Courageous Grace: Following the Way of Christ by Gayle Haggard ~ Review

Courageous Grace: Following the Way of ChristMy Review: Excellent Biblically based book, about applying radical grace and changing lives.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book, but I found myself rapidly drawn in and agreeing with much of what Ms. Haggard said. I loved how she talked about radical grace and forgiveness and the freedom that it can give.

It only makes sense that everyone sins and that we should show them grace as Jesus did, and just because someone is a ministry leader, Christian, or Church Member does it mean that someone instantly becomes perfect. They are just as human and everyone else and as residents of this world are still at war with their sinful natures. But sometimes it is easy to forget, and when these people stumble in their Christian walk we feel betrayed.

It seems like every few months a well known evangelist is found embroiled in scandal and discredited as a Christian and leader, but what happens afterward? Even if there is true repentance, the result is far too often less than the fruits of true forgiveness.

Ms. Haggard give many excellent examples from scripture, history, and even her own life to illustrate how we can make our message a hundred times more effective by embracing the radically courageous grace that Jesus gave to us, and extending it in turn to others. Written in an easy to read and to the point style. This was a really great book that is kind of hard to explain, but that I would recommend to every Christian.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


Return to Shirley Plantation by Carrie Fancett Pagels ~ Review

Return To Shirley Plantation (Cry of Freedom #1)My Review:

Matthew Scott is the owner of a theatrical troupe, who finds himself conscripted into the Confederate Army against his will because of his father's political leanings.
Angelina is a free woman, taking care of her sister's children who are slaves at Shirley Plantation.
But when the war brings Matthew and Angelina together, mysteries are uncovered and friendships are forged.

Well written and researched, with a steady pace that made for a quick read, Return to Shirley Plantation was a sweet novella with snapshots of life on Shirley Planation during the Civil War.

I immediately liked  and sympathized with the main characters Angelina and Matthew, from the start. They both were not in the most ideal situations but had to depend on God, and trust that they were where they were supposed to be.

Overall a great novella, that I enjoyed and wished was longer so I could find out what happened to them next. I guess the only thing is that I wished there were more scenes in the book between Angelina and Matthew so I could see how their relationship grew. This was a great novella, well worth the read.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


Reverb by Rachel Moschell ~ Review

Reverb (Story of CI, #2)My Review:

Alejo and Wara are now working together as partners in an organization known as CI. Alejo wants to prove to Wara that she can trust him after kidnapping her and killing the man that she loved.

Sent to discover the truth behind some controversial Iranian rock bands, Wara and Alejo might just have stumbled into more than they bargained for.

The second Story of CI, Reverb brings back Wara and Alejo, and also introduces to many new faces as they struggle to keep the faith under strict persecution.

I was surprised how different Reverb was from Prism in plot, story arch, sub-genre so if it wasn't for the main characters, this book could be a stand alone novel. The reason I would read Prism first is that it introduces us to Wara and Alejo, and it's the book that made me love them as characters, and explains their past and the hurdles that they overcame to get to where they are in Reverb.

I liked how Wara and Alejo's relationship grew and changed throughout the course of the book even though there were obvious reasons that they could have held against each other. There were many new characters that were interesting and at first a bit confusing, but now I'm pretty sure that the next book will have something to do with some if not all of them :) But I definitely want to know what Wara and Alejo will do next!

Overall, a pleasurable read, that at times could have been shorter, will definitely be reading the next one :)

Love in Bloom by Arlene James ~ Review

Love in BloomLucie's Review:

Lily Farnsworth is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to follow her dreams and open a flower shop in Bygones, KS.
But when her mentor's adorable daughter is determined to make a match between Lily and her father, Lily might just find that her dream is blooming brighter than she dreamed.

A sweet tale of new beginnings. With fun and lovable characters, and lessons of trusting God for every step of the way.

One of my very favorite characters was Isabella, because she was just so cute and determined play matchmaker.
Lily was very smart and creative, a perfect businesswoman, who was very easy to like from the beginning.
Tate was a bit of a mystery at first but he made more sense as the story progressed and he learned to trust his future to God, and lay his past to rest.

Overall a sweet romance, that was well written and entertaining, I look forward to reading the rest in the series!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


Letters to Katie by Kathleen Fuller ~ Review & First Wild Card Tour

Letters to Katie

Lucie's Review:

The third in a series, Letters to Katie, tells two tales, a sweet romance and the mending of a relationship between grandmother and grandson, with Sawyer and Cora.

Definitely a must read for those already invested in the series and hte characters, for me it was a bit different because I was not a aware that this was part of a series, but I figured it out pretty quickly.

The characters were interesting and complex, with surprising plot twists.

Overall this was a sweet romance about a second chances and mending what was broken. I can see where this was the kind of book that might be better enjoyed if you've read the first few books in the story, but even if you haven't--like me--this is a enjoyable read.

I received this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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Thomas Nelson (May 7, 2013)

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Kathleen Fuller is the author of over twenty books, including the best-selling Hearts of Middlefield series. She lives with her husband of twenty years, James, and their three teenagers in Geneva, OH. Visit her website at www.kathleenfuller.com.


Everything changed between them the first time he called her Katie.

Katherine Yoder has loved Johnny Mullet since they were children, but he never actively returned her affections. Like so many things in their world, he assumes Katherine will always be there. Once his horse farm is a success, then he will court her in earnest.

For several weeks, Katherine has been plagued by severe headaches and dizziness. While resting at home, Johnny unexpectedly visits, but when dizziness strikes, she loses consciousness. She awakens hours later in a hospital bed, unable to remember how she got there.

Seeing Katherine injured and vulnerable stirs something in Johnny, and his guilt compels him to spend time with her while she heals. Soon his heart begins to stir with questions: Does she even remember why he'd come to her house that day?

As Katherine struggles to recall recent memories of Johnny, a surprise visitor arrives in her already unsteady world—a man named Isaac who claims they had been writing letters to each other, even considering marriage, before her illness.

With two men vying for her attention and her memory still elusive, Katherine has never felt so divided. The answer may lie behind a door she never considered opening.

Product Details:
List Price: $15.99
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 7, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595547770
ISBN-13: 978-1595547774


“Oh, Katherine. This is so schee.”

Katherine Yoder smiled at her best friend, Mary Beth. She’d spent hours working on the baby quilt, making sure the tiny stitches were as perfect as possible for Mary Beth’s new baby. “I’m glad you like it.”

“Of course I do.” Mary Beth touched the soft flannel quilt, running her fingers over the pale yellow, blue, and peach blocks. Each block had a ragged edge, a new pattern she hadn’t attempted before. The simple style was well suited for a baby, and Mary Beth’s was due within a few weeks.

