Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Preview: Little Black Lies by Sandra A. Block

LITTLE BLACK LIES will hit shelves in February 2015, but don’t wait until then:

An extended preview of the book, featuring the first five chapters of the book, is available for FREE! 

The preview is available as a free ebook at all major online book retailers including Amazon.com, B&N.com, IndieBound.com, and more. 


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"Little Black Lies is a darkly intriguing mystery with a feisty young doctor as its protagonist. Sandra Block pulls you in deep and doesn't let go."--- Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author 
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Synopsis:

She helps people conquer their demons. But she has a few of her own...


In the halls of the psychiatric ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is a resident in training, dedicated to helping troubled patients. However, she has plenty of baggage of her own. When her newest patient arrives - a beautiful sociopath who murdered her mother - Zoe becomes obsessed with questions about her own mother's death. But the truth remains tauntingly out of reach, locked away within her nightmares of an uncontrollable fire. And as her adoptive mother loses her memory to dementia, the time to find the answers is running out.

As Zoe digs deeper, she realizes that the danger is not just in her dreams but is now close at hand. And she has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most. Because what she can't remember just might kill her.

Little Black Lies is about madness and memory - and the dangerous, little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

About the Author
Sandra A. Block graduated from college at Harvard, then returned to her native land of Buffalo, New York for medical training and never left. She is a practicing neurologist and proud Sabres fan, and lives at home with her husband, two children, and impetuous yellow lab Delilah. She has been published in both medical and poetry journals. LITTLE BLACK LIES (Grand Central Publishing; February 17, 2015) is her first novel.

Visit Sandra’s website , Facebook, and Twitter!



  Read the first 5 chapters at:
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I have not yet been able to read this title, but I am excited because of the protagonist being a psychiatrist with ADHD who is searching into her dark family history. I hope I have some time to sit down with this book after it comes out because I think it promises to be both a complex and a rewarding read.



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Winner of Jesus Daily Devotional and T-shirt!


And the winner of Jesus Daily: 365 Interactive Devotions and a T-shirt is.....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Update: Change in Review Policy



I have made some slight changes in my review policy, which can be found here. I look forward to being able to work with a tiny selection of self-published authors in addition to what I have already been doing.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Review + Giveaway: Jesus Daily: 365 Interactive Devotions by Aaron Tabor, MD

Synopsis:
Based on the major themes found on the most active Facebook page in history, JESUS DAILY is a 365-day interactive devotional that goes beyond even the fan page to create a deeper experience and cultural movement that celebrates your redemption in Christ. JESUS DAILY presents a devotional thought but also challenges you to respond to each daily reflection using a variety of social media tools.  
JESUS DAILY is a worldwide revolution in how you can connect, share, and worship the Father personally and with other believers.




My Review:

With so much media coverage of social media influences gone wrong, some in the Christian community find themselves boycotting those outlets for various reasons. The internet in general and social media specifically can be very addictive and an easy outlet to vent frustrations and negativity. This devotional book is a guide for those who want to use social media for a higher purpose - connecting to others to share the gospel, bring encouragement, and learn more about the Bible.

There is a different theme for each month, and each day contains a short but thought-provoking devotional based on a scripture. In this regard, it is much like the classic devotionals that we enjoy, but the daily interaction suggested each day is what sets this one apart. Every day brings an opportunity to connect to others online in some meaningful, positive way. Sometimes that is telling a personal story via a social media outlet, other days it involves engaging others on Facebook with intriguing questions, or even occasionally taking a break from the internet altogether.

This devotional is great for anyone looking to reflect on a scripture each day and find a practical way to apply that online. While nothing can substitute for face-to-face engagement with those around us, this can help us redeem our time online for something useful in the kingdom of God. I found that the daily interactions helped me to think of different topics for my personal blog where I typically share my thoughts of various verses of scripture. I also plan to implement some of the ideas provided to use social media to physically bring people together for different events, such as prayer and worship.

In New Testament times, the Roman roads, unparalleled at that point, were used by missionaries carrying the gospel across the Roman Empire. I liked the point brought up in the introduction that the internet is the Roman Road of our time, providing us with an extraordinary way of sharing our faith and witness across geographic boundaries. 

As Christians we are called to be in but not of the world. The world is ultimately looking for something different and something genuine. For Christians, our online life is a facet of our personal story and should reflect the reality of the truth by being ... different. This book is a great way to begin to reach others in this way.

Source: Thanks to @FaithWords for providing a copy of this book and a T-shirt in exchange for a fair review as well as giveaway copies.



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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

More Coming Up

I thought I would be discontinuing my habit of book blogging due to personal reasons and some changes in some of my personal convictions. However, recently I have signed on to review a few titles and hope to continue doing so whenever a book piques my interest and I believe it is worthwhile.

I'm also currently blogging through my thoughts about life and faith at beauty for ashes.

My newish Twitter account can be found here: sicaelliott.