Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It has been a long time

where do i begin? life is just a hot hot mess.

everything and anything is going wrong all at once. but in the midst i'm back into finding myself.

i've decided to blog again, i've started to read more and i've discovered a love for a paper planner/stamping in it! i'm so excited to journey through life like this and i'm SO excited to blog again. and reading is literally so awesome.

i've been doing a lot of crocheting lately i'll share some pictures later on.

but other than that there have been family injuries, car wrecks, cancer, just plain drama and other health crisis'. such a mess. but we'll get through it and we always do.

i just lost my nanny job of two years so i'm trying to pick up all the pieces, life wise and health wise. i will get through and i'm just so blessed in other ways so it will carry me through.

i'm not sure if anyone else reads this anymore or is subscribed but i'm happy to have you!!

until later!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Keeper of the stars by Robin Lee hatcher




About the book: 

Keeper of the Stars (Thomas Nelson, January 2016)

Because it's not always love at first sight!

When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny's mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain---but that's exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.

Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can't get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn't behind the wheel, but he still blames himself . . . and so does Brad's sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.

Still feeling the pain of Brad's death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

Purchase a copy: 
http://bit.ly/20EmYLy

Read a sample chapter: http://bit.ly/1X0pYQ6
My thoughts:
This novel was one that intrigued me from the start. That didn't stop at all through the novel. I am for sure a fan of of Robins writing now it's just one of those you just have to read and won't stop.


About the author: 

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.
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Enter a contest to win a Kindle here!



http://www.robinleehatcher.com/celebrating-my-76th-release-keeper-of-the-stars/


I was provided this book in exchange for my review I wasn't compensated in any way.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Litfuse Book Tour Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney



About the book:
Another Way Home
(Abingdon Press, October 2015)

Sometimes God's ways are not at all what we expect . . . and exactly what we need.

Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight.

Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it. Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women's shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there. She's finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil-and leave them all forever changed.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1NQhjf8
 
 
My Thoughts:
 
Litfuse was kind enough to send me this book for review. and honestly this series is a hit for me no matter which book it is. i always go through Deborah Raneys books at lightening speed. the writing just keeps you interested from the very start and Dallas and Danae's story was one of those. it was honestly kind of heart wrenching at times and at other times it was something where i wanted to cheer! you do get put on a rollercoaster ride of emotions but i love that in a book it keeps it interesting. if you like a series about a family that has all sorts of different and entertaining stories. then this is the one for you.
 
thanks to litfuse and abingdon for providing me with a copy of this for review. i wasn't compensated in any way. 
 About the author:


Deborah Raney's books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas-the setting of many of Deborah's novels---for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

Find Deborah online: website, Twitter, Facebook

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Melissa Jagears’ ‘A Bride at Last’ and a $100 Memory-Making Giveaway


by Melissa Jagears

Historical Romance
Bethany House  

Can Silas and Kate overcome their rocky start and experience healing—and possibly love? Discover the answer in Melissa Jagears' new book, A Bride at LastNeither Kate nor Silas is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light as they attempt to prove nine-year-old Anthony's paternity to the court. Can their wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

My thoughts:

This is truly a heart-wrenching story in many ways. Silas' abandonment issues from early childhood and his trying desperately to drown it all in drinking, which drives his wife of less than a year away from him, resulting in even more loneliness... and Kate's abuse at the hands of her brother-in-law who had the same problem, after the death of her parents, with all the memories of that that make her marriage impossible... then the kid, who may be Silas' own, and all his troubles, and all the struggles to become his parent... everything is just so insane in this story, with a storm brewing around every corner.

But it does get better eventually, and it ends in beautiful resolution. You just have to read it to see how it all weaves together so intricately to bring lovely relief to such chaos and disharmony.

I also love the book cover and feel like it complements the story so well, especially when it's all said and done. They're adorable, and you can really see the way Silas cherishes Kate, with the cute boy down below. I heartily recommend this book, so get it now!

