Top Ten Tuesday - Summer Reads Freebie

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Welcome to another edition of top ten Tuesday. This is my second week hanging out with Broke and the Bookish.  This Tuesday prompt is a summer reads freebie, books to go in your beach bag, books set in summer, books with summer-y covers . . .etc.
I chose books that I am anxiously looking forward to reading this summer. 

I am a huge fan of summer, especially after the frigid winter we had, and besides good books I am looking forward to summer fruit out of our own garden.

What books would you put in your beach bag, or are looking forward to reading this summer? Let me know in the comments.

First Line Friday #20

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's Friday! Which means it's time for another edition of First Line Friday. We have two new ladies joining us today, Christina of Dipped in Ink and Molly of Cafinated Reads. Welcome ladies! If you would like to join us for First Line Friday, please send Carrie of Reading is My SuperPower an email.
Have a wonderful bookish weekend!

About the book:

Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is book-ended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym. Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop. She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she's out of a job.
Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL tight end. He retired on a high note and now lives a second dream of owning his own business and leading others on extreme outdoor adventures. But he needs help with his books—and his heart. When Allegra takes the job, sparks fly.
It’s a case of safety zone versus danger zone, and in their minds, never the two shall meet.

First Line:

The little hairs on the back of Allegra Spencer's neck stood at attention. He was behind her. She could feel his presence as sure as she could smell the beans being ground by the barista on the other side of the reclaimed wood counter. 

As always mark your place and keep reading!

Please visit my other blogging buddies to see their first line, and leave yours in the comments.

Amanda at With A Joyful Noise 

Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish 

Bree at Bibliophile Reviews  

Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower 

Heather at Encouraging Words From the Tea Queen

Jessica at  A Baker's Perspective  

Kathleen at Kathleen Denly

Katie at Fiction Aficionado

Lauraine at Lauraine's Notes 

Rachel at Bookworm Mama 

Robin at Robin's Nest 

Sarah at All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

Sydney at Singing Librarian 

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Jeanette @ Jane Reads

And please welcome . . .

Christina of Moments Dipped in Ink


Molly of Cafinated Reads

Idaho State Semi-Truck Driving Championship

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

About the truck championships:

Ready for some friendly competition?

The annual Idaho State Truck Driving Championship is here again. The Truck Driving Championships was established in 1937 and spotlights the unique skills of the professional truck driver.  This fun, two day event is designed to select all-around champions who are more than just “good drivers”.  For participants, this is the culmination of thousands of hours of their own time spent sharpening their everyday skills and knowledge.

Some of the safest and best drivers compete in the championships every year.  The competition tests the drivers’ industry knowledge with a written test, ability to catch potential problems with a pre-trip inspection drill, and safe driving skills as they navigate a course with six-problems reflecting everyday driving conditions.  The winner of each class has the opportunity to advance to the ATA National Truck Driving Championships.

The Truck Driving Championships benefit companies by creating a more safety-conscious driver. Drivers always have the championships in the back of their minds and try to stay as safe as possible throughout the year.  That’s because drivers must be accident-free during the 12 months preceding the championships in order to compete.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, my husband, Mark competed in the 5-axle truck and trailer in Idaho's State Truck Driving Championship. 
Friday the entrants did a pre-inspection on the truck and trailer, and took a written test. On Saturday the entrants drove the course with their specific truck, flat-bed, delivery step-truck, truck and trailer. This was Mark's first year competing and he was super nervous, even though he's been driving for thirty years. I didn't make it to his driving portion of the competition, they changed the time. I got there in time to be able to see the step-truck and delivery truck (think UPS and FedEx) compete. During the entire time they were driving Mark went over every detail of his drive and what he did wrong. During the awards ceremony he said he'd be happy if they just mentioned his name, no sooner did he say that then the lady giving out the awards said "This is the first year in thirty years where the competition in 5 -axle trailer was so tight. It literally came down to seconds and there were only two points separating first and second place." After that was said, Mark figured he wasn't getting anything, not even a mention. After she called the third place winner she said "and one of our new drivers this year, his very first time here, from OffSpec Mark Tubbs." Mark was beyond floored and I was trying hard not to cry. We're waiting to hear if he will go to the National Truck Driving Championship, first thru third place in each class are supposed to go to the national competition.

My hunky driver is in the middle.

See, I do do other things besides read books and write reviews. :)

Book Spotlight Mighty to Save by Caryl McAdoo

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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About the Book  

Book: Mighty to Save  

Author: Caryl McAdoo  

Genre: Christian Historical Romance  

Release Date: May 15, 2017

Contrary to her parents’ wishes, Evelyn married a nonbeliever, but it all works out . . . or does it? Not only did the love of her life accept Christ, Nathaniel got baptized by fire and became a minister of the gospel. Woven into the breathtaking tale of love and redemption are two additional stories, Evelyn’s novels of faith, family, and forgiveness.

