Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Caught in a Web of Lies: The Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway of The Glittering Web

About the Book

Book: The Glittering Web
Author: Richard & Linda Nathan
Genre: Christian fiction/futuristic
Release Date: July 1, 2019

What if everything you thought was true and good – wasn’t?

Stripping away years of deception doesn’t come easily—especially to Loren and Eve Montcrest. They believe they’re following the true path as initiates in Seattle’s Arcane Institute, their society’s elite training academy for the New World Order in 2050.

Pursuing spiritual power despite enormous dangers, they are caught up in a fiery, fast-paced succession of intrigues and adventure that rocks their love for each other and even their sanity.

Only a shocking, last-minute intervention can strip away the veil of deception and rescue them from destruction—but will they give up everything for it?

Click here to get your copy.  

Book Review

To be honest, I was not completely sure what to expect going into this book. And after reading it, I have mixed emotions. I’m mainly in a state of shock at how accurately the authors portrayed our culture today, even if the book is set in 2050. Growing up as a Christian, I had known that the world was evil, and that Christianity was not always accepted with open arms. But after reading this book, it was like my eyes were reopened and now I will never be able to view the world the same way again. And that’s a good thing.

The futuristic book genre itself is not one that I’m usually interested in. And while this book is not one I would say I loved, it was definitely different, interesting, and, for me, an eye-opener. If you are someone who is interested in the futuristic genre, I would definitely recommend this book. The plot is intriguing, full of unexpected twists and turns. The characters, Loren and Eve, are relatable-but not always the most lovable. Which is honestly the most realistic way to portray human nature, especially in a book that focuses on the evil and sin in our world. But ultimately, this book is filled with hope and enlightenment. 

I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review. 

About the Authors

Whether writing apologetics or page-turners, Richard and Linda write together. The Glittering Web is their first novel, a thriller rooted in their own lives and the occult. Richard has a master’s in Christian history and a B.S. in biology and has worked in psychiatric units for over 25 years. Linda has a B.A. in psychology. She has managed Logos Word Designs, LLC, since 1992, providing professional writing, editing, and publishing consultation services. She is also a staff freelance editor with Redemption Press. Together and singly, they have taught and spoken at conferences, seminars, churches, and on the radio. #glitteringweb ~ www.theglitteringweb.com

More from Richard and Linda

What if everything you thought was true and good—wasn’t? That’s what we painfully learned from our years in the New Age / psychedelic movement in the San Francisco Bay Area during the ’60s and ’70s–years in which we almost lost our sanity, our souls, and our lives. Like our characters Loren and Eve who are initiates in Seattle’s Arcane Institute in the year 2050, we pursued spiritual power into a glittering web of dangers and deceptions. Although true to our own inner trials and temptations, The Glittering Web is a fast-paced thriller and sci-fi fantasy with a life of its own, an evangelistic thrust, and a call to Christians to wake up to this huge mission field all around us where today a New Age practitioner is running for President. As it exposes the deceitfulness of this popular movement, it also glorifies the great love and power of Jesus Christ to reach the lost. See our author video at www.theglitteringweb.com and join the Insider’s Club for our free quarterly newsletter, articles, contests, drawings, Q&As, and much more. There’s also a glossary of over 60 New Age terms to help you.

Blog Stops

Older & Smarter?, October 12
CarpeDiem, October 14
Rebecca Tews, October 15
Wishful Endings, October 17 (Author Interview)
Texas Book-aholic, October 21
janicesbookreviews, October 22
A Reader’s Brain, October 23


To celebrate their tour, Richard and Linda are giving away, to TWO winners, the grand prize of a paperback copy with a membership to the Insider’s Club (see www.theglitteringweb.com).
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Mr. Darcy IS Mr. Collins: The Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway of Darcy by Any Other Name

About the Book

Book: Darcy by Any Other Name
Author: Laura Hile
Genre:  Historical Christian Romance, Regency
Release Date: May 13, 2016

Discover the Pride and Prejudice body-swap romance that has readers laughing in surprise and delight.For most, this is a glorious evening of music and dancing. But out in the garden two men are arguing, while a ferocious rainstorm swirls round. And then the unthinkable happens: a lightning bolt from heaven strikes. In that instant everything changes.Jane Austen’s heartthrob hero becomes the bumbling Reverend Collins. Shorn of his fortune, his social standing, and his good looks, Mr. Darcy is trapped in Mr. Collins’ body. And Mr. Collins wakes up to discover that he is master of Pemberley.Could there be anything worse?But the inner man is still Darcy. He is in love with Elizabeth Bennet. And now he is living in her house.If you enjoy a smart, sparkling Regency romp in the classic “Heyeresque” style, then you will love Laura Hile’s Darcy By Any Other Name.  Click here to get your copy.

