Blind Spot Book Review

Just a reminder–My giveaway for Dani Pettrey’s newest book, Blind Spot, is still open!! All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment on my giveaway post!

I have two copies of this book, and just finished reading my copy. I had to hold off on reading it for a bit, because of work projects that had to be completed first. But yesterday, I finally had time to finish it! And, just like all her other books, I loved it! If you are a fan of Christian fiction suspense, I think you will too!

I dislike doing selfies, (I’m old fashioned, I guess… 😉 ) but as an extra promotional boost, I thought I’d give in and post one for this. 🙂IMG_0782

Here’s my brief review:

Another awesome, suspense-filled ride from Dani Pettrey! The only thing I disliked about this book is that it left me hanging off the edge at the end. Oh, and that it is such a long time before the next book is available!!

I am struggling a bit to find the right words to use to write a suitable review for this book—it is SO good that any words I can think of feel like I’m not doing it justice. A few words that come to my mind are intriguing, action-packed, intense, exciting, hang-on-for-the-ride. You don’t want to start this book if you’ve got other things that you need to do–no, wait until you have time to sit down and read it from start to finish!!

This book is the story of Declan & Tanner. It’s the third book in Dani Pettrey’s Chesapeake Valor series, it could be read as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend reading the others first, (if you haven’t already done so) the story will make a lot more sense that way.

The action takes off right from the first page. I love reading books or watching shows about FBI agents, and with this book, I felt as though I was there, taking part in the investigation, involved in the action.  Dani has a way of making her characters come to life–this is another thing that really draws me to her books. (along with the action, of course!) And I especially like meeting up with main characters from an  earlier book, it’s like another visit with old friends.

Bethany House is also hosting a giveaway in honor of the release of this book, you can visit it here


Book Tour – The Case of the Clobbered Cad

Series: The Nosy Parker Mysteries
Genre:  Journey Fiction, Historical, Mystery
Publisher: Indie
Publication date: August 1, 2017

Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until…

Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again.

As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to believe in.

Debra E. Marvin is a member of ACFW, Sisters in Crime, a Grace Awards Judge, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She’s one of the founders of Inkwell Inspirations Blog, and is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey Fiction and contracted with Barbour Publishing. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University in upstate NY, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends.
1. Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I started making illustrated books as a child, then became a student who wrote two thousand words for a five hundred word essay. Hanging around with readers and authors just feels right, because we are all compelled to step into a story. I love beautiful words and images and there’s not quite so satisfying as finding just the right word. There may have been a time when I read a story and thought… I can do that!  (Oh how naïve! I can do it but it’s darn hard work!)

2. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did being an author ever cross your mind?
Despite the fact I tend to be a bit driven by all I want to get done now, I wasn’t a particularly focused child. I recall a few years of wanting to be an astronomer, but basically I just liked to make things and spend time daydreaming.  I was an art major (and we know how difficult that is as a career!) and then all of a sudden I was a housewife and mother who obsessively made things. Finally, I took a creative writing class in my thirties and it all just took off. Writing satisfies like nothing else!

3. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about this project?
Currently, I’m working on my second contemporary romance novella. Somewhere along the way this project became a difficult emotional journey and was put aside while I finished this mystery and a colonial era novella. The first contemporary romance was a breeze—I wrote 17,000 words in three days. This one is like picking up egg whites, but I’m determined to see it through! It takes place on Cape Hatteras and will be out later this year from Forget Me Not Romances.

What inspired the idea for The Case of the Clobbered Cad?  Oh I wish I knew how to explain the tangled lines that became this story. Ideas just seem to pop up and then explode into a puzzle that needs to be solved. When my setting changed from Sturbridge Village to Edinburgh, Scotland, research pulled me into the University’s archeology department. I had that lovely lightbulb moment upon seeing some reference to an artifact. I’d contacted the secretary of the History and Archeology departments and it happened that a retired archeology professor gave me all sorts of information on the very vibrant archeology department of the 1950s.

