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Friday, September 22, 2017

First Line Fridays - A Lady in Disguise


Happy Friday!

Continuing with the books I acquired at CFRR this summer, I have had this book on my TBR for awhile now. Every once in a while, I really need a book that keeps me up late and on the edge of my seat. Have you read this book? Do you like a good mystery? 



Hampshire, England
Early April, 1883
I stood, that bleak day, in the graveyard in the village near Winton Park.



As First Line Fridays grows...we have had to make some adjustments to how things are done. So, stay tuned as we make life so much easier for everyone and have fun while we do it!!!
Coming October 6th...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Siren's Song - The Storm Siren Book 3 - Mary Weber

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book
Nym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.

With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.

With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?

Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all.

My Thoughts
In this, the epic conclusion of The Storm Siren Trilogy, Mary Weber has brought us the finale of a lifetime. After finishing the book only moments ago, my heart is filled with so many emotions, I'm not quite sure what to think. *PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS* With many of our favorite (and not so favorite) characters reappearing in this book...I have found my feelings towards some people suddenly changed. Funny how an author can do that so seamlessly.

Mary Weber has displayed her world creating super powers in an exquisite way. I love her style, her unique use of language, and the incorporation of do many "mythical" creatures/beings. Young Adult Fantasy at it's finest.  And if you look closely, there are definitely spiritual truths and lessons that we can learn from Nym and Eaogyn's story.  The darkness that tries to overtake us...the foothold it grasps if we own the door to it... the suffocating grip that evil can place on us.  But in turn, we caused how love, self  sacrificing love can release us. Free us from the sin and death that would threaten to take us down. In a sense we can see parallels to Jesus' love poured out for us as He sacrificed himself for us so that we may be free from the sin and death that would ensnare us and destroy us.

Written from the song in her heart, you can see Mary's life blood poured out on to every page. If you have been putting this series off, you need to start it right away. (You think I'm kidding.) This series is one I had put off for one reason or another, and in a way I am kind of glad I did...because I was able to read all 3 books in the last month...and that's how I recommend you do it too. These books MUST be read in order. There is so much background and setting and plot and language...that starting mid-series will just throw you off.

I received a complimentary copy of Siren's Song. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


About the Author
Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books On My Autumn TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is BACK! I know I have been scarce the past couple of weeks. With homeschooling starting the beginning of the month and a huge deadline on the 15th, my brain was MUSH! But I am back and things are in full swing! Stay tuned for some changes and special features coming soon!

In case you didn't know, Autumn is my FAVORITE time of the year! The cool weather, the beautiful colors, the sweaters, slippers, hot apple cider....mmmmm!!!!!

So I was super excited when The Broke and the Bookish gave us the Top Ten Tuesday topic of our Autumn TBR List! I do have more books on my list for the fall...but these are the ones that came to mind first. Click on the images to learn more. In no particular order:












Author Interview (and Giveaway) Sarah Monzon - On Tour with Celebrate Lit

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I am so excited to have Sarah Monzon chatting with us today about All of You! I ADORE this book! You can find my review for it HERE.

Rachel: Welcome back to Bookworm Mama, Sarah! I am so honored to have you here today! I think it is safe to say that you are the first author to have made an appearance TWICE here on Bookworm Mama! YAY! I didn’t scare you off the first time hehe!

Sarah: Are you kidding?!? I’d hang out with you all day, every day. It’s such an honor for me to be here. I fangirl over you more than a little and I love you and your blog.

Rachel: Wait, what? You fangirl over me??? Now I'm blushing haha! 😊

Hot Cocoa or Apple Cider? 

Sarah: Hot Cocoa. Because chocolate. Need I say more? Although I do love fresh apple cider. They have some REALLY good cider here in WA. But chocolate always wins.

Rachel: Ooooh, see, I am the opposite...Apple Cider first and Cocoa second. I have to be in the mood for chocolate. But I agree we have amazing cider here! 

Fall or Spring? 

Sarah: I loooove fall. The leaves changing colors. The crispness in the air. Getting to pull out cute boots and sweaters. But then spring has beautiful budding trees and flowers and the anticipation of time spent outdoors after a winter of being cooped up.

Rachel: Fall is my FAVORITE! I decorate Sept 1st...Yes, even if it is still 90 degrees out. My house is also permanently fall colors...It may be an obsession... 

Thanksgiving or Christmas? 

Sarah: You’re killing me Smalls! I love Thanksgiving, but it hasn’t felt quite as special in my adult life as it did in my childhood because we live so far away from any extended family. But Christmas? Happy sigh. I love Christmas. I love the lights, the tree, the music, the excitement on my kids’ faces. All the traditions that make extraordinary memories.

Rachel: I agree...Thanksgiving is different as I have gotten older. However, I LOVE making our own NEW family traditions as well as carrying on traditions that I grew up with!

What type of research was involved for All of You? 

Sarah: I did a lot of research on the women pilots of WWII, but you might be surprised to learn the most research I had to do was for the very first chapter—the one which maimed Michael, my fighter pilot hero. I thought it would be easy to create injuries in a pilot that would cause a double amputation. I was wrong. I talked to people who worked with planes in the Air Force and we toggled ideas back and forth but couldn’t come up with a possible solution. It wasn’t until a friend put me in contact with a Navy veteran who’d worked over twenty years on an air craft carrier that we came up with a situation that could be plausible.

Rachel: Oh that is interesting. I guess it's a good thing that it was hard to find that info...Must not happen very often I hope! BTW, I love Michael! I also LOVED learning about the women pilots! 

What were your goals and intentions in All of You? 

