Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Good Book-By Deron Spoo-Book Review

The Good Book

About the book (provided by Litfuse)
The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas (David C. Cook, April 2017)
The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible’s biggest ideas.
A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.
Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.
The Good Book:
—is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;
—gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages;
—helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and
—encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days.
The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week. The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible.
And I thought
It's rare. Or practically never that I get my highlighter out.  I just don't normally mark up my books. Or turn down pages.  

The Good Book is different.  I couldn't help but grab my highlighter.  It's that good.  Taking 40 chapters of the Bible and breaking them down and revealing God's truth and God's love 
in a way that makes the Bible more readable than ever before.

I would recommend this amazing book for anyone.  A mature reader/believer will uncover and discover a newer and challenging understanding of God's promises.   

A younger or new believer or seeker will be drawn in; quite possible for the first time and  feel God's love and presence.

I recommend The Good Book for everyone.

I work in a juvenile prison.  I think that the young men we work with would be challenged and feel God's love like never before.

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.
This review will be posted on all retail sites where available.
This review will appear on My Reading Journey and on 
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

True To You-By Becky Wade

True to You

About the book
True to You (Bethany House, May 2017)
It’s the exciting start of a brand-new series by a contemporary romance fan favorite!
After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.
Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.
The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.
And I thought
I loved all the characters and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.  True To You was a great start to a great new series.
The author gave us an interesting story with interesting people. 
The idea/concept of Nora owning a historical village was interesting.  
Nora and her sisters were truly delightful.   Their love and friendships are endearing.  
The  trials and tests that John and Nora are forced to face keeps the reader hanging on and cheering them on.  

I honestly enjoyed the characters more than I did the search 
to find the answers about Johns parentage.  When the reasons behind John's adoption are revealed I was surprised. 
I enjoyed reading True To You  and am looking forward to reading the remainder of the series. 

I was delighted with the authors website I recommend a visit.

I received a complimentary copy. 
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

Welcome Dear Friends 
Thanks for joining me today for 
Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather--I am a bit of a broken record!  I love springtime in Texas.  Our weather is gorgeous.  Some days it makes it to the low 80's.  There is always a beautiful breeze.  We have a rain shower or two almost every week. 

On My Reading Pile
Written Off by E.J. Coppermann  this is cool.  I read Edited Out for a tour.  I enjoyed it.  I always do some research and visit the authors website.  On a whim I decided to write the publicist and offer to review book one in the series!  Today I will begin 
Edited Out.  As soon as I am done I will be interviewing the author!

Favorite blog post from last week 
Gathered my supplies to put in tote
Carol at Comforts of Spring shared a fun post.  Getting ready for a picnic.  She linked at The Fabulous Party!
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Click here to visit Carols blog/post. 
Blog hopping
Join the Summer Pen Friend Exchange!
Sarah at Classical Homemaking shared her new blog along with a pen-pal sign up.  Click here to visit and sign up.

Something fun to share
The Fabulous Parties at Our Holiday Journey. You can link any day/every day.  This month the them is 'Our Fabulous Blogs' feel free to link any Family Friendly blog post old or new.  
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On the menu this week 
Monday--Lasagne (the last package from the freezer, Salad, Bread
Tuesday-- Shake and Bake Pork (loins were on sale I found 
Shake and Bake marked down to .50.  it is $1.99 normally!)
Sweet Peas and Rice
Wednesday--Goulash, Green Beans, Corn and bread
Thursday--Kid Friendly Mac/Cheese, Strawberries, Cucumber
(from my garden!!!!!) Yes the kid eats cucumber who would have thought. 
The adults will eat Barbeque Ribs, Coleslaw, French Fries
Friday--hmmm I always bogg down on Friday!  Any suggestions.

On the To Do list 
Monday--work 2 houses/read/write reviews/laundry
Tuesday--work easy day 1 house I have a helper today to fold towels
Wednesday-- work easy day 1 house, Sweep and mop kitchen/read/write reviews.
Thursday--work 1 house but long day! Helper day! My grandson is always looking for jobs!  unload dishwasher, work in garden, take out compost.  
Friday--work 2 houses on Friday, come home and read.

 In the craft basket--I have completed 2 journals for blog friends but I am stuck on the covers.  I need inspiration!  
I need to get these finished and in the mail.

Looking forward to this week--Thursday when my grandson comes.  We will work in the garden and maybe cook something.

One of my simple pleasures--When a teenager that I/we've mentored calls.  Last week we had a wonderful visit with a girl I mentored 10 years ago.  She was 15.  She is a wonderful grown woman.  I am so happy and proud of her!

