$10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Quest Chasers: The Deadly Cavern by Grace and Thomas Lockhaven

 
Quest Chasers: The Deadly Cavern
by Grace and Thomas Lockhaven
Genre: YA, Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure

If you knew that your curiosity may take you to a place from which you may never return, would you go?
Tommy and Eevie are trapped in an underground labyrinth filled with deadly traps and puzzles. They must solve each riddle to survive, but every solution leads them closer to what is certain to be their demise.
 
The Deadly Cavern is the first book of Quest Chasers, a fiction-fantasy series, where characters Tommy and Eevie are taken to a magical adventure you won’t soon forget.
If you like fantasy, magical lands and puzzles, then you’ll love Grace and Thomas Lockhaven’s Quest Chasers!
It’s a fantasy book for teens but young adults have been enjoying it as well.
 

We’re Grace and Thomas Lockhaven. We pretty much met the same way ALL writers meet each other, we met at the gym. While other people discussed their workouts we discussed things like, how to reverse a “creeping death” spell cast by an evil wizard. We could have filled a book with pictures of people’s faces that overheard our conversations. Quest Chasers grew from these conversations and now we hope to pass on to you the thrilling adventures of Eevie and Tommy as we bring them to life.

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Coloring Book Review: Hide it In Your Heart: A Scripture Coloring and Activity Book for Adults and Kids by Annie Douglass Lima

 

Hide it In Your Heart: A Scripture Coloring and Activity Book for Adults and Kids by Annie Douglass Lima

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Paperback: 162 pages

Details:

More than just a coloring book, this inspirational activity book will help you relax, unwind, and enjoy some creative fun while hiding God’s Word in your heart.

The 35 separate verses and passages are printed in colorable word art with decorative borders, blank on the back to make them easier to remove and frame or display, if desired. Each one is accompanied by two different activities or puzzles featuring the verse or key words from it.

Hide it in Your Heart is an ideal Scripture memorization aid for Christian schools, homeschool programs, Sunday schools, or your own personal use. Children and adults will enjoy learning, practicing, and meditating on these artistically presented verses from the New International Version Bible.

Proceeds from the sale of Hide it In Your Heart will be donated to www.Christar.org to help provide a translation of God’s Word for a minority people group in East Asia who do not yet have the Bible in their own language.

About the Author:

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Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four fantasies, a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

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Review:

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When author Annie Douglass Lima reached out to me about reviewing her coloring/ activity book I was excited! I love coloring books and one that has scriptures in it, well I had to try it out! She was kind enough to send me a PDF version of her book so I could print it out and give it a whirl.

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As I looked at the pages I became excited. Not only were there pages that interested me but there are pages I knew my two younger boys would like to work on. So many of the coloring pages nowadays are just for girls/women.

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This is really a fun book to work on as a family! I colored and my boys worked the activity sheets. We talked and looked up Scriptures and had a great time together.

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Hide it In Your Heart: A Scripture Coloring and Activity Book for Adults and Kids by Annie Douglass Lima contains about 35 different Scripture verses and two puzzles that correspond with each verse. There are five different kinds of puzzles in this book: crossword puzzles, word searches, letterdrops, word scrambles, and find-a-quote puzzles.

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This book would make a nice gift for an older child or teen and someone who teaches those ages in Sunday School. These pages were be very helpful to someone who is trying to learn the Scriptures in a fun and enjoyable way.

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My boys and I are grateful for the opportunity to review this fun coloring / activity book. Please remember that the proceeds from the sale of Hide it In Your Heart will be donated to www.Christar.org to help provide a translation of God’s Word for a minority people group in East Asia who do not yet have the Bible in their own language.

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My Weekly Bible Journaling #16

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This past week we took a majority of the kids to the dentist. That is always a fun trip!  Then we got ready to a birthday for one of our sons. They are getting so big and sooooo old! Next week we have another birthday to celebrate… sobbing…

Here is what I studied and worked on this week as I am making my way through my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible:

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Reading about the Levites and different laws God had given the Israelites today. I know I have read it before but I still find it very interesting!

 

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On one of our rainy days this week this is the verse I worked on. Perfect inspiration for these watercolor droplets.

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I needed this verse this week! So thankful that he is always with me no matter what!

Found this glitter paint at Walmart. Fun to work with and I love the bits of glitter on my paper!

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He is the rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just… Wonderful verse to learn and commit to your heart!

Next week I will be starting the book of Joshua!

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Before the rains came my 9 year old just had to take a picture of my red rose (Mr. Lincoln I think) . I am glad he did because after the rains past he was no longer there!

