Monday, September 15, 2014

CFBA: The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead by Diane Noble

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead
David C. Cook (September 1, 2014)
Diane Noble


Award-winning novelist Diane Noble writes stories that tap into the secrets of the heart.

With more than a quarter million books in print, Diane feels incredibly blessed to be doing what she loves best—writing the stories of her heart.

For the last three years Diane has been honored to be lead author for the popular Guideposts series, Mystery and the Minister’s Wife (Through the Fire, Angels Undercover), and has recently returned to writing historical fiction. She recently finished writing book two of her new historical series, The Brides of Gabriel. Book one, The Sister Wife, and book 2, The Betrayal, which are published by Harper Collins/Avon Inspire, are now in bookstores.

Now empty nesters, Diane and her husband live in the Southern California low desert, near a place known for the lush and beautiful gated communities of the rich and famous.


She’s Passionate about Solving the Case ... with the Town’s Life-Long Bachelor

El Littllefield runs The Butler Did It catering. It’s the perfect cover for her to solve “who-done-its” (nothing too dangerous, please!) in this small university town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While catering her most important event yet—a fancy retirement dinner for Dr. Max Haverhill, life-long bachelor and history dean—countless guests fall ill, a 200 year-old relic is stolen, and her best friend vanishes. All in the first hour.

As El and Max race to solve the mystery, they discover there’s more to their relationship than simply solving the case. Welcome to Eden’s Bridge—the perfect small town setting for big intrigue, romance, and humor.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead, go HERE

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CFBA: Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Thief of Glory
WaterBrook Press (August 19, 2014)
Sigmund Brouwer


Sigmund Brouwer is the best-selling author of nearly thirty novels, with close to 4 million books in print. Based on his inspiration for Thief of Glory, which Sigmund wrote as a way to learn and honor the his parent’s stories, especially of his father’s boyhood in a Japanese concentration camp, Sigmund leads The Chapters of Our Lives memoir seminars across the United States and Canada. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two daughters.


A boy coming of age in a time of war…
the love that inspires him to survive.

For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.

Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.

When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Thief of Glory, go HERE.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

CFBA: Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Driftwood Tides
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2014)
Gina Holmes


Gina Holmes is the founder of Novel Rocket, regularly named as one of Writers Digest’s best websites for writers. Her debut, Crossing Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA, ECPA, Amazon and PW bestseller. Her sophomore novel, Dry as Rain was a Christy Award finalist. Her latest novel, Wings of Glass has been named as one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and was a SIBA Okra pick and a finalist for Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Award. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her family in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose.


He made himself an island until something unexpected washed ashore. When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world, living a life of seclusion, making drifwood sculptures and drowning his pain in gin. Until twenty-three-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of his late wife. When he discovers Libby is actually his late wife’s illegitimate daughter, given up for adoption without his knowledge, his life is turned upside down as he struggles to accept that the wife he’d given saint status to was not the woman he thought he knew.

Together Holton and Libby form an unlikely bond as the two struggle to learn the identity of Libby’s father and the truth about Adele, themselves, and each other.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Driftwood Tides, go HERE.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming!!

That's right folks, the stores are becoming inundated with Christmas decorations already!! Have you started your shopping yet? My mom has had a goal for the past several years to have all her Christmas shopping done by Labor Day. I believe she did it again this year. Me? Well, let's just say a midnight run to ToysRUs has happened a few years in a row. I'm trying to get better at it!!

That being said, some of you are in the holiday shopping mode! I want to share with you some fabulous ideas for stocking stuffers!! Lilla Rose is a company that I have recently joined. They create these beautiful hair accessories that are sure to please anyone on your list!!

Here are a few pictures that I've taken over the past few days with different products:

The top picture is of the Daisy Freestyle Dangle Flexi. It's one of my many favorites!

The second picture shows are Hawaiian Bobbies. The same pattern is also available in a Flexi! 

Pictures 3 and 4 are showing the Freestyle Flexi-Oh! This is the same piece showing both sides. You can wear one side during the day and flip it over for evening time or just pick and choose your favorite! I do need a small size than the one pictured here though!! 

If you are interested in perusing my website for more great ideas, check out 

If you have any questions, please let me know! 

P.S. I'm still an It Works Distributor too!! 

One more friend April is doing a 100 days of Christmas countdown on her blog. Why don't you take a minute and check her out

Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: A Grand Design by Amber Stockton

A Grand Design: Quilts of Love SeriesA Grand Design: Quilts of Love Series by Amber Stockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all, I love the Quilts of Love series!! What a grand idea for this group of writers and publishers to develop! I have not read them all but will eventually catch up on them!

Alyssa is dared by her best friend Libby to enter a contest for an exclusive couples getaway on Mackinac Island. The only problem is, Alyssa is very single. When Alyssa finds out she has won the contest, she invites Libby to go along. They arrive in grand style with two very attractive men as their escorts once they arrive. Ben and Scott make sure the girls are safely delivered to the hotel, but not before taking great notice of them.

Alyssa's grandmother also lives on the island and has a 'project' for her to work on while she is there. Can she carry out the tasks that her grandmother asks of her and learn something from it in the process?

This book isn't really full of any surprises, plot twists, or anything overly dramatic. However, it is quite the enjoyable read. There isn't a lot to do with the quilt in the story but maybe that's what makes this book more want to know and your mind wanders to more of the details.

I enjoyed this book and anyone looking for a lighthearted read would more than likely also enjoy it.

I received a review copy of this book for being a part of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. I have given you my honest review in exchange for receiving this book and was in no way coerced to write a favorable review.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CFBA: Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Miracle in a Dry Season
Bethany House Publishers (August 5, 2014)
Sarah Loudin Thomas


Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, releases August 2014 through Bethany House. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency.

A graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, Sarah once dreamed of being a marine scientist. But her love for words won out and she has spent much of her career in public relations and marketing. She currently oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children’s home in Black Mountain, NC.

Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with Thistle–the canine equivalent to a personal trainer pushing them to hike, run, and throw sticks. Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading.


In a Drought, It's the Darkest Cloud

That Brings Hope

It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor. . .until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Miracle in a Dry Season, go HERE.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A New Adventure for Me!!!

I just joined Lilla Rose and want to share some spectacular specials with you! Don't know what Lilla Rose is? Come check out the party!!

Who will win the hostess rewards??? It could be you! Also other chances to win just for attending! Be sure to shop on this link to be entered in the mystery hostess drawing: If you do not use this link I can not move your order once placed and you will not be entered in the drawing for the Mystery hostess.

Don't miss out on this great sale!!! Remember to shop on my party site!!

Questions? Join in the party or drop me a line and I'll be happy to answer anything I can! If I don't know the answer, I'll find out for you!!