Showing posts from February, 2010

A Special Celebration!

It is so hard for me to believe that I have been blogging for almost a year now! March 3, 2009, was the date of my first blog entry . I have certainly come a long way since then! I've met so many great people through my blog who have been such a blessing to me!

To celebrate one AWESOME year of blogging I'm holding a Blogaversary celebration, March 15-19th! Some of my very favorite Christian fiction authors will be stopping by during the week to help me celebrate and I would love for you to stop by too! Not only will there be great posts featuring some great books but there will be giveaways as well! How awesome is that?! After all what is a party without presents? ;-) On top of all that I will also be giving a gift to one lucky person who comments during the week!

Below is a list of my Blogaversary VIPs who will be guest posting throughout the week! Be sure to click on each authors name to visit their terrific websites! Trust me, they're beautiful and feature a lot of grea…

Number One Book on My Wishlist this Year!!!!!!

My favorite writer and good friend Julie Lessman, author of the Daughters of Boston series is preparing for the debut of the first book in her brand new Winds of Change series, A Hope Undauntedto be released this Fall! I am privileged to share the beautiful cover for what is sure to be a beautiful story! I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Without further ado here's "Katie" on the cover of A Hope Undaunted!!!!!!!

A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change, Book 1)
by Julie Lessman
Copyright 2010
Revell Publishers
ISBN: 9780800734152
Historical Romance
As the 1920s come to a close, Katie O'Connor epitomizes "the new woman"---smart and sassy with goals that include a law career and the perfect husband. But when she spends the summer of 1929 with childhood nemesis Luke McGee, Katie faces an unexpected choice: commit to her ideal boyfriend, Jake---or the man she's always despised?

Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour and Review: Yesterday's Promise (East of the Sun, Book 2) by Linda Lee Chaikin

Yesterday's Promise (East of the Sun, Book 2)
by Linda Lee Chaikin
Copyright 2004, 2010
Waterbrook Press
370 pages
ISBN: 978-0-307-45875-9

From the publisher:
He fought to seek his fortune.
Would he lose a greater treasure: the love he left behind?

As the son of the squire of Grimston Way, aristocrat Rogan Chantry has fought hard to win his independence from Sir Julien Bley and the British South Africa Company. Now, his pursuit of a mysterious deposit of gold, marked on a map willed to him by his murdered uncle, Henry Chantry, is challenged by a new complication: the impending British colonization of South Africa. Can Sir Rogan find the gold in the midst of escalating tensions among the native tribesmen, the missionaries sent to win them, and the new colonists?

Meanwhile, Evy Varley, the woman Rogan loves back in England, is headed for a brave yet dangerous confrontation with Henry’s killer–but at what price? With so much against Rogan and Evy, a reunion seems impr…

Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour and Review: Faithful Heart by Al Lacy

Faithful Heart (Angel of Mercy Series, Book 2)
by Al Lacy
Copyright 1995, 2010
Multnomah Publishers
304 pages
ISBN: 9780307458759
Historical Fiction

From the publisher:
Dottie Harper fears for her children's safety. Her husband, Jerrod, is struggling with dementia brought on by shell shock during the Civil War. It's as though there are two Jerrods locked inside him: the tender and loving Christian man she married, and a harsh man given to unpredictable fits of violent rage. Dottie loves her husband with all her heart, and with God's help, she'd determined to remain steadfast.

Dottie's sister, Breanna Baylor, is a certified medical nurse. She's headed west with a wagon train, planning to visit Dottie in California and meet her family for the first time. Along the way, Breanna meets up with wounded soldiers, contagious townspeople, and injured outlaws. Compassionate and highly skilled, she tends to their physical hurts and shares the gospel whenever she can. Little does …

Book Review: The Hidden Flame (Acts of Faith, Book 2) by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

The Hidden Flame (Acts of Faith, Book 2)
by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke
Copyright 2010
Bethany House Publishers
400 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0742-6
Historical Fiction

From the Publisher:
In first-century Judea, the followers of the Way have burgeoned into a vibrant, growing community that cannot be ignored. Jerusalem is in turmoil as its religious leaders on one side, and their Roman rulers on the other, conspire to stamp out the fledgling Church. And Abigail, who thought she had finally found home and safety, is caught between the opposing forces.

Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail's hand in marriage. Ezra, a successful Hebrew merchant and widower with important connections among the Sanhedrin, is looking for a mother for his children. The Roman soldier Linux is fascinated by her winsome charm and possibly could offer the sanctuary--maybe even the love--for which she yearns. But her heart has been captured by neither of these. Will her faith and courage survive a heartbreak beyond compre…

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!!!!!
Today I just received my copy of The Raven Saint from the UPS man so I'm sharing a short teaser that I hope you enjoy!

The Raven Saint (Charles Towne Belles, Book 3)
by MaryLu Tyndall
Copyright 2009
Barbour Publishers
320 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-158-1
Teaser from page 176:

'A gentleman does not enter a lady's chamber without knocking, Rafe.'

