Blue Man by John L. Moore

This book had me trying to figure out what was really going on till close to the end. There were conspiracy theories and paranormal ideas floating around. I enjoyed the story but I did get confused a few times as to what was really happening and who was good or bad. I wish I had read the other book about Ezra Riley so I had known more about him. This definitely kept my interest all the way through even when I was a little confused. I definitely liked Ezra and his friend. I received a copy of this book from Jones Literary and Audra Jennings fir a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a four out of five stars.

Ezra Riley is a hardened Montana cowboy who prefers the hills, cattle, and horses to cities, but his unique gift for dream interpretation has him secretly taken to the White House where the President is suffering from recurring nightmares. Riley’s encounter with the President launches a series of attacks by the man behind the nightmares, William Anderson Hall, an elderly master spy and a pioneer in the CIA’s experiments with psychic powers and hallucinogens. In his remote Virginia compound, Hall has invested 30 years and millions of dollars in creating Blue Man, the ultimate psychic warrior.

Riley’s life is soon complicated by Davis Browne, a former agent with the Department of Homeland Security, and Hall’s two nieces, Isabel Elizabeth Hall and Mary Margaret Hall. Riley’s rough ride is balanced by his cowboy friend, the cartoonist Barney Wallace, whose loyalty follows Riley to the climactic end and the revelation of the content of the President’s dream.About the Author

John L. Moore is an award-winning novelist and journalist. He’s published seven novels, several non-fiction books and over 2,000 articles, poems, short stories, columns and reviews. A third-generation Montana rancher best known for his western classic, The Breaking of Ezra Riley and a pioneer in the Christian fiction genre, he is the winner of numerous awards, including a 2015 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for his sixth novel, Looking for Lynne. Active in ministry for over a quarter century, Moore has appeared in four documentaries due to his knowledge of the history of horses on the Northern Great Plains. He is a member of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

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What Others Are Saying”Moore is a master writer. In Blue Man, he skillfully weaves a story of intrigue that captivates while laying bare our present-day culture.”
Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, Redding, CA, Author of Born for Significance and Hope in Any Crisis

Blue Man is a fantastic novel, perhaps John L. Moore’s best, in its propelling action with hardly a pause and in the several levels and dimensions of character portrayal. I began the novel late in the day and could not put it down until I finished it at 4 a.m.”
Larry Woiwode, Bestselling author, Winner of the William Faulkner Foundation Award, Finalist for the National Book Award and the Book Critics Circle Award

“What a read! Blue Man is filled with prophetic intrigue surrounding a national plot that parallels our own headlines. This story will make your jaw drop and you will wonder whether it’s fiction…or a preview of our future.”
Wanda Alger, Author of Moving from Sword to Scepter: Rule Through Prayer as the Ekklesia of God

“Wow! What a trip! Once I picked up Blue Man, I couldn’t put it down. The characters grew on me more with each scene and on occasions I laughed out loud which is rare for me. Blue Man hits with a powerful spiritual impact.”
Amy Thomas Davis,Author of Divinely Powerful – A Prophetic Blueprint Introducing the Coming Age’Read an ExcerptCleaned up and fueled by stout coffee, Ezra sat at the kitchen table with a bowl of cold cereal and the new Ford’s title.

He slid the title across the table to Barney. “Take a look at who the truck is registered to.”

Barney held the paper up and squinted. “I don’t have my reading glasses, but it looks like Zebulon Associates Limited. What’s that?”

“I’ve no idea. I can’t find them on the Web. It must be a dummy corporation.”

“Who’s Zebulon?”

“A Hebrew patriarch in the Bible. The name means ‘Dwelling of Honor.’”

“Why are they after you?”

“I gave my word not to talk.”

“So what can I do to help?”

Ezra looked sternly at his friend of many years. “You can help by staying away.”

“What? You want me to abandon a longtime friend?”

“I know it goes against your principles, but do it as a favor to me.”

“You’re going to fight this alone?”

“It’s my fight, Barney, not yours.”

“So who was that Benny Davis guy? At least tell me that.”

“His real name is Davis Browne. He’s a private contractor for some powerful people.”

“What did he want?”

“I can’t tell you.”

“Where is he?

“That might be a question for eternity. If he’s lucky, he’s in Mexico.”

“If he’s unlucky?”

