Between Stairs and Stardust by Pepper Basham Reviewed

Thursday, February 21, 2019

About the book:

Title: Between Stairs and Stardust
Author: Pepper Basham
Series: Finding Ever After Novella Collection

Between Stairs and Stardust is set in 1913 Asheville, NC at the beautiful Biltmore Estate and includes a budding children’s book illustrator, an out-of-the box heir, and a teensy bit of Cinderella romance.

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About Pepper Basham

About Pepper Basham:  I wrote my first story when I was a nine year- old, freckled-faced tomboy in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Coming from a long line of oral storytellers, weaving a good yarn seemed a typical part of my life.  It wasn’t until I finished college, had two children, and a full-time job before I began to study the ‘craft’ of writing (you know when I had plenty of time).
So…now I’m an older, freckled-faced mommy enjoying life, learning to write, and laughing often.  My mom says that I must have a small bit of insanity because I don’t realize how stressed I ought to be.
I’m also a speech-language pathologist who spends her time hanging out with kids who have Autism! It’s a challenge and a blessing – and constantly teaches me about the importance of thinking outside the box!

You can keep up with Pepper Basham on her website || Facebook || Twitter || Writer's Alley 

My Thoughts:

Whether long or short Pepper Basham hits a home run with every book she writes! She adds elements that make you swoon and laugh. And when I say laugh I mean out loud!

Alice was the cutest and because I'm a sucker for kids in books she was the perfect addition to this story. James is a great hero. He's everything you'd want in a Prince Charming. Stella isn't weak by any stretch, she is artistic and very independent. Although there is something about her that makes you want to take care of her and keep her safe.

This Cinderella-esque story is guaranteed to enchant fairy tale lovers of all kinds. This is a definite must read!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher as a member of Pepper Basham's street team. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Naw, Really?!?!?!? I Can't Believe It!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

I'm not a fan of today's Top Ten Tuesday topic. Mainly because it is favorite books of mine that have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. Like, really?!?! How could these amazing books not have more than 2,000 ratings?!?!?!!!! When I looked on Goodreads I chose some if not all of the most popular Christian fiction releases from 2018 by the best authors and I was in complete shock that these books have less than 2,000 ratings. 😲😲😲😲

If you've read any of these books and haven't left a review for them please do so! And if you've not read one or all of them go to your nearest bookstore or library and get a copy!!!

PLEASE, PLEASE, review books!!! Authors depend so much on support from their readers. It doesn't have to be long a simple "I enjoyed this book and am so glad I read it."

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Novelly Upon a Time (Book Nerds and Boyfriends #3) by Sarah Monzon

Friday, February 15, 2019

 About the book:

Title: Novelly Upon a Time
Author: Sarah Monzon
Series: Book Nerds and Boyfriends

Author Harper Jones prides herself on the impeccable research she does for her novels, so when early reviews come pouring in claiming her romance reeks of inauthenticity, her editor suggests pulling her nose out of her books and getting some real-life smooching experience. But her plans to do just that are thwarted by her archnemesis from high school who has recently returned to town. Now she’s left with an impossible decision—kiss her worst enemy or kiss her three-book contract goodbye.
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About Sarah Monzon:

Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain's wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn't enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn't in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award.

Sarah loves connecting with readers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

My Thoughts:

Such a fun, quirky, romantic read! Harper is one of those characters that you can't wait to see what she does next. Her method of researching things for her novels, mainly the romance has you giggling.

Ms. Monzon adds a bit of history in this novella adding to the growing tension between Kyo and Harper. Kyo is that guy in school that drives you crazy, the one that you may want to kiss but you definitely want to smack. The fireworks between Kyo and Harper are palatable through the pages.

I found myself giggling and tearing up as I read this novella. Overall I loved every minute of Kyo and Harper's story. I highly recommend this novella!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher in association with Ms. Monzon's street team. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Yes, Kiss Me Again . . . An Intro to Kissing # 2

Thursday, February 14, 2019

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!! Are you looking for some romantic kissing swoon? I sure hope so! I also hope that the kisses I've chosen increase your temperature just a bit and make you think of your sweetheart.

He kissed her. His touch was so achingly familiar. Soft, but still a jolt went through her. The taste of the cigarette he’d smoked while waiting for her to finish with the cops. The lingering cologne, something exotic mixed with the scent of the street. The cotton of his undershirt beneath her hand, the hard planes of his gym-honed chest. His arms curled around her, tugging her in, and for a moment, she surrendered. She softened her mouth to him, let him linger. Call it fatigue or simply loneliness, but she could admit that being with Felipe felt like she’d unearthed a piece of herself that she’d buried so many years ago.

