Is the End Near?

My best hatRecently alternative news sources, particularly those with a Biblical perspective are becoming more popular with time. People are realizing that the mainstream media, especially here in the US, are not giving the public full, accurate and unbiased news about what is going on around the world. Many would call some of those alternative news sources ‘fear mongers’ because of the nature of what they are reporting.

Personally, I don’t think of it as trying to instill fear in people, rather, people need to know what is actually happening around them. So many people are not paying attention, or because they do not believe in the Bible or have a lack of faith they do not understand the implications of world events. So many people just go about their daily lives totally unaware of the consequences of geopolitical events around the world. Natural disasters that are occurring around the world do not affect them so, other than feeling sorry for those affected and maybe making contributions to some disaster relief organization, they think nothing more about just how unusual the increase in natural disasters are. If they think about it at all the unusual activity is chalked up to global warming or some other human caused reason.

Listening to people like BPEarthwatch on Youtube  is enlightening. Information that is available to the public through websites tracking weather and geologic events are collected and explained in this one place. The BPEarthwatch often is more on point as to what is important to know than the mainstream media. There are times that mainstream media doesn’t even cover potential disastrous events until it is already a disaster yet BP already reported warning people.  There are others that report on the political events around the world, particularly as these events relate to an imminent world war and the push toward a one world government known as the New World Order to those who are paying attention and those who are working toward making it a reality.  Still, many people are not paying attention. Instead they listen to the mainstream media and believe they are informed. Others pay no attention to world news and some just go about chasing Pokemon characters. Which, by the way, is another way of keeping people unaware of what is really important. I’m concerned about this new game trend and what it is really doing to people. The pictures I see of crowds of people playing the game remind me of the Dr. Who episode with all the black boxes. Hmmm…

The actual point of all this is that all these things are prophesied in the Bible. In Matthew chapter 24 the disciples asked Jesus about the signs of his return and the end of the age.

Signs of the End of the Age
While He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached Him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what is the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”
Then Jesus replied to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many. You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines[a] and earthquakes in various places. All these events are the beginning of birth pains.
Persecutions Predicted
“Then they will hand you over for persecution,[b] and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 Then many will take offense, betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.[c] 14 This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world[d] as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.
 Matthew 24: 3-14  Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

I see the earthquakes, droughts, floods, volcanic activity, sabre rattling in Europe and the Middle East and around the globe, as signs before the end times, the beginnings of the birth pangs from Matthew 24:8. The incidents of geologic activity for earthquakes and devastating weather patterns around the world are increasing more rapidly now than anytime since these events began being recorded and are occurring all over the world in diverse places.  I see Christians being persecuted and killed around the world and even in this country Christian values are being maligned as lawlessness grows.  Unbelief is rampant and with it comes an over sensitivity and taking offense which manifests with increasing societal restrictions on what we say through what is referred to as political correctness. To even mention Jesus is by some considered hate speech, when in reality, wanting others to know the salvation that comes from knowing Jesus is a loving act.

I do believe that we are seeing the events described in the Bible that will occur before the end of the age and I do believe it is near. However, near to us puny humans and near to the infinite God may not be the same.

Dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.  2 Peter 3:8 HCSB

Still, having had a dream a couple decades ago about the return of Christ, I am hopeful that He may return in my lifetime. If not, then, I’ll see you all at the resurrection. In the mean time it is my prayer that all will seek the Lord Jesus and accept the free gift of salvation available.  Ask Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior so your name is written in the lambs book of life. Don’t be left behind when the Son of God returns and don’t be among those who are cast into the lake of fire to suffer for eternity.

15 And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15 HCSB

May you all diligently seek after the things of God.

