Friday, May 17, 2019

Things are Moving Forward!!! | Writing Update

I've loved being able to get back to writing this month! God has really blessed my time editing this month. I feel like I have a solid foundation for Dumphey's story (finally!) and it's almost edited and ready for my second batch of beta readers THEN it will be ready for reviewers!! If you're not already following me on Instagram and FaceBook, I post more regular updates on there (they're both public, so even if you don't have an account, you can see my updates :) ).

I'm so excited to be getting ready for the next stage of "Protecting the Poor" -- getting it into the hands of my readers!!!! Eek! I'm so excited! Lord willing, it will be ready for a late-August release.

How can you be a part?

I'm SO glad you asked! ;)

I've got three sign-ups floating around here... :)

Cover Reveal (June 1)
This is when everyone gets to see the new cover! If you'd like to be a part of the social media blast, sign up here. Sign-ups close on May 29.

Tales of Faith Tour (June/July/August)
Not everyone has read "Befriending the Beast" and "The Secret Slipper." Though "Protecting the Poor" can be read as a stand-alone, I do have an epilogue where I conclude everything from everyone in all three books. So yeah... I want to introduce Belle and Lia for those who haven't yet met them.

My plan is to have a three-month blog tour featuring individual posts on FaceBook, Instagram, and/or blogs--each person only needs to post once a month for me (and I'll be providing unique posts for each sign-up). I have only fourteen places, though! Sign up HERE.

"Protecting the Poor" Release (August 26-31)
And last but surely NOT least! We're all looking forward to this week: when Dumphey and Noel's story is open to the public! I'm looking for any forms of social media to be a part of the release. You can volunteer to review (and get a free eBook), spotlight, share a quote, etc. Sign up HERE.

So yeah, a busy book summer ahead for me! What are some things you're looking forward to this summer??

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Are you ready to see "Protecting the Poor's" cover soon...?

Who wants to help share the cover of "Protecting the Poor" on June 1? I'm accepting sign-ups now! All forms of social media and blogs welcome :) Oh... and it will also come with a sneak-peek: the prologue!

Sign up here (until May 29):

Saturday, May 11, 2019

10 Minutes in the Word, John | Book Review

This is the third "10 Minutes in the Word" book that I've reviewed and I love this series!! The devotionals are solid but short, so they are a good addition to whatever Bible plan you're already doing. I like that you can use your preferred translation for this study, as they assign the reading instead of printing the reading on the page. There is also very applicable insight in the prayers and questions at the end of each entry. The one thing I did notice, though, is that if you follow their reading plan to go along with the devotionals, you will skip some verses in John. This may not be a big deal to some people, but if I am to study through a book, I kind of like to hit all the verses.

As with the others I've revied, I love the format and compact style. It is cute and easy to read.

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

Purchase your copy here

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Writer Updates? What are Those? ;)

Yesterday I sat down and actually wrote a long email update for my lovely readers. If you'd like to see what's been going on, what I've learned from college (as in, life-skills... I'll save you from all the details like music theory algorithms and college algebra formulas...)... read on here!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Now Accepting Cover Design and Formatting Jobs

Summer is almost here! I have a few slots available for cover design and/or interior book formatting.


I enjoy working with authors to capture their mental image in design. I offer 3-5 consultations and will send you a sample cover before you are required to pay me.

$55 per simple eBook cover (1-2 images, front only)
$75 per simple paperback cover (1-2 images, front, spine, back) plus $5 to convert into eBook.

(Note: I can do more than just book covers; just let me know the project and I'll work with you)

I like to make the inside of your book look pristine and professional. If you want special chapter headings or other graphics, no problem!

$.0012/word (minimum $40)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

KJV Bride's Bible | Book Review

I've been interested in looking at this little Bible for a few weeks now. It isn't often that I can easily find gift Bibles in KJV, which is my preferred translation, so that for sure enticed me to this publication. The cover of this book is really pretty. In addition to being white (for the bride), it has flowers with a few gold accents engraved in the front.

