Thursday, 28 April 2016

LuLu's Kitchen, A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life ~ Review




ABOUT THE BOOK:
Updated with a new introduction and amazing photography, the bestselling cookbook by Lucy Buffett (chef sister of Jimmy Buffett) includes authentic family recipes from her Alabama and Florida destination restaurants, Lulu's.

LULU'S KITCHEN is Lucy Buffett's culinary guide to classic Southern coastal cuisine and is packed with more than 120 signature recipes from her famous Gulf Coast restaurant, LuLu's, and LULU'S KITCHEN is the next best thing to being there. Tucked inside are humorous stories and plenty of wit and wisdom from Lucy's own kitchen. The book features party menus, Buffett family favorites, and lots of telling it like it is. 
Recipes include soul-satisfying delights like West Indies Salad, Heavenly Fried Crab Claws, Garlic Cheese Grits, and Silver Queen Succotash-not to mention a whole chapter of specialty cocktails that will have you daydreaming of cold margaritas and warm sand between your toes.


MY THOUGHTS:

Oh my goodness! This is hands down the best book and cookbook EVER! I thought I would just "flip through" the recipes to see what I could try first, and what a surprise I found!! Lucy Buffett is not just a fabulous chef but that girl is funnnnyyyyy!!! I found myself reading her stories page after page out loud to my husband, and my oh my, we were cracking up!!

I have to say, these recipes...OH EM GEEEEE!! They look absolutely amazing and I CANNOT WAIT to try tons of them!! It's going to be a great summer with so many new recipes and a fun book to boot!

Thank you so much Anna with FSB Associates for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!!

Do yourself and your summer a favor and pick up a copy of LuLu's Kitchen, A Taste of the Gulf Coast good Life!!


Monday, 25 April 2016

Sit, Stay, Love



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Sit, Stay, Love (Harvest House, April 2016)
Take one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you’re ready for a lesson in love . . . Tippy style.
Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother’s elderly dog, Tippy, he’s quick to call on a pet-sitting service.
Gina isn’t thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can’t abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.
As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too…
Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.

MY THOUGHTS:
This has to be the cutest, and most precious book I've read in a long time! Tippy is the star of this story and believe me you will sooo fall in love!! I've known someone who wasn't a "dog person" but as the Lord would have it,  a dog found her and there began the lesson of unconditional love. That is just one of the many, many, things that will have you falling in love with Tippy! I laughed, I cried, and just enjoyed every single page of this book!! I think you will too!
Heart of a Bookworm gives Sit, Stay, Love a BIG 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s

Thank you LitFuse for allowing me this complimentary in exchange for my honest review!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Her One and Only!


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A female bodyguard plus her star NFL client plus danger equals a great recipe for romance! Her One and Only, book four in Becky Wade's Porter Family novels, releases May 3. To celebrate, Becky is hosting an author chat party on her Facebook page on May 5 at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Join Becky for an evening of book chat with other bookworms and prizes.


Plus a portion of all pre-sales and sales the release week of Her One and Only will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. For more details on how to purchase a copy, click here.





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About the Book
After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?




Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.




Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.




Learn more and purchase a copy.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Hey guys! Here is an awesome giveaway and there is only 4 days left!! Good luck!!
What do you get when you add one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog? A lesson in love—Tippy style—in Dana Mentink’s new book, Sit, Stay, Love. As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too. . . .
Join Dana in celebrating the release of Sit, Stay, Love with a blog tour and a Travels with Tippy prize pack giveaway!
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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Sit, Stay, Love
  • A $75 Visa cash card
  • A basket filled with Tippy-themed goodies
    • Travel-themed decorator box
    • Reading dog statue
    • Dog journal
    • Poems for Dog Lovers
    • Snuggle Paws fleece blanket from Animal Rescue Site
    • Pawprint scarf
    • Doxie desk pen
    • Pupmobile auto magnet
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on April 25th. The winner will be announced April 26th on Dana’s blog.
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Sit, Stay, Love

{MORE ABOUT SIT, STAY, LOVE}

Sit, Stay, Love (Harvest House, April 2016)
Take one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you’re ready for a lesson in love . . . Tippy style.
Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother’s elderly dog, Tippy, he’s quick to call on a pet-sitting service.
Gina isn’t thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can’t abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.
As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too…
Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.
Dana Mentink

{MORE ABOUT DANA MENTINK}

Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.
Find out more about Dana at http://www.danamentink.com.











