Interview with Ronie Kendig + Grand Prize Giveaway!

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This is a big day for me. If you follow my blog, you know that I am a big fan of Ronie Kendig. I never miss one of her books and pretty much spend months looking forward to them before their release date. FALCON was no exception. This book was made even more exciting for me when I found out that I was going to get the chance to interview Ronie!! Seriously, this is so awesome for me. I’m am honored to call Ronie friend as we’ve had many conversations about writing, editing and life. God blessed me with one of the coolest gifts when He brought Ronie into my world. I am still a bit starstruck each time I chat with her. Even thought she is one of the most humble, most down to earth ladies I know! FALCON released this month and I got to ask Ronie some questions about this amazing book. Here’s what she had to say!

Ronie, thanks for chatting about FALCON with me! I thought it was one of your best books to date. I seem to say that a lot about your books, but this one was so far exceeding my expectations… and I have high expectations when it comes to your fantastic writing!

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First of all, what do you hope readers get out of FALCON?

As with any of my novels, I pray that readers come away with a sense of hope, that no matter how dire things are in life, they know there is hope in Christ. I’d also like to see readers recognize the important of self-forgiveness, because, sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself.

What was the hardest thing about writing FALCON?

In all honesty, simply writing. I was so terribly burned out when it came time to get FALCON done, that I literally cried *every* time I sat down to write. I truly leaned on God, and I give Him all credit for the story that lives between the pages of that amazing cover.

What do you love most about Sal and FALCON?

To me, I loved writing Sal because, to many of his teammates, he had it all together. He was an excellent soldier, and he had unwavering dedication to the team. Inside, however, Sal was crumbling. I really like writing raw characters, because I think most of us in the real world are raw in one respect or another. And this book was one I loved because it brought closure to the team, to the series–and that’s always satisfying, in a very bittersweet way.​

Since FALCON is the last in the series (I’m still secretly hoping for Titanis to get his own book), what was your favorite thing about writing this series?

You’re not the only one holding out for Titanis. *grins* I really liked this team of soldiers. They were different from the Nightshade team because they each felt (at least to me) like their own person, with distinct idiosyncrasies that often caused some friction among the team, but also a cohesive unit. They had their beefs with each other, but when it came down to it, nobody mess with their team. 

My last question to you is, HOW COULD YOU?

One line from Aladdin comes to mind: Phenomenal Cosmic Power!!! Itty bitty living space.” Haha. As the author of the series, I saw what was coming, but I was confined to the story arc. But I also wanted readers to know…I’m listening. I hear ya. I’m right there with ya. What I write doesn’t always make me happy. There are things I’d rather not write. But then…the story wouldn’t be real. And Raptor would probably come after me. :-P​

Well, I sure wouldn’t want you to go against Raptor! Thanks for the chat, Ronie!

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Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot ~ A Review

Prelude for a Lord

An awkward young woman. A haunted young man. A forbidden instrument. Can the love of music bring them together . . . or will it tear them apart?
Bath, England—1810
At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician.
In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal.
But when a thief’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument . . . with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick.
Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul.
Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .

When I heard that Camile Elliot was putting out a Regency Romance, I was thrilled! I’ve read several awesome books by her in the past and I knew that I was in for a treat! I’m a newbie to Regency Romance books, but I love Camille’s (aka Camy Tang) ‘Sushi’ series and her ‘Protection for Hire’ series. Camille knows how to write a wonderful, captivating story. She also excels at creating strong yet vulnerable female lead characters, and she achieved both in this fantastic book!

Alethea is a strong woman. She’s had to be. Betrayed by those she loves time and again, she’s come to expect bitter disappointment. Her one solace is her music, even though it only serves to drive people away.

Dommick is not stranger to disappointment, yet he is determined to make life perfect for his family. He accepts that he will never have the life he longs for, but he won’t allow anything to damage the future happiness of his sister. The only thing that he has been able to keep for himself is his music.

When they are forced together, Alethea’s stubborness and her lack of interest in societies demands, cause fireworks. Dommick has burnt her before and she doesn’t give trust easily. Dommick can’t afford to have anyone associated with him that might negatively affect his image. Image is everything in his circles and Alethea appears to not care that she is looked on as odd and contrary.

Brought together by the one passion they share, can they see past societies pressures – and the walls they’ve built – to bring harmony to each others worlds?

