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Cute Commercial!

You guys all know that I love Collie dogs (just check out my profile pic) and when I saw this commercial for J.G. Wentworth I was so excited! The Collie looks almost exactly like my Collie, Coco....I always wondered what she did while I was away, now I know! I have to say the Collie is the only interesting part of the commercial...the rest is well, rather cheesy. What do you think?


Winner!

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The winner of The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough chosen by random.org is...

Michelle!!!!

I've emailed Michelle and she has 48 hours to get back to me.

Thank you all for entering, continue to stop back and look for new giveaways!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis

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Jill over @ Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme that features one book that you can't wait to be released! Be sure to visit Jill's site to see what she and other readers can't wait to get their hands on.
This week's WoW post is The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis. I've read the first 2 books in Summerside Press' Christian Romantic Suspense line and I loved them so I can't wait to read their summer releases which also includes Stars in the Night by Cara Putnam!
The Crimson Cipher
by Susan Page Davis
Copyright 2010
Summerside Press
ISBN: 9781609360122
320 pages
Fiction/Christian
From ChristianBook:
The year is 1915---and navy cryptographer Emma Shuster is determined to defend the U.S. against acts of German sabotage! Using the expertise she gained by helping her late father develop a cipher system, she teams up with Lt. John Patterson. But can they outwit the cunning adversary known only as Kobold---German for "goblin"?
Available July 2010 from Summersid…

Early Preview: Code Triage (Mercy Hospital, Book 3) by Candace Calvert

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Candace Calvert is one of my absolute favorite authors and a super nice person to boot! I am sooo excited for the next book in her Mercy Hospital series, Code Triage! I have the feeling that this is going to be my favorite, especially since this is the best cover in the series! Below is a sneak peak of the cover and book blurb taken from Candace's blog! Enjoy!


Cover Blurb: Dr. Leigh Stathos likes her ER shifts fast, furious and adrenaline-infused, “Treat ‘em and street ‘em” with no emotional complications. Life’s taught her a soul-rending lesson: nothing lasts forever, including marriage. The clock is ticking toward the end of hers. Then an unwelcome confrontation with “the other woman” begins a whole new set of lessons.

San Francisco police officer Nick Stathos never gives up, whether protecting his patrol neighborhood, holding fast to faith—or trying to save his marriage. Seven days is all he has to reach Leigh’s heart. But when a desperate act of violence slams Golden Gate Mercy …

My Review: Deadly Disclosures (A Dinah Harris Mystery, Book 1) by Julie Cave

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Deadly Disclosures (A Dinah Harris Mystery, Book 1)
by Julie Cave
Copyright 2010
Master Books
288 pages
ISBN: 978-0-89051-584-6
Fiction/Christian/Suspense

From the publisher:
How far will some go to silence an influential Christian voice?

FBI agent Dinah Harris now has a missing person's file to go along with a bad case of alcohol abuse and the depression she cannot seem to shake. Fighting to keep her focus, she struggles to find answers for why Thomas Whitfield, the prominent Secretary of the Smithsonian has vanished from his office with foul play almost guaranteed. Whitfield's body is eventually found, and Dinah is drawn into a frightening conspiracy, as more people begin to die, and Whitfield's faith is revealed as part of the motive behind his murder. Dinah finds troubling answers in an academic world filled with powerful financial endowments and a virulent opposition to the faith Whitfield only recently found. Can she reveal the truth before she finds herself the next silence…

My Review: Stay a Little Longer by Dorothy Garlock

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Stay a Little Longer
by Dorothy Garlock
Copyright 2010
Grand Central Publishing
372 pages
ISBN: 978-0-446-54020-9
Historical Fiction

From the publisher:
Louise Watkins has her hands full. Her mother had been the town midwife, but after her daughter Alice died under her care, she refused to assist in a childbirth ever again. Since then Louise has assumed the work. She also takes care of Alice's six-year old, Charlotte, because the child's father was lost in World War I. But Louise's principal job is running the boardinghouse that is the family's main source of income. One day, Charlotte befriends a stranger ill with influenza, a man who has taken refuge in an old cabin in the woods nearby.

My review:
I don't read a whole lot of general market romance just because I don't need all of the strong language and sex. However I have found a few authors that I enjoy whose books are not rife with what I deem to be objectionable content, Dorothy Garlock is one of those authors. Whi…

My Review: The Anonymous Bride (Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book 1) by Vickie McDonough

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The Anonymous Bride (Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book 1)
by Vickie McDonough
Copyright 2010
Barbour Books
352 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60260-696-8
Fiction/Christian/Romance

From the publisher:
Check yourself into the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series by Vickie McDonough, where you’ll meet Luke Davis, marshal of Lookout, Texas, who flippantly tells his cousin he’d get married if the right woman ever came along. When three mail-order brides are delivered to Luke a month later, he’s in an uncomfortable predicament. How will he ever choose his mate? Rachel Hamilton’s long-time love for Luke is reignited with his return to town. So when three mail-order brides appear, she panics. Will she find the courage to tell Luke that she loves him? Or take an anonymous part in the contest for his hand?

