Friday, July 31, 2015

A Life Announcement

I suppose if someone had been paying close attention they may have figured it out ;p I'm sure I mentioned a few times in June about not feeling well. I can now freely report that it wasn't just a common cold or stomach bug. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Heart's Promise {Quick Review}

A Heart's Promise (A Journey of the Heart #5)
A Heart's Promise by Colleen Coble 
Journey of the Heart #5
Visit the Author's website HERE
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publishing Date: July 7, 2015
A rival threatens Emmie's budding romance with Isaac.

At Fort Laramie, soldier Isaac Liddle determines he will court and win Emmie Croftner's hand. Though courting seems improbable for a woman in her condition, Emmie begins to care deeply for Issac and chafes as Jessica Dubois sets her bonnet for him.

When Jessica learns of Emmie's secret pregnancy, she blackmails her. With the Sioux Wars raging outside the safety of Fort Laramie, Emmie knows she cannot lose Isaac. But will he reject her--and her child--if he learns the truth?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top Fave Books of 2015...So Far

Hello! It's that time of year again where I pause to look back on what I have already read.

I've read 70 of 85 books to date. I'm totally shocked by this. I didn't think I would be reading so much this year, but I've had a nice amount of time. Having so many awesome, quality books has helped too! I have read a plethora of stellar book this year. Picking five was impossible. I couldn't even limit it to six! So here are the Top Seven Books of 2015 .... so far!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Curiosity Keeper {Review}

The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, #1)
The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E Ladd
Treasures of Surrey #1
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publishing Date: July 7, 2015
Goodreads Summary:
Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She’s done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop on Blinkett Street. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille has no choice but to accept help from the mysterious stranger who came to her aid.

Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content working as a village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may or may not be the answer to his questions.

Curious circumstance throws them together, and an intricate dance of need and suspicion leads the couple from the seedy backwaters of London to the elite neighborhoods of the wealthy to the lush, green Surrey countryside—all in the pursuit of a blood-red gem that collectors will sacrifice anything to possess.

Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, each will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Jupiter Winds {INSPY Review}

Jupiter Winds
Jupiter Winds by C.J. Darlington
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Publisher: Mountainview Books, LLC
Publishing Date: May 15, 2014
In 2160, a teenager becomes the bait to capture her missing revolutionary parents she thinks are long dead.

Grey Alexander has one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Orinda alive. Not an easy feat living unconnected in the North American Wildlife Preserve, where they survive by smuggling contraband into the Mazdaar government's city zones. If the invisible electric border fence doesn't kill them, a human-like patrol drone could.

When her worst fear comes true, Grey questions everything she thought she knew about life, her missing parents, and God. Could another planet, whose sky swirls with orange vapors and where extinct-on-Earth creatures roam free, hold the key to reuniting her family?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

INSPY 2015 Award Winners!

I can't believe that after all that fun and great reading, I forgot to post the INSPY Award winners for 2015! The announcement went live on June 30th and hopefully you have already seen the results. First, for the category I was judging the winner was:

Book - Storm Siren
Literature for Young Adult: Storm Siren (Thomas Nelson) by Mary Weber:

Monday, July 13, 2015

Picture Perfect Love {Review}

Picture Perfect Love: A June Wedding Story (A Year of Weddings Novella 2, #7)
Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone
A Year of Weddings 2, Book #7
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Publisher: Zondervan
Publishing Date: May 25, 2015
When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.

Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day, putting her heart into every wedding to give the couple memorable images of their love. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren't always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. But Jenna has faith that she will find true love. Until then, she must be patient and trust in God's plan and His perfect timing.

Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away. When an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of put an end to his political aspirations, he blamed Jenna. So what if the photo led to his being offered a dream job and changing his life for the better? Jenna betrayed his trust, and two years later, Ashton's heart still hasn't recovered. 

It was me. His younger sister's three words turn Ashton's world upside down. He must ask Jenna’s forgiveness, but can he risk his heart a second time? Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Batter of Life and Death Tour + Giveaway!

A Batter of Life and Death (A Bakeshop Mystery, #2)
A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander
A Bakeshop Mystery #2
Publisher: St Martin's
Publishing Date: June 30, 2015
Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for...

It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

June 2015 Recap

I usually post these on the weekends, but I am hoping you were out and about enjoying the Fourth and not reading blog posts! But it is a new week now ;)
What the crap happened to June?? Gone in a flash. Most of the month I felt pretty crappy which put a huge damper on all reading and blogging. My motivation completely vanished. Luckily, I had left myself pretty open book schedule-wise as I was anticipating a lot of INSPY reading and discussion. This last week of June however, the whole family has had a cold and I find myself wildly behind on reading and blogging. 

In June I got bookish mail left and right and was absolutely LOVING it! Anything better than bookish mail?? I think not. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Love Arrives in Pieces {Review}

Love Arrives in Pieces
Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St Amant
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Publisher: Zondervan
Publishing Date: June 9, 2015

For so long, Stella was known for her beauty. Now, with her heart stripped bare, she must discover who she really is.

Former pageant queen Stella Varland doesn't trust beauty anymore after her divorce. Her appearance betrayed her and led to her brokenness so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but always falls short. So she keeps her passion for her secret art to herself and focuses on her interior design work. But if she doesn t get another job soon, she'll be stuck living with her parents.

Contractor Chase Taylor is determined to live a life of no regrets after losing his fiancee in a car crash. Now he lives life at full speed, striving to see how much he can accomplish. He knows if he slows down, he ll fall apart. So he returns home to Bayou Bend to renovate the town's old theater, and is shocked to learn former flame Stella is the designer for the project.

Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and their pasts as they struggle to compromise and come together on a vision for the theater. Chase doesn't understand why Stella is such a subdued version of herself, while Stella doesn't get Chase s constant need for productivity and speed. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness and their unresolved feelings for each other until Chase breaks through Stella's walls and convinces her to enter her mosaic tile art in a contest.

A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force both Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from the broken.