I really enjoyed this book. Not only were the main characters engaging, I found myself wishing to know more about the secondary characters as well. (I may, or may not have, heard that Camille is considering writing the story of one or more of them.) It was fast-paced and yet nothing was sacrificed in the storyline to keep the readers attention! This is a book that I will re-read many times!

4.5/5 stars!

I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. I didn’t HAVE to like it, but I sure did!!

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Camy writes Christian romantic suspense with Love Inspired Suspense as Camy Tang and Regency romance with Zondervan under her pen name, Camille Elliot. She grew up in Hawaii but now lives in northern California with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She graduated from Stanford University in psychology with a focus on biology, but for nine years she worked as a biologist researcher. Then God guided her path in a completely different direction and now she’s writing full time, using her original psychology degree as she creates the characters in her novels. In her free time, she’s a staff worker for her church youth group and leads one of her church’s Sunday worship teams. She also loves to knit, spin wool into yarn, and is training to (very slowly) run a marathon

‘Raptor 6’ by Ronie Kendig ~ A Review and a Giveaway

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“Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean’s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, compromising the US military, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart-a move that might come at the highest cost.”

As usual I went into this book expecting excellence.  As usual, I was not disappointed.

Raptor 6 his hard hitting from the very first chapter and does not let up until the final page.  I admit that I’d had a soft spot for Dean ‘Watterboy’ Watters from the ‘Military War Dog’ series.  I was so excited for his story and it was worthy excitement.

Dean is a tough guy with a soft-spot, though he tries to fight it.  Zahrah is a soft-spot all over, though she fights that as well.  She wants nothing more than to do what she believes God is calling her to.  In the environment she is in though, that is a really difficult mission.  She’s determined to do what she must to fulfill her calling, but he’s determined to do what he must to keep her safe.  The two do not agree on the best methods for either of these desires.  Poor Watterboy has met his match in this fiery school-teacher.

I loved the dynamics between them.  Dean is so clearly used to getting his way and Zarah is focused on Gods way, oblivious to the position it puts Watterboy in.  They are both desperate to help the people they are surrounded by, but not all the people want their help.  Some people would like nothing than to see them both dead.

When Dean must face his worst fear to prevent his worst fear, he’s only got one person he can trust in… and it isn’t himself.

I also have to mention the beautiful, yet emotional, love story that is intertwined in this book.  I laughed and… yes, I admit, I cried.  Multiple times.

This is an action-packed, emotion-filled MRAP ride through the desert.  I could nearly feel the sweat rolling down my back and the intense desert heat.  My heart stopped when shots were fired at the team, tears for the pain that was felt, desperation warring with hope, triumph and agony.  Ronie is a master storyteller and Raptor 6 is amazing!

How can you resist the cover?  😉  Isn’t it awesome?

5/5

*Full Disclosure: I was given this book by Barbour Publishing for my honest review.  I did not have to love it, but I sure did!*

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Shiloh Run Press
ISBN: 1616260408
(ISBN13: 9781616260408)

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About Ronie Kendig

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married her own hunky hero, who’s an Army veteran. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her husband have a full life with four children and two dogs. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of raw, broken characters. Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit the CBA Bestseller List, won the prestigious Christy Award, finaled in numerous contests and reader awards, including ACFW Carol Awards, RWA’s Faith, Hope, & Love’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards, Christian Retailing’s Readers’ Choice Awards, INSPY Award, The Christian Manifesto Lime Awards, and FamilyFiction’s Readers’ Choice Choice Awards. Ronie loves people and helping other writers through speaking, workshops, and/or mentoring. Find Ronie at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction) , Twitter (@roniekendig), and GoodReads!

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Five Minute Friday: Writer

My life is so busy, as I’m sure a lot of you can identify with.  I have a ton of balls in the air with everyday life, plus I’m waiting to hear back on some more of my ‘Chaser Chats’ as well as I’m going to have a special feature for those of you who followed Noel’s story with me last year.  (<– you can click there to see Noel’s story!)  So my blog has been largely quiet. When I saw Lisa-Jo’s prompt this morning though, I knew I had to get back here!

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be a writer

I love this line (though slightly modified) from Sister Act 2.  It resonated with me and continues to.

Writer.

This word has meant many different things to me over the years.  Often times it was just as a source of stress relief.  I used to write my emotions.  If I was sad, then a sad scene would play out.  If I was excited, so were my characters.  Of course, this made for a pretty scattered story.