From the camera
The neighbors great us on our way to church. 
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Thanks for visiting and sharing my week! 
Wishing you many Blessings for your week. 
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Show And Share-A Fish Tale

Welcome to my new Friday Feature
Show and Share
Today I am sharing a treasure and a story...

This is one of my favorite treasures for a couple of reasons I love the frame. (I have rabbits hiding all over my house) and because I love the photo in the middle of the fishermen/woman! LOL 
This was taken when Cowboy was much thinner isn't he handsome? 

The kids are really little. The place they went is no longer there. It is now houses! It was a place in the middle of our city where you could go and catch catfish. It was a big tank a really cool place for city kids. 

It is a tiny fish I am not even sure you can see it very well.  It was a catch and release place but our son just knew we took it home for dinner.  

 We indulged him. Our son asked us for weeks no matter what was on his dinner plate beef,chicken pork. He would ask "Is this my fish?" We would tell him "yes" and he would eat every bite! 

The next photo is that little fisherman all grown up with his own fish!

This photo was taken a few years ago. This fish weighed 2 1/2 pounds.  Isn't the 
water beautiful.  He fishes on a river close to their home.  

Last weekend we got an email that he went fishing again with 30 grasshoppers for bait that our grandson caught! 

While his dad was gone our grandson caught another huge grasshopper. 

But that one he wanted to save to dissect for science! He is in first grade! 

So these are my fisherman photo's and my fish tale!

I bet your husband has a few fish tales!

Wishing you Blessings for you weekend!

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The Final Vow-Book Review-Great Escapes Tour

Book Description
The Final Vow A living History Museum Myster
Cozy Mystery
3rd in series 
Midnight ink May 8.2017
Paperback:288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738745923

About the book (provided by Great Escapes Book Tours)
Summer weddings in Barton Farm’s picturesque church are standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge. At least they were until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, orders Kelsey to host her ex-husband’s wedding on Farm grounds.
Ambitious wedding planner Vianna Pine is determined to make the bride’s Civil War-themed wedding perfect. But each time Vianna’s vision threatens the integrity and safety of the Farm, Kelsey has to intervene.
When Kelsey finds Vianna’s dead body at the foot of the church steps, everyone’s plans fall apart. With both the wedding and Barton Farm at risk of being permanently shut down, Kelsey has to work hard to save her own happily ever after.
And I thought...
The setting-A historical museum farm
The plot-The Bridezilla or not/ The over the top wedding planner
The victim-The wedding planner
The mystery-who dun it/why

All the components of a good Cozy Mystery.    I enjoyed the plot.  I liked the setting.  

The author did a great job of making the reader feel they were a part of the historical farm.

 I enjoyed Kelsey and her reactions to all the chaos surrounding the pending wedding of her ex-husband.  

After the wedding planner literally falls to her death Kelsey is stuck finishing the last minute details. 
Kelsey jumps into trouble and butts heads with the detective who happens to be Kelsey's current boyfriends  when she  investigates on her own who might have been involved in the death of the wedding planner.   

This was a fast paced story filled with twists and turns 
and a surprise ending.

This is a cozy mystery.  There is no language,graphic crime or nudity.  Parents may wish to preview before allowing young adults to read. 

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escape Book Tours.
This review will appear on retail sites where available and 
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Good Morning Sweet Friends

Welcome to Thankful Thursday!  Today I am thankful for you!

I am thankful for my DIL she is a photographer and sends me great pics of my grands that live in remote Missouri.

I am thankful for rain.  We had a nice shower last night that saved me from watering my grass yesterday.

It is looking dark right now as I am quickly typing before I leave for work.  It may rain on me! 

I am thankful for my house.  I love where I live.  Everyday I come home and look at my pitiful veggie garden and flower gardens but 
I know someday if we're blessed to say here they will be beautiful 
and lush.

And, I am thankful for the Cowboy yesterday he brought home one of those big fancy looking outdoor propane heaters and a stainless steel kitchen trash can.  Found on the side of the road.  The lady 
was setting out the trash can when he drove by.  She said the heater worked fine but it fell over in a wind storm so they were 
getting rid of it.  

I am thankful I'll be warm and toasty when I sit in my green house room this winter.  

