Archives for December 2016

CrossReaders Book Review: Operation Mistletoe by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReaders Book Review: Operation Mistletoe by Elizabeth Maddrey

Title: Operation Mistletoe

Author: Elizabeth Maddrey

Operation Mistletoe

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the Book

Victoria hates Christmas. Gabe loves Christmas and gives the donations he makes at his big Christmas Lights Display to a good cause. Victoria (Tori) has been told by her boss at the paper that she is to do a report on the Christmas Lights Display this year. She is furious especially when she finds out that it is Gabe who does the Display, her old college crush.

Review

This is the first book that I have read by this author and it was an absolute delight! I’m not really much into Christmas stories, but this one was an unexpected pleasure to read.
I loved following Gabe and Tori’s story. Tori hated Christmas; from the time she was young something always terrible happened on Christmas and she feels she is cursed. Gabe loved Christmas and used his many acres of land and transformed it into a wonderful array of the story of Christs’ birth. He then used the funds generated to raise money for a good cause.
Also this just happens to be the guy Tori had a crush on in college. She is in charge of the doing the article on Gabe’s Christmas display and she is just so upset at this, but alas the job has been placed in her hands.
I enjoyed the story so much that I read it in one sitting and was hooked right from the beginning to the very end. I cannot wait to read more from this author. Elizabeth Maddrey is definitely going on my new favorite authors list!
I give this story 5***** all the way around and recommend to everyone. It’s a truly delightful read.

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This review was submitted by: Shannan Williams

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CrossReads Short Takes: One Among Men & To See the Sun

CrossReads Short Takes: One Among Men & To See the Sun

CrossReads Short Takes

One Among Men

by Connie Almony

One Among Men

Contemporary Christian Romantic Suspense

She applied to run the all-female dorm at Maryland State University. Then why must she live in the all-male dorm instead???

Samantha Hart wants to find Godly purpose within her new Christian faith, like her missionary best friend, but is forced to take a job as the resident director of the all-male, Calvert Hall, where she gets to baby-sitting pampered party boys, rather than change lives.

Facing the typical challenges of her position, such as sexual assaults and drug use by residents, and those unique to being a woman, she leans heavily on her faith. She must also gain respect from young men who view her as a sex object—one of whom is stalking her—while guarding against the campus serial rapist.

It doesn’t help that her boss treats her like an imbecile. So why did God put her here when her experience was with women’s issues and she’d applied for the all-female building?

Chris Johnson, a rock guitarist who is returning to school as a music major, is intrigued by the resident director and the faith she shares with her muscle-bound resident assistant from “the hood,” nick-named Preacher. While Chris observes how they act on their beliefs, he is drawn into a relationship with a ruthless supplier of the on-campus drug trade.

While observing Sam’s care of students who don’t deserve her efforts, Chris assists her on the sly. Can he manage his two worlds without risking Samantha’s life?

From the author of “At the Edge of a Dark Forest.”

Contemporary Christian Romantic Suspense / Women’s Fiction

Though this work is set at a completely FICTIONAL campus, “Maryland State University,” a portion of current author income from it will go to Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at University of Maryland College Park.

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To See the Sun

by Peggy Blann Phifer

To See the Sun

Pregnant and widowed hadn’t been part of her “happily ever after” dream. And now, someone was trying to kill her . . . Erin Macintyre never expected to be a widow and a new mother in the same year, anymore than she expected mysterious notes, threatening phone calls, and a strange homeless man who seems to know all about her. The thought of raising a child without a father is daunting enough—worse when you have no idea who might want to harm you. Put an old flame into the mix, and her life begins a tailspin into a world she never knew existed. When P.I. Clay Buchanan, stumbles upon Erin at her husband’s gravesite, he’s totally unprepared for her advanced pregnancy. Her venomous reaction at seeing him, however, was predictable. But Clay can’t let her distrust, or his guilt, get in the way—not when he has evidence that proves Erin’s life is in danger. With few options left, Erin begrudgingly accepts Clay’s help . . . and it just might be her undoing.

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Back to Normal?

