May 22
Goddess Fish Promotions Blog Tour Review: Annie’s Recipe by Lisa Jones Baker

Goddess Fish Promotions Blog Tour Review: Annie’s Recipe by Lisa Jones Baker

Excerpt The small brown freckle under Annie’s right eye that he’d teased her about as a kid had developed into something of a beauty mark. It belonged there. To Levi’s dismay, his pulse picked up speed. He wanted more time with her. She was of Rumspringa age, so she could do non-Amish things. But that would only be for a couple of years, not forever. Behind them, Aunt Abigail followed in a separate buggy with Aidan and Elijah. As Levi glanced back at Jake, the kid responded with a big grin. To Levi’s surprise, an unexpected appreciation for the ambience in the buggy, often referred to as the fiberglass box, welled in his chest. He sat back as the horses stepped it up.   Automatically, Levi looked down. There wasn’t a trace of dirt on the beautiful navy velvet cushion that softened the hard bench. He remembered when his mother had used a lint brush to clean their buggy. On the sides were two small viewing windows and one in the back. A blue homemade quilt was rolled up and slightly draped over the backseat. He’d forgotten what it was like being in a means of transportation with no seat… Read more »

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May 22
PUYB Blog Tour Review: Mystery at Manatee Key by Nancy Stewart

PUYB Blog Tour Review: Mystery at Manatee Key by Nancy Stewart

My Thoughts If you have a young reader in your life, this is a book just for them! Nancy Stewart is a talent author and has created a book that is filled with colorful illustrations that really catch the eye, and two sweet girls that I loved to read about.  This book is super quick to read, and filled with a touch of mystery for the young sleuths who read this book. Bella and Britt are two sweet girls and they are in for an adventure as they encounter a  manatee and all the whirlwind that comes with the encounter. They find a smuggling ring and they’re out to save the day.  This is definitely a 4 star worthy children’s book that I enjoyed reading for myself. I am going back to look for more in this fun series, and will be on the look out for more work by this incredibly talented author! 

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May 21
FlyBy Promotions Blog Tour Review: Mandisa Out Of The Dark CD + GIVEAWAY

FlyBy Promotions Blog Tour Review: Mandisa Out Of The Dark CD + GIVEAWAY

Cafinated Reads is hosting a different type of review today. It’s a CD review! I am so happy to talk about this today on the blog. Here’s more about the CD I’m reviewing.   Story Behind The Album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df27myDpm1c Acoustic Video for Unfinished: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQFpXcvFI0A Purchase link: https://smarturl.it/OutOfTheDark.all?IQid=flyby Mandisa wrote her song  “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today…but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called ‘Out Of The Dark’ because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!  You can watch her talk openly about… Read more »

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May 20
Book Blogger Hop #2: Your Old Books…..What Do YOU Do With Them After Reading Them?

Book Blogger Hop #2: Your Old Books…..What Do YOU Do With Them After Reading Them?

About the Book Blogger Hop The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. This week’s question is: What do you do with books you no longer want? Do you donate them? Do you take them to a half-price bookstore? Does a friend or family member benefit? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews) My Answer I do all three! I will donate them to libraries, thrift stores, etc, but I also take to used book stores, sometimes just to get rid of them sometimes for trade credit. But, I also have a some piles where I set them aside for my cousin or my grandmother. So, at the end of the day/week, I do a little of all three! It’s rewarding… Read more »

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May 19
#FirstLineFridays: Driver Confessional by David Winters

#FirstLineFridays: Driver Confessional by David Winters

I joined a new weekly meme last week called 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. So today my First Line Friday will be from Driver Confessional by David Winters.  Here is the first line of Driver Confessional:  The black American-made sedan rolled up in front of the Palm Restaurant near the campus of George Washington University. I know. It’s not a long first line, but it’s one of the books I’m currently reading and so far it’s really good! Here’s more about the book: Driver Confession by David Winters Published: May 1,2017 A Washington Uber driver takes his faith to work, encouraging clients to share their problems as he drives to their destinations. His part-time job takes a left turn when a mysterious woman confesses her involvement in an international plot involving nuclear materials, Russian terrorists and a certain Senator. Purhase on Amazon  My fellow bloggers are also joining the fun this week for First Line Fridays. Why don’t you stop by and see their posts too?  Bibliophile Reviews Bookworm Mama Encouraging Words from the Tea… Read more »

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May 18
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas by Deron Spoo