4. What do you want readers to take away from reading The Case of the Clobbered Cad?
This story doesn’t quite fit into a nice, neat genre and so I hope readers find it unexpected,  fresh, enjoyable, entertaining and creates nostalgia for the days when a girl detective story kept them up late on a school night!

5. When you are not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I love to make things that involve color, texture and handwork. It might be decorative painting, knitting, gardening and the occasional fairy house. But mostly I’m like to design and sew—quilting or making costumes. (I have a little problem with buying fabric.)

  1. We reference “The Girl Detective” but we never actually use her name!  You know who I’m talking about though, don’t you?
  2. The book is set in 1956.  Can you guess why I chose that particular year? Go ahead. You won’t offend me!
  3. Heather’s first trip abroad is to the U.K. Sixty years later, Debra made her first trip abroad and was greeted in the Edinburgh airport by a lovely customs agent with a broad Scottish accent. (Debra grinned like an eejit!)
  4. The Case of the Clobbered Cad was originally set in Old Sturbridge Village because I wanted to visit there. The heroine was a history major doing an internship.  When I made the last minute decision to buy a ticket to Scotland, I asked my publisher if she minded if I changed the setting! She loved the idea!
  5. Like Heather, my grandfather was Scottish. (though mine was born in the U.S. to a Scottish immigrant family). He insisted I was “Scots t’ the backbone and prood of it.” What a thrill to be able to visit the village where his my great-grandparents called home.
  6. I visited the Archeology Department at the University of Edinburgh and went inside the archives room. If you read the book, you’ll understand why that was so important! (Though in 1956, the setting was completely different!)
  7. I actually stayed on both of the Edinburgh streets used as ‘home addresses’ for two of my characters.
  8. Some retired policemen and professors answered my questions, including a gentleman with an OBE.  You do know what that means, don’t you?
  9. Lisa Richardson, author of The Counterfeit Clue designed the covers!
  10. While my earlier published works have been sweet romances, mysteries are my first love and I hope to take Heather elsewhere in Scotland and Ireland



A charming, cozy murder mystery set in 1950s Scotland. Although it is referred to as in honor of the ‘girl detective’, I have to say that this book was much more intriguing and enjoyable than any Nancy Drew mystery I’ve read…and believe me, I’ve read most of those originals…!

No, This book is more reminiscent of a Miss Marple mystery (which I’ve also read and enjoyed)…and I thoroughly enjoyed the reading of it!

It has action from the first chapter to the end! It’s an intriguing story, full of twists and turns, and I found the ending to be completely surprising!

And the characters-fun and completely relate-able! Heather is down-to-earth, just what you’d expect of a girl in her position–an American in Scotland, going to university, doing a job on the side to pay her way. She’s just newly arrived via a voyage aboard ship. On said voyage, she had the unfortunate experience of getting a teeny crush on a professor, Jack Winters. She tried to steer clear of him upon learning of his marriage.

And then, he happens to be killed so close to her office, on her very first day of work? What a strange coincidence! Or was it? Was someone framing her?

A few other characters- her landlady Mrs. K. Just the kind of person you’d want for a landlady when you’re so far away from your family. A kind, motherly type of lady, looking at for Heather, sharing advice, and such. Then there are those two professors vying for her attention, Sean and Tom. Both seem to be good men. And yet, they could have had a motive to want him gone…

They work together to solve the clues and find the culprit.

You will want to read this one!

Enter the giveaway HERE.

Book Giveaway!

Good afternoon!

It’s Wednesday, and I think it’s time to kick off my October giveaway

This time, I’m giving away a copy of Dani Pettrey’s brand new–just released–Blind Spot, in paperback!

This book is the third book in her latest series, Chesapeake Valor.

Dani Pettrey’s books are some of my all-time-favorite in the line of Christian fiction suspense.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below, on this post.

Tell me your favorite thing about fall.

