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The Genesis of Seven by Sara M. Schaller {Blog Tour}

Looking for a new YA fantasy paranormal to check out?! How about this book...

Title: The Genesis of Seven
Author: Sara M. Schaller
Series: The Empyrean Trilogy #1
Age: Young Adult
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
Publisher: Designs by Seraphim
Purchase: Hardcover | Paperback | KindleB&N | Book Depository | WalmartIndieBoundApple BooksKobo

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Jordan Conway has always wanted to help people, but helping seven archangels to achieve their divine duty was never quite what he had in mind… 
When Jordan is entrusted by the head nun of his orphanage to deliver a mysterious backpack to a New York City address, he comes unexpectedly face-to-face with Archangel Gabriel. Their acquaintance fast uncovers a labyrinth of secrets that connect Jordan’s once-normal life to an ancient heavenly prophecy. Now, he must help Gabriel to reunite the archangels before evil forces grow too strong.
Soon, Jordan and Gabriel find themselves on a divine quest across …
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Swift by R.J. Anderson {Blog Tour}

Huge thank you to Celebrate Lit for having me on tour of this awesome Christian Fantasy novel. Keep reading for thoughts and review...

Title: Swift
Author: R.J. Anderson
Series: Swift
Age: MG/YA
Genres: Christian Fantasy
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
Publisher: Enclave Escape
Source: eBook
Purchase: Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
To save her people, a wingless girl must learn to fly.

As a piskey girl born without wings and raised underground, Ivy yearns for flight almost as much as she misses her long-lost mother. But the world outside the Delve is full of danger, and her dreams seem hopeless until she meets a mysterious faery who makes her an enticing offer: If Ivy helps him escape the Delve's dungeon, he'll teach her how to fly.

Freeing Richard could cost Ivy her reputation, perhaps even her life. But when her fellow piskeys start to disappear and her beloved little sister goes missing, Ivy has no choice but to take the risk.

Deadly threats and shocking revelations await…

Shadow Unbound by Angie Day {Book Review}

Title: Shadow Unbound
Author: Angie Day
Series: Legends & Shadows Saga #2
Age: New Adult
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Publication Date: June 19, 2020
Publisher: Rahne Press
Source: Paperback
Purchase: Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | B&N
Mara is a Legend, born with unmatched power. More than that, she is a Shadow: ruthless, feared, and lethal. But all of that changed when she became Kate and fell in love with a perfectly human life and the Legend that showed her how to live it: Kylan. After battling the Shadows and uncovering the memories they stole, she was free. Free to be with Kylan, his family, and the Rogue life they had chosen.

When a new human is brought into their lives, everything unravels. The family she has grown to love is thrown into chaos. Kate can’t save any of them. But Mara can.

As Mara steps back into her previous life as a Shadow, it fits a little too well. The longer she walks with danger, the more she sees in common with the Shadows she left than the Rogue she…

Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason

As I enjoyed Collateral Damage, book one of this series, I was excited to get my hands on the follow-up sequel.

Title: Acceptable Risk
Author: Lynette Eason
Series: Danger Never Sleeps #2
Age: Adult
Genres: Christian Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
Publisher: Revell
Source: Paperback
Purchase: Paperback | Kindle | Hardcover
Sarah Denning is a military journalist with the Army in the Middle East when her convoy is attacked and she's taken hostage. When former Army Ranger Gavin Black is asked by his old unit commander--Sarah's imposing father--to plan an extremely risky rescue, he reluctantly agrees and successfully executes it.

Back in the US, Sarah is livid when she's discharged on a false psychiatric evaluation and vows to return to the Army. Until she learns of her brother's suicide. Unable to believe her brother would do such a thing, she puts her plans on hold and enlists Gavin to help her discover the truth. What they uncover may be the biggest…

How & Why I Annotate

Hey Gems! 
Today's post is just me sharing how and why I annotate my books and how you can begin annotating yourself. Check out the video below, along with time stamps to get to certain parts quicker: Time-Stamps: 02:07 - why I annotate 05:12 - when I annotate 05:49 - how I annotate 07:28 - showing my keys 08:18 - my tools (pens, highlighters, tabs, etc) 18:44 - how you can start annotating 21:19 - color code systems 31:24 - Q&A 42:56 - examples of books I annotated 1:02:04 - annotated Bible studies
Keep on going to see my personal annotating systems up close. I hope this post and video is helpful for you to begin your own journey of annotating and interacting with your books.
There is also a very useful article to help you understand why we should annotate in our books, check it out HERE! Blessings,

A Reckless Love by Beth White {Blog Tour}

Thank you to Revell for having me on board this tour! I truly appreciate it and I must say I enjoyed this one for sure.

Title: A Reckless Love
Author: Beth White
Series: Daughtry House #3
Age: Adult
Genres: Christian Historical Fiction
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Revell Reads
Source: Paperback
Purchase: Paperback | Kindle | Audible | Hardcover
In the fine tradition established by her Southern grandmama, Aurora Daughtry has recently orchestrated the marriage of her eldest sister and facilitated her middle sister's engagement. She also rejoices in her part in transforming the family's dilapidated plantation manor into a luxurious and lucrative resort hotel. Just when it seems there is nothing left to absorb her considerable talent for managing people, in walks federal deputy marshal Zane Sager.

But Zane is not at Daughtry House for a vacation. He's tracking a killer and collecting two key witnesses to a federal judge's murder.

Aurora takes it upon herself …

What Momma Left Behind by Cindy K. Sproles

Title: What Momma Left Behind
Author: Cindy K. Sproles
Age: Adult
Genres: Christian Historical Fiction
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Revell
Source: Paperback
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Worie Dressar is seventeen years old when influenza and dysentery ravage her Appalachian Mountain community in 1898, leaving behind a growing number of orphaned children with no way to care for themselves. Worie's mother has been secretly feeding a number of these little ones on Sourwood Mountain. But when she dies suddenly, Worie is left to figure out why and how she was caring for them.

Plagued with two good-for-nothing brothers--one greedy and the other a drunkard--Worie fights to save her home and the orphaned children now in her begrudging care. Along the way, she will discover the beauty of unconditional love and the power of forgiveness as she cares for all of Momma's children.

Storyteller and popular speaker Cindy K. Sproles pens a tender novel full …

Where the Road Bends by David Rawlings {Blog Tour}

Hey Gems!!! I'm back with another review on an awesome contemporary fiction!
I want to thank Prism Book Tours for having me on the tour for this lovely read!!

Title: Where the Road Bends
Author: David Rawlings
Age: Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Christian Fiction
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher:Thomas Nelson
Source: ARC
Purchase: Hardcover | Kindle | Audible | Christian Book | B&N | Book Depository | TNZ Fiction
Fifteen years after college graduation, four friends reconnect to keep a long-ago promise and go on a trip of a lifetime in the Australian Outback.

Eliza needs to disconnect from her high-powered fashion job to consider the CEO position she’s just been offered. Lincoln hopes to rekindle a past relationship and escape from another one. Bree looks forward to a fun getaway from home and her deeply buried disappointments. Andy wants to disappear from the mess he’s made of his life—possibly forever.

Dropped at a campsite in the middle of nowhere, the friends quickly…