'I am no gentleman. And this is a cabin aboard
my ship, not a lady's boudoir.…

Book Review: Swinging on a Star (Weddings by Bella, Book 2) by Janice Thompson

Swinging on a Star (Weddings By Bella, Book 2)
by Janice Thompson
Copyright 2010
Revell Publishers
336 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-33443-8
Contemporary Romance

From the publisher:
There's a fine line between ambitious and crazy.

Bella's just not sure where it is.

Bella Rossi's life is nearing perfection. Not only does she have the perfect guy, but she's also running a successful wedding-planning business and is about to plan its most ambitious wedding yet--a Renaissance-themed fairy tale come true, complete with period costumes and foods, horse-drawn carriages, and even a castle. There's only one hitch. The best man just happens to be Hollywood's hottest and most eligible bachelor, and he's showing an interest in Bella. Oh, and did we mention he's staying at her house to avoid the paparazzi?

With all the pressure surrounding this wedding, Bella's not sure she's going to make it through. Add her starstruck sister and her feuding aunt and uncle, and you've go…

Stormy Weather 2010: Part II

Here are some more pictures I took yesterday and today of the icicles outside my window! The first photo was taken yesterday before I broke off some of the biggest pieces. Today when I looked out, the broken icicles were back!!!

Notice the wasp climbing on the icicle in the last pic! He was on the inside of the window but I thought it looked like he was on the icicle! I guess the wasp siting means that Spring will be hear soon...I hope!

Book Review: Two Brides Too Many by Mona Hodgson

Two Brides Too Many
by Mona Hodgson
Copyright 2009
WaterBrook Press
312 pages
ISBN: 978-0-307-45894-0

From the publisher:
Kat and Nell Sinclair are headed west—away from the manicured lawns of Maine to the boisterous, booming mining town of Cripple Creek, Colorado to start new lives for themselves as mail-order brides.

Aboard the train, romantic dreamer Nell carries a photo of her intended close to her heart and imagines an exciting and love-filled future, while her pragmatic older sister Kat resigns herself to marriage as a duty, not a delight.

But when the ladies disembark at the train depot, neither fiancĂ© Patrick Maloney or Judson Archer awaits them with open arms. The well-bred Sinclair sisters find themselves unexpectedly alone in the wild, frontier town—a place where fire threatens to reduce the buildings to rubble, the working women strut the streets, rogues will gamble for the shoes on one’s feet, and God’s grace is found amongst the most unlikely of folks.


Waiting on Wednesday: Surrender the Sea (Surrender to Destiny Series, Book 1) by Marylu Tyndall

Jill over @ Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme that features one book that you can't wait to be released! Be sure to stop buy to see what she and other readers can't wait to get their hands on!!!
I love a good high seas adventure and MaryLu Tyndall never disappoints! I'm so excited for the first book in her upcoming Surrender to Destiny series, Surrender the Sea.

Surrender the Sea (Surrender to Destiny, Book 1)
by Marylu Tyndall
Copyright 2010
Barbour Publishing
320 pages
ISBN: 978-1602601659
Historical Fiction/Romance
For the sake of her ailing mother, Constance Denton becomes engaged to Jonah Brennin---a merchantman she despises. But as the War of 1812 escalates, Jonah's ship is captured by the British, and the ill-matched couple learns vital information that could aid America's cause. As they battle to save their country, will they also find love?

Available late Summer 2010!

Book Review: The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen

The Apothecary's Daughter
by Julie Klassen
Copyright 2008
Bethany House Publishers
416 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0480-7
Historical Fiction

From the publisher:
Lilly Haswell remembers everything—whether she wants to, or not....

As Lilly toils in her father's apothecary, preparing herbs and remedies by rote, she is haunted by memories of her mother's disappearance. Villagers whisper the tale, but her father refuses to discuss it. All the while, she dreams of the world beyond—of travel and adventure and romance.

When a relative offers to host her in London, Lilly discovers the pleasures and pitfalls of fashionable society and suitors, as well as clues about her mother. But will Lilly find what she is searching for—the truth of the past and a love for the future?

Blending romance, family drama, and fascinating historical detail, The Apothecary's Daughter is a novel to savor and share.

My Review:
After reading Julie Klassen's latest release, The Silent Governess (my review HERE), I was…

Stormy Weather 2010!

Here are a few pictures that I took from my back yard after it FINALLY stopped snowing. Even though the snow is a pain and inhibits everyday activities such as shopping, visiting, and going to the post office to mail out and pick up books it sure is a pretty site!


My Favorite Super Bowl XLIV Commercials!

This year I was kind of disappointed in the Super Bowl ads but there were a few that made me laugh out loud! Here are my top 3!

