Special thanks to the publisher and BookLook Bloggers for providing a preview copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of this book.
One Realm Beyond Book Description:
Cantor D’Ahma waited his whole life for this day. Born with a gift to jump between worlds, the young realm walker is finally ready to leave his elderly mentor and accept his role as protector and defender of the realms.
But mere hours after he steps through his first portal, Cantor discovers that his job will be more dangerous and difficult than he ever imagined. The realms are plagued with crime and cruelty, and even members of the once-noble Realm Walkers Guild can no longer be trusted. To make matters worse, his first assignment – finding a dragon to assist him on his quest—has led him to Bridger, who is clearly inept and won’t leave him alone.
With the help of his new friends Bixby and Dukmee, Cantor must uncover the secrets of the corrupt guild before they become too powerful to be stopped. But his skills aren’t progressing as fast as he would like, and as he finds himself deeper and deeper in the guild’s layers of deceit, Cantor struggles to determine where his true allegiance lies.
About the Author:
Donita K. Paul retired from teaching and took up the mantle of grandma. She loves her new career as author of stories her grandchildren devour. Winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado, enjoying friends and family, pets, ad beautiful scenery. Her favorite part of writing is the readers.
- Series: Realm Walkers (Book 1)
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (January 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310735807
- ISBN-13: 978-0310735809
- List Price: $12.99
- Electronic versions also available
I enjoyed both main characters in One Realm Beyond. While Cantor drove me a bit batty with his refusal of Bridger, he still was well developed which was one of the reasons I was able to get annoyed with him. Bixby was quite the quirky character who had some issues of her own. The flawed characters helped make the characters more believable. The mor dragon aspect is quite interesting. Bridger cracks me up as he’s this beautiful, amazing creature, but his clumsy nature often causes him issues. Totobee-Rodolow was not as well developed (which, I believe, was intentional), but she too is rather intriguing.
The story itself took some time to develop which made it hard for me to get into until later in the book. I like books that capture my attention from the very beginning, and this book was a little lacking in a true draw. That being said, I found the concepts intriguing which kept me reading until the story started to unfold. Some of the scenes weren’t completely developed, but since this is a series, I imagine we’ll receive more back story in future installments.
The Christian theme is played out throughout the story as is the fall of man due to evil. It’s an interesting twist on an age-old story.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and look forward to seeing how the story continues in future books as I want to get to know a few of the characters better as well as see how they will combat the evil permeating the realms. While this is geared towards teens, I believe it would be easy reading for a younger audience as well.
I received an electronic copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of this review.
Tempest of Fire Book Description:
Somalia has split in two, with armed insurgents threatening American lives. China has emerged as a leading arms exporter, supplying weapons to Third World nations. But before National Security Adviser Willis Avery can deal with either danger, he faces a new challenge
On her maiden voyage, Beijing’s newest and most advanced nuclear submarine is destroyed by a weapon of unimaginable power. While the loss of the sub is kept secret, America and her allies want to know what happened. Avery believes a renegade faction of China’s Navy is behind the attack, striking from a secret naval facility in the South China Sea, and assembles a group to investigate.
About the Author:
Steve Wilson is a multimedia designer for a large metropolitan newspaper, and has worked in advertising for over 25 years. He is a prior service Marine, now serving as a Master Sergeant in the Air Force Reserve. He is the father of two grown sons, and lives in Florida with his wife.
Over the course of his military career, he has received the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. In 2010 he was named the Air Transportation NCO of the Year. His ties to the armed forces—as well as short-term mission trips—have taken him to Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe and the Pacific, as well as the former Soviet Union. These experiences have helped to shape his story lines.
You can connect with Steve on Facebook and his blog.
- Series: A Michael Neill Adventure
- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: White Feather Press, LLC (May 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1618080717
- ISBN-13: 978-1618080714
- List Price: $15.95
- Electronic versions also available
Michael Neill spent a little time behind the desk once he returned home from his last mission, but his heart was out in the field. He was happy to leave the desk job behind and get back into the action. Little did he know that he would be in the middle of a life and death mission all too soon.
Tempest of Fire is the latest Michael Neill novel from Steve Wilson. Once again, Wilson brings fast-paced military action that grabs the reader and holds their attention to the very end. The twists and turns throughout the novel keeps the reader guessing as the plot unfolds. Whether you’re a military member or a civilian, you’re sure to enjoy this suspense-filled novel. Wilson uses his military experience to make his novels realistic all the while presenting the information in a manner in which anyone can understand.
