Saturday, May 28, 2016

Her One and Only by Becky Wade (Porter Family #4)



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the LitFuse Publications book blogger campaign. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Her One and Only (Bethany House, May 2016)
After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans.
But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?
Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.
Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives—and their hearts—to one another.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and now lives in Dallas. A favorite among readers of Christian contemporary romance, Becky has won a Carol Award, an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and an INSPY Award.





Dynamic Uno here: This is the first book of the Porter family series by Becky Wade that I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! (In fact, there were a couple of the other characters/members of the Porter family that I enjoyed meeting and now I'm going to go back and read their stories.)

The first thing that intrigued me was that Dru Porter was a former Marine, expert markswoman, a black belt, and an executive protection agent (body guard).  Plus, she's gorgeous.  (Go figure! Although I must admit, I kind of had a crush on her character because I would love to have half the talents she has in those areas. Alas, I just have the brains.)

Gray Fowler seemed like the typical stereotypical NFL football player that was only about himself and went through women like water until you learn a little more about his backstory.  Then, his actions suddenly make a whole lot of sense.

Another thing that intrigued me about the story were the interactions between Dru and Gray while she was on protection duty.  Gray still flirted with her even while she was working, but she was still able to be professional despite holding her own in the conversation.  Their abrupt honesty with one another helped to kindle their bond and eventually help them realize that their feelings for each other had grown right along with their friendship.

One day, I hope that I too am able to be just as honest with my prospective suitor, as well as kick up the same type of fireworks.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my first glimpse into the Porter family series, despite this being the fourth  and final book, and I can't wait to go back and read the other books in the series to learn about the other Porter siblings, as well as read more books by the author-Becky Wade.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

YouTube Thursday

Things have been hectic as usual with working six days a week to try and pay those pesky bills.  I'm praying for a smaller apartment  upstairs efficiency to open up to help alleviate some of the cash flow bleeding from my account.  Until then, I just have to trust that God's got a plan and that He's navigating these rough waters for me.  It's during these rough times that God like to remind me of His love for me.  Every time I pray about my financial situation (which is pretty much non-stop--especially while driving) God's been playing this song.  Every. Time.

It's a wonderful reminder that God's love is Fierce and that He will do everything for my good.  I hope you enjoy this song and are reminded of God's Fierce love for you!

Fierce by Jesus Culture




Friday, May 6, 2016

Mars...with Venus Rising by Hope Toler Dougherty


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the LitFuse Publications book blogger campaign. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 





About the Book: 
Mars . . . with Venus Rising (Pelican Book Group, August 2015)

A meddling horse, paper bag floors and a flying saucer on the town square. The little town of Mars has it all---including a brand new resident who might spell heartache for one of its own.

Twenty-something Penn Davenport yearns for an exciting life in the big city and wants to shed the label of orphan that she's worn for years. To achieve that dream, she must pass the CPA exam then move away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash.

When John Townsend---full of life and the joy of living---moves to town, he rattles Penn's view of herself, her life, and her dreams . . . which isn't such a bad thing until she falls for him and discovers he's a pilot.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1VE0NoV




About the Author:

Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master's degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and chat with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.





Dynamic Uno here:

I'm not even sure giddy begins to describe how I feel about this book.

The relationship between Penn and her aunts reminds me of my own relationship with my aunt-although neither of us bake. They are able to talk to each other about anything and are always there for one another when life gets too ugly and overwhelming.

I enjoyed meeting the character of John. We learned a little bit about his past, but what struck me the most was how thoughtful and caring he was with everyone he came in contact with during the story. Kind, compassionate, and very thoughtful was how he appeared to me, which made me wonder a bit longingly, where my own "John" might be in the world. (After all, this character was a pilot, why couldn't mine be one too? Maybe he just hasn't landed in Tampa yet...)

Longing aside, I truly enjoyed how we were able to watch the characters grow in their faith-especially during times of need. It made me realize that I'm not the only one who has struggles and that if I just relied on God more and trusted Him more, that I would probably be more bold and struggle less.

I hope that this book evolves into a series, because I'd like to read more about the lovingly meddlesome aunts, Abbey, David, and even some of the other characters. After all, there were some potential love-connections throughout the story. (Hint...hint...)

If you enjoy a great story with a light touch of romance, then this is the story for you!



Let me know what you think and Happy Reading!




Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hope Toler Dougherty’s ‘Mars . . . with Venus Rising’ Kindle Prize Pack Giveaway

Travel to the small town of Mars, where you'll find a meddling horse, paper bag floors, and a flying saucer on the town square—in Hope Toler Dougherty's book, Mars . . . with Venus Rising. Penn Davenport dreams of passing the CPA exam and moving away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash. When John Townsend—full of life and the joy of living—moves to town, he rattles Penn's view of herself, her life, and her dreams . . . which isn’t such a bad thing until she falls for him and discovers he’s a pilot.

Celebrate Hope's Mars . . . with Venus Rising blog tour with a Kindle Fire Prize Pack giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Mars . . . with Venus Rising
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • A Kindle Fire
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 18th. The winner will be announced May 19th on Hope's blog.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Join Becky Wade for a Facebook Party May 5!

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A female bodyguard plus her star NFL client plus danger equals a great recipe for romance! Her One and Only, book four in Becky Wade's Porter Family novels, releases May 3. To celebrate, Becky is hosting an author chat party on her Facebook page on May 5 at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Join Becky for an evening of book chat with other bookworms and prizes.

Plus a portion of all pre-sales and sales the release week of Her One and Only will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. For more details on how to purchase a copy, click here.

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About the Book

After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.

Learn more and purchase a copy.