Friday, December 8, 2017

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "Holly, Ivy, & Intrigue" by Joanie Bruce, Alexa Verde, & Denise Weimer

About the Book
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Title: Holly, Ivy & Intrigue
Author: Joanie Bruce, Alexa Verde, Denise Weimer
Genre: Mystery/suspense, Christmas
Release Date: November 13, 2017
Christmas Murder Mix-Up
“I have to get rid of her now.”
After four months of a blissful marriage, Paige is devastated to overhear her husband, Cooper, say those words to his best friend. Because of a suspicious Christmas gift, a gas leak, and a home invasion, Paige’s love for Cooper is tested to the limit. Will their marriage survive the Christmas Murder Mix-up?
Holiday Pursuit
When Brianna Rockwell’s brother finds himself in danger and disappears three days before Christmas, she does everything to rescue him. Brianna dodges bullets, escapes fire, and even turns to her longtime crush for help. But the closer she gets to solving the mystery and finding her only sibling, the more desperate someone gets to silence her forever…

Kelsey Jordan prefers upcycling junk and refinishing antiques for her store in a Georgia mountains town to being the center of attention. When a robbery and an unknown benefactor shove her in the middle of a decades-old mystery, and a real estate developer and a former baseball star compete for her attention, Kelsey isn’t sure who to trust.
My Thoughts
Christmas Murder Mix up by Joanie Bruce: This was a nice story.  There were parts from several different character's point of view--Paige Collins, Cooper Collins, Tag White, & Rosie   . I got caught up in the mystery and trying to figure out what exactly was happening and who was involved. I would pick up the story and before I knew it, I'd read for longer than I'd planned. I didn't want to put it down. It was a fast read, but didn't feel rushed.
Holiday Pursuit by Alexa Verde: This story definitely starts out with a bang! It was non stop action from the beginning to the end. I was surprised by the reveal of who was the "bad guy" in the mystery. I liked the faith element woven through and for growth seen in the characters. I look forward to reading more books by Alexa Verde.
A Holiday Intruder by Denise Weimer: The fact that one of the characters tatted caught my interest right away. So many people don't even know what it is, much less no how to do it! It took a little longer for the mystery to be set in motion in this story, and I had a slight idea of who might be behind it, but never imagined what actually happened. I liked Tyler and how he wanted to protect Kelsey. 

About the Authors

ESP_9231 (2)As an avid reader, Joanie Bruce welcomed the transition from reading to writing and considered it a wonderful new experience to please others with her words. She has three published Christian suspense novels, and enjoys writing from her home in the country. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write, draw and paint, Joanie strives to use them to encourage others and to honor Him in all her accomplishments.
New Author PortraitAlexa Verde penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has a bachelor degree in Spanish, a master’s in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her series Rios Azules Christmas and Secrets of Rios Azules.
2016headshotDENISE WEIMER holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. An associate editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Denise is the author of The Restoration Trilogy, The Georgia Gold Series, romantic novella REDEEMING GRACE, and ACROSS THREE AUTUMNS: A Novella of The Backcountry Brides Collection through Barbour Publishing (May 2018). This wife and swim mom of two daughters always pauses for coffee, chocolate, old houses, and to write any story God lays on her heart.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, December 3
Mommynificent, December 6
Allofakindmom, December 7
Blogging With Carol, December 7
Janices book reviewsDecember 9
Carpe Diem, December 10
Mary Hake, December 10
Daysong ReflectionsDecember 12
Remembrancy, December 13
Multifarious, December 14
Margaret Kazmierczak, December 14
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, December 15
Pursuing StacieDecember 15
Vicky Sluiter, December 16
Bigreadersite, December 16


To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

"Holly, Ivy, & Intrigue" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing (November 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0999145142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0999145142
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1305 KB
  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0773K3SFK

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Temperature Blanket - Week 48

Nov 26: 44
Nov 27: 46
Nov 28: 61
Nov 29: 44
Nov 30: 47 Rain from 7:00 - 8:30 am
Dec 1: HDC
Dec 2:

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Book Review and Blog Tour: "A Mother for Leah" by Rachel L. Miller

