TLC Book Tours ~ Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel by Meg Cabot

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Royal Wedding

About Royal Wedding

Print Length: 448 pages • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 2, 2015) From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare. For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royaloui. But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

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Meg Cabot

About Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband. Find out more about Meg at her website, follow her blog, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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My Thoughts:
Princess Mia is all grown up and about to plan a wedding -- if she can find the time between family scandal and dodging paparazzi. Royal Wedding is just what you'd expect from Meg Cabot. It has the fun and fanfare of the original YA series, but with a more grown up story line and dialogue. I love that I've pretty much had the opportunity to grow up alongside all of my favorite characters.

This book is set up like a journal and it includes snippets of texts and things like grocery orders, to-do lists, and a wedding invitation thrown in at random spots. Those kind of fractured the flow of the story, so I could have done without, but still, as a fan of The Princess Diaries stories, one can't be disappointed with the book. Mia's classic freak outs are not to be missed! I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud while reading, so this was indeed a refreshing break for me.

If you're looking for a fun summer read to take with you to the beach, Royal Wedding definitely fits the bill. The book fits my "beach read" criteria with it's fast-pacing and short chapters (there are no chapters, but rather dated journal entries), so it's easy to stop reading and go for a dip in the waves. Hopefully, there will be more installments to follow in this series!

~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

*I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*



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Treat Yourself: The McDonald's Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Giveaway!)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich
(Photo from McDonalds.com)
If you're like me, eating on the go is a way of life. Hitting the drive-thru is pretty much the only option for those of us with busy lifestyles. While many food choices at your favorite restaurants aren't always the best if you're trying to eat healthier, McDonald's is offering a few new menu choices that tickle the taste buds all while being a bit better for the waistline. Their new Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwiches are loaded with leaf lettuce, a tomato slice, vinaigrette sauce, all topped off with an artisan roll. Coming in at around 360 calories, most of us won't have to feel guilty about indulging.

Thanks to the generous people at McDonald's I have four sets of coupons to give away to four lucky winners! The grand prize winner will get six coupons to try the Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich for free! That's approximately a $28 value. You can take your family out for dinner or treat your girlfriends to a lunch date. Three first prize winners will each receive a four pack of coupons for complimentary sandwiches. US residents, 18 years + only. Void where prohibited. Coupons valid at participating USA McDonald's locations only.

To learn more about the new sandwich and to see complete nutritional information, be sure to visit McDonalds.com!

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Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund ~ Litfuse Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hearts Made Whole
by Jody Hedlund
Copyright 2015
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764212383
The Story:
1865 
Windmill Point, Michigan 

Can She Forgive the Hurting Man Who Costs Her the Role She Loves?

After her father's death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren't supposed to have such roles, so it's only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper--even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He's secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation--the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He's not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who's angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he's in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he's unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope...and possibly love?

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My Thoughts:
It's no secret, that Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite historical fiction writers. Her meticulous research and unique settings make her latest series, Beacons of Hope a must-read for all Christian fiction fans. Hedlund's passionate characters are unlike any I've had the privilege of meeting through the pages of a book.

Litfuse Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Gray

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Proposal at Siesta Key
(Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book 2)
by Shelley Shepard Gray
Copyright 2015
ISBN: 9780062337726
The Story:
A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.

But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.

Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.

But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?

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My Thoughts:
Continuing with her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, Shelley Shepard Gray once again takes us back to the Orange Blossom Inn in beautiful, sunny Florida. Along with a few familiar characters we met in book one, the focal point of The Proposal at Siesta Key is shy, sheltered Penny Troyer and her relationship with a charismatic Mennonite speaker Michael Knoxx.

Love's Rescue by Christine Johnson (Keys of Promise Series) ~ My Review

Monday, June 8, 2015

Love's Rescue
by Christine Johnson
Copyright 2015
Revell Publishers
ISBN: 9780800723507
The Story:
Can a girl enamored with the adventurous seas ever be content with the tame life of a Southern belle?

When her mother dies, Elizabeth Benjamin heads home to Key West, determined to transform herself into the perfect Southern belle her parents always wished her to be. But nothing goes according to plan. Her brother resents her, the servants do not obey her, and Rourke O'Malley, the dashing man she vowed to forget, refuses to relinquish his hold on her heart. Worst of all, it becomes painfully obvious that her father is not the man he appears to be.

As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to perform her duty and abandon her dreams, or to leave her life of privilege behind to chase the man her father sees as little better than a pirate.

