November 24, 2014

Mailbox Monday #11

Mailbox Monday is a book blogger fun day to learn new friends. We all gather and show off what what books we get in the mail. It the last Monday of November. For Us in the USA, we are celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday. Black Friday is day after Thanksgiving. What a week it going to be.

The month has gone by fast. Soon their will be the time to do an advent calendar for the month of December. I have one created. If you would like to do it with me I will be happy to send it to you this week though email. If you would like to do so put in the subject line "Signing up for 25 days of Blogging Advent Calendar". I will send out wed. and I will post it in a post Monday or Tuesday of this week. You will need to email still so I know and you get it before December 1st.

This past week 11/17/14 - 11/23/14

Title: A Simple Charity
Author: Rosalind Lauer
Genres: Amish, Christian Fiction,
Won in a giveaway from LibraryThing Early Reviewers
For fans of Beverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall, Rosalind Lauer's moving Lancaster Crossroads novel "A Simple Charity" reminds us that the greatest gifts come from the heart--and that everyday miracles make love possible.
Although she is still in her twenties, Fanny Lapp has known a lifetime of love and heartache. Twice widowed, she has a home to maintain, a renovation in the works, and a family to raise--all without a husband. Fortunately, in the Amish community, help is never far away. To ease Fanny's burdens, the bishop sends Zed Miller to the Lapp house. Fanny is drawn to kind, handsome Zed, who suffers from sins of the past. But to everything there is a season, and Fanny cannot act on her feelings while mourning her husband.
Newly returned to his Amish roots after many years in the outside world, Zed knows he must prove himself to earn acceptance from his community. Without a second thought, he picks up a hammer and sets to work helping Fanny fulfill her dream of turning an old carriage house into a women's childbirth center. Soon Zed finds himself a part of Fanny's daily chores, sharing her laughter and sorrow. Knowing that time flows like a river, running slow and steady, Zed plans to wait on his love. But when their secret is discovered, how deep will the disapproval of their community run?
A reminder that the greatest gifts come from the heart, "A Simple Charity" shines like the sun with the blessings of everyday miracles.
 Title: An Amish Family Christmas
Author: Marta Perry and Patricia Davids
Genres: Amish, Christmas, Holiday, Fiction, Christian Fiction
Won this book though a giveaway at +Soul Inspirationz
Celebrate the holidays in Amish Country

Heart of Christmas by Marta Perry

Amish teacher Susannah Miller suddenly has two new students: the children of her former love. Widowed father Toby Unger broke Susannah's heart ten years ago, but now the handsome Amish man desperately needs help with his troubled little ones. Can the joy of the season reunite two lonely hearts in time for Christmas?

A Plain Holiday by Patricia Davids

Outspoken nanny Sally Yoder left her Amish community for her rumspringa. Though her heart is back home, the Amish man she loves, Ben Lapp, will never love a bold woman like her. But when a snowstorm strands her, her young charges and Ben on a remote farm at Christmastime, they both might discover that love is the true holiday spirit.
Amish teacher Susannah Miller suddenly has two new students: the children of her former love. Widowed father Toby Unger broke Susannah's heart ten years ago, but now the handsome Amish man desperately needs help with his troubled little ones. Can the joy of the season reunite two lonely hearts in time for Christmas?

Outspoken nanny Sally Yoder left her Amish community for her rumspringa. Though her heart is back home, the Amish man she loves, Ben Lapp, will never love a bold woman like her. But when a snowstorm strands her, her young charges and Ben on a remote farm at Christmastime, they both might discover that love is the true holiday spirit.

 Title: Dobyn's Chronicles
Author: Shirley Mclain
Genres: Biography, Historical Fiction
I received this book from +Shirley McLain
Dobyns Chronicles is a captivating celebration of the life of Charlie Dobyns. His life began in northeast Texas near Bonham, on the Red River. His Cherokee mother and cowboy father strove to survive on their river valley ranch. Tragedy ended this way of life for Charlie in 1888. Follow him through Chickasaw Territory and on to McAlester in eastern Oklahoma.
This is a story of a changing way of life and adaptations made to survive. Charlie's strong passion for life and dignity equipped him for survival as he raised his siblings with, likeability and dignity. It’s a story of loss, misfortune, hard times and heartbreak, but also love, determination, kindness, joy and spirituality.
Follow Charlie’s life through the adventures that shaped the man he became, and that of his family for generations.
Title: The Uncommon Marriage Adventure
Author: Tony Dungy, Lauren Dungy, Nathan Whitaker
Received this book from Tyndale Publishers

Marriage is an adventure unlike any other. At times, you and your spouse may feel so close, connected, and in love that you're ready to take on the world together. But other times, things grow distant, and you wonder where all the joy and excitement has gone. What is the secret to a happy, healthy, God-honoring marriage--one that will last through anything that comes your way?Join Tony and Lauren Dungy in "The Uncommon Marriage Adventure," a series of daily reflections for couples. With transparency, wisdom, and humor, the Dungys share what they've learned over 30 years of marriage about faith, teamwork, conflict, communication, and more. Through each day's reading, you and your spouse will go deeper in loving, understanding, and learning to serve each other. Dare to embark on your own marriage adventure--and discover how to make your relationship truly uncommon.
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TAKING THE REINS by Katrina Abbott (Book Blast + Giveaway)

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One lucky person will receive a $25 Amazon/BN GC via Rafflecopter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Brooklyn Prescott (if that’s even her real name) is the new girl at TheRosewood Academy for Academic Excellence, now that she’s moved back to the States after two years living in London. Rosewood, a boarding school for children of the rich and famous and known for its celebutantes, is missing just one element important to any junior’s education: boys. But luckily for Brooklyn, and the rest of theRosewood girls, there’s a boys’ boarding school, The Westwood Academy, just a few miles away.