“He’s dead. They got him.”

Barney scowled. “What are you going to do when Anne gets home?”

Ezra shook his head sadly. “I’m hoping this will be resolved by then.”

“Go to the sheriff,” Barney insisted. “The cops are already suspicious about that gun and map.”

“I have a feeling those suspicions will evaporate.”

“You can’t make me walk away from this.”

“Barney, if that car hadn’t crashed and you’d pulled into the yard minutes after that guy—whoever he was—you’re the one who might have caught a bullet.”

“I don’t abandon my friends.”

Ezra sighed and folded his arms across his chest. “Fine,” he said. “Check on me by telephone and drive the highway, but do not pull into the yard.”

Barney didn’t like it, but he nodded his assent.

“And on the phone,” Ezra added. “Don’t talk about anything except cows and weather. We have to sound like normal cowboys.”

Gray Lady took her chair across from her uncle in his study. The old spymaster looked especially tired, and she hated bringing bad news.

He fidgeted, waiting for her to speak, but his nervousness was little more than a tremble.

“Maintenance has been killed in a car accident,” she reported.

Hall coughed. “Near Riley’s ranch?”

“Yes. He was on his way to complete the job.”

“Complete what job?”

Isabel lied. “Observing Riley.”

“What caused the accident?”

“The authorities think he swerved to miss a deer.”

“A stupid reaction,” Hall said. “He was smarter than that and he was in a rented SUV. Why would he swerve?”

Gray Lady had no answer to the rhetorical question.

“Have the necessary details been taken care of?” he asked.

“Yes. There shouldn’t be any problems.”

“Did he have any family?”

“An ex-wife in England and parents in Boston.”

“Spin it as necessary. Say he was a courier for one of our corporations who took a fateful sightseeing trip.”

“And what about Riley?”

Hall’s jaw clenched. “We’ll turn up the pressure,” he said. “I’ll give Blue Man a workout. We’ll find out what both Blue Man and Ezra Riley are made of.”

“You still want the dream?”

“I demand it.”

“May I offer you a suggestion?” Gray Lady asked.

“What is it?”

“Maybe you are underestimating Blue Man. Maybe he can bypass the subconscious with a man like Riley.”

“What do you mean?”

“Blue Man targeted the President and Davis Browne while they were asleep. Ezra Riley is an imaginative person who spends most of his time alone. Perhaps his normal day is like a sleeping state.”

“Daydreams,” Hall said. “Like Browne’s fantasies?” “Probably more realistic than Browne’s fantasies.”

“But possible. I will have Blue Man get on it. Daytime and nighttime, for that matter, if Blue Man can take the rigor.”

“As you have said, Uncle. We must learn what both Riley and Blue Man are made of.”

Champagne Widows by Rebecca Rosenberg

This was a fascinating story of a true woman who took over her husbands winery in the late 1700s and created some of the best Champagne ever. She did this all during horrible times in France when Napoleon was destroying the economy and getting thousands of men killed. This is a wonderful story that tells about what might have caused Napoleon Bonaparte to behave the way he did and shows the strength that the women of France had to have during these trying times. Great story. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.


From triple-gold award-winning author, Rebecca Rosenberg: Champagne, France, 1800. Twenty-year-old Barbe-Nicole inherited Le Nez (an uncanny sense of smell) from her great-grandfather, a renowned champagne maker. She is determined to use Le Nez to make great champagne, but the Napoleon Code prohibits women from owning a business. When she learns her childhood sweetheart, François Clicquot, wants to start a winery, she marries him despite his mental illness.

Soon, her husband’s tragic death forces her to become Veuve (Widow) Clicquot and grapple with a domineering partner, the complexities of making champagne, and six Napoleon wars, which cripple her ability to sell champagne. When she falls in love with her sales manager, Louis Bohne, who asks her to marry, she must choose between losing her winery to her husband, as dictated by Napoleon Code, or losing Louis.

In the ultimate showdown, Veuve Clicquot defies Napoleon himself, risking prison and even death.

Under the Bayou Moon by Valerie Fraser Luesse

This is one of those books that I wish I could give a better rating than a five out of five stars. I did not want to put this book down. This book is filled with happy and sad emotions. It is so sad the way children were sometimes treated while all they wanted was an education. The characters are wonderful. My favorite characters were Heywood, Remy and Doc. They helped bring what Ellie and Raphe did all together. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.

