Monday, 28 November 2016

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year ~ A countdown to Christmas




ABOUT THE BOOK:

Celebrate 31 days of a Christ-filled Christmas season.
For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.
From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.
With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.

MY THOUGHTS:
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Ace Collins is such an awesome read and one that I wish everyone could read during this time of year! We get so busy during the Holiday season and this devotional shares not only exceptional devotions, but also great gift ideas and recipes too!!! It allows us to reflect on the true reason of Christmas!
It would be such a wonderful gift for a teacher, preacher, or just about anyone for that matter!!! There are sooo many wonderful recipes and some that you could prepare yourself as gifts such as the Gingerbread Hot Chocolate! The cookie recipes sound delicious too! I love the Christmas traditions he shares as well! Honestly, this book would be perfect to sit down in the evening as a family and read each devotional together! It could start a new tradition within your own family! 
Heart of a Bookworm gives it 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s
Thank you Litfuse for providing this book in exchange for my honest review!

Friday, 18 November 2016

Trust My Heart ~ Review



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.
After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant’s fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.
The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home…




MY THOUGHTS:

Trust My Heart is such a sweet and oh so awesome romance novel!! I LOVE everything about this book... seeing people overcome obstacles and learning how true forgiveness blesses you in ways you never could have imagined is just a small example of why I fell in love with this story! Grant and Jami will have you cheering them on right from the start and if you're like me you will also fall in love with all the others as well!

I am so glad to have found yet another wonderful author to read! Thank you LitFuse for allowing me the opportunity to review this book!

Heart of a Bookworm gives Trust My Heart 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s

Monday, 29 August 2016

The Things We Knew ~ Review






ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Things We Knew (Thomas Nelson, July 2016)
A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.
After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother’s death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can’t remember a bit of it.
But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother’s best friend and Lynette’s first crush, Nick seems to hiding things from her. Lynette wonders what he knows about the day her mother died and hopes he might help her remember the things she can’t.
But Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn’t want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.
As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface—secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question all they ever believed in.
MY THOUGHTS:
Wow.... What a story! The Things We Knew had me turning pages late into the night because I JUST HAD to see how this book would end! Lynette is the youngest of 5, and she cares for their father who is suffering from dementia and is also having financial issues. Like most people in this situation, you call in the family, right? Well Lynette did just that, and my oh my, she got way more than she bargained for! On top of that, an old crush of Lynette's also comes back in town and he seems to know more than he's letting on!!
To say this family is "dysfunctional" would be putting it mildly! The secrets, betrayals, and promises broken are enough for you to think the siblings may never find their way back to a healthy and loving relationship!! But Catherine West wrote this story beautifully and watching this family walk out their issues was just incredible! I love it when you see truth setting people free, and in The Things We Knew, that is exactly what happens!
I give this book 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s! Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Fetching Sweetness ~ Review





ABOUT THE BOOK:

Standing Between Stephanie and Her Dream
Is One Hundred Pounds of Lovable Trouble
It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author's valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.

But Agnes's canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.

When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings—a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog...thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it's a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.



MY THOUGHTS:


Fetching Sweetness, book 2 in Love Unleashed series, by Dana Mentink is just the best and sweetest book ever!! Nothing like a dog who brings people together is there!! Stephanie and Rhett are such great characters!! Stephanie is a book addict (among so many other things) so of course I had to love her, right! (I mean really, I am a total book addict! LOL)

Rhett is wonderful! He can be strong in one place and then completely vulnerable in another! Seeing a man share his vulnerability is so rare anymore and it just makes you swoon over him!

Together these two have such an amazing journey and i just love how the author wrote it in such a way that made me truly laugh out loud and even tear up too! All of us make our own agenda, plan what we "want" to happen, yet God in HIS infinite wisdom steps in and proves HIS way is best! 

Thank you Dana Metink for sharing your gift of writing with us! Thank you LifFuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review !! This is a DEFINITE 5♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s Fetching Sweetness is a MUST READ!!

