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Friday, June 24, 2022

From Shore to Shore

About the Book

Book: From Shore to Shore

Author: Tabitha Bouldin

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: May 31, 2022

Sparrow-BOULDIN-From-Shore-to-Shore-663x1024Can one captain show her the deep love of the ultimate Captain without falling in love himself?

Bree Jamison comes to Sparrow Island for one reason: to study coral reefs. She’s not interested in happily-ever-after and certainly won’t allow her handsome boat captain to sway her into believing these islands are different from any others. But when she finds an old shipwreck and learns the history of pirates and treasure, Bree finds herself searching for something that always feels just out of reach.

Cooper Carmichael takes the job as boat captain for the enigmatic Bree to further his career. He never expected her to be so driven—or so painfully opposed to God.

All Cooper wants is his happy island life. He wants for nothing. In fact, he’s made it his mission to be content. In every aspect of his life. Bree throws a wrench in his plan as her presence pushes Cooper to want for things he deems unnecessary.

A man striving for contentment. A woman who believes God is picking on her.

It takes one to show the other that no matter which shore you find yourself on, God got there first.

Read the next Sparrow Island novel in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.


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About the Author

Tabitha-Bouldin-600x574Tabitha Bouldin is a student at Southern New Hampshire University, where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she works with critique groups and provides endorsements for other authors. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart. Tabitha spent ten years working as a Medical Assistant before God opened the door which allowed her to become a stay-at-home-homeschooling-mom and author.

More from Tabitha

Writing in the Independence Islands series has been a true blessing, and From Shore to Shore is no different, except that these characters brought out feelings that I never expected.

Most of the time, when I go into a story, I know a bit of what’s going to happen. I already understand the characters’ backstory and what has driven them to this point in there life where I’ve picked up their tale and begun to weave it into a book.

Bree decided she wanted to go another route.

Cooper didn’t want to talk to me for half the book.

Christian walked onto the page and tried to take over because he didn’t want to wait for his turn in book five.

These characters, I tell you what, they’re a demanding bunch.

Finally, though, finally they settled in and told me their story.

You might remember Cooper, he’s Mel’s brother and he showed up in book one, Mishaps off the Mainland. Cooper is a delightful yet careful captain who delights in the open ocean and loves the islands.

Bree is a tangled mess of consternation. She scorns love and believes it to be a trap. Even God’s love is suspect in Bree’s eyes.

These two are imperfectly suited for each other, but God has a plan to help them both, and He helped me through every page of From Shore to Shore, a story that shows no matter how far you run, no matter what shore you find yourself on, God got there first.


On a hot summer afternoon as I try to stay cool , it is nice to travel back to Sparrow Island. I love the people who live here and the tranquil feeling  you get as the waves gently rock you to sleep. I couldn’t wait to see what adventure was in store for me in the latest book from a series that spans emotions, gives you hope and a feeling of making lifelong friends along the way. 

Bree is very hard to like and I really had my mind set that she had a chip on her shoulder. She is a let’s just get the job done with little interaction as possible kind of person.  Bree has this wall built around her that protects her from having relationships with anyone. The author had me intrigued with where she would take Bree and how that wall hopefully would be torn down.

Cooper seems to be a reliable captain who Bree is counting on to help out as she and her partner dive to uncover secrets hidden beneath the sea. I loved reading about the dolphins swimming nearby and how relaxed Cooper was as he started his job manning the ship. I wonder what it would be like to be out in the water everyday?  Cooper thinks he has the best job but I kept wandering how he and Bree would get along.

Bree has traveled around the world discovering coral reefs with her partner Damien. I really liked Damien and how he stood up to Bree. I could understand why he was so upset with Bree. Being partners meant equal in every decision but Bree has this power thing going on. Without a diving partner what is Bree going to do?

 The author increases the intensity of the story with characters clashing with each other in ways that only God can fix. Oh yes  faith is definitely a part of this story and illustrates how important trust and hope in Him is vital to happiness. The direction is clear as Bree decides to continue with the exploration hoping that she will find a suitable diving partner she can trust. 

The story is a great adventure as Bree learns to allow God into her life again. I understood exactly what she was thinking when she questioned why God allows bad things to happen. I have those same thoughts when I am going  through trials. What we need to remember is “if we never knew about the bad things, we’d never be able to appreciate the good.”  Once we give God control of our life, we can finally understand that no matter what we face God is right there with us. I started to think that Bree was being too hard on herself and felt rejected. Oh but the unconditional love of God is what she needs to experience. 