Lately though, the word has taken on a different meaning for me.  Writer is more than just someone who sits and writes words.  Writer, over the last year and a bit, means someone who breathes the story.  Someone who’s thoughts are often taken up with lines, plots, drama, adventure and excitement.  With those comes the agony.  Missing lines, plot holes, too little excitement.  When I am heavy into my book, I breathe it.  When kids, husband, meals, family weren’t at the forefront, my characters clamoured over each other for my focus.  Sometimes I would have to gag them so I could get anything else done!  I went to bed with my book on my mind (scenes playing through my dreams) and woke with a NEED to write.

I love watching other writers work on their art.  I see the ups and downs, the highs and lows.  The thrill of a 2,000 word day (or few hours).  The days they pull out their hair when a single word is a struggle.  Like any other craft, there’s a TON of work involved.  The lows are so tough.  When even in your head you can’t string a complete sentence together.  When you’re so desperate you resort to telling your characters that if they ‘don’t shape up and start talking‘ that you’ll kill them off.  Slowly and painfully.  (My dear characters may have heard this once.)  But… the highs!  Oh, the highs.  So magnificent and heady, so freeing and breathtaking.  Like you could fly away from your computer and soar on the joy, but the act of pulling yourself away from the computer is too painful to consider.  Bask in it.  Soak it in for when the next low hits.  It will come.  Thankfully, so do the highs and… have I mentioned how wonderful they are?

Writer.  I am one.  I love it!  (and sometimes hate it)  😉

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Fridays.  Rock.  One of my favourite things about Fridays is the chance to write with many others on a single word prompt from the fabulous Lisa-Jo Baker.  We just write without worrying if it’s just right!  Unedited and unscripted.  Don’t panic!  It starts off tough not to edit, but it gets much easier!  Come join us!  Here are the rules:

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1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back to Lisa’s website (click the 5 minute Friday image above for the website).

3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule.

The heart of this community is amazing!  See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/

 

‘Beowulf’ by Ronie Kendig ~ A Review

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Former Navy handler Timbrel Hogan has more attitude than her Explosives Detection Dog, Beowulf, but she’s a tough woman who gets the job done. Green Beret Tony “Candyman” VanAllen likes a challenge and convincing the hard-hitting handler they belong together might just get him killed.

When tragedy strikes and Tony’s career is jeopardized, Timbrel must re-evaluate her priorities—and fast! A terrorist plots to unleash a weapon of mass destruction on American soil. Can Timbrel and Beowulf track the chemicals in time? Will Tony surrender everything to save the woman nobody believes in?

Ronie Kendig is my favourite author.  I admit that it has taken me a while to get to the point where I could say definitively who my favourite is, but I’m there now.  I can say with certainty that, while I have many authors I enjoy thoroughly, Ronie never fails to keep me on the edge of my seat and desperate for the next book release date!

‘Beowulf’ certainly didn’t leave me wanting.  In fact, Beowulf had an intenseness that I didn’t really expect.  Now, with a title like ‘Rapid-fire fiction’, you can be assured that it’s going to be fast paced and ‘Beowulf’ is no exception.  This story also puts the reader into the inner-workings of a terrorist cell. I found this to be quite a different story from the others in this series.  Each story in this trilogy deals with war, but this one impacted me more with this point of view.  I was fascinated and saddened at the same time.  I can’t imagine how hard this point-of-view must have been to write.

The main characters are awesome!  This is no surprise to you if you’ve ever read a Ronie Kendig book before.  Tony is an amazing hero.  I’ve been a huge fan of Tony ‘Candyman’ VanAllan since he first appeared with his swagger and taunted Timbrel.  Timbrel Hogan is a strong, tough woman.  She needs no one and nothing except her explosives detection dog, Beowulf.  Timbrel, who seems beyond strong, is so soft for this dog of hers.  She lets no-one in to her space except Beowulf.  Tony isn’t one to give up easily, and is up to the fight or so he thinks.  Both dog and handler seem to want nothing to do with Tony. Can he get past Timbrel’s defences and, harder yet, Beowulf?

Timbrel and Tony have to work together in spite of the tension between the two of them.  There is much more at stake than Timbrel’s pride and Tony’s attraction.  A search leads to failure but Timbrel is behind Beowulf and knows something more is going on.  Tony is hit with something that threatens all that he is and Timbrel is desperate to prove both herself and Beowulf.  Will they both be able to see past themselves to what they need to do and what God has in mind for them?

