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Descended Aaro

I want to give this one six stars, not five. That’s how much I enjoyed reading it. Descended Aaro is book three in the series by Dana Pratola and I must say the entire series is growing on me more and more.  In fact, after reading ‘Aaro’ I had to go back and re-read the first two books – ‘Jett’ and ‘Sebastian’.  Having done so, I’d officially call myself a fan and can’t wait for the fourth (and presumably the last) book.

Aaro is probably the most likeable ‘superhero’ in…


Added by Tracy Krauss on July 13, 2015 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Chronicles of Steele

Pauline Creeden weaves an intriguing tale of honor and romance in Chronicles of Steele: Raven.  This ‘Steampunk’ fantasy follows Raven Steele, a ‘Reaper’ who is bound by the strict code of ethics followed by her sect. When she is asked to protect the young baron from his own family, she is thrust into a journey of danger and magic that tests her intensive reaper training, not to mention her mettle. The mechanized ‘steampunk’ elements are well constructed and fit the story, while the…


Added by Tracy Krauss on May 28, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Rise and Shine - a review

A modern day ‘Sleeping Beauty’, Shannon has woken up from a ten year coma to find that her old life - including her new husband – are gone forever. Technological advances have left her feeling like Rip Van Winkle and she isn’t sure if she can adjust. Handsome Doctor Daniel Petros has been by her side from the beginning. He and her former husband had formed a close friendship over the years before Edmund succumbed to cancer. This is a sweet romance that moves the reader slowly through…


Added by Tracy Krauss on May 27, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Shenandoah Dreams - a Review

This is the third book in the Trilogy but it could very well be the first.  The Shenandoah, a two hundred year old tall ship, hosts annual school trips for local children off the New England coast. Little does anyone know, but the schooner has a secret time portal that transports unsuspecting travellers back to Revolutionary America. In book one, Shenandoah Nights, we are introduced in passing to the unfortunate disappearance of teacher Melissa Smith five years previous. Book three,…


Added by Tracy Krauss on May 26, 2015 at 9:58pm — No Comments

In the Manor of the Ghost

There were shades of Jane Eyre in this romantic suspense novel set in the late 1800s. The author did a good job of creating empathy between readers and her characters. It was written from multiple points of view, which may have added to this sense of empathy, although at times this could be confusing, but it was easy enough to overcome because I genuinely enjoyed the story and wanted to keep reading. I was set for a five star rating until the very end which was a tad convoluted, but I don't…


Added by Tracy Krauss on January 1, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Spiralling Out of Control

As an aspiring dancer, Stephanie’s future looks bright. Then she and her family move to a smaller location and her hopes are dashed. The only real bright spot is meeting Josh. But one compromise after another begins a downward spiral that ultimately leads to despair. Stephanie finds herself doing things she never would have dreamed and her life seems out of control with no way back. Only God’s grace can bring her out of the pit she’s dug for herself. Spiraling Out of Control by…


Added by Tracy Krauss on August 8, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments


In Wayfarer, book two in Janalyn Voigt’s Tales of Faeraven, Elderland is on the brink of civil war and Elcon, the young ruler, must try to rally support against the forces of the evil traitor, Freaer. Against the advice of trusted guardians, including Kai, he rejects an alliance with Emmerich, the ‘DawnKing’ of prophecy freed in the first book in this series. In the midst of it all, he finds love in the form of the beautiful foreign princess Aewen. A union between them pushes…


Added by Tracy Krauss on August 7, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Summer in Oakville

The family farm is facing a crisis. Gram and Gramps owe thousands of dollars in taxes, their septic system needs an upgrade, and the town of Oakville is looking to expand onto their land. This is the backdrop for A Summer in Oakville, which is actually four stories from the point of view of four different family members. First there is Tess. Her marriage is floundering and the re-entrance of an old flame accentuates her apparent mid-life crisis. Her daughter Lindsay is determined to…


Added by Tracy Krauss on August 6, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Turning by Davis Bunn

Davis Bunn’s The Turning is well crafted, drawing the reader in slowly but surely to a complex story of media manipulation. The story comes from several points of view. A group of strangers have a chance meeting and feel God’s call to pray after each takes difficult personal steps of growth. At first they don’t know why they have been drawn together, but it soon becomes apparent when a huge media campaign aimed at reaching a generation that has lost hope hits the airwaves.…


Added by Tracy Krauss on August 5, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments

