Tuesday Top Ten ---- Fictional Character Crushes

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's time to SWOON!!!!

Today we're going to have some eye-candy fun!
I pose this question to you . . . who are your fictional character crushes? Book/TV/Movie?

Robert Redford, Hubble Gardner in The Way We Were. Another first introduction into swooning. A secretary at my high school had a poster of him in her cubicle, and I worked in the school office during my senior year, talk about a highlight of my day!
Dan Stevens, the Beast in Disney's live version of Beauty and the Beast.
Those eyes ladies!

Here he is as the Beast.

Hugh Jackman as Reese Mitchell in A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham. In Pepper's book he is a family mountain man and Hugh Jackman is perfect as the character inspiration.
Clark Gable, Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind. My first introduction into swoonyness . . .which I don't believe is a word. LOL πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰
Ryan Gosling, as Noah from The Notebook. He just emulates sex appeal. I'm not sure exactly what it is about him, but he is captivating!

                                                                                                                                Need a                          fainting
                         couch                              yet???                                         

Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Also movie and book. I'm not sure that this hunk was who C.S. Lewis thought of when he penned The Chronicles of Narnia.

Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler in Law and Order SVU. I had to make sure an Italian made the list. *snicker*
 Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing. There are no words.
Henry Cavill - Wes Harrison in Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham.

That look takes my breath away!

Johnathon Crombie as Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables.

While handsome he has the boy next door charm.

How about now??? Need that fainting couch??

I'll just leave it here for you to use. πŸ˜πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

I had a lot of fun looking for fictional characters that I crush on. Most are between the pages of a book, however, I love movies with handsome men!!!

Beauty and the Beast -- My Take

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Today I drug my husband to see Disney's live version of Beauty and the Beast. As a mom of three daughters I have seen the animated versions of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid countless times. I still know all the words to all the songs. Beauty and the Beast is my daughter Kassandra's favorite movie, and I was sad that I didn't get to see it with her.
I am on emotional and visual overload. There are literally no adequate words to express all that I am feeling at the moment. The music was amazing and Emma Watson is a perfect Belle, her voice is great and all of her mannerisms fit the part perfectly. And Dan Stevens who plays the Beast is swoon worthy and I needed a fainting couch at the final scene.

I mean ladies, you know what I mean, huh?!?

Besides the great cast and music, the costuming was beyond amazing and the cinematography was breathtaking.
Some of the fighting scenes were a little intense and may frighten a smaller child. My six year old granddaughter saw it and her mom told me she did fine but her friend was more scared.

I'm sure you're wondering what my take is on the "questionable" scene that had "Christians" up in arms all over the internet before this movie's release. Let me put your mind at ease, there is nothing to concern yourself about. Lefou singing and dancing in the bar scene is completely harmless. There is no kiss, or even anything close to a same sex relationship. If you are a fan of Beauty and the Beast go and see this movie, and be prepared to sing, smile and even cry.

My rating for this movie is "Mmm. You smell like apples."

Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce

Saturday, March 18, 2017

About the Book 

Book: Murder for the Time Being
Author: Joanie Bruce
Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance
Release Date: November 29, 2016
“You’ll pay for this. I’ll get you both.”
Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn’t know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he’s driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now?
Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationship.
Can Lexi and Drew forget the tragedies of the past and embrace the feelings between them or will ghostly memories snub out the promise of a future together?

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About the Author

ESP_9231 (2)Joanie has a strong passion for reading, and her love for books with nail-biting suspense, inspires her to write contemporary suspense books. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write from her home in the country, she strives to use that opportunity to honor Him in all of her writing. Joanie and her husband, Ben, live in a country home near Madison, Georgia, right in the middle of a pasture full of beef cows. There they raised and homeschooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.

Guest Post from Joanie 


Have you ever been devastated by a certain event in your life, and later it turned out to the best thing that ever happened to you? That’s what happened to Lexi Wyn in this book, “Murder for the Time Being.” Something unthinkable happened to her family, but in the end, it changes Lexi’s life forever and introduces her to the love of her life.
In this story, both Lexi and Drew have things in their past that discourage them from seeking a lasting relationship. However, God has a plan for them both, and through His Divine engineering, they are thrown together in circumstances that nurture a growing appreciation and affection for each other.
This book was fun to write because I anchored the story in my sweet little town of Madison, Georgia. I wasn’t raised in Madison, but I’ve called it home for much longer than any other place I’ve ever lived. While growing up in the big city of Memphis, Tennessee, I had definite plans for my future. All I ever wanted was to “marry a country boy and live in the country.” The Lord heard the desires of my heart and gave me what I wanted … a country boy, born and raised here in Morgan County on a dairy farm.
After we married, I adopted Madison as my home, and I love it so much that I wanted to feature some of the fun spots in Madison as the backdrops for the scenes in my books. I hope when you read through the pages of my book, you will get an idea of what a sweet little town Madison is and enjoy reading about Lexi and Drew and how they let God guide them in discovering that murder CAN be “for the Time Being.”

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read of Joanie Bruce and while the book started out with a punch, somewhere along the way it lost the kick it started with. There were so many story lines, and characters I just couldn't keep up. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, if I could have connected with at least one, that would have made the difference.