This isn't a reference Bible--the only "feature" in the back is a read-the-Bible-in-a-year plan and "30 Days with Jesus." There are no maps, concordances, or extra helps. In the text, there are just verses, no cross-references. The front of the Bible has a few extra pages for "wedding memories," ceremony notes, bridal party notes, and  "How We Met" and "The Proposal" journal pages. It is definitely catered to the wedding day as a place in which to store these precious memories. I think it would make a great Bible to put out at the wedding/reception for guests to also mark their favorite verses for the bride and groom.

*I received this from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Little Book of Grandma's Love | Book Review

Precious Moments are such classic illustrations--I was practically raised on books with these characters gracing the pages. So to get a new book with them was a delight. The poems in this book are short and sweet. Some of them rhyme better than others, but I'll admit I'm just not a huge poetry fan. There are Scripture verses throughout the pages, but they're from the ICB, which I personally think is a little shallow. All in all, though, this is a sweet little book and I can think of many grandmas who would like to read it aloud to their little ones.

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

Purchase your own copy here.

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Wiersbe Study Bible | Review

The Wiersbe Study Bible starts each chapter with a book outline (the theme, key verse, and an outline of topics), a book overview (questions to consider and how it applies to our life today), and one of Wiersbe’s classic “be” subjects. The book continues to have the passages from Scripture in regular print toward the top of the page and a divided, smaller print underneath with Wiersbe’s commentary. In addition to the commentary, there are cross-references clearly lined out for each verse. Each book has “Catalysts” which features Biblical themes to apply to our daily lives.

I’m slightly disappointed that this comes only in NKJV, as I’m a KJV girl. Wiersbe’s doctrine is spot on, from what I’ve read, though. This is a really neat resource with a lot of notes to follow. I enjoyed reading through Wiersbe’s thoughts (especially focused on Colossians) and think that this is a beneficial reference book.

Looking from strictly formatting, I really like how it is formatted. There are two bookmarks (which is fantastic!) and the text is a great size. As a purely observational standpoint, I like the way it is formatted.

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

Friday, February 22, 2019

I Love You, Funny Bunny | Book Review

I read this aloud to my nine-year-old sister and she laughed throughout the entire book and completely melted at the pictures (this was a little “young” for her as she’s been reading chapter books for years now, but she still loves them). I agree with her that the illustrations are simply adorable and sweet.

The text is very rhythmic, which I enjoy reading. It definitely seems like it is geared more for mom/child with just one page, where the big bunny loves “how you call my name in your own special way” (and the illustration amplifies “MOM!”). Besides that, it fits almost any adult/child relationship and is a sweet little book.

Though marketed as a Christian book, there is nothing in here that really is “Christian.” (just for those who are interested in that tidbit)

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my honest review.*

Purchase on Amazon

Book Description

Together, parents and children will giggle their way through I Love You, Funny Bunny as they discover the fun and loving parts of their own relationship. Illustrated by Sean Julian, I Love You, Funny Bunny is a picture book perfect for sharing at bedtime or any time of day. With read-aloud rhymes and adorable illustrations, readers will have fun turning the pages to discover all the ways this parent bunny loves little funny bunny.
I love you, Funny Bunny, from your whiskers to your toes.
I love the way you hop around and wiggle your cute nose.
I love the way you make me laugh, then melt me with your smile.
And no one in this great big world can match your sense of style.
Ideal for baby showers, birthdays, or Easter baskets, this jacketed hardcover book adorned with spot gloss and foil is the perfect gift for the funny bunny in your life.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

You're My Little Sweet Pea | Book Review

I’ve reviewed a lot of children’s books, and some just stand out to me as quaint, precious, and adorable. “You’re My Little Sweet Pea” is one of those books. The art makes me think of my childhood—simplistic, sweet, and innocent. The colors are light and gives the book just a pleasant presentation.

The text makes me think of my relationship with my niece and nephew—just all of the lovely things that babies are and how they brighten our world. I like that the book could apply to any relationship; it could be grandparents to grandchildren, aunts or uncles, parents, even older siblings—anyone who has a little sweet pea in their lives.

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

Purchase here.