He watched her face for guidance, but she didn’t move, didn’t back away. With careful deliberation, he lowered his lips to hers for the gentlest of kisses. Her lips proved as soft as he’d imagined, an untouched delicacy. The kiss ended much too quickly, but he needed to gauge her response. When he pulled back, she remained unmoving, eyes closed, hands in the pot of water. With a tip of her smile, her gaze fluttered to his. “That was. . .the sweetest thing.”

Before she could talk herself out of it, she pulled off her hat and stretched up to kiss him. It didn’t take long for Justin to recover and draw her closer, his hands going to her waist. If he’d been surprised by her forwardness, now he was in no hurry to move away, every brush of his mouth becoming a question, an inquiry, an exploration. When he teased apart her lips, she somehow lost her balance, melting into him until nothing remained but that moment: his scent, his taste, the feel of his muscular body against her soft one. He finally broke the kiss and stepped back, leaving her shaken and unsteady.

Here's a fan. Go ahead and take a quick break and cool off!

Then in one smooth move his arm lowered across my back, and he pivoted us so my spine was flush against the side of the shed and his wide shoulders blocked the view of our audience at the windows. His other hand came up to cup the side of my face, and his thumb grazed across my cheekbone. He didn’t say anything, but the way his eyes moved back and forth between mine was a conversation in itself. If only I spoke that language. And then, in a breath, his lips were on mine. It wasn’t two semis colliding like my kiss had been. No, it was perfection. Every sigh-worthy, swoon-worthy romantic climax to every tale ever told unfolded in that kiss. His lips moved over mine, igniting a passion and longing deep in my soul. My hands slid over his chest, clung to his shirt as I pulled him in even closer to me. Clinging, because I knew if I didn’t hold on for dear life, I’d plunge over the cliff of no return.

Katie reached up and kissed him full on the lips, redirecting his mind toward more immediate matters. “In the meanwhile, what do you say we focus on that ball team?” Luke grinned as he nuzzled her throat, gently pushing her back down on the couch. “Just warming up to run the bases, coach,” he whispered, teasing her lips open with a playful flick of his tongue. “But I’m warning you right now, Katie Rose.” He leaned in to deepen his kiss, body thrumming while he explored her mouth with his own. “It’s gonna be a home run.”  

He nearly kissed her in that breath, fast and firm and achingly swift, but he had to pull on every ounce of his self-control for his touch to be as feather-light as possible. His father’s teaching was the only thing keeping him sane. You will go to them humbly. Humbly. You will go to them with strength. Strength. You will go to them without fear. No fear. And then his lips met hers. She was soft and she was silk. His mind and heart whirled with all that she was to him. Like the dripping of wax to an envelope, he felt a press and a pain and a freedom that something had just sealed inside him. He held her that way for only a heartbeat, then pulled away. But she slid her hand behind his neck and tugged him back. Kissing him. And then his world went white. Everything but her… gone. 

His mouth met hers softly and then thoroughly, so capably she didn’t want him to stop. Nor did he want to, clearly. Within the intimacy of those endless kisses came a melding of thoughts and desires, hopes and dreams. A oneness that bespoke a coming union that time and distance could not alter.  

Are you still with me? *Tap *Tap *Tap . . . Breathing? I hope so! If you feel weak in the knees feel free to take a break on this fainting couch. 

Are you woozy? Melting in a puddle? I hope so! That's what these kisses are supposed to do. Suspend our thinking and make us dreamy. If you've read any of these author's books before I'm sure you've experienced these emotions more than once. 

I want to know your favorite kisses. Tell me in the comments and then visit my dear friend Carrie, of Reading Is Super Power and see her kissing post. 

Author Interview and a Giveaway: Kaitlin Covel & Atoning For Ashes

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hi Kaitlin, welcome to Radiant Light. It’s nice to have you here.

Kaitlin: Thank you, Andi! It is great to be here!

Let’s break the ice with some fun get to know you questions.

Me: Mountains or beach?

Kaitlin: Mountains are beautiful, but I’m a beach girl 100%!

Me: I'm right there with you! I was born in California, and as a Navy brat, former Navy wife I lived in more beach states than any other.

Me: Novella or long novel?

Kaitlin: I’ll take a nice long novel any day! The longer the better!

Me: I love a novella for a quick read, but long novels are the best!

Me: Hymns or Choruses?

Kaitlin: Hymns. I’m an old-fashioned girl in more ways than one. My favorite hymn is Be Thou My Vision.

Me: I like both. My favorite hymn would be A Mighty Fortress.

Me: E-book or physical copy?

Kaitlin: If I had a reading preference, I would prefer paperback, but I have to admit: I love the convenience of downloading e-books!

Me: I am the same way. I also like the ease of searching for something instead of flipping through all the pages if I didn't flag it.

Me: Do you have a favored genre, author, or series?

Kaitlin: My favored genre is Historical Fiction. That hasn’t changed ever since I was a little girl and discovered that history fascinated me!

Me: I'm a Historical Fiction fan as well.

Me: What inspired you to write?

