Oct 172014
 

You have probably noticed that I haven’t been doing very many reviews over the last several months. It’s not because I don’t love to read it’s that I have been struggling with sleep issues and finding time to read a book straight through.

As a result I have made the decision to accept children’s books to be featured on Hide the Matches and Rogue Reviews as well as Christian non-fiction or Christian-Children books. Other genres are still welcome however I cannot guarantee a time frame.

If your book fits into one of these categories and you feel that it would do well on Hide the Matches, Rogue Reviews or my personal blog Trending Mama then please send your book to

Marisa Slusarcyk
PO Box 334
Kenora, Ontario
P9N 3X4

If you have a book you aren’t quite sure about you can email me at marisa@hidethematches.com

If you have a book that you would like to be featured or spotlighted or you have a giveaway going etc and aren’t in need of an actual review you can email me the information and I can definitely set up a spotlight post for you.

Please do not leave comments about your book and expect me to see them and then try and find your information to follow up with you. You can easily email me or send me your book with a note.

Thank you!

Oct 142014
 

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)

Stolen Dreams
Expected publication: October 15th 2014
By: Twilight Times Books (first published June 24th 2014)
ISBN: 13 9781606192818
Series: Cassie Scot #4
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Summary
Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

My Review

Without spoiling the book for those who haven’t read it yet it is sorta hard to review! I am sad to say that this is the final book in the series but happy to say that Christine Amsden reported to me with the release of book 3 that there are spin off books to this one with some great characters. So, it’s not completely over!

This series is easy to connect with and while I wouldn’t necessarily say it is YA I am not sure what I would call this genre. It is a great read for adults with an open mind and maybe even some interest in the occult, though definitely not mandatory. I would also allow my children to read this book because it’s not scary or beyond their realm of being able to understand the plot.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a really awesome read and if you want the full story start with book one of the series “Cassie Scot ParaNormal Detective”. This is a series you can really get into, learn from and totally enjoy!

The message that I take away from this and that I hope any young people take away from it is that it is not only okay to be different, but it is amazing to love yourself just how you are instead of trying to be something you’re not or impress people who don’t matter. It is beyond great to just be YOU!

About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

Stolen Dreams by Christine Amsden was the winner in the Fiction Fantasy/Contemporary category of the 2015 Global eBook Awards and a finalist in the Fiction eBook Category for The Next Generation Indie Awards (2016).

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have hated one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

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Sep 122014
 

50 Women Every Christian Should Know – Learning From Heroines of the Faith

By: Michelle DeRusha
Published by: Baker Books a division of Baker Publishing Group
Date: September 16th 2014
ISBN: 9780801015878

Description

The inspiring stories of the women who helped to shape our faith

Throughout history, countless women have boldly stepped out in faith and courage, leaving their indelible mark on those around them and on the kingdom of God. In lively prose Michelle DeRusha tells their stories, bringing into focus fifty incredible heroines of the faith. From Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Ávila, and Anne Hutchinson to Susanna Wesley, Harriet Tubman, and Corrie ten Boom, these admirable women live again under DeRusha’s expert pen. These engaging narratives are a potent reminder to us that we are not alone, the battles we face today are not new, and God is always with us in the midst of the struggle.

 

My Review

I really thought I would love this book, especially with the advanced praise it has received by so many people that I highly respect. However, I have to admit I didn’t like this book. It was a great historical reference but it definitely wasn’t something I would read for pleasure the way I had thought it would be. I had expected a book that helped me to tie my life to those through history and to feel encouraged by these 50 women, yet it felt a lot like I was reading a text book and I struggled to retain the information in it.

As a resource I think this book would make an excellent addition to your shelf, but I don’t recommend it as anything more than a text book.