“I love it.” Mary Beth folded the quilt and placed it on her knees, her expanded belly barely allowing the space. “Danki for such a beautiful gift. Although I don’t see how you have the time, working so many hours at the restaurant.”

All I have is time, Katherine thought. She pushed the self-pity aside and managed a smile. She didn’t want to ruin the moment between them with jealousy. Unlike Mary Beth Shetler, Katherine didn’t have a husband—and soon a child—to take care of. Outside of working at Mary Yoder’s and helping her parents at home, her only other pursuits were her sewing and needlework. She was always busy, yet longed for something different. Something more.

Apparently God had other plans.

Mary Beth managed to rise from the chair in her tiny kitchen. Her husband Chris had built the four-room home behind Mary Beth’s parents’ property. The dwelling resembled a dawdi haus, and likely would be used as such once the rest of Mary Beth’s siblings—Johnny, Caleb, Micah, and Eli—married and left home. But for now, the tidy, cozy home was enough.

And more than Katherine had.

Mary Beth placed the quilt on the table. “I’m glad you came over. Since I’ve gotten so big, I haven’t gotten out much.” Her light blue dress draped over her bulging belly.

Katherine’s eyes widened. “Are you sure you’re not having twins?”

“Nee.” Her friend laughed. “But I look like I am.” With a waddling gait she moved to the cabinet. “Do you want anything to drink?”

Katherine shook her head. “I can’t stay too long. I wanted to make sure you got the quilt before the boppli arrived. I have to work later today.”

“Maybe just a few minutes?” Mary Beth went back to the table and sat down. She reached for Katherine’s hand. “It’s been so long since we talked. ”

“We’ve both been busy.” She squeezed her friend’s hand. “And you’ll be even busier in a few weeks.”

“Ya.” A radiant glow appeared on Mary Beth’s cheeks. “But I don’t want us to drift apart. You’re mei best friend.”

Katherine released her hand. “And I promise I’ll be the best aenti to your boppli.”

“The baby has plenty of onkels, that’s for sure.” Her smile dimmed a little.

Katherine frowned. “What’s wrong? It’s not the boppli, is it?”



“Chris is fine too. We’re happier than we’ve ever been. “

“Then what is it?”
Mary Beth sighed, but she didn’t reply.

“You know you can tell me anything. If something’s troubling you, I want to help.”

Her friend looked at Katherine. “It’s Johnny.”

Katherine’s heart twisted itself into a knot. She glanced away before steeling her emotions. “What about Johnny?”
“Are you sure you want to talk about him?”

“I’ve accepted that there’s no future for us. What I felt for Johnny was a childhood crush.”

A crush. The truth was, Katherine had loved Mary Beth’s twin brother Johnny for as long as she could remember. For years she held out hope for a chance, however small, however remote. She had clung to that dream as if she were drowning and it was her only lifeline.

But not anymore.

She sat straight in the chair, brightened her smile, and said, “What’s going on with him?”
“He’s been acting. . .different.”

“What do you mean?”

“Distant. Partly because he’s been working so many hours at the buggy shop. Mamm said she barely sees him except for church service. He leaves early in the morning and comes home late. But when he is around, he’s quiet.”

“That doesn’t sound like him,” Katherine said. “Do you think he’s keeping something from your familye?”

Something. . .or someone?

Despite Katherine’s vow not to care, her heart constricted again at the thought.

“I don’t know.” Mary Beth’s brown eyes had lost the warmth they’d held moments ago. “He’s becoming like a stranger to me. To all of us. We’ve drifted apart.” Her smile faded. “Like you and I have.”

Katherine shook her head in protest. “You know I’m always here for you.”

Tears welled in Mary Beth’s eyes.

Katherine drew back. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to make you cry.”

“I’m always crying.” Mary Beth wiped her eyes. “It makes Chris ab im kopp. Hormones, I’m sure.” She sniffed, wiping her eyes. “I’m glad we’re still best friends.”

Katherine hugged Mary Beth. “We always will be.”


Johnny Mullet put his hands on his hips and surveyed his new property. Four acres, a small house and an even smaller barn. All his.

The sad little farm didn’t look like much. But by the time he finished fixing everything up, no one would recognize it. He glanced at the empty pasture on the left side of the house. Tall grass, green and dense, swayed against a southerly breeze. He planned to purchase that acreage, too. Expand, and make his horse farm something he could be proud of.

If only Daed could see. . .

At the thought of his father, the grin faded from his face.

Hochmut, his father would say. Pride.

The worst character flaw any Amish could have.

But was there something wrong with feeling satisfied after hard work? After a job well done?

This wasn’t about pride. It was about independence. Making a good living. He’d seen his family struggle. He didn’t want that for his future. A future that, God willing, wouldn’t include only him.

With the hazy orange sun dipping below the horizon, Johnny hopped into his buggy and headed home. Ten minutes later he pulled up to his parents’ house. He was late for supper. Again. He quickly put up his horse and hurried into the house, sliding into his seat just as his father closed his eyes for grace.

After prayer, his mother passed his father a platter of ham. He speared a slice with his fork, peering at Johnny as he did. “Late day at work again?”

Johnny picked up a roll from the basket on the table. He drew in a deep breath. “Nee.”

“Then why are you late?”

“I bought a farm.”

Silence. Johnny glanced around the table. Caleb’s mouth dropped open, and Micah’s fork was poised in mid-air. Even six-year-old Eli gave him a funny look. “You what?” His mother’s eyes went wide with shock.

“You know that house down the road a piece? The one with the barn in the back?”

“You mean that shack?” Caleb shook his head.

Micah scooped up a forkful of green beans. “Calling it a shack is a stretch.”

Their father cleared his throat. The boys ducked their heads and kept eating. He turned to Johnny. “When did you do this?”

“Signed the paperwork yesterday.”

“Where did you get the money?”

He was already tired of the third degree, but he had expected no less. “Savings. From my job at Gideon Bender’s.”

“You must have gotten it for a song,” Caleb added. “Or less than a song. Maybe just a note.” He chuckled.

“Caleb.” His father shot him a silencing look before turning to Johnny again. “I wish you had consulted me first.”

“I’m an adult, Daed. I didn’t think I had to.” Seeing the flash of hurt in his father’s eyes, he added, “Trust me. I know what I’m doing.”

“I hope so.”

“Maybe you two could discuss this after supper?” Mamm’s lips pinched into a thin line. “The food is getting cold.”

Daed nodded, and dug into his food. No one said anything for the rest of the meal. But all Johnny could think about was the disappointed look on his father’s face.


Cora Easely gripped the smart phone in her hand. “The doctor wants me to do what?”

“He’d like to see you again,” the nurse repeated in a crisp, emotionless tone. “As soon as possible.”


