Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday Comical Titles

 

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is "funny book titles." I didn't think I could come up with books that fit this topic until I started to look around my shelves. 

I don't think these titles are HAHA funny more comical like the romantic comedies they are. I hope you find a new book to add to your to-be-read pile.

The Engagement Plot has been turned into a movie and will air on Uptv on August 21, 2022.

















Friday, July 29, 2022

Hope Beyond the Waves by Heidi Chiavaroli Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway

Hope Beyond the Waves JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Hope Beyond the Waves by Heidi Chiavaroli, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Hope Beyond the Waves

Title: Hope Beyond the Waves 
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli
Publisher: Hope Creek Publishers, LLC
Release Date: June 28, 2022
Genre: Christian, Dual Timeline Fiction

From award-winning author, Heidi Chiavaroli comes a sweeping dual timeline story that explores hope and enduring love in the midst of the impossible. 

Massachusetts, 1993 

After making a grievous mistake that will change her life forever, Emily Robertson is sent away to live with her grandmother on Cape Cod. When Emily finds a timeworn photograph buried in a drawer, she realizes her grandmother has concealed a secret even bigger than her own. Will convincing Gram to reveal their family history help Emily make the most important decision of her life or will it prove her parents right—that family scandal is better off buried and forgotten? 

Massachusetts, 1916 

Atta Schaeffer plans to marry the man of her dreams and whisk her little sister away from their abusive father. But when she is diagnosed with a dreaded malady, Atta is forced into a life of exile, leaving her sister in harm’s way. 

On Penikese Island, Atta’s best hope lies with Harry Mayhew, a doctor who seeks a cure for his patients at any cost. But when experiments fail, Atta runs from Harry—and from God. Can she return to her sister before it’s too late? Or will her illness consume both her body and soul? 

A testament to faith and love, Hope Beyond the Waves is the raw account of the journey of two generations of women running from desperate situations toward irresistible hope.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

heidi chiavaroli 

Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring places that whisper of historical secrets. Her debut novel, Freedom's Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Connect with Heidi by visiting heidichiavaroli.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


Excerpt 

Chapter One

Osterville, Massachusetts

April, 1993

I stand rigid, arms pinned to my sides as my mother wraps me in a loose

hug in Gram’s foyer. 

“I’m so glad we thought of this arrangement,” she says.

Arrangement. As if shipping me off and hiding me away is a plan we’d

come up with together. 

My father kisses me on the forehead, but it’s awkward. Probably a show

for my grandmother. He’s kissed plenty of babies on the campaign trail, after

all—this is likely no different. 

“Be good, Sweet Pea.” He turns to my grandmother, who barely comes up

to his armpits. “Keep in touch, Mom. Don’t hesitate to call if…” His gaze flicks

to me and he doesn’t finish his sentence.

What? Does he think I’ll find a cute boy in Gram’s retirement village? One

who will get me in bigger trouble than Bryan already has?


My Thoughts

Loving the unloveable and forgiving the unforgivable is the theme that runs throughout this beautifully crafted dual-time novel by Heidi Chiavaroli. I was immediately pulled into the story from the first line and couldn't stop reading. 

The characters were real and identifiable and struggled with real issues like we all do. The book paced easily between each time period. I never felt lost or confused.

The sweet relationship between Emily and her Grandmother, Gertie, was precious, especially how Emily continued to encourage her to go to Penikese Island.

The book from beginning to end was one of hope, forgiveness, and love. It is also one that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.





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Friday, July 15, 2022

First Line Friday - Featuring The Rose and The Thistle by Laura Frantz

 


Welcome to First Line Friday! Today, I am featuring the upcoming release by Laura Frantz, The Rose, and the Thistle. This releases in January 2023. You may wonder how I have the first line for a book that hasn't been released yet. Well. . . after I finished my editing courses I was approached by Laura Frantz to edit the first ten chapters of her current work in progress. I was and am still blown away that she asked me to edit it, and that the first line I changed she liked and kept. 



I love this cover. It's so unique and different from some of her others.


First Line

April 1715

Chateu de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

France

Struck by sunlight, the chateau was a blinding, rose-hued white. 


I'd give you more but I'm not sure it made it into the book.


About the book:

In 1715, Lady Blythe Hedley's father is declared an enemy of the British crown because of his Jacobite sympathies, forcing her to flee her home in northern England. Secreted to the tower of Wedderburn Castle in Scotland, Lady Blythe awaits who will ultimately be crowned king. But in a house with seven sons and numerous servants, her presence soon becomes known.