Thursday, 14 April 2016

Back in the Saddle ~ Review





ABOUT THE BOOK:

Back in the Saddle (Multnomah, March 2016)

The prodigal is coming home.

It's been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray's Glen, Washington. He's broke, but not broken, and it's time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn't expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest---a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there's more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he's determined to find out what she's hiding . . . and why.

Colt's return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam's right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn't thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch's contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray's Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district's wealth and power---or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

To purchase a copy, go here: http://ruthloganherne.com/index.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ruth Logan Herne has more than half a million books in print, including fifteen Love Inspired contemporary novels. Back in the Saddle is the first book in her new western romance series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

MY THOUGHTS:

Back in the saddle is a sweet story! It took me awhile to get into it but once I did it was so good! This was the first time I have read a book from Ruth Herne and it won't be my last! I felt right at home within the storyline! 

I loved how very important "family" and "faith" meant to them, as well as, how they all handled the difficult situations that arose in the story!  The family drama and the town's relationships show you just how they walk out their faith and deal so honestly with one another. I really loved how she did not sugar coat some of the situations but she was completely "real"!! 

Overall, I am anxiously awaiting book 2 in this series and Heart of a Bookworm gives "Back in the saddle" 4 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s!!

Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!!

Friday, 25 March 2016

The Hearts We Mend ~ Review

The Hearts We Mend (Zondervan, March 2016)

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Planning and Post-It notes are the epitome of Evie’s life. But when she meets Jack, her life gets more than a little complicated.
Thirteen years ago, Evie’s firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie’s heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.
Tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Jack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie’s life is stream-lined, Jack’s approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack’s world—a world that isn’t as safe or predictable as the one she’s worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church.
Jack doesn’t make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn’t felt since Max passed away—or, maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn’t anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.

MY THOUGHTS:
The Hearts We Mend is such an EXCELLENT read! It is book 2 in the A Banister Falls Novels.  It is one of those books where you feel like you've  just moved into the neighborhood and have met all of your neighbors and love each of them! 
I LOVE Evie and Jack! They both cherish their families and together they teach each other how to step out of their comfort zones and see things from a whole new perspective! As they do their feelings for one another grow, but can they let go of their past? Can Evie let go and move on since having lost her husband, Max? Evie has lived in their town for a VERY long time! She has many friendships with Max's friends, and all of them are very protective of her! So when Jack comes to town they are in full protective mode, and Jack isn't quite sure how to take that!
Jack is a family man through and through! He gave up his job to help out his brother! What a guy huh!!?? He comes to Banister Falls and he makes quick friends with all of those in his apt. complex! His door is always open to his neighbors, which is just one of the many things Evie Loves about Jack!  (And there is ALOT to love!!)

The Hearts We Mend is such a great spring, summer, or anytime read! Heart of a Bookworm gives this hands down  5♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s!! I fell in love with this quaint little town and all of those who live there! Thank you LitFuse for allowing this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!!



Saturday, 19 March 2016

THE CHANGING SEASON



ABOUT THE BOOK:

This was supposed to be a simple summer for Billy: one more lazy expanse of time before college began. He'd fill the hours playing with Jimmy – his canine best buddy – going camping and doing all the things he promised Jimmy they'd do before Billy left. But that was before the accident that shook the entire town. It was before the summer job that turned into something so much more than a way to get a paycheck. And it was before Vicki. This summer was destined to be many things to Billy, things he didn't truly understand until now. But it was definitely not going to be simple.
An enormously touching, richly textured, deeply moving novel of new adulthood, THE CHANGING SEASON is an experience to savor.


MY THOUGHTS:


The Changing Season tells a tale of Billy and his dog(Jimmy), and two of his friends, Mark & Charlie.
The boys are hoping to make some great memories over the summer before they have to go to College. Mark & Charlie have a plan, but Billy doesn't know what he wants to do or major in, but that decision will  just have to wait because they have parties to attend and fun to be had!

I just love how Stephen Manchester takes you right into the lives of his characters! I haven't really read a "Coming of Age" book before but I loved all the relationships Billy has and the lessons he learns during that summer. I laughed and I cried and just LOVED this book!!

This would be such a great book for anyone really...  high schoolers, those in their final summer about ready to head off to college, or just anyone who enjoys a story about a boy and his wonderful dog!!

I totally recommend "The Changing Season"!!! You will be sooooo glad you read it!

Thank you Steven Manchester for sharing your gift of writing such wonderful stories with all of us! Thank you for allowing me to read your book in exchange for my honest review!