Thursday, July 28, 2016

HCSB The Illustrator's Notetaking Bible

HCSB Illustrator's Notetaking Bible, British Tan, LeatherTouch 
Published July 1st 2016
 by Holman Bible Publishers


Description:

The Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible combines two hot trends: Bible journaling and adult coloring. Each two-page Bible spread contains a line-drawn illustration that you can fill in with whatever colors you choose. It includes three varieties of illustrations: (1) filigree, (2) Scripture quotes, and (3) drawings that illustrate the topic of the corresponding Bible text. It's ideal for Bible study, homeschool moms, coloring book enthusiasts, and the scrapbooking community.

Features
  • One-column interior design allowing your notes to be next to the applicable Scripture
  • Over 600 beautifully integrated illustrations facilitating your creative side, yet ample white space to create your own as well
  • 2-inch ruled margins ideal for recording observations, lessons, reflections, prayers or notes
  • Exceptional way to express yourself and your spiritual journey right alongside the Bible passages you read and study
  • It's a perfect gift and lifelong keepsake
  • Durable LeatherTouch hardcover binding will travel well and keep for years
  • Eight pages of full-color maps
  • Ribbon marker
  • Gold page edges
  • Presentation page
  • 7-point text size
  • 8.75" x 6.75"

My Thoughts:

This is a beautiful bible.  
I have been fascinated by the new note taking bibles.  In fact, my daughter requested one last year for Christmas.  During my shopping I searched several different bibles trying to find one just for her.  My research was lead me to many bibles so I saw what was available.
 The first thing I noticed about this bible was the cover.  It's a hard backing cover with soft leather which I really like. It's soft, but when in church taking notes it give a sturdy support while taking notes.  Also the cover appears very durable.  There is a handy ribbon marker where you can mark your page and be able to come right back to where you left off.  
As you open the cover the inside page has wonderful illustrations where you can begin to color as you choose.  Next comes the presentation page if you want to present this bible to someone.  Holman does a terrific job including a contents page, a page that describes God's plan for salvation, introduction and also commonly used abbreviations.  At the end of the bible is a place for bullet notes, a daily reading plan,  a concordance, and  8 beautifully colored maps.
There are over 600 images, filigree and text designs for coloring.  Each illustration is in a light grey color for easy coloring.  Illustrations were done by Kristi Smith.  She is an award-winning illustrator at Juicebox Designs from Nashville, Tennessee.  Each illustration to me was very inviting to pick up colored pencils.  
A the very first of the Old Testament is a wonderful lined page that can be used to add notes to.  Starting with Genesis there's easy to read print with lined margins that can be used for note taking or your own illustrations. The print text is 7-point, which for me was easy to read, not too small and clear.   Of course everything repeats itself  with the New Testament.  
This bible is perfect for everyday use when doing daily reading, using it with devotional reading to highlight areas to remember or jotting down a quick note to remember, or taking it to church to use.  Basically it can work for any occasion.  Using the illustrations for coloring can be very relaxing and help you focus on God's word, or at least for me it did.  
I would recommend this bible to any adult or older teen or even as a gift. My daughter now wishes she had waited for this one because it offers so much more than the one I gave her, so I guess everyone now knows one gift I am buying her for Christmas. :)

*I received this book from BHP/Lifeway Publishing Group as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.    
 

 

Keys of Promise #2

Cover Art 
Published July 5th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company  


Synopsis:

Her future--and her heart--hang in the balance.Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life.

But when Prosperity arrives penniless in the South, she is dismayed to find David has not been eagerly awaiting their reunion. In fact, he is married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, Prosperity gains the friendship--and the affection--of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again? 

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Meet the Author:

 
Christine is a small-town Michigan girl who has lived in every corner of the state's Lower Peninsula. From a young age, she knew she wanted to do something in the arts. After trying her hand at music and art, she returned to her first love -- story. She feels blessed to write Christian fiction and to be twice named a finalist for Romance Writer's of America's Golden Heart® award.
When not at the computer keyboard, she loves to hike and explore God's majestic creation. Her heart is in women's ministries, especially women's Bible study, and she loves to facilitate small group study in her church or online at Women's Bible Cafe, where she is blessed to co-lead a small group. These days, she and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys.


