Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekly Giveaway Linkup!

Hey everyone! It's time for another Weekly Giveaway Link-up, hosted by Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews and myself. We've set up a linky for you to link your Christian book-related giveaways that you want to promote. We both have the same linky on our blogs so there's no need to enter them twice and you'll be able to add your links through the entire week!

We will be posting a new linky each week so remember to check back often for the newest giveaways!

Friday, January 24, 2014

What I've been up to...

 
Hey everyone! Oh my goodness... these past two weeks have been so CRAZY. I haven't blogged much because I started going to school for Medical Assisting. I said something about going back to school in August, but things didn't go as planned, so I ended up starting this month. My days are pretty long since I'm there from 8:00am - 5:00pm, so I haven't had much reading time. BOO!!
 
Anyway, I enjoy being at school so much and my days seem to go by a lot quicker than I expected because we're constantly moving around doing something. It's such a great feeling to know that this really is what I want to do. I've always wanted to be in the medical field but would sometimes doubt whether or not I could actually do it. These two weeks have shown me that I really can do this! :D Maybe one day I'll go back for RN, but for now I'm happy where I am.
 
Even with my busy schedule I still want to fit blogging in somewhere. I love it too much to stop, and I'd miss you guys like crazy! I'll definitely try to get some posts together this weekend to schedule for later. Weekly Giveaway Link-up, the new feature Melanie from Christian Bookshelf Reviews and I are hosting, will be posted every Monday. I hope you all find it helpful and use it to spread the word about your giveaways!!
 
So that's it for now. I hope you all have had a wonderful 2014 so far! Talk to you all later :)
 


Monday, January 20, 2014

Weekly Giveaway Link-up!

Hey everyone! It's time for another Weekly Giveaway Link-up, hosted by Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews and myself. We've set up a linky for you to link your Christian book-related giveaways that you want to promote. We both have the same linky on our blogs so there's no need to enter them twice and you'll be able to add your links through the entire week!

We will be posting a new linky each week so remember to check back often for the newest giveaways!

Monday, January 13, 2014

A new feature!

Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews and I are hosting a new weekly feature on our blogs called, Weekly Giveaway Link-up. Every week we'll be posting a new linky for you to link your Christian book or book-related giveaways that you want to promote. You'll be able to post your links on the linky through the entire week! We hope you find this feature helpful in getting the word out about your giveaways!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Ghost Runner by Jennifer Hartz

The Ghost Runner
by Jennifer Hartz
Desert Breeze Publishing (January 2014)
Source: from author in exchange for an honest review
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The boy was 8-years-old when he died. Decades later he came to play with us.

Almost every kid grows up playing with ghost runners, imaginary people who run the bases for you when you don't have enough kids to play. Twelve-year-old Chandler Dean is no exception, but nothing could surprise Chandler more than a real ghost joining the game.

Chandler must uncover the mystery of the ghost runner all the while dealing with middle school adolescence, including his best friend moving away and awkward interactions with a new crush. Chandler's search for answers uncovers both past and present tragedies. Is Chandler strong enough to endure why the ghost runner has come?

The Ghost Runner is Jennifer Hartz' newest release. This is definitely different from her other books I've read, but I liked it! It's a novella so it's quite short but that doesn't mean it left any less of an impact a full-length novel could have. It was heartbreaking and emotional with a touching reminder that beauty and hope can be found in the midst of tragedy.

The main character is 12 year old Chandler Dean. His mother passed away a couple years earlier and he has since taken up the responsibility of caring for both his younger siblings since his dad never was the same after his wife's passing. Chandler and his siblings seem to find an escape in playing kickball at a parking lot across the street from their house. That parking lot is where Chandler's search for answers begins after he meets a real ghost who seems to be connected to his family's past in some way.

I came to like Chandler a lot. His character was believable and I felt like I really could have been reading from the perspective of a 12 year old who had to grow up a little faster because of his circumstances. The way he took care of his younger brother and sister was really sweet and I loved reading the scenes when they were together. I did feel like his crush was moving a little too fast, mainly because they're only 12. I just thought they were a bit young.

I didn't expect a story like this when I first started reading it. I finished it in almost one sitting and it had me tearing up more than once. I also really liked the way it ended. Even though there was unexpected tragedy, the characters still find hope and peace. I thought it was beautiful. Jennifer has shown us once again that when it comes to bringing something new and different to the table, she can definitely pull it off!


About the author
Jennifer Hartz wrote and illustrated her first novel, an epic tale featuring winged fairies losing their magic wands to evil trolls, back when she was six years old. She has been a fan of fantasy and science fiction ever since. From the land of Mordor to a galaxy far, far away, Jennifer loves it all. Born in Pittsburgh, but currently living in northeast North Carolina with her amazing husband and beautiful son, Jennifer spends her days teaching, reading, and writing. The Future Savior series is Jennifer’s first crack at a novel since the early days of fairy wand heists and she couldn’t be more thrilled with its quick success.
 
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