‘Beowulf’ is a fast-paced, adrenaline ride! He will draw you in with the first bark and he will not release you until the final page, and then you’ll be begging for more! If you’ve read the first two in the series ‘Trinity’ and ‘Talon’ then you need to pick this one up! If not, you can start here and then I know you’ll want to read the first two!  (Click on the names of the books above in order to read my reviews of the first two.)

Ronie Kendig knows how to write!  Boy, is that an understatement!  You can almost feel the sweat drip down your neck as you scour buildings in Afghanistan and feel the numbing cold of mountain passes. Once you go Rapid-Fire Fiction, you’ll never look back!

***** (five out of five stars for sure)

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I also must note that I cannot wait for RAPTOR 6 by Ronie to arrive in May!!  I’m so excited to read this one!
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“Elusive Hope” by MaryLu Tyndall ~ A Review (and a sneak peek!)

Elusive Hope
“Embark on an exotic adventure in Book 2 of the Escape to Paradise series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. In the fledgling colony of New Hope, their friends struggle to create a Southern utopia in Brazil soon after the Civil War. But Hayden is seeking revenge—relentlessly. And Magnolia is seeking a way out—desperately. They both seek to use the other for their own purposes—deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans.”

I went in to this book thinking I knew what to expect.  The first book was a great read (see my review here) and I was sure that this one would be too!  Well, I was absolutely right.  Actually, I think I liked it even more.

The dynamic between Magnolia and Hayden is awesome.  I love the interplay of sarcasm, frustration and attraction between them. One minute they are seemingly wanting to kill each other and the next they are growing closer.  I really enjoyed the relationship.  I loved how Hayden came to realize how God wants for all of us.  Magnolia’s realizations and changes are wonderful.  I liked how she finally came into her own!

Throw in a temple and some really creepy happenings and I was riveted to the pages and did not want this to end.  I liked the addition of the brief glimpses of the temple.  I was really intrigued by it and wanted to hear more about it (which will be coming in book 3).  I liked how the settings were so different in how MaryLu wrote them.  The colony sounded like such a beautiful, peaceful setting.  The temple, on the other hand, was dark and creepy.  The writing reached out and grabbed me around the throat, I could feel goose-bumps on my arms and my heart would begin to race.  Awesome!

The epilogue left me desperately wishing book 3 was already printed and on my shelf!  I can’t wait for Abandoned Memories.

If you enjoyed ‘Forsaken Dreams’, you will definitely enjoy ‘Elusive Hope’.  If you haven’t read ‘Forsaken Dreams’, what are you waiting for?  These are great books!!

Abandoned MemoriesThanks for reading my review and, just because I appreciate you guys so much, I’ve obtained (courtesy of the awesome MaryLu Tyndall) a sneak peek from ‘Abandoned Memories’ for you.  Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.  😉  Enjoy!