Monday, 22 August 2016

When Death Draws Near ~ Review


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Gwen Marcey takes death in stride. Until she’s faced with her own mortality.
Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others.
Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the “accidental” deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her, Gwen turns her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity—a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren’t the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?
In a thrilling race against time, When Death Draws Near plunges us into cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects.


MY THOUGHTS:


"When Death Draws Near" is the 3rd book in Carrie Parks,  A Gwen Marcey Novel series. Having said that, when reading I didn't feel lost at any point because I haven't read the previous 2 books.  If anything, I'm dying to read them and will definitely be downloading them ASAP!! 

Gwen is a hoot! Her life is crazy and chaotic and despite kicking cancers bootie once, only to have it return, she doesn't let that stop her...NOT. AT. ALL. She is a forensic artist and while in between jobs she takes a temporary job that brings out some of the craziest things I think I've ever read about in a church and in this town!  But like I said, Gwen doesn't let much stop her no matter what the situation, even if the Sherriff doesn't really even want her there, let alone handling the case!! To add to everything, her daughter comes to live with her, and Gwen's determined to close this case, all the while keeping her daughter safe!!

I think this book a AWESOME! I will most definitely be reading the first 2 books in this series and I think I just might have found a new author that I LOVE!! You will NOT be able to put this book down and as far as thinking you have it figured out, she just might surprise you!! She sure did me :)

Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinion! It is a DEFINITE ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s FOR SURE!!


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Murder Mezzo Forte ~ Review








About the book: 

Murder Mezzo Forte (Lamplighter Mysteries, June 2016)

He is a reclusive history professor with musical hallucinations. . . .

She a headstrong professor of religion, a converted Wiccan. Earlier, they solved a campus murder, but now police say they formed two-thirds of an illicit love triangle with a newly-murdered female colleague and they're probably guilty of her murder. A leak of the alleged scandal to the college administration threatens their jobs.

Their desperate attempt to prove themselves innocent of the triangle and the murder plunges them into a tangle of unsavory corporate relationships among college trustees. And it puts their lives in danger from a mysterious criminal organization that seems to have tentacles everywhere.

Can this ill-matched pair's stumbling efforts succeed against the entrenched forces of the police, the college's incompetent administration, and that powerful but unseen criminal organization? If not, they may end up unemployed, in prison, or suffering a fate much worse.

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My Thoughts:

This is the 2nd book in the Preston Barclay Mysteries! If you like mysteries, with a little romance, and throw in some pretty good humor then Murder Mezzo Forte is for you! In addition to all that I Loved that Author Donn Taylor pretty much kept me guessing til the end! Not all authors can do that so this was awesome!! Even though this is a 2nd book in the series you can read it as a stand alone however, there are quite a few references to the 1st book so if that would bother you then by all means start at the very first book ... you can get it here! It's called Rhapsody in Red!

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

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Dwelling Places ~ Review AND GIVEAWAY!!!!



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season (Abingdon, June 2016)
Do you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a deeper spiritual life through a closer relationship with God?
If you’re tired of dwelling in busyness and noise, then perhaps one word a day can change your life. Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend time each day turning to God’s Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow.
Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.
These “dwelling places” that offer the joy of God’s promise and presence cover four seasons: fall, Advent, Lent, and summer. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, ordinary moments, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.
MY THOUGHTS:
There is NOTHING like the peace the Lord provides is there!!!  I know for me, I have to seek that Peace and by that I mean setting time aside to be with the Lord through prayer and HIS Word!  Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season is a phenomenal devotional! It is broken up into 4 sections...Dwell, Shine, Renew, and Grow each one correlating with Fall, Advent, Lent and Summer. For my review I was to share my thoughts on the Summer readings or Grow. I love working in my yard and seeing Gods beauty and Summertime is my Favorite time of the year and adding this devotional to my morning quiet time was such a blessing!! 