Restless with the familiarity of her Alabama home, Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job in a tiny Louisiana town deep in bayou country. Though rightfully suspicious of outsiders, who have threatened both their language and their culture, most of the people in tiny Bernadette, Louisiana, come to appreciate the young and idealistic schoolteacher as a boon to the town. She’s soon teaching just about everyone–and coming up against opposition from both the school board and a politician with ulterior motives.Acclimating to a whole new world, Ellie meets a lonely but intriguing Cajun fisherman named Raphe who introduces her to the legendary white alligator that haunts these waters. Raphe and Ellie have barely found their way to each other when a huge bounty is offered for the elusive gator, bringing about a shocking turn of events that will test their love and their will to right a terrible wrong.A master of the Southern novel, Valerie Fraser Luesse invites you to enter the sultry swamps of Louisiana in a story that illuminates the struggle for the heart and soul of the bayou.

Wilderness Spa by Jim Halverson with a giveaway

This book is a true tragedy. These people get stuck in Alaska without their guides after an earthquake. There are different sets of people that each have to face this tragedy and then have to learn to work as a team to try to get themselves out of a horrible situation. I enjoyed how the author helps us to understand how each person is handling being stranded by circumstances. I love that each person works together to try to get to safety but each person still has their own doubts and feelings. This is a very sad book. I learned to like each character as the story unfolds. I received a copy of this book from ireadbooktour for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a four out of five stars.

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Book Title: Wilderness Spa: Where Physical Survival Meets Psychological Survival by Jim Halverson
Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 212 pages
Genre: Literary
Publisher: Gail Force Publishing
Release date: June 2021

Tour dates: August 23 to September 10, 2021
Content Rating: PG-13: Only language (one f-word, some sh*t, d*mn)
Book Description:

The Wilderness Spa brings people from three quite different sources together to survive catastrophe in the Alaskan wilderness. They amaze themselves in their ability to coalesce and work cohesively in the face of hunger, injury, insecurity, and possible death. With that on their minds, they explore statistics, logic, social justice, and challenges to philosophies and social norms.

After rocky starts when new members enter the group, they learn to find the best in their fellow travelers, how to help, follow, and lead when necessary. Nothing is ever easy. Without attacking each other, they dig deep to reconcile their differences.

Join the group as they make the best of what they have. Struggle along with them and reconcile your own philosophical belief systems with logic and science.
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J​im Halverson is the author of Trials & Trails (2019) and Ponce, What Actually Happened at the Fountain of Youth (upcoming, 2021). Jim grew up in the rural, gold-mining town of Mokelumne Hill, CA and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He spent part of his life on a ranch and is an avid student of psychology. He recognizes the struggles of all men and women seeking equality and respect. Jim and his wife, Gail, spend their time traveling from their small farm in Forestville, CA.

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Liberty Lane And The One-Girl Rebelution by Shaylene King with a giveaway

This is a fun book for preteens and young teens though it is a cute book for adults to read also. I liked the trouble that Liberty got in to during the contest and the new friends that she made during it also. I liked the use of the scriptures throughout the story also. This was a fun mystery and hope she will have more to solve. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a four out of five stars.

About the Book

Book:  Liberty Lane and the One-Girl Rebelution

Author: Shaylene King

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

Release date: December 31, 2020

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American Idol meets the bible in this modern retelling of the book of Esther creatively re-imagined for a younger generation

Sir Frederick Preparatory School’s Royal Crown competition is only the biggest singing competition on planet earth! So, when Liberty Lane O’Shea, is catapulted into the singing competition to compete for the coveted crown, it’s a dream come true.

Her dreams are dashed when she meets a beastly contestant who plots to vocally “kill off” anyone who might pose a threat to his rise to fame.

To halt the contestant’s vile ruse, Liberty Lane and her cohorts in crime, best friend Calliope and cousin Lincoln scheme to foil his evil ploys.

When Liberty Lane finds herself blackmailed, she is faced with a tough choice. Will she expose this contestant, divulging a secret of her own, and possibly disqualify herself from the competition? Or, will she watch the other contestants “die” an early Royal Crown competition death, putting the crown surely within her grasp?

