Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: Peace in the Valley by Ruth Logan Herne





Peace in the Valley is such a wonderfully emotional, heartwarming read. It is the third book in the Double S Ranch series but can totally be read as a standalone if you so wish. Just like the other books in this series I loved the atmosphere of the ranch and the overall feeling of faith, family, and community that you get throughout the story. Trey is an interesting character indeed, especially considering how he came to live at Double S Ranch, his past hurts, and his current occupation. The fact that both Trey and Lucy are trying to move on from their past which has also made them wary because of it, makes me instantly feel like they are perfectly suited to help each other grow and heal. This of course also leads to plenty of back and forth and wavering of feelings and intentions but also some fun banter. I also like that I got to see my old friends from the previous books and did anyone else catch the hinted romance between Sam and a certain spunky lady? Loved it! I would definitely like to read more books by this author. 

** I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. **






About Ruth Logan Herne

Ruth Logan Herne has more than a million books in print, including eighteen Love Inspired contemporary novels and Back in the Saddle, Book 1 in the Double S Ranch 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.

Friday, August 18, 2017

product review: Bic Velocity Mechanical Pencil


Now that school is back in session, a good pencil to write with is a must have item. We ( my daughter and I ) tried out these new Bic Velocity Mechanical Pencils with a 75% wider eraser to see how well they performed. Overall we really liked them. The lead did not break too easily and right away I noticed that the lead made for very smooth writing. I feel like the color of the writing was better than expected and was the exact right shade ( not too dark, not too light ). We both really liked the soft gel grip. It made it feel very comfortable to hold, which is great when you may be writing for an extended period of time. The larger eraser is definitely a nice feature and erases markings very well. With that said, even though the eraser took care of cleanly removing all markings, the indentions in the paper from the lead made the previous writing still noticeably etched into the paper. I think this is to be expected from mechanical pencils though. One thing that I thought was just brilliant was the eraser refills! If you erase a lot it is definitely nice to have that as an option instead of having to just toss the pencil or use a separate eraser.   

** I received this product free from smiley360 for review purposes. All thoughts expressed here are
my own. **

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

It Started with GoodbyeNot All Stories Begin With Once Upon A Time

By Christina June
Published by Zondervan



Book Description ( via booklookbloggers.com ) 

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night, which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client. If Tatum is reading his emails right, her virtual Prince Charming is funny, smart, and talented—and he seems to think the same about her. Too bad he’s spending his summer across the ocean in Ireland…not that Tatum would be allowed to go on a date anyway.
But over the course of the summer, Tatum will learn that sometimes going after what you want means breaking all the rules. And when Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way. A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

My review: 

I always like modern takes on fairy tales. That is definitely one of the things that interested me in It Started with Goodbye. I would say that it is a very loose take in this case, but still has some similar aspects of Cinderella in a modern day setting. I think it is a very realistic story in regards to choosing to hang out with the wrong people or in the wrong situations can get you into big trouble even if you aren't willingly trying to do anything wrong. Fortunately things turned out pretty well for Tatum in the end. I liked that Tatum starts to see things a bit differently after her experiences and it seems to also push her outside of her comfort zone. I of course also liked the romance in the story and enjoyed the way it all played out. The emails were funny and made me smile. The story is pretty straight forward so it's hard to give details without giving away too much of the story. Everything tied up pretty nicely at the end and even had a happy ending. I would say it was an average read good for a relatively light, quick read.   

** Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. **






Friday, August 11, 2017

Cover Reveal: Light of the Spirit - book 4 of The Muse Chronicles by Lisa Kessler




LIGHT OF THE SPIRIT – Book 4 in The Muse Chronicles
The gods never sleep...

As the mortal vessel for the Muse of Comedy, Lia Youlos lights up every room with laughter and smiles. But there are darker forces at work, and they want to snuff out her light forever.

Cooper Hanover is a hardworking paramedic who healed Lia after a fire, but something happened that day, something medical science couldn't explain. And if he doesn't figure out how it works soon, the next healing could kill him.

Lia's smile and sharp wit tempt him to love again, and he's not going to let anyone, not even the gods, take her from him.

