Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CFBA: Pattern For Romance

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Pattern for Romance
Abingdon Press (August 20, 2013)
Carla Gade


Carla Olson Gade has been imaging stories most of her life. Her love for writing and eras gone by turned her attention to writing Inspirational Historical Romance. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Writers, and the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers. She is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary.

Her publishing credits also include a variety of newspaper articles, newsletters, and web content. She also enjoys developing discipleship materials for women. She has been a book judge for the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest (RWA), and ACFW's Genesis Contest.

In addition to writing, Carla is a freelance website designer and webhost and an advocate for adult literacy. An experienced event and program planner/promoter, Carla designs marketing materials for her writing group, women's ministry, and other functions. Carla has also spoken at several women's events and facilitated many workshops and classes through the years.

An autodidact, creative thinker, and avid reader, Carla also enjoys genealogy, web design, and photography. A native New Englander, she lives in beautiful rural Maine with her "hero" husband and two young adult sons, and a new grandson.


Honour Metcalf’s quilting needlework is admired by a wealthy customer of the Boston Mantua-maker for whom she works. In need of increasing her earnings, she agrees to create an elaborate white work bridal quilt for the dowager’s niece. A beautiful design emerges as she carefully stitches the intricate patterns and she begins to dream of fashioning a wedding quilt of her own. When Honour is falsely accused of thievery and finds herself in a perilous position, merchant tailor Joshua Sutton comes to her aid. As he risks his relationships, reputation, and livelihood to prove her innocence, the two discover a grander plan—a design for love.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Pattern for Romance, go HERE.

Another book in the Quilts of Love series that is sure to please!

This book takes you back in time, Honour and her sister Tempe have come from England, the only survivors of their family after an on board attack and Honour will do anything do bring her sister up the way her parents would have.

As you read you'll find that Honour is well-named, as is her sister!  Joshua will have you wrapped around his fingers and you'll be wishing them all happiness!  Not only is this a love story, but one of doing what is right.

Honour has quite a few set-backs, but they don't stop her, I think they make her try harder and teach several lessons along the way.

A wonderful read.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


Monday, August 26, 2013

Book Review: On Distant Shores

Caught between the war raging around them and the battles within, two souls long for peace—and a love that remains true. 

On Distant ShoresLt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie’s cozy life gets more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.

Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a non commissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they’ve made?

With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.

Purchase a copy here.
Learn more at Sarah’s website.

I love Sarah Sundin's writing style, her books bring me back in time.  What goes well with war?  Nothing really, but a little romance certainly lightens the mood.  As you read this book you'll feel as if you're in the war zone yourself as you hear shots fired, whizzing by your head, and as you find yourself wanting to give advice, to help the characters with their struggles and troubles.

Once again, Sarah Sundin has written a keeper, this book is every bit as good as the first in the series, definitely a stand-alone read, but don't short change yourself, read the first book as well!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity

Sarah Sundin is celebrating the release of her latest novel, On Distant Shores, with a Romantic Weekend Getaway giveaway!


  One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (good for a perfect couple's getaway)
  • With Every Letter and On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 2nd. Winner will be announced September 3rd at the "On Distant Shores" Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Weekend Getaway, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at the next book in the Wings of the Nightingale series.

So grab your copy of On Distant Shores and join Sarah on the evening of September 3rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)



Book Review: Whispers on the Dock

Three sisters. A charming inn. Hints of mystery and romance. And a gorgeous seaside setting. Escape to Misty Harbor Inn.
As Nantucket reaches the pinnacle of its summer glory, and the Marris sisters welcome guests at Misty Harbor Inn, youngest sister Sam Carter enters her mother’s cobbler recipe in the Summerfest baking contest. But she faces a formidable opponent, a past winner who is determined to keep her title even if it means stooping to dirty tactics. Can Sam’s newfound faith help her rise above the fray and reach out to this lonely woman? Meanwhile, an elderly guest arrives who knows the inn’s history, and the sisters are stunned to learn that their late mother lived there as a child. But she told them she’d never been to Nantucket until her honeymoon! Through the woman’s reminiscences and photos, the sisters make an intriguing discovery — not only about the mysterious Hannah Montague, the young woman who disappeared from the house in 1880, but also about their own family history.

