Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Sweet Deal with Release of The Rebels of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clark

My friend, Linda Weaver Clark, has a new book out. I haven't read it, but I won't let that stop me from telling you about the sweet deal she has to celebrate the release of her new novel.

Here's the scoop from Linda:
Get 10 E-books for only $2.99. Anyone who buys my sweet romance between June 24 – 28 (with proof of purchase) will receive 10 free e-books and will be eligible for a drawing of two children’s books, a sweet romance, and two historical fictions. List the free e-books or books you’re interested in and let me know that you bought The Rebels of Cordovia in your comment. It is available as an e-book and a soft cover. There are many books (go to her website) to choose from as thank you gifts for buying my new novel.

You may wonder what her book is about. Linda sent me the press release. Here it is . . . 

The stories of Robin Hood is inspiration for The Rebels of Cordovia.  We celebrate Independence Day, remembering the freedom we fought for centuries ago. Many patriots had to pay for this freedom with their lives and we are grateful to those who fought for our liberty. In this new novel, you get a glimpse of what another country had to fight for, as well. The freedom of speech, the freedom of equality, and the freedom to worship as we please! No one could have a greater gift than this. This tale will entertain those who enjoy bits of adventure, humor, mystery, and a tender love story. The stories of Robin Hood have enchanted readers for years. In our youth, we enjoyed hearing the escapades of Robin Hood and were spellbound by each story and how he cared for the people. How awesome would it be to live during that time period just because of Robin Hood! In The Rebels of Cordovia, a similar story is created but centuries after the legend of Robin Hood. But this time, there are two major groups of rebels fighting for the rights of the people.

Daniel, a good-looking rogue, would be the leader of the Freemen. Robin Marie, a young woman, would be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Each leader is an expert archer and swordsman. With bits of adventure and delectable kisses, this tale will entertain anyone who enjoys a sweet romance. In The Rebels of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke, the time period is set in the late 1700s. Centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause: for their rights, for freedom of speech, and equality. Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression.

In the small country of Cordovia, groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king. In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

 Author Anna Del C. Dye wrote: “What a fun and interesting tale The Rebels of Cordovia is. A very good story to keep you glued all the way to the end. I really enjoyed the romance mingled with the fights. It is a well-paced tale to give you entertainment next to a warm fire in the rain. Linda writes a good, clean, and sweet romance, for young adults and adults alike. You will enjoy this story to the end.”

Read a sample chapter here.

The Rebels of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke
Genre: Sweet romance ISBN: 978-1484147658
Purchase Book Link here..
Price: $12.95, Ebook: $2.99
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Book Review - Wrath and Righteousness Series by Chris Stewart

I recently finished reading a ten book series by Chris Stewart titled Wrath and Righteousness that was released as ebooks from 2012 to 2013.

What an amazing experience! I was totally enthralled with the story and could hardly wait for the next book to be released. What's the series about?

It's the story of good verses evil set on the world stage. It's a dystopian look at what could happen in the last days to not only the United States but also Israel and the Middle East, though it mainly deals with the U.S.

Stewart created strong heroes who sometimes lived and sometimes died. He made them human with genuine desires and fears. He showed how everyday people, when faced with adversity, could make the hard choice and stand up for what was right no matter how high the stakes.

He also crafted villains who rivaled Hitler and his minions. Evil truly ruled them and the choices they made. He showed how low human beings could fall once they become consumed with wicked and unjust causes.  

I read the majority of these books while I worked out at the gym. I absolutely hate to workout, but I became so wrapped up in this story that my hour-long workouts flew by. After reading the ebook versions of this story, I want to buy the hard copy for my library. However, to do that I will need to buy it under a different title, The Great and Terrible Series.

 

You might be interested to know that Chris Stewart is a New York Times bestselling author, has been an editor for several newspapers and, get this, he was a pilot in the Air Force and holds the world-record for the fastest nonstop flight around the world. In 2012 he was elected to Congress from the state of Utah.

What series have you read that you could hardly wait for the next book to be released?

I bought this series and reviewed it because I liked it. 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Two of My Favorite People in the Whole Wide World.


I'm so very fortunate. The next few days I'm going to spend time with two of my favorite people in the whole wide world, my grandsons.