No sooner has Everard Hume lost his father, Lord Wedderburn, than Lady Hedley arrives with the clothes on her back and her mistress in tow. He has his own problems--a volatile brother with dangerous political leanings, an estate to manage, and a very young brother in need of comfort and direction in the wake of losing his father. It would be best for everyone if he could send this misfit heiress on her way as soon as possible.

Drawn into a whirlwind of intrigue, shifting alliances, and ambitions, Lady Blythe must be careful whom she trusts. Her fortune, her future, and her very life are at stake. Those who appear to be adversaries may turn out to be allies--and those who pretend friendship may be enemies.
 


Baker Book House has a preorder special going on and Laura Frantz has been signing bookplates for preorders. Click the image below to get yours!



 

I hope this was a fun First Line Friday edition. Hopefully, Ms. Frantz will stop by and answer some questions about the book.


Visit Reading is My SuperPower for First Line Friday link-up.


Please leave your first line in the comments. 





Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday - Book Covers That Feel Like Summer

 


Hi! Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is book cover's that feel like summer. Summer is my favorite time of the year! I grew up mainly on the coast so being in a landlocked state, as my husband calls it, is not as much fun. So, I will naturally gravitate to books with beachy scenes.













Do these feel like summer to you? Let me know in the comments. 

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Heirlooms by Sandra Byrd Reviewed

 



About the book:

Title: Heirlooms

Author: Sandra Byrd

Genre: Inspirational Dual Time Contemporary

Answering a woman’s desperate call for help, young Navy widow Helen Devries opens her Whidbey Island home as a refuge to Choi Eunhee. As they bond over common losses and a delicate, potentially devastating secret, their friendship spans the remainder of their lives.

After losing her mother, Cassidy Quinn spent her childhood summers with her gran, Helen, at her farmhouse. Nourished by her grandmother’s love and encouragement, Cassidy discovers a passion that she hopes will bloom into a career. But after Helen passes, Cassidy learns that her home and garden have fallen into serious disrepair. Worse, a looming tax debt threatens her inheritance. Facing the loss of her legacy and in need of allies and ideas, Cassidy reaches out to Nick, her former love, despite the complicated emotions brought by having him back in her life.

Cassidy inherits not only the family home but a task, spoken with her grandmother’s final breaths: ask Grace Kim—Eunhee’s granddaughter—to help sort through the contents of the locked hope chest in the attic. As she and Grace dig into the past, they unearth their grandmothers’ long-held secret and more. Each startling revelation reshapes their understanding of their grandmothers and ultimately inspires the courage to take risks and make changes to own their lives.

Set in both modern-day and midcentury Whidbey Island, Washington, this dual-narrative story of four women—grandmothers and granddaughters—intertwines across generations to explore the secrets we keep, the love we pass down, and the heirlooms we inherit from a well-lived life.

Amazon || Baker Book House || Barnes & Noble


About Sandra Byrd


Bestselling author Sandra Byrd continues to earn both industry acclaim and high praise from readers everywhere. The author of more than fifty books, her work has received many awards, nominations, and accolades, including the Historical Novel Society’s Editor’s Choice award, two Christy Award nominations, Two Library Journal Best Book selections, and inclusion on Booklist’s Top Ten Inspirational Books of the Year list. Her traditionally published books include titles by Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, Tyndale House Publishers, WaterBrook Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and Bethany House. She’s also an independent author.


Sandra has also published dozens of books for kids, tweens, and teens, and devotionals, including the bestselling The One Year Be-Tween You and God Devotions for Girls. She continued her work as a devotionalist with The One Year Home and Garden Devotions and The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional, which was named by Called Magazine, the #1 magazine for Christian Women, as among their favorite, must-read books.

As an editor and an in-demand writing coach, Sandra is passionate about helping writers develop their talents and has mentored hundreds of writers at all stages of their writing careers. For testimonials about her editing and book coaching, please visit sandrabyrdbookcoach.com.

Sandra loves walking, the beach, cooking and baking, photography, watching Escape to the Country, Fake or Fortune, Chef’s Table, and spending time with family and friends – real and fictional!

You can connect with Sandra on these platforms  Facebook || Instagram ||Twitter 


My Thoughts

This was a beautiful story of friendship and family both in the past and present and the way the heirlooms of our past contribute to our future. Following the stories of Helen, Eunhee, Cassidy, and Grace Kim were touching. 

I loved how Ms. Byrd wove friendship, gardening, cooking, and letters together creating this beautiful bouquet of heirlooms. 

Heirlooms make you remember the past have hope for the future and look at ways you can be instrumental in someone's life today.

I highly recommend this book and it releases on Tuesday, July 5, 2022; so preorder your copy today!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Friday, June 24, 2022

First Line Friday Featuring Heirlooms by Sandra Byrd

 



I haven't participated in First Line Friday for quite a long time. I just finished reading Heirlooms by Sandra Byrd and thought it would be a great book to use for First Line Friday.