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My Thoughts:

Christine Johnson brings us the second installment in the Keys of Promise series.   A few characters are revisited from the first book, but this is definitely a stand alone book.  This is the story of Prosperity Jones who in a few short years lost her father in a whaling accident, her fiance` left for his post after joining the army, and just recently lost her mother after years of caring for her.  She has endured so much heartache in the last few years.  This character touched my heart.  The loss of a mother can have a huge impact on a young woman.  Being left with few resources she makes the decision to travel to Key West to join her fiance`, David Latham, knowing this will be a fresh start for her and a much needed sense of security.  
Unfortunately upon her arrival to Key West turns out to not be what she expected.  David has not only married another woman, but they are expecting their first child.  Prosperity is reeling over David's betrayal and the hatred his wife harbors for her.  
Finding herself close to destitute and being a resourceful woman, Prosperity seeks lodging and a job.  She was hired as a laundress at the local hospital and draws the attentions of Dr. Clayton Goodenow.  She and Clayton share a common interests and quickly become friends.  Just as she is getting adjusted to her new life in the Keys David suddenly reappears in her life.  
This story is about betrayal, forgiveness, faith and love.  Prosperity shows her strength of character in many ways.  I was drawn to the character.  She has endured so much heartache, but she decides to not let it define her even though this is a struggle.  Her faith truly defines her as a person.  This plot has twists the reader doesn't expect and will keep them turning the pages.  This is a sweet book that anyone who loves romance will enjoy.  
*I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogger program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What Matters Most

What Matters Most (Texas Gold #4) 
Published July 5th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company


Synopsis:

Just when she can't take it anymore, Leta finally catches a break. But when things seem too good to be true, they often are.
Finding her dream job went right out the window when Leta Breckenridge had to quit school to help care for her mother suffering from dementia. When a delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta is thrilled to land a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her seemingly ideal job turns into a nightmare when she learns the firm is a front for a political opposition organization--and that the research she's been collecting will be used against Nathan Emerson, the handsome senator she's swiftly falling in love with.

Nathan is a rising political star being pressured to run a bid to unseat the current governor of Texas. He's already in a relationship with a woman much better suited to be a politician's wife, but he's never met anyone like Leta. Could this feisty woman hold the key to his heart--and his future?


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Meet the Author:


 
I barely remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hand. My tiny hometown of Carey, Idaho had no library, no bookstore. The bi-weekly bookmobile provided the only avenue to books . . . that, and my Gram, who spent a lot of her Social Security checks on books for her granddaughter with an insatiable appetite for stories.
I grew up on a sheep ranch in southern Idaho, a business my family had been in for generations, never dreaming I’d ever see my own name on a novel. I left home to attend Boise State University and spent most of my adult years pursuing a sensible legal career, raising two boys, and learning to be happily married.
But God heard the quiet prayers of a woman who dared to dream big and ask her Lord for the outrageous. In early 2011, I signed my first book contract. Today, I am living my fantasy. I live in Dallas with my husband. I work from home, writing novels. Often by the pool.
Can life get any better?


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My Thoughts:

Kellie Coates Gilbert brings us the fourth installment in her Texas Gold series, What Matters Most.  This is an interesting, contemporary romance that I enjoyed reading.  This being a perfect book about political intrigue, especially since it seems like the only thing on television these days is about politics.  We are introduced to a strong, young woman who knows what hard work and sacrifice are like to provide for the one you love.  She dropped out of college to care for her mother who is suffering from dementia.  Ensuring that her mother is well taken care of is one of her greatest concerns.   In fact, she works three jobs just to keep her in one of the best facilities, Heritage House,  close to her and she doesn't complain about it either. 
It seems like nothing is going right for her.  She works at Central Market designing flowers and they have recently hired a new person to help cover the hours and this is the last thing she needs with being behind on her bill at her mom's nursing facility.  She answers an advertisement for Wade Agency, a PR firm, and lands a high-paying position.  Finally a job where she can make enough money to pay for her mom's care plus catch up on the being behind. 
Nathan Emerson is an up and coming candidate in the governor's race, but his job as a physician in research for neurological compromised patients is his first love and focus.  Meeting Leta was an eye opening experience.  There's an attraction that can't be denied, but he's blind sided by her new job at the Wade Agency.  
I loved both complex characters.  
This is a perfect book for anyone who loves intrigue, faith and love. 
I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts are my own.  
    