Blessings,

Grandma Peachy

Links of interest:

https://www.youtube.com/user/BPEarthWatch

https://www.facebook.com/Israeli-News-Live-719387451463959/

https://www.youtube.com/user/paulbegley34

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJoshTolleyChannel

https://lamarzulli.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thetwopreachers/

 

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Book Review: Life Sentence by Lily Luchesi

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Another action packed paranormal detective story with Angelica Cross and Danny Mancini. Angie enters this episode learning to deal with being fully turned into a vampire. Adjusting to her new situation she distances herself from everyone she loves and cares about “for their own protection,” so she thinks. As the heat turns up on the hunt for Angie’s archenemy, the demonic witch Fiona, Angie is forced to allow the humans dearest to her back into close association or risk failure in the hunt.
In this third book of the series Ms. Luchesi has again brought together a gripping plot and interesting characters.  The only aspect I felt did not seem realistic to me is the unabashed and openly affectionate relationship between Brighton and Michael. In my experience the gay men I’ve known are more reserved and do not typically display such affectionate behavior publicly. But, that could be because of the parts of the country I’ve lived in.  Otherwise, her characters were well developed and we get to know Angie and Danny even more, just as we get to know our friends better over time in real life. I can hardly wait for the next book!

 

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Life-Sentence-Paranormal-Detectives-Book-ebook/dp/B01JH4FQ8A

https://www.amazon.com/Lily-Luchesi/e/B00GBFAE0E

 

 

 

 

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Dragon Moon by Julie Nicholls: Cover Reveal and Sneak Peek

Please welcome Julie Nicholls today as she reveals the cover and gives you a sneak peek into her new young adult fantasy novel, Dragon Moon.

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

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Hi!

 

Thank you very much for letting me take over your blog today to reveal the cover for my latest novel, Dragon Moon.

This is a Teen & Young Adult Fantasy, and I hope to publish with Amazon’s Kindle Scout program, if it is accepted.

 

The story concerns Scarlett, an almost nineteen year old who is undecided about her future. Throughout her school life she has been the subject of ridicule and bullying because of her flame, red hair. While college was easier, because she stood up for herself, she can’t make up her mind if University is the place she wants to be, and is taking some time out from studying to decide. She visits the Nottingham Goose Fair, and meets Dizelli, a psychic, who gives her a gold pendant and instructs her to wear it to bed.

Scarlett wakes up the next morning but she’s not in her bed, or her home. She’s in a field. In her pajama’s.

Her adventure begins and she’s thrown into a world of dragons and magic. She’s the Dragon Mage, and it’s her responsibility to save the dragons from slaughter, and also bring two warring tribes together.

There are just a few days left before the Dragon Moon arrives. All the dragons currently asleep, protecting their eggs could die unless Scarlett finds a way to unite the silver haired, and black haired races together and to stop Lord Ithel from killing the elder dragon who knows the secret location of the dragon eggs.

 

Here’s a sneaky peek!

 

No matter what Elyan’s surprise is, at least it’s another lovely day out. The sun is shining and despite the cool breeze, it’s perfect for riding. We set off at a walk but once outside the city walls, Elyan kicks his horse and he’s off. I have a hard time keeping up on Sootli; bless her. Once he reaches the foothills, he slows and when I catch up to him, he pulls off to the left instead of the path through the mountain.

“Where are you going?” I ask.

He doesn’t answer and just waves at me as he trots ahead. He’s in charge again; he can’t help it.

We ride for only a little way, and then the smell hits me.

Vanillian.

Soon we’re looking at a blanket of white flowers. They stretch along the side of the track as far as the eye can see, and the smell is amazing. Elyan dismounts and wraps the reins around a fallen tree. He helps me down and leads me to the huge log where we both sit.

I can’t stop sniffing the air and notice he’s staring. “What?”

He smiles and I notice for the first time how charming he looks when he’s not scowling.

“I know how much you like Vanillium and thought you would like to see where it grows. Am I right?”

“Yes! Thanks.”

I’m smiling as I look at him and see him in a different light. He can be thoughtful when he puts his mind to it. He stares at me for several moments, his gaze unfathomable. Do I want to know what he’s thinking?

“I am sorry for my behavior yesterday with Mostyn,” he says.

Wow! Didn’t see that coming.

“I expect learning he and your sister were an item was a bit of a shock.”

“I learned something else too. From my father.”