Advance Praise

“This book is rich in inspiration and information. Reading it opened my eyes, broadened my vision, and challenged my faith. I highly recommend it to both men and women!”–Warren W. Wiersbe, author and former pastor of the Moody Church, Chicago

“Fifty women who teach us that famous isn’t about how many people know your name and that brave often looks like pressing on even when you’re afraid. My daughter and I are both indebted to Michelle for introducing us to many women we’d never met before and are sure never to forget.”–Lisa-Jo Baker, community manager for (in)courage and author of Surprised by Motherhood

“In the face of some of the same questions, temptations, and doubts we encounter today, these women were pioneers. Their stories give the church of today–men and women alike–a courageous and brave example of living faith and of living
out faith, the evidence of things unseen.”–Deidra Riggs, managing editor of The High Calling and founder of Jumping Tandem

“In this thoroughly researched and well-written work, Michelle DeRusha invites us into the lives of fifty women whose stories are our stories. This book inspired me, challenged me, and made me feel so proud to be a woman who belongs to Jesus.”–Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of Love Idol

 

About the Author

A Massachusetts native, Michelle DeRusha moved to Nebraska in 2001, where she discovered the Great Plains, grasshoppers the size of Cornish hens … and God. She writes about finding and keeping faith in the everyday at http://michellederusha.com, as well as for the Lincoln Journal Star and The High Calling.

She’s mom to two bug-loving boys, Noah and Rowan, and is married to Brad, an English professor who reads Moby Dick for fun.

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout history, countless women have boldly stepped out in faith and courage, leaving their indelible mark on those around them and on the kingdom of God. In lively prose Michelle DeRusha tells their stories, bringing into focus fifty incredible heroines of the faith. From Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Anne Hutchison to Susanna Wesley, Harriet Tubman, and Corrie ten Boom, women both famous and admirable live again under DeRusha’s expert pen. These engaging narratives are a potent reminder to readers that we are not alone, the battles we face today are not new, and God is always with us in the midst of the struggle.
$17.99 USD
Aug 312014
 

The Story of Santa Claus
By: Joseph McCullough
Published by: Osprey Publishing
Expected Publication Date: Oct 21 2014
ISBN: 9781472803429

Summary

Every December 24th millions of children eagerly await a visit from a large, bearded man in a red suit. But where did Santa come from and how did he evolve into today’s Jolly Old Saint Nick?

Well before the legendary poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ shaped the modern vision of Santa Claus riding a flying sleigh pulled by magical reindeer, his story actually began about seventeen hundred years ago in the Eastern Roman Empire. There, a young orphan named Nicholas became famous for using his inheritance to give gifts to the needy. In his most wildly-known story, he threw bags of gold over a wall into the house of a destitute merchant, so that the man would not be forced to sell his daughters into slavery. Eventually, this young and holy man became the Bishop of Myra and lived a life of faith and miracles, fighting injustice and protecting the weak. Even after his death, his miracles continued, and he is credited with saving sailors, healing the sick, and even raising the dead. In time, he became known as St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker.

In the numerous centuries since the passing of Saint Nicholas, his story has grown, developed, and been combined with numerous other legends. In the Netherlands, he became known as Sinterklaas, the old man who brought presents to children with the help of his assistant Zwarte Piet. In England, he became Father Christmas, the living embodiment of the holiday.

Fully illustrated with original color drawings, Santa Claus celebrates the story of his beginnings as a holy man in Ancient Rome, through his development in the Middle-Ages, to his current, likeness on advertisements, greeting cards, apparel and decorations – right down to real-life mall-based family photo opp. It is a winding, magical tale filled with mystery and good will towards all men, sure to fill even the most jaded scrooges with a little bit of Christmas magic.

A portion of all of the profits from this book will be donated to help disadvantaged children throughout the world.

My Review

I absolutely love this book and I think it will be a family favorite for generations as folklore and history mingle together and overcome 1700+ years of religion and cultural changes. This is a book that the Christian home school parent can use as a teaching aide or someone who is Atheist can use to understand the history of why we celebrate Christmas with this jolly fellow!