If you have any questions or suggestions about my Bible Journaling please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know!

I hope you enjoy this journey with me this year. If you want to join in leave me a link to  where you have your Bible Journaling pages and I will be happy to check them out and leave them some love!

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Book Giveaway: The Matchmaking Game By Donna Hatch

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Review & Excerpt Book Tour Grand Finale for

The Matchmaking Game
By Donna Hatch
We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the reviews
or reading the first chapter of the book, go back and do so now…
Launch – Excerpt, Chapter One, Part 1
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Rowena Emerson studied her longtime friend, Evan Barnes, and tried to judge by his expression if he’d be game for a new scheme. It was hard to tell; he had come home from the war a mysterious stranger, with only glimpses of his former playful self who had always been ready for a new lark.

“I loved reading this book. I have read several Donna Hatch’s books and loved everyone of them. . . . I would definitely recommend this book to other readers, especially those who enjoy a good clean romantic novel.”
Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt, Chapter One, Part 2
“Semantics. Come.” She stood. “Let’s go out for some air, and I’ll tell you all about it. There is a terrace outside,” she added in case he didn’t remember the layout of their host’s home.
 
He rose, his posture straight as a tin soldier. The lamplight shone on his dark hair, regulation-short rather than stylish, but it suited his new military bearing. “I have a feeling I’m going to regret even listening to your idea.”
Bookworm Nation – Review
“… I was quickly sucked into the story and didn’t want to leave. I loved the slow buildup of the romance between these two, and how everything works out. Like I said, its a charming regency that will warm your heart. Very enjoyable.”
Q: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
 
A: Wow, that’s a tough question. The first chapter was effortless; it practically wrote itself. I loved the chapter where they really see each other as attractive adults, and not as the childhood friends they used to be. The big kissing scene was also super fun, and, ahem, very much put me in the mood when my husband came home.
Wishful Endings – Excerpt, Chapter One, Part 3
She laughed at his indignation, then put a hand over her mouth to muffle the sound. “I’m only quizzing you, Evan. I haven’t done that sort of thing for at least a month.”

She chuckled at his raised brows. His departure for the war had put an end to most of her pranks. Losing her friend and cohort, not to mention her heartbreak at his absence, had taken the joy out of many of her favorite pastimes. She’d settled for more mundane activities in his absence. Now that he was back, she could finally breathe easy.
 
Hardcover Feedback – Review

 
“The ending was great and I enjoyed every minute of reading this book. I think anyone who enjoys reading stories set in this period will love The Matchmaking Game too.”
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Excerpt, Chapter One, Part 4
Rowena pointed her chin at the couple. “Look at her. Look at my papa. I think they have always been fond of one another—they are often near each other. It probably wouldn’t take much on our part to help them realize they would make a perfect match.”

Evan lifted a dark brow. “You want my mother to marry your papa?”
Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review

“You will love Rowena and Evan. They are very fun characters! I really enjoy when a novella can make a romance believable in such a short few pages. The Matchmaking Game is another one to add to your lists!”
“The progression of the storyline is sweet and natural, causing the reader (me included) to feel swept up in the events and to feel a part of the story, as it’s very believable.”
 
“The Matchmaking Game by Donna Hatch is a delightful treat for the heart! With sizzling kisses, charming humor, and a tender friendship, it’s the perfect choice for a quick weekend read. You will fall in love with the characters and be sad to bid them farewell. And did I mention the kisses?!?!”
Heidi Reads… – Review
“Such a great story! The characters are vivid, the setting is awesome, the conflict is angsty, and the romance is… so romantic! . . . I loved this Regency romance and could not put it down until I was finished!”
“I would call this a regency read for sure, but I appreciate the love story, the story line itself and the loving romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I am sure most every other reader will too.”
deal sharing aunt – Interview & Excerpt, Chapter One, Part 5
Q: What do you think makes a good story?
 
A: Good stories stem from unforgettable, complex characters who overcome obstacles, find new strength they didn’t know they had, and learn to place others’ happiness above their own. I love it when the hero is strong and yet has a vulnerable side to him—I find that very endearing. And of course, the happily-ever-after!
 
Rowena gave his arm a little shake. “I adore your mother, and I think she’d make my papa very happy. He needs the influence of a wife and companion, as I’m sure your mother would welcome a man to love and care for her.”
“Ro, this isn’t our place.”