Book Description

You’re My Little Sweet Pea is a heartwarming board book about the deep bond between a parent, grandparent, or any loved one and their little one. The sweet rhymes and adorable illustrations by Kit Chase help show all the wonderful moments shared with a child, reminding children how special they are and how much they are loved.
Little Sweet Pea, I love you. From button nose to baby coo.
Squishy cheeks and sparkly eyes, Pure delight and perfect size.
Tender feet and tiny toes, Where they’ll take you, no one knows.
If you love books from authors like Nancy Tillman (On the Night You Were Born) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You), then You’re My Little Sweet Pea is the perfect book for you.
A wonderful gift for a new baby, baptism, birthday, or any occasion to show your child or grandchild they will always be your little sweet pea.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Better Together | Book Review

Better Together is a cute little coffee table book. Who doesn't like to see images of cute little animals together? This compilation is made even better by friendship quotes throughout the ages. These quotes are not exclusively Christian; some are taken from the Bible, but most of them are from famous people around the world. I appreciated how the quotes were categorized into Friendship, Unity & Togetherness, Love & Compassion, Respect, Peace & Harmony, Diversity, and Triumph & Strength. While it seems like it would be a great gift for a friend, it could also be a great reference if one was looking for quotes to share with a friend.

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

Book Description

Wouldn't life be boring if we were all exactly the same? And although each of us is unique, we're really not so different after all. And it's our differences that truly make us Better Together.
Better Together combines adorable photos of unlikely animal pairs alongside poignant quotes on topics for friends of all stripes on subjects such as love, respect, and compassion. Memorable, wise words alongside sweet photography beautifully and humorously communicate the truth about and magic of friendship—that although we may not be exactly the same, we're really not so different after all.
Quotes from George Washington to Bono focus on friendship, unity, strength, and on harmony between people with diverse viewpoints, lifestyles, or beliefs and include inspiring quotes such as:
"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?" -Abraham Lincoln
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" -C. S. Lewis
"'Stay' is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary." -Louisa May Alcott
 "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than walk alone in the light." -Helen Keller
Better Together is full of reminders of the very best things about friendship and is the perfect way to tell someone you love: "Life is best with a friend like you."

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Accident | Blog Tour

I am excited to be a part of my friend's new release tour. I read "The Accident" while it was in the editing process, so I can't give an updated review, but I loved what I saw "in the works!" It is cute, packs a nice little punch of a message, and is fun--I haven't read many epistolary writings, so it was new for me and I loved it.

Book Description
Can a wrong number bring true love or only heartache? 

Ashlyn Conner’s life is spiraling out of control. She's already lost her father, and now that her mom is battling thyroid cancer, she fears being orphaned at fifteen. When a friendly stranger texts the wrong number, Ashlyn finds a confidant she didn’t realize she needed. The more Ashlyn gets to know Chris Knowles, the more she’s convinced he could be the caring husband and loving father the Conner women so desperately need.

If only she’d been honest and hadn’t made him believe he was texting her mother, Danielle.

When the truth comes out, will she lose her friendship with Chris and damage her relationship with her mother? Or can God make something beautiful out of her lie?

Told through text messages and Ashlyn’s journal entries, The Accident is a heartwarming, family-centered story.

Tour Schedule (with reviews!):

A note from the author:

Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.
I’d love to hear from you. You can visit me online on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and my blog. *Note: I’m most active on Facebook and my blog.
Whether you’re on social media or not, you can ensure that you never miss one of my sales, giveaways, or new releases by signing up for my newsletter. I’ll send you a direct link to your email anytime something big happens.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Let's Get Ready for Bed | Book Review

Whimsical illustrations draw the young reader into this book and leads him through a bedtime story as Sleepy Puppy readies himself for bed. Normal bedtime routine is followed such as brushing teeth, putting on pajamas, and saying a bedtime prayer. The solution to Puppy's sleeplessness is his friends joining him for a bedtime song, which then lulls Puppy to sleep. The bedtime song fits well with a traditional nursery rhyme song, so is easy to follow along.

It's not my favorite children's book. It's written to be read in a rhyme, but it doesn't flow very well to me. I can't say anything specifically negative against it, it just wasn't my favorite.