October 18th, 1866 The jungles of Brazil
The ground shook like a ship in a sea squall. Dirt and rocks pelted Angeline. . .striking. . .stinging. Her heart seized. Covering her head, she spun and staggered back the way she’d come—up toward the tunnel entrance and into the temple, where at least she wouldn’t be buried alive. Unless the roof of the ancient shrine caved in. A violent jolt struck, launching her against the rock wall as if she were made of paper. Pain radiated up her arm. Her legs quivered like the ground beneath them, and she fell onto the shifting dirt.
The hand that engulfed hers was rough like old rope, powerful, yet warm. An equally powerful arm swung around her waist as tremors wracked the tunnels. “Hang on. You’re safe,” James spoke in her ear, covering her head with his own. Pebbles rained down on them. Coughing, Angeline flung a hand to her mouth when the quaking finally stopped.  
She drew a deep breath, her lungs filling with dust scented with spice and man and James. And standing there, ensconced in his embrace, fears that had risen so quickly when the ground had begun to shake suddenly vanished. She hated herself for it. She pushed from him. The stench of sulfur and mold instantly swept away his masculine aroma and resurrected her terror.
James stared at her oddly while he said to the men, “I told you we should not have brought the women.”
Brushing dirt from her skirts, Eliza, who stood in front of them with her husband, Blake, turned to face him. “You had no say in it, Doctor. We insisted. Did we not?” She smiled at Angeline. “There’s nothing to fear from a little shaking.”
Angeline wasn’t so sure. But then again, she didn’t possess Eliza’s courage and strength. Few women did. Those qualities, along with a multitude of others, were the reason Angeline admired her friend so much—the reason she’d cast aside her fears and agreed to venture into the eerie temple they’d found in the middle of the Brazilian jungle.
And then down into the tunnels beneath.
Yet at the moment, Eliza looked as if someone had dumped a bucket of chalk powder on her head. If Angeline weren’t so frightened, she’d giggle at the sight. But her alarm at being so far below ground during an earthquake stifled any laughter. She never should have come along. The men had insisted on investigating a loud explosion they’d heard last night that had shaken the ground all the way to their settlement of New Hope. When they feared it came from the temple, Eliza’s concern for Mr. Graves mounted, but now that Angeline had seen the ancient ruin and experienced the stink and heat of the narrow tunnels that spanned beneath it, she wondered why anyone would want to return. Or live here, as Mr. Graves had done since they’d arrived in Brazil.
Mr. Graves was one of the reasons Angeline had joined them today—to witness for herself the madman “digging his way to hell,” according to some of the colonists’ reports. Exaggerated reports, she was sure, but after Eliza had regaled her with further tales of gruesome obelisks, prison alcoves hewn in rock, strange Latin and Hebrew inscriptions, and Graves’s obsession with releasing powerful, invisible creatures, Angeline’s curiosity had gotten the best of her—regardless of James’s insistence that she remain in town. Or maybe because of it. Angeline grew tired of men dictating her. Telling her how to live and what to do and how to behave.
And using her like a dried-up commodity.
So, she’d come. And now, despite the heat and the terror and the pain, the look of approval in Eliza’s eyes made it all worth it. Almost.
“We ladies don’t fear a little earthquake, gentlemen. Do carry on.” Eliza’s courage caused Angeline’s shoulders to lift just a little. The woman was nearly two months along with child, yet here she was burrowing into the depths of the earth right beside her husband. Oh, how Angeline longed to be brave and independent like Eliza. Not weak and submissive as she’d been her entire life. Angeline had not only come to Brazil to start a new life but to become a new person. To put both her past-life and her past-self behind her. If only she could. . .
The ground trembled again and she pressed a hand against the wall. Sharp crags pricked her fingers as they slid over rock that seemed to sweat in the infernal heat. “If there was an explosion here last night, I’m surprised these tunnels didn’t collapse.”
“Indeed,” James said, shifting his torch to his other hand, “though these walls appear to be solid enough.” He ran a sleeve over his forehead, leaving a streak of mud. “Still, being below ground makes me nervous.”
“I couldn’t agree more.” Blake, an ex-colonel in the Confederate army and the leader of their colony, raised his torch and wiped dust from his wife’s nose. He planted a kiss on it and shook his head. “I told you it wasn’t safe.”
“Which is precisely why I didn’t want you coming here alone.” Eliza brushed dirt from his shirt. “Besides, we have to discover if Mr. Graves is injured.”
The colonel huffed his frustration and glanced at James with a shrug. But James was still examining the tunnel walls. “Odd. I wonder how primitive cannibals managed to score these tunnels out of rock.”
“This place is filled with nothing but questions.” Hayden’s voice preceded his appearance from the shadows behind them. “The main one gnawing at me now is why we are bothering to check on Graves when he’s made it plain he wants nothing to do with us.” He ran a hand through dark hair moist with sweat.
“Where are Patrick and Dodd?” the colonel asked.
“They spotted the gold moon and stars above the altar.” Hayden’s lips slanted. “Need I say more?”
James snorted and leaned toward Angeline to whisper, “Are you sure you want to continue?”
“Yes, I’ve come this far. I might as well go on.” Though her bodice was glued to her skin and sweat trickled down her neck and the fetor that rose from deep within the tunnels was enough to wilt a sturdy oak tree, she would prove herself brave. At least this once. Anything to keep James gazing at her with such admiration.

Thank you MaryLu for the great sneak peek!  You can find the amazing MaryLu Tyndall on Facebook, Twitter, Blog and on Goodreads.

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‘Dark Halo’ by Shannon Dittemore ~ A review and a giveaway

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One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees.

Brielle can’t help but see the Celestial realm. Even without the halo, it’s everywhere she looks. And with the heavens above Stratus ravaged by war, Brielle wishes for another gift, any gift. Because Jake is gone. The only boy she’s ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien—and she knows if she ever wants to see him again, she must fight.
But fighting is so hard when everything you see makes you afraid.