My Review:
This was the first trade paperback that I've read by Vickie McDonough and I LOVED it! I can't wait for Second Chance Brides to be released later this Fall. The Anonymous Bride has fun, faith and a fe…

100 FOLLOWERS!!!!!!

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YAY!!!! I am soooooo excited! I just got my 100th follower!!!! I want to thank you all so much for thinking enough of my blog to follow it! I'm thrilled! I have to figure out some way to celebrate but I know it's going to be a giveaway of some sort! Stop back next week to see what it will be!

Poll Results!

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First, let me start off by saying thank you to everyone who voted (22 people in all), I appreciate your opinions! Second, I have to say that there was only a 1 vote difference between first and second and only a 4 vote difference between the first and third choices! WOW! Below is the finally tally.

Would you be interested in giveaways/reviews of general market romance (ie. Harlequin. Forever Romance, Avon) and fiction?

9 votes- No. It's not really my thing.
8 votes- Yes! I love it and would like to learn more about books in that genre.
5 votes- It doesn't matter to me, I read everything!

So since the "NO" votes won, I will continue to feature the books that I read the most of, Christian fiction and young adult Fiction. However, it doesn't mean that I won't feature an occasional review of a general market book, I just won't be going out of my way to add more reviews or giveaways of these types of books. Thank you all so very much again and happy reading!!!!

Book Giveaway: The Anonymous Bride (Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book 1) by Vickie McDonough

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A few weeks back I was lucky enough to win a copy of The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough @ Casey's Blog, Operation Encourage an Author, then a few days later I was notified by Goodreads that I had won another copy! Needless to say I don't need 2 copies of the same book so my mistake means a giveaway for you, my loyal followers!!!!!!!! If you would like the chance to win make sure you follow the instructions below!



From the publisher:
Check yourself into the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series by Vickie McDonough, where you’ll meet Luke Davis, marshal of Lookout, Texas, who flippantly tells his cousin he’d get married if the right woman ever came along. When three mail-order brides are delivered to Luke a month later, he’s in an uncomfortable predicament. How will he ever choose his mate? Rachel Hamilton’s long-time love for Luke is reignited with his return to town. So when three mail-order brides appear, she panics. Will she find the courage to tell Luke that she loves him? O…

Waiting on Wednesday: Nightshade (Discarded Heroes, Book 1) by Ronie Kendig

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Jill over @ Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme that features one book that you can't wait to be released! Be sure to visit Jill's site to see what she and other readers can't wait to get their hands on.
The book I've chosen for this week's WoW post is by an author who is new to me! I've never read any of her books but her upcoming Discarded Heroes series looks incredible! Here's a preview of book 1, Nightshade.

Nightshade (Discarded Heroes, Book 1)
by Ronie Kendig
Copyright 2010
Barbour Books
368 pages
ISBN: 9781602607774
Fiction/Christian/Romance
From the author's website:
Soldier and hero, now he faces the biggest battle... the homefront.

After a tour of duty in a war-torn country, embattled former Navy SEAL Max Jacobs finds himself discarded and alienated from those he loves as he struggles with war-related PTSD. His wife, Sydney, files a restraining order against him, and a petition for divorce. Max is devastated.

Then a mysterious a man appears. He says he…

Movie I Wanna See!

This spring I've been really surprised with some of the films that are coming out! I actually want to go see a lot of them, they look so cute! This week The Backup Plan starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin (*sigh*) comes out. It looks like a super fun, romantic comedy with a twist. I loved JLo in Maid in Manhattan and The Wedding Planner so I'm excited to see how she does in this film.

Here's the trailer!


Waterbrook Multnomah Blog Tour: The Bridegrooms by Allison Pittman

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The Bridegrooms
by Allison Pittman
Copyright 2010
Multnomah Publishers
344 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60142-137-1
Fiction/Historical

From the publisher:
It Only Takes an Instant for Love to Strike

Tragedy hits the Allenhouse family on a hot summer night in Ohio when a mother of four vanished. Eight-year-old Vada virtually grew up overnight and raised her three younger sisters while her father lost himself in his medical practice in the basement of their home.

Now, Vada is a grown woman, still making her home with her father and sisters. Her days are spent serving as an errand girl for Cleveland’s fledgling amateur orchestra; her evenings with Garrison Walker, her devoted, if passionless, beau.