Thank you Mrs. McDowell for hearing from the Lord and obeying HIS call to share this devotional with countless people!!  Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!
Today is the FINAL DAY to enter the Season of Refreshment Giveaway with Lucinda Secrest McDowell
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Medical Judgement ~ Review



Richard Mabry

{MORE ABOUT RICHARD MABRY}

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.
Find out more about Richard at http://www.rmabry.com.




Just what the doctor ordered: heart-thumping suspense and intrigue, courtesy of Richard Mabry’s new medical drama, Medical Judgment. Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They’ve stalked her and set a fire at her home. Trying to recover from the traumatic deaths of her husband and infant daughter is tough enough, but she has no idea what will come next. As the threats on her life continue to escalate, so do the questions: Who is doing this? Why are they after her? And with her only help being unreliable suitors in competition with each other, whom can she really trust?

After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn’t think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her—and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.
Her late husband’s best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and they’re both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.
With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won’t protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

MY THOUGHTS:

There are soooo many good things to say about Medical Judgment by Dr. Richard L. Mabry!! For starters, He is one of my favorite authors and I have loved every single book of his! This one is on the top of the list for sure!! Next is that the suspense will keep you turning pages ALL NIGHT LONG!! Another thing is how Dr. Mabry wrote the storyline for Dr. Gordon and allowed her to be "mad" at God after losing her husband, and not just that, but to feel the hope in all of it too! Then there is the "who done it" factor! Despite my thinking I had it all figured out, I will be danged if something didn't happen and show me I was wrong again...and again....and yes, AGAIN!! Gotta love a book that keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat!!! I could go on and on but I think it's better if I just say, "This is an ABSOLUTE book to add to your Summer Reading List!!!" You will love it!!!

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

Thursday, 16 June 2016

More than Rivals - A True Story ~ Review






More Than Rivals

by Ken Abraham



ABOUT THE BOOK:

In 1970, one small southern town was a powder keg ready to erupt.
But it was also on the verge of something incredible.


Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon grew up on opposite sides of the tracks in Gallatin, Tennessee. They knew the barriers that divided them--some physical landmarks and some hidden in the heart--but those barriers melted away when the boys were on the basketball court. After years of playing wherever they could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill rose as leaders of their respective high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a once-in-a-lifetime championship game. What happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill--and transform their town.

A fast-paced true story of courage, determination, and forgiveness, More Than Rivals offers hope and inspiration for our times

My Thoughts....

What an inspiring story! Two young boys find friendship despite tensions in their home town of Gallatin, Tennessee. Eddie and Bill never saw "black or white," they just played a game they both loved to play and neither allowed the negativity win out. The friendship continued throughout the years and no matter what, they always did what was right! They did not succumb to the hatred and in turn they showed their town how seeing each other as equals and having faith can bring about healing for so many! I was totally cheering these two on and I would highly recommend this book!! It is a 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s FOR SURE!!!!

Thank you Baker Publishing for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinion!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Someone Like You ~ Review





ABOUT THE BOOK:
Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate. 
A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father’s less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort’s general manager and her college sweetheart.
With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can’t ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client’s dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?
Victoria Bylin

{MORE ABOUT VICTORIA BYLIN}

Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.
Find out more about Victoria at http://www.victoriabylin.com.


MY THOUGHTS:
This is the first book by Victoria Bylin and I am so excited that I have found yet another author that I LOVE! I am so looking forward to reading her other books but let's not get ahead of myself here.... 
Someone Like You is such a wonderful book! From the first pages to the last I was hooked! I love when people get a 2nd chance at love and Zeke and Julia do just that! But this book isn't all about love, it takes on some serious issues that people deal with! I truly appreciated how the author  didn't shy away from those issues, but in those issues, she shared Gods love and the Hope we all have in HIM. I think so many people will relate with this book and because of that I would highly recommend it!!! Heart of a Bookworm gives Someone Like You 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s

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




Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Her One and Only - Review and GIVEAWAY!!