The Kalgoorlie Skimpy

Feisty Ferreira is at it again in this mystery by Martin Roth. This is the second Feisty mystery I've read and remains the tenacious amateur PI that I remembered from the first book. A geologist by trade, born in Brazil, educated in the US and living in Australia, Feisty lives up to her nickname as she solves the mystery behind the murder of one of her colleagues in a backwoods mining town. She is a likeable character and I hope to see more of her in future books. Having said that, it did…


Added by Tracy Krauss on July 22, 2014 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Tattered Innocence - a review

Ann Lee Miller has done it again in TATTERED INNOCENCE. Set in the tourist community of New Smyrna Beach, she’s woven a story so rich and complex that a mere book review can’t really do it justice. It is ultimately a story of God’s grace and forgiveness, told with authenticity and without sugar coating, yet in a touching and tasteful manner. Jake and Rachel are both emotionally wounded from past relationships and guilt ridden because of bad choices. Rachel signs on to Jake’s crew as a way to…


Added by Tracy Krauss on July 15, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Melody for James

A Melody for James by Hallee Bridgeman has all the elements of a great read. Suspense, intrigue and romance come together in a tale that is ultimately about trusting God, no matter how difficult the circumstances.  

Added by Tracy Krauss on July 14, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

A Place Called Bliss by Ruth Glover

This pioneer saga is rich in historical details and comes from multiple points of view over a span of twenty years. The story develops gradually and is rich in descriptive details as two families move from Scotland to the vastness of the Canadian frontier. The Galloways are wealthy and entitled, about to take their place among the bourgeoning society in the city of Toronto. The Morrisons are headed further west to take up a homestead on the prairies. The two families are connected through…


Added by Tracy Krauss on July 3, 2014 at 10:43pm — No Comments

Merlin's Blade

Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard, is historically rich and true to the Arthurian literary tradition. The story centers around young Merlin, son of the local blacksmith and blinded at an early age by a fierce wolf attack. His disability has not defeated him, however, and he turns out to be…


Added by Tracy Krauss on June 1, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Shenanoah Nights

Rebecca O’Neill reluctantly agrees to chaperone a group of school kids on a week long sailing trip on the Shenandoah, a resorted tall ship that specializes in taking school aged children on educational adventures. Five years earlier, one of the chaperones disappeared off the ship without a trace and rumors abound about what happened. Little does Rebecca know that her cabin is a time machine that will transport her back in…


Added by Tracy Krauss on May 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Earth Painter

Earth Painter was different than I expected it to be, but in a good way. Somewhat allegorical, but not overtly so, the story centers around a teenage girl named Holly who is feeling misplaced when she has to move to the town where her parents grew up after her father loses his job. She is overly shy and has never felt like she fits in, partly because her mother, a former beauty queen and terribly selfish person,…


Added by Tracy Krauss on May 30, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Harmful Intent - a review

Ronnie Ingles is a toughened PI from Brooklyn who finds herself in…


Added by Tracy Krauss on May 12, 2014 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Dawnsinger a review

Dawnsinger is one of those books that draws you in and won’t let go. It is definitely allegorical but not to the extent that it becomes cliché. Shae, the heroine, is whisked away to the Faeraven by her brother Kai, in service to the dying queen. An epic adventure ensues – too much to go into detail here, but suffice to say that it embodies the quintessential struggle between good and evil. I will be reading the sequel Wayfarer as soon as I can get my hands on it. After about…


Added by Tracy Krauss on April 26, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

God's Daughter - a review

God’s Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert is a must read for historical fiction fans, those interested in Viking lore and culture, or just anyone looking for an emotionally charged and gripping read. It is written from the perspective of a Viking woman named Gudrid sometime around 1000 AD when these fierce warriors were exploring the northern seas. Most of the tale is told from a first person, present…


Added by Tracy Krauss on March 28, 2014 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Descended - Sebastian - a review

Dana Pratola has done it again with another engaging book from start to finish. Descended Sebastian is the second in a series about men of superhuman strength and ability that are descendants of angelic beings. This book has romance, intrigue, and a good dose of the unexplainable, which is the way a good paranormal should be – even a Christian one. The gospel message is present, but the author doesn’t try to make the mystery of the main characters’ superhuman powers fit into a…


Added by Tracy Krauss on January 9, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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We will be posting videos all the time now, basically going through the entire site. 



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