The Prophecy - "Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse."
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Review: Desert Wolf by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Desert Wolf

Desert Wolf by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Desert Wolf was immediately fascinating and kept me thoroughly engrossed all the way through. I really liked the characters and enjoyed getting to know them as I tried to figure out the mysteries surrounding Paxton's Father's will, why she was different, and what was going on with the rogue. There were a few clues as to what the mystery was, but I was never quite sure, which I loved. The impetuous romance between Paxton and Grant was so compelling and while she tried to resist his charms, I was not so obstinate. He charmed me from the very beginning and was one of the best alpha male characters I've read about. He knew that alpha does not always mean domineering, it means doing what's best. Yet he still had that strong, protective thing going on that makes him so tempting. The end of the story got a bit hectic when all the mysteries were coming to light, but altogether I was very happy with the ending and the story overall. I highly recommend Desert Wolf to paranormal romance fans who enjoy a little mystery.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters. A Homeschooler's Interactive Guide to Discovering Your True Identity by Tim Tebow with A.J. Gregory

Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters.

A Homeschooler's Interactive Guide to Discovering Your True Identity

by Tim Tebow with A. J. Gregory



My review: 

I knew right away that I would relate to this book. Not only as someone who was homeschooled for a portion of my own education, but also as a parent who homeschools my child. I like that each weeks lesson starts with a short story of Tim's personal experience then highlights a biblical discussion or verse that coincides and then has a couple of quick questions to get you thinking and relating to the subject. Everything has a really simple, positive, and uplifting vibe meant to help you find yourself in Christ. I think this book will be a great addition to our homeschooling experience.                                                                                                           

 ** I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. **           

  

About Tim Tebow

TIM TEBOW is a two-time national champion, first round NFL draft pick, and Heisman trophy winner. After playing in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, Tebow joined the SEC Network. In addition to his role on SEC Nation, the network's traveling road show, Tebow contributes to a variety of other ESPN platforms. In fall 2016 he signed a baseball contract with the New York Mets. Through it all, Tim's true passion remains the work of the Tim Tebow Foundation which he began in 2010. The foundation's mission is to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. The foundation is fulfilling that mission every day by serving thousands of deserving children around the world.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Primrose Lane Blog Tour ~ Review, Excerpt, & Rafflecopter

PRIMROSE LANE Blog Tour

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ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: PRIMROSE LANE
Author: Debbie Mason
Series: Harmony Harbor, #3
On Sale: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD


Olivia Davenport has finally gotten her life back together. She's left her painful past behind, started over in a new town, and become Harmony Harbor's most sought-after event planner. But her past catches up to her when Olivia learns that she's now guardian of her ex's young daughter. With her world spinning, Olivia must reconcile her old life with her new one. And she doesn't have time for her new next door neighbor, no matter how handsome he is.


Olivia may act like she's got everything under control, but Dr. Finn Gallagher knows a person in over her head when he sees one. He'd really like to be the shoulder she leans on, but Olivia makes it clear she doesn't want his help. Since he's returned to town, his waiting room has been full of single women feigning illness. Yet the one woman he's interested in is avoiding him. But with a little help from some matchmaking widows and a precocious little girl, Finn might just win Olivia over.


BONUS: The eBook edition includes a complete novel from BookShots Flames, THE MCCULLAGH INN IN MAINE by Jen McLaughlin!

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Excerpt: 


Dana leaned down to scoop her phone off the ground. No sooner had she picked it up than it rang. She recognized the number. Her finger trembled when she rejected the call. She should answer and get it over with. It might be something as simple as sending her copies of her divorce papers. But she didn’t believe that was all her lawyer wanted. Because every time she saw his number, the small hairs on the back of her neck stood on end, and she was overcome by a heavy sense of foreboding. Strong fingers closed around her wrist. “Dana, relax. Take slow, even breaths or you’ll hyperventilate. That’s a girl,” Finn said when she did as he suggested, his other hand going to the nape of her neck. He gently massaged the tight muscles there, murmuring his encouragement as she got herself under control. There was no judgment in his voice. Just kindness and concern. She’d heard Finn was well loved and respected by the people he served with Doctors Without Borders. She now had a better understanding why. Leaning against him, she was enveloped by the strength and warmth of his body and the seductive scent of his cologne. “Thank you.” She self-consciously pulled away. “We should probably get going. I have to be back at the manor by two to get organized for the children’s craft session. They’re going to paint flowerpots for their mothers. I was going to use pink tulips but your dog trampled them, so maybe I’ll go with hyacinths. I think there’ll be enough. They’re pretty, and they mean constant love and fertility. That should work, don’t you think?” “I have no idea what you're talking about. And not to be rude, but I really don’t care. What I do care about is who’s trying to contact you. It’s obvious that they frighten you, Dana. Why don’t you let me help?” “No, it’s not what you think. I’m fine, honestly.” “Sure you are, because perfectly fine people have panic attacks when they get a call in the middle of the afternoon, take too many sleeping pills, and wear a disguise. Come on, what do you take me for? At least do me the courtesy of being honest.” All she could do was blink up at him, the warm feelings of moments ago shriveling up in response to his Arctic-cold words. She’d been right the day she met him. He probably did have a God complex. He might be ten years younger than her ex-husband, but he was just as sanctimonious and judgmental. .