My favorite thing – I love the colorful leaves on the trees. And…I won’t deny it…I enjoy cooler temps. Now, the past few weeks, you wouldn’t have known that it is officially fall here in central Ohio…we’ve had highs in the upper 80s!! It’s been an Indian summer, I guess…but we have hopes of cooler weather coming! And, the one huge difference from regular summer is that, even when it’s warm during the day, our nights have been nice and cool! So it’s been lovely!

This giveaway will remain open for two weeks, which takes us to October 18th. Then we’ll draw a name from your comments.  (As before, this giveaway is only open to people living in the US)

I can’t wait to see who will be the lucky winner of this great book!

Book Tour-To Gain a Mommy

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About the Book

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Name of book: To Gain a Mommy

Author: Tanya Eavenson

Genre: Christian Romance

Release Date: December 10, 2016

They had a plan, but will it work?

Thirteen years ago, pediatrician Hope Michaels was the fool-hearted girl who came home from college to learn the man she loved was engaged to her twin. But now to move on with her life and accept a proposal of marriage, she must confront the one man who holds the key to the wounds of her past.Fire Captain Carl McGuire can put out any flame, except for the one Hope sparks within him. As she stirs up his life and heart, Carl knows some things never change. Even a past he’d rather keep hidden.

When a new neighbor moves in across the street who would be a perfect fit for their family, Mary and Brody form a plan to bring their dad and Hope together. But how will it work if Hope keeps pushing him away?


My thoughts about this book:

This is a short, sweet novella. This story has so much packed into its pages. 

This is a story about moving on, and forgiving someone you love, even when they have hurt you tremendously in the past.

It’s about redemption and forgiving yourself in spite of mistakes you’ve made in the past.

It’s about looking for the good God can bring out of bad situations, and most of all, trusting Him for the future.

Meet Carl and his two adorable kids. He’s lost his wife, and they’ve lost their mom.

Next, meet Hope, who moves in across the street. Carl & Hope have so much baggage from the past you have to wonder how they’ll ever be able to move on.

But, with the help of his sweet kiddos (and of course God’s!)…well, I don’t want to give the story away here in this review. I recommend you just read it yourself!

I love all things chocolate, and especially enjoyed all the chocolately details in the last chapter!

I received a complimentary copy of this book; all opinions expressed here are my own entirely!

About the Author

Tanya EavensonTanya Eavenson is a bestselling and an award-winning inspirational romance author. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book.






Guest Post from Tanya Eavenson

I’d like to thank Celebrate Lit for featuring my first novella in my Gaining Love Series, To Gain a Mommy, for this tour. I’m looking forward to visiting with you along the way!

Recently I was asked to share what inspired me to write To Gain a Mommy. Believe it or not, my inspiration came from a prayer.

Last year my employer offered me a great promotion, but the catch was I’d have little time to spend with my family. So I prayed, asking God for direction for my family, my job, and my writing.

God knows us so well. He knew I had a desire to work with other authors and to write my first novella. He also knew that without a push, I wouldn’t do it.

It all began with a simple post on my Facebook timeline. Another writer posted that she had messaged me but wanted to let me know since FB has a couple of message boxes (I had no idea!). I clicked on my messages, and there it was—the extra message box, filled. As I read through the messages, I found one asking if I’d be interested in joining a novella boxed set. Right away I knew God had answered my prayer.

Needless to say, I didn’t take the position at work and joined the boxed set. Since then, To Gain a Mommy has become an international bestseller and has been a finalist in two contests. My Gaining Love series continues to grow, with the third novella, To Gain a Bodyguard, releasing in time for Christmas. Isn’t God good!

The Lord tells us to trust in Him and that if we do, He will direct our paths. It still amazes me how the Lord works behind the scenes in our lives to give us hope and a future.

Yes, God gives us hope. He gives us a future. This is why I named my heroine in To Gain a Mommy Hope. Romans 5:5 says, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (NKJV). Although my heroine can’t see her future or what it might hold, she is reminded that God will not disappoint.

The Lord reminds us of the same in our own lives.