 
Mel’s Shelves – Review
“It’s a great story of childhood friends whose feelings evolve as they get older. They are perfect for each other, but there’s an obstacle to overcome to get to a happy ending. I enjoyed how it all played out. This is a great pick if you’re looking for a quick, clean Regency romance to keep you entertained for an afternoon!”
“Donna Hatch does such a good job of creating characters that feel real and sincere. I love that. . . . This book was just fun. It made me smile and left me feeling happy.”
Bookworm Lisa – Review
This book has some cute twists and turns. All is not as it seems. There are counter plots in the making. The book is a short and fun book to read for the pleasure of reading. I enjoyed my time engaged in the story.
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt, Chapter One, Part 6
She heaved a sigh. “Very well, then. What else can we do?”

“Stay out of their business?”

She smacked his arm with her fan. “Don’t be a wet blanket. This is just what they both need. Think of how devious and clever we’ll have to be to make them each realize that the other is interested.”
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Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt, Chapter One, Part 7
Perhaps Evan’s reluctance sprang from a new source. Rowena softened her voice. “She can still love and honor your father’s memory even if she remarries.”
He murmured, “I know.”
Beck Valley Books – Excerpt, Chapter One, Part 8
Rowena opened her mouth and then closed it with a snap. The last thing Evan needed was a husband-hunter like Cynthia Pritchard dogging him. Evan had only been home from war a short time and had much more pressing issues—like helping match her papa with his mother.
“From page one readers will be pulled into the story and not want to put it down until the end. It is a sweet romance that will fill the heart with happiness and warmth.”
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The Matchmaking Game

(Timeless Romance Single)
Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance

ebook, 126 pages

April 18th 2017 by Mirror Press

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes the Timeless Romance Singles line.

THE MATCHMAKING GAME: A brand new historical romance novella from bestselling author Donna Hatch.

Rowena’s childhood friend, Evan, has returned home from war a handsome, but mysterious stranger. In an effort to bring happiness to her father, not to mention uncover the Evan she remembers from their youth, Rowena seeks to unite their parents. Who better to match a lonely widow and widower together than their adoring children? Her matchmaking game could help their parents find happiness and draw out her childhood friend buried beneath Evan’s new reserve … or it could break more than one heart.

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About the Author
 

 
Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.
 
 
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Spotlight: BENEATH THE SHINE by Sarah Fine

REVOLUTION ALWAYS COMES WITH A COST.

A Young Adult Fantasy by Bestselling Author Sarah Fine

In a future United States where those who control technology control the wealth, seventeen-year-old Marguerite’s viral video propels a populist candidate to presidential victory on a platform of “tech for all.” But as the mouthpiece of the new leader determined to break the elite stronghold, Marguerite finds herself on the opposite side of the divide in a new high school full of technocrat teens.

When the enigmatic Percy, with his flamboyant fashion sense, sharp wit, and tragic past, takes an interest in her, she is suspicious. But with everyone against her, she needs an ally. Percy is drawn to Marguerite’s passion for the cause, but the legacy of his murdered scientist parents prevents him from letting her get too close.

Soon terrorists strike the capital and technocrat leaders begin turning up dead, and the two must work together to protect both their families and the country. With everyone literally plugged into technology, total domination will take only a flip of the switch. In order to preserve their freedom and the future Marguerite envisions, she and Percy may be forced to pay the ultimate price.

About the Book

Beneath The Shine
by Sarah Fine

Series
n/a

Genre
Young Adult
Fantasy

Publisher
Skyscape

Publication Date
April 18, 2017

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About Sarah Fine

Sarah FineSarah Fine is the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes (McElderry/Simon & Schuster) and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust, the bestselling Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series (Skyscape/Amazon Children’s Publishing), and The Impostor Queen (McElderry, January 2016).

She is also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers published by Putnam/Penguin: Scan and its sequel Burn. Her bestselling adult urban fantasy romance series, Servants of Fate, includes Marked, Claimed, and Fated, and was published by 47North in 2015, and her second adult UF series —Reliquary (and its sequels Splinter and Mosaic) was published 2016. When she’s not writing, she’s psychologizing. Sometimes she does both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.

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Special Excerpt: THE BLACK TEMPEST by Ryan Dalton

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Synopsis:

It’s summer in Emmett’s Bluff, and the ice is spreading. Six months after confronting an enemy from the future, Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert have returned to their normal teenage lives. Or, they’ve tried to. During the battle to save their town, a mysterious force awoke inside the twins. Time calls to them, and it’s growing too strong to be ignored.

When warriors from a mysterious ancient kingdom appear, they bring warnings of an unstoppable foe—one whose control of the ice is powered by Time itself. But ice is far more than the Black Tempest’s signature. As the twins uncover the truth behind it, they realize their town is only the beginning. If the Black Tempest is not stopped here, his corruption will threaten the very course of history.