“He’d like to run a few more tests.”

“How many more tests does he need?” Cora looked down at the bruise on her arm from the blood draw she’d received a few days ago. For months she’d been poked, prodded, scanned, and questioned. The dehumanizing madness had to stop. Her weary body couldn’t take it anymore.

“You tell Dr. Clemens I’m through with his tests. If he doesn’t have a treatment plan by now, clearly I need to see a more competent doctor.”

Silence on the other line. The nurse cleared her throat. “Mrs. Easley, Dr. Clemens is just being thorough.”

“Too thorough, if you ask me.”

“Are you refusing more testing?”

“Yes. That’s exactly what I’m doing.”

A pause. “I’ll mark that in your chart. You’ll still need to meet with Dr. Clemens at your earliest convenience. He will want to talk to you.”

“And I want to talk to him.” This nonsense had gone on long enough. She already had a diagnosis—Parkinson’s. What she didn’t have was a cure.

After making her appointment, Cora clicked off her phone and laid it on the glass coffee table. She walked to the large window in her penthouse and looked at the landscape in front of her. New York. The city of her birth, the place she’d lived all her life. But everything had changed in the past few months, changes she never expected.

Her hands trembled. The shaking had worsened over the past two weeks. Dr. Clemens had said to expect it. She hated that he was right.

Parkinson's. The diagnosis terrified her. She’d briefly glanced at the literature about the disease, only to promptly dispose of the pamphlets after reading about some of the symptoms. Loss of memory. Loss of motor function. Loss of control.

Cora Easely had never been out of control. She'd dictated and orchestrated every aspect of her life except for one. And now she was facing the possibility that within the next couple of years, she wouldn't even be in control of her bodily functions. What kind of life was that? Not one she wanted to live.


Cora turned to look at her maid, a faithful servant for the past several years. If it hadn't been for Manuela, her grandson, Sawyer, wouldn’t have found out the truth about his parents and the reason his mother ran off with his father. Or the story behind the estranged relationship she had with her daughter Kerry, and how Kerry had tried to mend the rift between them. Cora’s stubbornness had thwarted that. And now her grandson didn’t seem to want to have anything to do with her.

When he left to find Laura Stutzman two months ago, he swore he’d return. But he hadn’t. She wasn’t sure he ever would.

“Señora?” Manuela repeated. “Por favor. Did you hear me?”

“Sorry. Lost in my thoughts, I suppose.”

“Is everything all right?”

“Everything is fine.” But it couldn’t be further from the truth. She walked away from the window. “I need a glass of sparkling water.”

“Sí. Anything else?”

“No, just the water. Bring it to my bedroom.”

Manuela nodded and disappeared from the room. Cora made her way to her spacious bedroom. She sat on the edge of her bed, the silk comforter rustling from the movement. She picked up the landline phone on the mahogany end table. Dialed a familiar number. Tensed when she heard the voicemail.

“This is Sawyer. Leave a message.”

She opened her mouth to speak, but words failed. She couldn’t tell her grandson about her diagnosis. Not like this. She’d have to find another way. But she had no idea how.


Pilgrimage of a Promise by Cathy Bryant ~ Review

Pilgrimage of Promise (A Miller's Creek Novel-Book 4)Lucie's Review: A riveting, and poignant read.

Mona Beth and Bo fell in love when she was still a sophomore in high school and Bo was headed for college but his parent's disapproval and her sister's scheming are keeping them apart.
Now so many years later, they look back at what brought them to where they are today...

Such a well written book, I loved how well developed the characters were and how compelling they were. This was one of those books that was at times, hard to read, yet impossible to put down. There were hard times and they really had to depend upon their faith, especially Mona Beth.

I think I sympathized the most with Mona Beth, because after everything she went through she didn't have much in the way of material gains, whereas Bo seemed to have made more conscience decisions in his life, in my opinion.

Overall, this was such a great book had it had me cheering for Mona Beth and Bo the whole time. This book was heartbreakingly wonderful, with strong elements of faith. The characters were great, and this tale was nothing short of epic! Definitely a book I would highly recommend!

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!



Lights, Cowboy, Action! by Lesley Ann McDaniel ~ Review and FIRST Wild Card Blog Tour

Lights, Cowboy, ActionLucie's Review:
A sweet tale of a series of miscommunications.

Courtney is the personal assistant of a big movie actress, and while on location in Montana for a big movie, she meets the handsome rancher, Adam Greene. But the actress Angela has her eyes in Adam and wants Courtney to get Adam to go out with Angela, so she can make her co-star jealous.
What's a poor personal assistant to do?

I thoroughly enjoyed this humorous, yet meaningful read, that was very relevant for today's culture. There were some really great funny scenes, and Angela's diva-ness made me chuckle.

But amidst this sweet tale, were real nuggets of truth and great lessons of keeping the faith in the glitz and glamour of the movie making industry.

Overall, this was a great read, with a lot of punch packed into a small book, the characters were believable and well developed. And the plot was wonderfully paced for this size of book, there was always something going on but it didn't seem rushed or ever slow down either :) A very enjoyable read!

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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Love Inspired (June 4, 2013)

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LESLEY ANN MCDANIEL is a lifelong lover of words, animals, and musical theatre.

Born in Missoula, Montana, she was one of the original Dwarfs in the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s inaugural production of “Snow White”, which is still touring the world.

While earning a degree in acting at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, she fell in love with theatrical costuming, and pursued that as a career while nurturing her passion for writing on the side. Through God’s guidance, she has shifted her focus to honing her skills as a writer of romance and young adult fiction.

Between working as a homeschooling mom and as a professional theatre costumer, Lesley has completed several novels. She would have done more by now if she didn’t also occasionally stop to clean the house and fold the laundry. Fortunately she loves to cook, so no one in her family has starved yet.

She is a member of the Northwest Christian Writers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and a wonderful critique group. A native Montanan and a Big Sky girl at heart, Lesley now resides in the Seattle area with her husband, two daughters, three cats and a big loud dog. In her spare time (ha!) she chips away at her goal of reading every book ever written.

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Will COURTNEY JACOBS do whatever it takes to keep her job as personal assistant to an A-list movie actress? While filming in Thornton Springs, Montana, Courtney’s demanding boss insists she set her up with ranch owner ADAM GREENE as a romantic “diversion”. The only problem? Courtney’s fallen for him herself. Now she’s forced to merge the resurrection of her lost faith, her growing love for this town, and her attraction to Adam with her Hollywood career ambitions. What’s a girl to do?

Product Details:
List Price: $4.99
Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (June 4, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373486634
ISBN-13: 978-0373486632


Courtney Jacobs doubted there could be enough coffee in all of Thornton Springs, Montana to see her through this movie shoot.