About the Author

Joseph A McCullough is the author of several non-fiction books including A Pocket History of Ireland and Osprey’s Zombies: A Hunter’s Guide. In addition, his fantasy short stories have appeared in various books and magazines such as Black Gate, Lords of Swords, and Adventure Mystery Tales. He also co-wrote The Grey Mountains, a supplement for the Middle-Earth Role-Playing game. The author lives in Oxford, UK.

 

Every December 24th millions of children eagerly await a visit from a large, bearded man in a red suit. But where did Santa come from and how did he evolve into today’s Jolly Old Saint Nick?

Well before the legendary poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” shaped the modern vision of Santa Claus riding a flying sleigh pulled by magical reindeer, his story actually began about seventeen hundred years ago in the Eastern Roman Empire. There, a young orphan named Nicholas became famous for using his inheritance to give gifts to the needy. In his most wildly-known story, he threw bags of gold over a wall into the house of a destitute merchant, so that the man would not be forced to sell his daughters into slavery. Eventually, this young and holy man became the Bishop of Myra and lived a life of faith and miracles, fighting injustice and protecting the weak. Even after his death, his miracles continued, and he is credited with saving sailors, healing the sick, and even raising the dead. In time, he became known as St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker. 

In the numerous centuries since the passing of Saint Nicholas, his story has grown, developed, and been combined with numerous other legends. In the Netherlands, he became known as Sinterklaas, the old man who brought presents to children with the help of his assistant Zwarte Piet. In England, he became Father Christmas, the living embodiment of the holiday.

Fully illustrated with original color drawings, The Story of Santa Claus celebrates the story of his beginnings as a holy man in Ancient Rome, through his development in the Middle-Ages, to his current, likeness on advertisements, greeting cards, apparel and decorations – right down to real-life mall-based family photo opp. It is a winding, magical tale filled with mystery and good will towards all men, sure to fill even the most jaded scrooges with a little bit of Christmas magic.

$14.95 USD
Jul 042014
 

Doppelganger

By: Shawn Stern
Published by: INVADER PRESS
On: January 1st 2014
ISBN-10: 0984926615
ISBN-13: 978-0984926619

Summary

WHAT WOULD YOU DO… IF A DUPLICATE STOLE YOUR LIFE? 

The day Shane Fisher is mistaken for one of the thieves of a bank robbery, his ordinary life is turned upside down. Propelled into a dark dangerous world, he must race to discover the truth about himself and a reality he never knew existed. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Shane discovers that he possesses powers and abilities far beyond his wildest imagination. 

DOPPELGÄNGER is an adventure of murder, betrayal and chaos; one man’s loss – and discovery of personal identity. This novel blends scientific realism with technological fantasy, blurring the lines between fact & fiction. After the first few pages the reader will find themselves in a world at once both familiar yet bizarre and thrilling.

My Review

Doppelganger is an awesome and fun read that brings up the idea that many of us grew up with – that we have an  identical person to us somewhere on earth. This book is an interesting take on the idea of a Doppelganger and really is an edge of your seat book that takes you down the road of finding yourself. I definitely recommend this book and I believe one of my children has already decided that it will make great summer reading! Having heard of Doppelgangers from the TV show Vampire Diaries, the title immediately held their attention as it did mine and it didn’t fail to be a story of it’s own. Highly recommended!

About the Author

Shawn Stern was born in the summer of 1977 in Los Angeles, California. He holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a propensity towards naming his pets after writers and philosophers. He lives in his hometown of Malibu, California.
DOPPELGÄNGER is his first novel.

 

 

 

 

WHAT WOULD YOU DO… IF A DUPLICATE STOLE YOUR LIFE? The day Shane Fisher is mistaken for one of the thieves of a bank robbery, his ordinary life is turned upside down. Propelled into a dark dangerous world, he must race to discover the truth about himself and a reality he never knew existed. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Shane discovers that he possesses powers and abilities far beyond his wildest imagination. DOPPELGÄNGER is an adventure of murder, betrayal and chaos; one man’s loss – and discovery of personal identity.
$24.95 USD
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