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About the Author

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Shaylene is an anti-bully activist. She speaks to thousands of students each year across the country and internationally, empowering them to live with profound purpose when they learn to combat mean and cultivate kindness.

She is the founder of The Mean Girl Extinction Project a 501(c)3 on-profit created to address the rise in relational aggression among girls. She teaches girls how to not only survive girl world but to make a difference and thrivein girl world. She leads assemblies, workshops and speaks at girls events, camps, clubs and retreats.

Shaylene also teaches and trains the nation’s leading student-led bully prevention program called  Safe School Ambassadors. Equipping students with the tools they need to develop self-confidence and practice and promote positive communication with their peers.

Shaylene lives with her husband in Middle Tennessee, sailing the unchartered waters of empty nesting. She enjoys any time she gets to spend with her two grown children who are off exploring the world and living the life God created them for.

More from Shaylene

Liberty Lane and the One-Girl Rebelution was birthed from my love of fairy tales and reading Bible stories to my kids. I have likely read every modern retelling version of classic fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves! One night, while reading a Bible story to my kids at bedtime, I noticed it read a lot like a fairy tale, only it was true. What fun it would be to write a modern retelling of my favorite Bible stories! And, rest is history… or at least a re-telling of history!

This book was a labor of love. It was fun to creatively reimagine what an Esther story might look like today. More important, though, I wanted to create a strong, confident young girl, one who was perfectly imperfect, able to think for herself and stand for what she believed in, even when it was hard—a one-girl “rebel”ution. My hope is that girls might connect with Liberty Lane and feel they too can be comfortable in their own skin and stand by their convictions. When they make a mistake, they can right their wrong, hold their head high, and press on. Speaking the truth is never easy to do, but I want them to know, it will always be the right thing to do.

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Liberty Lane Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Shaylene is giving away the grand prize a $50 Amazon gift card, a signed hard back copy of my book, book bag and 2 BookStubs (Free ebook download) … One BookStub for the winner and one for a friend!!

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Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel

This has been my favorite book in the Doors to the Past series so far. I loved all the characters in both the past and the future. This story really kept me guessing all the way to the end of the book. Both of these couples learned many lessons through the book. I did not want to put the book down. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.


Two women, a century apart, are bound by a haunting secret aboard a legendary steamboat.Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure. As wedding coordinator for the 100-year-old steamboat The Belle of Louisville, Devyn Asbury takes pride in seeing others’ dreams come true, even though her engagement had sunk like a diamond ring to the bottom of the Ohio River. When the Belle becomes a finalist in the Timeless Wedding Venue contest, Devyn endeavors to secure the prestigious title with hopes to reclaim some of her professional dreams. What she hadn’t planned on was Chase Jones showing up with a mysterious photo from the 1920s. A century earlier, Hattie Louis is as untamable as the rivers that raised her. As the adopted daughter of a steamboat captain, her duties range from the entertainment to cook. When strange incidents occur aboard the boat, Hattie’s determined to discover the truth. Even if that means getting under First Mate Jack Marshall’s handsome skin.

Carved in Stone by Elizabeth Camden

I believe that this has been one of my favorite books by this author that I have ever read. I loved both Gwen and Patrick and Liam. These characters gave me laughter and some tears. I loved how Patrick was often paid in eggs and other barter fir his work as an attorney. I enjoyed reading about some of the vaccines that were being developed during this time period. I am looking forward to finding out what the second book in this series will be about. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.

Her gilded world holds a deeply hidden secret.  

After years of tragedy, Gwen Kellerman now lives a quiet life as a botanist at an idyllic New York college. She largely ignores her status as heiress to the infamous Blackstone dynasty and hopes to keep her family’s heartbreak and scandal behind her. 

Patrick O’Neill survived a hardscrabble youth to become a lawyer for the downtrodden Irish immigrants in his community. He’s proud of his work, even though he struggles to afford his ramshackle law office. All that changes when he accepts a case that is sure to emphasize the Blackstones’ legacy of greed and corruption by resurrecting a thirty-year-old mystery.

Little does Patrick suspect that the Blackstones will launch their most sympathetic family member to derail him. Gwen is tasked with getting Patrick to drop the case, but the old mystery takes a shocking twist neither of them saw coming. Now, as they navigate a burgeoning attraction and growing danger, Patrick and Gwen will be forced to decide if the risk to the life they’ve always held dear is worth the reward.