Readers will delight in the inviting Nantucket setting and be enthralled by the adventures of these sisters who reunite to bring their mother’s Misty Harbor dreams to life.

Purchase a copy here.


This was book 3 in the series.  Probably my least favorite of the three.  The story continues at the Bed and Breakfast with the 3 sisters still trying to solve the mystery of Hannah Montague.

This is a stand alone story, as usual it's more fun to read them all.  This book was a bit slow for me, the story seemed to drag a bit leaving me to wonder when something thrilling was going to happen, or how much longer I had to the end, which is sad because I truly enjoyed the previous 2 books.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity.

Enter to win the entire set of Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn.

Three winners will receive:
  • Seaside Summer, Sunflower Summer and Whispers on the Dock by Evangeline Kelley
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 31st. All winners will be announced September 2nd at the Litfuse blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit the Litfuse blog on the 2nd to see if you won one set! (Or better yet, subscribe to our blog (via the box in the top right sidebar) and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pillowcase Fun!

I love to sew, and while I'll sew just about anything, I love hand sewn pillow cases, it's been quite hot out again, so I've been hiding out in my basement sewing room where it's nice and cool.  I just whipped up these pillowcases today for some bike lovers in my family and thought I'd share them with you!  The grey set is flannel.

Now onto my next project....finishing up a ruffled laundry bag....which is turning out too pretty to be used for laundry...but at least it makes it fun!


CFBA: Into the Whirlwind

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Into the Whirlwind
Baker Publishing Group (August 15, 2013)
Elizabeth Camden


A research librarian and associate professor, Elizabeth Camden has a master’s in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in central Florida.


After her father's death, Mollie Knox takes over his watchmaking company and uses her head for business to solidify the good name of the 57th Illinois Watch Company. Her future looks bright until the night her beloved city is destroyed in the legendary Great Chicago Fire. With her world crumbling around her, Molly must do whatever it takes to save her company in the aftermath of the devastating fire.

Zack Kazmarek is an influential attorney with powerful ties to the political, mercantile, and ethnic roots of Chicago. His only weakness is Mollie Knox, a woman who has always been just beyond his reach. However, all bets are off after the fire destroys Chicago, and Mollie is in desperate need of assistance. Just as Zack finally begins to pursue the woman he loves, competition arises in the form of a hero from her past who can provide the help she needs to rise from the ashes.

While Mollie struggles to rebuild, the two men battle for her heart. One has always loved her, but the other has the power to save her. In the race to rebuild the city, can she survive with her business and her heart intact?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Into the Whirlwind, go HERE.

How much do you know about the Chicago Fire?  This book will take you into the fire as it happens.  I've never really read about the fire, and of course this is Historical Romance, but it still shed a bit of light on the subject!

I enjoyed the romance, the mystery, and pretty much everything else about this book.  I fell in love with Mollie right away, she was a woman with true grit and helped to make this an entertaining, fast-paced read.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CFBA: The Lost Medallion

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Lost Medallion
B&H Kids; Mti edition (June 1, 2013)
Bill Muir and Alex Kendrick


Bill Muir is a popular speaker, an international award winning film maker and a sought-after consultant.

Having completed his new novels The Lost Medallion and A Hidden Treasure, Bill has turned his creativity to his new Children’s novel, Howdy Neighbors.

When Bill isn’t writing a novel, he’s busy directing and producing movies. He recently spent four months in Thailand filming, The Lost Medallion: the adventures of Billy Stone. The movie will be in theaters this fall. When he isn’t working on movies, he’s having fun with his family working their farm.

Alex Kendrick is associate pastor of movie outreach for Sherwood Baptist Church. He is also an actor, writer, and director whose film credits include Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. He and his wife, Christina, have six children.