After filling her paper cup with the morale-boosting brew, she headed back toward the set. All around her, sleep-deprived crew members hustled to transform this charming burg into an old western town. She checked her watch. Seven AM. Within an hour, Keith Kingsley, the temperamental director of North to Montana—N2M to insiders— would be ready to call ‘action’, and he wasn’t exactly known for his patience.

“Move it or bleed!” A rigger bellowed as he charged past, swinging an aluminum grip stand just over her head.

She danced around a coil of electrical cables then sidestepped a set painter as he examined the distressing he’d given a storefront. Wincing as the gaffer shouted out coarse instructions to his crew of lighting techs, she ducked to avoid a swooping boom pole.

A contented sigh slipped through her lips. With just four independent films on her résumé— two a year since graduating from college—she felt lucky to have booked a major studio-backed project so early in her career.

She’d been hired as personal assistant to the star, Angela Bijou—an A-list actress with a reputation for supreme diva behavior and for taking up with her leading men. Angela had made it clear from day one that Jeffrey Mark Caulfield (sizzling from the recent success of The Pharaoh’s Tomb), would be no exception.

The bleep of Courtney’s cell phone drew her from her wandering thoughts. Balancing her still-full cup on the edge of her clipboard, she opened a text from the key costumer.

‘Ms. Bju s neded 4 a finl fttng of hr Act 3 pRT gwn 2moro @ 2. B sur sh’s thr.’

Courtney gnawed at her lower lip. If Ms. Bijou didn’t know about the fttng, it would be one more thing for her to take out on Courtney.

Hurrying down the center of the newly dirt-encrusted street, she clenched her cup between her teeth and shoved her clipboard under her arm. She flicked open the phone keyboard and tapped out a response while dodging a gaggle of grips positioning an old wooden wagon by the edge of the just-built boardwalk.

‘2moro @ 2. No woriez.’

Nearing the area where the first scene of the day would be shot, Courtney hit ‘send’ and scanned the street. Several cast members milled about in costume but—no surprise—Angela wasn’t among them. Giving a cursory glance to the pink berry Swatch she’d been given as a ‘thank you’ from her actress on her last movie, she headed toward the make-up trailer in the hope that Angela had made it to her call on time.

Striding across the set, she drank in the liveliness of her surroundings. It was great being a part of something this vital. So what if her job at the moment was keeping the leading lady on-schedule? She was an indispensable cog in the machine.


Stopping in her tracks, Courtney spun around to face the familiar angry command. From the first day of rehearsals, Angela Bijou had demonstrated an annoying articulation of Courtney’s name that made the word itself sound like an outright accusation.

“You had better explain what’s going on here!” The woman stormed toward Courtney with a heated, resolute gait and fire in her famous jade green eyes. Her flimsy peach silk cover-up and matching turban signified that she hadn’t yet made it to hair or wardrobe, and screamed look at me—I’m a star.

Courtney opened her mouth to respond, but Angela cut her off with a tirade that rivaled Hurricane Katrina.

“Are you completely incompetent?” Angela screeched as she planted her lithe form two feet from where Courtney stood.

As the blood rose to her face, Courtney became painfully aware that the entire cast and crew had turned to gawk. “What’s the matter, Ms. Bijou?” She fought to keep her tone level.

“What’s the matter?” Angela tossed her platinum pin-curled head back with such force her tiny neck made a faint cracking sound. “The ‘matter’ is that I have no water in my trailer.”

Courtney let that register. All this fuss over a plumbing problem?

“D’eau Douce.” Angela crossed her willowy arms. “Imported from France. Does that ring a bell? I’m supposed to have four sixteen ounce bottles chilling in my trailer every morning when I arrive.”

“Oh….” Courtney skimmed her memory. “For…drinking?”

“Yes, for drinking.” Angela gave her a scowl that implied she should audition for the next season of American Idiot. “I wash my face in pure Norwegian spring water, which by the way I didn’t see in there either.”

Courtney heard herself utter something about making a few phone calls to Norway as she took a giant step backward.
“Look,” Angela apparently wasn’t done yelling. “I need sixty-four ounces a day. How else am I supposed to keep my skin so youthful and clear?” She drew her fingertips across her youthful, clear cheek for emphasis. “Every. Single. Day.”

“Uh… okay, Ms. Bijou.” Courtney scribbled out a note on the top page of her clipboard as she took a half-step in what she hoped was the direction of water of all desirable nationalities. A thought stopped her cold. “Was that sixty-four ounces of the drinking water or the washing kind?”

Angela’s eyes narrowed. “Don’t play dumb. Obviously, you knew about this.”

Gripping her half-cup of tepid coffee between her thumb and her index finger, Courtney flipped through the papers on her clipboard as if to exonerate herself from this allegation. She knew nothing about her actress’ water preference and made a mental note to be sure always to ask in the future.

With what she hoped would read as a competent smile, she turned to go, smacking into a carpenter as he flew past with an armload of railroad ties. Coffee flew from her cup, splashing across her papers and down the front of her sea green t-shirt. She winced.

Angela’s shrieky voice rang out from behind. “Check my contract! I need my water every day I’m on the set. I’m supposed to have it!”

Courtney clutched her clipboard to her stained front and darted toward what appeared to be a grocery store in the next block. If the last five minutes were any indication of things to come, this shoot was going to be a nightmare.


“Yessir, this is just about the biggest thing that’s ever happened in this town.” Cal wiped his hands on his apron and stretched a long gaze out the front window of his general store.

Casting a dubious glance at Cal from under the brim of his Stetson, Adam Greene drew in a long breath. It was great that the movie people were boosting the town’s flagging economy, but apart from that he really didn’t see what all the fuss was about. “Say Cal, you got any of those red lentils left? Janessa made a killer stew last week and I’d like her to surprise us with a repeat performance.”

Cal wrested his attention away from the window. “That sister ‘a yours is gettin’ to be more like your mama every day. A regular Mary Stewart.”
Adam grinned. “I think you mean Martha. Martha Stewart. Don’t tell Janessa that, though. She’s dead set against the idea of making some lucky man a great wife someday.”

Cal’s head bobbed as he grabbed a jar of beans off a shelf. “Still determined to get outta Dodge now that she’s graduated high school, eh?”

“She’s got plans.” Adam studied a barrel of apples. “Nothing wrong with that.”

“Not a thing. I just know you and your mama will miss her is all.”

