Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

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Still Life-Dani Pettrey-Book Review


About the book...(provided by Bethany House)
Someone Is Out There. Watching Her. Waiting. 
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.

As Avery, Parker, and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.
About the series...
Praise for the Chesapeake Valor series and Cold Shot

Cold Shot
"Fans of Pettrey will adore this new romantic suspense series. Dynamic protagonists and an increasingly tense narrative set the scene for a harrowing and thrilling ride."--Library Journal
"An intricate plot, a reunion of friends and an appealing lead couple make this a standout."--Bookliststarred review



Available...
Amazon, B&N, CBC click for a direct link to purchase or read additional reviews.

About the author...Dani Pettrey
Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged,ShatteredStrandedSilenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing's Best Award, among others.  

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson. You can find her online at danipettrey.com.

And I thought...
Get ready for a fast paced ride.  From beginning to the end the read will be on a roller coaster of twists and turns.  
Just the kind of ride I love in a suspense novel!
I am an old fan on Dani Pettrey so when I was offered this book by Bethany House and Baker Publishing.

 I signed up as fast as I could!  
The story is intriguing from page one drawing this reader in.  The storyline of Avery's search for her missing best friend is the main focus but there is another story that pulls in the characters from book 1.   

Of course I  loved the main characters Avery and Parker. 
I kind of think you almost have to really like the main characters to enjoy a book.  I loved their banter in a stressful situation they kept their cool and worked in a professional manner especially Avery is 'gritty' getting 'the job' done.   The romance develops through the story even though they each have struggles from their past that conflict with their hopes of a future together.  All ends well though.  That's what makes a good romance!

But there is a negative.  I am truly sorry to say but I wouldn't be writing an honest review if I didn't share my honest thoughts.  

Mainly there are it seems too many characters to keep up with. 
There are actually two different stories going on a terrorist and smuggling along with the search for Avery's missing friend.  

The thing I thought was negative is I couldn't keep the characters straight.  All the characters were introduced in book one.  I wish I had the opportunity to read it first.  I would have enjoyed 
Still Life much more and could liked/enjoyed all the characters more.  

I recommend reading book 1 Cold Shot first which introduces all the characters in Still Life along with one missing character Luke. 

Book 1 is on my 'wish list'.

I was left expecting book 3 to pull all the loose ends together.  

I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House.

This review will be post at Amazon, B&N, CBC  and Good Reads

And will appear on My Reading Journeys



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

My Husband Doesn't Like Cats--Yah Right!

This is a repost that warmed my heart.  Enjoy!

Today I am doing this . . .

Actually these aren't my boots but aren't they totally cute. I wish I had a pair of red rain boots! But I am tromping through the rain to take care of the animals outside and when I come in this is what my boots and floor look like. 

Actually no these aren't my boots either nor is this my floor. My floor is actually dirty but we can pretend right?












And this is not a photo of my cat but isn't it interesting? 

I was looking for a photo of a rainbow and I saw this one and thought it was neat and well it does actually look like my cat. And I thought it would work for the story I want to tell you about our cats.


In 1988 we bought our first house. The kids were in kindergarten and 2nd grade and we decided we needed animals so we got cats for them. They were really sweet kittens. Our son had a grey striped which he named Stripes (like the one in the photo) and our daughter had a solid black kitten which she named Boo because we got them around Halloween. (we are very creative in our animal names)

Our house was a two story. My husband traveled and so we got a burglar alarm with motion detectors.

We started having problems with the alarm going off when we weren't home or in the middle of the night. We found out it was because the cats would go up and down the stairs and set the motion detectors off. So we started locking the cats in the laundry room at night and while we were gone so they wouldn't roam the house.

My husband is not a cat lover. (so he says)I don't think I mentioned that the kids and I had to beg for the kittens. He is a dog person and just basically tolerated the kittens (he hates a litter box) but he is a good father and of course all kids need animals.

My husband had a habit(still does actually) of staying up late and watching t.v. The kids and I had gone to bed one evening. I went down a little later and found my husband asleep on the couch with our sons kitten Stripes. He had gone into the kitchen for a snack and the kitten was sticking his little paw out from under the door. So my husband took him out. This became his almost nightly ritual he would let the cats out for a while before he went to bed.

As I type this my husband is laying on the couch with the current cat asleep on his stomach.

My husband doesn't like cats. Does yours?    