 

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Nikki Boyd Files #2

Missing (The Nikki Boyd Files #2) 
Published July 5th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company  
Synopsis:
Nikki Boyd Enters the Deadly World of Counterfeit Drugs to Find a Missing Woman
Nikki Boyd isn't usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she's ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant--and another dead body--Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business--including Nikki.
Christy Award-winning and bestselling author Lisa Harris puts readers right into the action in this fast-paced thriller that will have them turning pages long into the night.
 
 Available for Purchase:

AMAZON  BARNES & NOBLE  CHRISTIANBOOK
BAKER RETAIL


Meet the Author:

Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She has sold over thirty novels and novella collections. Along with her husband, she and her three children have spent over ten years living as missionaries in Africa where she homeschools, leads a women's group, and runs a nonprofit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project works in southern Africa promoting Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way for her to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves . . . the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice" (Proverbs 31:8).

When she's not working, she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa, visit her website at www.lisaharriswrites.com or her blog at http://myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com. For more information about The ECHO Project, please visit www.theECHOproject.org.


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WEBSITE  BLOG  FACEBOOK  TWITTER  PINTEREST 


My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Nikki Boyd Files released by Lisa Harris and to me a stand alone story even though it's part of a series.  I will start by saying the cover does a good job of giving the reader a hint of the suspense inside. 
 I enjoyed this book, but I really like a suspenseful story.  Nikki Boyd is a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of  Investigations-Missing Persons Task Force.  Nikki hasn't given up on finding her sister who disappeared years ago. She and partner, Jack Spencer, have been called to the scene of a homicide.  As more information becomes available it is discovered that Mac and Lucy Hudson are missing which is what prompts the call.  Knowing the first 48 hours are crucial Nikki and Jack plan to leave no stone uncovered.  Unfortunately the first clue leads them to the marina and the boat owned by Nikki's close friend, Tyler Grant.  Upon arrival they encounter Tyler bloodied and leaning over a body who turns out to be Mac Hudson.  Nikki knows that there's no way Tyler was involved in  this murder, but she must put her feelings aside and work the case and follow where the leads take her.  
This is a action packed suspense that will keep you guessing until the end.  I liked the characters.  Nikki shows both determination and strength as she works the case.  With each new lead she begins to ask more questions and suddenly realizes she has more questions than answers.  She digs in and always puts the case first.  She is diligent in looking for Lucy.  Tyler is forthcoming as to the extent of his involvement, but when he realizes the danger that Nikki is in his protective instincts kick in.  Jack is a no nonsense character that doesn't take anything at face value.  His main concern is finding answers that will lead to Lucy Hudson.  This is an adventure and suspense that will keep you turning the pages until the end, even if it's 2 am and your alarm will sound at 6 am.
I would recommend this book to anyone that loves suspense.  
*I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  


Here's a look at the next book in this series, Pursued, is set to release in April, 2017. 


Cover Art Nikki Boyd's flight into Nashville was routine--up until the crash landing at the airport. When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing--and no one will admit she was ever there. Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial. When she flees from the crash, is she running from trouble or straight into it? Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Happy Harvest

Precious Moments: Happy Harvest 
Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 
 by Thomas Nelson 
Synopsis:

Celebrate the harvest season with the bestselling Precious Moments®characters. 
 Full of the beloved artwork and timeless messages of gratitude, Happy Harvest is a sweet reminder to enjoy every season together.
As the leaves change and fields yield their fruit, it is time to celebrate a Happy Harvest with all of God’s creation! Talk with your children about God’s beautiful world in autumn and all the joys it holds—falling leaves, big round pumpkins, warm cider, and crackling fires that bring us closer together.
This charming board book will remind you of all your favorite aspects of the harvest season and invite you and your children to thank God for His abundant provision.
 