 Sorry I don't have a bigger post, but I'm busy making plans to go hiking, swimming, bird watching, treasure seeking, baking,  and all the fun things my guys want to do.

Catch you next week. :)


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Book Review - Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in German before and during World War II?

Have you ever wondered why the German people supported Hitler?

Have you ever wondered what happened to those courageous people who were behind the Valkyrie and Stauffenberg Plot that almost killed Hitler?

I found a book that answers these questions. Plus, I found another hero of that war I'd never heard of but learned to admire. He truly earned the title of hero.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas is amazing in it's depth and scope as it informs readers about the era of pre-World War II and during that terrible war.

It took me a while to read this masterpiece. And over time this book actually became a good friend I could turn when I felt all hope was lost and made me realize how grateful I am to live when I do and where I do. Each page told me more and more about a person I would have liked to have known. I marveled at Dietrich Bonhoeffer's ability to think outside the box on many issues: religion, politics, and the human condition. I also learned what an extraordinary family he came from.

His parents, Karl and Paula Bonhoeffer had rich and noble heritages that no doubt had an impact on Dietrich for he sometimes wore a ring with a signet bearing his family crest. Karl and Paula had eight children: four boys, four girls. They lost their second son in WWI. And by the end of WWII they would lose two more. As a mother, I cannot image the heartache his mother suffered. Bonhoeffer's father was a prominent psychiatrist in Germany who opposed Hitler from the beginning. He and his wife were proud of their sons and sons-in-law who had been involved in the conspiracy against Hitler (the famous Valkyrie and Stauffenberg Plot I mentioned earlier).

This book follows Dietrich on his path of developing his belief in God and how he tried to live the best life he possibly could during a time that would test any mortal man. He loved his family. He loved people. And he loved his country. He traveled a lot developing his views learning from each trip. He visited Barcelona, Rome, and even America. He valued time to think and ponder. He loved to study not only scriptures, but also mankind. I think that is why he recognized the evil in Hitler and why he tried with his last breath to defeat him.

This book is filled with some of Bonhoeffer's writings: excerpts from his books, sermons, and love letters to the woman who held his heart but never married because of his imprisonment and death. You would think he was older than what he really was. He died when he was thirty-nine, yet he lived a life more full than some ninety-year-olds.

I loved this nonfiction book. It has an honored place on my book shelf for I know I will refer to it many times.

Have you read a nonfiction book that introduced you to a new hero?

***I bought this book and reviewed it because I liked it.***.


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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Movie Review - Star Trek Into Darkness


My family loves Star Trek. We've been fans forever. So whenever a Star Trek movie is released we usually see it opening night. We're not those people you see wearing the costumes (though I do think they have fun). But we enjoy the atmosphere that electrifies the air on opening night. After many trailers for other summer movies, the film finally started and the crowd wildly cheered. It was so totally awesome.

Speaking of trailers here's  the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer. 



Doesn't it look fantastic?

I loved the characters. The actors playing the beloved heroes of Captain Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, and others brought their A game to this film. They delivered lines the fans ached to hear as naturally, if not even more so, than the originals. And they were true to their roles. And the new and revised Khan, oh my stars. Now that's what I call a villain.

I loved the beginning of the movie and how it set up the familiar premise that Spock believes: "The needs of the  many outweigh the needs of the few (one)." And of course, Kirk shows him that sometimes the needs of one can be met with the many who sacrifice to save the few (one). I love it when a character driven by passion (Captain Kirk) can best the non-feeling character (Spock) and even change his logic.

I loved the visual effects. They were hypnotic and so very life like. How did they do that? Oh, I know through the magic of computers and visual imagery. (But in my mind there are space stations where they build starships. I mean, I've seen them on Star Trek. :))

Yes, I loved this movie.

But I do have a question. Why did the film makers feel they needed to rely on old story lines? Yes, they flipped the stories a little and presented them in a fresh way. And there were great surprises. But I kept thinking of that opening monologue. You know the one where Captain Kirk says, "These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before," well, I'm very hopeful that the next Star Trek movie will do just that. We'll be there opening night along with hundreds of other trekkies.

Are you a trekkie? Who is your favorite character? Have you seen Into Darkness? And if so, what did you think?

I'll have a book review for you Thursday.
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