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A Change of Scenery

I’m always looking for ways of making my life easier, and that includes–especially–the management and care of my website(s). These past few months I’ve been tinkering and shifting my blog, WordObsession.net, and my writing site, NonaKing.com, to an all-in-one site located at AngelBreathBooks.com. The site is named after my publishing label established back in 2009.

 

The shift has been rather painless, and it has been fun to tinker with the new bells and whistles on the new site, which is hosted through my domain registrar, econonames.com. Hosting is free since I’ve purchased my domain through them. In fact, I’ve purchased 11 domains through them, but that’s a later story. Even if it wasn’t free, hosting a WordPress Site through EconoNames.com is only $3.99 per month, which is a pretty good deal.

What is the best thing about the move? The ease of updates, social sharing, and posting to say nothing of the added features available to me because of hosting it on my domain registrar and because I use WordPress as the platform.

Once my hosting for NonaKing.com lapses in July, the merge will be complete and whether you type wordobsession.net or nonaking.com, you’ll find your way to my site. Hurrah!

You should take a moment now to subscribe to my site, AngelBreathBooks.com!

Nona King

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Strait of Hormuz, by Davis Bunn | #FictionFriday, #Review & #Sweepstakes

Welcome to FictionFriday on WordObsession.net. This past week I have been blessed with the reading of Strait of Hormuz, part of the Marc Royce series, by Davis Bunn. The novel releases November 5, 2013. Read on for the review, as well as for details on the sweepstakes!

Click the link below to read the first three chapters for free! http://statictab.com/j4s7yd8

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About the Book – Strait of Hormuz

Strait-of-HormuzAn under-the-radar phone call from the U.S. State Department puts Marc Royce once again on assignment—ferreting out rumors of a clandestine operation stretching from Asia to the Mideast. At stake is Iran’s threat to blockade the narrow Strait of Hormuz, cutting off vital shipping routes and escalating global tensions beyond the breaking point.

Under the guise of investigating money laundering via high-end art purchases in Europe, Royce finds himself in Switzerland with only sketchy information, no backup, and without a single weapon other than his wits.

His appointment with a gallery owner in Geneva is a dead end–the man is on the floor with a bullet through his chest. But it turns out Royce does have backup. The Mossad has sent someone to keep an eye on this undercover op, which is of more than casual interest to the Israelis. And it’s someone Royce knows…

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Review – by Nona King

Marc Royce is my favorite book character. He is well-rounded, flawed and heroic, a struggling Christian, and a patriot. Davis Bunn never ceases to amaze me how he can write such a wonderfully engaging hero. He does not come across the page as fake, and neither does the conflict or struggles (both romantic and political).

In Strait of Hormuz, the action and suspense kept a strong hold, not letting me go until the end of that last, breath-catching chapter. In fact, when I began reading the clean-up/wrap-up chapter, I could hardly believe the smooth transition from the thick of battle to the conflict resolution. Everything seemed to fit so wonderfully that I wasn’t left with the feeling of “it’s over already?”

But, more than that, as in the other Davis Bunn books, I came away feeling as if I learned something, always an unexpected bonus.

With all of the other Davis Bunn books, I came away with the impression that I learned more about what is going on in the world–and I loved that about the book and the way the details were woven into the story. Davis has a fantastic way of not simply telling a story, but weaving it in such a way as to never be anything but interesting.

In Strait of Hormuz, I learned about something more than the ever-present conflicts in the Middle East and America. I came away with a new idea on how to view conflicts and choices when it comes to being a Christian: all choices don’t necessarily consist of right and wrong. I blinked at that revelation, and it shuddered through my entire spirit–not only as a reader but as a writer.

I thank Davis Bunn and Marc Royce for that most of all.

OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 5 stars

WOULD YOU READ IT AGAIN? Are you kidding? It’s a Marc Royce book, of course I will!

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS? Most definitely yes! Go out and buy this, and the other Marc Royce books, right now! You won’t regret the purchase.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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Sweepstakes!

Strait of Hormuz Sweepstakes

Help Davis Bunn celebrate the publication of “Strait of Hormuz.” Enter to win His & Hers Luxury Swiss Watches or a $150 Amazon Gift Card! http://woobox.com/ipi8wk. You can enter once per email address per day. Rack up bonus entries by sharing the contest with your Facebook and Twitter friends!

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About Davis Bunn

Davis & Isabella BunnDavis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Defined by readers and reviewers as a “wise teacher,” “gentleman adventurer,” “consummate writer,” and “Renaissance man,” his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.

Strait of Hormuz is the series finale of the popular Marc Royce Adventures. Library Journal named Lion of Babylon (Book 1) a “Best Book of 2011.”  Rare Earth (Book 2) won the 2013 Christy Award for best suspense novel and was a CBA top 20 best-seller.

Pictured: Davis Bunn and his wife, Isabella Bunn.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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Unlimited by Davis Bunn SWEEPSTAKES

Last Friday I reviewed Unlimited by Davis Bunn, the novelization of the screenplay for the movie releasing October 16th. You can read my review, as well as a little about the book, at this link HERE.

To celebrate not only the release of this awesome action book, but the soon opening of the movie, they’re giving away a $50 Fandango gift card and a copy of Unlimited, PLUS 10 additional people will each receive a copy of UnlimitedThe winners will be announced October 14, 2013 on Davis’s blog. Just follow the instructions below for a chance to win!

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FREE PREVIEW: Link to free preview of Chapters 1-3 of Unlimited - http://on.fb.me/1c5IyCS

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