“True.” Grabbing the brown bag of lentils Cal had filled for him, Adam raised an earnest smile. He had a full seven years on his baby sister and had been the man of the house since their father’s death when Adam was fifteen. It was strange to think of her leaving the nest. “Far be it from me to stand in the way of an ambitious female—”

Abruptly, the front door burst open and in flew a young woman gripping a clipboard and a paper cup. She pushed a strand of sandy blonde hair from her forehead with the rim of the cup as she scanned the store, urgency fairly sparking from her hazel eyes. Adam’s gaze dawdled a little longer than he liked to consider gentlemanly.

As she surged purposefully toward the counter, his eyes followed. She looked young and pretty in a fresh-faced, no make-up sort of way. Judging from the walkie-talkie clipped to her belt, she must be some sort of behind-the-scenes worker, not an actress. A corner of his mouth lifted. Maybe having the movie people in town wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all.

Cal lit up. “What can I do for you, young lady?”

She spoke with a resolute clip. “Please tell me you carry D’eau Douce.”

The smile slid from Cal’s face. “Doe Do…what?”

“It’s French.” She tapped the clipboard with the cup and scouted around some more.

Sensing that Cal could use a hand on this one, Adam stepped up to the counter. “Excuse me, ma’am. Maybe I can help…uh…translate?”

“Sure.” Avoiding his gaze, she continued to search the shelves. “Do you speak ‘actress’?”

“I’m sorry, no.” While he felt for her obvious United Nations dilemma, he couldn’t help but dwell on how pretty she was. “What exactly is this thing you’re looking for?”

“Water.” She moved a few feet to peruse the refrigerator case where Cal kept the milk and juice. “What kind of mineral water do you carry?”

Adam cast an amused glance at Cal, whose expression had grown even more befuddled.

“I don’t…I mean….” Cal stammered.

Seeing where this was going, Adam chimed in. “You’ll be hard pressed to find any of those fancy bottled waters here, ma’am.”

As her head snapped toward him, their eyes met for the first time. “No water? But what do people here drink?”

Adam tipped a shrug. “We drink well water, mostly. We’ve got the best mountain spring water you’ve ever tasted. I’d be happy to—”

“No. I mean…thank you.” Shifting the cup to the hand that held the clipboard, she pulled a cell phone out of a pouch on her waistband, and started punching in numbers as she moved toward the door. Looking back, her eyes rested briefly on Adam. “Thanks anyway.” With a slight smile, she yanked open the door and bolted out.

Leaning against the counter, Adam pushed his hat back a touch and folded his arms.

Cal gave him a good-natured cuff to the bicep. “Shouldn’t you be finishing that shopping?”

“Shopping?” Adam nodded slowly. “Oh. Right.”


Courtney surveyed the street as she darted toward the set, her hope of finding a specialty food store growing dimmer by the second. Her mind whirred. The only thing she could think of was to call the safe, actress-free office of her BFF back in L.A.

“Sheila Macintosh here.”

Courtney breathed out relief at the familiar greeting. “Thank goodness you’re there.”

“Hey, Court.” Sheila let out a little titter. “Don’t tell me you’re homesick already.”

“Not unless by ‘homesick’ you mean ‘desperately missing the Von’s delivery boy’.” Courtney firmed her resolve. “Sheil, I need you to do me a huge favor.”

“Is it a favor for you or for Angela Bijou, ’cause you know I don’t cater to queen bees.”

“Consider it a favor to your best friend who wants to stay employed. I need you to source some bottled water for me. I’ll give you all my info so you can order it and have it billed to the movie.”

“They don’t have water in Montana?” Sheila quipped. “How do they get the mountains so green?”

“Funny. Of course they have water, just not the right kind.” Courtney stopped walking, not wanting anyone of importance to overhear her plight. “Will you do it?”

“I’m ready to write.” Sheila’s tone warmed. “Just remember, you owe me a dinner at Mr. Chow when you get back.”

“On my salary? Better make it Del Taco.” Courtney rattled off the details of Angela’s demand, hoping this wouldn’t be the first of many. “Tell them I need it ASAP. Hire a private jet if you need to.”

Sheila grunted. “Movie people are weird.”

“You said it.” She started walking again.

“Before you go,” Sheila’s voice grew coy. “You have to tell me. Is Jeffrey Mark Caulfield as hot in a cowboy hat as he is in a pith helmet?”

“I haven’t seen him in costume yet.” Courtney’s mind wandered back to the store she’d left a few minutes before—to that tall, handsome hottie in the dusty blue jeans and well-worn boots. “He’s got nothing on the real cowboys out here, though.”

“Oh really?” Sheila crooned. “Any one in particular?”

“Well…” Courtney’s face flushed. What was she doing? She had far too much to deal with to let herself get distracted by an admittedly attractive guy. Especially one she most likely wouldn’t even run into again. Still, she couldn’t lie, especially to Sheila. “Okay, yes. One that I just met was…movie star handsome. And nice too. Really nice.”

“Uh huh. So they grow ’em handsome out there. Must be in the water.”

Courtney smiled. “Yeah, the mountain spring water.”

“So, you will be coming home when this movie is finished shooting, right? Or will you be changing your name to Mrs. Handsome Cowboy and learning to rope cattle?”

Courtney sneered at the phone. “Oh, you are so very funny. Just get my water ordered and pray I still have my job by the time it gets here.”

“Sure thing. Oh, and that’s not the only thing I’ll be praying for, Mrs. Handsome Cowboy.”

Clicking her cell phone shut, Courtney took a deep breath. Sure that guy seemed really great but this was the last thing she needed. She was here to do a job, not fall for some guy who lived a world away from everything important to her. Letting herself get caught up in thinking about him would just be irresponsible.

Her pace slowed as she neared the set. Why did Angela’s personal drought suddenly not feel quite so urgent? Thinking about the cowboy seemed to have a mysterious calming effect on her. She shook it off. With a major problem to solve, she had too much on her mind to leave her head in the clouds.

The Outlaw's Redemption by Renee Ryan ~ Review

The Outlaw's Redemption (Charity House, #7)Lucie's Review:

Hunter is fresh out of prison, and ready to start a new life living out his new faith. But he is thrown for a loop when he finds out the he has a 9 year old daughter that he never knew he had.
Annabeth works at Charity House and knows from her own upbringing what an unstable home can do to a child so she is hesitant when Hunter wants to be a part of Sarah, his daughter's life.
Can love redeem what was lost.

Another great Charity House book, that brings back some familiar faces and introduces some new ones while also working well as a stand alone novel.

I really liked how Hunter was such a strong Christian man, and he showed that he had really changed. I loved how he always made and effort, even if sometimes it didn't turn out, he always tried, and it showed that he cared. I liked reading about how he grew his relationships and built a new life.

