Month: October 2017

Oct 31
Meet The Author: Amy Lillard + GIVEAWAY

Meet The Author: Amy Lillard + GIVEAWAY

Today, I’m hosting an author interview. I would like to welcome Amy Lillard to the blog today. She’s also graciously offered a copy of her book, The Quilting Circle to one person who comments on the post. So, be sure and leave her a comment right here on this post to be qualified! Hi, Amy! I’m happy you’re here and glad you could join us for this quirky little interview. Thanksgiving or Christmas?  Christmas (That’s my favorite time too!) If you were stranded on an island and only had three books with you to read, what would they be? The Bible–it’s full of wisdom and great stories To Kill a Mockingbird–I have to read this book every couple of years or so Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein– that man is genius (Great choices! I would definitely have the Bible with me, along with Julie Lessman’s A Passion Most Pure, and Karen Kingsbury’s Redemption) Favorite TV Show? Of all time? Gilligan’s Island. I guess that explains a lot. LOL  (LoL, I love Gilligan’s Island. Mine would most likely be Murder She Wrote, Big Bang Theory or Chicago Fire) If you could pick only one author to have dinner with and… Read more »

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Oct 31
CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken +GIVEAWAY

CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken +GIVEAWAY

About the Book   Name of book: My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah Author: Angie Dicken Genre: Historical Romance Release Date: November 1, 2017 Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life. Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart…and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble. Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him. When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Gate. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind. Amazon My Thoughts I enjoyed Ms. Dicken’s work with this newest installment in the My Heart Belongs series. She is a superbly talented author and really swept me away with her coal mining setting and her beautifully chiseled characters. As a granddaughter of a miner, I really loved reading this time period.  Alex and Leanna’s… Read more »

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Oct 30
Street Team Review: The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter

Street Team Review: The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter

Title: The Beloved Christmas Quilt Author: Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, Richelle Brunstetter Publisher: Shiloh Run Press Publish Date: September 1,2017 ISBN:978-1683222255 Pages: 400 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book One Quilt Binds Three Generations of Amish Women Enjoy the gift of a brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, along with stories by her daughter-in-law, Jean and granddaughter, Richelle. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3 The scripture embroidered on the back of a beloved quilt brings hope to three generations of Pennsylvania Amish women at Christmastime. Luella’s Promise By Wanda E. Brunstetter Luella Ebersol has been caregiver for a dying woman and her young son. When Dena Lapp gives Luella her favorite quilt, she makes Luella promise to pass it down to her daughter. But Luella isn’t sure she will ever marry if she can’t find someone with maturity and faith like Dena’s husband Atlee Zook. Karen’s Gift By Jean Brunstetter Karen Allgyer and her husband moved to a slow-paced village to raise their children, but Karen longs for the closeness of family to help her through the challenges… Read more »

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Oct 29
Sunday Funday: It’s The Important Things In Life

Sunday Funday: It’s The Important Things In Life

Welcome back to Sunday Funday! This edition of the Funday is about the most important things in my life. Not people like friends and family, or books and the Bible, or my 4 furbabies. Those are already at the top of my list of importance right below our loving God. Today it’s about what else I feel is important in my life. The first of the five most important things, is my job. My job is something that I take seriously and enjoy doing it. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to help provide for my kiddos and our furbabies. I truly enjoy being a CNA and it brings me great joy to see the smile on my client’s face when I show up to take care of her. Second, my Wizard of Oz collection. I know, it’s a silly thing to be important in my life, but it is. My mama and I shared a love of the movie and eventually I fell in love with ALL things Oz, thus my collection. It started with the collector’s edition magazine and went on from there. It is our mutual love of Oz that had me starting this collection, and I… Read more »

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Oct 25
Waiting On Wednesday 10-25-17

Waiting On Wednesday 10-25-17

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin Expected Publication: February 2018 Pre-Order: Amazon Betrayal as deep . . . Love as mysterious . . . As the sea before them. In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France—including those of her family’s summer home—in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans. As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved. The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life in… Read more »

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Oct 22
My Memory Playlist: Mama’s Songs

