Unbridled Faith, Book Review

Unbridled Faith by Cara Whitney

Explore the timeless wisdom of God's Word through this beautiful horse devotional.
Horses nuzzle their way into our hearts and have a way of teaching us a lot about ourselves, about life, and even about God. Just ask horse enthusiast Cara Whitney, wife of comedian and actor Dan Whitney (aka Larry the Cable Guy).
Through years spent working with these majestic animals—Cara Whitney has learned countless spiritual lessons that have brought her closer to God.
In 100 heartfelt devotions with stunning photography, you'll
  • Learn about being flexible in your faith from a gangly legged colt.
  • Discover the secret to overcoming temptation through a horse's "sneak and eat" game.
  • From a pony with a sweet tooth, find out why we should be glad God doesn’t answer yes to all of our prayers.
  • Be reminded that you are priceless to God from a one-eyed quarter horse named Roanie.  
Unbridled Faith is the perfect daily devotional for horse lovers.

My Thoughts: I received this book in exchange for review, but this doesn't effect the review. When this book first arrived I was immediately impressed with the cover. It has beautiful cover art (both front and back) and a very solid hardback and binding. Inside it has a satin bookmark and even more beautiful photos of horses on the inside. The devotionals themselves are short, sweet and well written. 

The Love Letter, Book Review

The Love Letter By Rachel Hauck 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations.
Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.
When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. But once on-set together, the chemistry between Jesse and his leading lady is hard to deny.
Centuries earlier, in the heart of the Revolutionary War, Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow wrote their saga off the silver screen. Esther’s Loyalist father opposes any relationship with Hamilton, but Esther must face her beloved father’s disapproval and the dangers of war in order to convince Hamilton of their future together. Hamilton has loved Esther for years, and on the eve of battle pens the love letter she’s always wanted—something straight from the heart.  
Set in stunning upcountry South Carolina, The Love Letter is a beautifully crafted story of the courage it takes to face down fear and chase after love, even in the darkest of times. And just maybe, all these generations later, love can come home in a way not even Hollywood could imagine.

My Thoughts: I have to start by saying that while I did receive this book to review, that doesn't effect my opinion on it in any way. I love romance novels and knew by the first chapter that Love Letter would be a good read. While the back and forth from past and present can be a little hard to follow in some novels, The Love Letter does a great job keeping it from being confusing. The dual stories intermixing were great and I loved all the twists and turns the novel has. Another great read from Rachel Hauck.

COMET TV Monster Summer Giveaway

Do you hear that… It sounds like… A… ROAR!
That’s because it’s MONSTER SUMMER! The biggest, baddest and most fire-breathing summer ever!
Starting on Memorial Day weekend and… All Summer Long… COMET TV is bringing the heat with Godzilla, Reptilicus, Mechagodzilla and even a few Astro-Monsters for good measure!
Every Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend, Monster Summer has it going on!
But we’re not going to leave you without a little something to beat the heat…
We want to give you the opportunity to have an awesome summer of your own! The COMET TV Monster Summer Prize Pack is perfect for catching some rays or stopping a fire breathing beast!

Typical summer activities generally include outdoor BBQs, trips to the beach, and taking dips in swimming pools, but Godzilla fans may choose to stay indoors this summer thanks to COMET’s “Monster Summer” event! 


Beginning May 27, COMET will be airing a double-header of classic monster movies every Sunday throughout the summer, with the first film each night featuring your favorite giant lizard and the second starring some lesser-known beasts. The Godzilla films featured run the gamut from his 1954 debut Gojira, to the silly Son of Godzilla, to the kaiju overload of Destroy All Monsters. As for the other monsters featured, you can look forward to campy classics like the King Kong/Frankenstein hybrid Konga, the Korean Godzilla equivalent Yongary, Monster from the Deep, and the legendary — thanks to Mystery Science Theater 3000 — Reptilicus.


