2/4/16

Hershey's Choice - Darlene Fredette (Giveaway - bookmark made by the author!)


4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Britt may be Hershey’s choice, but can the boisterous Labrador convince his owner?
Engineer Ryan Jerome has a knack for designing the future but can’t create one for himself. When Ryan lets his dog, Hershey, take the lead, going to the park is never the same. Unintentional meetings, a soiled coat, and a meddling mother are a few of the obstacles in his way of convincing Britt he’s not a stalker. Will he accept his dog’s direction and open his heart to the beautiful woman with a side of crazy?

Ruined weddings, divorced parents, and disastrous relationships have left event planner Britt Wells a non-believer in happy-ever-after. She’s readying for a future in interior design with one last wedding to oversee. Complications arise when she learns a suspected stalker and owner of an unruly dog is related to her client. Falling for Ryan and Hershey were not part of the plan. Can she put aside her doubts in relationships and take a chance on love? 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loves to develop the stories swimming in her head. Following a career path in administration, she excelled in the art of editing and design, which eventually led to a position as Director of Administration and Marketing.
Now, making her dream come true to write full time, Darlene writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners.

Darlene resides on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab. When not working on her next book, she enjoys spending time with her family. 

Check out Darlene's Website - HERE

MY THOUGHTS -
Super cute!  This was a real nice romantic, flirty, but clean chick-lit type story. Just my genre!
This has a good spider-webby plot that will keep you turning the pages and wondering what will happen next.

I really liked the two main characters - Ryan and Britt (and of course, Hershey, the dog, even though I am not a dog person). They are fun and quirky and Ryan is the kind of leading man that grows on you. I loved all the flirting going on in here. That's what I really want in a romance - the flirting! The eye contact, the light touches, the subtle smiles, the suggestive comments - all this is what gets to my heart. I guess I am a hopeless romantic. I don't want explicit sex, to me that's not romantic, but all the flirty little moments - now that's romantic! Darlene is great at that - And this one has a lot. Almost enough to give you goosebumps.
I love the way she wrapped it up in a nice sweet ending too! And you know how important that is to me.

If you are looking for a clean, but fun flirty and quirky little romance - this is it. 
PS&BTW - you don't have to love dogs to love this book!I am not a dog lover, alas - I am a cat lover! I kind of felt like such a trader reading this book because I did fall in love with Hershey.
This is my 4th book by this author! She is a good solid romance writer.
Thank you Darlene for sending me your latest book for my honest review - always a pleasure!

Order your copy from Amazon - HERE


Giveaway!

A super cute bookmark made by the author!!!
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Anyone can enter - no restriction on location.
*Winner will be chosen on 2/11
 

2/3/16

Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop


Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop
Featuring Young Adult & Clean Adult Romance
February 4th to 14th


I am giving away a whole series of six books!  One winner will get all six!
These are Christian/Historical Fiction. They are small books, novella size. I have red them all. Its a great series!

A Journey of the Heart Collection: A Heart's Disguise, A Heart's Obsession, A Heart's Danger, A Heart's Betrayal, A Heart's Promise, A Heart's Home


A Heart's Disguise
In the celebratory mood of the recently-ended Civil War, Sarah discovers her betrothed has been keeping a devastating secret.
 

A Heart's Obsession
Will Sarah’s journey west lead her back into the arms of the one man she can trust?
 

A Heart's Danger
On the brink of war with the Sioux, Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.
 

A Heart's Betrayal
Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier, but her secret could drive them apart.
 

A Heart's Promise
Emmie makes a promise to her friend that, if fulfilled, could mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac.
 

A Heart's Home
Emmie’s hope for a life with Isaac is overshadowed by a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny.
 





By best-selling author Colleen Coble. 
Her novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.


Enter to win using the form below.
* Please be from the US only.
Winner will be chosen on Feb 14th.
 