My Memory Playlist: Mama’s Songs

Today I’m featuring something a little different. I’m posting my “memory playlist”. What’s a memory playlist, you ask? Well, when I’m reading books, blogging, walking or simply cleaning, I like to listen to music. I have a few playlists on my iPad/iPhone, but the one that I listen to the most is my “memory playlist” I call Mama’s Songs. Why do I call it that? Well, simply put: it’s my mama’s favorite songs.  Years ago, growing up, my mom and I used to listen to country songs together and some of them were perfect for mother’s and daughter’s so we would “dedicate” songs to each other. We loved doing that. It always let me know that my mama was my best friend and my protector and we could always depend on each other no matter what. So, my playlist consists of those songs.  My playlist also consists of all her favorite gospel songs. She loved the Gaither Vocal Band and The Statler Brothers. Those were always on HER playlists.  You may ask why I have a playlist with my mama’s favorites on it. You see, my mama passed away unexpectedly on June 10,2014. We don’t know why, other than a… Read more »

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Oct 14
CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: Lydia by Diana Wallis Taylor

CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: Lydia by Diana Wallis Taylor

About the Book: Name of book: Lydia Author: Diana Wallis Taylor Genre: Biblical Fiction Release Date: October 3, 2017 Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter. There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to… Read more »

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Oct 13
#FirstLineFridays: Home All Along by Beth Wiseman

#FirstLineFridays: Home All Along by Beth Wiseman

Welcome to First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. This week’s first is from Home All Along by Beth Wiseman.  Here is the first line:  Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Beth Wiseman is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors. I fell in love with her Daughters Of The Promise series and I will be a forever fan! What’s your first line? Leave me a comment below and then visit the home of First Line Fridays at Hoarding Books to see all the other awesome participants.

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Oct 11
Book Review: A Dog For Michael:Doug To The Rescue by Janie Nugent

Book Review: A Dog For Michael:Doug To The Rescue by Janie Nugent

Title: A Dog For Michael: Doug To The Rescue Author: Janie Nugent Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc Published: May 9th, 2016 ISBN:978-1478764359 Source: Publisher;Author Pages: 34 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Adopt a rescue dog and change both your lives! Doug was eight years old when he arrived at a rescue facility, confused and scared. His owner had passed away, and her final wish was for Doug to have another loving family. She had raised and loved him since he was a five-week-old puppy and knew he would make another family as happy as he had made her. When eight-year-old Michael and his family adopted Doug from the shelter, a happy new chapter of his life began! A Dog for Michael is the true story of Doug’s adoption and his new life. Anyone who spent time with Doug fell in love with this sweet, funny, and joyful dog. He has traveled throughout the USA with Michael and made friends in every city and town he visited. Many people have been motivated to adopt adult dogs after getting to know him. Shelter dogs are desperate for a home, and adult dogs make wonderful companions. If you can’t adopt, consider… Read more »

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Oct 09
FlyBy Promotions Blog Tour Review: Jeremy Camp CD + Giveaway

FlyBy Promotions Blog Tour Review: Jeremy Camp CD + Giveaway

Cafinated Reads is hosting another CD review! I am so happy to talk about this today on the blog. Here’s more about the CD I’m reviewing.   Word Of Life Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrX2tGgADu0 Word Of Life Song Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGuxZC7Ncn4 The Answer Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQHXJi1EhDM Purchase: http://capcmg.me/TheAnswer?IQid=flyby My Thoughts:  This won’t be a long review since it’s for a CD. If you want a CD  that will utterly and completely capture and cocoon you in the warmth of God’s arms, then this is the CD for you. The music on this album is beautifully done. Jeremy Camp’s voice will take your breath away and make you feel the presence of the Lord in away that is unexpected from a music album. I loved MY DEFENDER on this album. That song is wonderful, in my opinion. The things I’ve gone through in life, the battles I’ve overcome, were tremendous and this song reminds that He is MY defender and fights for me always. Definitely beyond 5  star worthy and HIGHLY recommended!  Now for the giveaway! One lucky person will win a copy of this very CD! Good luck!  a Rafflecopter giveaway **Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice… Read more »

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