(Another) New Adventure!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

It seems like every time I turn around I am writing another post about a fun new adventure that I am embarking on. It is so exciting and a little (ok a lot) scary, but! 

This time, however, I am also going to need to take a huge step back on the blog. (Insert sobbing) Never fear! This is not the end of Bookworm Mama, I'm just turning my focus in a different direction for a while.

As I am sure you have noticed, this summer (and fall) have been CRAZY around here. Between 2 family reunions, around the house projects, working as an author assistant, and now with the school year in full swing, homeschooling my 1st grader is a priority. Balancing homeschooling, housework, working, and my other bookish commitments has been tough the last couple of months. So I am going to be posting a lot less on the blog. I will still review the books I read for influencer teams and blog tours here. And you will be able to find more articles and reviews at my new "home" over on Hope by the Book!

For some reason, I can't seem to say no to these new adventures. And ultimately, it's all thanks to you, MY READERS, that I've entered into this amazing new role of Associate Editor for Hope by the Book magazine. If you haven't seen the buzz going around social media yet, this is a NEW magazine for avid readers, by avid readers. The first issue will be launching in November and trust me, you are NOT going to want to miss it! 

Check out the website for a taste of what is to come! And use the code BOOKISH for a special discount when you subscribe! 

Don't live in the USA? No problem! We are offering the magazine internationally too!!! (And you can use the same discount code.)

Needless to say, launching a new magazine is not an easy task. I am so thankful for the team of amazing ladies that I get to work with on a daily basis! Carrie, our fearless leader, is the Senior Editor for this magazine (Reading is my SuperPower). Along with Beth (Faithfully Bookish) and Annie (Just Commonly). A better team, I couldn't ask for. 

Now, this is where I need you! Yes, YOU...My bookish people...We are looking to build our team. Please email me (or use the contact form) if you would be interested in reviewing books or writing articles!

So, has this year been a crazy year? You BET! Have doors opened that I never even dreamed were a possibility? Affirmative! Am I excited to see where God is going to direct my path next? Darn tootin' I am! 

Thank you all, so much for always being so supportive of the dreams I share with you and for being an encouragement! If I hadn't started Bookworm Mama 4 years ago when my son was in the hospital...And if I didn't have readers to support this journey...I wouldn't be where I am today!

Top Ten Tuesday - Authors I Can't Wait To See at CFRR 2019

Monday, October 1, 2018

My nerd girl heart couldn't be happier. I have actually met several of my favorite authors at Christian Fiction Readers Retreat. Although there are many more I haven't met...yet. I am truly excited for the opportunity to attend CFRR again in April 2019. There will be some new faces there and some familiar ones returning. I have listed A FEW of the authors that I can't wait to meet or see again for today's Top Ten Tuesday.

Have you met any of your favorite authors?
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Authors I haven't met in person yet...

Authors I can't wait to see again...

First Line Fridays - Fawkes

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Happy Friday!

Eeeep! I was so SO excited when I opened a box books and saw this beautiful book! I have been drooling over it ever since. I can't wait to start reading it!

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

Nadine Brandes

York, England
Late spring, 1604

I wasn't ready to turn to stone.

What is a book you are longing to read?

Head over to Hoarding Books to link up with your own FLF post! (Please keep it family 
friendly...Or note otherwise in the link up)

Top Ten Tuesday - Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Monday, September 24, 2018

This is going to be such an embarrassing post! Especially since I am FRIENDS with quite a few of my favorite authors. Unfortunately, what happens, is that I discover a new-to-me author on their 2nd series...Which means I then have to play catch up. And with SO.MANY good books releasing each year, I have had a hard time keeping up with all of them. So...Here is my (partial) list of books by my favorite authors...that I still haven't read. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Have you read any of these authors?
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First Line Fridays - What Blooms From Dust

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Happy Friday!

Can we just take a minute to admire this beautiful cover?

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

What Blooms From Dust
James Market

April 1935
Oklahoma Plains

Old Sparky was supposed to have killed Jeremiah Goodbye.

Head over to Hoarding Books to link up with your own FLF post! (Please keep it family 
friendly...Or note otherwise in the link up)

Caught by Surprise - Apart From the Crowd Book 3 - Jen Turano

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

About the Book

Miss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they’re seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Gilbert is willing to propose marriage–except Temperance will have none of it. She’s finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won’t give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert’s help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed. (Author Website)

My Thoughts

This story may very well be my favorite of Jen Turano's to date. Temperance is my favorite wallflower. Her artistic abilities endear her to me in a special way. But beyond that, this story is so full of plot twists you will want to read this in one sitting. (Which is easier to do on audio for me.)

Gilbert Cavendish likes order and organization. He lives by his lists and well thought out plans. So when Temperance Flowerdew comes barreling back into his life, he is shaken to his core. Temperance Flowerdew is just the slightest bit stubborn. Which I, of course, can't relate to in the slightest...*cough*cough*...😏 She has survived so much heartache. By God's grace, she is finding life and purpose again. And oh! What a life it is! Full of color, love, spirit, and confidence.

There were numerous times while reading I was found laughing out loud and then gasping in shock then next minute, it's a wonder my husband doesn't think I'm crazy (well...we won't get into that). Jen Turano is by far one of the most talented authors that I know. To weave humor, romance, subterfuge, and danger so seamlessly is brilliant! Not to mention several twists that will catch you by surprise.

If you are looking for a good story that will give you laughs while giving you a grand adventure, you won't want to miss this book.

I received a complimentary copy of Caught by Surprise from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Jen Turano, author of nine books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at

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