Other than a few typos that continually presented themselves in the Kindle version, I thoroughly enjoyed this latest Michael Neill novel. Both the characters and story line were well developed and believable, and I look forward to the next novel in the series.
A special thanks to Biblical Reproductions for sending us a sample of their Dead Sea Scroll reproduction collection to help facilitate the writing of this review.
In my two previous posts about Biblical Reproductions, I gave a little information about Biblical Reproductions and the layout of the Biblical Reproductions website. Today, I get to reveal what I received from their very interesting collection of Biblical reproductions.
I must admit in advance that both Munchkin and I were rather excited to see what would be inside of our surprise package. Our regular mailman was out the day that the package arrived which meant a trip to the post office to pick up the package. Of course, I had to go right out and pick it up instead of waiting until the next time I headed into town. I was good and waited until I arrived home to open the package as I knew Munchkin wanted to see what was inside as much as I did.
Munchkin opened the package and pulled out the surprise inside. It was a beautiful reproduction from the Dead Sea Scroll Collection – The Book of War Scroll. The reproduction image, an authorized reproduction from the Holyland, was pressed between two acrylic plates. It had hardware which allows us to either hang the scroll on the wall or, by putting on the “feet”, sit it on a desk or bookshelf. These reproductions are approved by the Israel Antiquities Authority, and they each of a item serial number.
The scroll came with a Certificate of Authorization which also had information about the scroll as well as the translation of what the scroll actually says. This was a pretty neat aspect of the scroll. While this information is available on the website, I like that it was included on the back of the certificate.
When D arrived home, we showed him the scroll which he thought was quite interesting. Of course, one of the first things he said was, “I wonder what is say.” I simply handed him the certificate so he could read it and find out. He appreciated the fact that these reproductions were authorized by the Israel Antiquities Authority. The history of the scroll and translation added a good bit of value to the reproduction piece.
The Book of War Scroll reproduction is done well. The coloration and staining makes the piece feel a bit more real. The reproduction image is missing some of the aged look of the real scroll, but this is only apparent at closer inspection of the scroll. From a distance, it looks quite authentic and old.
Since Munchkin is studying Biblical Archaeology, The Book of War Scroll was quite interesting to her especially. It lead to discussions about language and how amazing it is that things like the original scrolls still exist after all this time. Being able to have a piece of Biblical history – even if it is a reproduction – is quite cool.
Biblical Reproductions has done a wonderful job with this particular piece of Biblical history. I encourage you to check out some of the other reproduction pieces that other members of the CWA Review Team reviewed to get an even better appreciation for the work that Biblical Reproductions has done with their reproduction pieces.
The Book of War Scroll is available for purchase on the Biblical Reproductions site for $124.95 individually. It can also be included in the 5 Scroll Special Edition set which varies in price depending on the frame chosen for the set. Biblical Reproductions is offering my readers a special discount code that will make you eligible to receive a piece of pottery of their choice (3 different items, value of $22.95) with purchase of any reproduction except for pottery itself. Just enter coupon code HLCWA14 to receive your free piece of pottery with your purchase.
For example: If you buy any of the scrolls, put in coupon code HLCWA14, specify which pottery reproduction piece you would like in the Notes field, and Biblical Reproductions will send that pottery piece to you free with your purchase. The same applies to all the inscriptions as well as the Crucified man, but it does not apply to pottery reproduction pieces. If you purchase 2 or 3 eligible items, you will receive 2 or 3 pottery pieces respectively.
These pieces would be wonderful gifts for pastors, teachers, or Biblical historians. They are also great conversation pieces or study tools within the home.
I received an electronic version of this book to help facilitate the writing of this review.
Fear Not Book Description:
Brian Strait and Andrea Wilton discover that relationship and intrigue go together when they embark on their third adventure, back to the Caribbean. A visit cut short, the two sleuths uncover a plot that challenges their faith when they search to clear a friend of murder. Their hunt for truth brings them head to head with the black market, human contraband, and culprits who will stop at nothing to line their pockets.
About the Author:
Seeking to encourage, inspire, and invite, Barbara Ann Derksen writes about Kingdom living characters who live in a not-so Kingdom world. She has been scrambling letters into enjoyable fiction and non-fiction for over 20 years and a published writer since 2003. Her readers share how the books are hard to put down, keep them up at night reading long after lights out, and spur them on to a closer walk with their Lord.