You can enter to win:

The Comet TV Monster Summer Prize Pack has:
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To Enter: Comment Below what you're looking forward to watching. 
MONSTER SUMMER
Sundays 8/7C
5/27
Gojira 
Reptilicus
6/3
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Phantom from 10,000 Leagues
6/10
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
Creature of Destruction
6/17
Terror of Mechagodzilla
The Beast from Haunted Cave
6/24
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Yongary, Monster From The Deep
7/1
Destroy All Monsters
Destroy All Planets
7/8
Son of Godzilla
Konga
7/15
Godzilla vs. Megalon
War of the Gargantuas
7/22
Gojira
Attack of the Monsters
7/29
Destroy all Monsters
Monster from a Prehistoric Planet
8/5
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Monster from the Surf
8/12
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
It's Alive!
8/19
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Voyage into Space
8/26
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
The Giant Gila Monster
9/2
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
The Giant Claw

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Writers of the Future Volume 34

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future



Explore diverse new universes of possibility through a variety of creative and fresh new ideas—all in one anthology. From dragons to mythical death dealers, from murder on the moon to deep space mystery, these stories bring you the hot new talent in science fiction, fantasy & horror.
Enjoy these award-winning stories & illustrations, with bonus stories by New York Timesbestselling authors  Robert J. Sawyer, Todd McCaffrey & L. Ron Hubbard.
Learn how to write or improve your craft with tips from Grand Master fantasy author  Anne McCaffrey and New York Times bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard.

About the Stories:

Turnabout—Djinn are famous for twisting your words so they don’t really grant your wish, but two can play that game. 
A Smokeless and Scorching Fire—Deacon is a government official, and he’s afraid he’ll stay that way if he can’t break his conditioning. 
The Howler on the Sales Floor—It’s easy making sales when you can send images of despair into the hearts of your clients. 
The Minarets of An-Zabat—Alder seeks the secrets of the Windcallers’ magic, but his curiosity may destroy the people he loves. 
The Death Flyer—Jim Bellamy tries to save the life of a girl who died in the wreckage of a train ten years ago. 
Odd and Ugly—A tree giant takes in a housekeeper, but she has more secrets than either of them can handle. 
Mara’s Shadow—An ancient myth might provide the key to curing a disease that threatens all of humanity. 
The Lesson—A lesson on philosophy in action turns into a deadly encounter. 
What Lies Beneath—A powerful sorcerer has so disgraced himself, he is afraid of what his family will think should he ever die and meet them on the other side. 
The Face in the Box—Cara discovers a floating farm parked over her land, blocking the sunlight, and must confront the driver.  
Flee, My Pretty One—In a world controlled by dragons and their henchmen, rock singer Josephine really only wants “death to all collaborators.” 
Illusion—Even a court wizard will struggle to fight off armies if his weapons pack no actual punch. 
A Bitter Thing—You can put an end to something wondrous, but only at a cost. 
Miss Smokey—Lily’s ability to shift shapes into a bear offers some strange challenges.  
All Light and Darkness—On a far world, a nameless man meets a woman of ancient genetic stock, and when trouble follows in his wake, he must choose: her life or his humanity?

My Thoughts: Before I get into the review, I have to start by saying that I was sent a copy of Writers of the Future Volume 34 so that I could review it, but that this doesn't effect my review in anyway. Now that we have that out of the way... here's to what I think. I absolutely love science fiction writing/movies/television shows, and short stories so I figured I had found a perfect match with this book. Writers of the Future is full of talented up and coming writers and there's a little bit of everything from romance to adventure and horror in these stories. Delightful weekend read that leaves you wanting to read all the other volumes and more from the individual authors. 

Arms of Mercy, Book Review

Arms of Mercy by Ruth Reid 

He lost her once to a rash decision.
He will not lose her again.
On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expecting her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin’s bakery—anything to flee the source of her shame.
Elijah Graber knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He’s determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida. Perhaps their two-day bus trip together will provide enough time for him to make his case and win her back.
Just when Elijah is starting to tear down the walls Catherine has built, their bus skids on an icy road—and amid the mayhem and tragedy that follow, Catherine disappears. Elijah’s friends urge him to prepare for the worst, but Elijah holds on to his hope in God and refuses to give up his search for Catherine. With supernatural nudging from the most unexpected places, Elijah sets out to find the love he once lost—no matter the cost.

My Thoughts: If you've taken a look at some of the reviews I've posted, you might notice that I've done a few Amish themed novels. So of course when the publisher offered me Arms of Mercy to review I was immediately interested, but getting a copy to review doesn't effect my opinion in any way. This book was a joy. I loved the characters and the story was such a fun read. 
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