Overall a well written book with a lot of good points to it. There was a lot going on with many characters, it was fun seeing old characters pop up from previous books. Definitely a book worth reading.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter ~ Review & Litfuse Tour

Barefoot SummerLucie's Review:

After losing her twin brother Michael, Madison rejects his faith and pours her life into being a "good person," running herself ragged trying to keep up her Veterinary practice, directing the Summer theatrical production, and fulfilling Michael's dream of restoring and racing his boat to become the youngest winner of the boat race. With her plate more than loaded, Madison struggles to do it all on her own. Will she accept help from her high school crush?

A well written read, with many layers that added a complexity to the story. Beckett and Madison both had challenges emotionally, spiritually, and physically, drawing me into their plights, though there were times when I wish their communication had been better.

The setting of the tale was well written and really brought this story to life. There was so much going on in this book there was never a dull moment.

Overall, a great book, with plenty going on. I liked the small town community feel of it, and the struggles the characters had to overcome. A great book for fans of Contemporary Romance!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

About Barefoot Summer:Madison's heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything.

In the years since her twin brother's tragic drowning, Madison has struggled with her ability to trust God--or anyone else, for that matter. It was her brother's dream to win the annual River Sail Regatta in their small harbor town of Chapel Springs, Indiana. And Madison's determined to honor his legacy by making his dream her own. Maybe then she can finally find closure.

But learning to sail means learning to swim. And her instructor is Beckett O'Reilly, a man who already has two strikes against him in Madison's eyes. Being on the water terrifies Madison. But Beckett's calming presence and unwavering confidence eases her fear. And as much as she'd like to deny it, the chemistry between them is electrifying.

As her feelings for him grow, a fledging faith begins to take root in her soul, as well. With Beckett, Madison feels alive for the first time in years--carefree and confident she can win the regatta, maybe even find love.

But Beckett harbors a secret that will test the limits of their love and the depth of Madison's faith. Will their love survive summer's challenge? And will achieving her brother's dream give Madison the peace she desperately seeks?

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Meet Denise: 

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

Learn more about Denise at http://www.denisehunterbooks.com
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Denise Hunter is celebrating her new Chapel Springs Romance series with a Summer Fun Giveaway. The first book, Barefoot Summer, is already a favorite with readers. “Hold-your-breath romance, heartache, and laugh-out-loud moments. It’s more than a good read. It’s a delight.” -- Lisa
Summer: it’s all about sunny skies, star-gazing, swimming, spending time with loved ones, and living as if a small part of the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders.

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The Face of Heaven by Murray Pura ~ Review

The Face of Heaven (Snapshots in History #2)My Review:

When Lyndel Keim finds two runaway slaves hiding in her family's barn she enlists the help of her brother and his best friends Nathaniel King. But when the community finds out, the result is shocking.

Levi and Nathaniel are so moved by the injustice that they enlist as part of the Iron Brigade, and Lyndel volunteers as a nurse, putting themselves at odds with their Amish community, even though they are fighting for what they believe in.

They face the dangers of war, with bravery and live out their faith no matter the circumstances.

Well written and researched read, packed with great details that bring the story to life. The beginning reminded me a lot of the first book in the series, but after that this book was drastically different.

I loved how Lyndel, Levi, and Nathaniel weren't content to just sit on the sidelines, but felt moved to contribute and fight for what they believed was right. It would have been easy for them to stay where they were, and have a good excuse but they truly believed that no man should ever be a slave, and they knew that God would be with them wherever they would go.

Overall a great Civil War novel full of adventure and valor.

I received this ebook from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thanks!

Ripples Along the Shore by Mona Hodgson ~ Review

Ripples Along the Shore (Quilted Hearts, #3)Lucie's Review: An interesting transition book.

A book that follows two women still hurting from the aftermath of the Civil War, Caroline and Annie, as they overcome the challenges of locking in a spot on the wagon train headed west.

In my opinion this book is a sort of transition book and depends heavily upon its prequels and sequels to make sense, (it is the third in a series, and sets up for the Hearts Seeking Home Series). So in a lot of ways it isn't your typical novella. It acts as more of a transition between The Quilted Heart Series and the Hearts Seeking Home Series. I wouldn't recommend reading this book by itself.

This book focuses mostly on a quilting circle of ladies, whose faith is at various stages and they mentor and help one another, as some prepare to leave and others stay in the wake of the wagon train.

Overall, this is definitely a book that you will want to read if you have read the previous books in the series and plan on reading the next one, it tied up some ends and left some loose to be tied up in the sequel series. I loved the message of how God is making Quilts in our lives, patching things together, combining this and that together into something beautiful. A nice novella :)

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Sisters of Mercy Flats by Lori Copeland ~ Review

Sisters of Mercy FlatsLucie's Review:
The McDougals are three sisters posing as nuns who can swindle a man quicker than anything. But when their wagon is attacked by Indians, each girl is rescued is by a different man.

Abigail is rescued by a shoe salesman by the name of Hershall Digman, and a series of comical events ensue when they discover that neither is what they appear to be.

Full of adventure, and quick thinking, Sisters of Mercy Flats makes for a face paced fun read.

I wasn't sure when I first started this book that I would like it, but as the story progressed I found myself happily surprised and enjoying it :) The characters were intriguing and interesting, I loved how full of surprises this book was.

Overall, this was just a really fun read, with sparks flying between the main characters. It did take awhile, I'll admit, to get into the story and like Abigail, because they weren't all that nice in the beginning, but as she changed she grew on me. A humorous read.

I received this book from the publisher (Harvest House) in return for an honest review. Thank you.



Interview with Mackenzie Dare, Author of Fire Storm + A Chance to Win a Copy of Fire Storm!!!!

Mackenzie DareWelcome! I’m so excited to be interviewing you!

First, I would love it if you would start by briefly telling us how your writing journey began.

I don’t remember a conscious decision to become a writer. I think that’s just the way the Lord made me. I’ve always loved writing and making stories up in my head for as long as I can remember. Every once in a while, I’ll find a page of an ancient second or third grade short story and chuckle as I read it and try to decipher the context.

Please share with us one fact about you that not many people know. And feel free to have fun with the question!

Hmmm… I’m sure there is a lot the average reader wouldn’t know about me. … At least there better be. :) One of my most exciting and satisfying experiences was when the Lord blessed with helping me finish running my first full marathon.

Which fictional literary character most inspired/inspires you?

Many of the characters in the Left Behind stories inspire me, especially the Christians in the “Tribulation Force.” Their strong faith and courage to stand strong for Christ even at the point of facing certain death is quite inspiring.

What inspired you to choose the setting for your novel?

I grew up among the cornfields of northern Illinois. I loved the quaint, friendly community of the small towns and villages; the dust-clouded, gravel roads; the candy-apple and corn-dog county fairs; the paint-chipped barns and cow-dotted fields; the baseball games in the park, the village parades and pancake breakfasts, those endless inch by inch drives when you get stuck behind a tractor that’s too wide to pass. Northern Illinois, . . it left an indelible mark on my memory and my sense of home.