Today I am Thankful

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Interview with author Nadine Nettmann-Uncorking A Lie

About the book
Uncorking a Lie (A Sommelier Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750620

It was the kind of invitation Katie Stillwell had only dreamed about: a dinner party at the Sonoma mansion of famed wine collector Paul Rafferty to celebrate a rare bottle of wine. Everyone enjoys drinking the $19,000 wine, but Katie realizes it’s not the older vintage listed on the label. When she confides in Mr. Rafferty, he asks her to investigate, and she soon discovers the deception goes beyond money. As Katie falls deeper into the world of counterfeit wine, she learns everything is at stake—even her life


About the author 
Nadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, is always on the lookout for great wines and the stories behind them. She has traveled to wine regions around the world including Chile, South Africa, Spain, Germany, and every region in France. When she’s not visiting wine regions or dreaming up new mysteries, her travel articles have appeared in AAA Hawaii, New Mexico Journey, Modern Luxury Hawaii, and Inspirato. Nadine is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in California with her husband.

Connect with Nadine

My Interview 
Hello I am delighted to chat with you today!  

Thank you, I’m excited to be here! 

I visited your website today.  What a delight it was!  
I think I want to be you!  You must have a very fun and interesting life.

Thank you so much!

You seem to be a very busy lady.  Of all the jobs you have can you share which is your favorite?
Definitely writing novels. I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I first held a crayon, well, maybe a pencil, but a very long time. I love developing stories and creating scenarios.

This might be a hard question but where is your favorite place to eat?  
This is a tough question but I would have to say a Thai restaurant on the coast. It’s so good and I try to order a lot so I have leftovers, but I have to admit, those don’t last long.

As an author do you find yourself randomly thinking about stories and plots when you’re at a great restaurant?
I’m constantly thinking about stories wherever I am. My brain doesn’t ever shut off and I’m always imagining situations, sometimes much to my husband’s dismay. For example, if a door is cracked open, I immediately think someone is waiting, etc. However, I do have some restaurant scenarios in the third Sommelier Mystery that occurred in the last year so I’m definitely pulling from real life.

Speaking of plots let’s talk about Uncorking A Lie. I am curious where you came up with the plot.  Have you had any experience with counterfeit wine?  
I thought it would be fun to have Katie encounter an incident involving one of her restaurant customers and where her deductive wine skills sort of get her in trouble. A counterfeit wine was the perfect scenario for those two things to happen. Although I haven’t had any personal experience with counterfeit wine, I do have friends who have encountered suspicious bottles. I think there’s a lot of things in life that we hope are one thing and they turn out to be another, which is the case with the bottle in Uncorking a Lie.

I see you seem to travel a lot. If you could go anywhere in the world to write where would you go?  
Ooh, this is an excellent question. Hmm… I would have to say maybe a chateau in France where I could stare out at vineyards while I write and then enjoy a lot of fantastic food and wine. My second choice would be a cozy coffee shop with a comfy chair and a view of the ocean in various countries around the world.

Will we be seeing Katie traveling in the future?  
I hope so! I would love to send Katie to wine regions all over the globe and especially France where her uncle owns a winery.

I imagine with your background in wine you don’t need to do any special or extra research. But I was wondering if and how you research the crime aspects of your stories?    
I don’t have to do any special research for wine but I do have two wine friends read my final drafts just to make sure I haven’t missed anything. As for crime aspects, I do a lot of Googling so hopefully my browser history isn’t an issue in the future. I spent a lot of time researching how long it would take for a body to float in a vat of wine and while it was interesting to learn about the science of it, I ended up not using the scenario after all.

I love a good meal, a good glass of wine and a cozy read.  I can’t wait to open up 
Uncorking A Lie.  I know once I do I’ll have many more questions.  I hope you’ll come by again!  

Thanks for a lovely time.  

Thank you so much for having me! This interview was a lot of fun and I look forward to stopping by again!


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Monday, May 15, 2017

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Welcome to my week
Today I am sharing on of Sandra's old photo's celebrate the party
Happy Homemaker Monday

The Weather 
Gorgeous but warming up.  It hit 90's on Sunday!

On My Reading Pile

Grilled, Chilled and Killed Cozy Mystery and clean humor
True to You by Becky Wade Christian Romance
An Ellie Avery Mystery by Sara Rosett Clean Cozy Mystery
Driver Confessional by David L. Winters Suspense offered by Litfuse 

Something Fun To Share

This months party at Our Holiday Journey
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On The Menu This Week
Monday-Crockpot Pinto's (didn't cook last week), Mixed Grill and Fried Potatoes
Tuesday- Pasta, Seafood, Salad (looking for recipe)
Wednesday- Leftover Pinto's and Cornbread
Thursday-Kid Friendly-Cheese Quesodilla,fruit
               Adult Friendly-Goulash, salad, bread
Friday-Pork Chops, Rice and Green Peas

A New Recipe To Try

Sausage and Egg Muffin Recipe:
Or similar looking for fast breakfast choices.