About the Author

Caryl McAdoo loves writing stories for all ages that glorify God and is thrilled Christian fiction fits her life purpose so well. Bold not bashful, she’s quick to share the Bible principles she lives by through her characters and hopes each title ministers His love, mercy, and grace. Known as the “Singing Pray-er”—with a YouTube channel to prove it—the prolific hybrid author also loves praising Him with new songs He gives her. Her high-school-sweetheart-husband moved the family from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods and seat of Red River County. After Ron, Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings. The McAdoos live a few miles south of Clarksville in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

Mighty to Save, book nine, is unlike all the other stories in the Texas Romance family saga as the heroine, Evelyn Eversole—you’ll remember her as little Evie in book eight, Covering Love—and hero, Nathaniel Nightingale, are already married in Chapter One. Where’s the romance, Caryl? You may ask. But I think you’ll see that Mighty to Save is brimming with all the stuff love is made of!

The depth of the Nightingales’ love is revealed and tested, and because Evelyn is a novelist like her MayMee (May Meriwether), we are privileged to experience the love of another couple whose progeny is intertwined with the Nightingales’ lineage. (knowing the characters of the next novel Chief of Sinners that was written over twenty years ago and served as the foundation of the Texas Romance series, it’s been a labor of love, tying all these characters together.

And while a very few have remarked that it’s a little hard jumping back and forth in time, the majority of readers have expressed their satisfaction and appreciation for getting to know the backstories in such a fun way. This tale deals with imperfect people—as we all are. I hope my characters come across as real, someone in your family or who might live next door.

In this world, we will have tribulation . . . but being of good cheer isn’t always so easy. Sometime those trials knock us off our foundation, and we find ourselves in an ocean of mire, like trying to swim through jello . . . weary of it to the point where only God can save us. And so we cry out to Him. And He does.

Should that mean what waylaid us no longer has any effect on our lives? Not every time.

I pray that you will enjoy Mighty to Save. This story is another reason why I’m so blessed that God led me to publish independently of the traditional houses, as I’m most certain it would definitely not fit their pigeon hole titled Christian Romance. Life offers hills and valleys. Could we truly appreciate one without the other?

Fair warning, don’t be expecting same-O same-O!

Thank you so much for being a part of my Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Launch! Bloggers, readers, reviewers, and visitors all—everyone at the awesome Celebrate Lit Tour Company, too—y’all are such blessings to me! So much so, I could never repay your kindnesses, encouragement, and support. But my Father can, And I pray He will send every blessing back to you a hundred fold!

Blog Stops

May 17: Carpe Diem
May 20: A Greater Yes
May 20: The Power of Words (Spotlight)
May 21: Radiant Light
May 23: Bigreadersite
May 27: Mary Hake


To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away:
Grand Prize: ALL NINE books in the Texas Romance series!
1st Prize: Four first books in four of Caryl’s series
2nd-6th Prize: Print Copy Vow Unbroken
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Top Ten Tuesday - Favorite Moms in Books

Today I am joining The Broke and the Bookish for their Top Ten Tuesday list. Today's prompt is a Mother's Day freebie, favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature. 

Favorite Moms in books. . .

Molly Weasley from Harry Potter. Molly Weasley is one of those fun moms that is where all the kids hang out.

Marcy O'Connor from The Daughter's of Boston series by Julie Lessman.

Marcy is a mom who teaches biblical precepts to her children, her love is unconditional, she supports her children and their dreams, and she is still madly in love with her husband, Patrick.

Marta from Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers.

Marta is harsh and abusive, which is not the ideal mother, however she wants what is best for her daughter and she will fight for what she wants.

Marmee from Little Women.

For me, Marmee is a true example of a military mom doing all that she can to take care of her girls during post Civil War era.

Caroline (Ma) Ingalls from the Little House series.

Ma Ingalls is a real mom who guides her children during both good and bad times. She also has a smile on her face, no matter the circumstance.

Lillian Gilbreth from Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth.

Lillian Gilbreth is smart, has given birth to a dozen children, a feat in itself. Manages a huge household along with managing her husband's business. While a book was written about them by two of her children, she was a real person, like Caroline Ingalls.

 Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables.

I adored Marilla's response to Matthew when he brought Anne home, "Where's the boy?"

Charlotte from Charlotte's Web.

Charlotte is the sacrificial mother, giving all so her children could live.

Mary the mother of Jesus. The Bible.

Mary, endured ridicule, disbelief, humiliation for the sake of being the mother of Jesus.

And the worst Mom . . . . 

Joan Crawford, need I say more!

She had no business adopting any children and I have no idea how she was even able to.

Who are your favorite or worst moms? Please tell me in the comments.