If you could be best friends with any of the characters in your novel, who would it be? Why?

Hmmm… probably Jess. We could have fun packin’ a picnic and ridin’ horses together throughout the woods.

What inspired this novel?

I’d had several disjointed ideas in my head for this novel for quite some time. Every once in a while, a new thought would just pop up. Then one Sunday afternoon after church, I felt like the Lord was telling me to put them together in an outline. So, I took out a notebook and just started writing them down. The further I went, the more the thoughts seemed to join together into a story. Once I was finished with that skeleton to my novel and could see it coming together from beginning to end, I was excited to start filling it in, adding feelings and fears, struggles and victories, secrets and forgiveness, conquering love and desperate hate. There wasn’t’ one incident that inspired this novel; rather, it is a collection of thoughts, experiences, and lessons-learned that have been collected throughout a life time, yet the incidences in Fire Storm barely scratch the surface, and I have plenty in reserve for future novels.

What are 3 things you like to do to relax?

Write :)
Ride my horse :D
Hang out with my family :)

What book(s) are you reading, or have read lately?

I’ve read a couple of Left Behind books by Jerry Jenkins and Tim Lahaye and am really enjoying that series!

What piece of writing advice have you received that was most helpful to you?

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 … in writing and all of life.
Where can your readers connect with you?

You can find me at poemsofprayerandpraise.blogspot.com or on Goodreads at

Thank you so much for giving me the pleasure of an interview with you! And I wish you the very best with your newest release!

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The Bare Naked Truth: Dating, Waiting, and God's Purity Plan by Bekah Hamrick Martin ~ Review and Litfuse Tour

The Bare Naked Truth: Dating, Waiting, and God's Purity PlanMy Review: An engaging, and conversational read, filled with humorous tidbits.

I've read plenty of relationship/purity books in my lifetime, and there few that are as funny and engaging as this one. The author shares her story, along with the stories of others, in order to show why waiting is best.

I liked the style this book was written in, short and to the point while being relatable and funny. I think my favorite parts were reading the little footnotes, where I had expected to find research or some quoted study, but instead found witty bits that made me smile.

Overall, a great book that I would happily recommend. Perfect for teen girls. It was honest, yet at the same time it wasn't too much. Great read!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

About The Bare Naked Truth:The Truth About Sex and Waiting . . . Uncovered Purity.

Sex. Boys. Waiting. There's something about those words that makes everything complex in a heartbeat, and raises more questions than answers. Is there something wrong with me if I don't kiss a boy after a date? Or am I doomed if I DID? What if waiting is just a one-way trip to life as a crazy cat woman? And what if I tend to, um, think about a certain boy in a certain way? It seems that the lady at church and your friends have two very different opinions on the subject. And 'Your Budding Womanhood: Staying a Beautiful Flower for Jesus' just isn't cutting it. Bekah Hamrick Martin knows the waiting game isn't easy or straight-forward. In The Bare Naked Truth, she lays everything on the table---including some embarrassing moments---as she explores the honest, naked truth behind what God means by purity. With additional entries from popular authors, you'll see the bare naked approach to waiting isn't always easy, but it's worth the risk.

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Meet Bekah:

Bekah Hamrick Martin was born in Savannah, Georgia, in an event which her brother keeps reminding her was completely unnecessary. She spent the better part of her high school years vacationing on the north end of her mattress due to an illness, where she developed a deep taste for chocolate and sarcasm. Today Bekah shares with teens about tough times, healing, and surviving their high school years---no matter where they spend them.

Learn more about Bekah on her website: http://misswritebrained.wordpress.com/ 

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Bride Next Door by Winnie Griggs ~ Review

The Bride Next Door (Texas Grooms, #2)Lucie's Review:

Daisy Johnson is tired of traveling here an there with her drunkard father, and decides to escape and put down roots in Turnabout, Texas.
Everett is a British gentleman, and newspaper reporter who settles for a time in Turnabout. He has skeletons in his closet, and he's itching to move back to the big city, he's just waiting for his big break. But when Daisy moves into the other side of his duplex, a connecting door, and the town's gossip might just change things between them...

What a great book! I loved the characters and how they were brought together naturally by circumstances. One of my favorite characters was Abigail, Everett's sister who was spunky and enthusiastic.

Daisy and Everett had great dialogue together and I love how they came to appreciate each other.

Overall, this was such a fun book that really kept the pages turning. I loved every moment of it, I actually read this in one sitting! Highly recommend!

I received an ecopy of this book in return for an honest review. Thank you!



Grace's Pictures by Cindy Thomson ~ Review

Grace's PicturesLucie's Review:

Grace is a young woman starting over in America, after some dreadful experiences in Ireland. Grace faces many challenges, and makes new friends, along with finding herself tangled up with criminals quite by accident.
Will Grace have the courage to trust those who reach out the help her?

To be honest this book was slow to start, but I could tell right away that there was a lot of research put into this book and I loved how much I learned about brownie cameras, and the police of that era. The little details were the things that really brought this story bursting to life.

Grace was a character that was easy to sympathize with, and I loved her passion for taking pictures. Owen, was noble and admirable, he truly wanted to make a difference even when at times it seems small. Owen and Grace didn't really get that much time within the book to get to know each other, so it wasn't exactly a romance, but more of a tale of two people finding their way.

Overall, this was book that started slow, but ended with a bang. I loved the wonderful little details that made this story great. The only thing I would say is that perhaps that the book could have been shorter without losing any of the main story elements. Both of the characters grew in their faith and learned along the way, this was a kind of "finding your way" story.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Cindy ThomsonAbout the Author:

Cindy Thomson's newest historical series begins with Grace's Pictures, June 2013, published by Tyndale House. She is also the author Celtic Wisdom (Lion Hudson),Brigid of Ireland, A Historical Novel, (Monarch Books) and co-author of Three Finger: The Mordecai Brown Story, (University of Nebraska Press.)

She is also a mentor in the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. Her interests include genealogy, history, and baseball. Sharing the legacies of faith left by those who went before us is her passion.

She has spoken to book clubs and other small groups and enjoys appearing at several large Irish festivals across the country. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wright State University with a degree in Elementary Education and taught in private Christian school settings for nearly 20 years.

You can visit her here:

Author Q & A: http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/downloads/press_kits/GracePicAuthorQ&A.pdf

Chapter One excerpt: http://files.tyndale.com/thpdata/FirstChapters/978-1-4143-6843-6.pdf

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson ~ Review

Hattie Ever After (Hattie, #2)

My Review: The sequel to Kirby Larson's highly acclaimed Hattie Big Sky, delivers with another terrific coming of age tale of chasing dreams.