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

You may purchase the book here.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

"Finding Christmas Joy" is part of a Giveaway!

I know all of these authors in this fun five-EBOOK giveaway by Kaylee (her blog is here AND here!).

Enter the giveaway HERE.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Cozy, Snowy Cuddles | Book Review

My Review

Another adorable children's book by Tommy Nelson! I love this touch-and-feel. Sometimes, the touch-and-feel aspect of a book is all the same between the pages, but this one does a pretty good job having a soft yet different feel for each animal. The text is also very sweet. It can be read with rhythm, but the formatting makes it a little difficult (sometimes the last word of a cadence is on the next line). It's the perfect winter-time book about staying warm and cozy (just those words there give a certain appeal to me!) and concludes with thanksgiving to God for these things.

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my  honest review*

About the Book

Winter is an exciting fun time of year for little ones, and Cozy, Snowy Cuddles Touch and Feel will help children thank God for all His wonderful wintry gifts. The soft art, touch-and-feel elements, and sweet message will appeal to the cuddliest little ones, making this the perfect holiday gift!

Little polar bear spreads joy and cheer to all the winter animals. He shares his thankful spirit with all he meets and leaves smiles and cuddles behind him. Cozy, Snowy Cuddles Touch and Feel is a great way to enjoy all the coziest aspects of winter with your little one—and thank God for the beauty and fun of winter.

Purchase the book here.

Friday, November 9, 2018

An Hour Unspent | Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.
Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancĂ© to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.
As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.

Click here to purchase your copy!

My Review

Roseanna has done it again... an exciting tale filled with danger, hints of espionage, and Family. Definitely can’t forget the family. I have been waiting for Barclay’s story and wasn’t disappointed. The thief family is an even stronger thread in this book, which I enjoyed immensely.

Barclay being a new believer was a great asset to the story. I enjoyed reading about Barclay’s struggles and how he used a certain verse to bolster him up and keep him on the right track.

Lina was a sweet character and I enjoyed watching her growth throughout the novel. I was especially interested in how she went from trying to make a difference in a political realm to that which is more applicable to real life.

A good balance of Christianity, wit, romance (yeah, a few kisses), history, and adventure, like the rest of the books in this series. Great completion of the series… and I can’t wait until the next series that starts with Margot!!

*I received this book from Celebrate Lit and happily provided my honest review*

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at

Guest Post from Roseanna

Last year, as I finished up the writing of An Hour Unspent, my great-grandmother passed away at the age of 103. As I sat at her funeral service and listened to the heartfelt memorial raised up to her by her kids and grandkids, I realized anew that this woman had been a matriarch in the truest sense of the word. She’d taught my family for generations how to love the Lord and each other, how to serve the Lord and each other, and how to trust the Lord and each other. Grandma Seward was, in so many ways, the one who instilled in me my idea of what family really is. That idea—that it’s those knit together by love more than blood, and that faith is the strongest foundation—is what I built my unusual family of thieves upon in the Shadows Over England series. And strange as it is to liken my twenty-something reformed-thief hero to my 103-year-old-grandmother, Barclay Pearce is very much to his family what Maxine Seward was to mine. The founder. The caregiver. The leader. I knew as I began the series that I would write about Barclay in book three, and as I got to know him better throughout the series, I grew so excited to share his story! This is a man who led his family first into and then out of a life a crime, always for the right reasons—so he could provide for the children under his care. All he ever wanted to do was give them what he himself had lost. To show them love. To prove to them that they were worth any sacrifice. It was truly a blessing for me to get to write the story in which Barclay found someone to come alongside him, to appreciate and learn to understand him. To finally share what started him down this path. I loved the idea that only a reformed thief could steal the time another family needed to overcome their own trials. There are many historical items in the book that were such fun to explore—watchmaking of the era, the suffrage movement in England, technological advancements of the war—but at the heart, this isn’t a story about any of those. It’s a story about how far people should go for love. I hope you enjoy Barclay’s story as much as I did!

