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review 2018-06-19 22:41
Audiobook Review: Distorted Loyalty by: Stacy Eaton (author) Marie Rose(narrator) Chris Chamberlain (narrator)
Distorted Loyalty - Stacy Eaton,Marie Rose, Chris Chamberlain

 

She thought she understood love. Turns out she knew nothing at all. I was drawn to Distorted Loyalty by two things. The complicated plot and the dual narration. Stacy Eaton weaves an intricate tale of betrayal, pain and new beginnings that is realistically profound. Rachel and Grant are caught up in a firestorm. There is no dousing the flames of emotional revelations, temptation and heartache headed their way. Rose and Chamberlain are a dynamic duo when it comes to tugging at the heart.

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text 2018-06-16 05:31
Pastor Chris Is Leading The 2018 Holy Land Tour

The 2018 Holy Land Tour comes with much more excitement than the previous edition. This year, we are humbled to host Pastor Chris and his spiritual crew at the helm of Israel. That’s right; the faithful man of God will be coming to the 2018 Holy Land Tour! We are privileged to host all the four tours simultaneously – First Timer Pilgrim Tour, First Timer Comprehensive Tour, Second Timer Comprehensive Tour, Third Timer Comprehensive Tour. The events, usually secluded to one particular tour, will be merged to the rest of the tours for a fruitful complete interaction with the faithful Man of God, Pastor Chris.

 

 

In the last tour, we had 9 days of fellowship; this years’ event coordination will be a little different. The merger will comprise of 11 days of exclusive interaction, 2 days longer than the previous. The two added days have been set aside for a new program, Higher Life Israel Program with Pastor Chris. This is the first ever of its kind. The tours are set to take place between 10th and 18th of May 2018.

 

 

All the four tours combined in this program will come with a set of already planned activities that will ensure full engagement and a life changing experience with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. Renowned gospel artists are set to make way to the event to drive the worship program Expect guests such as Sinach and Martin PK plus much more at the worship center. The second timer comprehensive tourists will enjoy a wonderful experience in the Holy city while the third timer comprehensive tourists will spend three days in Jordan visiting Biblical sites and the city of Petra. Special ministrations are set to take place in the 9-day duration for all the tours in the program. These include communion at the Garden Tomb and worship at the Sea of Galilee with the Man of God. Get engaged in deep spiritual commitment and experience the power of worship. Meet amazing congregations and interact on a whole new level with the dear ones new in your life; an environment that will breathe new life to your current one and rejuvenate your soul.

 

 

Chris Oyakhilome will be accompanied by the Believers Love World (BLW) crew of which he is the President. Spiritual heads from within Israel will also be present for the entire 9 days and 8 nights scheduled for the event. This comes at a very critical time for Israel, with a lot of spiritual activities going on to commemorate Biblical events, and at a time when the US has just set its Embassy in Jerusalem. Also, Israel will be celebrating 70 years of independence; what a special time for the Holy City.

 

 

Guests will enjoy full pleasure of mass engagements and nights of commemoration and self-reflection, taking full advantage of the presence of powerful Christian Ministers. In these interactions, get to know Pastor Chris in a personal level. Let yourself into his shoes and feel his passion in spiritual works as seen from across the globe. This year’s event is surely unique in its own way and is tipped to become perhaps the greatest Christian Tour involvement in 2018. With the highlights aforementioned, the tour promises spiritual fulfillment to all its participants. It’s an unforgettable experience that will guide you to a new age of praise. Walk where Jesus walked and explore the ancient sculptures that depict His struggles.

 

 

During the tour the word will be Spread, and thus more people will be brought to witness God’s blessing on Earth, and in this enrich your life with great praise in the presence of amazing people. The tour will most certainly shine more light on the visitors and their loved ones and grant them peace to tackle on the rest of the year.

 

 

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review 2018-06-13 01:52
In the Dark by Chris Patchell
In the Dark - Chris Patchell

This was my first Chris Patchell novel but it won’t be my last. This story hooked me early and kept me captive the entire way through. Brooke Parker, the main victim, is more than just a prize to be won or lost. I felt I got to know her as a well-rounded character. She takes an active hand in her fate, even if it is just to keep herself alive one more day while being held captive. Brooke’s mom, Marissa, and her younger sister, Kelley, struggle to deal with her disappearance.