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas by Deron Spoo

My Thoughts If you are looking for a closer walk with God, then please, look no further than this book. It is a book that is well written, and well organized. The aspects of this book are wonderful and really leave the reader thinking things through. Each page is different, each page helping you to understand a little more about God and what you need to do to truly listen to Him, to hear Him out, and make yourself a better person for Him. The way The Good Book is laid out makes it easy to follow. I understand things a little differently now, in a good way, of course. Mr. Spoo has created a wonderful book, filled with truth and information that will be with the reader long after they finish.  This book has verses from the Bible with each chapter and leaves it open for a great discussion and break down of the Bible! This is a definitely worthy of beyond 5 stars.  It’s a great companion to the Bible and and will make a great addition to any Bible study or library collection. Don’t miss out on this great book!  To find out more about this awesome LitFuse Blog… Read more »

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May 17
Waiting On Wednesday 5-17-17

Waiting On Wednesday 5-17-17

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. French Fried by Kylie Logan Expected Publication: June 2017 Pre-Order: Amazon Poison du Jour The Statue of Liberty is 130 years old, and for the struggling residents of Hubbard, Ohio, any opportunity to bring in tourists is reason enough for a celebration. Laurel Inwood and her aunt, Sophie, are pitching in. Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks, a former greasy spoon turned charming ethnic eatery, will be offering French cuisine for the entire week.   For expert help with their quiche and escargot, the ladies turn to Raquel “Rocky” Arnaud, a former French chef and friend of Sophie. What looks like a match made in heaven turns rank as quickly as buttermilk on a summer’s day. Rocky turns up dead and when her nightly red wine shows notes of oak, cinnamon, and poison, Laurel turns from souffle to sleuth.   INCLUDES A RECIPE Why Wait? Because I love cozies! I am always on the look out for more cozy mysteries and this one just sounds super intriguing and cute! I can’t wait to read it.    How about? What are YOU… Read more »

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May 16
The Comment Challenge: #Summer17CC

The Comment Challenge: #Summer17CC

I am joining a new challenge for the summer! I’m joining for the months of June through August, and intend to comment on 10+ posts each month! I can’t wait! Here’s more about the challenge I’m joining!  The Comment Challenge is hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense. The Summer 2017 Comment Challenge is designed to help you connect with other book bloggers by spreading some comment love. If you aren’t familiar with this challenge, your hosts pair you up with another blogger for one month and during that month you’re encouraged to get to know your partner by commenting on their blog. Sign-ups for June are currently open. Take a look below for all the details about this challenge. I’m excited to join this!!  About the challenge:  The Summer 2017 Comment Challenge runs from June through August Feel free to sign up for one month or more At the beginning of each month, bloggers will be paired together and will be asked to comment on each other’s blogs For the time being, the challenge is limited to English-only blogs We’d love for you to create a sign-up post to help spread the word about the challenge Options for comments… Read more »

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May 16
Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Love Inspired Books About Motherhood Journeys

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Love Inspired Books About Motherhood Journeys

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish . This is my first post for it, but I’m going to try my hand at it. Let’s see what you come up with in YOUR lists too! Happy Reading 🙂 Today’s TTT is about Mother’s Day. I’m choosing to list my top 10 Love Inspired Books that are about new moms, adoptive moms, etc. I love these lines of books and books with the sweet kids that steal the mamas hearts are always the best! So. here they are in no particular order: Somebody’s Baby by Annie Jones A Soldier’s Promise by Cheryl Wyatt Mission: Motherhood by Marta Perry A Texas Thanksgiving by Margaret Daley Ready-Made Family by Cheryl Wyatt A Family For Thanksgiving by Patricia Davids A Mother’s Gift by Arlene James, Kathryn Springer Baby Makes A Match by Arlene James Accidental Mom by Loree Lough Second Chance Mom by Mary Kate Holder These are just a small portion of my favorite Love Inspired books that portray moms, adoptive, honorary or birth, and I highly recommend them all! And I hope that you will join us in Top Ten Tuesday for more great postings… Read more »

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May 15
Revell Reads Review: Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan

Revell Reads Review: Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan

My Thoughts I absolutely love Maggie Brendan and her books. She creates wonderful stories filled with beautiful characters, lots of quirks, and a plot line that will pull you in instantly. Trusting Grace is the third book in this series, but the first one that I have read. I’m so glad that I did! Grace, Robert and the children were all wonderful characters. They came to life instantly, pulling me in, capturing my heart. The interaction between Grace and Robert and Grace and the children left me smiling. The sparks that fly between Grace and Robert are endearing and I loved watching Robert come to terms with the way he feels about Grace.  This is a story of anger, love, letting go and moving on. A story of learning to trust again. God works His way into the story line, leaving the reader with messages of hope and faith in the end.  If you love a story that will not only warm your heart, but is filled with captivating characters, history, and hope, then look no further than this beautifully woven novel. This is worth 4 star praises and recommendations to all Christian fiction lovers. Ms. Brendan will leave you wanting… Read more »

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