at present have several members who can only read print books.

We do not charge for blog tours unlike some alliances the only cost is the books that are requested. We send out requests to our members and if they would like to review the book we will then send on the information to the author or publisher. If you are an author who wishes to tour with us we have a form on the blog to fill in and submit chapter one, and a blurb of the book. Publishers can also fill in the form. We also ask if you will send print or eBooks and how many you are willing to send. We understand it the costs and want to help authors as much as possible.

For reviewers the requirement is to have an active blog and to post the information we provide and a review. We also would like reviewers to post a review on sites such as Amazon, Goodreads and Koorong. We also encourage reviewers not requesting a book to post the information to help promote the books. We do encourage bloggers to read at least one book every 3 months. The exceptions are if you are only reading one genre such as children’s books or non-fiction.

Now to part of the reason for this blog post we need help. We recently lost some of our reviewers due to a few reasons most being they are not blogging or don’t have time to read books. We need new reviewers. If you enjoy reading and would like a free book we are interested in hearing from you. As mentioned we send out the info on the books and you can request the books that appeal to you. We do however request you average one book every 3 months. We also would like you to post the HTML of books you are not reviewing during the blog tour week to give the authors more exposure. We also have a form at our blog to fill in.


We also have a category called friends of ACRBA for bloggers who want to help promote the books and will post the HTML on their blog during the week we tour the books. This also provides free blog content you can use on your blog and we even provide the code for the tour. The tour is always the first full week of the month. 

Links:
Applications for reviewer or Friends of ACRBA: http://acrba.blogspot.com.au/p/application.html


17 March 2017

Book Review: The Priority Unit - Maine Justice Book 1 by Susan Page Davis

The Priority Unit
Maine Justice Book 1
by 
Susan Page Davis

Description: A missing man. 
A mysterious computer program – 
Even the people constructing it don’t know what it will do.
On the worst night of Harvey Larson’s life, his partner is killed and his wife, Carrie, walks out on him. Ten years later, the Portland, Maine police detective has learned to cope with his grief and depression. When he and the Priority Unit investigate the disappearance of software designer Nick Dunham, he meets a young woman who will change his life. Jennifer Wainthrop was the last person to admit seeing Dunham alive.

Harvey and his partner, Eddie Thibodeau, stay a step ahead of a bomber and put together the clues that tell the truth: Dunham’s kidnapping and the bombings are one case, and Jennifer is caught in the middle. News that Carrie has committed suicide may plunge Harvey back into despair. Harvey turns to God for help untangling his complicated life. He finds strength in his faith as he attempts to save Jennifer from the same grim fate that claimed Nick. But Jennifer must depend on her own wits and God alone when the killer gets too close. 

My Review:
Thanks Susan Page Davis for my copy to review.

This is an interesting suspense story.  The book starts with Harvey having the worst night of his life. His partner is killed and his wife leaves him. The book then fast forwards 10 years to when he is investigating the disappearance of a software designer and this is where he meets Jennifer Wainthrop. Not long after he learns is ex wife has died and while at the funeral he spends time with her grandmother who challenges him. It is here he starts to wonder does God exist.  At the same time Jennifer has questions of her own and they both decide to do research together. In the meantime there is still a missing man and there is a car bombing. 

I enjoyed waiting to find out what would happen next. The suspense wasn't too heavy which I like but enough to keep you on your the edge of your seat. I wanted to know who the bomber was and why, and why did the designer disappear. I also have to mention Eddie, he is a scene stealer at times and a fun character. I was kept guessing which is a good sign of a good book. I am eagerly awaiting book two. 

If you like Police suspense I am sure you will enjoy this book

16 March 2017

Blog tour Prayers for a Simpler Life by Faith Sommers


Prayers for a Simpler Life
by 
Faith Sommers
Herald Press; First edition (February 21, 2017)

Description:
Do your quiet times with God feel disconnected from the rest of your overflowing days? Shouldn’t our devotions affect how we live our lives?

