It's after 2am but this had to be shared...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Guys. You know I love my Marvel and my Cap and his bromance with Bucky, so this trailer hit me right in the feels. I should be sleeping, but I know my fangirling heart will not rest until I share this clip. Some spoilers for those of you who haven't seen the Avengers films. Don't say I didn't warn ya. xx

Litfuse Blog Tour ~ A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Thousand Shall Fall
(Shenandoah Valley Saga, Book 1)
by Andrea Boeshaar
Copyright 2015
Kregel Publishers
ISBN: 9780825443817
The Story:
A Story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off--only to find she's fallen into the hands of the enemy.
Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they're all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.
Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally--and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?
To read what other reviewers are saying about the book, check out the Litfuse Tour page!

My Thoughts: 
Sadly, my library of Civil War fiction is severely lacking. I love reading stories set during one of the most tumultuous times in American history, and there just haven't been many options in that category of late.  Five or six years ago, a different story, I guess the trends are changing!

Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman ~ My Review

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Story:
She stole his heart. 
He stole her peace. 
Can hope steal their pain? 

Isle of Hope
by Julie Lessman
Copyright 2015
Available as an e-book
Paperback coming soon
At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack O'Bryen, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs away from Isle of Hope, turning her back on everything she loves. Now, eight years later, she’s back as a woman of faith, hoping to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she denied. Only the bridges she’s burned are still smoldering, kindled by an adulterous affair by Jack’s pastor father that damaged his son’s faith. But can a turning of tables—and hearts—lead the way back to “hope” for them all?

The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ My Review

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Imposter
The Bishop's Family, Book 1
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Copyright 2015
ISBN: 9780800723200
The Story:
A heart once deceived should not be easily fooled again . . .

Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. But as her plans crumble before her eyes, she struggles to face an uncertain future. When a widow asks for help starting a new business, Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose.

What she doesn't need is attention from Andy Miller, a farmhand who arrives at the widow's farm just when help is most needed--and who always seems to say the right thing and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy for real or too good to be true? She's been deceived once before, and she isn't planning on experiencing it again.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a tale of love, uncertainty, and trusting God to write your story.

My Thoughts:
It seems that somehow every autumn I end up visiting Amish country. Unfortunately this year is one of the few times that I haven't yet had the opportunity to explore Sugarcreek, Ohio, and the surrounding towns in person. As all bookworms know, however, you can journey just about any where through the pages of a book.

Coco and Toby ~ Warmer Days Will Return Soon!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sir Toby 
If you know me at all you know I love summer. I can't stand to be cold and I can't stand to wear layers of clothing. I like to lather up with sunscreen and curl up on the back deck reading or running around the yard throwing sticks for my two fur babies to catch.

For fall, it's a pretty decent day in spite of all the rain. 70 degrees is pretty great for a late October day. Since it's probably the last decently warm day of the month, I thought it would be fun to share a few photos of my collies, Coco and Toby, to remind us all that it will be warm again soon. Soon.

Brenda Jackson's Westmoreland Men ~ Guest Post + Pre-Order Contest +Book Giveaway!

Monday, October 26, 2015


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I love alpha men who take charge and once they are smitten by love will protect their woman with their life.  Men who are irresistibly sexy heroes.  Passionate to a fault.  Men who can make a woman pause when they walk into a room.

The Westmorelands are those types of men.

They also believe deeply in family and loyalty. When I introduced the Denver Westmorelands, I began with the oldest of the group—Dillon. I told readers how they had lost parents, and an aunt and uncle in a tragic plane accident, and how Dillon—along with his cousin Ramsey—kept the family of cousins and siblings together. Now I am down to the last seven Westmorelands and I am enjoying telling their stories…mainly because each one is so different and I have seen them grow over the prior eight books.

Zane is considered by everyone as an expert on women. But when it comes to handling his own business with a particular woman, he falls short and learns a very important lesson.

I was always looking forward to writing Brisbane (Bane) Westmoreland’s story.  He’s the one Westmoreland who has shown the most growth.  The loss of his parents, uncle and aunt took a toll on Bane as a child and he turned his grief into destruction.  Now a Navy SEAL, I want readers to see how he has matured—but he’s still managed to keep some of those bad boy qualities when he goes after the woman he loves!