Archaeologist Dr. Michael Stone looked for the lost medallion his entire life, and now his son Billy has taken up the search. Amazingly, the medallion ends up in Billy's hands and a spontaneous wish in a precarious situation takes Billy and his best friend Allie, back 200 years to what they realize is a very different Aumakua Island. When Billy and his friends are not jumping off waterfalls, avoiding animal traps, crossing the ocean, sneaking through caves or escaping a prison they're facing their nemesis Cobra, who wants nothing more than for them all to disappear. With no other way to get home, and the well being of the entire island resting on his shoulders, Billy must discover the key to reclaiming the medallion and its tremendous power. One way or another, this adventure will change Billy, and life on the island, forever. Best-selling author and film director Alex Kendrick (The Love Dare, Courageous) and Youth for Christ veteran Bill Muir bring us this exciting novelization of The Lost Medallion movie.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Lost Medallion, go HERE.

From the first sentence this book has energy and is filled with excitement as Billy and Allie follow the trail of the lost medallion!  Hurled back through time they encounter a very different life and are thrown into an exciting adventure!

This is an excellent read, one that will keep children engrossed for hours.  I would recommend it for a summer read but since summer vacation is over for some and ending for others, this would make a wonderful stocking filler, or make a cold, dreary day full of wonder!  A definite keeper.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Review: Icing on the Cake

"This breezy, fun-filled romance is sure to please."--Library Journal

Scarlet isn't sure if she has just the right ingredients for true love--or utter disaster

Scarlet Lindsey is busy making her dreams come true. She's moved her bakery to a prime spot on Galveston's most popular street, she's planning an extravagant cake for her best friend's wedding, and she has a great relationship with Bella Neeley, the island's most popular wedding coordinator. Business is booming and Scarlet is enjoying the ride.

But when Bella's dangerously handsome brother Armando breezes into her life, Scarlet is faced with a sticky situation. Should she stay with the safe, sweet guy who's been a fixture in her life for years? Or will this brash Italian hunk melt her guarded heart?

Fan favorite Janice Thompson is back with more wit, more weddings, and more of what you love best--bridal-business drama laced with laughs.

"Not only does Janice Thompson know how to spin a delightful tale, she knows weddings and wedding cakes. If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes, take a big bite of this sweet, romantic story. It will leave you laughing and looking for the nearest confectionary!"--Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of Firefly Island and The Prayer Box

"Janice Thompson has done it again! From characters that will jump right off the page and into your heart to a story that had me laughing even as I cheered them on, The Icing on the Cake is a sweet treat. I urge you to indulge--you won't be sorry!"--Kathleen Y'Barbo, bestselling author of The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series

About the Author

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture Perfect. She lives in Texas.
Visit for more information.


This was a fun read, if you like to bake, especially cakes, this book will make your day!  Scarlett is a fun character and her aunt pulls the stings and is quite the curmudgeon, but....there just may be someone who can change that!

You can find romance just about anywhere, even in a bakery with flour on your nose, this book has a fun plot and is a great lazy day summer read!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Revell


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Some knitting inspiration!

Ok my friends.....I am in TROUBLE again......I'm sitting here waiting for my lunch to be done (left-over home made lasagne) and decide to scroll through the craftsy website.  It's getting cooler here and I'm getting in a knitting mood again.

Oh boy....they have some CUTE patterns, of course the ones I'm falling in love with are for babies, and I have no babies, no one I know has maybe I'll just knit up a stash in preparation for when my 17 and 18 year old finish up school/college, get jobs, get married and then FINALLY have kids!  Provided the moths don't eat my stash by then!

Anyway, just have to share some of these photos with you while I try to decide which ones to buy.....and of course, I already have some free patterns in my cart!

Knitting: Knit Baby Doll Patterns  Knitting: Daisy Baby Booties
Knitting: Knitting pattern Babies Shoes Sock Knitting: 'Owl Be There' Family of Animal Hats 
 Knitting: Baby Pants Diaper CoverKnitting: Rolled Brim Hat for a Girl
Knitting: Entrelac Scarf

Here's a link that will get you to the Craftsy site!  Let me know if you buy anything knitting patters....or get any free ones......