Her favorite genre is mystery so, to thrill her readers, she composes a new one every year, She has just completed the four book series, The Wilton Strait Mystery Series, now available through her website, on Amazon in Canada, Europe, and the US, and through Amazon’s Kindle store as e-books as well as Smashwords for e-book readers other than Kindle. Vanished, Presumed Dead, Fear Not, and Silence are a series that provides hours of entertainment, food for thought, and keep her readers wanting more. The first book in the Finders Keepers Series was released May 5, 2013 and appears to be better than the last one according to early reviews.
Barbara has also penned a devotional series with six books, 4 children’s stories and two other non-fiction books. Dance With a Broom and Second to None.
Barbara is a member of Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church in Steinbach, Manitoba, Christian Motorcyclists Association in Canada and the US, Barbara and her husband, Henry, have been married for 44 years, have four children, and nine grandchildren … and counting. Henry is a singer/songwriter with 7 CDs to his name. You can connect with Barbara on Twitter and LinkedIn.
- ISBN-10: 1468094432
- ISBN-13: 978-1468094435
- List Price: $2.99
- Format: Kindle
- Page Count: 354
Fear Not is the third book in the Wilton Strait Mystery Series. Brain and Andrea are on a cruise ship trying to find out who committed the murder their friend Troy has been accused of committing. While aboard the cruise, they find themselves working not only on the murder mystery at hand, but also figuring out their relationship.
As a Christian dating couple, Brian and Andrea are committed to maintaining high standards in their relationship, but there are several times where they place themselves in situations that would be quite tempting. There is a bit more passion in this book than books past, but overall it’s clean except for the inclusion of some passionate kisses.
While the Christian message is very prominent in this book as both Brian and Andrea keep their faith first in every aspect of their lives, it, for the most part, flows well within the story. There were a few instances where it didn’t feel quite believable, but as a Christian, I know the Lord can use the oddest times to achieve His purposes. I enjoyed the interactions between Brian and Andrea with unbelievers in the story as it showed how they could live their faith while being understanding of those who didn’t share their faith.
The murder mystery itself was quite intriguing. Just when you think it’s over, another twist comes into play that keeps the story going. Not everything is as it seems on the surface. The epilogue leaves you wanting to read the next book as soon as you finish this one.
Once again, Barbara has done a wonderful job drawing the reader into the story, hooking them on the story, and keeping them engaged until the very end of the book.
I look forward to reading the next book in the Wilton Strait Murder Mystery series.
I use ground flax seed in our diets on a regular basis as it is high in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seed even makes a great egg replacement in many gluten free recipes. As we were getting ready to bring our horses home, both Munchkin and I started doing a good deal of research into nutrition for horses. We found that just like flax see is wonderful for human overall health, it’s also great for the overall well-being of horses.
We learned that it can help reduce inflammation, relieve various skin conditions, alleviate symptoms of allergies, help with the symptoms of arthritis and/or joint stiffness, boost the immune system, and help regulate thyroid function. It’s also good for the hooves, coat, mane, and tail.
It can be fed both whole and ground although most research that we found points towards grinding it prior to feeding. Because it will go rancid due to the oils, it’s best to either ground right before use or store in the freezer after grinding. The whole flax seed can be stored for up to 2 years with no issues depending on the storage conditions.
It is generally accepted that you should feed no more than 8 oz. of flax seed per day to a horse. It’s best to add it gradually to the diet to allow the horse to adjust to the change in diet. Flax seed is great for horses of all ages which is one of the nice things about this particular supplement. It’s one of the few things that will improve the health of virtually all horses.
I’ve heard that you can find this inexpensively in bulk at feed mills, but we don’t have access to a feed mill. One day, when we were at the Dollar Store, I came across 1 lb. bags of flax seed, so we’ve been stocking up here and there whenever they have it on hand. At only a $1 a pound, it’s a great way to supplement our horses diet – especially since we’re in a desert environment where they don’t have access to a beautiful grass pasture. We did see 1 lb. bags at Big Lots for a slightly higher price, but it was still a good price point.
Yesterday, I decided that I wanted to go ahead and get a bunch of the flax seed ground up. I processed 18 lbs. of flax seed in my Blendtec blender, and it’s all now stored in the freezer for easy use as needed. I was just grinding it week to week, but I think this will work a little better for us. We add the ground flax seed to their daily feed ration. Phantom eats alfalfa pellets with minerals and raspberry leaves while Dixie eats senior feed mixed with some alfalfa pellets with raspberry leaves and a joint supplement. For now, it works for us.