Blog Stops

September 19: Blogging With Carol

September 20: autism mom

September 21: Avid Reader Book Reviews

September 22: A Greater Yes

September 23: A Baker’s Perspective

September 24: Christian Bookaholic

September 25: Karen Sue Hadley

September 26: Singing Librarian Books

September 27: His Grace is Sufficient

September 28: Remebrancy

September 29: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

September 30: Reading Is My SuperPower (interview)

October 1: Bibliophile Reviews

October 1: Red Headed Book Lady

October 2: Quiet Quilter

October 2: Multifarious

October 3: Vicky Sluiter

October 3: Texas Book -aholic

October 3: Artistic Nobody

October 3: All of a Kind Mom

October 3: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS




In honor of her tour, Tanya is giving away a grand prize package consisting of a $5 Amazon Card and pillow cover from Redbubble! Click the link below to enter!

More thoughts on “Cherish”

Just over a month ago, I shared from this book that I’ve been mulling my way through, “Cherish: The One Word that Changes Everything For Your Marriage” by Gary Thomas

I’ve had to force my way through and finish this because the copy I’m currently reading belongs to our local library, and I’ve (ahem) had it longer than what they prefer. 😉 I really want (NEED!) to get my own copy, just to keep and re-read, because this book has been so profound for me.

I’m not trying to share this as a ‘fix-all’ or ‘do-this-and-your-marriage-will-be-perfect’ book. What I am wanting to do is just share a bit of how it spoke to me and challenged me in ways that I need to grow in, to do my part to better my own marriage.

Cherishing. It’s not really what comes natural. Or maybe that’s just me. Way too often I find myself being selfish. I want him to cherish me, but am I cherishing him? Am I doing things that are having the opposite effect? How can I learn to better cherish my husband?!

These are just a few questions I’m asking myself.

And I’d like to share just a few quotes that jumped at me:

“Cherish is a chosen mental attitude; once set in motion, it can eventually become our default mode of action, but there are things we can do to set that up.”

“We need to accept the fact that our spouses will stumble and stop resenting that they happen to stumble in any particular way.”

“The goal of a cherishing marriage is to know the dark corners and the weak links of each other’s personalities, yet still cherish, respect, adore, and move toward each other.”

“Responding with gentleness to common marital moments—like a spouse misplacing keys—can be the seedbed of a cherishing marriage.”

“If we want to be cherished, one of the most effective ways is to humbly admit we need to grow in areas that make it easier for our spouses to cherish us.”

There would be so many, many more I could share.

Ultimately, I think it comes down to the Golden Rule, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31

I can’t expect this to just happen. But with God’s help, I can do my part to create a cherishing marriage.

And here’s my review as I posted on goodreads:

I find it difficult to find the words to describe this book in a short review!

It is an excellent book with exceptional teaching, many helpful tips and advice on having a better marriage.

It’s about the act of cherishing your spouse; learning to appreciate him or her for who they have been created to be; helping them become the best they can be.

It’s about building them up, encouraging, and of course, cherishing.

Another crucial part of being in a cherishing marriage is being a person that is easy to be cherished. And allowing your spouse to cherish you.

This is one of those books that needs to be re-read, just to better comprehend everything that is shared in its pages.

Author Interview

Hi! Today I have an interview with a new author about her brand new book!

Join me in welcoming Lydia Howe and her book Where Dandelions Grow


Hi Lydia, tell me about yourself

Hello! I’m Lydia Howe, a random, quirky, traveling, bookwormish, country gal. I live out where fireflies dance over hayfields, whippoorwills serenade me to sleep, stars wink, and old barn are just waiting to be explored. 


Reading, cooking, traveling, cutting grass, and writing (books, blog posts, emails, etc…) take up a fair amount of my time. I also have a delightful time fitting in with the third and fourth grade kids at church as their Sunday School teacher’s assistant. (The jury’s still out as to if I’m good at relating to that age group because I’m adaptable or if it’s because I’m so much like them myself.) 