We all need a little inspiration from time to time, I love seeing knitting projects, done, in the works, doesn't matter, love to hear about them too, so don't be shy....let me know what you're working on!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Book Review: Welcome to Last Chance

          Welcome to Last Chance
By Cathleen Armstrong

The red warning light on her car dashboard may have driven Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico, but as she meets the people who make this one-horse town their home, it's her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life-especially since she's on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.

Yet in spite of herself, Lainie is increasingly drawn into the small-town dramas and to a handsome local guy with a secret of his own. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?

Cathleen Armstrong lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but her roots remain deep in New Mexico, where she grew up and where much of her family still lives. Her debut novel, Welcome to Last Chance, has already won the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women's Fiction.
Praise for Welcome to Last Chance
"With equal parts hope, charm, and tender faith, Cathleen Armstrong spins a tale as warm and welcoming as a roadside cafe on a dusty highway. Exit from the fast lane and visit Last Chance. It's a place you won't soon forget."
Lisa Wingate, bestselling and award-winning author of Firefly Island and Blue Moon Bay

"Cathleen Armstrong packs a lot into her debut novel: the suspense of danger lurking on the edges of Lainie Davis's life, a touch of can-this-really-go-anywhere romance, small-town friendships becoming like family, and the disappointment of family being less than ideal. With an eclectic cast of characters and well-developed plot, Welcome to Last Chance pulls the reader in from the first blink of the warning light on the dashboard of Lainie's car to the happily-ever-after waiting at the end of her last chance to get her life right."
Beth K. Vogt, author of Catch a Falling Star and Wish You Were Here

"An outstanding debut novel! Welcome to Last Chance gives us a warm but never sentimental view of small-town life, sprinkled with characters full of quirks and faults--all seen through the eyes of a tough but fragile heroine. Cathleen Armstrong has crafted a story to cherish."
Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of With Every Letter

Last sounds so final, so serious, but this book has the word "welcome" in front of it, it sounds so much more friendly...and it is!  The problem is, Lainie not so comfortable with friendly, she's had a rough life, and friendly makes her uncomfortable, and maybe even a bit suspicious.

I enjoyed how Lainie softened throughout the story .  As you read you can feel her wanting to, but she has such a hard time letting go of her toughness.  Several of the characters have some pretty big issues, but only Lainie's seems to have danger lurking behind.

A few twists and turns kept the book exciting and fun, a great end of the summer read.

 *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

 “Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.” 


Thursday, August 15, 2013

CFBA: Rules of Murder

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Rules of Murder
Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2013)
Julianna Deering


JULIANNA DEERING has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuts with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, 2013) and will be followed by Death by the Book (Bethany House, 2014).


Downton Abbey Meets Agatha Christie in This Sparkling Mystery

Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate. When a weekend party at Farthering Place is ruined by murder and the police seem flummoxed, Drew decides to look into the crime himself. With the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison, an avid mystery reader, and Madeline Parker, a beautiful and whip-smart American debutante staying as a guest, the three try to solve the mystery as a lark, using the methods from their favorite novels.

Soon, financial irregularities at Drew's stepfather's company come to light and it's clear that all who remain at Farthering Place could be in danger. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer--and trying harder to impress Madeline--Drew must decide how far to take this game.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Rules of Murder, go HERE.

I was ready to dig into a good mystery....and lucky me, I received Rules of Murder!   A very well written, refreshing, Christian mystery with great characters and plot.  The cover alone was enough to get me excited....although, the beginning almost caused me to give up, it was rather slow, but I kept on reading and am so glad I did.

This story is the first in the series so it was rather an opening to get you ready for the following books, the clues, the characters...the twists and turns all leave you wondering what will happen in the future..and if you like the 1930's and England as well as a good mystery, this book is for you!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fab Smile Review and Giveaway!

Have you heard of Floss and Brush?  I'm sure you DO floss and brush, but there's a company called Floss and Brush and I've been lucky enough to be chosen to review there products!  Here is what I received:
  • Dental and whitening supplies for one year
  • 4 free annual FAB memberships
  • 1 free annual FAB + White4Life Membership
It was pretty exciting to get my first package in the mail, I love the toothbrushes, and to know I'll be getting them for an entire that makes me smile!