I hope you enjoy reading Bane’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it,

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New Season, New Glasses!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Lowry frames in Woodland Tortoise
One thing that you might overlook when transitioning your wardrobe every season is your eyewear! I can't go anywhere without my glasses. I'm one of those people who can't see the big E on the eye chart if I'm more than a foot away. If there is a good thing about being myopic these days is that there are more options for buying stylish glasses than even just five years ago. Glasses are now super easy to purchase. With just the click of a finger you can find a list of prescription eye wear sites and have them delivered right to your mailbox. I don't know about you, but when it comes to my glasses spending 15 minutes in some mall shop, making a decision just to get it over with, shelling out 400 plus dollars, and then regretting my selection when said glasses arrive two weeks later, is just not fun. I like to be able to see what my glasses will look like with my whole wardrobe, different hairstyles, or different makeup. That's not something you can do at traditional optometrists.

Litfuse Blog Tour: A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn by Shelley Shepard Gray

Friday, September 18, 2015

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book 3
Copyright 2015
Avon Inspire
ISBN: 9780062337757
The Story:
A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

Litfuse Blog Tour: Counting on a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Counting on a Cowboy
Four of Hearts Ranch, Book 2
by Debra Clopton
Copyright 2015
Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 9781401690519
The Story:
After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk. 

Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the cozy town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby . . . if she’s brave enough to reach out and take it by the reins.

Bo Monahan isn’t interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become—or the women who might be looking at him like he’s their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn’t looking for serious romantic commitments. But when the infant son he never knew about shows up at his doorstep, his world is turned upside down.

This confirmed bachelor might not think he needs a wife, but he sure needs help. Even Abby can see that, and despite her best efforts to keep her distance, she can’t help but be drawn to this new father-son duo. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

To learn more about the book and read what others are saying about it, visit the Litfuse Group site!

My Thoughts:
Contemporary romances aren't necessarily my go to reads when I want to escape in a book. You might say I'm a bit of a historical romance junkie. Books like Counting on a Cowboy, however, are winning me over to fictional worlds set in the here and now. Clopton always impresses me with her sweet romances, and while I thought the first book in the Four of Hearts Ranch series was good, Counting on a Cowboy is a gem!

The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz ~ My Review

Monday, August 31, 2015

The two mistresses!
The Story:
There can be only one mistress of Tall Acre . . . 

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre? 

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal--you will find it all in the rich pages of this newest novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz.

The Mistress of Tall Acre
by Laura Frantz
Copyright 2015
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800720445

My Thoughts:
Books like this are why I can't get things done. Each and every time I think I have received and read Ms. Frantz's books in less than a day. It's been a long while since I've been so excited to read a book and this story did not disappoint. If you've followed my reviews of this book's predecessors, you know I've enjoyed them all, but that I'm pretty much obsessed with Red Shirt the hero from Courting Morrow Little. Nobody could top him in my book - until today. Yes. It is on record, in writing, Red Shirt has been dethroned as fictional King of My Heart. Other than the fact that her latest hero bears the regal name of Seamus (I've pretty much decided years ago, if I ever have kids, one of them will have that name) he's a totally brooding dreamboat. I can't write this review without making note of the heroine Sophie's thoughts on the aforementioned dreamboat. Warning: you will swoon.

"There was an alarming lilt to his voice she'd not heard before. And that smile...It eased all the rugged, weathered lines of him, giving her a nearly forgotten glimpse of the young man he'd been. Confident, even cocky. Self-assured yet unchallenged." - Laura Frantz, The Mistress of Tall Acre, pg. 78

HAVE YOU SWOONED YET?! No? All right then. Here's more.

National Dog Day!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We love our fur babies! Happy National Dog Day from Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot and resident canines, Coco and Toby! Hope your day isn't too "ruff." ;-)

Celebrating the Bachelorette, Twenties Style!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I've been rambling on and on about my search (and discovery!) of the perfect flapper dress for my bestie's bachelorette party. Y'all are probably sick to death of the words dress and flapper just from my mentions alone! Well, I'm happy to say that this past weekend was the big day. Not the wedding mind you, but the bachelorette party in beautiful, vibrant Pittsburgh. Let me tell you, if you've never experienced the 'Burgh, you are missing out on tons of rich history and diversity.

Must-haves for any flapper -- red lipstick, red nails, beads, & feathers!