Wednesday, March 2, 2016



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BACK IN THE SADDLE by RUTH LOGAN HERNE

The author has written an amazing , riveting, emotional and hard to put down book. It captured my attention right away as the story flowed with ease and powerful characters. The emotions were raw and so intense I felt drawn into the story as I devoured every word.

Colt is a well known person on Wall Street. He has all the nice suits and the look of a winner. But as the stock market starts to take a dive, he makes a decision to go back to his hometown. He grew up on a huge ranch called the Double S. It won't be easy going home for him since he has some relationships that need mending. So begins the story of a modern day prodigal son. Will he be welcomed by everyone?

Angelina finds herself working as a housekeeper at the ranch. She is very hard working and family oriented. When she meets Colt it is almost like an explosion going off. He didn't expect her to be in the house and she wasn't expecting him at all. As they begin to get more accustomed to each other  they begin to have feelings for each other. Angelina knows that she is hiding something about her past and it is just a matter of time before her secret is found out. Will Colt support her or will he feel betrayed?

The story delivers a very touching and realistic look at a family who has has unforgiveness to work through. The journey will sometimes be painful but can God heal their broken hearts and restore unconditional love? I loved how the author writes with elegance about restoration and true forgiveness with grace.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dollar Signs by Manning Wolfe

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DOLLAR SIGNS
se  Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King
Texas Lady Lawyer Novel #1 
by Manning Wolfe
ClaFirst Place, The Writer’s League of Texas Annual Manuscript Contest, 2014
Genre: Adult / Legal Thriller / Mystery /Suspense
Publisher: Starpath Books, LLC
Date of Publication: February 18, 2016
# of pages: 310
Scroll down for GIVEAWAY!
MERIT BRIDGES, an attorney and widowed mother in Austin, Texas, works hard, drinks too much wine, and sleeps with younger men. When Merit goes after a shady corporation threatening her client, she encounters hired gun Boots King. His charge is simple, “Stop her!” Merit and her team – including Betty, a mothering office manager with a bad-ass attitude – struggle to stay alive, while they navigate a labyrinth of legal issues, and prove once again that you don’t mess with a Texas lady lawyer.
Praise for the books:
A legal thriller not to be missed…Manning Wolfe just put
herself on my list of must-read authors. — Mark Pryor, Hugo
Marston Novels
Move over, John Grisham. There’s a lady lawyer in town.
— Elizabeth Garcia, Deputy Ricos Tales
This novel is smart, funny, moving, and entertaining as hell.
— Jesse Sublett, 1960’s Austin Gangsters
A great read, and Texas crime fiction has a new star.
— Bill Crider, Dan Rhodes Mysteries
Pages smoke like burnt fried chicken grease on a Saturday
night…This one, my friends, is a non-putter-downer!
— George Wier, Bill Travis Mysteries.
A high-speed storyline full of twists and turns upon a stark
background of reality as lawyers might really experience
it. Manning Wolfe is one of the up and coming legal thriller
writers of this generation. Read her and enjoy her, but don’t
expect much sleep! — John Ellsworth, author, Thaddeus
Murfee Legal Thrillers
                                                                                               MANNING WOLFE an author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, smart, fast-paced thrillers with a salting of Texas bullshit. The first in her series, featuring Austin Lawyer Merit Bridges, is Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peek into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them.
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One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of  Dollar Signs, a $50 Visa Gift Card, a “Don’t Mess With Texas Women” plaque, and some fun dollar sign beads!
Giveaway runs from 12:01am 2/18/16 through 11:59pm 4/2/16
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2/29 Books and Broomsticks – Author Interview
3/1   The Crazy Booksellers — Review
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3/22 Hall Ways Blog — Review
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3/31 The Librarian Talks — Review


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Sunday, February 28, 2016


KICK-START THE NEW YOU by INGRID MACHER

I loved, loved , loved this book. The author shared such an amazing story that I was captivated. It seems all of us need a wake up call every once in awhile. She definitely got hers as she struggled to breathe that morning thinking it was the end. I appreciate her honesty and definitely relate to the negative thinking she opens the first chapter with. How many of us say we are fat, we aren't pretty, we can't lose weight? I can raise my hand and say I am guilty of beating myself up on a daily basis.

Now it's time to change those negative thoughts and replace them with healthy positive thoughts. It is time to take control of our health and get back in shape. I loved her idea about taking a picture of yourself before you begin your weight loss program. What better way to motivate yourself then to see what you look like now and visualize what you will look like as the pounds fall off.

I am so encouraged by this book and how she blasts every myth we have come to believe. I read each one twice just to make sure I would remember them. It is about quality of exercise not quantity. I have so often tried different exercises, stopped eating three meals a day  and even told myself if I work out more, I can lose more. The book is very helpful and is a great motivator. The author gives readers tips on what is good to eat and encourages you to incorporate those foods into your daily meals. After reading this book, I have realized I have been starving myself and going in a vicious cycle of trying to lose weight the wrong way. Thank you for such a well informed, detailed and inspiring book. I am determined to follow this book and lose the weight and get my energy back without diets, or unnecessary workout routines.  Yes I am starting the 21-day challenge and ready for a change. Make sure you check out the delicious recipes provided at the end of the book. As with any weight loss program, the author encourages you to consult with your doctor before starting any program.