Dizzying change occurs the day the Brooklyn Bridegrooms come to town to play the Cleveland Spiders and a line drive wallops the head of a spectator. The fan is whisked to the Allenhouse parlor, and questions swirl about the anonymous, unconscious man.

Suddenly, the subdued house is filled with visitors, from a flirt…

My Review: In Harm's Way (Heroes of Quantico, Book 3) by Irene Hannon

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In Harm's Way (Heroes of Quantico, Book 3)
by Irene Hannon
Copyright 2010
Revell Publishers
336 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3312-4
Romantic Suspense

From the publisher:
How can she expect anyone to believe her--when she can hardly believe it herself?

FBI special agent Nick Bradley has seen his share of kooks during his fifteen years with the Bureau. But Rachel Sutton is an enigma. She seems normal when she shows up at his office--until she produces a tattered Raggedy Ann doll and tells him about a strange feeling of terror it gives her when she touches it. Nick dismisses her, only to stumble across a link between the doll and an abducted child, setting in motion a chain of events that uncovers startling connections--and puts Rachel's life on the line.

Filled with palpable suspense and heartwarming romance, In Harm's Way is the final installment of the thrilling Heroes of Quantico series.

My Review:
This is my first time reading a romantic suspense novel by Irene Hannon and it won't be …

What Do You Look For in a Man?

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Hahaha okay now that I have your attention... I thought since it was Friday it would be fun to talk about something that we all love whether we read Christian fiction or love a fun chick flick and that is...the hero! So I want to know who are your favorite fictional heroes from novels, movies or tv? Why do they appeal to you?

I'll start by sharing some of my favorites, it's a rather eclectic mix but variety is the spice of life right?


1. Fitzwilliam Darcy- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen






Okay I think Mr. Darcy is one of the ultimate heroes...I mean really who doesn't like a wealthy, brooding, and well-dressed man? Did I mention he is able to admit he was wrong?!






2. The Doctor- Doctor Who






Quirky, smart and oh so funny! Really? Is there a girl out there who doesn't like a hero that will make you LOL?!









3. Rhett Butler- Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell






Devilishly handsome and a true rogue who's not afraid to speak his mind!









4. John Brady-A Passion Denied by Julie Les…

Winner!!

Thank you all so much for stopping by to enter to win Sworn to Protect! Please continue to visit and look for new giveaways!

I always use the list randomizer from random.org and the winner is the first name that comes up and this time that name was...DONNA!!!

There were 15 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

1.donna
2.julie
3.angie
4.bill
5.pixie
6.karen k
7.edna
8.rae
9.lindsay w
10.trinity
11.terri
12.ashley
13.casey
14.sara
15.shelia
Timestamp: 2010-04-16 04:03:33 UTC

Donna will be emailed and she will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

My New Poll!

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As you know I love Christian fiction and YA fiction, however I also read some general market romances and fiction. I want to know if you think I should feature more books and giveaways from these sub-genres? Christian fiction and Young Adult fiction will still be the main feature of this blog so not much will change!

Please let your opinion be known by taking my poll on the right sidebar of my blog! Thank you so much!!!!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

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Jill over @ Breaking the Spine hosts a weekly meme that features one book that you can't wait to be released! Be sure to visit Jill's site to see what she and other readers can't wait to get their hands on.

As you may know I love YA fiction, Christian fiction and historical fiction so I am super excited to read The Healer's Apprentice the debut novel by Melanie Dickerson which is all three! Check out the pretty cover and the terrific book trailer! I don't know about you but I can't wait till Fall!

The Healer's Apprentice
by Melanie Dickerson
Copyright 2010
Zondervan
272 pages
ISBN: 9780310721437
YA Fiction/Historical/Romance
Book Blurb:
When destiny sleeps, it can only be awakened by true love’s kiss.

In this historical romance loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, a woodcutter’s daughter becomes the town healer’s apprentice. Rose’s job is to care for the sick and injured in Hagenheim Castle. But Rose gets sick at the sight of blood and is more suited to m…

First Wild Card Tour and Review: A Stranger's Wish (Amish Farm Trilogy, Book 1) by Gayle Roper

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card author is:

Gayle Roper

and the book:

A Stranger's Wish (The Amish Farm Trilogy)
Harvest House Publishers; Original edition (February 1, 2010)
***Special thanks to David P. Bartlett - Print & Internet Publicist - Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Gayle Roper is the award-winning author of more than forty books and has been a Christy finalist three times. Gayle enjoys speaking at women’s events across the nat…

Blog Tour and Review: A Stranger's Wish (Amish Farm Trilogy, Book 1) by Gayle Roper

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A Stranger's Wish (Amish Farm Trilogy, Book 1)
by Gayle Roper
Copyright 1998, 2010
Harvest House Publishers
224 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7369-2586-0
Fiction/Romance

From the publisher:
Beloved author Gayle Roper begins a contemporary Amish series readers are sure to love....