Seriously, if you're like me you use your toothbrush until the bristles start to poke your I'll be reminded to change toothbrushes, every time I receive a new shipment in the mail!!!

The toothbrushes are comfortable to use, nice soft bristles, but not too soft.  The only complaint I have is that the dental floss is not waxed...I NEVER buy unwaxed dental floss due to the fact that my teeth are pretty close together, unwaxed just doesn't do it for me.  The rest of my family has no complaints. 

I have not yet tried the whitening, I do not have a whitening tray, and I'm not sure if I want to go that route.....I have mixed feelings about whitening, if I go ahead with the whitening I'll be sure to update my progress!

The main purpose of is to provide families with an easy way to always have new toothbrushes every three months. By paying just $1.00 per month, per person in every family, ships a box of fresh, quality toothbrushes and floss to the home – one for each member of the family. As the name states, is all about floss and toothbrushes.

·        The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months. makes it easy to always have new toothbrushes every three months. How? By paying just $1.00 per month, per person in your family, will ship a box of fresh, quality toothbrushes and floss to your home – one for each member of your family.

·        The American Dental Association says that ultimate dental care beings with flossing your teeth daily and changing your toothbrush every three moths. is the first system in the world that actually helps keep families accountable for daily flossing and changing their toothbrush every three months. More information can be found here:’s toothbrushes are top quality, age-specific, and dentist approved

· offers four packages:

         Adult Floss and Brush Package ($1.00 per month per family member):
·        Made in America
·        Micro Tip
·        Compact Soft
·        Dome Trim Bristle Design
·        Micro Feathered Bristles
·        Interdental Bristle Design
·        Floss is made in America, Mint, Waxed, 60 yd, Shred Resistant, and Clinically Proven

         Youth Floss and Brush Package ($1.00 per month per family member):
·        Made in America
·        Micro Tip
·        Compact Soft
·        Dome Trim Bristle Design
·        Micro Feathered Bristles
·        Interdental Bristle Design
·        Floss is made in America, Mint, Waxed, 60 yd, Shred Resistant, and Clinically Proven

         Kids Floss and Brush Package ($1.00 per month per family member):
·        Made in America
·        Micro Tip
·        Compact Soft
·        Dome Trim Bristle Design
·        Micro Feathered Bristles
·        Interdental Bristle Design
·        Floss is made in America, Mint, Waxed, 60 yd, Shred Resistant, and Clinically Proven

         Adult Brush and Whitening Gel Package ($2.00 per month per family member):
·        All the perks of the adult brush
·        Gel made in America
·        Same high-quality sold in dental offices
·        Uses carbamide peroxide
·        Fast results
·        Gel contains potassium nitrate, which helps eliminate sensitivity

* Only $1.00 shipping per person. Orders of three of more brushes ship for free.

You can follow FlossAndBrush on
...Twitter @Fabdental

...and their Vine account, FlossAndBrush!

 To learn more about FlossAndBrush be sure to visit their website, I love their website, it is very vintage in appearance, a nice change of pace!



The giveaway is valued at $107 and includes the following:

·        1 Free Annual FAB Membership (every three months, a new toothbrush and 3 month supply of flows will arrive at your winner’s doorstep)

·        1 Free Annual FAB + White4Life Memberships (this includes not only a toothbrush and floss every three months but each shipment will also include FAB’s professional grade whitening to be used in custom whitening trays)

Here's what you need to do: 
Please leave a separate comment for each entry

1.   Visit FAB’s Pinterest page ( and repin an image from any one of the “Smile Boards” that makes you smile. Include a description in your pin that explains why it makes you smile. Include the #FABsmile hashtag in the pin. OR, pin your own image to Pinterest of something that makes you smile. Be sure to include the description along with the #FABsmile hashtag. OR, post a photo to Instagram and describe why that photo makes you #FABsmile. Include the #FABsmile hashtag in your Instagram update. Come back to this post and share the link to the pin/Instagram photo in order to enter for a chance to win.

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**This giveaway will run for 1 week, so at midnight on 8/21 your chances to win this awesome package are over!  I will choose a winner via Random.Org, the winner will be sent an email and will have 24hrs. to respond or a new winner will be chosen.