Showing posts from 2009

Giveaway: Persuasion (1995 version) DVD!!!

In celebration of my completion of the Everything Austen Challenge I am giving away a copy of the 1995 film version of Persuasion on DVD!

~ Void where prohibited.
~U.S. Residents only please.
~ You MUST leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner! Disguise it something like this: steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com
~ Contest is open until January 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST. Any comments made after that time will not count.
~The winner will be announced on January 16, 2010, on this blog AND I will contact the winner via email. The winner has 48 hours from the time winner email is sent to get back to me with snail mail address information or another name will be drawn.

~For 1 entry you must leave a comment with your email!

~ For 3 EXTRA ENTRIES let me know if you're an old follower or become a new follower by clicking on the left side bar of this blog and let me know you did so!

Stop back January 16th to see who the lucky winner is!

Everything Austen Challenge: Watch 1995 and 2007 Film Adaptations of Persuasion

This week, to complete the challenge, I watched the 1995 version and the 2007 versions of Persuasion. I have to say that I absolutely love both versions of the film but for different reasons. I love the acting abilities of both Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root from older version of the film. The look between the two at the opera in Bath makes my spine tingle every time...wheeew there's so much emotion! The scene where Wentworth is writing a letter to Anne is terrific too and I have to say that if that scene was included in the 2007 version, it probably would have been my favorite!

I really liked the 2007 version too because the actors looked more like I pictured them in the book. Who doesn't think Wentworth as played by Rupert Penry-Jones is swoon worthy?! Sally Hawkins is absolutely wonderful as Anne. Overall however I just like the way the 1995 version wrapped up and the tender kiss on the street with the circus in the background was just terrific! If you are a fan of the book I …

Teaser Tuesday!

MizB @ Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesday every week at her blog! This gives everyone the opportunity to share a few lines from a new book they're reading or one of their old favorites.

Here are the rules for Teaser Tuesday!
1. Grab your current read.
2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
3. Share two teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 & 12.
4. Share the title of the book that the “teaser” comes from, so people can find the book if they like the teaser.
5. PLEASE avoid spoilers!!!!!

This week I've chosen a teaser froma book I'm so excited to get started on, The Courteous Cad by Catherine Palmer. Check back in a few weeks for a sample chapter and the FIRSTWildcard Blog Tour of this book!

The Courteous Cad (Featuring Miss Pickworth)
by Catherine Palmer
Copyright 2009
Tyndale Publishers
384 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8423-7555-9
Teaser from pg 152-3

"The pain written on his face was more than Prudence could bear.

'Your hea…

Everything Austen Challenge: Watch 1995 version of Pride & Prejudice

As you may know I love Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice is my favorite of her books. That said I love just about every movie version that I have seen of Pride and Prejudice and I don't think there's a Mr. Darcy that I haven't liked!

Since I've almost completed the Everything Austen Challenge by watching both the 1995 version and the 2005 film versions of the book, I've decided it was time to celebrate with a little fun. Here are my Top 3 Darcy's, two from different versions of Pride and Prejudice and one from Pride and Prejudice with a twist, Lost in Austen. I would love it if you would share your favorite Austen hero and include a link to his picture so we can ALL drool all over the place! :-P

Numero Uno:

Colin Firth (1995 Pride & Prejudice)

Numero Dos:
Elliot Cowan (2008, Lost in Austen)

Numero tres:

Matthew Macfadyen (2005, Pride & Prejudice) Be sure to visit Stephanie and check out the over 500! links to all things Austen from the other participants in …

Books to Read Again in 2010!

I've read a ton of books this year, last night after posting my review for A Bride of Honor, I could not believe my eyes when I saw out of the corner of my eye on my labels list that I had read and reviewed 75 books and I didn't even start blogging until March! Needless to say I've read a lot of great books so for me to choose 10 of my very favorite books has been a complicated task indeed! So without further ado here's my list of top ten books (in no particular order) I will read again in 2010! It's a big mix and match list with some Christian fiction, some YA fiction and some paranormal stuff!