Book Review

I have read many books in the 19 years I have lived, and Darcy by Any Other Name is definitely at the top of the list. The book is interesting, filled with known and beloved characters that the author brings back to life for us. And I am very thankful that she did, because it meant getting to go on another adventure with them. An adventure that is comedic, sad, and altogether intriguing. The author keeps the reader turning the pages, making them wonder what will happen next.

This book is a DEFINITE must read. I had high expectations going into it, and the author did not disappoint. Every expectation I had was fulfilled. This was actually the first book I read of Laura Hile, and I can say with confidence that I will be reading another one of her books. I am very thankful that I was able to read this one and be able to once again follow the lives of the Bennets, Bingleys, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Collins, Mr. Wickham, and Lady Catherine. 

I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review. 

About the Author

My journey as a writer began with the Internet.  And with Jane Austen. How is that for an unlikely combination? I have always loved classic Regency romances. You know the kind – with a dashing, honorable hero and a lovely, intelligent heroine. Delicious banter, unexpected plot twists, humor, and a happy ending. If faith is woven into the story, so much the better. When I discovered an online forum for Jane Austen-related fiction, I was hooked. With Jane’s characters for inspiration, I began writing and posting serialized Regency stories. To keep readers coming back for more, I developed my signature style: intertwined plots, cliffhangers, and laugh-out-loud humor. The comedy I come by in my job as a middle school teacher—there’s never a dull moment with teens! I live in Beaverton, Oregon with my husband.  

More from Laura

I see that double-take you just did.  Darcy By Any Other Name is a what? A Pride and Prejudice body-swap romance? Seriously? Indeed yes. And it’s a really fun read. I blame my sense of humor. And the fact that I think too much. Here’s the thing: we women are captivated by Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy—we are! Handsome, aloof, and wealthy, he embodies the perfect male. By comparison, the ordinary guy has no chance. (And heaven help the fellow who is plain!) Yet we know that attraction involves more than good looks and a fat wallet. I began to play with this thought. Because Mr. Darcy is also honorable, intelligent, kind, and funny—qualities that transform an ugly man and capture a woman’s interest. The shared smile, the twinkle in the eyes, the finishing of her sentences. These are endearing! These are why we women fall in love! Once the body swap idea showed up, I knew I had struck story gold. Will Darcy-as-Collins capture Elizabeth Bennet’s heart? No, wait! She cannot fall for him because he’s the wrong man—no, the right man! But he’s in that podgy body! She cannot love Mr. Darcy when he’s—ugly! Can she? Ah, but of course she can. Now what? Think of Darcy By Any Other Name as a happy roller coaster ride. And you know what they say about those: “Get in, sit down, and hold on.” Do leave a comment and enter the giveaway. I think you will enjoy this fun, romantic book.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, September 30
Back Porch Reads, October 3
Sara Jane Jacobs, October 3
Mary Hake, October 4
Remembrancy, October 5
Emily Yager, October 5
Bigreadersite, October 6
Rebecca Tews, October 6
Creating Romance, October 8
janicesbookreviews, October 9
By The Book, October 10
Moments, October 11
Pause for Tales, October 11
Texas Book-aholic, October 12
A Reader’s Brain, October 12


To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review of "Far Side of the Sea" by Kate Breslin

It's been a hot minute, hasn't it? I apologize for the long wait, but my life got so caught up with classes and work. I also did not want to rush through Kate Breslin's Far Side of the Sea. I wanted to make sure that I was able to enjoy it and be able to give a thorough and honest review of this book.