On her very first day, Brooklyn meets Will, a gorgeous and flirty boy on campus to help with move in. But is he who she thinks he is? And what about Brady, the cute stable boy? Or Jared, the former child actor with his grown-up good looks who can always make her laugh? As Brooklyn settles in at Rosewood, she’s faced with new friends, new challenges and new opportunities to make herself into the girl she always wanted to be. Whoever that might be.

Taking The Reins is the first installment of The Rosewoods, an exciting new Young Adult series for readers who love fun, flirty love stories.

I stood there with the horse, petting his velvet nose, trying to absorb his quiet calm to help ease my jangling nerves.

It worked a little, until he returned, striding toward the outdoor arena, looking amazingly sexy in his riding outfit. Suddenly, like he was on a mission, he walked straight up to me. His eyes burned into mine and when he didn’t stop a few feet away, I began to panic.

Because I was suddenly sure he was going to grab me and kiss me.

My lungs froze on a breath. My heart began to race.

And then he stopped right in front of me, inside my bubble and close enough that I could smell him; leather, saddle soap, boy.

I looked up at him. His lips were turned up in a slight smile and then they parted. He reached up toward my face, his eyes taking me in with his usual intensity. My cheeks flushed, but ached for his touch. I licked my dry lips and swallowed, suddenly worried about too much saliva. I did not want to ruin this kiss. My eyes fluttered closed as he leaned in.

A survivor of adolescence, Katrina Abbott loves writing about teens: best friends, cute boys, kissing, drama. Her main vice is romance, but she’s been known to succumb to the occasional chocolate binge. She may or may not live in California with her husband, kids and several cats. Taking the Reins is not her first book. Visit Katrina online at


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November 20, 2014

Death Never Sleeps

Book Title: Death Never Sleeps
Author: E.J. Simon 
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller,
Author Bio: Website ~ Goodreads ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for the book Tour of Death Logs In. @JimEJSimon, @Nouveauwriter +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours, #suspense #technothriller

The problem with Alex Nicholas is that he won't stay dead.

Alex Nicholas was the consummate Queens bookie: fast cars and even faster women, and friends in all the wrong places. As an illegal sports betting and loan shark king in New York City, Alex was fearless-until the night his luck ran out and someone leveled the silver barrel of an automatic on him and pulled the trigger.

Michael Nicholas was everything his brother Alex was not: a powerful, married straight-arrow corporate CEO living the American Dream. Their two worlds collide when Michael discovers his brother's secret laptop.

As Michael crosses the globe to find his brother's murder, can he avoid his brother's fate? And can the information contained in the laptop help Alex reach out to help Michael-from beyond the grave.

This is a really good book. It has all kinds of twist and turns. I enjoyed the fact that it has an element of mystery in the book. It has murders in it. It also has some adventures. How can a dead person give answers and help out his own brother from the grave? Is Michael's brother Alex alive or dead? You get swept up with this question and so many more. Alex actually communicates with his brother. Michael wants to help solve the mystery of his older brother's murder.

Why does someone want Michael and his whole family dead? Why does this person want to have them all dead? Why did this person want Alex dead? Alex seems to be able to communicate with his brother and talk to him like he is alive? The plot is good. The places that Samantha and Michael visits start to get more enjoyable to read. The adventures starts to happen once they go on trips. Is death like that where you can be anywhere and communicate with family friends only if you are in a virtual world that could be connected to a world before technology and a world after technology?

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November 16, 2014

Mailbox Monday #10

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Another week, another Monday!

We're halfway through the month already! Soon it will be snowing and the holidays will be here. Oh, wait, it's snowing as I'm typing this. Yes, really, it is!

Hopefully everyone had some nice goodies in their mailbox last week. And if not, I'm sure we all have lots of books from previous weeks to catch up on!

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Another week and I can say it gotten colder and time to read in those compy beds or watch the holiday movies that are going on. Here what been going on all week.

  1.  House Broken by Sonja Yoerg (reviewed)
  2.  Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving (Reviewed)
Book Tours going on:

  1. Loving Lucianna - Giveaway still going on until Nov 28th. Check my side bar under Giveaways (to get to it)
  2. Death Logs In  Book Tours is Starting tomorrow. My Stops for it Book Tour is Nov 20th for Death Never Sleeps (Review), Death Logs In Stops Here on Nov 27th with Giveaway.

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Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving

Book Title: Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving
Author: M. Maitland DeLand, M.D.
Genres: Children, Christmas, Holiday
Disclaimer: I received this from a Goodread First Reads and Won it in the giveaway.
Series: Baby Santa
Description: Baby Santa’s back this year for another outing—this time to the Big Apple!
It’s just a few days before Christmas Day when a letter arrives at the bustling North Pole. It’s from the Bond family, and they have a question for Santa: How can they share the spirit of giving on their upcoming trip to New York City?

What a great idea! And just like that, Baby Santa is off, with the reindeer and a couple of elves in tow, to give the Bond family the answer—in person. He hosts them on a day of helping others in New York. Along the way, they find time for the amazing sights of Christmastime in the city!

Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving is the latest installment in this delightful Christmas series.

My Thoughts: This a sweet story about giving. You see a helping hand and still see the city and have fun. It a story about kindness and sharing. You see what goes on around this time of season. The Bond family want to help around the city. Baby Santa and friends head that way to help them out. What good deads will they do? You will need to read to find out.

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