Shhhhhhhh don't tell, but I cheated a bit and 7 out of 10 of my "books" are series'!

Critical Care- by Candace Calvert
Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas- By Sandra D. Bricker
The Vampire Diaries series- by L. J. Smith
Immortality Bites series- by Michelle Rowen
Daughters of Boston series-by Julie Lessman
The Luxe series- by Anna Godbersen
Charles Towne Belles s…

My Review: A Bride of Honor by Ruth Axtell Morren

A Bride of Honor By Ruth Axtell Morren Copyright 2009 Steeple Hill Publishers 396 pages ISBN: 978-0373-78650-3 Historical Romance
From Amazon: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lady of rank and distinction is no match for an impoverished preacher. Yet Damian Hathaway is entranced from the moment he spies Miss Lindsay Phillips entering his church. She doesn't appear any different from the other pampered society ladies—and she's betrothed to a gentleman of the ton. But Damian is determined to find the pure heart he's sure exists underneath all the ruffles and lace. The unlikely friendship formed by Damian and Lindsay is a revelation to them both, but is frowned upon by her parents—and Damian's parishioners. Torn between two worlds, the pair must trust that their love can bridge the divide—and conquer all.

My Review: I would say that Steeple Hill's fiction line isn't the most thought provoking line with their stories often leaning more towards light romance (w…


My little bro was asleep (pooped from playing too much Halo 3) so my mom (thanks mom!) randomly drew the name from the Steelers hat!!! The name she drew was Donna.

Donna has been emailed and she will have 72 hours to respond or I will choose another winner.

Please remember to stop by after the new year to check out my next giveaway!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all of your families!

Waiting on Wednesday: Faithful by Janet Fox

Jill over @ Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme that features one book that you can't wait to be released! This week Jill's pick is Losing Charlotte by Heather Clay, click HERE to check it out and to see links to what others are waiting on!

I love YA fiction but I haven't had a chance to read a lot of it this year, next year however I plan to change that...including reading a book from a new author to me, Janet Fox entitled, Faithful. Read below for a synopsis from the author's site!

Faithful by Janet Fox
Releasing May 2010 Speak/Penguin Publishing Group 288 pages ISBN: 978-0-14-241413-2 Young Adult fiction/Historical
In 1904 Margaret Bennet has it all – money, position, and an elegant family home in Newport, Rhode Island. But just as she is to enter society, her mother ruins everything, first with public displays, and finally by disappearing. Maggie’s confusion and loss are compounded when her father drags her to Yellowstone National Park, where he informs her that they wil…

My Review: The Lightkeeper's Daughter (A Mercy Falls Novel) by Colleen Coble

The Lightkeeper's Daughter (A Mercy Falls Novel)
by Colleen Coble
Copyright 2009
Thomas Nelson Publishers
311 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59554-267-0

My Review: I'm not a big fan of mystery's but Colleen Coble is one of the few authors whose mystery/suspense novels I will read. Her latest release, The Lightkeeper's Daughter, combines her classic elements of romance and mystery, this time hearkening back to her historical fiction roots.

Addie Sullivan, who has lived in a lighthouse for almost her entire life discovers that she is the long lost daughter of businessman and banker, Henry Eaton. When she arrives at the Eaton estate trouble seems to follower her in the form of kidnapping and even murder. Addie has no clue who is out to get her and those around her. Confusing her even further are her feelings for John, the handsome widower father of the young boy she is tutoring. She must decide to marry a wealthy, titled man who her father has engaged her too or to f…

Kissing Day Blogfest!

I LOVE romance and I think I can speak for most romance readers that the kiss is it! personally I like the tentative first kisses shared by characters who may not be sure how they really feel about a person but when their lips meet their souls meld whether they chose to acknowledge it at first or not.