Isn't this cover just gorgeous?! I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.

This book releases on July 5, 2022. I'll post pre-order links.

First Line:

March 1958

Helen Devries carefully removed her nurse's cap, her platinum back-combed bouffant, crackling the Aqua Net lacquering it in place. On the television in the back of the living room, Elvis offered a flirty smile and almost wink as he was measured for his uniform.


About the book:

Answering a woman’s desperate call for help, young Navy widow Helen Devries opens her Whidbey Island home as a refuge to Choi Eunhee. As they bond over common losses and a delicate, potentially devastating secret, their friendship spans the remainder of their lives.

After losing her mother, Cassidy Quinn spent her childhood summers with her gran, Helen, at her farmhouse. Nourished by her grandmother’s love and encouragement, Cassidy discovers a passion that she hopes will bloom into a career. But after Helen passes, Cassidy learns that her home and garden have fallen into serious disrepair. Worse, a looming tax debt threatens her inheritance. Facing the loss of her legacy and in need of allies and ideas, Cassidy reaches out to Nick, her former love, despite the complicated emotions brought by having him back in her life.

Cassidy inherits not only the family home but a task, spoken with her grandmother’s final breaths: ask Grace Kim—Eunhee’s granddaughter—to help sort through the contents of the locked hope chest in the attic. As she and Grace dig into the past, they unearth their grandmothers’ long-held secret and more. Each startling revelation reshapes their understanding of their grandmothers and ultimately inspires the courage to take risks and make changes to own their lives.

Set in both modern-day and midcentury Whidbey Island, Washington, this dual-narrative story of four women—grandmothers and granddaughters—intertwines across generations to explore the secrets we keep, the love we pass down, and the heirlooms we inherit from a well-lived life.
 

Goodreads || Amazon || Baker Book House ||


Visit Hoarding Books to read more first lines and add your own.




Friday, June 17, 2022

Is God Still Awake? A Small Girl With a Big Question About God by Sheila Walsh -- Reviewed

 




Title: Is God Still Awake? A Small Girl With a Big Question About God

Author: Shelia Walsh

Illustrator: Aleksandra Szmidt

Genre: Inspirational Children's Boardbook 

In this picture book that teaches children about prayer, author Sheila Walsh helps you show your kids how, when, and why to talk with God as they learn more about who God is and how much He loves them!

Is God Still Awake? introduces curious young readers to Poppy: a little girl who has big questions about God! Poppy wants to know how to talk with God and whether God listens to her. As she goes through her day with her cat by her side, Poppy discovers that God is always there--even when the world is asleep!


About Shelia Walsh


Sheila Walsh (05-07-1956) is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and best-selling author with more than 4 million books sold. A featured speaker with Women of Faith®, Sheila has reached more than 3.5 million women by artistically combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with God's Word.

Author of the best-selling memoir Honestly and the Gold Medallion nominee for The Heartache No One Sees, Sheila's most recent release, The Shelter of God's Promises, has also been turned into a DVD curriculum and in-depth Bible study. The Gigi, God's Little Princess book and video series has won the National Retailer's Choice Award twice and is the most popular Christian brand for young girls in the United States.

Sheila co-hosted The 700 Club and her show Heart to Heart with Sheila Walsh. She is currently completing her Masters in Theology.
Website || Facebook || Twitter


About illustrator Aleksandra Szmidt


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Aleksandra Szmidt is an award-winning children’s book illustrator who grew up in the south of Poland before journeying to the other side of the world to live in New Zealand. Adept in digital and traditional techniques, Aleksandra works from her home studio, creating one-of-a-kind artworks for clients across the globe. Her love of drawing children, animals, and landscapes takes her back to the fun and adventures of her own childhood. To this, she loves to add layers of magic and humor that are more imagination than reality. Aleksandra’s work brings her immense joy and a deep emotional connection to her art.

You can connect with Aleksandra on her website and Instagram.  


My Thoughts

This is such a sweet children's book. The illustrations are bright and go perfectly with the story. Little girl, Poppy, wants to know if God ever sleeps or if He's available all the time. Using scripture and story-telling, Ms. Walsh shows children that God is always available. 

While the target audience is children, parents, or grandparents reading this to a young child will definitely benefit from the message.

Reading it brought back memories of my mom and dad reading us stories from the Bible before bed.

This would be a fun book to add to a baby shower gift.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.














Top Ten Tuesday Comical Titles

  Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic is "funny book titles." I didn't think I could come up with books that fit thi...