Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Peter Potential: Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things {+ Giveaway}

I’m delighted to be participating in two Shadow Mountain Publishing tours today and offering you my thoughts on books from completely different genres. The first is an inspirational/devotional book and the second is a fun murder mystery (with giveaway).

My hope is to always provide entertaining reviews on a vast array of books to widen your reading library. While the books I share my not always be in the genre you enjoy, I hope to entice you to step outside your reading comfort zone and try something new from time to time. 

First I’ll share my thoughts on an inspiring book.

THE PETER POTENTIAL by David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman

PeterPotential_coverFor most, seeing our full potential is sometimes a difficult thing. Authors David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman strive to show readers how to reach their full potential in their latest release, THE PETER POTENTIAL: Discover the Life You Were Meant to Live.

The authors take readers on the journey that Peter took when the Lord showed him he was more than a mere fisherman. They explain the invitations that were extended and the results of Peter’s decisions.

The book explores how we respond to situations, whether we see them as roadblocks or invitations for something greater. With each invitation comes the choice of having faith strong enough or doubt more powerful.

Through understanding how Peter found his potential, readers can better understand how to achieve all they are meant to be.

THE PETER POTENTIAL is a lovely hardcover book that flows smoothly and quickly. The beautiful color photographs add to the book’s appeal. A meaningful and inspiring book highlighted by Bible verses and uplifting quotes.

The Peter Potential: Discover the Life You Were Meant to Live by David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman, Ensign Peak, @2014, ISBN: 978-1609078836, Hardcover, 120 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Emily Belle Freeman is a coach’s wife, a mother of four, an author of the bestselling A Christ-Centered Christmas, and a sought-after inspirational speaker. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. She coauthors a blog that is a stopping place for hearts seeking all that is good. 

David Butler is a high school religious educator, sharing his love for the scriptures and his belief that there is an innate power for good in every human soul. He is also a motivational speaker and writer. He and his wife, Jenny, live with their five children amid the snowcapped peaks of the Mountain West.

Now for my thoughts on the charming murder mystery, followed by the giveaway details.


Diamond Rings Deadly.fWeddings can be fun and nerve-racking at the same time, but for wedding planner Adrielle Pyper they can also turn deadly.

Adri has had a terrible shock in her life so she moves to Sun Valley, Idaho, to start a new business and get her shelf back on track. With her friend, Lorea Zubiondo, they operate Adrielle Pyper’s Dream Weddings. To add to their growing business, they begin to offer a designer wedding gown service.

When the first shipment of dresses arrive, the gown of their most high profile client is vandalized. Dealing with the bridezilla is bad enough, but when the dress is stolen Adri has her work cut out.

As the wedding draws closer, aspects from Adri’s past surface. Adri searches to uncover the mystery surrounding the gowns only to find herself in mortal danger.

DIAMOND RINGS ARE DEADING THINGS is the first installment in the Wedding Planner Mystery series incorporating bits of Adri’s past into the present for an intriguing read. The story moves at a steady pace quickly pulling the reader in.

Each chapter begins with helpful wedding planning tips. To enhance the story even more, a website – Mashed Potatoes and Crafts – has been set up to demonstrate Adri’s tips, as well as other helpful information.

Author Rachelle J. Christensen has created likable and realistic characters. She blends the drama of a mystery with the allure of weddings mixing in a good dose of humor, suspense, and of course, a touch of romance.

Wedding planning takes on a whole new adventure when Adrielle Pyper’s Dream Weddings handles the details. The twists and unexpected surprises will keep you guessing until the end.

Diamond Rings are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen, Wedding Planner Mystery Book #1, Shadow Mountain, @2014, ISBN: 978-1609078614, Paperback, 320 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Rachelle J. Christensen was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho not far from the setting of her mystery Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things

She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking and of course reading. 

Rachelle has an amazing husband, five cute kids, three cats and five chickens.


This giveaway is for a copy of DIAMOND RINGS ARE DEADLY THINGS and is hosted tour-wide. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I’ve given you a couple of new books to check out. Any thoughts you’d like to share about either/both books or life in general?

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  1. Like the sound of the first one. Imagine if we all lived up to the potential God gave to us? What an incredible world it would be.

    1. Alex, the possibilities are endless if we all lived up to that potential.

  2. I'll have to download The Peter Potential.

    1. Diane, hope you enjoy it. It's an amazing book.

  3. Mason - Thanks for sharing these. You're right that we can all benefit from stepping out of our 'comfort zone' sometimes for reading and I always appreciate that you share such a wide diversity of books.

    1. Margot, thanks. I hope to share a vast array of books that everyone will find something to like.

  4. weddings often are deadly events....

  5. Hi, Mason. Thanks for sharing about these books. The Peter Potential sounds good.


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