My love of words I suppose. Words have been musical to my ears for as long as I can remember!

Me: I love that!

Me: What is your writing Kryptonite?

Noise! Sounds really distract me so I listen to instrumental music when I write to drown out unwanted noise.

Me: I understand that one!

Me: What defines literary success to you?

The definition of literary success to me is when the author reaches their audience with the message they had in mind while also delivering a captivating story with a sound plot, strong characters, and a believable setting. Charles Dickens is an excellent example of this in my opinion!

Me: That's beautiful and so true! As a reader it is those things that draw me to books, especially Christian fiction and make me continue to read.

Me: How realistic is your upcoming release, Atoning for Ashes? And what inspired you to write it?

Kaitlin: I’m a realist by nature, but I’m also an old-fashioned romantic. I love happy endings, but to me a happy ending is all the richer if the characters face some hardship first. In my opinion, Atoning for Ashes is realistic perhaps with the exception of the happy ending because I know those don’t always occur in real life. What inspired me to write it was imagining how the commonplace “marriage-of-convenience” story would end up if the man and woman actually fell in love.

Me: What book or books were your favorite growing up?

Kaitlin: Many classics including: the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, the Black Stallion series by Walter Farley, All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor, Nancy Drew mysteries by Carolyn Keene, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin, Lad: A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune, Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Weiss, all books by Thornton Burgess, and many others. As you can tell, I loved books with animal characters when I was growing up!

Me: Those are some great books! 

Me: Which author would you consider a mentor? And how have they mentored you?

I’ve met many authors who have truly been a blessing, but I would consider Laura Frantz to be a mentor as well as a dear author friend. She endorsed my debut novel, she has provided valuable advice and insight, and she has been so supportive and encouraging throughout the launching process of Atoning for Ashes!

Me: Laura is a special lady and friend. I have enjoyed reading all of her books. I do think she mentioned your book to me before you contacted me on Twitter. 

Me: What would you like to tell us about your upcoming release, Atoning for Ashes?

Atoning for Ashes releases on February 14th, 2019. I’m hosting a launch party at 6 PM EST on my Facebook author page: @AuthorKaitlinCovel. You are most welcome to join me! 

I am so grateful to Kaitlin for stopping by today and she has offered a signed paperback copy of Atoning for Ashes to one of my readers!!!!

Here's a little more about Kaitlin:

Kaitlin Covel has a thirst for adventure much like the heroines of her stories. She is an old-fashioned romantic, and if she could time travel to any historical period, it would be the Regency Era. Here in the 21st century, she is a certified Nutritional Therapy Technician, but writing is her passion, whether it's fiction or non-fiction. Her debut novel, Atoning for Ashes, releases on February 14th, 2019 from Deep River Books. She has honed her craft since childhood, benefiting from the insights of other writers through professional writing associations such as the Jerry Jenkins Writer’s Guild and Hope*writers. She lives with her family in Maine, where she enjoys teaching the teen Sunday school class at her church. Her favorite things are family, books, history, chocolate, music, the ocean, and strong cups of tea. 

You can connect with Kaitlin on these platforms:

Book Blurb:

Josie Chadwick dreams of marrying for love in Cornwall, England, but with her father’s debt threatening to destroy all she holds dear, her romantic options are dwindling. When her elder sister Delia is disowned, Josie finds herself heiress of Chadwick Park, torn between dreams and duty. After sacrificing her heart to atone for Delia’s sin, Josie clings to the hope she will learn to love a distant husband, whom she fears is incapable of requiting her affection.
Charles Radcliffe’s heart has been scarred and hardened by rejection. He fears hurting his new bride, but his fears of betrayal and rejection are stronger, making it impossible for him to trust her love—let alone the love of her God.
As Josie and Charles face their new life together, ominous events warn of dark family secrets that could shatter them both. More than a loveless marriage is at stake if they cannot stand as one. Haunted by a nameless fear and faced with lies, they must learn to trust God and each other before it’s too late. Will they turn to God for answers as He redeems their past and restores their future?

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Favorite Bookish Couples

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Happy Valentine's Week! To kick it off today's Top Ten Tuesday is favorite couples in books. This post could be pages long. I tried to mix it up between last year's reads and the one's I've read so far this year. It was still hard to not go on and on.

 One - Red Shirt and Morrow Little

 Two - Isadora and Ian

Three - Maeve and Eoin

Four - Aven and Thor

A Dream Fulfilled (O'Connor Christmas)

Five - Luke and Katie 

When the Heart Sings (Music of Hope #2)
Six - Natia and Teodor

 Seven - Ridley and Jessica

Eight - Laurel and Johnathon 

Nine - Justin and Melody

Ten - Pete and Jess

You guys knew I'd have more than ten right? 

Eleven - Magnus and Lark

Twelve - Corbin and Willow

Are any of these in your top favorite bookish couples? Let me know yours in the comments!

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