Friday, July 03, 2015

Friday Memes 7/3

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Do you lend your books out to friends and family?

My Answer:
All the time! In fact right now two of my sisters have several of my books and my Gram has a large stack as well! 


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Fairy tales lied.
Plink. Stella Varland plucked another edible pearl off the glittery periwinkle icing in front of her and let it slip from her fingers onto the counter beside the others. Her cupcake might look like Cinderella's dress, but there was no Prince Charming anywhere in sight. Plink.
Nope he'd straight up turned into a frog.
Plink.
Didn't they all?
Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant

My Thoughts
Love it!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant

About the Book
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 brokenness, so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but she always falls short. So she keeps her passion for 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 fiancée. 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 discover that the designer for the project is his old flame, Stella.
Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and past as they struggle to compromise and work together on a vision for the theater. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness---and their unresolved feelings for each other-until Chase discovers the hidden parts of Stella, while losing her trust in the process.
A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force 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 their brokenness.

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My Thoughts
I somehow completely missed the fact that this book was a sequel to All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes so when I started this book I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I already was acquainted with the characters! Though I didn't have a very fond opinion of the two main characters after the first book! But the author did a fabulous job of showing us their side of the story and turning them into very likable people! Chase had made a lot of stupid mistakes and experienced such pain but I loved how he clung to God through it all and let it make him a stronger and better person. Stella had been broken by heartache time and again and it was awesome to watch her journey to discovering that God can make broken things beautiful. One of my favorite thing was how Chase wanted to help Stella but also realized that he could not be the one to fill her broken places only God could and their romance was all the sweeter for it! It was fun to catch up with the characters from the previous book and meet some new ones and all in all this was a fantastic book that I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend this book!

Meet the Author
Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she's not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.

Find Betsy online: website, Facebook

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #168: Gone Without a Trace

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley
Revell-July 7, 2015

About the Book
It's been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds's cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts Livy concerning a missing senator's daughter who was last seen in Logan Point, she notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. But with self-doubt plaguing her and an almost instant dislike of Jennings, Livy is finding this investigation an uphill battle. With her future in law enforcement on the line, can she find a way to work with a man who is her polar opposite?

Award-winning author Patricia Bradley keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they anticipate the outcome of the case--and the relationship between Livy and Alex--which is anything but certain.

Why I Want It
I have thoroughly enjoyed this author's previous novels and this one sounds like it will be quite good as well! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Normally I have an incredibly hard time putting these posts together but this was actually much easier. This is due mostly to the fact that I now have two jobs and I also have several TV shows I'm trying to keep up with, so my reading time has taken a dive. Therefore I had less books to decide between and these ten immediately jumped out as the best!

#1. Three Little Words & From the Start by Melissa Tagg

#2. Always On My Mind by Susan May Warren

#3. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

#4. Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

#5. Hawk & Falcon by Ronie Kendig

#6. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

#7. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

#8. Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

#9. Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

#10. A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

Monday, June 29, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #179

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
Loved this book so much!!!

What I am currently reading:
This book is really good so far!

What I hope to read this week:
I am actually on vacation in California the rest of this week and we are keeping rather busy so reading time is at a minimum but I do need to get these two read for review!

Blog Posts
My Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics
Waiting on Wednesday #167: In Good Company


Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Memes 6/25

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Do others come to you for book recommendations?

My Answer:
Yes quite frequently! Especially my siblings!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

The thwack of the train door jolted Eliza Cantrell upright. Acrid coal smoke whooshed through the muggy passenger car.
"Now, don't nobody get any ideas," a menacing voice growled.
A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears

My Thoughts
Love all the vivid descriptions!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #167: In Good Company

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

In Good Company by Jen Turano
Bethany House-July 7, 2015

About the Book
After growing up as an orphan, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her playfulness and enthusiasm aren't always well-received and she finds herself dismissed from yet another position. 
Everett Mulberry has quite unexpectedly become guardian to three children that scare off every nanny he hires. About to depart for Newport, Rhode Island, for the summer, he's desperate for competent childcare.

At wit's end with both Millie and Everett, the employment agency gives them one last chance--with each other. As Millie falls in love with her mischievous charges, Everett focuses on achieving the coveted societal status of the upper echelons. But as he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the children's parents, will it take the loss of those he loves to learn whose company he truly wants for the rest of his life?

Why I Want It
I have loved every book I've read of this author's and I can't wait for this one!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

"In honor of 5 years of Top Ten Tuesday ( our first Top Ten Tuesday debuted June 21, 2010) -- My Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics We've Ever Done In The Past 5 Years"

There are so many fun topics that we have done that it was really hard to narrow it down to just ten but I went with the ten that I had the most fun putting together!
Note: These are listed in the order that I posted them

Favorite Characters in Books
Books for People Who Like X Author
Most Unfortunate Character Names
Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book
Character Names I Love
Books That Will Make You Swoon
Things On My Bookish Bucket List
Book Cover Elements I Like
Characters I Wish Would Get Their Own Book
Things I Like When It Comes to Romances in Books

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Memes 6/19

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
How many posts do you publish per week? And how many of them are reviews?

My Answer:
Always at least four but usually five or six. The first four are my meme posts and the other one to two are reviews


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

"I'm closing the school, Miss Atherton, and that's my final word on the subject." Dr. Keith Sullivan shut the attendance ledger on his desk with an ominous snap and pushed to his feet, forcing Charlotte to stand as well.
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
  My Thoughts
Great beginning!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fatal Trauma by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

About the Book
The gunman had nothing to lose, and therefore, the lives of everyone in the emergency room were at risk. Dr. Mark Baker and nurse Kelly Atkinson were on duty during the standoff, but despite their efforts, at the end of the evening, three men were dead—one police officer and two members of the feared Zeta drug cartel. But the killing is not over, because when the drug cartel loses its members, revenge is not far behind. Mark’s life continues to be in danger, but to make matters worse he finds he is under suspicion as a killer! He turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, while Kelly helplessly looks on, hiding her feelings for the good doctor. The characters in Fatal Trauma face life and death situations that cause them to question their faith, their priorities, and the meaning of their lives, while learning that God can use everyone— even people who’ve failed—because doesn’t that include all of us?

My Thoughts
After enjoying a few of this author's previous novels I was looking forward to reading this book. Sadly I couldn't finish it. I read a chunk of it but wasn't getting into the story at all and I have so many books to read that I can't spend time on ones I'm not enjoying. The writing was a bit choppy, there were too many details about insignificant things, and I wasn't really liking any of the characters but the premise was interesting and I'm sure others will enjoy it, it just wasn't for me. I hate writing negative reviews but I was asked to give my honest thoughts and that's what I have done. I really hope you check out other reviews and don't just take my opinion.

Meet the Author
A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Can Mark find out who the shooter is before he becomes the next victim? You won't want to miss the suspense in Richard Mabry's new book, Fatal Trauma. Facing an adversary whose desires are dark and efforts are ruthless, Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. When he turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, Kelly helplessly looks on, as she hides her own feelings for the good doctor.

Richard is celebrating the release of Fatal Trauma by giving away The Perfect Prescription Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 20th. The winner will be announced June 22nd on Richard's blog.

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