To celebrate her tour, Joanie is giving away a Kindle Fire!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b291

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First Line Friday #11

Friday, March 17, 2017

It's Friday! Happy Friday! Time for First Line Friday!

About the book:

The last thing naval officer Dan Avery wants to see on his radar is glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont—even if she has joined the WAVES.

When fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston—both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten. When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he’s torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?

With precision and pizazz, fan favorite Sarah Sundin carries readers through the rough waters of love in a time when every action might have unforeseen world-changing consequences.

First Line:

Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, July 30,  1942

A touch of kindness and enthusiasm could transform a person's spirit, and Quintessa Beaumont delighted in participating in the process. "This is lovely on you, Mrs. Finnegan." Quintess lined a box with tissue paper on the counter at Filene's.

I know it's a little more, but the first line didn't seem like enough.

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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

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Robin at Robin's Nest

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Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith Reviewed

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

About the book:

When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech's family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law's homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it.

About Jill:

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of The Prophetess, the bestselling The Crimson Cord and the Wives of King David series, along with the Wives of the Patriarchs, Daughters of the Promised Land, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in 
southeast Michigan.                   

Contact Jill through email (jill@jilleileensmith.com), her website (http://www.jilleileensmith.com), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jilleileensmith), or Twitter (https://twitter.com/JillEileenSmith). She loves to hear from her readers.

My Thoughts:

The story of Ruth has to be one of the most well known stories in the Bible. In doing Kaye Arthur's precept Bible study My Kinsman Redeemer my eyes where opened not only to what Boaz was to Ruth, but how Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer.
With Jill's beautiful storytelling and her impeccable research she brings richness to the time and place of Israel. She uses both real and fictional characters to breathe life into the story of Ruth. You can smell the grain, and feel the stone of the pestle in your hand.
I admire how Jill takes a small story in the Bible, using her imagination writes a full-length novel out of it.
I highly recommend this book.

Top Ten Tuesday

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It's weird, I've been blogging for so long it's hard to think of new things to put on my blog. I thought for Top Ten Tuesday this week I'd reach back into the archives and list my top ten favorite debuts that I've done over the years.

DRUM ROLL . . . . . .

In no particular order . . .

I remember when I received this book in the mail it was in manuscript form and I emailed Bonnie Calhoun who owned Christian Fiction Blog Alliance at the time so worried that someone made a mistake and I wasn't supposed to receive the book in that format. Thinking about it now still makes me giggle.


Julie, Julie, Julie! I received this book when I began my going through my divorce. This book showed me that I could be pure whether I got married or not. It also showed me how inspirational fiction can minister to a hurting heart.


This book introduced me to a great author who I am blessed to still read her books today.


Tender Grace hit really close to home for me. I was blogging with Christian Fiction Blog Alliance at the time and my review won the monthly award.


My winning review HERE

This is not Tosca's debut. I was introduced to Tosca when I read the Mortal's series she wrote with Ted Dekker. However, reading this book led me to read her debut, Demon; A Memoir.


Laura has become a true favorite author and a dear friend. I love her historical romances and this one is a favorite.


Jill's books introduced me to biblical fiction and I've been a huge fan ever since. While I have loved every book that she has written, her Wives of King David have to be my all time favorites.


When I started reading Christian fiction as an adult the first books I read were Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. I found James to be a lot like him in that regard. I have read everything to date and they just get better!


Being a Navy brat, Ronie and I have something in common, and this book was so militarily intriguing that I was sucked into the series and have enjoyed her books since.


Kellie is from Idaho, and I didn't know that until I was asked to review this book. This book just wrenched my heart. I was thrilled when I was able to meet Kellie at a book signing here in Idaho and have her autograph my copy. Since then I've met her again and all of my books of hers are signed.

Here I am with Kellie, at Barnes and Noble in Boise this last summer launching her latest, at the time, book What Matter's Most. Her new book Sisters (Sun Valley Series BK1) has just released.

Hope you enjoyed my look back in time, and that you found a new book or two to read.

Happy Tuesday, and as always mark your place and keep reading!

Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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About the Book

Book: Murder on the MOOR, A Drew Farthering Mystery

Author: Julianna Deering
Genre: Historical Mystery
Release Date: February 2017

At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a BrontΓ« hero. There have been several worrisome incidents around those lonesome rolling hills–property desecrated, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered. Worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church, a crime for which Drew can discern no motive at all.
Few in the town of Bunting’s Nest seem like suspects, and Drew can’t keep his suspicions from falling on his friend’s new bride. Do her affections lie more with her husband’s money and estate, while her romantic interests stray to their fiery Welsh gamekeeper? As the danger grows ever closer, it’s up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what’s really going on, and find the killer before it’s too late.

About the Author

Julianna Deering is the creator of the acclaimed Drew Farthering Mystery series. She has always loved British history and is a particular fan of the writings of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in business administration and spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant. She lives outside Dallas, Texas. For more information visit www.juliannadeering.com.

My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie and Murder on the Moor had an Agatha Christie feel, of course it helps that the book is set in London. Drew Farthering reminded me of Hercule Poirot. I enjoyed every minute of this book. It was fun, a little spooky, has some interesting characters. A true cozy mystery, that I highly recommend!


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