Her One and Only
    







ABOUT THE BOOK:
Her One and Only (Bethany House, May 2016)
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.
MY THOUGHTS:
The is the final book in the Porter Family Series by Becky Wade and I have to say... "I loved it and am sooo sad to have to say goodbye to Porter's!'
Finally, Dru got her story! I was patiently (well, maybe not completely, but you know) waiting for Dru's story!!! She is one strong lady, yet she isn't over the top at all! She has such a sweet heart, can be vulnerable at times, and I just love her!! She finds herself as Gray Fowler's bodyguard and as time goes by the chemistry between these two..... OH MY!!! It. Is. Awesome!!!!
Gray isn't the slightest bit concerned about his potential stalker, which makes things difficult for Dru! She is ready for the challenge and Gray doesn't mind at all having this beautiful and spunky girl "protect" him!
Her One and Only is such a FANTASTIC book! Definitely one that you will want to read and make time for because you will  DEFINITELY NOT want to put it down!!! Heart of a Bookworm gives  Her One and Only 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s
BECKY WADE is have an AWESOME Giveaway!!!
Join Becky in celebrating the release of Her One and Only by entering to win her Porter prize pack and $100 cash card giveaway!





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  • A copy of Her One and Only

  • A $100 cash card

  • Follow Your Heart tote bag

  • 24 oz Tervis Wonder Woman Tumbler

  • The Blind Side DVD

  • Necklace with star charm

  • Porter Family navy jersey



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    Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 31st. The winner will be announced June 1st on the Litfuse blog.





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    Thursday, 5 May 2016

    The Inheritance ~ Rivew


    The Inheritance
    The Inheritance (Bethany House, April 2016)
    The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale’s Reef into turmoil. 
    Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch’s heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David’s grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island’s land. And while Hardy doesn’t enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate’s assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island—and its traditional way of life—hangs in the balance.
    Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .
    Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips’s dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.
    Michael Phillips

    {MORE ABOUT MICHAEL PHILLIPS}

    Michael Phillips is a bestselling author with more than 70 of his own titles. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly 30 more books. He is known as the man responsible for the reawakened interest in George MacDonald of the last 30 years. In addition to the MacDonald titles adapted/edited for today’s reader, his publishing efforts in bringing back full-length quality facsimile editions also spawned renewed interest in MacDonald’s original work. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland but make their home near Sacramento, California.


    MY THOUGHTS:

    The Inheritance is a great book, despite the fact that it took me quite a while to get "into it!!'   I LOVE how Mr. Phillips went back in time, and then to present!! Meeting the folks in Shepherd Community was such a treat! I would love to go visit but let me just tell you, Mr. Phillips does a phenomenal job at making you feel as if you are right there! 
    If you like historical novels, The Inheritance is for you! Just stay with it :) You'll be glad you did!!
    Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!
    Heart of a bookworm gives The Inheritance 3 1/2 ♥ ♥ ♥'s

    Tuesday, 3 May 2016

    Lolli and Pop find Kindness - Book 1 in the Fruit of the Spirit Series ~ Review


    ABOUT THE BOOK:

    Finding God's "Fruits of the Spirit" has never been more fun! Early readers will follow the adventures of little Lolli Cake and her beagle named Pop. In this first book of nine, the duo discover kindness which can sometimes be difficult to find especially when it may mean giving up something you love.

    MY THOUGHTS:

    What a precious book this is!! The story has everything kids love... best friends playing make believe, a oh so cute new puppy, and learning a lesson on kindness! The author does such an amazing job giving examples for Lolli to learn about being kind to others, as well as, introducing the Fruits of the Spirit!  I look forward to reading this one over and over to my grandchildren!! I will anxiously be awaiting for the next book and all that come after that one!! If you love reading to your children/grandchildren, or have a beginning reader in your home, this book is AWESOME!! It would be a great gift to purchase for a teacher classroom, or maybe even your church library!

    Thank you Rachel Sinclair for allowing me to read and review this complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinion!! Heart of a Bookworm gives Lolli and Pop 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s

    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

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    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.