‘God’s Crime Scene for Kids’ Mystery Investigation Kit Giveaway

Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

Help your kids become detectives who investigate creation for signs of God and His creativity by entering to win the Mystery Investigation Kit!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 31. The winner will be announced September 1 on the Litfuse blog.

Book Review : Chasing Secrets

 

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Chasing Secrets is the latest in the Elite Guardian series from Lynette Eason.  In the past I have shared my thoughts on Always Watching and Without Warning, two books in the series that I thoroughly enjoyed.  These books stand alone just fine, but they also weave together with overlapping characters as well.

I have enjoyed all the books by Lynette Eason.  She writes an action adventure story with some light romance.  In this particular story we get to know Haley Callaghan in depth, and find out that her history holds lots of secrets.  When Haley was a young girl her family was savagely attacked resulting in her nanny running with her, trying to keep her alive.  Fast forward to the adult woman, she has little memory of her life before she and her “mam” were on the run.

As a member of the Elite Guardians, a group of highly trained women who are hired as body guards to famous people, she constantly finds herself proving her worth.  Haley is very qualified to watch her back, but when people seem to be trying to kill her, she has to balance protecting others and protecting herself.  Haley is also a woman who is always watching out for others more than herself, and this quality endeared her to me.

I loved the story, the action and the drama parts of it.  This book, like all of Ms. Eason’s are great summer reads, they are fast paced and move along very well.  I always enjoy her stories, and even my teenage boys enjoy them.  Once again, a clean story with great moral lessons taught throughout.

NOTE: I received a copy of Chasing Secrets at no cost.

Book Review : Fault Lines

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Fault Lines is a novel by Thomas Locke (AKA Davis Bunn).  This is the third book is a series that goes beyond this book, and oh my!!  This book starts on page 1 and you will not want to put it down, even after it is over!

This is one of the fastest paced books I have read!!  I did not read the first two books in the series but feel like it is ok, I do not think I missed much, but I want to read them and plan to get my hands on them as soon as I can!!

I absolutely loved the characters, every one of them!  The main character Charlie Hazard is the perfect hero, selfless, competent, handsome and committed.  The heroine Gabriella is highly intelligent, sensitive and needs Charlie.  The two fit together perfectly, however little to no romance is in this story.

The main theme is psychology and it was very thought provoking!  I can’t go into too many details because there are so many twists and turns you just want to read it yourself!!  The book is clean and safe for young adults (teens) and I know my boys will love it, but I want to let them start at the beginning once I get the other two books.  There is a fourth due out, and you can bet that I will be reading that one too.

I have read other books by Thomas Locke including the Emissary and Merchant of Alyss – he is an author that we all enjoy, he writes amazing stories with strong characters and a page-turning plot!!

I HIGHLY recommend Fault Lines if you are looking for an amazing action story that you will not want to set down!!

NOTE : I received a copy of Fault Lines at no cost.

Book Review : A Matter of Trust

Susan May Warren has once again, woven together a story of drama, thrill and a little romance sprinkled on top.  As I have said before, romance novels are not my favorite, but I sure love a novel by Ms. Warren!!

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A Matter of Trust dives into the life of Gage Watson a member of the PEAK rescue team in Montana.  Gage was a world famous snowboarder before an accident.  In the mountains of Montana, the PEAK teams does their best to keep the slopes cleared for skiers and snowboarders to stay safe.  However, the occasional “non-rule follower” will get past them, and then they have to put their own lives on the line to rescue the culprit.  Recently Gage is trying to keep a hot shot out of the avalanche area, as well as from making some of his own mistakes.  Unbeknownst to Gage,the sister of this certain rebel is a face from his past (cue romance music).

While I am not a romance reader, normally, I really do love how Ms. Warren writes a great story with strong characters, who you instantly like.  These stories always move along very quickly, keep me following, and leave me happy at the the end.  It is not always a happy ending, but a good ending – the right one!

I also love that there are so many redeeming messages in anything that Susan May Warren writes. The message is for anyone. Forgiveness almost always rings clearly in her stories, whether from fresh hurts, or past hurts. Understanding why people make the choices they do always helps with that process. Coming to terms with the life you are faced with as well, knowing and trusting that God has a purpose in all that happens to us and that He can use it.

My thanks to Ms. Warren for writing about strong male characters that even my boys enjoy reading about, and women who are strong enough to face life head on, but gentle enough to listen to that still small voice!

NOTE : I received a copy of A Matter of Trust in exchange for an honest review.


About

It’s those we love who have the power to hurt us most . . .

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing–or forget the woman who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the public eye as one of the youngest senators in the country. But she has a secret–one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother–a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

Praise for the Montana Rescue series

“Exciting rescues and an old mystery offer a thrilling, roller-coaster plotline and plenty of drama to keep the pages turning.”–Bookpage on Wild Montana Skies

“A fast-moving, high-stakes romantic adventure set against the backdrop of Glacier National Park, which will leave longtime fans and new readers alike anticipating the next book in the series.”–Publishers Weekly on Rescue Me


Susan May Warren is the USA Today, ECPA, and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold, including Wild Montana Skies and Rescue Me. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at http://www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at Susan May Warren Fiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

Book Review : Over Maya Dead Body

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Oh boy!!  I just love Sandra Orchard’s series Serena Jones Mysteries.  The books are all a super fast paced read with lovable characters, a story line that keeps you hooked and some romance along the way.  I really love Serena Jones and her down-to-earth persona!!

This time Serena is pulled into a murder mystery while on vacation with her family, are we surprised? Of course not.  Issues follow Serena wherever she goes!  And so do her followers Tanner and Nate.

I love the first two books in this series A Fool and His Monet and Another Day Another Dali.  But if you missed them I am pretty sure you an jump in and catch up without too much effort!!

Each of these stories involves Serena who is an FBI agent on the Art Crime team.  There is always some sort of art crime, and of course some danger, but Serena’s back is covered by her partner Tanner.  There are some sparks between Tanner and Serena, but there are also some sparks between her and Nate, the superintendent of her building.

These books are light hearted, clean and just great stories.  I can share with my boys without worrying.  Plus the characters have character, and make some great life lesson choices.

I love this series and I highly recommend for anyone looking for a lighthearted fun read!!

NOTE : I received a copy of Over Maya Dead Body at no cost.


More about the book :

FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha’s Vineyard with her family, ready for a little bit of R&R and a whole lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But crime doesn’t take a vacation, and she’s soon entangled in an investigation of a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring.
When her investigation propels her into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them plenty of romantic complications–and even a secret or two?