In the garden 
I was grateful and thankful to see bees flying around the flower pots I put on the edge of the veggie garden.
I  have 4 tomato plants.  One is covered in little green tomatoes.
We planted 2 zuchinni photo'd below.  Only one survived.
Of 7 green bean plants only one survived.  It was super, super windy when we set them out.

Word Art & Scripture Passages:

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Dumpster Dying-by Lesley A Diehl-Book Review

About the book (provided by Great Escapes Tours)
Emily Rhodes came to rural Florida for the cowboys, the cattle, and to do a little country two-step, not to fall head first onto a dead body in a dumpster. Ah, the golden years of retirement in the sunshine state. They’re more like pot metal to Emily, who discovers the body of the county’s wealthiest rancher in the Big Lake Country Club dumpster. With her close friend accused of the murder, Emily sets aside her grief at her life partner’s death to find the real killer. She underestimates the obstacles rural Florida can set up for a winter visitor and runs afoul of a local judge with his own version of justice, hires a lawyer who works out of a retirement home, and flees wild fires hand-in-hand with the man she believes to be the killer.
Dumpster Dying: Book 1 in the Big Lake Murder MysteriesCozy Mystery
1st in Series
Creekside Publishing (December 31, 2016)
Paperback: 248 Pages E-Book 232 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997234923

And I thought
Lesley A. Diehl is rapidly become a favorite!  She has done it again with the Big Lake Murder Mysteries featuring Emily Rhodes recently widowed/retired preschool teacher. 
When Fred her husband that is not actually her husband dies 
Emily is left realizing she's gonna have to get a job.  And, she's mad at dead Fred.  Who expected this?

 While she struggles to figure out how to make ends meet a neighbor friend suggests Emily become a bartender.  It seems the neighbors all agree Emily is great tending bar at the neighborhood functions. 
Everything begins to be looking up until she becomes the new bartender at the Big Lake Country Club and almost immediately discovers a dead body in the dumpster.  The dead guy happens to be the mixology teacher from her bar training classes.  Opp's and the didn't exactly 'get along'  But neither did Clara the manager at the bar who ends up being accused.  

It seems to be a fast ride as things develop and grown kids (Clara's son and Naomi Emily's daughter) come to town with their problems. 

The plots and story lines mingle and develop rapidly making Dumpster Dying a great clean Cozy read.  Filled with twists turns and humor.  Not much romance Emily's still struggling being a widow but the bachelors are circling.  

This reader was utterly thrilled page after page.  Maybe because 
I didn't realize that there were horses and Cowboys in Florida. 
My readers know how I love a 'Cowboy'! 

But that's not why I give Dumpster Dying a 5 star thumbs up.
It was just a good book I would recommend for any adult reader.

I received complimentary copy from Great Escapes Book Tour
This review will post on retail sites where book is available.
This review will post on My Reading Journeys and 
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About the series

Dumpster Dying – Amazon 
Grilled, Chilled and Killed – Amazon
Interview with Lesley. . . 
prepost...before we get into the interview I had not received the books now that I've read them I have a million more questions. 
I hope Lesley will come back!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Show And Tell/Share

                             Welcome sweet friends
           Today I decided to start something new
  I thought it would be fun to share some lovelies and tell the story about them . . . 
This towel was made by mother many years ago. It is actually hand applique. I don't think my mother ever did anything like this again. She was never a quilter. 

She stopped sewing when I was in elementary school. She began working full time. 

I began cooking the evening meal at our house when I was in 5th grade. My mother worked at Montgomery Wards at night. She would cook the meat and leave in the oven and I was responsible for the rest. I was even allowed to choose the vegetables. 

Which BTW was rather funny because once Ilearned to cook frozen peas and liked them I cooked them a couple of times a week!

Here is another towel that I purchased on Ebay

Can you guess why? Yes the donkey. I love anything that has donkeys on it. I love both of these towels. They are displayed on my kitchen counter. They are called "no no" towels. 

Cowboy isn't allowed to touch! Do you have a man that spills tomato sauce and grabs a white towel to clean it up?

 I mean this man drives me crazy there can be a red towel and a white towel on the counter and what does he do? I'll just leave it to your imagination. 

He's doing good though. He 'get's it' when it comes to No No towels

Have a Blessed Day

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thankful Thursday

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I am thankful for my neighbors.  We had no idea what was in store we were blessed to move to this house.

  • the neighbors mow our grass, edge and kill fire ants
yesterday our neighbor cut my hair!
I am a new woman. HeHe I was beyond over due!

I am thankful God provides ways like this for us to be frugal!

I am thankful for my clients they are awesome!  

I am thankful for you and Michelle that gets us together to share our thankful hearts!

Whats on your Thankful list today?
Go over to Michelle's to visit and link!