From the first emotional page, author Christine Johnson throws you into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy South.

To learn more about Love's Rescue, visit the Revell website.


Shopping For Vintage: Flapper Style

Monday, June 1, 2015

Evening dress, French made, 1925.
Image from The Met Museum
I love thrift shops. I used to shop them solely for books, but I've learnedly that you can find great bargains on vintage clothes too -- if you visit the right location. Vintage has always appealed to me. Be it clothes, furniture, radios, etc. I've always had a respect for the quality craftsmanship that went into so many things from days gone by. In a time when pretty much everything is disposable, and by the time it gets in our homes it is already surpassed by the next best thing, it's hard to find something lasting.

In recent years films like The Great Gatsby and the smash British TV series Downton Abbey, the vintage fashions of the Roaring Twenties have made a comeback. The sleek lines of Art Deco, Egyptian archaeological finds, and the influence of jazz could be seen in the wardrobes of the younger set and marked a turning point in women's style. It's no wonder these styles have regained their popularity. A few yards of material combined with sometimes thousands of glass beads and sequins and you had an outfit that was a true masterpiece! Have you seen the dresses in this post? The stunning beading rivals stained glass! 

Litfuse Blog Tour + Giveaway: A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Love Like Ours
by Becky Wade
Copyright 2015
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764211096
The Story:
Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion's reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?


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Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist ~ My Review

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tiffany Girl
by Deeanne Gist
Copyright 2015
Howard Books
ISBN: 9781451692440
The Story:
From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair and Fair Play comes a compelling historical novel about a progressive “New Woman”—the girl behind Tiffany’s chapel—and the love that threatens it all.

As preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire—seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen.

But when Louis’s dream is threatened by a glassworkers’ strike months before the Fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the Art Students League of New York. Eager for adventure, the young women pick up their skirts, move to boarding houses, take up steel cutters, and assume new identities as the “Tiffany Girls.”

Tiffany Girl is the heartwarming story of the impetuous Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist who is handpicked by Louis to help complete the Tiffany chapel. Though excited to live in a boarding house when most women stayed home, she quickly finds the world is less welcoming than anticipated. From a Casanova male, to an unconventional married couple, and a condescending singing master, she takes on a colorful cast of characters to transform the boarding house into a home while racing to complete the Tiffany chapel and make a name for herself in the art world.

Litfuse Blog Tour: To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

To Win Her Favor
A Belle Meade Plantation Novel
by Tamera Alexander
Copyright 2015
Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310291077
The Story:
A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever. 

An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie’s father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail––Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

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My Thoughts:
Let's take a second to think about romance novels and our favorite types of romances. Some of us like historical, some prefer contemporary and some enjoy sweet while others prefer sexy. I normally wouldn't use sexy to describe Christian fiction, but even though it isn't always overt, lately I've found a few books in the genre to be more passionate. I don't mean with graphic, open door love scenes, but rather a glance or a touch described just so on the page that sends a shiver down the spine. To me, the subtle details are sexy.

Fangirl Post: Arrow (The CW Network, 2012-) *SPOILERS AHEAD*

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Disclaimer: I'm fresh off episode 3x20, so I'm having a little trouble with coherent thoughts right now. If this post is a little all over the place, my apologies! x


So yeah, if you've been a follower of my blog for any length of time you know I'm a serious fangirl for Doctor Who and Sherlock, both BBC series', both quality programs. It just seems that British TV is so much more interesting and more intricate than American TV, so I've never been one to really gush over our domestic programs-- until today. I am officially Arrow obsessed. Why did nobody warn me how addicting the show is... Or did I not pay attention? Shame on me if that's the case.

The Creole Princess by Beth White ~ My Review

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


The Creole Princess
(Gulf Coast Chronicles, book 2)
By Beth White
Copyright 2015
Revell Publishers
ISBN: 9780800721985

The Story:
Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most important allegiance is to her heart.

It is 1776, and all along the eastern seaboard the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter--though no less deadly.

Lyse Lanier may be largely French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?

With spectacular detail that brings the cultural gumbo of the Colonial Gulf Coast alive, Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.


My Thoughts:
I took a chance on this book simply because I love a unique setting and different perspectives on the

The Captive Imposter Blog Tour ~ Review & Giveaway Details!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015



The Story:
Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she'd always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn't like about the situation is that her ex-fiancĂ© is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to.

When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can't refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can't deny the pull that's evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she's been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she's with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she's Estella Everstone? She's not entirely sure.


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