In this 90-day devotional for women, plain Mennonite mother and wife Faith Sommers helps connect your moments with the Lord to the rest of your life. Steeped in the faith of Amish and Mennonites, who maintain that how we live is as important as what we say, Sommers’ words hold gentle warmth and wise nudging for readers tired of disjointed living.

Offering daily devotions, prayers, journal prompts, and ideas for how to simplify your life and strengthen your faith, Prayers for a Simpler Life guides readers toward a deeper commitment to the way of Jesus.

$12.99 USD
5 x 8 in. paperback
ISBN 978-1-5138-0126-1
eBook  $8.99 │ 978-1-5138-0044-8

Release date: February 21, 2017

Available from Amazon.

About the Author
Faith Sommers is a conservative Mennonite mother, wife, and columnist for Ladies Journal, a publication for Amish and Mennonite women. She and her husband Paul have six children between the ages of six and twenty-one.

My Review:
Firstly thanks to the publisher for my review copy.
When I first heard about this book I was interested in it as I like to have a devotional book to use each morning. This book has a bible reading, thoughts on the reading by Faith Sommers,  a prayer and a refection for each day. It goes for 90 days. I have been enjoying the daily devotions and thoughts. They are easy to read and understand but at the same time are meaningful. A new Christian would find this book helpful in understanding God and to just help them in their daily walk. I haven't finished the book yet but I do look forward to the next reading every morning. I have replace the devotional I was reading with this one due to this one being so much easier to understand and feeling it being more relevant. 

7 March 2017

Book Review A Cowboy's Dare by Lucy Thompson


A Cowboy's Dare
By
Lucy Thompson
Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications (December 30, 2016)

Book Description:

Tyrone woke up with a headache—and a wife. And he’s never been so scared in his life. 

Mayor’s daughter Jane Montgomery has always wanted to be more than a social ornament, and now that her father has given her a three-month deadline to find a suitable husband, she’s desperate. Desperate enough to run away from her pampered life of ribbons and bows to pursue her dream of becoming a mechanical engineer. 

But right before her planned escape, she’s the victim of a matchmaking prank involving spiked punch and a certain local rancher. 

Ever since he failed to stop his mother from going mad, Tyrone Harding — local daredevil rancher who runs hunting expeditions under the banner of “Female-Free Adventures” — has shied away from females, feelings, and anything inhibiting his freedom. Wanting to avoid his family’s questions and his own feelings for Jane, he proposes they fake being in love until she leaves for college, thereby freeing them both. 

Their playacting doesn’t fool Tyrone’s brother who challenges him to prove he truly loves Jane. Never one to back down, he accepts the dare: do something loving for her every day — and to record it in a special Cowboy’s Dare book. 

The dare has unexpected consequences, and as the sparks fly between them, Tyrone and Jane begin to wonder if they’ll lose more than they gain when Jane departs for school. 

My Review

Firstly thanks to Lucy Thompson for my copy of this book.

I enjoyed the first book in this series and was looking forward to book 2. I wasn't disappointed. I think this book was even better than the first one. It was different in that Tyrone winds up with a wife at the beginning of the book. The last think both Tyrone and Jane want is to be married. Tyrone has a lot of baggage thinking he is not good enough to have a wife and Jane wants so desperately to go to college to by a mechanical engineer.

I enjoyed finding out more about how they ended up married and the different things that happened. Tyrone's Little sister had something to do with it. I also enjoyed seeing how the story would unfold and would they stayed married, would Jane go to college etc. If you enjoy Western Fiction I am sure you will enjoy this book. I look forward to the next book in this series.



6 March 2017

ACRBA Tour Chocolate Soldier by Hazel Barker


6 - 10 March 2017

is Introducing 
(By the Rhiza Press, 1 October 2016)

By Hazel Barker



About the Book:
London. 1940.
When World War II breaks out and men over eighteen are conscripted, Clarence Dover, a conscientious objector, refuses to go rather than compromise his principles.  Instead he joins the Friend's Ambulance Unit.  From the London Blitz to the far reaches of Asia the war tests Clarence in the crucible of suffering.  In the end, will he be able to hold his head up as proudly as the rest and say, to save lives I risked my own?
One man will stand as God's soldier, not the war's soldier.

