Happy 50th, Ford Mustang!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mustang on top of the Empire State Building
Photo from Ford Mustang Facebook page.

On this day in 1964 the sports car scene was forever changed with the introduction of the fun and affordable pony car that appealed to almost everyone in every age group from moms to young men. What kind of Mustang fan would I be if I didn't post in recognition of the Ford Mustang's 50th Birthday? What a milestone. It would be shameful to leave the day pass without recognizing the car that, in my opinion, is Ford's greatest achievement since the Model T. The Mustang is truly an American Icon.

(P)interesting Finds: Recipe Edition

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Confession: I'm a Pinterest addict. It's true, so much so that I probably need an intervention. But do I really need an intervention if my friends and family benefit from my time spent on the site? Maybe not. Pinterest is just plain fun. I really don't know what I did before I found the site. How did I keep track of all those recipes, find great new clothes to add to my wardrobe, and bombard all my friends with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston photos? Hehehe.

However, not everything looks fun or easy, some of the things on Pinterest look iffy. Take for example the marbled nail polish that's popping up every where... yeah, I think it might take an expert to do that and I'm certainly not a mani/pedi pro. I'd hate to tell my mum that I was going to help her with a great new manicure only to end up with a smeared, goopy mess. She'd probably toss me out of the house! Kidding... my mom's totally cool, but still, why take the risk? I've tried a few Pinterest projects before like the bleach t-shirts and the Doctor Who Adipose stuffed monster, but I've never really shared my process or thoughts on my Pinterest experiences in detail, so I thought it was about time I did so.

Brand New Amish Romance from Serena B. Miller: Fearless Hope (My Review)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fearless Hope
by Serena B. Miller
Copyright 2014
Howard Books
ISBN: 9781451660371
The Story:
When Hope Yoder loses her husband, she is left trying to support her two small children—and one on the way—however she can. She ends up taking a job as a part-time housekeeper for the Englisch man who has bought the farm that once belonged to her family.

Logan Parker is a bestselling crime fiction writer from New York City who accompanies his fiancée on a trip to Holmes County, Ohio, but the trip takes a strange turn when he sees an Amish farmhouse for sale. Intrigued by a strong sense of familiarity, he enters the house and is overcome with a feeling of deep peace. He’s never been to Ohio before, but something in this house feels right, and he purchases the farm to use as a retreat. Something about the peacefulness of the house frees him from the crippling writer’s block that threatens to ruin his career, and something about the quiet Amish woman who comes to clean his home makes him less and less excited about returning to New York and the woman he is supposed to marry.

Slowly, Logan and Hope are drawn together, and when they discover that they share a strange past, they must decide how that affects their future. Will Hope overcome her fear of embracing love again?

My Thoughts:
I'm a big fan of TV's Castle as well as Hallmark's The Shunning movies and I couldn't help thinking as Serena B. Miller's latest novel, Fearless Hope, played out in my head, that the book was kind of a mash-up of the two. He isn't working with cops, but writer Logan Parker definitely has that Castle-like charm going that's hard not to love. He has a lot of pain and heartache of his own that he's hiding underneath that charming veneer. Hope Yoder, the Plain woman who comes to depend on Logan's employment to be dependent from her community's charity after her husband's sudden death, is as one might expect --kindhearted, loving, and a little unsure of the new stranger who has taken ownership of her family's former farm. As Logan and Hope grow closer, they learn secrets about their pasts that deepen their connection.

Blog Tour: Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull (My Review)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


by Molly Noble Bull
Copyright 2014
Creation House Publishing
ISBN: 9781621364009
The Story:
Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull is a Christian Gothic historical novel set in a haunting mansion in the north of England where Ian Colquhoun and Shannon Aimee battle a Frenchman with dark secrets—spiritual warfare vs. the occult. Will they learn enough about God’s words to defend themselves and others or will evil overcome them?

My Thoughts:
Having read Molly's romance, The Rogue's Daughter many years ago, I thought I'd give this a chance just because I enjoyed that historical love story so much. I was surprised in spite of having read the cover blurb and getting a peek at the spooky cover, how different Gatehaven was from that romance I read so long ago. It's unusual to find authors who can write across genres so well, and Molly Noble Bull definitely does that.

Heading into this book I was prepared for some drama and possibly some mystery, but this story far exceeded my expectations. The creepiness factor was off the charts. Normally, even with some suspense or crime novels that I've read in the Christian genre, I don't often label them as spine-tingling, but this one definitely was. There's not one, but a handful of strange characters -- the most evil of those being a fiendish Frenchman out to settle a bizarre score that had been eating away at him for decades. I get the heebie jeebies just thinking about him after the fact! I have to say however that trying to predict what he would do next kept the story going for me.

Like Cats and Dogs...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Oreo says, "Cats hating dogs is too mainstream. I share my personal space and my organic kibble with canines."

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Spring Has Sprung at Clash of the Titles!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Spring Has Sprung!

And so have these brand new must-read Christian novels.
Clash of the Titles brings you five novels of every variety. There's something for everyone! Enjoy these blurbs, then scroll to vote and help send your favorite novel to COTT's annual Laurel Award.