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Door To Freedom-Jana Kelley-Book Spotlight/Reviews


About the book (provided by Amazon)
It's rough and it's smooth. It's dark and it's light. It's a masterpiece. It's us. Here in Sudan. We are scared of it and drawn to it. There is an open door, and there is much opposition.
In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia, who is raising her family in a Muslim country, has learned to boldly share her faith. Rania, the daughter of a wealthy Sudanese Arab, seeks to find the reason for her sister's sudden disappearance. Mia holds some of the answers, but both women quickly discover they must each walk through their own doors to freedom, the freedom that only comes when you trust God's sovereignty more than manmade security.
Part of New Hope Publishers' line of contemporary missional fiction, Door to Freedom, the sequel to Side by Side, opens the reader's eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Door to Freedom also reveals some of the struggles that Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith as well as for the salvation of the persecutors.

About the series
Side by Side, A Novel

About the author Jana Kelley
Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend college. She and her husband married a month after she graduated and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. Together with her husband and three boys, Jana enjoys travel and overseas living. After thirteen years in Africa and the Middle East, Jana and her family moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live. You can learn more about Jana at www.JanaKelley.com.

Available
Amazon, B&N, CBC

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Homemaker Monday
The Weather...
Can't ask for better.  The weekends have been beautiful.  
Rain is predicted but should be gone by noon.  The end of winter and beginning of Spring in Texas is gorgeous. Most years.

On My Reading Pile...
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A few print copies from some favorite authors all for review. 
And a few new to read on my phone...
  Kneaded to Death (A Bread Shop Mystery) by [Archer, Winnie]  

Favorite  Blog Post From Last Week (mine or other)
My Simple Sunday post featuring a printable 
by The Time Warp Woman FREE PRINTABLE Christian coloring sheets with Bible verses. A new coloring sheet is posted every Friday. A great stress reliever and they look so pretty framed, from @timewarpwife.:

 Here's my link to the printable with a link to TWW.

Something Fun To Share...
Fabulous Party
A new link party for this week at Our Holiday Journey
Come over and link your 'Warm Heart Posts'.  Any post that warms your heart.  Here's the link. 

Blog Hopping (newly discovered)
I love the name of this blog.  Amore, Pasta & Pizza.  A yummy food blog.  Click here to visit.

On The Menu...
Monday--Mushroom Ravioli, Salad, Bread
Tuesday--Chef Cowboy Choice
Wednesday--Chicken Strips, Mashed Potato's, Fried Zucchini
Thursday--Kid Friendly  Blue Box Mac&Cheese (AKA Kraft)
Pork Chops, Green Beans
Friday--Spaghetti, Salad, Bread
Saturday--Taco's, Beans, Rice
Sunday--Hmmm... Sunday Supper What should I cook.  Come over for my new Sunday feature!

On My To Do List...
What I wanna do...
  • I've unpacked a lot of books hoping to get them on shelves.
  • We've decided to go ahead and put together the glass shelves as an entertainment unit. Hope to get started.
  • Plant more seeds get veggie and flowers started
  • Finish unpacking fabric and getting it sorted folded and on shelves.
Looking Forward To This Week...
Being off work on Monday and Tuesday.  My new schedule of working Wed. Thurs. and Friday is tough!

Looking Around The House...
Valentines are going away and different decor. is coming out. 
I've added my church prints to the dining room.  Changed the mantle and the glass room room.  I need to take photo's to share!

From The Camera...

On The Prayer List...
My blogger friend B.J.  and Mr. Sweet's Health.  Click Here to visit B.J.'s blog. 

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Jesus Club-Brian Barcelona-Book Spotlight

About the book (from Amazon's discription)
How a Simple Act of Obedience Is Igniting Revival in Our Nation's Schools
What happens when a teenage convert from atheism hears a challenge from the Lord--and decides to act on it? This true story is the catalyst for a move of God that is taking the high schools of America for Jesus.

Brian Barcelona, a dynamic leader on the forefront of youth evangelism, recounts how he answered God's call on his life with dramatic and miraculous results. Just a few months out of high school, Brian obeyed God's directive to return to his alma mater and preach the gospel to the kids in the Bible club. Suddenly lives began to be changed. Hearts were saved. Numbers grew. Soon other schools joined in, sparking a youth revival in which thousands of teens are letting Jesus heal their lives.

This remarkable story will inspire you to reach out to others, particularly young people, and believe that God will equip you for the call he gives you. Let your heart be energized through simple acts of obedience and watch as God does mighty things!

About the author... (provided by TBN)

Brian Barcelona is the visionary and founder of One Voice Student Missions. 