“What was it?” I ask as if I don’t know.

“That there was someone else he loved before mother. I am not angry about that. He expected me to be, though. I have a reputation, it seems.”

I can see a hint of a grin forming.

“My father relies on me to protect the town. While I have my warriors to aid, I am constantly on my guard. My responsibility to our people is foremost on my mind.”

“That’s why you’re so wound up, Elyan. You’re stressed out.”

I know how he feels. In my last year of college I was worrying over my exams, the bullying, and concerns about my life after college. My dad said when someone is stressed, they are short-tempered, have trouble sleeping and are unable to see the positive side of things. Elyan ticks all of the above. People don’t realize they are stressed, but once it’s pointed out to them, it becomes clearer.

“What am I to do? This is my life. I am responsible for our people.”

“I understand you have an important role, but you don’t have to do it on your own. You have warriors who follow your lead. They are just as capable as you are. Let them take some of the pressure.”

Elyan narrows his eyes as he looks at me. He’s listening to what I’m saying rather than spouting off. That’s a good sign.

“But will they then act as I do? Become ‘snippety’ as you say?” He grins.

“No, I don’t believe they will. If you divide the tasks between yourselves, it will be less of a burden. Do you see that?”

“Yes, I do.”

It could be my imagination, but I swear he looks less stressed already. He’s a smart cookie and I know I whined about him plenty of times, but he isn’t a bad person. Actually, as he is now–calm and thoughtful–he’s very attractive. He was already ranking high on my “hot men” chart, but it was his attitude that stopped him reaching a higher position.

Oh, I know you think I’m mean, but I bet I’m not the only one who has a score card.

“When we return home after the meeting today, you can gather your warriors and delegate your duties. Start enjoying your life, Elyan.”

“I like the way you think. You are as smart as my father said.”

“Did he say that?”

“Yes, last night after you left. I spoke with him for a while, and he believes you are too wise for your age.” He chuckles.

Ha! I think what the Earl said probably went something along the lines of “she’s too big for her boots.” But I’ll accept it as a compliment anyway.

Elyan is looking at me again. Not quite a stare but his gaze is lingering and I know I’m blushing. My cheeks are on fire. I’d like to know what he’s thinking. Wait…maybe that’s not a good idea. There’s a glint in his eye, which isn’t a bad thing, but I’ve got too much to think about at the moment.

Extremely bad timing.

“Are all the women in your town like you?” he asks.

“No. They are much nicer.” I laugh. “Women are equal to men, though. They share responsibility, work and some earn such a good wage that the man plays househusband and takes care of the children.”

“That is a story you have made up.” He laughs. “It is a woman’s responsibility to tend the children.”

I’m surprisingly calm after that misogynistic statement. In all fairness, he lives in a world where men are chivalrous and women are skivvies, and that’s not entirely his fault. However, I will nevertheless attempt to enlighten him of why a role doesn’t need to be filled by only one sex.

Here goes.

“Elyan, I’m going to explain something to you which you may find surprising. Women are quite capable of fulfilling any job a man is tasked with. The only difference is that some women might struggle depending on the physical strength required, but that does not mean that some women are not a strong as some men. There are some who are stronger.”

He’s shaking his head, so I continue.

“Women are in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Where I’m from, we are ruled by a Queen, as are many other countries. So you see… there’s nothing a man can do that a woman cannot. As for taking care of children, why shouldn’t a man look after his child? There’s no rule that says a woman should be the only person to wipe a baby’s bottom!”

He laughs and shakes his head. “You are making this up, surely?”

“No, I’m not.”

I look at him and wonder how he would cope if he were to visit my world. Not only because of the women’s issue but all the technology we have as well. I don’t think he could take it all in, although he might have fun playing my X box.

“I should like to see this for myself. Your world sounds interesting. Do you think I would like it?”

“There are some wonders that would impress you, Elyan, but just as you have problems here, we also have them. Countries fight one another and man has built horrendous machines and created poisons that could kill us all. People starving to death live side by side with people who are so rich, they will never be able to spend their money before they die.”

