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Blueberry Cupcake Mystery | Naomi Miller

 


Today I am reviewing Blueberry Cupcake Mystery… the first book in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s sugar cookies.

Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and baking delicious treats . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem.

But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . besides finding another place to do the baking and get the orders to the customers.

Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town’s Independence Day celebration?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I’m doing something a bit out of the ordinary.

I want to let Naomi talk about why Blueberry Cupcake Mystery is a different sort of book…

My inspiration originally came from books written to make Amish young people look weak and easily manipulated, or worldly.

I was working on an Amish Suspense novel, when I felt God guiding me to write a series of books that show family, faith, forgiveness, and grace — instead of murder, mayhem, and danger — or worse, vampires, zombies, and demons.

I believe that Blueberry Cupcake Mystery accomplishes this task, and I think you’ll enjoy this story. It has has been compared to the Nancy Drew series, and it’s perfect for young readers, but I’ve heard from many readers — young and old — who enjoyed the story.

It’s somewhere between a short story and a novella, but I truly felt that it was complete, so it’s a quick, fun read.

I hope readers pick up this book (and any future books in the series) when they need something to distract them from sadness, worry, and doubt. I hope reading a light-hearted, fun cozy mystery, will inspire readers and leave them feeling happy and content.

Happy Reading!

Naomi

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


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Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional | Mike Berenstain

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional, a Living Lights faith-based story, by Mike Berenstain.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional is perfect for little cubs settling down for a good night’s sleep. Including a devotion for each day with a reflection, Scripture, and a Bear Prayer for the End of Day from Brother, Sister, and even Honey Bear, these 90 reflections on simple Christian truths such as God loves us, love one another, be courageous and kind, and much more are the peaceful way to end a busy day.

Bear Country friends will be featured throughout in simple artwork from the Living Lights brand..

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

My grandchildren were delighted to view the new Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional . . . it’s the perfect addition to our family library — and a perfect choice for my granddaughter to read from each evening before she hops into bed (like brother and sister bear).

As a Christian family, we have a special appreciation for Christian faith-based stories in the Living Lights series.

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional shares many wonderful bedtime devotionals — 90 to be exact — enough for an entire season. We’ll be starting it for the winter season and we’re looking forward to our evening devotions, especially my granddaughter, who loves to read.

This is a great addition to your family library. Be sure to pick up a copy soon for your family . . . and get a few extra copies to give as Christmas gifts.

This book will most definitely be a blessing to children (and parents) everywhere!

Happy Reading!

 

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel | Mike Berenstain

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, a Living Lights faith-based story, by Mike Berenstain.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the newest Berenstain Bears Living Lights book, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, the cubs discover there’s more to angels than wings and flowing white robes!

It is almost Christmas and there is finally snow in Bear Country. Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear are ready for some winter fun! But when they can’t decide what kind of snowbear to build, Honey Bear’s snow angel gives the older cubs a great idea.

Soon the cubs have built a Christmas snow angel. Later, as they warm up with some hot cocoa, Mama and Papa give the cubs a little lesson about some very special angels and the work they do for God.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
~Psalm 91:11

My family was thrilled to discover a new Christmas story to add to the other stories we have. Living Lights Berenstain Bear books are a way of introducing – and encouraging – good character qualities. And in today’s world, good character qualities are unfortunately not the norm.

As a Christian family, we have a special appreciation for Christian faith-based stories in the Living Lights series.

The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel shares how God sent an angel to Mary, to give her the wonderful news that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus! He also sent angels to spread the good news to the shepherd in the fields — and to Joseph to warn him to flee to Egypt with Mary and Baby Jesus.

The story imparts some great news . . . that angels are sent to us to share good news, warn us of bad things coming, and for guidance and protection.

It will be a great addition to your family library. Be sure to pick up a copy soon for your family . . . and get a few extra copies to give as Christmas gifts.

This book will most definitely be a blessing to children (and parents) everywhere!

Happy Reading!

 

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Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

A Covert Alliance | JC Morrows


Today I am reviewing A Covert Alliance, the 7th story in the Order of the MoonStone series, by JC Morrows.

Below is a list of the books (in correct order):

A Perilous Assignment (short story)
A Reluctant Assassin (book one)
A Cunning Masquerade (short story)
A Treacherous Decision (book two)
A Dangerous Love (short story)
A Desperate Escape (book three)
A Covert Alliance (short story)
A Tragic Consequence (book four)

Here is a brief synopsis:

On the run . . .
Hidden away . . .

Knowing they could both die
at any moment . . .

What other choice do Kayden
and Dvarius have . . .

Except for . . .
A covert alliance . . .

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

It’s the story we’ve all been waiting for!