Tell me about your family (do you have siblings, where are you in the lineup?) or if you’re married or in a relationship, tell us about that! 🙂

This is the first time I’ve gotten this question in this round of interviews. 🙂 I’m currently quite contentedly single and living at home where I work with my family’s business part-time, a coffee shop part-time, and writing part-time. I have nine siblings and am the seventh child – although I’m the oldest at home. I have over a dozen nieces and nephews, but (sadly!) only one of them lives close by. 

How did you decide to write this story?

The story popped into my head one day, strangely enough as names of four cousins. Over the next several days I just kept repeating Destiny, Kamryn, Lexie, and Teal over and over in my brain as I went about life, and the rest of the story emerged. 

Are you writing more?

As in a second book in the same series? I’m not sure, although originally my plan was to write a book for each of the cousins. As for writing in general, I’m currently working on a realistic fantasy book titled Echoes. 

What are your plans for the future?

A life-long dream of mine is to travel across the USA in a motor home, hopefully blogging and vlogging as I go. I’ve always seen being a writer as a life-long career, and plan to continue along with that, along with wherever else God takes me in life. Plus, getting married and being a (mostly) stay-at-home mom has always been a goal. In recent years the idea of starting a bookstore/cafe/coffee shop has sounded like a lot of fun. 

What is your favorite food?

Oh! There’s a lot of food that I really like (as someone whose job is to cook that’s probably pretty natural). I especially like food from different countries – like Tikka Masala from India. (You should look it up, it’s delicious!) 

Your favorite place?

I’ve traveled a lot over the years and therefore have various “favorite” places – like my home (Best. Place. Ever.), the Creation Museum, a certain beach house in Mexico, a delightfully cozy garden in England, and, well, the list goes on. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?

New Zealand, Australia, Alaska, and Ireland are currently on the top of my list. (I narrowed it down nicely, don’t I?)

Thanks so much, Lydia, for answering these questions! I’ve enjoyed chatting & getting to know you a little bit! 

Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog. I had fun answering your questions – in fact, they’re some of the most fun ones to answer that I’ve had yet!


Lydia's Author PictureAbout the Author:

Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) is a twenty-something adventurous author who is partial to hiking in the mountains of Asia and South America, building life-size models of dinosaurs, taking road trips across Europe, visiting friends in Africa, growing up in a barn and everything in-between. She currently works in a coffee shop during the day and concocts stories by night. Find her online at her Blog, YoutubeFacebookTwitterGoodreads, and Google+


Links for the book: 
Goodreads Link
Amazon Link:

And here’s my review:

This is a sweet, short story, especially written for young girls.

Destiny is looking for answers. Answers to the many questions swirling through her head, in particular, answers to WHY she & her family were abruptly pulled away from their hometown, the only home they knew, and most of all, their beloved cousins. And were not allowed to have any contact with them for over 10 years.
She leaves home and heads back to that hometown, in hopes of reuniting with those cousins.

This is a story of forgiveness, love, and more.
A great story for girls to read, one I’ve recommended to my own daughters. (One of them sat down and read a large share of the book tonight-I think that means she liked it! 🙂 )
I was given an advance copy to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Book reviews

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

I love legal suspense. (John Grisham, and more–I just can’t think of the names right now) I’d heard from various people that they loved this book, and I was thrilled to find out that I’d been chosen to receive a copy to do a blogger review.

If you are looking for top-notch legal suspense, look no further!
This is the first book in a new series, from a new author, and I’m hooked!
Riveting, page-turning suspense, the whole way through!

I really enjoyed the suspense, the mystery, and the story line.

Kate is a lawyer, on the fast track to the top. She gets the chance of a lifetime when she’s handed the opportunity to be lead counsel in a case against a huge client—a pharmaceutical company. She’s determined to win this the right way, and not go against her personal convictions. What makes it so hard is that her friend Ethan is lead counsel for the opposing side.