First Line Friday #19

Friday, May 12, 2017

About the book:

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize that the truth is much darker. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together—in a world of danger and uncertainty.
Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancĂ©, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions—and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation . . . or redemption.
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

First Line:

Aiken, South Carolina, Present Day

I take a breath, scoot to the edge of the seat, and straighten my jacket as the limo rolls to a stop on the boiling-hot asphalt. News vans wait along the curb, accentuating the importance of this morning's seemingly innocuous meeting.

Please visit my other blogging friends, read their first lines and leave yours in the comments. If you would like to join our little group please shoot, Carrie of Reading is My Super Power a email.

As always mark your place, and keep reading!

Amanda at With A Joyful Noise 

Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish 

Bree at Bibliophile Reviews  

Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower 

Heather at Encouraging Words From the Tea Queen

Jessica at  A Baker's Perspective  

Kathleen at Kathleen Denly

Katie at Fiction Aficionado

Lauraine at Lauraine's Notes 

Rachel at Bookworm Mama 

Robin at Robin's Nest 

Sarah at All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

Sydney at Singing Librarian 

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

And welcome 

Jeanette @ Jane Reads

For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund Review and Giveaway

Thursday, May 11, 2017

To purchase your copy, click here.

About the Book

Book: For Love & Honor

Author: Jody Helund  
Genre: Young Adult Historical  
Release Date: March 7, 2017

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

Guest Post from Jody Hedlund

 Is Chivalry on the Brink of Extinction?

By Jody Hedlund

With the release of Fifty Shades of Grey movie and its popularity, I can’t help but wonder about the long-term consequences that such ideology will have on how people view relationships.
Already, too many couples struggle to maintain happy, healthy relationships. In fact, it’s become almost a weekly occurrence to get news of another friend or acquaintance who is dealing with a spouse cheating or leaving.
Mutual respect, loyalty, honor, and self-sacrifice have become out-dated, forgotten, or tossed aside in place of short-term pleasure that often leaves people feeling hollow and empty.
I honestly can’t help wondering where chivalry has gone, and not just the man-doting-on-the-woman chivalry. But mutual chivalry, the kind where each person in the relationship puts the other in high esteem, uplifts them, and makes a concerted effort to protect and cherish (both emotionally and physically).
Has chivalry become antiquated in our modern society? And even if it has, should it be outdated and on the brink of extinction? Should we be making more of an effort to reclaim mutual respect in relationships?
The kind of respect that does things for someone with no thought of getting anything in return.
The kind of respect that is graciously honest about problems instead of sneaking around and being unfaithful.
The kind of respect that is willing to sacrifice and see the needs of others instead of demanding our way and our own needs be met first.
As my teenage children enter into dating relationships, I worry about the influence of movies like Fifty Shades of Grey. I worry that they’ll see dysfunction as the norm. I worry that they’ll settle for a lot less than they should in their relationships. I worry that they won’t even know the meaning of chivalry.
Of course, we’re having candid conversations about all of these issues. Of course, my husband and I attempt to model mutual respect. And of course, I’m praying my teens work on growing their own character so that they can be strong and ready for whatever they might face.
But one of the things I’ve done over the past couple of years is write a young adult (YA) series that is aimed at some of these very issues The third book, FOR LOVE & HONOR, just released this spring (and can be read as a stand-alone). Since the story is set in medieval times amidst castles, knights, and ladies, chivalry is already a huge part of that era.
More than giving readers a glimpse of chivalry, however, I hope the book sparks some discussion about what it means to have healthy, respectful relationships. The book contains reader questions at the end that youth groups, moms and daughters, or friends can use together.
It’s not just another dating book. Instead it’s a fun and entertaining story that can hopefully facilitate discussion regarding what it means to truly demonstrate chivalry in our relationships.
So what do YOU think? Is chivalry on the brink of extinction? What are some ways we can make sure that we don’t lose it?

My Thoughts:

It's a lot of fun to watch an author write in different genre's, and time periods. Ms. Hedlund seems to do it flawlessly, with great attention to detail, engaging the reader along each turn. 
There is one theme that is constant throughout the book, learning to accept yourself just the way you are. Lady Sabine believes that because she has a skin blemish she is unlovable. Isn't that how we all felt before we met Jesus?
The love story between Bennet and Lady Sabine is sweet, not rushed, or overdone. Lady Sabine is sassy and snarky at times, which is perfect for Bennet. 
When I think that this book is for young adults, I think what a perfect theme, learning to love yourself just the way you are. Echoing Beauty and the Beast.
This book would be a perfect summer book read for the teenager in your life, highly recommended!

Blog Stops

May 8: Book by Book
May 12: Just Commonly
May 14: God1meover

To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away all three books in the Noble Knights Series!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!
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