Those assisting the family to search for Brooke complete our list of potential heroes. There’s detective Seth Crawford whose got a haunted past of his own. Out of all the characters, he was my favorite. He’s got some big live choices in this novel all while under a ton of pressure to stop a serial killer. Then there’s also Evelyn Holt and her Holt Foundation. She sees the Foundation as a resource for people who have suffered from violent crime and she sees Marissa as a leader in that Foundation.

The one weakness to this novel is sometimes Marissa. I was OK with her being unsure of a lot of things in her life. She’s a 3X divorcee raising two kids on her own. Yet she knows for a certainty that Brooke would not take off without her travel insulin pack. She stands her ground, eventually convincing the police to open an investigation. However, later on in the story she gets a little sidelined with a romance. It felt a little forced and ill-timed. While I could see Marissa and this man getting together eventually, I felt that it was a bit too soon and the romance was forced to blossom too soon for drama’s sake.

There’s more than one bad guy in this novel so there’s a bit of clever misdirection as we and the good guys try to figure out who the serial killer is. The author had me guessing who was the greater culprit for the first third of the book. The wind up to discovering who was just as good as the chase towards the end of the novel. All told, I really enjoyed this murder mystery. 4.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Lisa Stathoplos and Corey Gagne both did a very good job narrating this book. The recording was excellent as the narrators sounded like they were in the same room. Stathoplos and Gagne both had distinct character voices and both had believable opposite sex character voices. The pacing was good as well. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Chris Patchell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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review 2018-06-13 01:20
Dark Harvest by Chris Patchell
Dark Harvest (A Holt Foundation Story) (Volume 2) - Chris Patchell,Mark Cooper,Monica Haynes

Note: Dark Harvest is Book 2 in the series and works best if read after Book 1 simply because you get so much character development that carries over from one book to the next.

I really liked that Brooke, who suffered a brutal kidnapping in Book 1, isn’t all sunshine and roses. She is still walking the hard, dark path to recovery. Marissa, her mom, struggles with how best to help her but she’s doing her best. Brooke’s younger sister, Kelley, puts in a few appearances but we see far less of her than in Book 1 and I missed her. Seth continues to be my favorite character. He’s doing his best to navigate these choppy waters with Marissa and her family, along with his work and memories of his dead wife.

Marissa was hard to root for in this book. She’s really self-centered and I think the author intended for us to see that. However, I don’t see Marissa becoming aware of her flaw and then taking action to better herself. She’s really wrapped up on Seth. He wants to give them all a bit of space to allow Brooke the time to heal and Marissa the time and energy to help Brooke. However, Marissa takes this as rejection. Ugh! Why, Marissa? Why? I wanted to give her a little reality check. I can see why she has a long history of failed relationships.

I also have to mention Marissa in one more thing. This is a MINOR SPOILER. Marissa has failed to take her birth control pill religiously and guess what happens? Yep. This really pissed me off about Marissa. She’s a career woman in her 30s who has basically raised her daughters on her own after becoming unexpectedly pregnant at 16. She’s been down this road before and apparently didn’t learn her lesson. The pill doesn’t work 100% of the time but when you negligently forget to take the pill daily, you’re borrowing trouble.

OK, so let’s talk about the mystery because that’s what really kept me in this book. Someone has been targeting pregnant women but no bodies have turned up. Pretty early on we get to know something about the kidnappers so the majority of the book is a cat and mouse game between the cops and the Holt Foundation and the bad guys. The motivations of the kidnappers were layered and deeper than I initially expected. I really liked that about this mystery. Tori, oh Tori! I wanted things to come out better for you even as I knew you had to pay for what you did. Xander Wilcox, I wonder if you were always so arrogant? Definitely interesting ‘bad guys’.