1/29/16

Cats In Paris: A Magical Coloring Book - Won-Sun Jang


4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
This gorgeously illustrated adult coloring book draws readers into the secret world of cats in Paris as they explore the city's most famous (and feline-friendly) spots.
Say bonjour to the cats of Paris as they slink through its fabled streets and alleyways, from Montmartre to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and into a feline-filled land of playful imagination. Featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings of tabbies, Persians, Siamese, and more, this evocative coloring book’s frisky kitties lie in wait for your colorful stylings.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ARTIST -
Won-Sun Jang is an award-winning Korean illustrator whose work has appeared in Vogue Korea, Elle Korea, Bazaar Korea, and InStyle Korea, and clients include MAC Cosmetics and Clinique. Winner of the Children’s Books Illustration Award from Kemongsa Publishers, she currently works as a package designer in Seoul, Korea. Since meeting Eva the Norwegian Forest Cat fourteen years ago, she has fallen in love with cats and the inspiration they bring to her art.  

MY THOUGHTS -
I am a cat lover so naturally I loved this book!  The pictures of cats are very cute, although they are not as detailed as I would like in an adult coloring book. A few of the pages are a waste to me - they are just a repetitive design (I don't really care for those kinds of pages) but some of the other ones are nice. I really can't wait to start coloring in this.

My husband saw this laying on the kitchen counter after I opened up the package. He picked it up and looked at every page!!!! He was commenting on how cute it was and pointing out his favorite ones. I thought this was so funny. I told him he could color with me sometime! We'll see.

A couple other reviewers commented that there were very few pages of Paris. This did not even phase me - it was the cats I was after not Paris. Even though not very detailed for an adult coloring book - still very cute! And the quality of this book is very good, nice thick pages so you can use markers (although I would probably use colored pencils myself).

Here are a few of the pictures -

And here are the hubby's favorites, he just thought the ones with the yarn were so cute -



Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me this book for my honest review!

Order your copy from Amazon - HERE

1/27/16

The Sanctuary (Audible version) - Ted Dekker


4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
The Sanctuary is the gripping story of vigilante priest, Danny Hansen, who is now serving a 50 year prison term in California for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence and maneuvers deftly within a ruthless prison system.

But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing a bloody finger and draconian demands from a mysterious enemy on the outside, Danny must find a way to escape.

They are both drawn into a terrifying game of life and death. If Renee fails, the priest will die; if Danny fails, Renee will die. And the body count will not stop at two.

The Sanctuary is Ted Dekker at his best, a powerful thriller that relentlessly plumbs the depths of punishment and rehabilitation, both in a flawed corrections system and in the human heart. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling thriller author. Heralded as a "master of suspense" by Library Journal, Dekker has sold millions worldwide, establishing himself as one of the most widely recognized author brands.
He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. 

You can find him at Teddekker.com and Facebook.com/teddekker.




MY THOUGHTS -
First, my thoughts on the book - 
What I loved - 
I loved that half the book took place inside a prison. For some reason I like prison books.
I loved that the chapters took turns between the two main characters. And this was done very well.
I loved Danny - the main character that was in prison.
I loved the end - Its a shocker!!!  

What I didn't love -
I didn't love Renee' - she just got under my skin. Kind of drove me nuts. 
The suspense in this was pretty good, but... not as good as his other books.

I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker's. I still loved this book, there are just others that I loved more :-)

My thoughts on the narration -
This is the hard part. I think if I had actually read the book I might have liked it more. The narration can make it or break it for an audio book. And I didn't really care for either Renee's or Danny's narrator. I think that is why I didn't like Renee', because I didn't like the reader's voice. Renee' was supposed to be a tough chick. I mean she was pretty brave. But the narrator's voice made her seem whiny. It was like nails on a chalkboard for me.
And my only problem with Danny's was that sometimes he had an accent and sometimes he didn't. But I liked the way it was read, I liked the voice.

I got this from Audible with one of my monthly credits.

