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Tell Her No Lies by Irvin

Nina Fischer and her sister Jan were abandoned by thier mother Lizzy at a early age. They were adopted by their uncle Judge Geoffrey Fischer and raised as his own. When Nina finds her Dad murdered in his study, she is devastated. How is she going to tell her mother, sister and niece Brooklyn?

Tell Her No Lies
Kelly Irvin
Thomas Nelson
November 2018

Detective Matt King of the San Antonio Police Department is assigned the case. He believes Nina is guilty of the crime and begins to try prove his case. However, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence to substantiate his case.

Nina must act in her own defense and starts an investigation of her own. Everyone Nina contacts winds up dead. Judge Fischer’s law clerk Serena is killed by a hit and run. Melissa, the reporter covering the story, is murdered in her home. Nina’s house is burglarized and she is run off the road. Someone really doesn’t want the truth to be told.

Nina’s investigation leads to some disturbing news. Her Dad isn’t the outstanding Christian person she believed him to be. He has been living a secret life. He had a serious gambling problem, a condo in Las Vegas, may have been on the take – a dishonest judge and possibly a blackmailer. This news will kill her adopted mother.

Who really murdered the Judge and are all the other murders connected to her father’s gambling? Nina hopes Detective King will be able to solve the case before she or someone else is murdered.

The book has betrayal, greed, lies and suspense. I really enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Steal Away Home by Coffey

Owen Cross is a minor league catcher. Baseball is his life and has been since an early age. He dreams of catching in the Majors and has devoted his life to achieving this goal. Paul Cross, his dad, had been a pitcher, but threw out his arm, thus ending his career. Paul wants Owen to succeed where he failed.

Steal Away Home
By Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson
January 2018

Owen has a very successful Little League and High school career. Winning a scholarship, he is off to college at Ohio State.

Michaela Dullahan lived in Shantytown. No one in Camden talks to a Shanty. Owen is drawn to Mickey the first time he sees her on the hill above his house. They continue to meet in secret and soon he is falling in love with her. They make plans to leave together when he leaves for college at Ohio State.

Things change between them the night of their graduation. A group of kids are in the farmer’s field and one of them decides to play chicken with the oncoming train. Mickey jumps on the tracks and pushes him off standing with open arms while waiting for certain death. Owen jumps on the tracks to save her and something happens that will change both their lives. Mickey becomes religious, starts preaching to the Shantytown residence, building a Church. She refuses to go with Owen when he leaves for college. She has work to do because time is so short.

Owen graduate from college, signs a contract with the Cubs and he is on his way, so he thinks, to realizing his dream. He does fairly well in the Minors. He gets a call to go to the Majors to possibly catch against the Yankees. Unfortunately he didn’t get a chance to bat. Disappointed he returned back to the Minors. Would he ever realize his dream?

The second call came for him to fly to New York possibly be a relief catcher. This could be his big break. Arriving in New York he had second thoughts and decided to go back home to Camden. Leaving his gear at the airport he caught the next plane home.

All his life he had focused on a dream that he knew was never going to come true. What he needed was what he had left behind in Camden.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and highly recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Legends by Scudiere

Africian Legend: Lanada Landa – a big cat – leopard – that roams the earth bringing deadly disease to all he touches.

Legends: The Landa Landa & The Aellai
By A. J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
January 2019

Dalena is a scientist working in Africa helping the people and looking for a cure for the deadly diseases that plague the nation. There is never enough money, medical supplies, food, and especially not enough biohazard suits. Hers is held together by duck tape. Something must be done and she has the solution. She needed the African people to stop believing in the Landa Landa and the Americas to start believing in it.

Dalena filled the needle with the relatively pure Ebola virus and plunged it in her arm. Twenty-one days and nothing. She was immune. Now she is ready to put her plan into action. Flying to the states she went from state to state affecting people with a deadly virus.

Dalena started having dreams about the Landa Landa. She followed the big cat as he roamed the neighborhood leaving destruction in its wake. She is so restless at night and very tired in the morning. What is happening?

Is it just a dream or is she the Landa Landa? Impossible – it is just a legend or is it?

It’s time to go back to Aficia. Texting Brenna that she is on her way reveals they must return to the states. There is a an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Now maybe they will listen to her plea for help.

Aellai – a creature that controls the wind – whirlwind?

Delana and Brenna arrive in the states and are immediately taken to CDC laboratory. They immediately set to work to tried to isolate the virus and determine which strain it is. Brenna and Delana are quarantined. Something is happening. Brenna watched as her own hands disintegrated. As her body changed, she hear her mother’s voice – Aellai … You are the Aellai.