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My Review 

 Primrose Lane is a fun, touching, and funny addition to the Harmony Harbor series. I was glad to get to see my old friends from Mistletoe Cottage, including my favorite ghost, plus get to know some of the others better. 

Dana ( aka Olivia ) has secrets. We got hints about her not being who she said she was and hiding from something in the first book, but I was really happy to get to hear her story in Primrose Lane. I've always loved stories where the main love interests don't always see eye to eye and at times don't really like each other at all. That is definitely the case with Finn and Olivia, which of course makes for some fun banter, that I adore. 

Debbie Mason has a way to add some real depth to her romance novels. She expertly weaves the characters serious problems they are facing in their life with their new romance and it just works out so perfectly. You really get a feel for these characters and what they are going through, but also get to be happy for them and the love they are so deserving of finally finding. 

 I thought some of the predicaments Olivia found herself in were pretty hilarious ( the crab and swans lol ). I love the humor, romance, and devotion in Primrose Lane, and highly recommend it. 

5 out of 5 stars!

THE HARMONY HARBOR SERIES


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MISTLETOE COTTAGE, #1
CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANGEL, #1.5
STARLIGHT BRIDGE, #2
PRIMROSE LANE, #3





ABOUT THE AUTHOR


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Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue, and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews).  When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.



RAFFLECOPTER

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Forever's 2017 Release Schedule
**All Information Subject To Change At Publisher's Discretion**
TitleAuthorPub DateFormatImprintBISACNotes
PRIMROSE LANEDebbie Mason27-JunMass MarketForeverContemporary
COMEBACK COWBOYSara Richardson27-JunMass MarketForeverWestern
THE HIGHLAND COMMANDERAmy Jarecki27-JunMass MarketForeverHistorical
ON THE PLUS SIDEAlison Bliss27-JunMass MarketForeverContemporary
RECKONINGShana Figueroa11-JuleBookForever YoursSuspense
MAYBE THIS SUMMERJennifer Snow11-JuleBookForever YoursContemporary
A SEAL'S COURAGEJM Stewart11-JuleBookForever YoursContemporary
THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR LOVE & FRIENDSHIPShirley Jump11-JulTrade PaperbackForeverWomen's Fiction
WRECKEDJB Salsbury18-JulTrade PaperbackForeverContemporary
TOO SCOT TO HANDLEGrace Burrowes25-JulMass MarketForeverHistorical
CAN'T STOP LOVIN' YOULynnette Austin25-JulMass MarketForeverWestern
SUMMER ON FIREFLY LAKEJen Gilroy25-JulMass MarketForeverContemporary
WOLF'S MATECelia Kyle1-Auge-FirstForeverParanormal
AN EARL BY ANY OTHER NAMELauren Smith1-AugeBookForever YoursHistorical
WICKED S.O.B.Zara Cox8-AugeBookForever YoursContemporary
THE FORBIDDENJodi Ellen Malpas8-AugTrade PaperbackForeverContemporary
BLACK SHEEPZara Cox8-AugTrade Paperback ReprintForeverContemporary
GRAND SLAMHeidi McLaughlin15-AugTrade Paperback ReprintForeverSports
HERE COMES THE BRIDEHope Ramsay29-AugMass MarketForeverContemporary
HARD JUSTICEApril Hunt29-AugMass MarketForeverSuspense
WHEN THE SCOUNDREL SINSAnna Harrington29-AugMass MarketForeverHistorical