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text 2019-10-18 19:38
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Vendetta in Death - J.D. Robb

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review 2019-10-16 10:00
The Glittering Web Review and GIVEAWAY!

About the Book

 


Book: The Glittering Web

Author: Richard & Linda Nathan

Genre: Christian fiction/futuristic

Release Date: July 1, 2019

What if everything you thought was true and good – wasn’t?
 
Stripping away years of deception doesn’t come easily—especially to Loren and Eve Montcrest. They believe they’re following the true path as initiates in Seattle’s Arcane Institute, their society’s elite training academy for the New World Order in 2050.
 
Pursuing spiritual power despite enormous dangers, they are caught up in a fiery, fast-paced succession of intrigues and adventure that rocks their love for each other and even their sanity.
 
Only a shocking, last-minute intervention can strip away the veil of deception and rescue them from destruction—but will they give up everything for it?
 
 
Click HERE to get your copy.
 

About the Authors

 


Whether writing apologetics or page-turners, Richard and Linda write together. The Glittering Web is their first novel, a thriller rooted in their own lives and the occult. Richard has a master’s in Christian history and a B.S. in biology and has worked in psychiatric units for over 25 years. Linda has a B.A. in psychology. She has managed Logos Word Designs, LLC, since 1992, providing professional writing, editing, and publishing consultation services. She is also a staff freelance editor with Redemption Press. Together and singly, they have taught and spoken at conferences, seminars, churches, and on the radio. #glitteringweb ~ www.theglitteringweb.com
 

More from Richard and Linda

 

What if everything you thought was true and good—wasn’t?
 
That’s what we painfully learned from our years in the New Age / psychedelic movement in the San Francisco Bay Area during the ’60s and ’70s–years in which we almost lost our sanity, our souls, and our lives.
 
Like our characters Loren and Eve who are initiates in Seattle’s Arcane Institute in the year 2050, we pursued spiritual power into a glittering web of dangers and deceptions.
 
Although true to our own inner trials and temptations, The Glittering Web is a fast-paced thriller and sci-fi fantasy with a life of its own, an evangelistic thrust, and a call to Christians to wake up to this huge mission field all around us where today a New Age practitioner is running for President. As it exposes the deceitfulness of this popular movement, it also glorifies the great love and power of Jesus Christ to reach the lost.
 
See our author video at www.theglitteringweb.com and join the Insider’s Club for our free quarterly newsletter, articles, contests, drawings, Q&As, and much more. There’s also a glossary of over 60 New Age terms to help you.
 

My Review

 

To quote Sir Walter Scott, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave!” Futuristic, science fiction books are not usually my choice of reading fodder, but the description for Richard and Linda Nathan’s “The Glittering Web” and the desire to expand my literary horizons led me to picking this one up. And wow! There is so much to be explored within this narrative that it will almost definitely require a re-read and further study. As such, I think that it would make a very interesting group Bible study topic, perhaps reading this book and then taking the New Age philosophies and contrasting them with the true Word of God. “The Glittering Web” is based on a true story of what the authors encountered in the 1970s, and although it is set in 2050, the events in it are already happening today, making it a prescient and cautionary tale.

As we draw closer to the end of the age, it becomes all the more apparent that we are headed toward a world akin to that inhabited by Loren and Eve Montcrest. Chosen as initiates to the Arcane Institute in Seattle under the New World Order, they are on the fast track to everything they’ve ever dreamed of, until that dream becomes a nightmare. What the Montcrests, and society, covet is power and authority, which culminates in not only wanting to be their own god but to be God Himself. If we’re being honest, this is true of all of us to some degree; we relish being in control, but while surrendering isn’t easy and can seem counterintuitive, it is only when we surrender ourselves to God that we become truly free because He is omniscient and completely good and will always work for our good and for His glory (Romans 8:28). When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He sends the Holy Spirit to live within us, and thus we have access to the most powerful force in the universe!