Sherrinda @
A Writer Wannabe had an awesome idea to acknowledge the upcoming Christmas season, which often includes the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe, by sharing our favorite kissing scene or "almost" kissing scene that we have read or written ourselves. She has declared today Kissing Day!!!!!!!!

Since I'm not a writer I decided to share one of my favorite "first" kisses from one of my favorite Christian fiction books to date, A Passion Denied (Book 3, Daughters of Boston series) by Julie Lessman! Let me tell you, Julie sure knows how to write a kissing scene!!! Check this scene out from pg 62 of A Passion Denied and you'll see what I mean!!

If you …

FIRST Wildcard Tour: Tales of the Heart (3-in-1 Collection) by Loree Lough

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

Loree Lough

and the book:

Tales of the Heart (3-in-1 Collection: Bridget’s Bargain; Kate Ties the Knot; Follow the Leader)
Whitaker House (January 2010)
***Special thanks to Cathy Hickling of Whitaker House for sending me a review copy.***


A prolific writer, Loree Lough has more than seventy-one books, sixty-three short stories, and 2,500 articles in print. Her stories have earned dozens of industry and Reader’s Choice awards. A fr…

Blog Tour and Book Review: Tales of the Heart (3-in-1 Collection) by Loree Lough

Tales of the Heart (3-in-1 Collection)
by Loree Lough
Copyright 2010
Whitaker House Publishers
478 pages
Historical Fiction

From the publisher:
"Bridget's Bargain"
When the potato famine of 1845 forced Bridget McKenna to flee her home in Ireland, she came to America to work as a scullery maid on a Virginia plantation. That was four years ago. Now, Bridget dreams of bringing her father and six siblings to join her in America. She also dreams of marrying a God-fearing man, and when she meets the tall, handsome Lance York, it seems her dream might come true. He's English, however, just like the cruel landlord who oppressed Bridget's family in Ireland. Could there be more to him than she realizes?

"Kate Ties the Knot"
Seven years of widowhood have made Kate Flynn a strong, independent woman who even operates her own dressmaking shop. But when her eight-year-old son, Adam, has a run-in with a burly shipbuilder, she realizes the necessity of some god…
You probably know that I have a soft spot for dogs. I'm sure you've seen this dog hundreds of times. I don't know about you but everytime I see her I tear up! She's sooo cute and she is such an inspiration to everyone! Check out what Faith is doing now to help support our soldiers and their families!

FIRST Wildcard Tour: The Sheriff's Surrender (Ladies' Shooting Club, Book 1) by Susan Page Davis

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

Susan Page Davis

and the book:

The Sheriff’s Surrender

Barbour Books (December 1, 2009)
***Special thanks to Angie Brillhart of Barbour Publishing for sending me a review copy.***


Award-winning author Susan Page Davis is a mother of six who lives in Maine with her husband, Jim. She worked as a newspaper correspondent for more than twenty-five years in addition to home-schooling her children. She writes historical romances and cozy…

Blog Tour and Book Review: The Sheriff's Surrender (Ladies' Shooting Club, Book 1) by Susan Page Davis

The Sheriff's Surrender (Ladies' Shooting Club, Book 1)
by Susan Page Davis
Copyright 2009
Barbour Publishing
319 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-562-6
From the publisher: Join the sassy ladies of Fergus, Idaho, as they protect their town in this quirky historical by award-winning author Susan Page Davis. A crime spree has divided the men in town, so Gert Dooley forms the Ladies’ Shooting Club to protect their businesses, homes, and families. But when one of their members is murdered, will these feisty gals have what it takes to find the killer before he strikes again? Will the new sheriff put the club out of work, or will he surrender his heart to one crack shot lady?