I found this book a bit unusual in that some of the chapters are written from the opposing counsel’s viewpoint. I felt like I knew what they had up their sleeve, even if the side I was rooting for didn’t.

Something I really enjoyed about this book is that despite having plenty of legal jargon to make it feel like a legal thriller, the author had the characters take the time to thoroughly explain what those legal terms meant, so that a person (like me) unfamiliar with that terminology was not completely left in the dark.

The romantic aspect was one part of this story that didn’t quite resonate with me. It felt a little stilted or unrealistic. There weren’t quite enough details there to really make it flow.

The ending of the story was more than satisfactory, I did not see it coming! I like to try and get it all figured out on my own before I get there, and this story gives the feeling that you might actually be able to do that. But the ending was not what I expected!

Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson

I’ve long been a fan of Dee Henderson. I’ve read each of her books as they came out. Those O’Malley books-I think I have most (if not all) of them back on my bookshelf. But somehow, this series slipped by my radar. I just recently discovered I hadn’t read this one, or the one following. I found them at the library and brought them along home. But I’ve had such a large TBR stack, and not nearly enough time to read, so those two books (which I knew I’d enjoy immensely) kept getting pushed back. (Anyone else do that—read books that you think might not be quite as good, and save the better ones for last?!)

I finally had to break down and read it! It does not disappoint!

Here’s my brief review:

Another captivating, compelling novel from one of my all-time-favorite authors!

I started reading this one in the evening, which was a big mistake–I didn’t want to stop!

When I finally told myself to lay it down and get some sleep…my brain was so engaged that

I found myself continuing to try to solve the mysteries on my own instead of sleeping.

I was finally able to talk myself into letting it go enough to get some sleep but the next day, the first chance I got, I sat down and finished it.

Ann Falcon (from Full Disclosure) makes an appearance throughout the story, but Evie Blackwell is the main character. A detective assigned with solving cold cases, she has to go back through about 10 years of history to solve some hard and long-unsolved cases.

Dee Henderson has a way of writing that draws me right in to the action, I was right there with Evie trying desperately to get some answers. Reaching the end of the book is like leaving behind friends.

I like the way the author ties in Biblical truths without making it feel preachy.

Twists, turns, unexpected results, and the pleasure of the journey make this an unforgettable read. If you like suspense, be sure and read this one!!

On a completely different note, here’s a nonfiction book that I’ve been working through

Beside Bethesda written by Joni Eareckson Tada, this book is like taking a refreshing drink of cold water!

Her name immediately tells me this is going to be good. After all, Joni has spent a lifetime (all of 50+ years) as a quadriplegic. She knows what it means to be dependent on God. On top of everything else, she also was diagnosed with cancer.

This book tells, in a 31-day devotional format, how to lean on Jesus and trust Him through those hard times that are bound to come.

Here’s one example of a truth that really hit me:

“I think God entrusts me with hardships because He knows very well that I can’t be trusted. I fully accept the fact that I am the least likely candidate to handle afflictions well.” This is her response to that saying God doesn’t give us more that we can handle. No, rather He gives us what makes us run to Him, knowing that without Him, we can NOT handle it! He wants us to be completely dependent on Him. This truth should be easy for us to grasp as Christians. But it’s not. Or maybe that’s just me. Way too often I find myself desperately trying to muddle through things on my own. When all I really need to do is let go and let God handle it—He already has a plan, He already knows the outcome! Wow!

Read this and be blessed!

#tackleTBR (I signed up to participate in a tackle-your-TBR-pile Readathon, and am just now finally getting around to posting about some of the books I actually read in this time frame)

Leave me a comment and tell me about one book you’ve read recently, (or are currently reading) and how it is challenging you or benefiting your life.

On Purses…

Let’s talk about purses.

I’m kind of looking for one. You see, I think I’m probably unique in that I don’t like to shop for that perfect purse. (I’d rather find one that I really like and stick with it until it is worn out!)

I know I bought myself at least one new purse in the past 10 years…and I also received a few as gifts.