Blog Stops

The Avid ReaderOctober 30
The Power of WordsOctober 30
Back Porch ReadsOctober 30
Kat’s Corner BooksOctober 30
Faithfully BookishOctober 31
Genesis 5020October 31
Fiction AficionadoNovember 1
Among the ReadsNovember 1
The Lit AddictNovember 1
Just the Write EscapeNovember 1
MultifariousNovember 2
Godly Book ReviewsNovember 2
Madeline ClarkNovember 2
Christian BookaholicNovember 3
Bookworm MamaNovember 3
BigreadersiteNovember 3
Blogging With Carol , November 4
D’S QUILTS & BOOKSNovember 4
Life with the Tribe, November 4
The Becca FilesNovember 4
Kathleen DenlyNovember 5
Cordially BarbaraNovember 5
Simple Harvest ReadsNovember 5 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
All-of-a-kind MomNovember 6
Faery Tales Are RealNovember 6
Carpe DiemNovember 6
Margaret KazmierczakNovember 7
Blossoms and Blessings , November 7
Maureen’s Musings , November 8
Book by BookNovember 8
Just CommonlyNovember 8
cherylbbookblogNovember 9
Have A Wonderful Day , November 9
With a Joyful NoiseNovember 9
KarenSueHadley , November 10
Tell Tale Book ReviewsNovember 10
Baker kellaNovember 10
Bibliophile ReviewsNovember 10
Inklings and Notions , November 11
Two Points of InterestNovember 11
Henry HappensNovember 12
Texas Book-aholicNovember 12


To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a signed book, a London mug, and a 48-pack Twinings tea sampler!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Friday, October 12, 2018

A Tale of Two Hearts | Review and Tour

You may recall my review of one of Michelle Griep's other books not too long ago. She is an author that I've enjoyed immensely this year, so when her new release came up, I was happy to jump on board!

About the Book
London, 1853: Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for there’s nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.

William is a gentleman’s son, a charming but penniless rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his scheming cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.

William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost. 

Can two hearts survive such deception?

Click here to purchase your copy!

My Review

I read this at the close of a long week and tiring weekend, and I found it to be just the book for a chill-out read. There was a great pace throughout the entire story, intriguing plot points, and great characters.

Okay, so maybe Mina annoyed me slightly. She was completely smitten with William from page one, which then led her to do things that her conscience doubted was the right thing to do. At the same time, her character being that was what made the story interesting and moving from the first chapter.

William was a little hard to figure out. He claimed to have reformed, but it was difficult to see it, shrouded by the deception he continued to live in. It worked very well to doubt him as a reader, though, as it strengthened the interest throughout the story.

I guess with both of these characters, there wasn’t a really strong Christian figure. Sure, they both had limits with what their consciences would allow and tried to give grace to other people, but as for just that strong Christian thread running through the book… it was more of an engaging read than a solid Christian doctrinal read.

The romance was well-paced and sweet. As I already mentioned, you know Mina’s feelings from chapter one, but there was a relationship apart from that infatuation which I found to be realistic and easy-going.

*I received this book from Celebrate Lit and happily provided my honest review*

To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

About the Author

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at or stalk her on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.

Blog Tour
Creating RomanceOctober 2
The Avid ReaderOctober 2
Genesis 5020October 3
The Power of WordsOctober 3
Just CommonlyOctober 3
Baker KellaOctober 3
Among the ReadsOctober 4
Fiction AficionadoOctober 4
Godly Book ReviewsOctober 4
Inklings and Notions , October 4
MultifariousOctober 6
Texas Book-aholicOctober 6
RemembrancyOctober 7
Splashes of Joy , October 7
Back Porch ReadsOctober 8
A Reader’s BrainOctober 8
Simple Harvest ReadsOctober 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Mary Hake, October 9
Carpe DiemOctober 9
Britt Reads FictionOctober 10
Luv’N Lambert LifeOctober 10
By The BookOctober 11
Book by BookOctober 11
BigreadersiteOctober 11
More Of HimOctober 12
Pause for TalesOctober 12
With a Joyful NoiseOctober 12
Have A Wonderful Day , October 12
Bibliophile ReviewsOctober 13
Vicky SluiterOctober 14
Daysong Reflections , October 14
Henry HappensOctober 15
All-of-a-kind MomOctober 15

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