Far Side of the Sea is a World War I romance novel about a soldier named Colin Mabry. After being injured and losing an arm in battle, Colin's duties changed to decoding messages for MI8. His life is turned upside down, though, when he receives a message from an old flame-Jewel Reyer. The message is urgent, forcing him to leave England and go to France. But when Colin arrives, Jewel isn't in France. He finds out that she wasn't even the one who sent him the message. It was her sister, Johanna Reyer, who had come across Jewel's diary and is desperate to find her, afraid that she is in the hands of a German agent. With the uncertainty of war and the unwelcoming feelings growing for each other, both Colin's and Johanna's trust and lives are at stake.

Far Side of the Sea is captivating, filled with loss, fear, sadness, uncertainty, and love. Kate Breslin does a great job of making her readers not only understand the characters, but fall in love with them. From the first sentence, the audience can feel Colin's pain from the war. Breslin gives her readers a glimpse of Colin's nightmare. But that's all she gives you. A glimpse. It leaves the audience questioning, wondering. What exactly happened? How did he get buried alive? How did he even survive? But not only does the readers get to experience that pain, but they also feel the shame that Colin lives with from losing his arm. Although his protege, Albert Goodfellow, means well by offering to help Colin get dressed, Colin is embarrassed and sends the young man away. From just these first few pages, the author helps the audience understand the effects that the war had on the people during that time.

Kate Breslin also takes her time introducing her characters, which helps her be able to develop each of their backstories, so that the audience can get a sense of who each person is and why they are where they are as the story begins. The only problem is, it makes the book slow. It takes almost seventeen chapters for the story to really get going. Up until that point, the two main characters-Johanna and Colin-are pretty much just planning what they're going to do. It seems that all they do is go out together for meals until that point. But despite this, Kate Breslin still does an excellent job of making the book a page-turner. She drops hints for the plot quite frequently, making the reader curious and begging to know more.

One of my most personal favorite scenes of this book (spoiler alert!) was when Johanna sees her father for the first time in sixteen years. The reader is at first heart-broken when he doesn't even recognize his daughter, but as the realization slowly dawns on him, the reader can't help but tear up. Kate Breslin really pulls at the audience's emotions at this reunion.

But the best aspect of this book is the incorporation of God's grace. Johanna struggles with finding it, unsure of miracles and how God can be a friend to her. As a Christian, I understand what Johanna was going through. Sometimes, it is hard to see God and His grace. It's sometimes hard to see the miracles that He performs every day in our lives. But it's a good reminder to all of us.

In the end, Johanna realizes God's grace, and finds love in Colin Mabry. An ending we were all expecting, since it is a romance novel. But it is one that gives the reader hope and leaves her satisfied.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Coming Soon...

Hello all! It's been a while, hasn't it? My life has been crazy busy due to my sister getting married this past weekend and getting ready for my sophomore year of college. Unfortunately, I haven't had much of a chance to read. But now that everything is calming down, I do hope to have my first book review up by the end of next week, August 24th! The book will be Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin. It's a historical fiction novel that takes place during World War I. I am very excited to be reviewing this book for you!

I will be doing a lot more reading, as I am now a blogger for Celebrate Lit. Celebrate Lit is an organization that focuses on publicizing books for authors to build their audience. I am very honored to be a part of this organization. Also, it gives me a chance to read more and explore different genres and authors, and may even help me to grow in my writing skills. 

I am also working on a couple different projects and opportunities that I am so excited about. I am so happy that I am working towards this goal of being an author and doing what I love. I am thrilled to be writing, not only for myself, but also for God. This is the way that I get to serve Him, and I am so blessed that He has enabled me to do so.

I do hope to be posting more and reviewing more books. If there is anything you would like me to review, please let me know. I would be more than happy to take your suggestions.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Introducing Myself

As you can tell by the blog, my name is Rebecca. I am a college student, working towards a Bachelor's in English. I absolutely love to read and write, both of which come from my aunt and my grandfather. These loves of my life have led me to want to pursue writing as a career. I am very excited! I'm not really surprised that this is where my life is taking me, since I have been writing for over ten years now. I have mostly written novels but I also love poetry. Reading Shakespeare is one of my favorite past-times, and I cannot tell you how many poems I have actually written!

This blog, though, will mainly focus on book reviews, interviews with several different authors, and maybe even some book giveaways! I will also try to keep you updated on my writing career every once in a while. I am a busy girl-between school and working-but I will definitely try to put up a post twice a month.