I enjoyed the mystery of the sunken  ship and the old captain’s logs which to me really helped Bree start to allow her guard to be let down. You will need to read the book to find out if Bree gives Cooper a chance or moves on after her job is finished. I have read several  stories by this author and for  me this is one of her best in regards to flawed characters that  learn to trust God with their life. The title of the book is perfect when I saw how it was illustrated by this; “God can find you anywhere. From this shore to that shore to the next shore , He’s always there.”  With that I end my review feeling a new joy in my heart. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 23

Christina’s Corner, June 23

lakesidelivingsite, June 24

An Author’s Take, June 25

Texas Book-aholic, June 25

Inklings and notions, June 26

For Him and My Family, June 27

Sylvan Musings, June 27

deb’s Book Review, June 28

Aryn the Libraryan, June 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 29

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 30

Life, Love, Writing, July 1

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 1

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 2

Blossoms and Blessings, July 3

Miriam Jacob, July 3

She Lives To Read, July 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 5

Blogging With Carol, July 5

Simple Harvest Reads, July 6 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


To celebrate her tour, Tabitha is giving away the grand prize package a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Thursday, June 23, 2022



USA Today Bestselling author Tonya Kappes brings you southern and quirky characters in her mystery series. Her stories are charged with humor, friendship, family and life in small southern towns.

Welcome to Normal where nothing is normal! 

As we say in the south beauty is only skin deep but that runs straight to the bone. 
When Miss Daniel Boone Days is murdered and our good friend Helen Pyle, owner of Cute-icles beauty salon is standing over our beauty queen with a gun, lets just say Helen didn't giddy up on out of there. 
Nope. She was hauled down to the sheriff's department and booked for murder. 
Ranger Tucker Pyle is taken off the case because let's just say he knows his Aunt Helen didn't do it, but who better to snoop around to help him out?

Yep! You guessed it!

The Laundry Club Ladies and Mae West once again find themselves with their sleuthing notebook in hand and get all gussied up to find out just who is behind the murder.

After all everyone has beauty but not everyone sees it.

Tonya Kappes has written more than 175 southern cozy mysteries, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists, including USA Today and Woman's World Book Club pick twice . Best known for stories charged with southern charm, emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband in northern Kentucky. Now that her four boys have flown out of the nest, Tonya writes full-time in her camper! 

You can find her all over social media and at 

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If you haven’t started reading  this series, you are missing out on so much. I absolutely adore The Laundry Club  Ladies. They are a tight knit group that sees their share of mysteries with the ring leader Mae West. I have decided that I want to move to Normal, Kentucky and live at Happy Trails Campground. There is always excitement going on with cookouts and gossip. Wouldn’t it be fun to be part of their group? Just think of all the strange things you would encounter as Mae puts on her detective hat when a crime is committed. 

This story starts on a great day as a parade is about to start until  Miss Daniel  Boone Days stirs up a ruckus. She decides to get gussied by someone else instead of following tradition. Every year it has been an honor for Cute-icles beauty saloon to get Miss Daniel Boone’s Day ready for her debut on the float. This sure stirs up trouble and makes Helen very mad that her salon  was snubbed and it makes front page news.  Okay  I had to laugh at what Helen was quoted as saying about a certain someone. The town is buzzing about her outburst as  she sees her business dropping off because of it. 

As if that isn’t enough for  the small town to deal with, who do you think is found dead?  Let’s also think about who is found holding a gun while standing over the dead body?  It was obvious who the guilty person was to most people. Mae on the other hand knows it can’t be her friend Helen who did this crime and sets out on a bumpy ride to bring the real criminal to justice. With a list of suspects including the Appalachian mob, the ladies have their work cut out for them.

I loved how the author gives us hints  along the way of who the guilty person is. I had my list written  down and followed along as Mae and the ladies started their investigation.The author gives us several surprises in the story that made me almost scream out loud.  There is plenty of laughs in the book and I believe this definitely is my favorite series by the author. Well now wait a minute. Now that I think of it, all of her series are my favorite. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in this journey in Normal, Kentucky.

I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022


The Fragrance of Violets Kick-Off Package

Fragrance of Violets

About the Book

Book: The Fragrance of Violets

Author: Susan K. Beatty

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: May 17, 2022

The-Fragrance-of-Violets1-660x1024Life crushes us with its weight sometimes.

Fiona’s father abandoned her when she was twelve. So when she learns that he’s the groom’s father in the wedding she’s been assigned to manage, all the old hurts resurface. Maybe if he’d just explain himself and ask forgiveness, she’d get over the pain he left her with—pain she obviously hadn’t left behind after all.

When Nason discovered he wasn’t Fiona’s biological father, and when her mother tried to sabotage his marriage, he felt like he had no other option but to leave and never look back. Running into her again— awkward to say the least. And he can’t understand why she feels betrayed—why she expects him to seek forgiveness.