But first, a shout-out to Diana Montgomery who is the WINNER of our March Book-bundle Giveaway. Woot! Diana, the authors of the following three novels will be contacting you shortly:

Heaven's Prey by Janet Sketchley
God's Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert
Ryan's Father by June Foster

When Annie Whitaker and her merchant father set out for Cañon City and the Pikes-Peak-or-Bust gold rush, Annie finds much greater wealth in the heart of a runaway preacher. Will her love change that preacher's view of women—and God—and help him on his way back to faith and love?

A Book for Regency Fans: A Heart's Rebellion by Ruth Axtell (My Review)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Heart's Rebellion
by Ruth Axtell
Copyright 2014
Revell Publishers
ISBN: 9780800720902
The Story:
Dutiful Jessamine Barry is tired of waiting patiently for a man to decide her future. So even though Lancelot Marfleet, second son of an aristocrat, is taking an interest in her during the London season, she refuses to consider him as a suitor. Instead, she's ready to take fashionable society by storm--and finds a rakish young man all too willing to help her do it. When things go too far, Jessamine will learn that the man who is faithful through thick and thin is more worthy than the one who speaks pretty words. But will her disgrace keep Lance from reconsidering her as a wife? And when tragedy strikes and Lance becomes his father's heir and a titled gentleman, will he think she only wants him now because of his title?

My Thoughts:
Coming off a rather lackluster book one I was reluctant to read A Heart's Rebellion, but since Ruth's older books are some of my favorite's I decided to dive in and give this series another chance. I'm so happy to report that this one was worth the day or so it took for me to read. While still not perfect, it's a marked improvement over Moonlight Masquerade and I look forward to seeing how this series concludes.

Let's Talk BBC's LUTHER!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This show. I love it. Why did I not start watching it sooner!?


Luther (Idris Elba) & partner, Justin Ripley (Warren Brown)
(Photo from BBC America)
If you're already suffering through the Sherlock hiatus like I am (it's only been a month *sobs*) you might be looking for something to ease the pain a little and this series definitely fits the bill. From what I've read online there are only 3 seasons of Luther, but from what I've seen (season/series 1), it's definitely addicting and really, realllllly suspenseful! I started watching Tuesday night with my bestie Melissa just because Netflix is boring and we've both seen every romantic comedy or drama available for streaming a million times and... wow... just wow. I should have known since it was a BBC production that I was going to fall in love. I really ought to stop denying to myself that I am a mystery TV fan and learn to start watching more in the genre, this way I'll never be bored again!

Special Kindle Freebie Alert!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

You all know that I adore Laura Frantz and her wonderful stories, and I'm so happy to let you know that my all-time favorite Laura book, Courting Morrow Little, is free today for Kindle! If you love frontier romances and adventure, I encourage you to take advantage of this freebie! As always, double check the price on Amazon before you make a purchase, you don't get any unwanted charges. The promotional pricing is good for a limited time only.

For more information on the book and all of her other wonderful stories, check out Laura's website to catch up on all the latest news.

About the book:
Caught between the wilderness and civilization, Morrow Little must find her way to true love. 

Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men--ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable--vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones--and garner suspicion from her friends--by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn't love?

This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness will envelop you as it takes you from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness of the West.

Happy Reading!

Tom Hiddleston -- Disney's The Pirate Fairy

Monday, March 17, 2014

This post is pretty much guaranteed to make your day a little brighter. I mean, really, how is Tom's happiness not contagious? :)

Six Incredible Love Stories in One Anthology: First Kisses, Inspy Kisses Collection #1

Sunday, March 16, 2014

For a limited time only - Six unforgettable love stories 

99 cents! 

Buy now at Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Kobo - iBooks - Google Play

A brand new anthology from six of your favorite inspirational romance authors - no reprints here!

About the novellas:

From New York Times bestselling author Linda Goodnight, historical romance The Rambler's Bride: The kissing cowboy Jericho is bent on revenge, but discovers the truth and falls in love with widow Esther.

From USA Today bestselling author Janet Tronstad, retro romance Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Cafe: Truck driver Buddy wasn't looking for love, but waitress Penny and her quirky family take over the cafe and his heart.

From bestselling author Debra Clopton, contemporary cowboy romance Her Mule Hollow Cowboy: Independent cowgirl Maddie swears she doesn't need help from bull rider Cliff. But the Mule Hollow Matchmakers seem to have other plans...

From bestselling author Margaret Daley, romantic suspense Deadly Hunt: Bodyguard Tess rescues wounded businessman Shane from dying in the wilderness, but can she protect her heart when Shane gets too close?

From fan favorite Camy Tang, romantic suspense Necessary Proof: Reformed ex-con Alex is on the run from those who have set him up to take the blame for a cop-killing. Will tech-expert Jane be able to prove him innocent?

From fan favorite Lacy Williams, contemporary cowboy romance Kissed by a Cowboy: Maddox has given up all his big dreams to care for his niece. When Haley returns to her hometown, will Maddox find a new dream with her?

New Endeavour Trailer!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Endeavour has quickly made its way to the top of my favorite mysteries list. Hopefully this airs soon here in the States! I'll be waiting patiently. While we wait for that premiere date, here's the trailer for the new series from ITV. Enjoy!