Friday, March 27, 2015

Megan Recommends SAVING YESTERDAY by Jess Evander


Saving Yesterday (TimeShifters Book #1) by Jess Evander

What’s it about (from Amazon):

Her blood holds secrets she never knew existed. 

Despite the fact that she acts as a parent to her alcoholic father, Gabby Creed feels pretty normal. But her life is turned upside-down on her seventeenth birthday when a bracelet appears on her wrist and sucks her back through time. 

Turns out she's not even a little bit normal. She's a Shifter--a protector of humans and of history itself. And she's not alone. The other Shifters believe Gabby is special, even more special than the mysterious Michael Pace. Oh, and the Shades--seriously creepy creatures who feed off of human despair--are determined to capture her. 

It's all a lot to absorb. So Gabby's grateful to have Michael as her Trainer--or she would be if she could get her rebellious heart under control. Then again, if the rumors about her blood are true, saving yesterday will be the least of her worries.

Megan’s Thoughts:

Words of Wisdom: Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Confession: I did, and I was wrong.

Saving Yesterday’s cover is a bit…creepy. From first glance I wasn’t sure it was up my alley.

The back cover tweaked my interest, but it wasn’t until I arrived at this quote did my gut tell me this book was for me:

“Surprises belong in YouTube videos and April Fool’s Day pranks. Not my life. But I made the dangerous wish to be more than I am. So maybe I’m to blame. Because being special sucks.” -Gabby Creed.

My gut was SO RIGHT!

Shifters (aka the good guys) are opposed by Shades, the bad (and yes, very creepy) ones. (So I wasn’t completely wrong about the creepiness factor.) Shifters are sent back in time by Nicholas to rescue, save, and hopefully make a difference, by changing the past. I can’t say I’m a history junky, but the time periods seemed to be portrayed accurately. And the small details, like special clothing which allow the Shifters to appear normal no matter what period they are sent to, made me smile.

Gabby is the new Shifter in town. Everything, including her odd arrival, screams that she is going to put a kink in the way things are run in Keleusma. She’s not quite sure about the whole Shifters lifestyle, either . . . especially, since no one has actually seen this Nicholas guy.

The characters that kept me turning pages. I really, REALLY liked Michael Pace! He’s everything Gabby needs. Unfortunately, all Shifters are part of a predestined pairing with a nonshifter. (Oh, of course, they are!) Michael comes with ‘baggage.’ However, his view on life is encouraging, making him a breath of fresh air compared to many other heroes out there. The other characters round out the story nicely, each having their own spunkiness or distinctive personality.

The author has left a lot of interesting breadcrumbs throughout book one. (That’s right: there are more to come; which is awesome because Saving Yesterday ends far too quickly! I’m not sure what I’m most looking forward to: learning more about Gabby’s past . . . or her future—which I hope includes a lot more of a certain male character. (Hint-hint, Ms. Evander!)

This story leans on the ABA side, but there is some lovely allegory going on, making this CBA-fan happy, aswell.

Capturing Today, Time Shifters Book #2, releases Spring 2015 (That’s like, soon, peeps!)

And I’m loving the titles!

YA Content: Edgy (discussion of suicidal thoughts)
Rated: 4.5 Stars

*note from Serena Chase: I started reading this book recently and became quickly addicted. LOVE IT SO MUCH! GRAB IT!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Author's Casting Call, episode 14: Jody Hedlund Picks the Dream Cast for her YA novel AN UNCERTAIN CHOICE



Welcome back for another episode of The Author's Casting Call at EIR. In this episode, Casting Director (and author!) Jody Hedlund dreams about the perfect cast for a film version of her novel, An Uncertain Choice.



Here's a little bit about the book 
(from publisher Zondervan):
Click the title below to find
An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund at Amazon
Due to her parents' promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father's enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents' will left a second choice--if Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the convent is the best place after all. If only one of the knights--the one who appears the most guilty--had not already captured her heart.

And now, without further ado, here is this episode of The Author's Casting Call, featuring a dreamy movie cast for AN UNCERTAIN CHOICE, as chosen by Jody Hedlund!(Click on the actor's name to be linked to a picture of the actor in a new window.)


by Jody Hedlund, special for EIR

An Uncertain Choice is a little bit like reality TV, especially a show like The Bachlorette (albeit a much sweeter and cleaner medieval version!) Lady Rosemarie, the heroine, is presented with three really fantastic knight to choose to marry.

In some ways, she can't go wrong with any of the men since they're all noble and swoon-worthy! But readers get to join the adventure as she narrows down her choices even as the clock ticks away to her eighteenth birthday when she must either marry or enter the convent and become a nun.

With her long flowing blond hair and delicate features, the lovely and compassionate Lady Rosemarie would be played by Isabel Lucas.

She must choose from three knights: Sir Collin, Sir Derrick, and Sir Bennet.

Sir Collin is a dashing and winsome blond haired, green-eyed knight who loves to laugh, tease, sing, and tell stories. He's wealthy beyond imagination and delights in lavishing gifts upon Lady Rosemarie. He's an expert bowman and skilled warrior. Ben Lamb gets the casting-call for Sir Collin.

Sir Derrick is strong and brave and willing to charge into any battle. He's had a difficult past and so views life more seriously. While he may not have great physical wealth, he's a man of great wisdom. With his brown hair and steely gray eyes, Max Irons gets the casting-call for Sir Derrick.