Get yours from Amazon - HERE 

1/23/16

The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming - Sally Clarkson & Sarah Clarkson


3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
How to make home your family’s favorite place to be . . . all year long.
Does your home sometimes feel like just a place to eat, sleep, and change clothes on the way to the next activity? Do you long for “home” to mean more than a place where you stash your stuff? Wouldn’t you love it to become a haven of warmth, rest, and joy . . . the one place where you and your family can’t wait to be?

There is good news waiting for you in the pages of The Lifegiving Home. Every day of your family’s life can be as special and important to you as it already is to God. In this unique book designed to help your family enjoy and celebrate every month of the year together, you’ll discover the secrets of a life-giving home from a mother who created one and her daughter who was raised in it: popular authors Sally and Sarah Clarkson. Together they offer a rich treasure of wise advice, spiritual principles, and practical suggestions. You’ll embark on a new path to creating special memories for your children; establishing home-building and God-centered traditions; and cultivating an environment in which your family will flourish.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of multiple bestselling books, including Own Your Life and Desperate (with Sarah Mae). As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of mothers through Whole Heart Ministries (www.wholeheart.org), which she founded with her husband, Clay, in 1998. Since then, she has advocated relentlessly for the power of motherhood and the influence of home through her Mom Heart conferences (www.momheart.org), speaking to audiences on several continents. Sally encourages many through her blogs and websites—www.sallyclarkson.com and www.lifegivinghome.com (the companion site to this book)—as well as through her e-books and live webinars. - See more at: http://www.tyndaleblognetwork.com/1_title/author-bio.php?authorID=2247#sthash.k4YCqQJb.dpuf
Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of multiple bestselling books, including Own Your Life and Desperate (with Sarah Mae). As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of mothers through Whole Heart Ministries (www.wholeheart.org), which she founded with her husband, Clay, in 1998. Since then, she has advocated relentlessly for the power of motherhood and the influence of home through her Mom Heart conferences (www.momheart.org), speaking to audiences on several continents. Sally encourages many through her blogs and websites—www.sallyclarkson.com and www.lifegivinghome.com (the companion site to this book)—as well as through her e-books and live webinars. - See more at: http://www.tyndaleblognetwork.com/1_title/author-bio.php?authorID=2247#sthash.k4YCqQJb.dpuf
Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of multiple bestselling books, including Own Your Life and Desperate (with Sarah Mae). As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of mothers through Whole Heart Ministries (www.wholeheart.org), which she founded with her husband, Clay, in 1998. Since then, she has advocated relentlessly for the power of motherhood and the influence of home through her Mom Heart conferences (www.momheart.org), speaking to audiences on several continents. Sally encourages many through her blogs and websites—www.sallyclarkson.com and www.lifegivinghome.com (the companion site to this book)—as well as through her e-books and live webinars.
Sarah Clarkson is a freelance writer and current student of theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. She is the author of three books: Read for the Heart (a guide to children's literature), Caught Up in a Story (on the formative power of story), and Journeys of Faithfulness (a creative, contemplative devotional for young women). She has worked extensively with family and student discipleship ministries, where she has gained a deep desire to help people discover the gift and importance of home. In blogs, books, and her current research, she explores the spiritual significance of story, the intersection of theology and imagination, and the formative power of beauty. She writes regularly about her adventures at www.thoroughlyalive.com and is at slow work on a novel. She can often be found with a cup of good coffee in one of the many quaint corners amidst Oxford's "dreaming spires." - See more at: http://www.tyndaleblognetwork.com/1_title/author-bio.php?authorID=3523#sthash.uqqsLhEd.dpuf
Sarah Clarkson is a freelance writer and current student of theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. She is the author of three books: Read for the Heart (a guide to children's literature), Caught Up in a Story (on the formative power of story), and Journeys of Faithfulness (a creative, contemplative devotional for young women). She has worked extensively with family and student discipleship ministries, where she has gained a deep desire to help people discover the gift and importance of home. In blogs, books, and her current research, she explores the spiritual significance of story, the intersection of theology and imagination, and the formative power of beauty. She writes regularly about her adventures at www.thoroughlyalive.com and is at slow work on a novel. She can often be found with a cup of good coffee in one of the many quaint corners amidst Oxford's "dreaming spires." 

