Saturday, June 23, 2012

Creston Mapes Books

Book Desciption:                                                                                               Can Fame, Wealth, and Power Buy Happiness?

Everett Lester and his band, DeathStroke, ride the crest of a wave to superstardom. But the deeper they become immersed in fame, wealth, and power, the more likely they are to be swallowed alive by the drugs, alcohol, and discontentment that have become their only friends. Everett is headed down a perilous road of no apparent return when he’s charged with the murder of his personal psychic. The only hope he can cling to comes from Topeka , Kansas , and the letters written by a prayerful young lady who lives there. Consistent and persistent, the notes cut straight to Everett ’s empty heart, offering a fulfillment he’s never grasped before. But what if he’s found guilty of murder? Will he recognize the spiritual battle that’s raging for his soul?

Endora Crystal was my rock...

As I staggered through the chaos of rock ’n’ roll fame—the drugs and alcohol, the selfishness and turmoil—Endora was the gentle voice in my ear telling me I was special. Telling me I was adored. She was my personal psychic, and she said I had a unique purpose, a calling to give my fans happiness. To be their god.

My band, DeathStroke, dominated the world of rock. Yet strife ruled our inner circle. My family didn’t know me. I loved no one but myself.

And yet Karen Bayliss was praying for me, that I would come to know the love of God and the lordship of Jesus Christ. She was not a fan. Didn’t care for my music. Karen just wanted me to know peace.

Now Endora is dead, and I’ve been charged with first-degree murder.

Everett Lester is headed down a perilous road of no apparent return. Will he recognize the spiritual battle that’s raging for his soul?

Book Desciption:                                                                                            What Good Can Become of Psychotics, Meth Users, or the Mob?

In this sequel to Dark Star, rock star Everett Lester is eager to share the redeeming power of Christ’s love with the world through his music. But reaching his family in their twisted lives is another issue altogether. His gambling-addicted brother, Eddie, and the rest of his deteriorating family greet Everett’s attempts with disdain and hatred. When the Mob gets involved, dangerous threats become a haunting reality. And when Eddie’s son, Wesley—who blames Everett for his brother’s death—hooks up with psychotic Tony Badino, the two meth-using antichrists will stop at nothing to bring Everett down and secure his demise!


Now those I love are reaping pain.

The media hype is fading, and my life is no longer that of a glamorous celebrity. I’m Everett Lester, former lead singer of DeathStroke, acquitted of first-degree murder, now married, a Christian, and ready to take my story to the masses through music. Problem is, the turmoil of my past didn’t end when the reporters left.

My wife, Karen, and I have received news that has rocked our world. My brother Eddie’s gambling is so far out of control that the mob practically owns him. And Eddie’s son, Wesley—who blames me for his brother’s death—is mixed up with meth, a psychotic named Tony Badino, and a satanic voice that’s urging him to take me out.

Will my Living Water tour ever hit the road? Will former fans stop hissing long enough to hear about the transforming power of Christ’s love? Satan once used me for evil—only through God’s power can I be used for good. The question is: w ill my loved ones and I be able to survive the aftermath of a rock star’s life?

Everett Lester faces enemies both human and supernatural. Satan won’t give up his hold on Everett , his family, or his fans without a vicious fight. God’s victory is certain in the supernatural realm, but will Everett survive the earthly battle that’s threatening to obliterate him?
Book Description:                                                                                            They said, “He’s a nobody.”
They were dead wrong.

When reporter Hudson Ambrose hears an early morning call on his police scanner about an injured person at a bus stop on Las Vegas Boulevard, he rushes to the scene to get the scoop.
His world is blown off its axis when he discovers a murdered homeless man with a bankbook in his pocket showing a balance of almost one million dollars. Should he wait for the police, knowing the case will get lost in reams of red tape, or swipe the bankbook and take the investigation–and perhaps a chunk of the money–into his own hands?

With sirens bearing down on the scene, Hudson makes an impulse decision that whisks him on a frantic search for answers, not only about the mysterious dead man, but about the lost soul lurking within himself.

Uncovering bizarre links between a plane crash, a Las Vegas pit boss, a dirty cop, and a widowed Atlanta business mogul, Hudson is forced to find out: who was Chester Holte, what was he doing on the streets, and why are his homeless friends convinced he was an angel in disguise?

My Thoughts:
Dark Star & Full Tilt are both about Everett Lester and his path through life.  In the first book, he is deep into the 'rock star' life and a letter changes things.  Karen writes letters to Lester and prays faithfully for him.  His psychic gives him dire warnings but twists from there are suprisising. 
Full Tilt is a continuation of Dark Star and shows Lester's transformation.  He is still a singer but his band is no longer.  In this installment, the danger comes from family.  There is plenty of doubt and surprise at his transformation but can he reach the people he wants to the most?
Nobody is interesting.  After hearing a call over the police scanner, reporter Hudson hurries to get the story.  Being the first on the scene, he finds a murdered homeless man and something even more surprising.  He makes a decision that changes his life in many ways.  The investigation he is hurled into has twists turns and redemtion.
I rate all three of these a 4/5.  They were a nice change of pace and not typical Christian fiction at all!

Thank you to litfuse for the review copies of thesse books.  I received these books in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Dark Side of Valor by Alicia Singleton

Book Description:
Child advocate Lelia Freeman saves children for a living. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she ventures to abandoned squats and crackhouses to rescue teens from the hellish streets of Los Angeles. When she is summoned to Washington to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation, Lelia is kidnapped and becomes a political pawn in a sinister conspiracy. Oceans away from everything she knows, she must trust a mercenary to save her life, or die in the clutches of a psychopath.

Hunting, combat and staying alive are Elijah Dune's specialties. Vengeance is his passion. Haunted by past demons, he travels to the Motherland to collect a debt. A debt that demands one payment. Death.

Caught in the crosshairs of a madman, Lelia and Elijah must survive the jungles of Zaire and the horrors of their pasts or be forever consumed by the DARK SIDE OF VALOR.

My Thoughts:
This was an intriguing book.  Lelia is a child advocate and pretty much saves kids from the street.  This calling is a personal one for her and she takes it very seriously.  She is nominated to go to Africa and work over there with the children but when she gets there discovers that all isn't as it seems.  She escapes and the man she finds to help her is a mercenary!  Elijah has his own issues and is a man on a mission, but Lelia has to trust him with her life so she can get back to the kids!
The author does a good job with this book.  The plot is intriguing, plenty of action, romance and a couple of good twists.  I love that Lelia is from the same background as the kids she is trying to help and isn't afraid to go into the horrible places to bring them out.  She was by far my favorite character--though the kids tug at your heart!  Elijah's story was kept a mystery and it was intriguing and that is all I can say without giving something away. 
4/ has a great mix but there were a couple of things that I had issues with.  Overall though, good book!
Thank you to PumpUpYourBook for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Taste by Kate Evangelista

Book Description:
At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

My Thoughts:
I devoured this book!  Phoenix broke the one rule at her ultra private students on campus after dark.  Turns out there is a really good reason for that!  When Demitri saves her life, she is drawn to him and the strange 'night students' that are at the school.  Luka has his eye on Phoenix as well but why?  Dray brings her an offer she can't refuse and it changes the world as she knows it. 
I absolutely fell in love with all the characters in this book.  Demitri, Luka, Drey, Phoenix....all of them are wonderful.  The whole world you get to explore is great and alive!  It is a wonderful dilemma facing Phoenix--it just fits with her back story perfectly.  Loved the whole book!
This is a 5/5.  I loved it and if you are into paranormal, you will too!

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.