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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Cautious Maiden (GIVEAWAY!!!) - The Everstone Chronicles Book 4 - Dawn Crandall

My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book

Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents' New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks; but when Violet's own reputation is compromised, the inn becomes the least of her worries. In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone. 



As she prepares for a society wedding, Violet learns that her brother had staked her hand in marriage in a heated poker game with the unsavory Rowen Steele, and Ezra had lost. Now Rowen is determined to cash in on his IOU. With danger stalking her and a new fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust and who to leave behind.

First Line Fridays - 10/28/16 - Treasure Island


Welcome to my favorite day of the week! FRIDAY!!! The beginning of a fabulous weekend. I am excited to celebrate a dear friend's birthday and participate in our local town's annual trick or treat. It is great! The kids (and parents) all dress up and walk down the main street through our town. The businesses hand out candy and treats. It is during the day and is fun and safe for all involved. 

We just got back from our family's FIRST vacation! The four of us have never been anywhere for FUN before. We always go on road trips for doctor appointments. So it was VERY nice to just relax and spend time with friends and family. 

In one of the towns we passed through, I found a couple of treasures!  First...This Royal Standard #10 typewriter. Made around 1916, I need to do a little more research on the model. I know it is not in the BEST condition, however, it is old...and I LOVE it! 




I also found a copy of Treasure Island published in 1906. It is in good condition and includes "The Literary History of Treasure Island" by Alexander Harvey. Treasure Island was first published in 1883. And the first line is...



Chapter I
The Old Sea Dog at the "Admiral Benbow"
"Squire Trelawney, Dr Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17--, and go back to the time when my father kept the "Admiral Benbow" inn, and the brown old seaman, with the sabre cut, first took up his lodging under our roof."


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

All is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas - Written by Nancy Guthrie Illustrated by Lizzie Preston

My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book
The perfect gift for the creatives and coloring-book lovers in your life! Includes bonus activities and kid-friendly coloring pages for the whole family!This Christmas season, celebrate the birth of our Savior through beautiful design and devotion. Grab your colored pencils, cozy up with your favorite blanket and a cup of tea, and settle in for a night of peace and wonder with All Is Bright. For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, All Is Bright is the perfect way to transform the Advent and Christmas seasons for your whole family, re-centering the holidays on the miracle of Jesus' birth. Combining 31 days of rich content by the beloved and inspirational Nancy Guthrie with intricate designs that will reconnect you with the heart of Christ, this coloring book devotional journey reminds us all of what the season really calls us to: worship.

Book Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations - Blog Tour with Singing Librarian Books





Genre: Christian, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date: June 15, 2016
Number of pages: 300

​Isabel “Izze” Vez, bridal consultant extraordinaire, has been helping brides find The Dress for years. She loves nothing more than helping make wedding dreams come true…but sometimes the happy endings grate on her. How many times can a girl discover someone else’s gown without dreaming of the day it’ll be her turn to wear one?

When James Miles Clayton walks into her life, he represents everything Izze can’t handle: change. He’s determined to bring the Ever After Bridal Boutique into the black…and to prove to Izze that she should give him a chance.

But if there’s anything Izze handles worse than change, it’s trust. She may have a few issues—fine, she knows she does. But will they keep getting in the way of any chance of her own Happily Ever After? She wants to trust God to give her those dreams of love and lace, but that’s going to require some…minor alterations.

Friday, October 21, 2016

First Line Fridays - 10/21/16 - The Thorn Keeper


Today's first line comes from a VERY special book. SO special in fact, that I created a new rating for my blog...Check it out HERE.

I had the privilege to meet Pepper Basham in Nashville at Christian Fiction Reader's Retreat! She is a lovely person and I feel like I have known her my whole life. SO blessed for the time I got to spend with her...And beyond blessed by her books!


The Sound of Silver - Birthday Tour & GIVEAWAY!!!

Welcome to the Birthday Blog Tour for The Sound of Silver!!! 

I’m posting today about Rachelle Rea Cobb’s second installment in the Steadfast Love series, an inspirational historical romance set during the 16th century!

