Thursday, July 31, 2014

Four Weddings & a Kiss


About the book: 

Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary Connealy


Maizy Place is an unruly tomboy. When she causes an accident, injuring neighbor Rylan Carstens, she becomes his unlikely caregiver. Rylan has never noticed how pretty his infuriating neighbor is,  and he never expected to fall in love.


Love Letter to the Editor by Robin Lee Hatcher



Molly Everton is the outspoken daughter of the town newspaper's owner. When her father brings in an outsider to be editor, she tries to drive him out of town. But Jack Ludgrove is not intimidated. He's resolved to change Molly's mind about him---as an editor and as a man.

A Cowboy for Katie by Debra Clopton

Katie Pearl is uninterested in men and love. But she needs help on her ranch and hires Treb Rayburn, a wandering cowboy looking to make a buck. Will Treb change Katie's mind?

Courting Trouble by Margaret Brownley

Grace Davenport is either the unluckiest woman alive---or a killer. When her third husband is found dead, Grace is arrested. Attorney Brock Daniels isn't interested in the case---until he meets Grace. Only a miracle will prove her innocence, but the joining of two lonely hearts may be their saving grace.

Purchase a copy:  http://bit.ly/1qTiFK2


ABOUT  AUTHORS

Margaret Brownley is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author and has penned more than thirty novels. Her books have won numerous awards and has written for a TV soap opera. @margaretbrownley 

Robin Lee Hatcher is a Christy and RITA award-winning author. She is the author of over seventy novels and her work often appear on bestseller lists. @robinleehatcher 

Mary Connealy is an award-winning author of romantic comedy with cowboys. Mary and her Nebraska rancher husband have four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren. @MaryConnealy 

Debra Clopton is an award winning author of sweet, heartfelt, western romance that face life with a smile. With over 2 million books in print, Debra's first book-to-movie aired on ABC Family and starred LeAnn Rimes. @debraclopton



Four best-­selling romance novelists bring tales of feisty heroines, stubborn heroes, and unlikely love in the Wild West in Four Weddings and a Kiss. Don't miss the latest from the Western Brides Collection from Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

I found another great recipe form Pinterest . . .This is an easy and delicious meal:  
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 - 3-4 lb. chuck roast, remove excess fat (when I'm in a hurry I just use roast beef luck meat form the deli)
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 2 olive oil
  • 1/4 C soy sauce
  • 1/4 C water
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 C beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp dried, crushed rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 TBSP minced onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 6-8 french rolls
  • 6-8 slices of cheese, provolone is my preference
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Remove excess fat from roast.
  • Sprinkle with Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Brown in heavy pan with 2 tsp olive oil. Brown on both sides
  • Place in crock pot
  • Mix together soy sauce, beef broth, water, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme, garlic, onion
  • Pour mixture over roast.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5-6. Cook until tender and easy to shred.
  • Shred with a fork and the place on sandwich buns.
  • Strain remaining juice and use for dipping

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

COTT {Clash of Titles} NEW JUNE RELEASES for this month's CLASH of the TITLES

It's a NEW CLASH!
The best of summer reading - all in one list for you here. Find a New Author to love...I have.

I'll apologize in advance...I could not cut anyone from the list, so we have MEGA LIST this month.
You'll see what I mean: everything from spies, cloak and dagger to medieval to early Americana. Whew!



The Midwife
Jolina Petersheim


Past and present collide when a young woman named Amelia arrives in the sweeping countryside bearing secrets of her own. As Amelia's due date draws near, Rhoda must face her regrets and those she left behind in order for the healing power of love and forgiveness to set them all free.


Miranda Warning
Heather Day Gilbert

Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache--the Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her. But when an anonymous warning note shows up in best friend Miranda's mailbox--a note written in a dead woman's handwriting--Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia; Tess must scramble to find a decades-old killer, before she is the next victim.


Blind Trust
Sandra Orchard

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can’t believe that it came from her sweet neighbor or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker’s investigations. As family secrets come to light, her world–and her budding romance with Tom–begin to crumble—and it’s clear that she won’t be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster’s secrets. 