JC Morrows confided that she planned to put this story in book four — but her fans begged her to share it in a short story — and here it is . . .

It released 3 weeks ago… and I’ve already read it 3 times! Yep, 3 times!

The first time was in May when I received an advanced copy…

The second time was the day after I posted an early look at the book on my blog — I just had to read it again. It’s SO GOOD! I’ve been waiting since last September for this story . . . and I was NOT disappointed in the least.

It was PERFECT!

I read it again last weekend, while on vacation, to savor the story, but also because I waiting oh-so-impatiently for the next book to come out. It’s due to be released on October 25th — I can’t believe I have more than 2 months to wait…

If you haven’t read A Covert Alliance . . . you are missing a GREAT story — and a GREAT SERIES!

Don’t wait another minute! Get your copy today! DO NOT miss this special story.

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

A Covert Alliance | EARLY LOOK | JC Morrows Marathon

Today I am giving you an advance look at A Covert Alliance, the 7th story in the Order of the MoonStone series, by the stupendous JC Morrows.

Below is a list of the books (in correct order):

A Perilous Assignment (short story)
A Reluctant Assassin (book one)
A Cunning Masquerade (short story)
A Treacherous Decision (book two)
A Dangerous Love (short story)
A Desperate Escape (book three)
A Covert Alliance (short story)
A Tragic Consequence (book four)

Here is a brief synopsis:

On the run . . .
Hidden away . . .

Knowing they could both die
at any moment . . .

What other choice do Kayden
and Dvarius have . . .

Except for . . .
A covert alliance . . .

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

It’s the story we’ve all been waiting for!

JC Morrows confided that she planned to put this story in book four — but her fans begged her to share it in a short story — and here it is . . .

I can’t divulge anything else -– I can’t — or I’ll ruin the story.

I promise to do a proper review once A Covert Alliance releases on June 21, 2016.

DO NOT miss this special story. And don’t miss the special 99¢ pre-order price . . .

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Happy Reading!

 

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God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

A Dangerous Love | JC Morrows

 


Today I am reviewing A Dangerous Love, a prequel to the Order of the MoonStone series, by JC Morrows.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Before he was King . . .

Before she was Queen . . .

Before their son was forced to choose his bride from among twenty-five strangers . . .

There was another royal romance.

Prince Devron was never meant to be king. He was given the opportunity to choose his bride . . . for love instead of political advantage.

Shiara – the lonely, orphaned weaver – never expected to meet Prince Devron, much less have him propose marriage.

Could this be her very own fairy tale ending?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

What an awesome story!

I loved meeting Shiara and Devron . . . plus a few other characters.

JC Morrows does a terrific job showing how the Queen met the King – before he became the King!

A Dangerous Love isn’t a continuation of the Order of the MoonStone series; it is actually a prequel to the series. This short story goes back to introduce the Queen, when she was a young girl, and how she met – and married – Devron, the future King of Auralius.

I’m certain others have also wondered about Shiara – and what her life was like before she became the Queen. In the previous books, we’ve only seen her as a grieving widow; now we get a look at the young girl…

This story is great! Even as a stand-alone, it’s interesting, exciting and enjoyable to read.

JC Morrows has done it again! Don’t miss out on this exciting read!

Happy Reading!

 

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God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

A Dangerous Love | JC Morrows

 


Today I am reviewing A Dangerous Love, a prequel to the Order of the MoonStone series, by JC Morrows.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Before he was King . . .

Before she was Queen . . .

Before their son was forced to choose his bride from among twenty-five strangers . . .

There was another royal romance.

Prince Devron was never meant to be king. He was given the opportunity to choose his bride . . . for love instead of political advantage.

Shiara – the lonely, orphaned weaver – never expected to meet Prince Devron, much less have him propose marriage.

Could this be her very own fairy tale ending . . .

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

What an awesome story!

I loved meeting Shiara and Devron . . . plus a few other characters.

JC Morrows does a terrific job showing how the Queen met the King – before he became the King!

A Dangerous Love isn’t a continuation of the Order of the MoonStone series; it is actually a prequel to the series. This short story goes back to introduce the Queen, when she was a young girl, and how she met – and married – Devron, the future King of Auralius.

I’m certain others have also wondered about Shiara – and what her life was like before she became the Queen. In the previous books, we’ve only seen her as a grieving widow; now we get a look at the young girl…

This story is great! Even as a stand-alone, it’s interesting, exciting and enjoyable to read.

JC Morrows has done it again! Don’t miss out on this exciting read!

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

21 Days of Love | Kathy Ide

 


Today I am reviewing 21 Days of Love compiled by Kathy Ide, featuring Cindy Woodsmall, Susan May Warren, Sherry Kyle, Renae Brumbaugh, and Lori Freeland, & more.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Love can be found in many treasured relationships: boyfriend-girlfriend, husband-wife, parent-child… with a special friend, teacher, or pet… in the kindness of a stranger. We even have a national holiday to celebrate love.