About the Author:
Hazel Barker lives in Brisbane with her husband Colin. She taught in Perth, Canberra and Brisbane for over a quarter of a century and now devotes her time to reading, writing and bushwalking. From her early years, her passion for books drew her to authors like Walter Scott and Charles Dickens. Her love for historical novels sprang from Scott, and the love of literary novels, from Dickens. Many of her short stories and book reviews have been published in magazines and anthologies.
Hazel’s debut novel Chocolate Soldier, and Book One of her memoirs Heaven Tempers the Wind, will be released in 2016. Both books are set during World War Two – the former in England and the Far East; the latter in Burma.
For more information, visit her blog on:

1 March 2017

Book Review My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains by Susan Page Davis




by 

Susan Page Davis

Barbour Books
(1 March 2017)

Book Description 
Journey now to Tuscon, Arizona, and into the Superstition Mountains of 1866, where...
 A Chance for Escape Takes Two Unlikely Allies on a Romantic Adventure Along a Desert Trail

Since orphaned at age twelve, Carmela Wade has lived a lie orchestrated by her uncle, pretending to be a survivor of an Indian kidnapping and profiting from telling her made-up story on the speaker circuit. But as she matures into adulthood, Carmela hates the lies and longs to be free. On a stagecoach in Arizona Territory, Carmela and her uncle are fellow passengers with US Marshal Freeland McKay and his handcuffed prisoner.

The stage is attacked. Now a chance to make a new life may suddenly be within Carmela’s reach. . .if she can survive the harsh terrain and being handcuffed to an unconscious man.

Will Carmela’s wish come true, or will she forever be branded by her past?


Book Review:
Firstly thanks to netgalley for my review copy.

I have been reading books by Susan paige Davis for many years and have always enjoyed them as she writes many different genres. This book is a historical with a mystery. The book starts with Carmela at around the age of 14 and upset she has to tell the story her uncle forces her to tell. It is here she meets a young boy who says he will get his brother to help only for her uncle to come and take her away before he gets back.

Fast forward to when shes around 20 we see Carmela and her uncle on the stage along with the local Sheriff who is transporting a prisoner to the state capital. As they travel on they encounter both Indians and outlaws. Here uncle is hurt and she ends up handcuffed to the Sheriff in the Arizona heat. This is just the start of the story and from here we see what will happen. 

I enjoyed the pass of this story and how Carmela has to deal with all her uncle had forced her to do and what she would do. I also really liked Freeland he had integrity and the strength to help her with some of her decisions. There are also secondary characters that are very endearing and pivotal for the story. The story deals with forgiveness both from others and forgiving yourself. If you enjoy historical fiction I would recommend this book. 

This book will be released on March 1st.

13 February 2017

Book Review Lakwi's Lament by Jeanette O'Hagan


Book Description:
A middle-grade to Young Adult short story set in the fantasy world of Nardva:

Lakwi would love to read the books in the Royal library, but girls aren’t allowed inside. Her passion for books attracts the attention of her dashing older brother, Prince Rokkan, and her suave cousin, Lord Haka. Will her drive for knowledge lead her into more trouble than she can handle?

Lakwi's Lament originally appeared in Like a Girl Anthology and is related to The Herbalist's Daughter and the Akrad's Legacy series.



My Review
Firstly Thanks to Jeanette for a copy of this book.

I enjoyed the story of Lakwi as I do like fantasy or this style of book. I loved them as a child and still enjoy reading them. What I found interesting is that while this book is set in an imaginary land I can see similarities to some of the places of years ago. I could see the different kingdom's as ruled by clans. We see Lakwi wants to go into the royal library and read the books and study like her brothers and cousin but that is not what girls do. They learn to needle work and weave etc.