I’ve bought some at thrift stores.

Sadly, the purse that I bought new lasted for a shorter time than some of the used ones I’ve purchased.

For a number of years, I was stuck with a diaper bag. It had to be big enough to hold everything I might possibly need for the next how many hours. I was glad to be able to graduate to a purse again. And then I discovered that I really didn’t know what I really want.

Not too big, because then it feels like a diaper bag.

Not too small, because, well, I am still a mom, and I need to be able to cart along all kinds of paraphernalia.

I need to be able to keep it relatively organized, or else I will find myself wasting too much time looking for what I really need. Like my keys, that are always at the bottom.

I’d like to have something that coordinates well with various colors or outfits, because I really don’t like to be changing purses all the time.

Which brings me to a final point. I need something that will LAST!

I’ve also discovered that I kind of like having a long enough strap to wear it cross-body style. That way, when I’m shopping alone, it stays in place, and isn’t always falling off my shoulder.

Please tell me where to find the perfect purse! 🙂 What should I get? Tips, pros, or cons?

Tell me about yours!

I must add, though, I keep salivating over this website. I have a feeling that this might be where I’ll get my next good purse…if I could ever decide WHICH one to get. 🙂


Book Giveaway Winner!!

And the winner (Crown of Souls book giveaway) is Cyndi!!

All names were written on notebook paper, cut out into little slips of paper, and put in a small bowl. Then we mixed them and we tossed them and we turned them.

My youngest daughter reached in and drew out the name for me.

I always kinda hate having only one winner, I wish I could give a book to each of you that participated! Thanks so much for entering!

And keep on coming back, we’ll do more giveaways in the future!

Cyndi, send me an email at, with your mailing address, so I can get your book out to you.


Book Review – A New Shade of Summer

Here’s another new book I was privileged to read recently:

A brief synopsis:

As an artist, Callie Quinn relies on inspiration to guide her wandering soul. This summer she accepts a short-term muralist job in her sister’s charming town to spend some much-needed time with her family. After meeting her nephew’s friend, Brandon, she’s eager to draw out his untapped artistic talents—however, it’s the boy’s straitlaced single father who could use a little color in his life.

Davis Carter may be the town’s favorite animal whisperer, but his experience is limited when it comes to understanding his preteen’s rebellious behavior. Desperate for a breakthrough, he follows the lead of a free spirit who claims to know the way into his son’s closed-off world. Soon, Davis isn’t the only one caught up in the hope of a new beginning.

Just as Callie considers trading her unattached existence for a life rich with promise and permanence, an unexpected visit from the past threatens to send her packing once again. Davis and Callie must learn to surrender their fears so they can find a love that will outlast the summer.


Here’s some of my thoughts regarding this story:

I greatly enjoyed reading A New Shade of Summer! It’s an absolutely gripping, sweet romance.
The characters! So very realistic, and true-to-life!

The setting–small-town USA, down to earth, such a homey feel!
Callie, an artistic redhead, and Davis, the town vet seem to have nothing in common. She’s outgoing, artsy, and flits from one place to the next, while he is rather stern, serious about life, and level-headed, like-a-rock-solid.
But Davis is having trouble relating to his preteen son, and somehow Callie is one of the few people that can connect with him, and really knows how to draw him out.
I loved the way their relationship grows, slowly, as they learn to understand and appreciate each other. Their differences at first seem too great, but they are the very things that draw them to each other.
I would consider this book as more of an easy read, but yet the author addresses very real issues of life, things we can all identify with.
We see Callie & Davis grow as they learn to rely on and trust God, even for the hard things in life.
Another winner from a talented writer, I can’t wait to read more from this author!

I was given the privilege of reading an early copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review, and the opinions I shared are entirely my own.

If you are looking for an easy-read, be sure and give this one a try. Nicole Deese has also written several other novels. The only other one I’ve tried, The Promise of Rayne, I also loved. She has a talent of realistically depicting life. I had the sense of meeting new friends as I read these books.