As if life weren’t complicated enough, Fiona meets Trevor, which sparks a possible romance. New faith, an overdose, and revelations combine with Trevor’s discipleship and shows her how forgiveness really works.

What will it take for Nason to swallow his pride and see how his actions hurt an innocent child?

The Fragrance of Violets—as Mark Twain once said, “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”


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About the Author

Susan-K-Beatty-600x600Who says you can’t begin a new career after middle age? Certainly not Susan K. Beatty. She is passionate about writing about finding courage through faith and grit, particularly through the trials of breast cancer and other life trials. Her daughter is a metastatic breast cancer “thriver” and has been an inspiration for her writing. Susan’s first novel, Faces of Courage, debuted May 2021, as part of the Faces of Courage series, including several novelettes. She is also the author of An Introduction to Home Education (AKA California Homeschool Manual). Susan is a professional writer/journalist and is active in the writer community. She is proof you can begin a fiction writing career at any age.


More from Susan

The Fragrance of Violets’ story has yearned to be told for many years nowbefore I created my tagline, Courage: The Intersection of faith and grit. But it fits perfectly. A similar situation existed a long time ago in the life of an acquaintance. I thought all parties handled it badly, and I longed to make it right. Of course, being an outsider, the only way I could make it right was by creating a novel.

Fiona and Nason, the main characters, are total figments of my imagination, and the details of the story are substantially different. But the core, abandonment, the need to ask for and grant forgiveness, and the courage to meet them, is real and universal.

I desired to show that even when we think we’ve done nothing wrong, we need to seek the Lord and ask Him to reveal where we need to own up to our mistakes and seek forgiveness. Also, I wanted to show that although it is difficult to forgive when we’ve been horribly wronged (and how horrible to have the person you thought of as your father abandon you and with no apparent explanation or remorse), it’s possible with courage. The courage that comes from faith and action.

My prayer is that Fiona and Nason (despite his past) will inspire readers to find their own courage through whatever situations in which they find themselves.


This is a deeply emotional book that grabs at your heart as characters walk through forgiveness. If you have ever experienced the feeling of abandonment then you will relate to Fiona. It is a difficult time for Fiona when her past comes full circle. I did enjoy getting to follow Fiona on her job and learn how much work it can be to help put a big wedding on at a venue.  God had a plan for Fiona to face her past when the man who abandoned her so long ago is the client. I know my insides would be in turmoil if I was Fiona. There are many unanswered questions that she wants to ask Nason but I think the fear of rejection was consuming her. 

Nason never expected to run into Fiona at the venue much less be forced to work with her. The author lets us see how he struggles with his relationship with Fiona. How will he explain that he stopped coming around? A test proves he is not Fiona’s  father but their bond until she was twelve leaves both in pain and perhaps guilty for one of them. There is another issue that Nason is dealing with that keeps him not as on top of things as he should. A little bit of anger shows as he tries to deal with his life as it begin to unravel. 

While there are many great lessons in the book, two of them really stood out to me. Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to walk through as both Fiona and Nason find out. I also have dealt with forgiving when I didn’t want to. I wanted and needed for several people in my family to ask forgiveness. I never received it but God showed me that even though I may never hear those words from them, I need to forgive them. It was a freeing experience where at last their hold  on me was gone. The other lesson from the book that really goes along with forgiveness is joy. We are responsible for our  joy. Instead of being depressed we need to find joy in our life.  All we have to do is look around and see that we can find joy in the small things like a smile from someone or a grandchild who gives you a hug. 

Fiona and Nason both need to find joy and learn to forgive. It was interesting to watch Fiona’s mother try to convince herself that she would not be happy again until she had Nason back in her life. I loved how both Fiona and Nason find their way to a relationship with the One who died for our sins. The story is well written and gave me hope that as each day goes by I can learn to forgive quickly and keep joy in my heart.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 21

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 22 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, June 23

Inklings and notions, June 24

A Baker’s Perspective, June 25 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, June 25

deb’s Book Review, June 26

Spoken from the Heart, June 27 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 28

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 30

Through the Fire Blogs, July 1 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 3

Splashes of Joy, July 4 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 4


To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Monday, June 20, 2022

About the Book

Book: Legacy of Love

Author: Renae Brumbaugh Green

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: June 14, 2022

She’s struggled her entire life to overcome her parentage.

Skye Stratton is nearly perfect. Or at least, she tries to be. She carries the Stratton name, but everyone knows her true half-breed heritage. When she completes her education and is hired as a teacher at the local school, she hopes to finally find acceptance in the town. But when most of her class elects to stay home rather than be taught by an Indian, she knows things will never change.