MY THOUGHTS -
I really wanted to love and be able to use this book, but it just wasn't "it" for me. It was enjoyable enough. I liked reading some of the passages. It was a nice read, sweet, heartwarming - but just didn't thrill me. And for ME wasn't as useful as I had hoped. I only saw two other reviews (it's new!) and they were both 5 stars - so I don't know?? Difference of opinion or difference in expectations.
To my this read more like a memoir (and not a very exciting one) than a "helping book", kind of like a devotional. So of that is what you are looking for than great! I guess I wasn't looking for that. 


Even though I didn't love this book as much as I wanted to - like I said it was enjoyable to read, and it might be just the thing you are looking for!

Thank you Tyndale House Publishing for sending me this book for my honest review.

Order your copy from Amazon - HERE

1/22/16

Super Foods Every Day - Sue Quinn


4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
A collection of more than 60 dishes that showcase super foods–ingredients from kale and seaweed to cocoa and avocado that are brimming with vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients.

Discover the health-boosting benefits of foods like kale, cauliflower, blueberries, and dark chocolate.
Find the perfect ingredients to help protect against cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and improve your overall health. Energize your day with easy-to-follow, nutrient-dense, and tasty recipes.
Learn simple ways to incorporate fiber-rich super foods into your diet every day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
SUE QUINN is a food writer, journalist, and author of several cookbooks covering subjects as diverse as Japanese, Spanish, and vegan cooking, and cooking with children. Based on the south coast of England, she writes regularly about food and cooking.
Visit her Blog - HERE
 
 
 
 MY THOUGHTS -
This is not just another recipe book. This book teaches you about the "super foods" - what are they? Why do we need them for our bodies? How to incorporate them into our meals. 

This book contains nice easy to follow charts, has lots of pictures, and great recipes! Also - my big pet peeve with recipe books... there is a picture for EVERY recipe!!! YAY!

What I loved about this book -
It is a teaching tool.
It is easy to read and easy to follow.
Each recipe lists what vitamins etc. it contains.
Each one also tells you how it benefits your body - I love this!
The only thing I wish was included is the calories. That seems to be the only thing missing for me.

Some of the recipes I liked are -
Choco smoothie - milk, banana, cocxoa, maca powdermflax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, rolled oats and honey
Berry blast smoothie
Super salad
Sunshine soup
Creamy comfort soup
Glowing green pesto pasta
Nourishing noodle bowl
Kale and bead hash
and so many more!!!

Click on the picture to make it bigger -


A lot of great health information and lots of great recipes packed into this small book!

Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this book for my honest review.

Order your copy from Amazon - HERE

1/20/16

Fooling Around With Cinderella - Stacy Juba


4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Stacy Juba loves to write about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them through her mystery, romance and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens and children. She has written about ice hockey, sibling rivalry and sportsmanship, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths solving mysteries. Her latest novel is Fooling Around With Cinderella, the first in the Storybook Valley chick lit sweet romance series. Stacy is always happy to hear from readers. 
 
 
MY THOUGHTS -
Very cute, fun, fairy-tale like, chick lit story! This book had a good recipe for success. A sweet main character, a hunky man, and an evil villain - put them all in a theme park with a little romance and you've got your self a story! 
 
Jaine is a very likable and believable leading lady. She was sweet, smart, determined, knows what she wants in life and goes out to get it. But is she ready to fall for her boss?
Dylan - The knight in shining armor, or should I say prince in this case. The dashing, handsome boss, who had a history with the ladies. Is he ready for real romance?
Gabriella - This fairy-tale wouldn't be complete without a villain. And Gabriella makes a perfect one! Her and Jaine go way back, and not in a good way. Will she win this time around?

Great character development and great story flow. This book kept my interest all the way. I love chick-lit books because of all the drama and this one was not lacking!
This story also had a great ending that even brought a few tears to my eyes!

Thank you Stacy for sending me a copy of your book for my honest review.
 
Order your copy from Amazon - HERE