The New World Order is eerily familiar to the way our society is progressing. A universal mandated religion that is purportedly all-inclusive has taken Christian principles and perverted them by weaving them into Eastern and mystical methods. With end goals of harmony and unity and achieving global godhood, dissenters such as Bible-believing Christians must be tamped out. “The Glittering Web” is a clarion call to everyone that what is going on in this story is also going on right now in real life, and it is truly evil, not harmless or virtuous. Psychedelic drugs, including marijuana, and their effects demonstrate one of the tools characterizing the deception, and opening oneself up to the darkness throws open the door to demonic possession. Virtual reality and technology suffuse the population to such an extent that “most people couldn’t tell anymore where fantasy began and reality ended. Nor did it much matter.” Some of the characters experience moments of conviction, demonstrating that the Lord has not abandoned His creation, and even though they stifle that conviction with flawed rationalization, not wanting to acknowledge what they know deep inside, the Lord still intervenes and invites them (and us!) to a relationship with Him, out of the darkness and into the light.

For the discerning reader who wants to be challenged to remove the veil of harmony and unity that our society is fabricating, “The Glittering Web” is an excellent choice. It is absolutely NOT a lighthearted read, but it is illuminating. I personally would have liked to see a bit more Christian influence earlier on, as the majority of the narrative was disturbing and it wasn’t until about 75% or so through the book, with a few brief exceptions, that the Christian element shone through. I am wondering if this could be a post-Rapture society. Regardless, this is a book that unambiguously depicts spiritual warfare and the dangers of complacency.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.


Blog Stops

 

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 11

Older & Smarter?, October 12

Blogging With Carol , October 13

CarpeDiem, October 14

Rebecca Tews, October 15

For the Love of Literature, October 16

Wishful Endings, October 17 (Author Interview)

Just the Write Escape, October 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 20

Texas Book-aholic, October 21

janicesbookreviews, October 22

A Reader’s Brain, October 23

Inklings and notions , October 24

 

Giveaway

 

 
To celebrate their tour, Richard and Linda are giving away, to TWO winners, the grand prize of a paperback copy with a membership to the Insider’s Club (see www.theglitteringweb.com).
 
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
 

 

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review 2019-10-03 22:19
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
The Salt Line - Holly Goddard Jones

 

 

FEATURING

 
Apocalypse/Dystopian
Character Driven
Burrowing Ticks W/ A Killer Virus
Light Horror
Suspense Thriller
Survival
 
With Audio Performed by Hillary Huber
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 
 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
The Tick Apocalypse, where the ticks carry a virus that kills a good portion of the population off, is definitely a different take on this genre or subgenre if you prefer.  I wish it wasn't a very probable one when you look at what's happening with mosquitos...it's oddly prescient when you think about it...they are supposed to be spraying in my county tonight (postponed because of rain from Sunday) to kill off the mosquitos that could be carrying the EEE virus.  And, to top it off, I actually finished this audiobook only hours before they started suggesting the whole mass-spaying in Michigan.  Kind of freaky, actually.
 
Overall, a compelling story that could have been shaved down some because some elements became rather tedious at times...but, the direction the story went in was not at all what I was expecting and I found this to be ultimately refreshing.  The ending was left rather open-ended, but I can live with that.
 
The Audio was fairly well done, especially for having several POV's with only one narrator.
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 3.5/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 4.3/5
Ending 4/5 Cliffhanger Sorta-ish...
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Book Cover It's quite striking...and it's what initially drew me in.
Setting The Other Side of the Salt Line --North Carolina/Lower Appalachian Mountains Area.
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 15 hours, 24 minutes

 
 
 
I READ THIS FOR CREEPY CRAWLIES SQUARE
 
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text 2019-09-22 10:00
Enclave Scavenger Hunt: Edge of Oblivion by Joshua A. Johnston
 

Celebrate Lit is excited to partner with Enclave Publishing to feature 13 of their authors in a fun scavenger hunt. Stop by each of the blog stops to check out the author interview and to collect their special word.  Once you have collected each word, put all the words together into a sentence to enter into the giveaway for additional entries.

 

Tour Landing Page: http://www.celebratelit.com/enclave-publishing-scavenger-hunt/

 

Most of all have fun learning about new authors and their books!
 