Dalana and Brenna are undergoing changes they can’t quite explain. Brenna takes after a runaway infected individual. He is fast, but she is faster. How did she do it? Waiting and watching Brenna is a man dressed in black.. He tells her he is Paladian. He called her Whirlwind. Dalana is also changing.

Is the legend true. Is Dalana the Landa Landa and Brenna the Aellia? Or is it just an African Legend?


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

30 Days to Understanding the Bible by Anders

Can you get a good exegetical understanding of the Bible and the theology therein in only a month? Possibly.

30 Days to Understanding the Bible
by Max Anders
Thomas Nelson
October 2018

This is actually an expanded thirteenth anniversary edition of Anders’ book. I’d never heard of it or read it before. It’s fascinating! Like a survey course in college this book goes a little deeper than normal studies but not quite as deep as higher level classes. I read through several and liked the way that he presented the information, allowed for repetition and fill in the blanks and then sometimes allows time for a test.

Speaking of time: there is no way that normal readers will get through this in 15 minutes! Some chapters, to be done right, will take 30 minutes or more. There is a lot of data to learn in each chunk. The good news is that the data is worth learning. So the extra time is worth it.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. 

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Oelke

Jane Sinner is a screw up. She has been expelled from school in her senior year. All her friends will be graduating without her. She has a hard time with her family’s religious beliefs. She simply doesn’t believe in God. The more her parents push, the more she rebels.

Nice Try Jane Sinner
By Leanne Oelke
Clarion Books
January 2018

To compromise with her parents request for her to get her GD, she enrolls in the Elbow River Community College. She sees a notice to audition for a Reality Show being produced by a student at the college. Her audition goes well and she is accepted as one of the contestants. Now, how is she going to tell her parents she is moving out since she is required to live with the others. Knowing they won’t approve, she lies and says she is renting an apartment with a friend, but nothing about the show.

The winner will receive a used car and $500. She is determined to win, but doesn’t fully grasp what it entails. What the contestants are required to do borders on insanity.

Can Jane stay the course and come out a winner. Only time will tell.

I liked the book. It was funny, but a little sad also.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Garden of Bone by Scudiere

Agent Elerie Eames is on her way to New Orleans. Not on a case for the Nightshade Group, but a personal mission. Bones of a young girl has been discovered that could be that of sister Emmaline who has been kidnapped at the age of eight years old.

Garden of Bone
The Nightshade Forensic Files 6
by A. J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
November 2018

Elerie arrives in the French Quarters of New Orleans. She is drawn to the Mystic Vudu Shop on Rue Royal. Entering the shop, she is instantly alerted to something being off, but not quite sure exactly what. Leaving the shop, she continues to her Grandmere’s house.

Elerie continues to be drawn to the Vudu Shop. Leaving the shop one day, just wandering the streets, suddenly there is Emmaline wanting Elerie to follow her. Winding down streets and alleys, Elerie finds herself in front of a large house, open gate and a large courtyard. Unable to resist, she walks in and discovers a human bone. Putting the bone in her pocket, she turns to leave. Waking up in bed at her Grandmere’s house, Elerie is disoriented and very confused. She can’t find the bone anywhere. Did she dream the incident or had someone cast a spell on her. Her thoughts immediately turned to the lady at Mystic Vudu.

Agent Donovan was just completing at assignment in Montana. He has discovered some alarming facts. The Lobomaus arriving in New Orleans had exploded. Elerie was in danger and unaware. He changed his plans and headed to warn her. Elerie is glad to see him and explained what had been happening. They decided to find the house and investigate.

What Elerie and Donovan find is so unimaginable. The courtyard is literally covered with human bones. Could Emmaline be buried here? Will Elerie finally get the disclosure she so desperately needs?

As usual, AJ has written an excellent book. One of magic, mystery and intrigue. An on the edge of your seat and a page turner. One you will ponder long after the last page.

Loved it and highly recommend to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Strategem by Caroll

Grayson Thibodeaux and Colton York own a company called ‘Game’s On Us’. They developed games for select clients. Deets PR has hired them to design a game to see how a person would react in a certain situation. Deets has four account executives that were up for promotion and would be competing. This game would allow the company to chose the correct person for the position. Grayson’s ex-wife Anna Belle is one of the participates.

Stratagem
by Robin Caroll
Shiloh Run Press
November 2018

The group were installed in a rented house and the game had begun. Things were running smoothly until Anna Belle was found unconscious in her room. She was rushed to the hospital where she later passed away. The cause was determined to be anaphylactic shock. Anna Belle was allergic to cherry juice which somehow has gotten into her energy drink.