Jackal
Heather Gray

Rupert is a man used to hiding in the shadows of life in order to stay alive. Then Juliana and her sisters crash into his world with secrets of their own, and he realizes it's time to step out of the darkness.



Moon Over Maalaea Bay
HL Wegley

In an instant the Maui honeymoon of Lee's dreams morphs into a nightmare when Jennifer disappears on their wedding night, and now everyone seems to want this young NSA research scientist. The US government wants her because she's a huge security problem, the trafficking syndicate she destroyed for revenge, a Middle-Easter prince for what she looks like, foreign agents for what she knows, and Lee just wants his bride back.


A Place in His Heart
Rebecca DeMarino

Anglican Mary Langton longs for true love, but Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved Ann when the maiden marries the baker with two young boys. She could cross and ocean, but could she reach the secret places of her husband's heart?


Lady of Eve
Tamara Leigh

The last thing Lady Graeye Charwyck wants is to live out her life in a convent. When an opportunity presents that will allow her to avoid professing herself a nun, she impulsively gives herself to the sin--only to answer to her family's greatest enemy, Baron Gilbert Balmaine.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Marsh

Book Description:  In the decades since his execution by the Nazis in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor, theologian, and anti-Hitler conspirator, has become one of the most widely read and inspiring Christian thinkers of our time. Now, drawing on extensive new research, Strange Glory offers a definitive account, by turns majestic and intimate, of this modern icon.


The scion of a grand family that rarely went to church, Dietrich decided as a thirteen-year-old to become a theologian. By twenty-one, the rather snobbish and awkward young man had already written a dissertation hailed by Karl Barth as a “theological miracle.” But it was only the first step in a lifelong effort to recover an authentic and orthodox Christianity from the dilutions of liberal Protestantism and the modern idolatries of blood and nation—which forces had left the German church completely helpless against the onslaught of Nazism.



From the start, Bonhoeffer insisted that the essence of Christianity was not its abstract precepts but the concrete reality of the shared life in Christ. In 1930, his search for that true fellowship led Bonhoeffer to America for ten fateful months in the company of social reformers, Harlem churchmen, and public intellectuals. Energized by the lived faith he had seen, he would now begin to make what he later saw as his definitive “turn from the phraseological to the real.” He went home with renewed vocation and took up ministry among Berlin’s downtrodden while trying to find his place in the hoary academic establishment increasingly captive to nationalist fervor. 



With the rise of Hitler, however, Bonhoeffer’s journey took yet another turn. The German church was Nazified, along with every other state-sponsored institution. But it was the Nuremberg laws that set Bonhoeffer’s earthly life on an ineluctable path toward destruction. His denunciation of the race statutes as heresy and his insistence on the church’s moral obligation to defend all victims of state violence, regardless of race or religion, alienated him from what would become the Reich church and even some fellow resistors. Soon the twenty-seven-year-old pastor was one of the most conspicuous dissidents in Germany. He would carry on subverting the regime and bearing Christian witness, whether in the pastorate he assumed in London, the Pomeranian monastery he established to train dissenting ministers, or in the worldwide ecumenical movement. Increasingly, though, Bonhoeffer would find himself a voice crying in the wilderness, until, finally, he understood that true moral responsibility obliged him to commit treason, for which he would pay with his life.  


My Thoughts:  About three years ago my husband and I "discovered"  Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Bonhoeffer's life takes place during World War II.  
How Bonhoeffer influenced those around him, how he found Christ, and how he felt about Hitler are all pretty interesting facts.  Considering that he seemed to be a wealthy, spoiled, maybe lazy child and teen . . .  but then something "snapped" in his heart.  It seems that Bonhoeffer was one of those men who wanted/needed to change the world for God.  But Bonhoeffer was such a young man to take on so much responsibility.  
His life began to change after he came to America and visited the Harlem church.  He had already began to have doubts about his countrymen and the Third Reich but now he knew that God was not pleased with people who took the lives of other, innocent people.  
This book is "chock full" of Bonhoeffer's life and thoughts.  It is written in a most excellent way...smooth and easy to read.  A great read about a great man who just wanted to do the "right" thing and live for God.

