Giveaway: Deep Extraction and The Dog Who Was There

A murdered oil and gas magnate was her best friend’s husband.
Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

A courageous dog bears witness to the greatest story ever told.
The Dog Who Was There by Ron Marasco


Find the giveaway for these two books in the Faith, Hope, and Book Love group on Facebook.
Giveaway ends March 16, 2018.


Arts and Entertainment, Books, Fiction

Berlin Encounter by T. Davis Bunn

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Berlin Encounter by T. Davis Bunn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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American Colonel Jake Burnes has a new postwar assignment: to rescue two rocket scientists in occupied Germany. But an infiltration of Russian spies could foil Jake’s mission in Berlin Encounter, a novel by author T. Davis Bunn.

On I’ve rolled with this fourth book in the Rendezvous with Destiny series. Indeed, I not only rolled but basically flew through it.

It’s both interesting and pretty heartbreaking, still, to see the dire and precarious aftermath of a world war. Refugees. Hyperinflation. Poverty. The threat of the Nazis now past but Stalin and the Soviets looming like an ominous cloud.

It’s good to see that Jake still has room for inner growth as a protagonist, but he’s not just facing the same problem time and again, as if he “gets over” something in one book, and then he’s totally back to square one in the next. The (continuing) thread of romance is relatively minor but strong here, and though I missed Jake’s sidekick, Pierre, for much of the book, it was satisfying to see him eventually appear–and to know he will appear again.

I found the climax of this story to be fairly tame, but that’s better than a contrived heightening or overstretching of drama would’ve been. And, goodness, Churchill’s historic declaration about “an iron curtain,” along with the last disclosure of this novel, is quite an intriguing setup for the fifth and final book in the series.


Here’s my review of Book One in the Rendezvous with Destiny series, Rhineland Inheritance.



Arts and Entertainment, Books

Washed Under the Waves by Gloria Clover

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. By The Vine Press provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Washed Under the Waves by Gloria Clover

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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When members of her family die in a tsunami, Tayte is left to be the reluctant ruler of Undae. She’s having little success preparing her island for the coming of the prophesied prince she’s to wed. Athan, the prince, worries about how he’s to win Tayte over, since the King who sends Athan to Undae orders him to disguise himself as a tutor in Washed Under the Waves, a novel by author Gloria Clover.

This first book in the Children of the King fantasy series is chock-full of interwoven themes: love, treason, adoption, marriage, insecurity, redemption, humility, work ethic, authority, and the list goes on. The setting and history of Undae is intricate and vivid, and there’s enough mystifying detail in this tale to make the inexplicable believable. One of my biggest takeaways from the read comes from Athan’s side of the journey: the idea that knowing the facts of a situation doesn’t mean you know the story.

As for the romance, I’ll admit it’s something of a turn-off for me whenever there’s physical violence between romantic characters, even if it’s brief. And if there’s a sustained period when either of the characters feels as if their relationship is wrong or forbidden, in the sense that it’s grating against his or her conscience, it feels more tense than truly romantic to me. Also, my interest waned during some of the chapters, especially when the characters’ doubts or deliberations seemed to go back and forth or in circles longer or more times than necessary.

On a different note, I don’t see how fantasy fiction fans could resist checking out a novel with such a dramatic, stunning book cover. (You can all but feel and hear those vibrant waves.) Plus, while the story takes place some time in the future, it’s a read that historical fiction fans can enjoy as well. I’ve been intrigued by this world and look forward to reading the next book in the series.


Note to my blog readers: this novel contains some sensual content appropriate for mature audiences, though the content isn’t explicit.


Washed Under the Waves is Book One in the Children of the King series.



Books, Fiction

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Meg Murry’s father has been missing for quite a while now, having mysteriously disappeared while doing top secret work for the government. When three unearthly creatures pull Meg, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin into an otherworldly mission to find Mr Murry, adventure and danger ensue in A Wrinkle in Time, a novel by author Madeleine L’Engle.

This is one of those classics I’ve known about forever and decided to finally give a go. And, no, it wasn’t because of the major motion picture coming out. I didn’t hear about the movie until after I picked up a copy of this book, written by the author of two of my all-time favorite novels: The Small Rain and A Severed Wasp.

Also, no, I don’t enjoy famous books just because they’re famous, and admittedly, my interest in this one had some ups and downs as I went along. A nice number of different nuggets in the book immediately stuck me, including these:

“I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.

“I’m all confused again.”
“Oh, so ‘m I. But now at least I know we’re going somewhere.”

“There will no longer be so many pleasant things to look at if responsible people do not do something about the unpleasant ones.”

(Pardon my using regular English spelling for that last quote from Mrs Which, for anyone who recognizes it.)

Then there were other times during the journey when my interest waned, and I began to worry a bit toward the end, wondering how the story might reach a satisfying conclusion in the very little time it had left. Yet, even though I’m not usually one to finish novels in one sitting, something was pulling at me all along to just keep on reading, keep on reading right through…

…right through to this novel’s glorious finish.


A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in the Time Quintet.