Her half brother can see how much she wants to read the books and maybe able to help her. She is also being paid attention by her cousin Lord Haka. Being such a short story I can't say much more except Lakwi isn't the typical princess. I liked her spunk and how she thinks on her feet so to speak. My one complaint is the story wasn't long enough. I wanted to know what happens next and would gladly read more in the series.

12 February 2017

Latest on Ausjenny

Hi All its been awhile since I did an update. Its just over 11 months since I had the operation on my wrist. While the wrist is stable and has healed well according to X-rays I still have quite a bit of pain in it. I saw a specialist this past week and he will be removing the plate hopefully in a few months. This should relieve some of the pain as I can feel the plate when ever I move my arm in certain ways. 

On the Occipital Neuralgia front I am now having lignocaine infusions which take place one day a week for a period of three weeks each time around just over four hours for the infusion and an hour monitoring. Of course by the time I wait around etc it can be up to seven to eight hours. After the first course I had around nine weeks of help. While it doesn't take all the pain away it does reduce it and when I have a major flare it is normally for a shorter time. I have just had my second course. This will happen about three months apart. I wasn't sure if it was working as well due to high pain but then realised the high humidity was causing yet another migraine on top of all the other pain and by taking some over the counter medicine I was able to relieve that one. The weather here has been very hot and higher humidity than we are use to. I have always had migraines from humid weather but had just forgotten. 

I will be seeing a specialist about my shoulder shortly soon as well so will see what he says is wrong with it and if anything can be done. I haven't been reading as much as I would like but have read a couple of books which I will get the reviews up  for ASAP.

9 February 2017

ACRBA Tour Once Confronted by Lynne Stringer


6 - 10 February 2017

is Introducing 
(By the Rhiza Press, 1 October 2016)

By Lynne Stringer



About the Book:
After a normal day turns disastrous, Madison Craig tries to put her life back together. She’s jumping at shadows and finds even familiar places terrifying. Can she forgive the men who hurt her?
Her friend Evan Mansfield sees no need to do anything but hate their assailants. He struggles with bitterness, but Maddy wants to move on. What will she do when one of the men asks for forgiveness? 


About the Author:
Lynne Stringer has been passionate about writing all her life, beginning with short stories in her primary school days. She began writing professionally as a journalist and was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, before turning her hand to screenplay writing and novels.
Lynne is the author of the Verindon trilogy, a young adult science fiction romance series released in 2013. Her latest novel, released in October 2016, is Once Confronted, a contemporary drama. Visit www.lynnestringer.com for more information.
Lynne is the author of the Verindon series including The HeirThe Crown and The Reign.




10 December 2016

ACRBA Tour Heart of the Mountain by Jeanette O'Hagan


5 - 9 December 2016

is Introducing 
(By the Light Books, 1 August 2016)

By Jeanette O'Hagan



About the Book:
Twins Delvina and Retza’s greatest desire is to be accepted as prentices by their parents’ old crew when they stumble across a stranger. Trapped under the mountain, young Zadeki’s only thought is to escape home to his kin. Peril awaits all three youngsters. Will they pull apart or work together to save the underground realm?
YA Fantasy Adventure in the lost realm deep under the mountain.


About the Author:
Jeanette O’Hagan first started spinning tales in the world of Nardva at the age of nine. She enjoys writing fiction, poetry, blogging and editing.

She is writing her Akrad’s Legacy Series—a Young Adult secondary world fantasy fiction with adventure, courtly intrigue and romantic elements. Her short stories and poems are published in a number of anthologies including Glimpses of Light, Another Time Another Place and Like a Girl. She has recently published her short novella, Heart of the Mountain and, in Mixed Blessings: Genrellly Speaking anthology, also a flash fiction 'Space Junk'.

Jeanette has practised medicine, studied communication, history, theology and, more recently, a Master of Arts (writing). She is a member of several writers’ groups. She loves reading, painting, travel, catching up for coffee with friends and pondering the meaning of life.  Jeanette lives in Brisbane with her husband and children.

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