My Review: I was really intrigued with the premise of this story, ladies in a small town in Idaho forming a club to learn how to shoot straight and rely on themselves for protection rather than a man. I wasn't disappointed, the first few chapters of The Sheriff's Surrender were terrific. I love…

Book Review: Love Finds You in Poetry, Texas by Janice Hanna Thompson

Love Finds You in Poetry, Texas
by Janice Hanna Thompson
Copyright 2009
Summerside Press
310 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935416-16-6
From Amazon: Belinda Bauer in her ivory tower. In the German community of Poetry, Texas, Belinda spies an opportunity. The tiny town is filled with loggers and railroad men in need of wives, so she sets herself up as a marriage broker. She writes little poems to be printed in newspapers all over the country and one by one, women begin to arrive in Poetry. There's only one problem: Belinda doesn't have a clue what shes doing and all the brides marry the wrong men! One client is particularly unhappy. Georg Kaufman, the local barber, has lost more than one prospective wife to Belinda's fumbled attempts. For some reason, she just cant seem to find Georg's perfect match, though its not for lack of trying. Is there a poetic ending in store for Georg and for Belinda herself?

My Review: This is my first time reading anything by Janice Thom…

CFRB Blog Tour and Review: The Cat That Made Nothing Something Again by James D. Maxon

The Cat that Made Nothing Something Again
by James D. Maxon
This month, CFRB presents The Cat that Made Nothing Something Again by James D. Maxon.

About the Book:
A nameless cat lives in a town of dry, unhappy people devoid of moisture, joy and creativity. How did the townspeople get this way? Who stole the moisture? And how can one crafty cat return moisture -- and life -- to his town? The Cat That Made Nothing Something Again tells the tale of how a feline hero discovers these answers. On his journey he overcomes obstacles with wit and determination, finds new friends in unexpected places and learns the simple joy -- and transcendent power -- of helping others.

My Review:
The last children's book that I read was one of my little brother's Magic Tree House books a few years back. I was looking forward to changing it up a bit to read The Cat That Made Nothing Something Again. At 89 pages it was a very quick read and only took about 45 minutes to read. However I'm not sure that…

A-Z Wednesday!

Vicki @ Reading at the Beach hosts a weekly meme that introduces different books whose titles feature a different letter of the alphabet each week. It's a great way to find new books to read or rediscover some classics.

Here are the rules:

~ Post a photo of the cover and a short synopsis of the book, sites like and are great places to find cover blurbs!
~ Post a link to where the book is available for purchase.
~ Please swing by and leave a comment along with your A-Z post on Vicki's blog and be sure to visit the blogs of others to see their selection of the week!
~ Add a link to your review of the book if you have one.

This week the letter is "R."

Ransome's Honor (Book 1, The Ransome Trilogy)
by Kaye Dacus
Copyright 2009
Harvest House Publishers
345 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7369-2753-6
Preview from Amazon: July 1814. The war with France has ended, and Captain William Ransome, known for never letting women aboard his ship, has returned to Portsmouth,…

Here's a Laugh for the Day!


Christmas Tree 2009!

Here are a few pics I took a few minutes ago of our tree. I put it up by myself. Mom strung up the garland and lights, I did the rest! Did you expect to see anything other than a "gold" Christmas tree from me Black 'n Gold Girl?

There are really a lot more ornaments on the tree than show up in the picture but I still think it looks pretty nice! I think I'm going to add some gold bows but I'm not sure..what do you think?

Oh yeah that puppy guarding the tree is my Collie, Coco!

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2010!

I don't think this is really going to be a challenge for me considering that historical fiction is pretty much all that I read but I'm signing up anyways and I'm encouraging you to do so also! I'm definitely going for the "Obsessed" goal of 20 historical fiction books in one you think I'll make it? :-P Check out the Royal Reviews Blog for more details and to sign up! Happy reading!

Challenge Guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section @ Royal Reviews

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious – Read 3 Historical Fiction novels.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 Historical Fiction novels.

-- Addicted – Read 12 Historical Fiction novels.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 Historical Fiction novels.

3. Any book format counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1st t…