He’s listening closely.

“Our world is full of different races and we are not all the same color. Whole nations have been targeted because of the color of their skin or religious beliefs. So you see it’s important that we try and resolve the issues here before they escalate.”

Elyan narrows his eyes. He’s thinking hard, I can see from his expression. He will be the Earl once his father passes and he could help implement changes now that would stop future warring.

“This makes you sad, does it not?”

“Yes, very much.”

“We are from different worlds and yet, we are not so different.”

He takes my hand in his and smiles softly. He’s capable of becoming a great leader, I feel it. He has already made changes to the way he acts based on information he’s acquired. He is a smart cookie.

“We have a saying—‘there’s nothing new under the sun’–and this is so true. Wherever we are in the world, whether we’re black-skinned or white, if we have black or white hair, or we worship the sun or the moon, we are all human beings and we have a right to be free and to live.”

“We shall have that here, Scarlett. I promise. I will do everything within my power to make Lord Ithel understand we must live together in peace.”

Elyan pushes up and pulls me with him. “You will show us how to make a start. Will you not?”

 

Thank you for taking the time to read the sneaky peek… you can read another on my official website www.julienicholls.com to the page, Dragon Moon where a link will be added once the book is available for purchase.

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Release Day Teasers and Book Review: Lament of the Fallen by Andy Peloquin

Launch Day !

Lament of the Fallen – Last of the Bucelarii Book 2 by Andy Peloquin.

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Teasers

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Wonderfully Done Cover!

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Tagline/ Elevator Pitch

A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (The Last Bucelarii–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

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Book Blurb

The Hunter of Voramis is no more.

Alone with the bloodthirsty voices in his head, fleeing the pain of loss, he has one objective; travel North to find her, the mystery woman who plagues his dreams and haunts his memories.

When he stumbles upon a bandit attack, something within urges him to help. His actions set him at odds with the warrior priests commanded to hunt down the Bucelarii.

Left for dead, the Hunter must travel to Malandria to recover his stolen birthright. There, he is inexorably drawn into direct conflict with the Order of Midas, the faceless, nameless group of magicians that holds the city in a grip of terror. All while struggling to silence the ever-louder voice in his mind that drives him to kill.

From feared assassin to wretched outcast, the Hunter’s journey leads him to truths about his forgotten past and the Abiarazi he has pledged to hunt. His discoveries will shed light on who he really is…what he really is.

Fans of Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, and Brent Weeks will love the Hunter…

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Grandma Peachy’s Review

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I love this author’s writing. Since I had a gifted electronic copy before release I just started reading the story without even noticing the title. I did see the cover picture and loved it. I read the first book in the series last year and it was among my favorite reads for 2015. The Hunter is a well developed and unique character.  He is Bucelarii, part human, part demon, with an extra long life and few things that can really kill him. Iron is one exception. He left Voramis at the end of book one an unrecognized hero whose purpose there was fulfilled, having rid the city of the demon and the Bloody Hand group that controlled and terrified the city. All at the cost of much destruction within the city and the lives of everyone he had cared about.

In the second book the Hunter starts out at a loss for what to do with himself. He only knows that he needs to move north to find the unknown woman of his visions. Travelling alone he is safe, but, he feels the loss of those whom he had protected and called friends in Voramis, yet failed to save. Loneliness is not a feeling he is used to experiencing. Coming upon travelers who are being ambushed he helps them. The people he helped become his travel companions, although he is vaguely wary and his intuition says he shouldn’t join them. What a mistake! Things go from bad to worse, eventually he is left for dead and there was a point in the book, before actually looking at the title, that I thought to myself, “Oh, how the mighty have fallen.” Shortly after that thought I actually read the title, “Lament of the Fallen…” and had to laugh, what an appropriate title! The Hunter is thwarted at almost every turn in the story. I really felt sorry for him because of his bad luck and the unfortunate series of events that occur. It seems that he can’t win for losing; the situation remains out of his control. I know the Hunter is an assassin and killer subject to blood lust, and I shouldn’t love him so much, but, he does have a conscience from his human side. The constant internal battle between the good that is in him and the evil that tries to take control makes him a very likable protagonist, for a killer.