A Mother for Leah
Series: Windy Gap Wishes
Genre:  Christian, Romance, Amish
Publisher: S&G Publishing
Publication date: February 1, 2017
Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident? Could love soften her heart so that she is able to see her answered prayers in Naomi Yoder or will she drive a wedge between her father and the only woman he has shown interest in since Elisabeth Fisher’s death? Leah Fisher lost her mother ten years ago. She is rapidly approaching womanhood and the lack is becoming more difficult every day. Will she be able to recognize love when it’s right in front of her? Could love be the key to Leah opening her heart, making room for the woman her father intends to marry… or will she stubbornly cling to the memory of her own mother? Will Leah be able to let go of her own ideas and realize that God truly does know best for her or will she allow love to slip through her fingers, destroying Samuel Fisher and Naomi Yoder’s happiness at the same time? – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – A Mother for Leah is a story about finding love and joy again after an unexpected tragedy rocks an Amish family’s life. Sweet, compelling, and filled with a charming cast of characters who will resonate with readers of all ages. ~ Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of The Quieting
Rachel L. Miller
Rachel L Miller writes sweet Amish romance with a focus on faith, family and friendship.
She feels very strongly that God has led her to live a simpler lifestyle; thus her deep kinship with the plain people. She enjoys spending time with her family and doing fun, simple things like swimming, making sun tea, sitting outside watching the sunrise or listening to rain fall on the tin roof.
Rachel enjoys writing Amish fiction and hopes that the purity of her stories will allow God’s message to shine through more clearly. She also writes Contemporary Inspirational Romance – and with all of her stories she focuses on presenting romance the way God intended it to be.
Readers can connect with Rachel on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and her website.

  1. Who or what inspired you to become an author? My mother is who truly inspired me. I have been a storyteller for as long as I can remember, but she was the one who really pushed me to write, and she was the one who believed in me the most. 
  1. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming an author ever cross your mind? I never settled on a specific career. I always wanted to be a mother more than anything else. Becoming an author was always a pipe dream… I never thought it was even remotely possible for me. 
  1. What can you tell us about your research and writing process for A Mother for Leah?There was a considerable amount of research, most of which meant reading. I have read quite a few non-fiction books and at least one fiction book by every major author of Amish fiction on the market today; trying to get a feel for where I wanted my community, what sort of rules and standards I wanted, etc… And then, of course, we had to visit actual Amish communities. 
  1. What inspired the idea for A Mother for Leah? Prayer. The story was entirely God-led. I had no idea where I wanted any of it to go when I started. I just prayed and followed where God led me. 
  1. What do you want readers to take away from reading A Mother for Leah? I hope that readers will take away a sense that they are not alone in whatever personal struggles they are dealing with. I hope that readers will be inspired to bring their families closer together.
  2. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear? Mother, Graphics Designer, Website Builder, Personal Assistant
I enjoyed reading "A Mother for Leah" by Rachel L. Miller. At one point, I wondered if there was another book in the series based on a mention of the story behind David and Catherine falling in love, but this seems to be the first book in the series. The book follows several characters: Leah Fisher, Samuel Fisher, Naomi Yoder, Rebekah Yoder, and Jacob (we never do learn what his last name is). I loved how the characters relied on God and strived to do His will. There were a lot of secondary characters with the same names. Some had the same first names, some had the same last names. It got a little confusing who was who at times. When Samuel first brings Naomi to his house, his daughters wonder if it is "Widow Yoder", but then realize it isn't. Truth be told, she was "Widow Yoder" since her last name is Yoder and she is a widow, but not the one they were referring to. Some of the "I was worried about Leah, but now I'm not." "Leah and Naomi are now getting along really well." got a little redundant after the third or fourth times it was brought up. It seemed to end a bit abruptly as we don't really see the culmination of Leah and Jacob's relationship. Overall, it was a nice book and I look forward to reading more books in the series.
A Mother for Leah Giveaway
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Reviewers: Perrianne Askew

"A Mother for Leah" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Windy Gap Wishes (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: S&G Publishing (August 15, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0998169277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998169279
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 3690 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: S&G Publishing; 1 edition (August 15, 2017)
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072FT6PJY

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Month in Review: November

  • Wrote 4859 words
  • Sculpted 0 babies
  • Tatted 0 crosses
  • Sewed 2 sock monkeys and 2 sock pigs
  • Knit 0 hats
  • Exercised 22 days
  • Read in the Bible 29 days
  • Wrote up 1 backlogged book reviews 
  • Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "Runaway Romance" by Miralee Ferrell