Sarah: I have read so many books where the character turns their back on God, mistrusts Him, blames Him, etc. because of a horrible event that happened in their lives. I get it and I think that does happen. In fact, I’ve known people with those experiences. But what about those who have tragedy knock on their door and instead of turning away from God, they turn toward Him? That with the same breath of asking Him why they also say even still, I will trust in You. I wanted to write a story with a character that struggled but remained faithful—one that I, and hopefully others, could personally relate to.

Rachel: Well, I for one can relate to this personally. I am so SO glad you went this direction! 

How do you manage to write AND raise 2 small children? (Who are the epitome of cuteness by the way) 

Sarah: So much grace. I fall short on both accounts—as a mother and as an author—but I thank God for His marvelous grace that covers us all. On a practical level, though, I’ve had to be flexible. I’ve written on my phone while rocking and nursing. Written during nap times and after bedtime. Currently what works is that I drop my oldest off at Kindergarten and take my youngest to the gym and drop her off at Child Watch while I head to the stationary bikes with my iPad. I pedal and type in my stinky, public, make-shift office. Lol. I know it’s strange, but it really works well for me.

Rachel: I love it. Hey, you gotta do what works right? 

What is something that surprised you about the characters or storyline in All of You? 

Sarah: I’ve had a couple people comment that they couldn’t figure out how the two story lines intersected until the end of the book. Well, there is a really good reason for that. I had no idea how they intersected. Well, I mean, I knew the connection but I didn’t know exactly how I was going to connect them. I think it all worked out in the end though, don’t you?

Rachel: YES! It flows beautifully! Like, I cried type of beautiful. I admit, I couldn't figure out just HOW they were going to connect either. The clues started coming and then I was like OHHHHHH!!!!!! LOVE!!!!!

What are you reading right now? What made you pick it up? 

Goodreads | Amazon

Sarah: I just started reading The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin last night. I picked it up for two reasons. One, because I had heard such good things about the book, and two, because I had recently read my first book of hers, Together With You, and enjoyed it so much I wanted to read all the other books she’s written. 💙 I love binge reading new-to-me authors.

Rachel: Oh fun! I always WANT to binge read authors books...But at the same time I want to savor them. Because you can only read a book for the first time once...

Do you have a favorite snack, music, beverage, etc. you indulge in while writing? 

Sarah: Since I write on an exercise bike, I only have water with me. Pretty boring answer, I know.

Rachel: Boring maybe, but healthy at least haha!

What writing advice do you have for pre-published authors? 

Sarah: Do NOT get sucked into the comparison game. You will lose every time. There will always be another writer who wins the contest, creates more buzz among readers, is a marketing guru, can write better prose, etc.  Their success does not negate your own stories or your ability. Focus on the story God gave you to write and write it to the best of your ability.

Rachel: YES!!! I love this! As a reader I can say it would be boring if all books had the same style, etc. We appreciate and LOVE YOU for your differences!

Before we go can you tell us about your current WIP? 

Sarah: Sure! It is a contemporary romance inspired by the story of Esther. Here is the blurb:

Goodreads | Amazon
Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan she grew up with as a missionary kid, and finally her hopes are coming true. But shortly after she returns to the desert from her college years in the U.S., she discovers her parents have received threats from their Muslim neighbors. As the danger escalates, Hannah finds she’s in the middle of a battle no one seems to understand. She must decide to what lengths she'll go to stay faithful to the mission to which God has called her. Even if it costs her everything.

As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravishes the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, locals believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, Hannah, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep them safe—even if the only solution can be found within marriage vows. 

In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, Christianity is outlawed, and foreigners are mistrusted, will their union heal wounds or inflict the final fatal blow?

Rachel: Ahhh! I can't wait to read this!!!! YAY!!!

Thank you so much for joining us today Sarah, it is always a pleasure chatting with you!


Sarah: Thank you for having me!

About the Book

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Author: Sarah Monzon
Book title: All of You
Release date: May 15, 2017
Genre:Dual-timeline/Contemporary Romance
Maryland, Present Day
Jacquelyn Rogers can rebuild anything…except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she’s worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.
After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.
England, 1944
With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.
Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future.

About the Author

Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 Selah award for contemporary romance.

Blog Stops

September 12: A Baker’s Perspective
September 12: Quiet Quilter
September 13: Jeanette’s Thoughts
September 14: Cordially Barbara
September 14: Smiling Book Reviews
September 15: Avid Reader Book Reviews
September 15: Carpe Diem
September 16: Inklings and notions
September 16: Christian Bookaholic
September 17: Artistic Nobody
September 18: Bookworm Mama
September 18: Remembrancy
September 19: Back Porch Reads
September 19: Kat’s Corner Books
September 20: Just Jo’Anne
September 20: Margaret Kazmierczak
September 21: The Power of Words
September 21: Mary Hake
September 22: 100 Pages per Hour
September 23: Zerina Blossom’s Books
September 23: Simple Harvest Reads (spotlight)
September 24: Blossoms and Blessings
September 24: Moments Dipped in Ink
September 25: Kathleen Denly
September 25: His Grace is Sufficient

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Friday, September 8, 2017

First Line Fridays - A Cowboy for Christmas


Happy Friday!

I know, I know...I only JUST got my fall decor out and I am already posting about Christmas books! Well, I figured I needed to give you ideas for your own Christmas reading right? Hehe! There is no doubt that Christmas is my favorite HOLIDAY! This is one of the books that I received at CFRR this year. And Ruthy is such a sweetheart! I adore her! And I managed to get a picture with her this year (and not loose the photo haha)!


Ellensburgh, Washington
November 1889
"Will we have food, Mama?" The hope in Beth's voice did more than stir June Harper's resolve as she and two friends hurried west on the Seattle road. It pushed her to make a decision she'd been putting off for weeks.