Seth struggles on several levels in this book. Henry, the computer genius at the Holt Foundation, doesn’t mind breaking laws to get data (phone records, arrest records, utility info, etc.). Seth has retained his cop sense of right and wrong and is mightily uncomfortable about Henry’s activities. However Nathan Holt isn’t interested in pushing Henry to follow the letter of the law. After all, the Holt Foundation is about finding victims before it’s too late. Seth is also struggling to both respect the needs of Marissa’s family as a whole and be supportive to Marissa as his girlfriend. Then he realizes that he hasn’t fully dealt with the death of his wife Holly. He’s a complicated guy and I really enjoyed watching him overcome one hurdle after another.

The ending had a few surprises. Henry! Oh, my! I also like that Seth has wrapped up some of the lose threads of his life. I would have liked further character growth for Marissa because she is a twit in this book. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Lisa Stathoplos and Corey Gagne did a really good job with this book. I really like Gagne as Seth and Stathoplos has a perfect voice for Marissa. She also does a great job with the voices for Kelley and Brooke making all 3 ladies distinct but still sound related. I especially liked the aggravated, arrogant voice for Xander. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Chris Patchell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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text 2018-06-10 04:04
Pastor Chris Is Leading The 2018 Holy Land Tour

The 2018 Holy Land Tour comes with much more excitement than the previous edition. This year, we are humbled to host Pastor Chris and his spiritual crew at the helm of Israel. That’s right; the faithful man of God will be coming to the 2018 Holy Land Tour! We are privileged to host all the four tours simultaneously – First Timer Pilgrim Tour, First Timer Comprehensive Tour, Second Timer Comprehensive Tour, Third Timer Comprehensive Tour. The events, usually secluded to one particular tour, will be merged to the rest of the tours for a fruitful complete interaction with the faithful Man of God, Pastor Chris.

 

 

In the last tour, we had 9 days of fellowship; this years’ event coordination will be a little different. The merger will comprise of 11 days of exclusive interaction, 2 days longer than the previous. The two added days have been set aside for a new program, Higher Life Israel Program with Pastor Chris. This is the first ever of its kind. The tours are set to take place between 10th and 18th of May 2018.

 

 

All the four tours combined in this program will come with a set of already planned activities that will ensure full engagement and a life changing experience with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. Renowned gospel artists are set to make way to the event to drive the worship program Expect guests such as Sinach and Martin PK plus much more at the worship center. The second timer comprehensive tourists will enjoy a wonderful experience in the Holy city while the third timer comprehensive tourists will spend three days in Jordan visiting Biblical sites and the city of Petra. Special ministrations are set to take place in the 9-day duration for all the tours in the program. These include communion at the Garden Tomb and worship at the Sea of Galilee with the Man of God. Get engaged in deep spiritual commitment and experience the power of worship. Meet amazing congregations and interact on a whole new level with the dear ones new in your life; an environment that will breathe new life to your current one and rejuvenate your soul.

 

 

Chris Oyakhilome will be accompanied by the Believers Love World (BLW) crew of which he is the President. Spiritual heads from within Israel will also be present for the entire 9 days and 8 nights scheduled for the event. This comes at a very critical time for Israel, with a lot of spiritual activities going on to commemorate Biblical events, and at a time when the US has just set its Embassy in Jerusalem. Also, Israel will be celebrating 70 years of independence; what a special time for the Holy City.

 

 

Guests will enjoy full pleasure of mass engagements and nights of commemoration and self-reflection, taking full advantage of the presence of powerful Christian Ministers. In these interactions, get to know Pastor Chris in a personal level. Let yourself into his shoes and feel his passion in spiritual works as seen from across the globe. This year’s event is surely unique in its own way and is tipped to become perhaps the greatest Christian Tour involvement in 2018. With the highlights aforementioned, the tour promises spiritual fulfillment to all its participants. It’s an unforgettable experience that will guide you to a new age of praise. Walk where Jesus walked and explore the ancient sculptures that depict His struggles.

 

 

During the tour the word will be Spread, and thus more people will be brought to witness God’s blessing on Earth, and in this enrich your life with great praise in the presence of amazing people. The tour will most certainly shine more light on the visitors and their loved ones and grant them peace to tackle on the rest of the year.

 

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