#3: Doritos "Underdog"

#2 Bridgestone Tires

It was a really tough choice but my FINAL decision for my favorite 2010 Super Bowl XLIV Commercial was...

#1 truTV "Punxsutawney Polamolu!!!"

First Wildcard Tour: Katy's New World (Book 1, The Katy Lambright series) by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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:

Kim Vogel Sawyer

and the book:

Katy’s New World (The Katy Lambright Series)
Zondervan (February 1, 2010)
***Special thanks to Bridgette Brooks of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Bestselling, award-winning author Kim Vogel Sawyer wears many hats besides “writer.” As a wife, mother, grandmother, and active participant in her church, her life is happily full. But Kim’s passion lies in writing stories of hope that encoura…

Blog Tour and Book Review: Katy's New World (Book 1, Katy Lambright Series) by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Katy's New World (Book 1, Katy Lambright series)
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Copyright 2010
208 pages
Teen Fiction

From the publisher:
When Katy Lambright is given the opportunity to attend a secular high school outside her Mennonite community, she is ecstatic. But as Katy begins to adjust to life outside her community and begins to make decisions for herself, her relationships with her family and lifelong friends become strained. Can Katy balance her new world with the Old Order?

My Review:
I've read a lot of books by Kim Vogel Sawyer but this is the first YA book of her's that I've read but it won't be the last. Even though it is a book about a young Mennonite girl I think a lot of teens will be able to relate to what she has to deal with in this book. Some of the themes include, making new friends, fitting in, and standing up for your beliefs while accepting people whose faith may be a bit different from yours.

Katy Lambright, the main character ha…

Book Review: Thicker than Blood by C.J. Darlington

Thicker than Blood
by C.J. Darlington
January 2010
Tyndale Pblishers
385 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4143-3448-6

From the publisher:
Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. But things begin to unravel when a stolen Hemingway first edition is found in her possession, framing her for a crime she didn’t commit. With no one to turn to, she yearns for her estranged younger sister, May, whom she abandoned after their parents’ untimely deaths. Soon, Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her ex-boyfriend, and God. Could May’s Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she’s searching for? Will the sisters realize that each possesses what the other desperately needs before it’s too late?

My Review:
WOW! All I can say is wow! I can not believe that this is CJ Darlington's first book, it is that good! I started it a few days ago and had to set it aside but once I picked it up ag…

Waiting on Wednesday: Wildflower Bride (Book 3, Montana Marriages) By Mary Connealy

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 Every Last One by Anna Quindlen, click HERE to check it out and to see links to what others are waiting on!

Even though I haven't got a copy of The Husband Tree (Book 2, Montana Marriages) I'm really excited for book 3, Wildflower Bride! It's about a reformed bad boy, Wade Sawyer, who we met in the first book, Montana Rose! I just love a "good" bad boy :-P

Wildflower Bride (Book 3, Montana Marriages)
by Mary Connealy
Copyright 2010
320 pages
Barbour Books
ISBN: 9781602601444
From the publisher:
Welcome to the wilds of Montana, where humor, romance, and suspense ride the range. Glowing Sun, a white woman raised by the Flathead tribe, has vague memories of her former life, including a name—Abby Lind. When she’s forced to sever all links with her adopted Shoshone family, Abby wonders if she’ll ever find a home again. Tenderhea…


And the winner of the signed copy of Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania by Cerella Sechrist and other goodies is...

Stephanie Lynn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stephanie has be contacted and has 48 hours to get her address info to me so I can forward it to Cerella! If she doesn't respond I will choose another winner using!

Remember, Love Finds You in Hershey Pennsylvania is on sale NOW! Go out and get yourself a copy! If you do, you're in for a real treat! You can also visit Cerella's site and check out her contests section to read about other giveaways going on now!

Blog Tour and Book Review: Winter's Awakening (Seasons of Sugarcreek, Book 1) by Shelley Shepard Gray

Winter's Awakening (Seasons of Sugarcreek, Book 1)
by Shelley Shepard Gray

Copyright 2010
Avon Inspire
298 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-185222-0

From the publisher:
Joshua Graber knows his future is set. He′s expected to work at his family business, the Graber Country Store. He′s expected to marry Gretta Hershberger, who he′s been courting for several years. But when a new English family moves next door and their lovely teenage daughter, Lilly Allen, catches his eye, Joshua wonders if all the plans for his future are too set in stone.

Gretta doesn′t know what′s going on with Joshua. When they argue and later stew in silence, it feels a lot like the frosty atmosphere at her home. After promising herself to never have a marriage like her parents, she wonders if perhaps another man might be a better match. A man such as Roland Schrock. He′s steady and kind and somewhat boring. If she marries him, she won′t ever have to worry about loving him and getting hurt.

Meanwhile, Lilly is enamored with …

Mailbox Monday!


Movie I Wanna See: The Wolfman

Check out the trailer for The Wolfman starring: Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, and Hugo Weaving. Looks good huh? I'm sooo there!