Back to Normal?

by Ruth O’Neil

Let’s all give a collective sigh. The hustle and bustle of Christmas is over. All we have left is New Year’s. Shortly after that, the kids go back to school and things get back to normal.

But, what is normal?

And who likes normal anyway?

This is the time of year when people begin making all kinds of New Year’s Resolutions. Those resolutions run the gamut of eating healthier, losing weight, making more money, being happier, etc. Before we turn the calendar to remind us that February has come, we will more than likely have forgotten all about those resolutions that seemed so important at the beginning of January.

What about the goals we’ve set that aren’t necessarily resolutions? How far will we get down that list?

There is nothing wrong with making resolutions and setting goals. However, the one element often missing from our plans is God. Proverbs 19:21 tells us, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Hmmm… Maybe we should look to Him or at least consult Him on what our plans are.

One of the things I’ve learned over the years about planning – and I do a lot of planning – my plans are not always what God has in mind for me. I have learned that I need to seek His will for my life. When I do that, His plans become my plans. His goals for my life become my goals. Only when I seek Him are we on the same page.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” A future and hope. I’m not sure there is anything that sounds better than that!

So, over the next few days, as the year comes to a close, take time to pray and ask God what He would like for you to accomplish this next year. Write down some of your ideas and lift them up before Him. Once your goals match up with God’s, you will be amazed at what you can achieve in one year.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com

CrossReaders Book Review: Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReaders Book Review: Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReads Book Review

Title: Wisdom to Know

Author: Elizabeth Maddrey

Wisdom to Know

Rating: 5 Stars

About the Book

This book is the first book in the Grant Us Grace Series. This book is a must read!

Review

This is the first book in the Grant Us Grace Series! Elizabeth Maddrey brings the characters to life from the first page! Her way of writing brings bold truth to issues that many Christian may face today. Abortion, addiction, deceit, and forgiveness are so real in families today, and this book is spot on in dealing with them. Wisdom to Know is filled with unexpected twists and turns in the lives of Lydia and Kevin, the two main characters. Lydia deals with abortion, and Kevin deals with learning to forgive. We learn how to help someone rather than have them deal with the dark, lonely guilt that one struggles with after experiencing abortion. Wisdom to Know will draw you in to the reality that these issues could very well be going happening in our own Church today. I highly recommend this book to anyone age 16 and above!

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This review was submitted by: Rachelle Craig

CrossReads Short Takes: At the Edge of a Dark Forest & Infinite Characters

CrossReads Short Takes: At the Edge of a Dark Forest & Infinite Characters

CrossReads Short Takes

At the Edge of a Dark Forest

Connie Almony

At the Edge of a Dark Forest

Cole Harrison, an Iraq War veteran amputee, wears his disfigurement like a barrier to those who might love him, shielding them from the ugliness inside. He agrees to try and potentially invest in, a prototype prosthetic with the goal of saving a hopeless man’s dreams.

Carly Rose contracts to live with Cole and train him to use his new prosthetics, only to discover his dark world of alcoholism and PTSD. Can Carly help him fight this war and discover the man he is destined to become?

At the Edge of a Dark Forest is a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Only it is not her love that will make him whole.

Contemporary Christian Romance.

From the author of One Among Men and An Insignificant Life.

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Infinite Characters

June Foster, Mildred Colvin,

Vanessa Riley and Lori Cecil Connie Almony

Infinite Characters

We are a group of five writers who have very different styles and time periods, but God has put us together to help each other out. Our mission for this site is to draw on our different gifts to help other writer’s in their pursuit of a dream as well as readers in their pursuit of a good read. Our sections include book reviews, author interviews, guest blogs, musings, devotionals, and a variety of writing tips. Every other Friday one of us will try our hand writing a fiction scene from an agreed upon theme. We call this Fiction Fun. It is our way of stretching our creative wings and marveling at how each of us can take a single idea and run in entirely new direction with it. The genres included in our Fiction Fun exercise are Regency England, 19th Century Western, Contemporary Romance and Young Adult. Who knows, maybe we’ll invite you, the reader, to join the fun.

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