The greatest love ever known is God’s abundant love for us, His children. And He often demonstrates that perfect love through imperfect people.

These stories represent all kinds of love. Woven through each story is the sustaining hand of our loving heavenly Father. On Valentine’s Day—and every day—whether your life is chocolates and flowers or loneliness and pain, let these stories fill your heart with hope, peace, and most important, love.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

21 Days of Love is a beautiful book, from cover to cover. Now, I don’t usually begin my reviews by complimenting the cover, but it’s perfect. Matter of fact, each of the book covers for this series are thoughtful and true to the subject covered within its’ pages.

Inside this book, you will find stories of love . . . stories that represent the many different types of love that we all experience, from the relationships we have with our parents and siblings, our spouse and our children, as well as friends, and even strangers.

But these aren’t stories to bring false hope, or present fairy tales; instead, they are written to encourage us as we go through rough times. The very first story describes how an accident changes a young girl’s life — and her future. Left with feelings of hopelessness, she discovers that God has another path for her life, if she’ll only trust Him with her future.

Each story in this devotional is encouraging, uplifting, and heart-warming. I was continually reminded of God’s love for me. And that He is always waiting for me, even when I’ve drifted away at times. His love for me is an everlasting love, full of promise.

If you haven’t read 21 Days of Love, or one of the companion books in this series, I encourage you to read it.

God Loves You!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

Peppermint Kisses | Valerie Comer Marathon

 

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Today I am reviewing Peppermint Kisses, a short story released after the 2nd book in the Farm Fresh Romance series by Valerie Comer.
Here is a brief synopsis:

This short ebook novella takes place at the reception of Noel & Claire Kenzie’s Christmas-time wedding.

At the reception, Rebekah Jackson, (the best friend of Noel’s sister Amber) meets Noel’s former employee Wade Roper.

Could Wade be the one to help Rebekah get over her crush on Noel and help her find the Light to battle the darkness she fears?

 

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I LOVE THIS SERIES!

Poor Rebecca . . . after adoring her friend’s brother from afar, now she’s attending his wedding — to another woman. Oh well, we all have our fantasies — and more often than not, they get dashed.

In the meantime, the man in question, Noel Kenzie, marries his true love — Claire Halford. Will they live happily ever after? While I’m sure they’ll have their share of problems, I think they have a better than average chance of making it work.

If you want to find out what happens with Rebecca and Wade Roper, a former employee of Noel’s, all you have to do is sign up for Valerie Comer’s newsletter — and you can get a digital copy of Peppermint Kisses — free! So go do this… and start reading with me.

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And if you’re as curious as I am about what happens to all the wonderful characters at Green Acres Farm, keep reading with me . . . I’ll be back next week with more reviews!

. . . and tomorrow I’ll be announcing the first winner — of books one and two — 1) Raspberries and Vinegar, and 2) Wild Mint Tea.

Please don’t miss out on this wonderful series . . .

 

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God bless you!
 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

A Perilous Assignment | JC Morrows Marathon

 

Today I am reviewing A Perilous Assignment, the 1st story in the Order of the MoonStone series by JC Morrows.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Order of the Moonstone is not just another shadowy underground resistance operation.

They have a much more sinister purpose.

Kayden is about to find out just how sinister.

Go back to the very beginning with us… see how Kayden was chosen for her most important and most dangerous assignment yet.

“In A Perilous Assignment, J.C. Morrows builds suspense and an ominous setting that will leave you eager to read more of her MoonStone Chronicles series.” ~ A. J. Cattapan – author of the YA novel Angelhood

 
 
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MY THOUGHTS:

A Perilous Assignment is a wonderful introduction to the Order of the MoonStone series . . . and the story we all waited for — A Reluctant Assassin.

In this short story, we get just a glimpse into the Order — and when Kayden, a young 17-year-old recruit, is chosen for an assignment (if you’re following this series, you already know where Kayden is headed).

When I say a glimpse . . . well, that’s exactly what I mean. There’s only one chapter, but WOW! It’s an amazing chapter! Full of suspense and intrigue — I was nervous just reading it (thankfully after just a few sentences, I was firmly involved in the story).

JC Morrows is a talented writer — you can tell by this short story.

In this introduction, she focuses almost entirely on Kayden, and what is happening around her at the moment. Without any distractions, the reader gets a perfect picture of the seriousness of this assignment.

I can’t wait to read Kayden’s story — in A Reluctant Assassin. Stay with me . . . it’s coming soon.

DON’T MISS IT!

 

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God bless you!
 
Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt
 

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