First Line Friday #30

Friday, July 28, 2017



We are almost to the end of July, which means school starting, and football season! Yeah! From the moment football season ends I'm ready for it to start over, especially college. This week I'm going to feature Jane of Austen: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility. I am itching to start this but have other books in line first.




About the book:

Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.
But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.
While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.
In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.


First Line:

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. - C.S. Lewis


December 2016
San Francisco, CA

"So you see," Johnathon explained, "what you've been paying as a lease for your little tea shop -- it's well beneath market value."


Please visit my friends and see their first lines. 

Can't Wait Wednesday

Wednesday, July 26, 2017



It's hump day y'all! Weeks seem to fly by. I am joining Wishful Endings for Can't Wait Wednesday. This week I can't wait for Laura Frantz's January release, The Lacemaker. She writes great historical fiction, and I know I will be drawn back in time with great history.


Is this not a gorgeous cover? I adore it!


About the book:

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?
Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.


This is up for pre-order and you can pre-order it here  AMAZON




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.





 
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