Release Day Celebration + Giveaway: Soaring Through Stars by Rajdeep Paulus @RajdeepPaulus @MyShelfAndI


SoaringThroughStarsFRONTjpegApril2015Release Date: April 23rd 2015

Author: Rajdeep Paulus

Publisher: Birch House Press

“I live in the in between. Between holding on and letting go. Hurt clings to me. Hope teases me. Home. I can’t explain it, but sometimes, I just want to go home.”

Talia and Jesse Vanderbilt have escaped a childhood full of abuse, and when they have a chance to put their father behind bars, setbacks arise from every direction. The siblings can’t help but consider the option to walk away and move on with their lives.

Then someone unexpected brings his own secrets, forcing the Vanderbilt teens to revisit their pasts and rethink their plans. Through it all, Lagan and Talia’s Post-it love story blossoms, while Jesse and Summer hit roadblocks. 

From the award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones comes a powerful story of freedom and belonging in this final book of the young adult trilogy that began with an invitation on a little Post-it note. 

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“Soaring through Stars is a beautiful, perfect ending to a truly exceptional series… Don’t miss this one.”
~USA Today’s HEA Blog, Serena Chase

“Rajdeep Paulus writes young adult fiction with a new kind of hero… compassionate at moments when it would be much easier to stand by and do nothing.”
~Amazon Author Success Story
“The Swimming Through Clouds series is an incredible story of the strength of true love and the power of courage. Talia, Lagan, and Jesse will sneak into your heart and stay there long after you read the last line.” ~Amalie Howard, bestselling IndieNext author of Alpha Goddess

RajdeepPaulusAuthorPhotoShopRajdeep Paulus is an Award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones. Rajdeep studied English Literature at Northwestern and lives in New York with her Sunshine and four princesses.

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1 Winner wins Blue Swarovski crystal heart charm on silver chain (U.S. Residents Only)
1 Winner wins Paperbacks of the trilogy – THREE BOOKS (U.S. Residents Only)
3 Winners win Ebooks of Swimming Through Clouds (Book One)

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Review: The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley


 Title: The Queen’s Handmaid

Author: Tracy L. Higley

Release Date: March 18, 2014

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

Source: ebook via BookLookBloggers

Genre: Historical/Christian Fiction

Rating: 4 STARS


Purchase: Amazon/B&N


From the servant halls of  Cleopatra’s Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled. 

                                                                 Alexandra, Egypt 39 BC

Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra’s palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm’s length. She’s been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life. But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the Prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she’s had to family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself  to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme.

Trapped among the scheming women of Herod’s political family- his sisters, his wife, and their mothers- and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah. 


The Synopsis pretty much sums up my review. You have the orphan Lydia, who is then taken in by Samuel. Soon she is  servant to Cleopatra. Samuel dies, and he tells her a secret that he trusts she will deliver to the King of Israel.

This is Christian/Biblical Fiction, and whilst I liked those aspects of the book, I was much more for the history. You can’t have one without the other when reading Biblical/Historical, simply because they go hand in hand. I’ve never read any of Tracy Higley’s books, so I took a chance on this one. She did her research, that’s for sure. It’s very well written and you can’t help but get caught up in the story. I found myself praying that everything turned out okay for Lydia. I wanted her to succeed in her quest above all else.

If you enjoy Historical/Christian Fiction, then this is a great book to read. Definitely recommend!

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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest/unbiased review*