About the Book


Book: Edge of Oblivion

Author: Joshua A. Johnston

Genre: Christian/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Futuristic

Release Date: April 15, 2016

A Forgotten Past. A Terminal Future.

                            

Earth has emerged from a cataclysmic dark age with little knowledge of its past. Aided by the discovery of advanced alien technology, humanity ventures into the stars, joining other sentient races in a sprawling, prosperous interstellar Confederacy.

 

That peace is soon shattered. Without warning, the Confederacy comes under attack by an unstoppable alien force from the unknown regions. With hopes for civilization's survival dwindling, Commander Jared Carter is sent to pursue an unlikely lead: a collection of ancient alien religious fragments which may - or may not - hold the key to their salvation ...

Click HERE for your copy.  

About the Author


Joshua A. Johnston was raised on science fiction television and film before being introduced to the wider universe of sci-fi literature as a teenager. A graduate of Truman State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in social science education, he’s an American history and American government teacher, a novelist, and a ruminator on everything from video games to parenting to Aldi.

 

Joshua lives in St. Louis with his wife, Rachael, and their two daughters. When he’s not watching Star Trek or pining after Nintendo’s latest games, he enjoys hiking, camping, and other forays off the grid. 
 
 

About Enclave Publishing

 

Enclave is the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction. Whether it’s Christian science fiction you love, or fantasy, time travel, steampunk, alternate history, spiritual warfare, superhero, or technothriller—if it’s speculative and it comes from the Christian worldview, Enclave is the place to go. Enclave strives to get Christian speculative fiction directly into the hands of the fans who love and devour great stories.

 

An enclave is a group of like-minded people in a place where they are surrounded by those who are not like-minded. It is not a place to hide, instead Enclave is a place where authors and fans of Christian Fantasy and Christian Science Fiction can come together and then go out and make a difference through worlds of words. Our stories can seem strange but underneath they contain powerful expressions of Redemption, Truth, and Hope.

 

Blog Stops

 

By the Book, Stop One

Blossoms and Blessings, Stop Two

Lukewarm Tea, Stop Three

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, Stop Four

Tell Tale Book Reviews, Stop Five

A Baker’s Perspective, Stop Six

A Reader’s Brain, Stop Seven

For the Love of Literature, Stop Eight

Through the Fire Blogs, Stop Nine

Wishful Endings, Stop Ten

Vicky Sluiter, Stop Eleven

Texas Book-aholic, Stop Twelve

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, Stop Thirteen

Artistic Nobody, Stop Fourteen

 

Giveaway

 

 
One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card!
 
 

 

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review 2019-08-03 15:15
5 Out 5 Neo-Meat™ STARS for DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff
DEV1AT3 (Deviate) - Jay Kristoff

LIFEL1K3 #2

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Crazy Good Action Scenes
Lots of Lemon Fresh
Dystopian Earth
Futuristic Techy With Bots & Such
What It Means To Be Human and/or Different Themes
Book #1 Rating: ☆5☆
With Audio Performed by Erin Spencer


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

MY RATING 5 STARS - GRADE= A+

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

After listening to this book...I have the urge to recycle like a mofo, the overall theme here is Plastic is going to bury us one day. But seriously, this book is chocked full of important messages, intense action scenes, and lovable characters. The world that Jay has created here is insanely cool, multi-layered, and altogether frightening.

 

My only issue and it's obviously a small one because I didn't really let it affect my rating, is WHY only one narrator...I know you know how important it is to give everyone their own voice...is it the publisher that decided on only one? Erin Spencer is really good, but she should just be only one voice, either Eve or Lemon's, not everyone's, including the male POV's.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 5/5
Narration Performance⇢ 4.3/5
Characters⇢ 5/5
The Feels⇢ 5/5
Pacing⇢ 5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 5/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Spank my spankables...Hells yes!

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Book Cover⇢ It's a little boring...it hides a lot of un-boring inside of it...but it is starting to make sense why he chooses honeycombs for the covers.
Setting⇢ YouSay, Planet Earth
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 11 hours, 58 minutes

 

 

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