After losing her Montana farm Hattie moves to San Francisco to pursue her dream of being a reporter like her hero, Nellie Bly. But leaving for the big city means putting off her best friend, Charlie's marriage proposal. Will Hattie find a home for her heart in the big city?

It isn't everyday that I find a gem such as Hattie Ever After in the Young Adult section these days, with its strong, sensible, and sincere heroine. I have loved Hattie ever since I read Hattie Big Sky a few years, and she has remained one of my favorite, most memorable heroine throughout the last few years.

I loved how Hattie, had a strong sense of who she was, even as she was finding out, and becoming the person she would be--if that makes any sense! She always believed the best about others, and I greatly admired her spunk and grit.

While you may not have to read its prequel to enjoy this book, I would strongly recommend reading Hattie Big Sky before reading this book, because Hattie's references to the past will make more sense, and who would want to miss such a fabulous book!

Overall, this book was well written, with a well rounded heroine. I loved how Hattie had an honest faith in God, and how she was always remembering things that her aunt, or Perilee, Charlie or her other friends had said, I felt that it really gave me a sense of those she held dear to her heart, and I loved them because she did. Plus there was plenty going on, never a dull moment to slow my steady flipping of the pages. A fantastic book that I heartily recommend!

I received this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

NOTE: While this is not a Christian book I feel that because of the strong morals represented in this book as well as elements of faith, and the clean content, that this book is a great fit for this blog, as I think Christian readers would really enjoy it :)


Domination by Jon S. Lewis ~ Review

Domination (C.H.A.O.S., #3)
My Review: The conclusion to Jon S. Lewis's adventure-packed C.H.A.O.S. Trilogy.

Colt McAllister's adventures have just begun, and now the Thule threat is greater than ever before! But with God and his friends by his side, will Colt be able to rise to the challenge?

Definitely and action-packed read full of fun and lessons about friendship. And I'm proud to say that not only did I like it, but I tested it on my teenage brother, and I think he liked it better than I did! He read it all in one sitting!

I loved how this book was full of action and adventure, yet was completely clean. Nothing that I even thought was borderline.

Overall, I thought this book was fantastic, as were the books that came before it. An enjoyable book for any age, with comic book-like action. A great book that I can heartily recommend!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review! Thank you.


Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not? by Thompson Square and Travis Thrasher ~ Review

Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?
My Review: A tale of love lost and rekindled, based on the hit Country song of the same title.

When I found out that Travis Thrasher was working with Thompson Squaure to write Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?  I just knew that I had to read it! Not only do I absolutely adore the song, but everything I have read by Mr. Thrasher has been amazing. So I had high expectations for this book, and it didn't let me down! I dove right into the story intrigued by the story and how the title would tie into the story. I loved the way that the story moved and shifted back and forth from the past to the present day, and from first person, to third person point of view. Usually both of those things drive me crazy, but with this story it worked, and I loved it.

I sped through this book, turning the pages steadily. I loved the way that Casey and Daniel connected and from the outside they were an unexpected couple, and how the book told their story through the years.

Overall, I throughly enjoyed this book from beginning to finish, it caught my attention from the very beginning. I definitely hope that Mr. Thrasher writes more books based on Country songs in the future!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon ~ Review and Revell Blog Tour

That Certain SummerAstor's Review: A different kind of tale from Irene Hannon that is great in its own way.

Two sisters, that could not be more different, and have much more than a few years of heartache between them. They are brought back into each other's lives upon their mother's stroke. Karen, the older sister, is a divorcee struggling to raise a rebellious teenage daughter, while Val left town so long ago with a dark secret.
This might just be the summer of newfound friendship and second chances for Val and Karen.

Compelling characters drive this thoughtful read of a summer of second chances. Karen and Val learn to depend on each other and put their past behind them. Karen and Val both learned more about themselves and found hope, and I really thought that the characters communicated well with each other, in an honest and true-to-life way that was very easy to read.

Overall, this was a well written read that focused on the various relationships between the characters, the building and rebuilding. A wonderful book with a fantastic ending, and whose tale wrapped up much too quickly! Not the kind of tale that Ms. Hannon is most known for, but wonderful just the same.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

“Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


Bleeding Heart by Amber Stokes ~ Cover Reveal!!!!

About the Book

Five bleeding hearts. One profound journey.

Summer 1886

Sally Clay’s livelihood has been snatched away, but in its place arises an opportunity to escape from her sordid past and an unrelenting, unwanted suitor. Boarding a train with a heartsick
rancher and an enigmatic miner, she leaves Virginia City behind and heads to Northern California, waiting for the chance to make right what went wrong three long years before.

But the road to revenge is far from smooth. Sally soon learns that the jagged pieces of a broken heart can far too easily wound the hearts of others – and hers isn’t the only heart that’s broken.
Tragedy and fear dog her steps as she flees from the redwood forests to the high desert and back again. Will her bleeding heart ever find a way and a place to heal?

A desperate soiled dove. Three men who come to care for her. One man determined to claim her.

All on a journey that will show them what true love really involves.

Inspirational Historical Romance

The Book’s Blog

In conjunction with the cover reveal, Amber’s doing a “blog reveal,” as well! You can find all
the latest news about Bleeding Heart, along with book extras, at the Bleeding Heart blog.

About the Author

Amber Stokes has a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a passion for the written word
- from blogging to writing poetry, short stories, and novels. After her brief time at college in
Oregon, she is now back home among the redwoods of Northern California, living life one day
at a time and pursuing her passion via freelance editing and self-publishing her debut novel,
Bleeding Heart. You can connect with Amber on her blog, Seasons of Humility.

About the Cover Designer

Lena lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very
spoiled Black Lab. She writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose
of "sigh-worthy" romance. You can visit her online at www.lenagoldfinch.blogspot.com.

Teaser from Bleeding Heart


   Breaking hearts should be considered a crime. That would make Elizabeth Lawson an
outlaw and Joe Clifton the victim. And that wasn’t a far stretch in Joe’s mind. She had rounded
up his heart, branded her name across it when it should never have belonged to her, and then left
him high and dry. Still, he was getting sick of hanging around the scene of the crime. He just
didn’t know where else to go.

   Lake Tahoe had once been his favorite get-away destination, a place where he could go to
just sit back and enjoy the view of water as clear as a shined-up mirror. Now those crystal depths
and the unmoving boulders along the water’s edge taunted him, bringing back memories of a
happy proposal and a less-than-happy scene where his heart was handed back to him on a silver
platter – bruised, broken, and bleeding.

   He didn’t want to make any more memories like that. So he made a promise to himself: He
would never let anyone break his heart again.