Sir Bennet is strikingly handsome with dark hair and blue eyes. He's an intelligent, well-versed man who loves art, poetry, and has a keen eye for beauty, especially Lady Rosemarie's! He's one of the best swordsmen in all the land and a man who places a high priority on his honor. Henry Cavill gets the casting-call for Sir Bennet.

So which of the three knights do you think Rosemarie will choose?  You'll have to read An Uncertain Choice to find out!

(As a sidenote: If Rosemarie doesn't choose YOUR personal favorite knight, don't despair! The other two knights will get books of their own. And you'll be able to take a journey with them as they begin their own quests to find their places in the world, overcome shortcomings, and along the way find the woman that God has planned for them.)


JODY HEDLUND is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy- tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five children. When she's not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EIR Blogger Friend Rel of Relz Reviewz Announces New Endeavor!

Spotlight on: Author Support Services,
now offered by Rel of


It is such a beautiful, cool thing when a person you've "met" through blogging morphs into an honest-to-goodness friend--especially when you're more than half a world apart, geographically speaking! I have been blessed by the friendship of awesome Aussie book blogger, Rel Mollet, whose blog Relz Reviewz has been one of my favorite blogs for . . . well . . . years, and with whom I've enjoyed growing a deeper friendship over the last year. That is why I want to "share" her (at least in a way!) with you!

Because I know EIR is followed by a lot of authors and aspiring authors, I wanted to give a little shout-out to my girl Rel to help promote her newest endeavor, Author Support Services. Click over to her website now to get the full details on what "virtual assistant", marketing, social media support, and other services she is offering. 

Entirely respected within the inspirational fiction community, Rel has an enviable and growing list of contacts within the publishing industry and blogging community and she has the skills and work ethic to be an amazing asset to your team. Additionally, she is a genuinely kind and caring human being with a heart every bit as large as that enormous 'isle' she calls home on the other side of the globe. :) 

What are you waiting for? Check out Author Support Services today!

Congratulations on your new endeavor, Rel! 
And all the best to you going forward!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Authors Casting Call, episode 13: Rachel Hauck Names Her Dream Cast for HOW TO CATCH A PRINCE



On today's episode of The Author's Casting Call, Casting Director (and author!) Rachel Hauck reveals her dream cast for a movie version of her novel How to Catch a Prince!

Grab some popcorn and imagine with us for a moment...

Casting How To Catch A Prince
by Rachel Hauck, special for EIR
(click the character/actor name for a link to a Pinterest pic of the actor)

Prince Stephen, played by Richie McCaw
For Prince Stephen, I’d cast outside of Hollywood. I know, radical! But I’m just that kind of producer.

I’d try to lure rugby star forward Richie McCaw of the New Zealand All Blacks into playing my prince.

Stephen is a professional rugby player and a former Lieutenant in the Royal Air Command. He served in Iraq.  So physically McCaw is perfect to play Stephen.

And his dark hair and handsome face match my hero perfectly.

So, lets hope McCaw would be ready for his acting debut.

CORINA, played by Penelope Cruz
For Corina Del Rey,  I’d cast Penelope Cruz. While Corina is a fourth generation American, she has Spanish heritage going to back to Castile’s royal family. This makes Cruz perfect for the part not to mention she’s gorgeous – as is Corina. So I think she’d be a great Corina.

Richie and Penelope would look good on the big screen together.



RACHEL HAUCK is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.

She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel is a huge Buckeyes football fan. Visit her at www.rachelhauck.com

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spotlight: INDIE -- New release from Indie Author Carol Moncado: MORE THAN A PRINCESS



Featured Indie New Release: 
More than a Princess
by Carol Moncado





What it's about (from the author):



Click the title below to preorder
More the a Princess by Carol Moncado
Princess Anastasia has grown up in the shadow of her older siblings and foster sister, Queen Christiana of Ravenzario. Ana longs for an identity beyond that of a princess. More than anything she wants someone to see her as more than just a tiara and a pretty face. Two men vie for her attentions but only one believes in her, believes she can make a difference by using her royal status to draw attention to the plight of those less fortunate.

American Jonathan William Langley-Cranston IV has dated both her sister and her soon-to-be sister-in-law, but he and Ana seem to have something extra special. When his brother disappears without a trace, she returns to the States to become the public face of his family.

In Montevaro, Dr.  Jonah Fontaine wants to help. And unlike most people, he's willing to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty. He spends his vacations going places most people couldn't be paid enough to visit. As much as he wants to, he doesn't understand why Ana and others like her won't put their time and effort where their money is.

When Ana takes Jonah up on his challenge to join him at an orphanage in Ravenzario, they find themselves facing a crisis. A little girl, recently diagnosed with Leukemia, is threatened by rising flood waters after a rare Mediterranean hurricane makes landfall. Jonathan, with the help of Queen Christiana, desperately searches for them, praying rescue won't come too late.

Her head knows which man, Jonah or Jonathan, is the wise choice. Too bad her heart has different ideas. Which one will win? Will Ana be able to convince either one of them of her worth as More than a Princess?

About the Author:
When she’s not writing about her imaginary friends, Carol Moncado is hanging out with her husband, four kids, and a dog who weighs less than most hard cover books. She prefers watching NCIS to just about anything, except maybe watching Castle, orGirl Meets World with her kids. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. When not watching her kids – and the dog – race around her big backyard in Southwest Missouri, she’s teaching American Government at a local community college. She’s a founding member and President of MozArks ACFW, category coordinator for First Impressions, blogger at InspyRomance, and represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. Connect with Carol on Facebook, Twitter, and her website.

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