Available for Purchase:

AMAZON   CHRISTIANBOOK  BARNES & NOBLE 


Meet the Author:



Jean Fischer is a professional writer with a solid background in publishing. While working as a senior editor and creative manager at Golden Books' Activity Products and Audio divisions, she managed the creative development of activity books and award-winning audio/book products. As a freelance writer, Jean has co-written with Christian celebrities Sheila Walsh, Thomas Kinkade, John MacArthur, John C. Maxwell, and she recently compiled stories for The Jesus Calling Bible Storybook written by best-selling author, Sarah Young. 

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Deep Shadows

Deep Shadows 
Published July 1st 2016
 by Harvest House Publishers  


Synopsis:

All It Takes Is One Night
to Plunge the World into Darkness
Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe—until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology.

Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn’t changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.

Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority—to keep Shelby and her son safe—could prove to be the biggest challenge of all.

As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby’s faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.
- See more at: https://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/books/deep-shadows-9780736966535#sthash.rXPqGQII.dpuf
All It Takes Is One Night
to Plunge the World into Darkness
Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe—until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology.

Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn’t changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.

Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority—to keep Shelby and her son safe—could prove to be the biggest challenge of all.

As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby’s faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.
- See more at: https://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/books/deep-shadows-9780736966535#sthash.rXPqGQII.dpuf
 All It Takes Is One Night
to Plunge the World into Darkness


Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe—until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology. 
Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn't changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.

Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority—to keep Shelby and her son safe—could prove to be the biggest challenge of all.

As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby's faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.


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Meet the Author:
  

Vannetta Chapman
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of many novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish mystery. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country.


Contact Online:
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A few weeks ago Vannetta answered questions from some readers on her blog about her new release, Deep Shadows, and also some general questions.  She posted a video answering some of these questions.  Its a great video so take a look:



Also Vanetta posted a video reading the Prelude to Deep Shadows, please take a listen:

 


My Thoughts:


Let me start by saying this was a very intriguing book.  I saw it available on Netgalley and loved the cover, which is what initially drew me in.  When I read the book blurb it drew me in further so I knew I had to read this book.  
When I opened it I was immediately drawn into the story.  The plot is something that I have long worried might happen, the collapse of not only technology, but our very way of life.  I know most people believe that it's an impossibility with all the backups, but let me ask you this what if it did happen?  What if you were suddenly without the basic necessities for living?  Scary when you really think of it.  
This story takes place in modern day and brings us the engaging story of Shelby Sparks and Max Berkman, who are both neighbors and close friends for years.  Shelby's character touched me more than I can describe.  She is the mother of a teenage son who has a life long health issue, diabetes.  She has learned and taught her son how to live with the disease, but that doesn't mean the worry goes away.  When a solar flare hits her first thought is of him and how to ensure he gets his medication and a somewhat healthy diet to maintain his blood sugar.  Max made a decision years ago that impacted his relationship with Shelby, but it didn't change his feelings so when the flare hits she and her son is his first concern.  Both are faced to make decisions and sacrifices in order to survive, but neither loose their faith.  
We are introduced to strong, engaging characters that after finishing the book I found myself still thinking about.  The plot flows effortlessly and swallowed me heart and soul.  I kept putting myself in the story line and thinking what if.  I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but I would only be repeating myself.  The book has elements of mystery, spine tingling suspense, faith and a mild romance.  I would recommend this book to anyone.  

The next book in this series will be Raging Storm and the expected publication is Feb., 2017.  Here is the book blurb:

In the Darkness,
Anarchy Awakens

When a solar flare wiped out all modern technology, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have finally found refuge, but Shelby knows she can't remain hidden forever. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin—and Shelby will risk a trek to Austin to make sure he gets it. Shelby's best friend and high-school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won't even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they take to the streets—only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy. Shelby and Max's search for medical supplies will lead them into dangerous territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive.

* * *

In this second book in an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian series, survival will be threatened and faith will be put to the ultimate test as a raging storm engulfs America.
 