Detectives Brandon Gibbon and Danielle Witz of the New Orleans Police Department are assigned to the case. There is reason to believe foul play is involved and Anna Belle was murdered. Of course Grayson , the ex-husband, became the prime suspect. Detective Witz has a beef with Grayson and did everything she could to railroad him into confessing.

As the investigation continued, it became crystal clear that Grayson was innocent. Was one of the four participants guilty of this crime? Who would do this terrible thing? Will Detectives Gibbons and Witz find the guilty party?

An interesting read – full of intrigue and mystery. I recommend it to all adult readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Delayed Justice by Putnam

Jamie Nichols had been molested by her Uncle Dane Nichols when she was a small child. She went to law school and became criminal defense attorney so she could face her demons and bring charges against her Uncle Dane.

Delayed Justice
Hidden Justice 3
by Cara Putman
Thomas Nelson
October 2018

Dane is in the Army and had been for sometime. Shortly after Jamie had filed these charges, she learned Dane was up for promotion to become a Colonel. She had waited most of her life to make Dane pay for tearing her childhood apart. She had never told anyone what he did to her, but now she was ready to make a stand so he could never hurt anyone again.

Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is helping Tiffany ,a young girl who had also been molested by her mother’s boyfriend. Chandler has a therapy dog, Aslan, who is helping the child cope with what had happened to her. Chandler has asked Jamie to help in bringing the perpetrator to Justice.

Dane isn’t taking these accusations very well. He is determined to stop Jamie from destroying his career. No one messes with Dane Nichols and he will silence her no matter what he has to do.

Question: Will Jamie and Tiffany finally get Justice for their lost innocence? A very heart rendering story of two young girls whose childhood was/is being destroyed by two powerful men.

I liked the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Separatists by Wiehl

Erica Sparks heads up a nightly television show called “The Erica Sparks Effect”. She is at or near the top of the ratings. But, she is becoming restless. She has plans to pitch a new proposal to the heads of CNN where she works. The new show would be called “Spotlight”.

The Separatists
A Newsmakers Novel
Lisa Wiehl
Thomas Nelson
June 2017

If the show is a go, the first program would cover Take Back Our Homeland – the largest secessionist group in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Erica gets the green light for her new program and heads for Bismarck to interview Sturges and Mary Bellamy who are very much involved with this movement. Erica has hired Leslie Burke Wilson, an expert of sorts on many subjects, as consultant on Spotlight. The Bellamy’s are pillars of the community and seem to be genuinely concerned about the growing discontent of the people in North Dakota.

Erica is very nervous about the whole interview. Something just isn’t right about the Bellamy, but she can’t quite put her finger on it. The big night arrives and she airs her first segment of Spotlight. The show is a hit, but everything seems to go down hill from there.

Eric’s husband, Greg, is drinking more and becoming way too interested in Leslie. Her teenage daughter, Jenny, is arrested for having a controlled substance. Sturges Bellamy suddenly dies of a heart attach and Mary launches a campaign to recall the Governor of North Dakota and become Governor, and Eric’s producer of Spotlight betrays her.

What a mess. What is Mary really up to and how will Take Back Our Homeland movement affect the country as a whole?

Very interesting read, but a little scary. Story is fiction, but could happen with the wrong people in control. Recommend the book to adult readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible

The premise of this book is to tell stories of the Bible with an emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit in each of the stories. There are a couple reasons why this isn’t as successful as I would have liked.

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible
by Doris Wynbeek Rikkers
Illustrated by Fernando Juarez
ZonderKidz
September 2018

First, It is called an “Illustrated Bible” but isn’t a Bible. It is a children’s book of child-level Bible stories. Everything from Creation to Joseph to David to Jesus to Paul and finally to the child (which I thought was a really great way to end the book.) But if you are going to tell stories, rather than actually illustrate the Bible, it seems incorrect to call this a Bible. It should be upfront.

Second, the stories really stretch the participation of the Spirit and attribute to it things it may not have actually done. Look at the first story: Genesis 1. God is seen as creating (good) and then the Spirit is said to make sure that all the stars “stay in place.” I guess you could attribute the fact that all things are held together by God/Jesus and since the Holy Spirit is a part of that it is said to participate. But in Genesis you don’t have the Spirit actually doing that. In the second story, the Spirit is the one that breathes life into Adam. On the other open page (22) you actually read Gen 2:7 where is says the Lord God breathed life into the man. I don’t mean to split hairs here because God is God. But attributing things to the Spirit where the Bible doesn’t seems like a leap I wouldn’t recommend.

The art is gorgeous. I love how the Spirit is represented as wispy white smoke that curls around the characters when the Spirit takes action. I like the vast majority of the stories. And I love the ending. Not a bad book, just not what I expected.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.