Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Book Review, Tour, and Giveaway: "Through Raging Waters" by Renee Blare

Timber Creek is swollen with runoff from the melting snow and the rain storms hitting the area. When some surveyors don't check in, Paul Fitzgerald leads the rescue team to find them. He must confront his past to be able to move forward. When things start to spiral out of control, will everything slip through his fingers?

Melissa Hampton has her own issues she is trying to deal with but when people in town start acting strangely, she must decipher who has her best interests at heart and who just wants their own way.

"Through Raging Waters" is the second book in the "Snowy Range Chronicles" series. I think that it would be very beneficial to read the first book, "To Soar On Eagle's Wings", first as the characters and relationships from the second book are introduced in the first book. I found this book to be a white water ride of action and suspense. I didn't find there to be a lot of romance. Paul and Melissa seemed to just suddenly like each other (although they did seem to be "checking each other out" in the first book). Melissa digs up some questions about her mother's past and I didn't feel that all of them were answered by the end of the book and near the end I was confused when Paul called her by a different last name as I didn't see anything that explained that. The characters grew in their relationships with each other and with God, which was nice. I stayed up late reading too many times because the book just pulled you along and you didn't want to put it down and have to wait to see what was going to happen. There were many twists and turns in the plot that kept me guessing as to what was going to happen right up to the end. I found this book to flow differently that the first book in the series, but I enjoyed reading both of them.

About the Author

Renee Headshot BH (3)Renee Blare’s nose has been buried in a book for as long as she can remember. Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, she started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She’s been counting pills ever since. While writing’s her first love, well, after the Lord and her husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.
Nestled in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains, she lives in Wyoming with her husband, crazy dogs, and ornery cat. She serves her beautiful small town as a pharmacist while penning her stories about struggling Christians as they travel along the journeys of their lives. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.

Guest Post from Renee Blare

I Wrote a Book
Five years ago, I wrote a book…and then I wrote another and another and another. Many said that the words flowed like a river onto the page. Or I painted a picture with letters.  As for me? I simply write what I see so you can see it too. What about you? Do you want to write a book?
If so, there’s one thing I’d like you to know. A book’s like a child. It starts out small or simple with garbled language…often repetitive and indistinguishable. Kind of like when a baby babbles “dada” over and over. And then that moment comes when you rejoice because you hear him say “mama.” That’s the growth every book…writer…reader…yearns for.
Different stories float around inside an author’s mind, flowing in a way much like labor. Some authors plot, others don’t. And still others combine the process in a convoluted method. But like birth, no matter how the words eventually find their way to the page, the development of a book doesn’t stop with its first dawn. It takes time, energy, and growth.
Take my first release, To Soar on Eagle’s Wings. Five years ago, I wrote it, my very first book, in three months. And it was awesome! I couldn’t believe it. God brought the plot together in a phenomenal way. But publication wasn’t the next step. I had a lot to learn before that could happen.
My latest release, Through Raging Waters is the example of a writer’s growth, but also her soul. I learned that I had to leave more than my knowledge and my heart on the page. I needed to leave a piece of my soul. When you read Paul’s struggles, you read mine. Melissa’s fear and confusion? Yes, they’re mine. The anger, the pain . . . the trials, the lessons learned are scriptural but also first-hand, taught by my Father.
Writing is more than a job. It’s more than a hobby. It’s sharing your knowledge, your hope with the world. So if you want to write a book. Do it. Then take that next step, and the next. You’ll get there. Oh, and I can’t wait to read it!

Blog Stops

July 19: Pause for Tales
July 24: A Greater Yes
July 25: bigreadersite
July 26: Splashes of Joy
July 29: Quiet Quilter
July 31: Bukwurmzzz
August 1: Carpe Diem


To celebrate her tour, Renee is giving away a wonderful package that includes a $20 Cabelas gift card, a set of her series paperbacks (books 1 and 2), and fleece blanket. Click here to enter:

"Through Raging Waters" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 6, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1534990453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1534990456
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prism Book Group (July 8, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

I received a free copy of this book for me to give an honest review and participate in the Celebrate Lit tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.

1 comment:

LiteOfTheNite said...

Thank you for your review. :)