The Sound Of Belief | Spotlight and Giveaway

The Sound of Belief is an inspirational poetry book written by Ebony Archer in order to empower the reader to activate their belief.
The Sound of Belief

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Author’s Bio:

Since the early age of four, she started singing in her church where her gift was discovered. In 2000, Ebony joined Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago at the age of eight. With this group, Ebony has sung in front of audiences of ranging numbers and has shared the stage with many famous names in the industry such as Yolanda Adams, R. Kelly, Celine Dion, Nick Carter, and the list continues.

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In 2001, Ebony Archer was featured in R. Kelly’s video, The World’s Greatest. In 2012, Ebony was the runner up in the national anthem competition for Black Girls Run with over 40,000 votes. Through the musical experiences, vocal training, and learning how to have great stage presence; it has molded Ebony into a gifted singer and because of her inspiring voice, she is now known as the Inspirer”.

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Falcon Song

Book Description For Falcon Song

Kate can handle that Jason Falcon is gorgeous.

And she can handle that he is fantastically talented, and competent, and funny, and sweet, and . . . . well, all of the things he is.

What she isn’t sure she can handle is that he and his country band have suddenly become wildly famous.

Even though she has always known that he near worships her, with millions of girls now throwing themselves at him, Kate is afraid that Jason will find he no longer loves Kate best. Then, when she discovers something completely earth shattering, it only makes her more unsure.

Realizing that she can never settle for less than absolute devotion, as she is struggling to find what her place will be in Jason’s new top of the charts world, Kate wonders how you can ever truly know that things will work out.

Does True Love Always Lead To Happily Ever After?

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About the author

Kristin Cross was a mostly obedient child—unless her mom wanted her to put her book down. She grew up in the Rockies and traveled with her family enough to want to travel more and have adventures in all those exotic looking places on the map that she hasn’t been to—yet. Now, as an adult, she also loves relaxing at home in the mountains and coming up with stories about those places. Motherhood has been her best time yet, and she wishes she’d had more than just four marvelous children. She loves a good storm, a beautiful sunset, the wind in her face, puppies, and fresh mangos with her shrimp. And her husband, DJ. She truly adores DJ.

My review

The book had the makings of a great story. A small town couple who are trying to make a long distance relationship work. A young girl who is insecure about her boyfriend’s new lifestyle thanks to him making it big on the music scene.

However, quite early on I was put off by Kate’s character. She seemed too insecure and her ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude was irritating, to say the least. Yes, she was angry with herself and Jason for getting drunk and breaking her vow of chastity, but somehow, it came across that Jason was more to blame than her.

Her reluctance to marry Jason, who did come across as a decent bloke, was further compounded by her poor decision to hide their child from him. Later in the story, her sneaky behaviour of going to check up on him to see if he was flirting with other women showed that she hadn’t really grown up at all, and whether her attitude would make for a good relationship with anyone is questionable.

I do read Christian romance, but this one seemed too much for me!

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Uneven Exchange Review And Giveaway

Book Description:

Like fire and ice, Alexandra Callet’s life runs hot and cold. At the age of thirty-three, Alexandra owns a stunning home and a successful interior design company. But she is in love with her business partner, Jake Taylor, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a woman. She should be on top of the world, but instead she feels dragged down by the void in her heart. Hoping for answers, she decides a trip to Mexico might soothe her soul.

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Jake Taylor only pretends to be a confirmed bachelor. Jake has been entranced by Alexandra’s determination and exotic beauty since the moment they met, but she has no idea how he feels. He considers confessing his love, but fears jeopardizing their friendship and business. He’s caught in a web of pretending he doesn’t care, and doesn’t see a way out of it. Alexandra is recruited for a dangerous mission. Following her trip to Mexico, her resemblance to a member of an assassin’s family leads Alexandra to be recruited by the DEA. Her training leaves her distracted, and her business begins to suffer. Jake notices her sudden change, and feels her slipping both personally and professionally beyond his reach.

Should he finally take the chance…before it’s too late? After all, he has nothing to lose. However, when Alexandra returns to Mexico for her mission, things go terribly wrong. Will she be able find the strength to fight and escape the peaceful haven that has now become her prison?

Or will Jake lose Alexandra forever…

Author Bio:

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.K. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her father, an American citizen, was a decorated veteran of the second world war. Derban’s mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, Derban’s life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries. S.K. Derban has always remained passionate about writing, and is thrilled to finally share her work with others.
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Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe. When writing, S.K. Derban relies on all aspects of her life, from her faith in the Lord, to her love and knowledge of the arts.

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My review:

Uneven Exchange has all the elements that keep me reading a book right through – suspense, action and romance, a strong female character and a good conversation. The main characters Alexandra and Jake were fantastic.There are many other characters with smaller roles, who were quite likeable.  I could relate to Alexandra and her ability to have her faith see her through all the confusing aspects of her life.

This is my first book by the author and I had no idea what to expect. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and the plot was very intruiging.  I will certainly be looking for more books from her.

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In the Context of Love – Author Interview and Giveaway

Book Description for In the Context of Love

What makes us step back to examine the events and people that have shaped our lives? And what happens when what we discover leads to more questions?

Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With two children in tow, she begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her back home to Ohio. It pains her to remember the promise her future once held and the shattering revelations that derailed her life.

Can she face the failures and secrets of her past and move forward? Somehow she must learn to accept the violence of her beginning before she can be open to life, and a second chance at love.  Continue reading “In the Context of Love – Author Interview and Giveaway”

Becoming Marta

Becoming Marta

by Lorea Canales
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ISBN 9781503952614

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Book Description
Thanks to her wealthy and well-connected family, twenty-six-year-old Marta is used to getting whatever she wants. And what she wants is a good time.

That is, until her father’s wife—the woman who raised her—becomes ill. Beautiful young Marta is forced to witness her unfaithful, brutish father abandon her adoptive mother in her final moments. After her father’s swift remarriage, Marta is surprised to discover that she is now the sole heir of her late mother’s sizeable estate. For the first time, she can choose to cut ties and establish her true self, apart from her parents, her social standing, and the complications of a life of excess. From the balmy beaches of Mexico to New York City, Marta searches for clues to her unconventional heritage and seeks to shed her family’s tradition of secrecy and betrayal as she finds her own way.

The author

Lorea Canales is a lawyer, journalist, translator, and critically acclaimed novelist. One of the first Mexican women admitted to Georgetown Law, Canales worked in antitrust and electoral law in Washington, DC, and Mexico before joining the newspaper Reforma as a legal correspondent. Since then, Canales has taught law at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, edited for the New York Times Syndicate in its Spanish news service, and worked for Felipe Calderón’s presidential campaign in Mexico. In 2010, Canales received a master’s in creative writing from New York University. She published her novel Apenas Marta (Hardly Marta) in 2011 and Los perros (The Dogs) in 2013. Canales currently lives in New York.

My review 

The one good thing about this book is that it kept me reading right until the end, hoping that something good will come out of it.

It had all the makings of a great story. Rich parents. Secret adoption. Love affairs. Tragic loss. Revenge….but…. I’m not quite certain where the author wanted to go with this. It could have turned out to be one fantastic redemption story. It was disappointing, because it seemed to come to an abrupt end, leaving the reader guessing as to what became of Marta!

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.