Englischer Kristie Matthews’ move to an Amish family farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, starts on a bad note as the young schoolteacher is bitten by a dog. A trip to the local ER leads to an encounter with an old man who hands her a key and swears her to silence.

But when Kristie’s life is endangered, she suspects there’s a connection to the mysterious key. While solving the mystery (and staying alive), Kristie must decide whether her lawyer boyfriend, Todd Reasoner, is really right for her....or if Jon Clarke Griffin, the new local man she’s met, is all he seems to be.

Mystery, romance, and a beautiful Amish settling....just the thing readers are clamoring for.

My Review:
It's nice to read a book that was originally pub…

Mailbox Monday!

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Every week Marcia @ The Printed Page hosts Mailbox Monday. This is the chance for you to showcase all the great reads that you have received during the past week. Also it gives you an opportunity to check out what great books others received too! Be sure you stop by Marcia's page...you never know, you might get some ideas for your wishlist!

It's been a few months since I've posted Mailbox Monday but it's certainly not from a lack of books! Last week I only got a few books but they were all very good!

For Review:I Has a Hotdog
by Professor Happycat
Copyright 2010
Grand Central Publishing
192 pages
ISBN: 978-0-446-56638-4
Humor

Finding Jeena
by Miralee Ferrell
Copyright 2010
Kregel Publications
304 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8254-2645-2
Ficiton/Christian/General Sing: A Novel of Colorado (The Homeward Trilogy, Book 2)
by Lisa T. Bergren
Copyright 2010
David C. Cook Publishers
373 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6707-3
Historical Fiction Heading Home
by Renee Riva
Copyright 2010
David C. Cook Publishers
258 pages
I…

Blog Tour and Review: I Has a Hotdog by Professor Happycat

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I Has a Hotdog
by Professor Happycat aka Ben Huh
Copyright 2010
Grand Central Publishing
192 pages
ISBN: 978-0-446566384
Humor

From the publisher:
I HAS A BWAIN!!1!
An you thawt we dint! Now Professor Happycat tells you what's in it and, from I HAS A HOTDOG.com and beyond, lets over 200 LOLdogs loose on the world, all barking the truth about kibble, toys, and bad kitties. This collection of favorites and never-before-seen photos will have you barking for more!

For all you hoomins, a LOLdog is a kay-nine picture with a funny, misspelled caption.

My Review:
I am a huge fan of the I Has a Hotdog website so when this book came up for review I was thrilled! What better way to relax then look at pictures of cute dogs with funny captions? This is really cute and I recommend it for all dog lovers! It's good, clean humor, and every single puppy in the book is adorable. It is a super quick read, but if you are new to LOLdog speak it may take you a little longer to get through. Below are some of the…

Book Giveaway!

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Holy cow! When I logged into Blogger today it said I have over 300 posts! How cool is that?! To celebrate I'm giving away a book!! How would you like to read a slightly used copy of Sworn to Protect (Call of Duty, Book 2) by DiAnn Mills? If so read the rules below and you could have a chance to win this great book!


From the publisher:
Border Patrol Agent Danika Morales has sworn to protect the southern borders of our nation, but that oath has cost her. Two years ago, her husband, Toby, was killed trying to help the very immigrants Danika was responsible for sending back to Mexico. His murder was never solved. But now, a recent string of attacks and arrests leads her to believe that someone in McAllen is profiting from sneaking undocumented immigrants into the country . . . and it may somehow be tied to Toby’s death.My REVIEWRules:
~Leave a comment telling me you want to be entered!
~You MUST leave an email address in your comment so I can contact you for your mailing address if you wi…

Mustang of the Month!

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1990 Mustang LX 5.0L V8 Convertible

It's been a while since I've done a Mustang of the Month post! Can you believe it? Well with all this warm weather that we've been having I've decided that it was time I posted a convertible Mustang!!! I can honestly say there's nothing more fun than riding in a convertible with the top down! Trust me I know...I own a Mustang convertible and here she is!!!!! ;-)

Check out the interior!! Red ain't it? :-P
Do you have a convertible or know someone that does? I think they are a blast but it's time for a change! I'm selling the old girl, she's an automatic and I want to upgrade to a 5-speed! Not sure what yet but I'm thinking something like this...
1992 Mustang LX V8 Special Edition!!!

First Wild Card Tour: Sworn to Protect (Call of Duty, Book 2) by DiAnn Mills

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card author is:

DiAnn Mills

and the book:

Sworn to Protect (Book #2 in Call of Duty series)
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 4, 2010)
***Special thanks to Mavis Sanders, Corporate Publicist, Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. DiAnn's first book was published in 1998,…