Top Ten Tuesday . . . Parrots, Lions, Dogs, Goats, and a Duck???

Tuesday, July 25, 2017





I love animals, and when they poke their head into a novel I am already enjoying it makes the book love stronger.


Here are just a few animals and the books they are from.


In book one of Julie Lessman's Love at any Cost, from her Heart of San Francisco series, she has this great parrot called Miss Behave. Isn't that the greatest name? I loved this parrot and this picture of a parrot playing with the keys reminds me of her.



 In Brandilyn Collins' book Pitchin' a Fit she has a cute little Yorkie called Lady Penelope, and she is quite a little trouble maker and very cute.

















Tippy, the over-weight, geriatric dog, which I pictured as a basset hound, takes you on quite a ride in this novel.





Charlie and his amazing lions. Charlie is one of my favorite hero's, but I love his lions.


















This is one of my favorite books of Mr. Walsh's. Finley is a rescued dog, he ends up rescuing a vet with PTSD, and the girl who trains him.




Sweetness gives her book loving heroine a run for the money the first chance she gets.
















Gabby the duck. Really that's all that needs to be said. Jen Turano creates a duck that is the most fun duck I've ever met.
















The one thing you can count on with a Jen Turano novel is quirky characters, and if she adds an animal they will be quirky and fun just like the human ones. Ever since I read Charlotte's Web in first grade I've loved pigs. Of course it didn't help that my mother's best friend's husband raised them when I was little. Piper the pig is as fun loving as Wilbur.















A guard goat? Yes, a guard goat, his name is Geoffrey, and created in true Jen Turano style.

















Do you have any favorite animals in books??? Let me know!!!


Coffee, the World, and Jesus . . . Book Spotlight







                                                      About the book:

Life lessons and almost irreverent musings from twenty-five years in the global coffee industry.

Coffee, the World, and Jesus is a collection of mildly contrarian musings from this international coffee businessman who happens to love Jesus. In these humorous vignettes about the relational, flawed, unwavering faith Ron clings to, readers will find glimmers of their own daily struggles to reflect Christ in a fallen world. For the religiously cautious, the disillusioned, and jaded followers of Christianity, this is a refreshing look at how God reveals Himself to be so much bigger than politics, dogmas, or western influences.
Ron's sidesplitting series of stories about how he found his spiritual groove smack-dab in the middle of his God-breathed, coffee-scented uniqueness will appeal to readers looking for a quick bite of spiritual growth with their next latte.
When many Christians take a long, hard look at the lives of the spiritual elite in America, they want to shout, "I don't want to be like that!" Ron DeMiglio knows how they feel and he's not afraid to do the shouting—even when those shouts are sometimes directed at himself.





I met Ron DeMiglio through Jim Rubart, he sent me a copy of his book Coffee, the World and Jesus. I have started it, but not finished it. Although what I have read so far is quirky, thought provoking, and entertaining.
This week his debut, Coffee, the World, and Jesus is $1.99 this week on all platforms.






Meet Ron . . .




Ron DeMiglio is the former president and owner of Eko Brands, LLC. The past twenty-five years of his life have centered around coffee as he traveled around the world. Ron lives in Snohomish, Washington.



















Labels . . .Dehumanizing and Demonizing

Saturday, July 22, 2017




Labels . . . I'm not talking about those on products at the grocery store, which is where they belong. I'm talking about the labels we as humans give each other, as well as our society . . . black, white, gay, straight, Jew, Christian, blue collar worker, white collar worker, red-neck, white trash, trailer trash, rich, poor, geek, jock, Democrat, Republican...

The list is long and endless, and hurtful. I don't know what I was reading last night, but something struck me and God put his finger in my back and let me know that I should write a blog post about it. Much to people's dislike we are all created in God's image, Genesis 1:27.

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

Which means we are all the same. No one is better than anyone else contrary to some popular belief. 

We all breathe the same air, bleed red blood, and have feelings. We are not all that different, except in how we were raised, personal beliefs, interests, and desires. I am really tired of the labeling that goes on. It is more of an us vs. them than coming together as humans. We need to stop dehumanizing and demonizing people and treat them like the human beings they are! For me, when I hear someone toss out a label about someone my thoughts are "No, their name is ...." and maybe instead of thinking those thoughts I need to voice them, because I believe the more others see them with a name and not a label maybe just maybe the label will disappear. I can hope, right?!

What are your thoughts?



First Line Friday #29

Friday, July 21, 2017




It's Friday! The day of the week we all look forward to, at least I do. It seems as though the summer is just flying by! I can't believe this is the third week of July. Before we know it Christmas will be here.