In the Darkness,
Anarchy Awakens
When a solar flare wiped out all modern technology, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have finally found refuge, but Shelby knows she can’t remain hidden forever. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin—and Shelby will risk a trek to Austin to make sure he gets it.
Shelby’s best friend and high-school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won’t even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they take to the streets—only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy.

Shelby and Max’s search for medical supplies will lead them into dangerous territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive.

* * *
In this second book in an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian series, survival will be threatened and faith will be put to the ultimate test as a raging storm engulfs America.
- See more at: https://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/books/raging-storm-9780736966559#sthash.wAlRrSx6.dpuf


In the Darkness,
Anarchy Awakens
When a solar flare wiped out all modern technology, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have finally found refuge, but Shelby knows she can’t remain hidden forever. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin—and Shelby will risk a trek to Austin to make sure he gets it.
Shelby’s best friend and high-school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won’t even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they take to the streets—only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy.

Shelby and Max’s search for medical supplies will lead them into dangerous territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive.

* * *
In this second book in an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian series, survival will be threatened and faith will be put to the ultimate test as a raging storm engulfs America.
- See more at: https://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/books/raging-storm-9780736966559#sthash.wAlRrSx6.dpuf


 
 
All It Takes Is One Night
to Plunge the World into Darkness
Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe—until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology.

Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn’t changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.

Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority—to keep Shelby and her son safe—could prove to be the biggest challenge of all.

As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby’s faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.
- See more at: https://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/books/deep-shadows-9780736966535#sthash.rXPqGQII.dpuf

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Cimarron Legacy #1

No Way Up (Cimarron Legacy, #1) 
Published July 5th 2016
 by Bethany House Publishers  



Synopsis:

The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!
 When Cimarron Ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg--and possibly his life--Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch's will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance's three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don't live and work at the ranch for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative.

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set--and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future--and a desired future with Sadie--locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all. 



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Meet Mary:


Mary ConnealyMary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.


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My Thoughts:

As an author Mary Connealy weaved her way into my heart years ago.  I love her writing style.  She has a way of weaving words together that literally bring the story to life for me.  I know I can pick up one of her books and get lost in the story.  This book is no different.  
I always get excited when I hear that Mary is writing a new series and look forward to reading it.  Much to my surprise Mary released a novella, The Boden Birthright, which gives the background setting for this series.  After reading this novella, needless to say I was even more excited about the series.  No Way Up is the first book in the series.  
This story takes place in Skull Gulch, New Mexico Territory in the fall of 1880.
  On a blustery day we find Chance Boden, the owner of the Cimarron Ranch, along with foreman John Hightree  and Heath Kincaid riding in search of a cantankerous bull that had knocked down a gate blocking a mountain pass.  Unfortunately when an avalanche occurred raining down rocks and debris Chance finds himself trapped and injured. After Heath and John dig Chance out they immediately know he had an injury that would probably cost him his life. 
Chance is a smart man and he has devised a plan through his will that will ensure that his children would learn to work together and fight to save the ranch.  Sadie has been living in town and working with the local orphanage, but with Heath's arrival and news of Chance's accident she immediately heads for homeAfter arriving at the ranch and much thinking Heath voices his opinion that the avalanche appears to have been intentionally caused.  Needless to say the siblings launch an investigation that proves Heath's theory to be correct and with it the knowledge that something more sinister is going on.  Danger is lurking everywhere and Heath plans to ensure that Sadie is protected.  
I became invested in the story from the very beginning as the characters found things more complicated than they had ever imagined.  The romantic tension between Heath and Sadie add a measure of humor and intrigue.  Sadie shows her strength of character in many ways, but most importantly when she refuses to allow her brothers to push her to the side when investigating and solving this mystery.  
This story has elements of mystery, suspense, romantic tension, turmoil and faith.  It is a book that I would recommend to anyone who loves mystery, suspense, and romance.  
*I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.     



The next book in the series is set to be release in March 2017.

  
Cover ArtThe Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn't help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.

With her and the doc's timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It's clear now that everything that's occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?