The Hunter again finds companionship among the poor in the city of Malandria and discovers there is a mystery involving the disappearance of the poorest and most vulnerable in the city. He goes in search of his lost weapons and to discover the mystery surrounding the disappearances. The end was somewhat of a surprise for me because all along I thought another character was the antagonist. The true antagonist was a surprise to me. I have to say that I love this authors writing and look forward to reading many more of the Hunter’s adventures in The Last of the Bucelarii series.

Go to Amazon, get Lament of the Fallen, read it, and enjoy, I sure did! If you haven’t read book one, Blade of the Destroyer read it first. Both are available on Kindle Unlimited and if you aren’t a KU member the purchase price is very reasonable for both the Kindle edition and paperback. Blade of the Destroyer is also available in Audible.

Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Bucelarii-Book-Lament-Fallen/dp/1535388668

https://www.amazon.com/Andy-Peloquin/e/B00J9008MC

 

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Teaser Tuesday: Guest Post, Mary Anne Edwards

Loved Mary Anne’s books!

Tracee Ford

Another brilliant author… Teaser coming.

Bio

Mary Anne_2013Mary Anne Edwards is the author of The Charlie McClung Mysteries, Brilliant Disguise, A Good Girl, Criminal Kind, and Sins of My Youth. These are traditional murder mysteries with a touch of romance. There are six more books planned for this series. But her imagination tends to run wild, so you never know when it may end. Mary Anne was born in Mercedes, Texas. She now lives in Georgia with her husband of 35+ years and her Tuxedo cat, Gertrude. She and her husband dream of retiring in … Well, they haven’t decided yet. For years, she only dabbled in writing, but with the encouragement of her husband, she left the accounting world to write full-time. Mary Anne is an advocate for the developmentally challenged and sits on the advisory board of Rockdale Cares, Inc. She is an active member of Sisters in Crime…

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Coming Soon! Lament of the Fallen by Andy Peloquin

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Five more days until release day for book two of the Last of the Bucelarii series by Andy Peloquin. I will have a review on release day. Come back and read the review this Friday, August 19th. See you then!

Blessings!

Grandma Peachy

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Guest Reviewer Sharon Richmond

Please welcome guest reviewer Sharon Richmond. Today she is sharing her review of A Prince’s Ransom: Kidnapped by the Billionaire by Ella Slade.

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Sharon Richmond‘s review

Aug 09, 2016

 

A Prince’s Ransom: Kidnapped by the Billionaire by Ella Slade

4 Stars

Wonderfully exciting. Who doesn’t want to get swept off their feet by a Prince, sigh. but wait…what happens when the prince is actually trying to kidnap you so he doesn’t have to go through with an arranged marriage by his parents since birth. Can you say What?

A story with so many twist and turns it will leave you dizzy, lol. but in a good way. You will find yourself drawn to both Kathrine, the college girl sorta kidnapped by the Prince himself, Eric Jean-Francois Devillers, III. Their escapades are definitely interesting.

Oh and I’ll let you give your own opinion on Miss Brigitte in the book.

Great YA read

I was given and advanced reader copy of this book through email for an honest review.
Reviewer for Nook Books and More

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 Thank you so much Sharon for sharing your review of A Prince’s Ransom with us today!

  Readers and followers you can find out more about Sharon Richmond and other books she has reviewed at the links below. Also, check  out Ella Slade’s author page on Amazon and see what else Ella Slade has written. Author and buy link are below as well.

 Enjoy!

Grandma Peachy

 Links for Sharon Richmond:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14795746-sharon-richmond

https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/wIOlEB

https://www.facebook.com/sharon.reviews

https://www.facebook.com/sharon.richmond

Author and Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Ella-Slade/e/B00WGSTD9S

https://www.amazon.com/Princes-Ransom-Kidnapped-Billionaire-ebook/dp/B01JWPV9C6

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