He was a former atheist who at age 16 had a love encounter with God that changed his life forever. Brian’s passion is to see every high school student in the nation heard The Good News and be saved, discipled and sent. 

One Voice Student Missions was founded in Northern California with Brian and a group of high school students. He started by preaching the Gospel in their high schools and began seeing thousands saved. Bible Clubs were growing as big as 600 students, gathering every week during lunch in various campuses. 

Now, Brian is a voice that calls the youth of America to surrender their lives to Jesus along with calling the local churches in America to reach their most “unreached mission field” - public high schools. 

He resides in Los Angeles, CA and is under the leadership of Pastor Netz Gomez, the senior pastor of Houses of Light Church in Northridge. 


CONTACT INFO

One Voice Student Missions

1530 Elizabeth Street

Pasadena, CA 91104

www.onevoicestudentmissions.com

office@onevoicestudentmissions.com

Facebook / Instagram: One Voice Student Missions

OVSM Twitter:  OneVoice1963

Instagram: BrianMBarcelona

Snapchat: OVSM63

626-398-2146


Click here for the TBN video interview.

The Forward by Nick Vujicic
The story of how God has used Brian Barcelona in high school campuses through One Voice Student Missions is one that has changed lives of thousands of students across this country.  I personally have seen and believe that now more than ever there is a window of opportunity that we must seize to reach the youth of this nation right where they are every day.  The awakening of local churches to reach youth is happening like never before, and everyone is asking, "How do we reach the next generation?"

One Voice Student Ministries is wisely and strategically using the local church as a focal point to sponsor the mission field where the Good News still can be shared.  While that window remains open,
now is the time of salvation and discipleship!  This book is one I would recommend you read-- to get
inspired but also to realize what is possible and that you can live out these stories in your city campuses as well.  You will be moved, challenged, not to just sit in back in the church seats as "consumers"
but be moved, to go and love students unconditionally.  If you're a student, pastor or leader, I 
encourage everyone to see this model and book of testimonies as a way that we as the body can be unified in our vision to see Jesus lifted high for all to see. 

Available...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday


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I have a big 'ole list to share with you today after work. 
#1 I am thankful I get to go to work!
I'll be back with more to share with you.
And with Michelle at Thankful Thursday.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday



The Weather...
A beautiful 56 this morning.  We've been having wonderful weather.  A little chilly and cool in the morning then 70's or so in the afternoon.  Thankfully the days it's been colder have been during the week.  The weekends have been gorgeous.

On My Reading Pile...
Sorry for the dark pic...here's the list
Still Life by Dani Pettrey (fiction)
Tightropes and Teeter-Totters by Lisa Pennington (Growth)
The Elusive Miss Ellison (historical fiction)
How To Find Your Dream Dog by Dixie Tenny
All for blog tours with Litfuse, I Read Book Tours and Baker Publishing.

Favorite Blog Post From Last Week...
How to Make a Gathering Apron
I loved this post found over at Summer Acres what a lovely name for a blog Jessica included a tutorial and a video.  The post is over here.

Something Fun To Share...
I am having a giveaway over at OurHolidayJourney leave a comment and follow for extra entries.  I am giving a way a 
Valentines Junk Journal there's a few more days left to enter!

Blog Hopping A New Blog I Discovered...
Not sure how I stumbled onto Kelly-Anne's sweet little blog but I was delighted once there.  Her photography is beautiful and she makes some darling things to sell in her shop.  Click here to visit 
Diary of a Country Girl.

On The Menu This Week...
Monday-Hamburgers-Onion Rings
Tuesday-Chef's choice. The Cowboy is off on Tuesday we've started a new little tradition.  He cooks at least the meat.  I usually have to figure out something green or 'veggie like' to complete the meal.  
But it's Valentines Day maybe we'll go out HeHe.
Wednesday-Pork Chops, Scalloped Potatoes and Squash Medley
Thursday- Kid Friendly Chili Dogs and Fritos, Salad
Friday--Chicken have to see what is in freezer
Saturday--Italian maybe a mini lasagna, calamari,salad and bread
Sunday- Pot Roast, Potatoes and Carrots

On My To Do List...
Finish putting fabric on shelf in my sewing/crafting room.
Try to sort out garage to move Christmas stuff in. 
Delete photo's off computer. Organize my 'pins'
Put away Valentines Day and decorate mantle and dining room
Try to settle into my new work schedule 

In The Craft Basket...
Finish the Valentines junk journal for giveaway.  No peeking.

