New Book Watch: The Separatist (A Newsmakers Novel) Lis Wiehl


After getting the green light from her network to launch an investigative news show, Erica flies to Bismarck, North Dakota, to investigate Take Back Our Homeland, the largest secessionist group. What she finds is profoundly disturbing – a growing threat to the future of our union.

Back home, her husband Greg is drinking more and talking less—and taking an unusual interest in the glamorous author Leslie Burke Wilson. Erica’s teenage daughter has also begun acting out in troubling ways.

Then she discovers a potential informant murdered in her Bismarck hotel. Take Back Our Homeland might be even more dangerous than she had thought—and she’s unwittingly become one of the key players in the story. Her fear and anxiety escalate – for her marriage, her daughter, and her own life.

Bestselling novelist and former legal analyst for Fox News Lis Wiehl takes us behind the anchor’s desk in this gripping look at high-stakes reporting in a country torn apart.

Product details

  • File Size: 893 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 27, 2017)
  • Publication Date: June 27, 2017
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing

Review: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

About this Book

Kate O’Brien has been leading a quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, for the past four years when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and it was her drawing of the attacker–along with some last-minute evidence–that convicted the suspect.

She’s been in witness protection ever since, but new evidence suggests the convicted man isn’t the murderer and she’s been subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Nervous about the risk, she’ll only agree if the same Marshal who protected her during the original trial escorts her to St. Louis.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca accepts the assignment to bring Kate to the trial, remembering how her strength impressed him. While in Shelter Cove, however, he gets a call from his chief, advising them to stay in Shelter Cove until a new development in the case can be straightened out. But when Kate’s safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

My Review

This book opens up grabbing your attention and holds it to the final pages. The action is intense and the characters passionate. Nancy Mehl is quickly becoming a favorite author.

I really liked Kate O’Brien. She was a strong woman with integrity and passion. And although she was a strong woman she had doubts and fears that she needed to deal with. Likewise, Tony was a great character. He was committed to his job and would do anything to protect his witness.

The action was intense and moved at a quick pace. I found myself not wanting to put this book down. The author did a great job keeping me guessing on who was involved in the killings.  The only negative I could say about the book is their is a similar plot twist as we saw in book one, Fatal Frost. BUT it really does not distract from the book or lessen the entertainment.

Although there are characters from the first book that make brief appearances in this book you do not need to read book one to enjoy this book. It stands on its own.

Disclaimer: I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.

Book Review: Chazown by Craig Groeschel

About this Book

You Can’t Really Live Without It
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, kjv)

Tired of living half a life—or even a waking nightmare? Struggling to find meaning in a job you don’t like? Facing graduation or mid-life changes in a faltering economy? Wishing you could rekindle a dream you gave up long ago?

It’s time to get your vision checked!

In this practical, energizing guide, pastor and author Craig Groeschel shows how to live life fully by finding, naming, and achieving your unique, God-given goal. The secret: knowing your chazown, a Hebrew word for “vision,” “dream,” or “revelation.”

You’ll see how to identify your chazown by taking a fresh look at your core values, spiritual gifts, and experiences. You’ll understand the big picture—and the vital details. In this book—now newly revised and updated—you’ll find . . .

·         A brand new introduction
·         Step-by-step instructions to uncover your chazown
·         Personal stories that show the principles at work
·         “You’re the Author” activities to help you apply what you’re learning
·         “Key Thoughts” that capture and make it easy to remember crucial concepts
·          A lively, thought-provoking study guide for individuals or groups

“Is something missing from your life? Are you aware that God has more for you? Seek Him. He will give you a chazown. And not just any, but one that is tailored specifically for you.”
—Craig Groeschel

Hard to Pronounce, Easy to Discover
Chazown (kha-ZONE) is the Hebrew word for the dream, revelation, or vision God was thinking about when he made you. You’re one of a kind, placed on earth with a plan that’s yours alone to carry out. God isn’t hiding it. He wants you to know and embrace it!

Fulfilling your chazown is one of the most enjoyable, rewarding things you’ll ever do—because the blueprint is customized by your architect, the One who knows you best. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy though, which is why author Craig Groeschel provides plenty of battle-tested ways to stay on course.

Why waste another day aiming for the wrong target—or none at all? Take your first steps toward pursuing God’s chazown for you!

My Review

I was first introduced to Craig Groeschel when visiting friends in Oklahoma. LOVE his preaching. It’s down to earth, practical, and centered around the Word of God. So when I had the opportunity to review his book, I jumped at it!

Craig writes the way he talks. Which makes this book down to earth, practical with a message that is centered around God’s Word. He breaks down the idea of “Chazown” (which honestly just use the word vision) into bite size pieces that give you time to think and ask yourself “How does this apply to me?” “What is my vision?” “How am I using my spiritual gifts?” Which the book does include a link so you can take your spiritual gifts assessment.

This book will encourage and challenge you.

I think this would make an excellent study for high school or college age students. It would be great for any age really but I love the idea of college students reading this and thinking about the life ahead of them.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Learn more about Craig Groeschel