When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap. Then the Prince of Darkness himself offers Brielle a halo of his own making. With the dark halo, she won’t have to see the fear and brokenness that surround her. She’ll be free of that unbearable burden. And it comes with a promise: the guarantee of a life with Jake.

When confusing details about Jake’s past emerge, and the battle above reaches a fever pitch, Brielle is forced to make a choice. Will she choose the dark halo and the ignorance that comes with it, or will she choose to live with her eyes wide open and trust the Creator’s design—even if it means a future without Jake?

Release Date: August 20, 2013 ~ 320 pages: which is no where near long enough once you reach the end! 😉

Welcome to my stop on the Dark Halo blog tour.  I hope that you enjoy my review and pick up your own copy of Dark Halo!

I went into this book with high expectations!  If you haven’t read Angel Eyes or Broken Wings you’ll probably want to start there.  Click on the titles to be taken to my reviews.  I stumbled upon Angel Eyes and was so taken with it.  Broken Wings left me hanging and I could not wait to get my hands on Dark Halo!

I was not disappointed.

A heavenly battle rages and Brielle’s world is about to become aware of just how real it is.  Jake is missing and Brielle is afraid.

This book is so action packed that it was nearly impossible to put down.  It’s been years since I’ve devoted hours on end to a book, but Dark Halo sent me to a quiet spot in my home for many back-to-back hours.

Brielle has a heart stopping decision in Dark Halo and I found myself begging her, beneath my breath, to not take the Prince’s way out.  My heart thumped painfully as she fought and fought against it.  Desperation was very high in this book but just when I thought that even I might take the Prince’s escape, Shannon would add a ray of light.

I love the angels.  I am a huge Frank Peretti fan, but I never felt as connected with his angels as I do with Canaan, Helene and the Sabres.  There’s one part in the book with Canaan where I held my breath and felt on the edge of tears.  There is so much beauty in the angels and the way that they interact with each other and with the humans.

We get to know more of the demons in this book and the insight into their thoughts was amazing.  I found myself feeling sorry for them, which I didn’t expect.

The book culminated in an incredible scene with the Prince.  I can’t say much about it because I don’t want to spoil it, but… WOW!  I didn’t know how Shannon was going to deal with the Prince, but she blew my mind in how she wrote his final scene!  Awesome!

Dark Halo is brilliantly written.  So much thought, care and love went into this series and it is just as evident in Dark Halo.   Shannon made me love her characters and I am so sad that this journey is over.  This fantastic series will be on my re-read list every year!

A great end to a wonderful ride!  Thank you Shannon for writing so wonderfully and expressively.  Thank you for making the celestial even more real for me.

I would absolutely give Dark Halo 5/5 stars!

You can check out Shannon’s Pinterest board for the Angel Eyes series here!  (I love knowing who an author thinks of for her characters!!)

You can connect with Shannon on her website, Facebook and Twitter!  She’s awesome!

Pick up your copy of Dark Halo here:

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BOOK DEPOSITORY

GIVEAWAY

Shannon Dittemore is having a Live Twitter Chat August 27 and will be giving away a Kindle Fire HD and other prizes!!  Enter here:

http://shannondittemore.com/win-a-kindle-fire/

Also,

5-sets of the Angel Eyes Trilogy including Angel Eyes, Broken Wings and Dark Halo.  US only.

Enter HERE

Broken Wings Angel Eyes

See other reviews at the Dark Halo Blog Tour by YA Bound!  Also, at Goodreads.

shannon dittemore

Shannon Dittemore is the author of the Angel Eyes Trilogy. She has an overactive 

imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is 

responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local

theater companies, and a focus on youth and young adult ministry. When she 

isn’t writing, she spends her days with her husband, Matt, imagining things 

unseen and chasing their two children around their home in Northern California.

ANGEL EYES was Shannon’s debut novel and the launch of a young adult 

supernatural trilogy. It was published in the summer of 2012 by

Thomas Nelson. 

The sequel BROKEN WINGS hit shelves in February, 2013 and the final novel in the trilogy, 

DARK HALO, will be available August 20, 2013.

Thanks for coming by and visiting my stop on this awesome blog tour!  I hope that you enjoy Dark Halo as much as I did!!

*I received a complimentary e-book copy of this novel from NetGalley.  I didn’t get paid and I didn’t have to give a positive review!  My opinions are my own and this book rocks!  :)*

Have you read this amazing series by Shannon Dittemore?  Are you looking forward to reading the amazing conclusion in Dark Halo?

~Sarah