Looking Forward To This Week...
Actually it's over the next few weeks.  The Cowboys work is opening a new location in the next week weeks.  He will be working closer to home again and his hours will change!  Yea.
I can actually quit work by summer but I am thinking I'll keep working because I really like it and I love the extra money which I get to play with!
The biggest thing is his added income and his hours.  We will get off at 6.  Now he works 5-9.  I work usually 9-2 so it is going to be a blessing for us!

From The Camera
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On The Prayer List
Please pray for the sweet B.J. over at Sweet Nothings. 
Her husband needs prayer right now.  They are waiting 
the result of a biopsy.  

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Have A Good Day

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It's a good and busy day here. 
I have lots on my agenda. 
Photo's coming soon.  
There is still time to link your Valentines Day posts.
Come over to the party and enter the drawing!
Here's the current link.
Here's the Giveaway link.
Enjoy your day!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thankful Thursday

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Today first on my list is I am thankful I am writing a Thankful post. I have missed the last few weeks.

I am Thankful for family events that have gotten me behind on posting.   I am sorry Michelle I have missed writing a Thankful post and linking.
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I had a busy and eventful weekend.  I loved spending the day with my grandson.  We went to  McDonalds on Saturday.  On Sunday we went to visit his horse.  Then stopped at Michael's and Sprouts and ended the day at Sonic. 

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We began our day Saturday at the court house where my grandson goes every other weekend for a supervised visit with his father. 

I am thankful for the system and the efforts that they make to keep all the children and families safe.  Although I am thankful I am not an advocate for how the system works.  It is a 'real' eye opener to see all the children there going in to see a parent.  I am thankful that I only have one grandchild having to go through this ordeal.  
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I am thankful for the gorgeous weather we had been having. 
Spring is close.  I planted some basil, green onions and some tomatoes in my greenhouse.  I am thankful for my greenhouse. 
I love it!
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I am thankful for my blogging friends.  A few are on my prayer list right now.  I love you guys.  I pray God's hand on each and everyone of you.  
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So do you have a list? Why not write it down and share with Michelle for Thankful Thursday  over at It's A Small Town Life

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Making Marriage Beautiful-Book Review

Making Marriage Beautiful

About the book (provided by Litfuse)
Making Marriage Beautiful (David C Cook, January 2017)
What makes a marriage beautiful? Honesty? Compatibility? Physical and emotional intimacy?
All of these are important, but there’s one component that determines the quality and longevity of a marriage more than anything else: a willingness to grow.
Because a wedding joins together two imperfect people, all couples experience disappointment, conflict, and pain. How husbands and wives respond to these challenges determines the kind of people they will become and the kind of marriage they will have.
Making Marriage Beautiful reveals how the pursuit of Christ results in profound transformation for both the individual and the marriage. Rather than offering clich├ęs and formulas, Greco relies on candor, humor, and real life stories to bring encouragement and wisdom to all couples, regardless of whether they have been married four weeks or forty years.

About the author
Dorothy Greco and her husband, Christopher, have spent their entire twenty-five-year marriage helping men and women create and sustain healthy marriages. They have served numerous churches in the Greater Boston area for thirty years. Dorothy's writing has been featured in "Relevant Magazine," "Christianity Today," "Sojourners," and "Her.meneutics." She is a regular contributor for "Gifted for Leadership," "Today's Christian Woman," and "Start Marriage Right." The Grecos have three sons and live near Boston.

Dorothy Greco  Visit the author here.



Available
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And I thought. . . 
The authors suggested couples read and study this book.  Don't let that scare you off.  My wonderful husband isn't one to pick up this kind of book.  Maybe yours isn't either.  
As women we are wired to have a desire to Making our Marriage(s) Beautiful.  Our husbands are too but in a different way.   I applaud the husband that will take the step and read and respond to to this powerful resource.  
As a woman who does have a desire to be a Godly woman and helpmeet for my husband I am always looking for God's help and am open to any resource at my disposal.  
Making Marriage Beautiful is that resource.  Written in an easy to read format I was engaged and eager to read each part.  I liked that the sections within the chapters were short.  
I find myself catching snippets of time to read and I think that most women are like that. 
Each section can be read in a few minutes.  But a wealth of information is within.  
Personally I liked that the author interviewed other couples and shared their stories and their solutions to their own personal struggles.  
This is a book that I would recommend to any couple that has a desire to grow together in the way that God intends.  
This is a book that would be a great resource for a church library.  
I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse
This review will appear at Amazon, B&N and CBC.
This review will appear on Good Reads and My Reading Journeys and will be linked at available and appropriate blog parties.


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