Alan McNaughten went to Washington, D.C. to make a difference. Instead, he finds himself entrenched in political lies, manipulation, and deceit. When he finds a way to return home to Texas as an Indian Agent, he leaps at the chance. Even if he must hurt an innocent woman to secure his position.

But when the lovely Miss Stratton agrees to teach for the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation, Alan knows he’s gone too far. He’ll do anything to protect her from further heartache and harm. But what will happen when she learns the truth about her position…and the truth about him?


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About the Author

Renae Brumbaugh Green is an ECPA Bestselling Author, award-winning humor columnist, and wannabe superhero. She lives in Texas with her handsome, country-boy husband, four nearly-perfect children and one nearly-perfect son-in-law, and far too many animals. When she’s not writing, Renae teaches online classes and tries to be rugged without chipping her nail polish.

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All my life, since I can remember, I’ve been told I’m part Native American. My great-great grandmother on my mother’s side, they said, was full-blooded Comanche. So even though I am blonde and fair (I have glow-in-the-dark skin) I believed them. I told people, and laughed at their sideways looks. I was proud of my heritage.

Then I took one of those Ancestry DNA tests. Nope. Not one drop of Native American in me. According to the test, I’m English, Scottish, Irish, and Swedish. And yes, I am the biological child of my father (very blonde and fair) and my mother (brunette, with high cheekbones). So I guess it’s just the way the genetic dominoes fell. When I got my mom’s half, I apparently didn’t get the Native American part.

I’m not sure how the science of DNA works, but I will tell you I feel extremely connected to Skye, the heroine of Legacy of Love. She’s a perfectionist. I’m a perfectionist. She thinks she has to perform to be accepted. I do, too. Though she’s always been loved, she struggles to fit in, to feel like she’s really a part of things. Ditto.

Skye’s journey is both difficult and beautiful. It helps that there’s a dreamy beaux (or three!) along the way. But in all the hardship and heartache, she finds herself. And she finds that she’s enough, exactly as she is. Most importantly, she finds a relationship with the One who created her and loved her before time began.

I hope you enjoy Skye’s journey in book two of The Stratton Legacy series. If you haven’t read book one, I encourage you to do so—you’ll meet Skye as a child. More than anything, I hope you’ll glean some beautiful truths along the way.

You are precious.

You are loved.

You are enough.


I love that the setting is in Texas and I am very familiar with the towns the author references. Lampasas is a place that I have traveled to over the last several years and I fell in love with the small town atmosphere and friendly people. As the author takes us on to another town in Texas I was impressed with the details that had me imagining myself riding beside Skye. 

This story is very special to me because it talks about being different from others by your nationality. Like Skye I  a am part Native American. My great granddad was full blooded Comanche as well as my great grandmother. I have embraced that knowledge and understand the trials Skye  went through as being of mixed race. She has always felt like she wasn’t  accepted by the town she lives in even though her adopted parents adore her. I wasn’t surprised about her decision and was anxious to see what God has in store for her. She encounters a group of men on the train that led  to quite an adventure. It made me think of the old western movies my dad use to watch every Saturday. 

Alan has such a big heart and I like how he is always talking to God to help him make good choices. Even though he is able to convince Skye  to be a teacher at a reservation he is not sure he did it in good faith. I admired his determination to watch over Skye as she settles into the reservation as a teacher. When Skye meets his parents you can sense that she is aware that he is someone she hopefully  can learn to trust. 

The author does an amazing job of letting us see what it may have been like for Skye as she embraced living on the reservation. Her desire to be accepted is foremost on her mind. After a secret is revealed, she makes a hasty decision that could change her live in many ways. Being  part of the powwow  is exciting and helps her to feel a little bit at ease in her new surroundings. Throughout  her journey Skye comes  to realize that “As long as you are accepted by God, that’s all that matters.”  There is a beautiful moment in the story where Skye has an emotional talk with God. Oh how this blessed me to see her understand  that she is  beautiful in His eyes. 

I loved this story so much and found it to be filled with faith and a valuable lesson on acceptance and forgiveness. It brought  me fond memories of my great grandfather and the stories he shared with me. He also endured prejudice but always told me that I needed to “be happy with who I was and remember  that I was special in God’s eyes.” 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Guild Master, June 20 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 20

Texas Book-aholic, June 21

lakesidelivingsite, June 22

Lighthouse Academy, June 23 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Betti Mace, June 24

Inklings and notions, June 25

For Him and My Family, June 26

deb’s Book Review, June 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 29

Connie’s History Classroom, June 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 1

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 2

Pause for Tales, July 3

Miriam Jacob, July 3


To celebrate her tour, Renae is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.