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

PUBLISHING DREAMS by GINA DUKE

I was intrigued by this book simply because I had a dream that someday I would write a book that everyone would wait in line to buy. Ok it was a kid's dream growing up, but I haven't forgotten that desire. I admire authors for their hard work and know they give their heart to each story hoping it will become life changing for someone. 

I loved this short but imformative book with its step by step details of how to get a book published. It is encouraging and well written . The author was very transparent as she shared her mistakes and never gave up. Patience is a key to all things, and getting a book published is no exception. The author has also included a workbook that is very helpful in writing down your thoughts and keeping yourself organized . Thank you for reminding us that it is Gods timing not ours. We seem to want to rush things, but move out ahead of Him. Take a deep breath and allow God to guide you as you follow your dream of getting published. For those looking for a direction to take in their quest to get published, I highly recommend this book. 

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review. 

A LADY IN DEFIANCE by HEATHER BLANTON

The story starts with a bang from the  beginning and doesn't stop til the end. Three sisters on a journey in the Old West find themselves stranded . They must detour from their original plans and travel to a town that wasn't quite on their agenda.  The town is a typical Old West town where you can find   alcohol freely flowing, women who are looking for love in all the wrong places and greed that abounds plenty in the town.

The sisters must band together and seek what God has called them to do. They will face deceit, hurt and many surprises. The author has written a story that reminds me of the great show "GUNSMOKE." The characters are diverse and each sister has their own battle they just must face. I loved how the author gave readers a well written story filled with hope, determination and His unconditional love. I loved this quote from the book which says, "Maybe, now and then, we have to give up a portion of our kingdoms-the things we hold dearest -to find what it is God wants for us."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

(GIVEAWAY) Shattered Memories by: Debbie Lynne Costello

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Shattered Memories is a 265 page novel in the Christian Historical genre and was released on February 14, 2016. You can purchase the book here.

About the Book

The Charleston earthquake has left destruction like nothing Doctor Andrew Warwick has ever seen. On a desperate mission to find the lady who owns his heart, he frantically searches through the rubble. He finds her injured and lifeless. After she regains consciousness, the doctor’s hopes are quickly dashed as he realizes she doesn’t remember him. Things only get worse when he discovers she believes she’s still engaged to the abusive scoundrel, Lloyd Pratt. Now Drew is on a race with the wedding clock to either help her remember or win her heart again before she marries the wrong man.
Waking in a makeshift hospital, Olivia Macqueen finds herself recovering from a head injury. With amnesia stealing a year of her memories, she has trouble discerning between lies and truth. When her memories start returning in bits and pieces, she must keep up the charade of amnesia until she can find out the truth behind the embezzlement of her family’s business while evading the danger lurking around her.
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About the Author

Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Sword of Forgiveness, a medieval romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina where she has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s Director. When not spending time with her husband, four children and grandchildren she hangs out with her Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.


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What a grand life Olivia has. She is in love with the dashing Dr. Drew Warwick and plans to marry are on the horizon. There is one small detail that needs to be addressed however. It seems that her ex fiance the devious Lloyd Pratt has been doing some underhanded dealings that could jeopardize her family's insurance company. It is a race to find the evidence and bring justice to Lloyd.

Oh the plans we make seem so simple, but sometimes a detour occurs that changes everything. On a day when everything seemed to be going well, an earthquake shatters the quiet city of Charleston . It will become a disaster that will cost lives and destroy dreams. Olivia awakens in a strange room to discover that she  can't remember the last year of her life. The author has done a magnificent job of detailing the earthquake and its aftermath so precisely. Her attention to Olivia and her hear injury is well written and delivers a powerful story line.

I found myself so immersed in the story that I actually felt like I was there watching the turmoil and destruction that was caused by the  earthquake. The author does an amazing job of taking the reader into the homes and witnessing the destruction and loss of lives. Can you imagine going to your home and all that is left is a pile of rubble?  Olivia now must face losing everything and figuring out who she is . Can she believe Lloyd as he tries to convince her they are still engaged? Will Drew draw strength from the Lord and trust Him to work things out?

The book is about deceit, trust, forgiveness and love which equals  a well written story . The characters are very well developed . Each  character has unique and different qualities that make the story intriguing as they interact with each other. The book delivers an unforgettable story of faith that will stay with you long after the last word is read.

I was given a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the author for an honest review.

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Blog Tour Stops

Feb 15: Quiet Quilter
Feb 19: Buwurmzzz
Feb 20: A Greater Yes
Feb 25: Bigreadersite
Feb 27: cherylbbookblog
Feb 28: Mary Hake

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BONUS GIVEAWAY:Please answer the following question for a bonus giveaway. What do you think Olivia thought when she woke up in a strange room with no memory? If we get at least 10 comments, Debbie Lynne Costello will give one of my readers their choice of one of her books. Giveaway lasts one week and a winner will be picked on March 3rd. You must leave you name and email.