Rachelle is also the author of The Sound of Diamonds, the first book in the series, and a newlywed! This summer, she married a man with the same first name as the hero of the series! I’m joining in this blog tour to tell you a little more about Silver and spread the news about the rocking giveaway Rachelle is hosting—make sure you enter using the Rafflecopter form to win the lovely necklace pictured and your choice of any of the Steadfast Love titles!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Silent Songbird - Hagenheim Book 7 - Melanie Dickerson

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

About the Book
Evangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave Westley le Wyse. Can he help her discover the freedom to sing again?

Desperate to flee a political marriage to her cousin King Richard II’s closest advisor, Lord Shiveley—a man twice her age with shadowy motives—Evangeline runs away and joins a small band of servants journeying back to Glynval, their home village.

Pretending to be mute, she gets to know Westley le Wyse, their handsome young leader, who is intrigued by the beautiful servant girl. But when the truth comes out, it may shatter any hope that love could grow between them.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Timeless - TV Series - NBC


My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Show

From Eric Kripke ("Revolution," "Supernatural"), Shawn Ryan ("The Shield") and the producers of "The Blacklist" comes this thrilling action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, a soldier and a history professor who use the machine's prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. Can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it's too late?

Friday, October 14, 2016

First Line Fridays - 10/14/16 - Can't Help Falling


We have been having below freezing temperatures here this week...So I have been curled up with blankets and books and tea! Lovely warm tea! I have this adorable teapot that I have been utilizing a lot this year already. Which brings to mind this fabulous quote by one of the greatest authors of all time!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Thorn Keeper - Penned in Time Book 2- Pepper Basham

My Rating
★★★★★(Yes there are 6 stars)
"Heaven help me, you taste like Christmas!" (More Info)

I have decided to create a NEW rating category for my blog. Because this book has surpassed all the others this year. And I can, so why not? 

From the Back of the Book
With her newfound faith, Catherine Dougall hopes to take the remnants of her threadbare life and make something beautiful, even if society shuns every choice she makes. Dr. David Ross must save his war hospital from ruin, but when his notorious aunt makes an offer he can't refuse, he must choose between his surprising affection for a reformed flirt or his dreams. From the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to the trenches of World War One, Catherine and David must learn to trust in a God who never forgets his children and fashions beauty out of the most broken things.

Friday, October 7, 2016

First Line Fridays - 10/7/16 - After a Fashion


Hello Friends! I am so very happy to share in First Line Friday with you this week. I decided to highlight one of my favorite books! It came out almost two years ago now and set me on the path of no return...to being an avid fan of Jen Turano!


Love Everlasting (GIVEAWAY) - Isle of Hope Book 2 - Julie Lessman (Singing Librarian Book Tour)

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Series: Isle of Hope
Genre: Christian, Romance
Publisher: Julie Lessman, LLC
Publication date: September 30, 2016
Number of pages: 307

He sets hearts on fire.
She’s been burned by love.
Can hope survive the flames of the past?

School teacher by day, ghostwriter by 
night, sweet and shy Shannon O’Bryen
doesn’t mind writing romance on the sly, 
but to live it? No, thank you, not since
the man she loved turned out to be a 
player who broke both her heart and 
her spirit. Now focused more on her faith 
and her fiction, she vows the next time 
she falls in love, it will be safely—through 
the pages of a book.

Dr. Sam Cunningham is a charismatic 
player who breaks hearts as regularly as 
he washes his pearl-white Corvette. 
Abandoned as a young child, Sam was 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Night Voyage - Daria Song

My Rating

☆ - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)


About the Book
This third adult coloring book in Daria Song's Time series follows the little girl on a new nighttime adventure when the conductor of her toy train comes to life and helps her distribute gifts across the world.

The Night Voyage is an evocatively illustrated story of a little girl who is swept away on the eve of her birthday by her toy train conductor on a magical journey to distribute gifts around the globe. Taking devotees of The Time Garden and The Time Chamber on an imaginative new adventure, The Night Voyage continues Daria Song's wildly successful series with the beautifully intricate art that her fans have come to love, featuring a world of paper cranes, penny-farthing bicycles, trolleys, cityscapes, and hot air balloon-filled skies.