Celebrate the release of A Bride at Last by entering to win a $100 Memory-Making giveaway and RSVPing to Melissa's August 4th author chat party!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 gift card to Netflix (for a family movie night), Shutterfly (to create a family memory book), or TablePlayGames (for a family game night)
  • One copy of A Bride at Last
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/4. The winner will be announced at Melissa's 8/4 A Bride at Last Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Melissa and fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Litfuse blog tour Summer's List by Anita Higman

About the book:
Summer's List (River North, June 2015)

A dying wish alters the course of a young woman's life.

Life hadn't been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness---caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother's bookstore---she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love . . . didn't turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something---or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer's past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things 

finally go her way?

My Thoughts:

At times this book is honestly really heart wrenching. while reading the book i wasn't sure what to think at some points. it was a really amazing book. i just wish it was longer some parts i felt like just weren't finished. so that part made me a little sad. but the story line was one that made you consistently interested. i would definitely recommend this book to all who want a somewhat light read!





Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1GKqprL

About the author:
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Find Anita online: website, Twitter, Facebook

Friday, June 26, 2015

Litfuse Book Tour & Giveaway Two Roads Home by Deborah Rany

About the book:
Two Roads Home (Abingdon Press, June 2015)

What if it's too late for dreams to come true?

Minor---but-nagging setbacks continue to sour Grant and Audrey Whitman's initiation into the world of innkeeping, but larger challenges brew when an innocent flirtation leads to big trouble for the Whitmans' son-in-law, Jesse. Jesse Pennington's friendly, outgoing personality has always served him well, especially in a career that has earned him and his wife Corinne a very comfortable lifestyle. But Corinne and Jesse are both restless---and for similar reasons, if only they could share those with each other. Instead, too many business trips and trumped-up charges of harassment from a disgruntled coworker threaten their marriage and possibly put their three precious daughters at risk.

With their life in disarray, God is tugging at their hearts to pursue other dreams. Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before it all crumbles beneath them?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1BdaEcG


My Thoughts:
i was waiting for this book to come out forever. so i was super excited to read it. i was not disappointed at all. this book instantly draws you in and you just can't stop reading, i certainly couldn't. i finished it in two sittings. it was such a awesome read with a hint of suspense. it really makes me sad that i have to wait for another in the series. 

 
About the author:
Deborah Raney's books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas-the setting of many of Deborah's novels-for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

Find Deborah online: website, Twitter, Facebook

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CFBA Blog Tour The Ticket by Debra Jeter




This week, the


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance


is introducing


The Ticket


Firefly Southern Fiction (May 20, 2015)


by


Debra Jeter





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:







A Vanderbilt University professor, Debra Coleman Jeter has published fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby. Her story, "Recovery," won first prize in a Christian Woman short story competition, and her nonfiction book "Pshaw, It's Me Grandson": Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the 2007 USA Book News Awards. She is a co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, a feature film which premiered in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at nearly forty film festivals around the world, and captured several international awards. She lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, with her husband. She is currently working on a novel based on the life of her grandmother, Effie Shultz McClain (1900 to 1985).



ABOUT THE BOOK






Tray Dunaway longs to be part of the popular set at school but, she's growing too fast and her clothes no longer fit. The only person who understands Tray's need for acceptance is her grandmother, but when Tray wears Gram's hand-sewn clothes to school, the kids make fun of her tall, boney appearance. Tray's luck improves when Pee Wee Johnson, a down-and-out friend of her father's, buys two lottery tickets and gives one to Mr. Dunaway as a thank-you for driving him to Hazard, Illinois. When her father's ticket turns out to be the winner, Johnson demands his cut of the proceeds, but Tray's dad refuses. What seems like a stroke of good fortune suddenly becomes a disturbing turn of events as Johnson threatens to cause problems for the family and Tray.



If you'd like to read the first chapter of The Ticket, go HERE.