As cold advances and doom draws near, the twins’ only hope lies in learning to wield Time itself, and in trusting their strange new friends—even if those friends have secrets of their own.

Set for release on April 25th, THE BLACK TEMPEST is the sequel to Ryan Dalton’s phenomenal THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING.

Buy links: http://www.jollyfishpress.com/titles/the-black-tempest.html

Special Excerpt:

CHAPTER 1

October, 641 A.D.

Light pulsed from the great machine as it awoke. A silvery-white glow illuminated the surrounding trees, chasing away the deep dark of night.

As the ground rumbled beneath Tyrathorn’s feet, he allowed himself to marvel at the machine. The Empyrean Bridge remained his people’s greatest achievement. Now, in their most desperate hour, he would use it to save everyone.

Footsteps approached from behind, and his first lieutenant appeared at his side. She pushed back the deep hood of her cloak, letting the snow fall in her hair. Her armor gleamed underneath, bathed in a faint red glow.

“Holding yourself ready, yet I have already dispatched the guards.” He gestured to the bodies around them. “Do you not trust our plan?”

“It’s the enemy I do not trust. They grow more clever, and their forces grow more dangerous.” She turned to face him, her expression grave. “We’re losing, Thorn. If this fails—if the enemy uncovers it before we’re ready—it’s over.”

“I do not intend to—” Tyrathorn cut off, whipping around to stare into the trees. A shift in the flow of Time had occurred nearby.

Mentally he reached through the nexus in his armored chest plate and tapped into the Time stream. Temporal energy flowed through the device and into him, sharpening his senses, lending him power.

His lieutenant drew her weapon and put her back to his. “Where?”

While his eyes scanned the tree line, his true sense cast out farther, waiting for another disturbance in Time. It had barely been a ripple, like a toe dipped in a lake. Which could mean nothing—Time did not always flow like silk, after all—or it could mean an enemy Chronauri had discovered them.

Tyrathorn willed his power outward. A blue glow passed through the fine chainmail covering his body, then rippled across grayish-silver armor plates. The cold night air whipped around him as he braced for an assault.

None came.

They stood like statues in the falling snow, ready to strike. But after a long stretch of silence, Tyrathorn began to question himself.

Had he really felt the shift, or were nerves making him jump at shadows?

His companion turned to him with a questioning eye. Resigned, he nodded and released the power he’d been holding. The glow faded from his armor. Together they ascended the ramp to a wide platform, where a control panel waited.

The Empyrean Bridge sat atop the platform—three hovering rings of polished metal and stone, each forty feet across. Behind them stood four cylindrical metal pylons, glowing with that silver-white inner light, constantly feeding power to the rings.

Tyrathorn tapped a series of commands and two rings moved aside while the third floated toward the center. The machine hummed, pylons glowing brighter as the ring began to spin on its axis. Faster it spun, until within moments it became a blur.

“Tell me your first order,” he said.

“Wait four and a half minutes, then follow you through the portal.”

“And your second?”

She cocked an eyebrow. “Win.”

A hint of a grin touched his lips. So much spirit, and unlike so many others, she understood him. This was why she was his most trusted. Why she was the only family he would ever need. He offered a hand and she accepted it, armor clinking against armor as they shook.

“See you when it’s time to save the world.”

Her eyes caught fire. “No matter what.”

With a boom that rattled the trees, the ring became a swirling vortex of red energy. Tyrathorn approached it tentatively. In two minutes it would stabilize, ready to send him where he needed to be. And when.

On his third step he felt the shift again, only much closer now. An instant later, weapons clanged and his lieutenant shouted in alarm.

No! It’s not ready! Spinning, Tyrathorn reached for the power through his nexus and readied his weapon.

He wasn’t fast enough.

Red bursts of energy rocked the air, a storm of light and sound that temporarily blinded him. Shockwaves drove him back a step, then another, shattering the weapon in his hands. His lieutenant cried out for him to run, just go, leave her. More weapons clattered and he heard running footsteps.

“No!” she yelled.

Her body smacked into his, and then there was only pain. It lanced into his side like fire, exploded behind his eyes as something bashed against his temple. In blind agony, he faltered as her limbs tangled with his. They tumbled backward through the portal.

The world flashed white.

Bio of author:

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Ryan Dalton is author of the young adult Time Shift Trilogy. His debut novel THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING released in January 2016, and his sequel THE BLACK TEMPEST will arrive April 25, 2017.

Ryan splits his time between writing books during the day, fighting crime at night, and hanging out in his awesome underground lair.

Please do not tell anyone he’s Batman. It’s a secret.

Links for author: http://ryandaltonwrites.com/