*This book was provided for review by Blogging for Books*

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307269817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307269812

Thursday, July 24, 2014

(Handlebar Blog Tour} Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter

Book Description:  Take a three-thousand mile journey with Amanda Pearson as she leaves the disgrace of a broken engagement and enters the work of a Quaker mission in the western wilds. The trip is fraught with danger, and Amanda is near death before reaching her destination. Among those she meets are an Indian woman who becomes her first convert and a half-Indian trapper who seems to be her biggest critic. But love follows her into the wilderness and will determine the course of her future. 
My Thoughts:  Wanda Brunstetter has become another favorite author of mine.  In this book, Woman of Courage, we meet a young lady Amanda who feels that her broken engagement is a disgrace upon her and her family.  Not having many job choices Amanda decides to go work at a Quaker mission in the West...the Wild West.  What a journey!  And what courage! Three thousand miles of mountains, traveling through unknown territory, Indians, and sleeping under the stars. (BC~Before Cellphones)   Almost near death before she gets to her destination she begins a friendship with an Indian woman. Mary "Yellow Bird" and leads her to Christ.  But then there's a pesky half-Indian trapper who just doesn't believe in what Amanda is preaching.  Red Hawk is quite a guy too.  
This is an interesting read . . . about the Quaker faith,  and how we find determination within ourselves and trusting God when everything seems to be going downhill.  Of course, there's romance too!  
Loved this read!
*This read was provided for review by Handlebar Publishing*
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press; GLD edition (April 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616260831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616260835

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

We love peach cobbler and I was ecstatic to find a crockpot recipe on Pinterest.  It's delicious and so easy!  So great for those family get togethers!
Ingredients
  1. 29 oz Del Monte Sliced Peaches in Heavy Syrup
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 16.5 oz yellow cake mix
  4. 3/4 cup pecans (chopped)
  5. 1 stick butter (sliced)
  6. Non-stick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Spray crock pot with non stick cooking spray. Layer remaining ingredients into crock pot in order shown. DO NOT MIX. Just sprinkle the ingredients on top of each other. Turn the crock pot on high for 2 hours. Remove from heat and enjoy with ice cream!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rumspringa's Hope (Spirit of the Amish, Book 1) by Beth Shriver

Book Description:  Torn between the affections of two men, will Emma's time away from home help her choose?


Although promised to the widowed neighbor Zeb, Emma is considering leaving her Amish community to watch over her younger brother Mark when he leaves for Philadelphia to explore the outside world during his Rumspringa.
There, she reconnects with her former beau Caleb, who protects the Amish teens, introducing them to his life evangelizing and helping the homeless. Unbeknownst to Emma, Caleb is glad for the opportunity to spend time with her and hopes to win her back.
Struck by the power of evangelism and outreach, Emma begins to feel a draw to Caleb's way of life. When she doesn’t return home when she promised, Zeb goes to the city to find her, forcing Emma to choose in which of their two worlds she really belongs.

My Thoughts:  One thing I've found out about Beth Shriver's books is that the reader will either love them or hate them.  I happen to be in the first category...I love them.  Yes, for some readers this read may be a tad slow but one must read on for the information about what is going on.
This is the first book in the Spirit of the Amish:  Three young Amish women face overwhelming obstacles and must struggle to find out who they are and what they believe. Although each is dealing with her own unique situation, they all must discover how to follow their dreams and stay true to themselves, whether their journeys take them away from--or back to--their Amish communities.
This read is more about what Amish teens do on their rumpspringa...their "running around" time.  So, for me it was not "the usual" Amish read.  I found it to be quite fascinating and was drawn to Emma's story. 
I found the "evangelism" of this read great!  It's so refreshing when christian fiction is actually christian and the reader feels the love of God through the written word.
Loved this story!
*This book was provided for review by Bookteria*


  • Series: Spirit of the Amish (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Realms (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621365999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621365990