    About the Book
    Name of book: Runaway Romance
    Author: Miralee Ferrell
    Genre: Contemporary romance with Amish thread
    Release Date: October, 2017
    When a reality TV star meets the reality of life, will it be her downfall or her salvation?
    Ann Stanway had it all—a starring role in a reality show, an adoring boyfriend, and a sparkling future with limitless possibilities. Until the rules changed and the life she’d thought was real no longer existed. Leaving L.A. seems like her only option, and she lands in Kentucky at a quiet Amish inn—as far removed from her past as possible. Now she knows what was missing in her life–peace, true friendship and, dare she hope, a man who accepts her for who she is–or at least who he thinks she is.
    Hunter Lewis is intrigued by the new woman staying at his friend’s Amish inn. Annie appears to be what she claims, but she’s secretive and won’t open up. He’s been burned by a woman before and can’t tolerate deception. But his interest in Annie is growing, and the attraction seems to be mutual—until something happens that makes Hunter question everything he’d thought was real. Dare he risk his heart, when he’s certain Annie is keeping secrets?
    Can their new romance withstand the pressure, or will Ann choose to run again?
    My Thoughts "Runaway Romance" was a cute story. I figured at some point, Ann's L.A. life would catch up with her and kept wondering when it was going to happen. There were twists I didn't expect which was fun for me to not have it all figured out. There were several characters that the book follows: Ann Stanway, Scott Adson, Veronica Adson, Annie Farley, Hunter Lewis, and Jimmy Snyder. It was interesting to see things from everyone's perspective. I felt Ann's frustration and confusion and the hopelessness that Annie felt when her two lives converged. I kept wondering how the movie would show a certain thought or feeling one of the characters was having. The Biblical message was sound and well placed and the growth in the characters' lives was evident. I can't wait for the next book and hope to be able to see the movie, too.

    About the Author

    miraleeI love life, love my family, love writing Christian fiction–reading, riding my horse and puttering in my garden are all ways I relax. I often have my little 7 lb Chihuahua, Lacey, on my lap when I’m working–there’s nothing like a warm ball of love on your lap to act as a stress reliever!
    First and foremost I’m a child of God and daughter of the King. I’ve been involved in women’s ministries for years, I’m married to a wonderful man, have two grown children, two cats, two dogs, 10 chickens and ride my son-in-law’s Arabian mare since my old mare passed in 2013. We live about 9 miles from the nearest town on 11 acres, in a peaceful setting surrounded by trees.
    I started writing shortly after I turned 50, and discovered I loved it so much I don’t want to stop. I have 15 novels out & a five book set of horse novels for middle-grade girls. I write both women’s contemporary fiction, historical & contemporary romance, and horse/mystery novels for girls. One of my Western romances, Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, three books have been optioned as movies, and several books have been on the ECPA best seller list. You can find out more about me and my books at

    Guest Post from Miralee Ferrell

    In the spring of 2015, I received an email from a Hollywood producer, followed by a phone call. Imagine my surprise when she asked if I’d be willing to write a book for them. They were no longer producing the Love Finds You books into movies and were working on a different project for UP TV, a possible three-movie series, and she hoped I might be able to work with them. She explained that she’d optioned Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming, two or three years earlier, and loved it. Of the thirty-five or so titles she’d read of the line, that was her favorite. However, UP TV didn’t want to make historical or old west movies, so she’d shelved it for now.
    During that time period, I’d gotten my rights returned to all of my LFY books and had retitled them Finding Love in Last Chance, CaliforniaFinding Love in Tombstone, Arizona, and Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon. Sundance became Outlaw Angel, and all four are still in print.
    Here’s the amazing part. I came very, very close to turning down that contract offer with Summerside for Sundance. I was disappointed in the advance and royalty rate, and shortly after they released it, they sold the line to Guideposts, and that company didn’t continue the line much longer. Understandably, sales waned on their final releases, and I was disappointed with my sales from that final book as my others had done quite well. For a long time, I wished I hadn’t taken that contract and instead held out for one with another company for a three-book series. However, had I done that, I doubt Runaway Romance would ever have been written. It was Sundance that grabbed Chevonne’s attention and caused her to contact me. And the rest, as they say, is history.

    Blog Stops

    Blogging With Carol, November 28
    Janices book review, November 29
    Books n baubles, November 30
    Inklings and notionsDecember 1
    Texas Book-aholic, December 2
    BigreadersiteDecember 4
    The Power of Words, December 4
    Reading Is My SuperPower, December 5 (Interview)
    Baker Kella, December 6
    Splashes of JoyDecember 7
    Karen Sue Hadley, December 7
    Quiet Quilter, December 8
    Red Headed Book LadyDecember 9
    Cafinated Reads, December 10
    Remembrancy, December 11
    Carpe Diem, December 11


    In honor of her tour, Miralee is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle Fire! Click the link below to enter! Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

    "Runaway Romance" is available in paperback:
    • Series: A Reality Romance
    • Paperback: 274 pages
    • Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink (October 14, 2017)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1943959412
    • ISBN-13: 978-1943959419
    • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches

    and in Kindle edition:
    • File Size: 4282 KB
    • Print Length: 276 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1943959412
    • Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink (October 25, 2017)
    • Publication Date: October 25, 2017
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0759S234D

    I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for reviewing.