I reviewed this book a few weeks ago, and I loved the way the author portrayed good and evil so I thought I'd tempt you with the first line. You can read my review here.


You can order a copy here

About the book:

An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background. Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. But just as he was ready to leave home, he was given the story of his far-off grandfather to readanother angry young man who lived in the shadows, but whose life was changed forever by his encounter with a carpenter who rescued him as he wandered through a first century graveyard. Could that long ago story save Nick as well?









First Line:

"You can't tell me what to do!" Nick freeman thundered past a pile of books at the edge of the living room his stride sending the stack flying as he stormed down the hall.


If you've had an angry teen I'm sure you've heard that before. I have. What is your first line? Leave it in the comments and visit my blogging friends to see their first line.




Can't Wait Wednesday

Wednesday, July 19, 2017



I'm joining Wishful Endings once again for Can't Wait Wednesday. This week I can't wait for Julie Lessman's upcoming novella Grace Like Rain: A Heart of San Francisco novella. If a joint friend hadn't have said something on Facebook about this novel I wouldn't have known there was one to anticipate.


I love this cover! It says San Francisco, and love. Plus, it looks like a Julie Lessman book.

About the book:

He’s everybody’s lovable rogue.
She’s nobody’s fool who hopes to steer clear.
Until a thunderstorm sinks them both into a sea of love.
Blake “The Rake” McClare has a notorious reputation as a womanizer, which is why soft-spoken Patience Peabody carefully avoids the lovable rogue attorney at the law firm in which they both work. Until a rare thunderstorm brings them together in a love soaked with the grace of God ... and sparked with a little lightning of its own.

You can preorder a copy here AMAZON




So what book can't wait for? Whether it is a book on your TBR shelf or a book that hasn't released yet.





Top Ten Tuesday - Music To Read By

Tuesday, July 18, 2017



I'm borrowing an idea from my friend Bookworm Mama, so check out her list of music to read by. If you've followed my blog for any length of time you know that I am an avid reader, did you know that I am a huge music lover? I've reviewed a few music CD's on my blog not as many as I would like to.

When it comes to music and reading it really depends on my mood what I will listen to. I have been able to read with the T.V. on, it can be a little difficult to concentrate at times. Like yesterday at the dentist office, their T.V. was on, phones were ringing, and patients being called back, I couldn't concentrate. I maybe got one page read in about an hour.

In no particular order these are some of my favorite reading music.

Mercy Me

Bon Jovi - which can be difficult because I want to rock out and sing a long.

For King and Country

Classic Country - From Willie Nelson, John Denver, Dolly Parton to George Strait, Tim McGraw.

Tenth Ave North

Steven Curtis Chapman

When I read at night I'm listening to our local Christian Contemporary music station KTSY and during the day I listen to Classic Country on our T.V. cable station. If I listen to Pandora I have a couple of stations, 70's, 80's, and For King and Country.


What do you listen to when you read? Do you listen to anything? Need complete quiet? Let me know in the comments.

With every artist listed above I want to sing a long. That's the hard part about being a music lover.


First Line Friday #28

Friday, July 14, 2017









About the book:

Would you give up everything for a life you hate with the person you love?
Paige McAllister needs to do something drastic. Her boyfriend can’t even commit to living in the same country, her promised promotion is dead on arrival and the simultaneous loss of her brother and her dream of being a concert violinist has kept her playing life safe and predictable for six years. Things need to change. A moment of temporary insanity finds her leaving her life in Chicago to move to Sydney, Australia. There she finds herself, against many of her convictions, as a logistics planner for one of Australia’s biggest churches, and on a collision course with her boss’s son.
Josh Tyler fronts a top-selling worship band and is in demand all over the world. But his past failed romantic relationships almost destroyed both his reputation and his family. He's determined to never risk it happening again. The last thing he needs is some American girl tipping his ordered life upside down. Especially one who despises everything he’s ever worked for and manages to push every button he has.
When Josh and Paige are thrown together to organize his band’s next tour, the sparks fly. But can they find a way to bridge the differences that pull them apart? Or will they choose the safety and security of what they know over taking a chance on something that will require them to risk everything?


First Line:

Paige McAllister didn’t think it was possible, but there was something worse than being single and thirty at your nineteen-year-old sister’s wedding.

Now that line gets your attention, huh?

What's your first line this week?


Visit my friends and see their first lines this week.


We have a new member to our First Line Friday group Anna of Romances of the Cross

Welcome to the group Anna! If you'd like to join shoot Carrie from Reading is my SuperPower an email.


 
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