Monday, July 14, 2014

Free Shawl Pattern

Today it is downright chilly here in central MN, so when I saw this shawl pattern I thought it was perfect for the kind of day we're having, feels like fall.

This is one of those patterns that puts me in the mood to knit, I've been rather lazy in the knitting department lately!  How about you?  Do you knit in the summer, or is it more of a winter hobby?


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Review: Rival Hearts

They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost?

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests. Can girly‑girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he‑said, she‑said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?
Find out more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love website.


Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. After finding Romantic Times magazine in a bookstore many years ago, she found information about writing organizations. Soon after, she joined Romance Writers of America. She located the local RWA chapter and immediately attended her first meeting. There was no stopping her after that!

Through Tampa Area Romance Authors, Tara learned all about the business of publishing, starting with the craft of writing to behind the scenes of publishing. She served as contest coordinator for four years and served as President for one year, enjoying the organization and the lasting friendships made there.

When not writing, Tara owns a business with her husband and stays busy with her two daughters. She lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery. Enjoy!

This was a fun read....right from the beginning I couldn't help but cheer Molly on, and that little wicked side of me really wanted Ben to fail.  But, Ben grew on me.

The challenges Ben and Molly's boss choose for them are rather interesting, but designed to push them outside their comfort zone, how far will they go to win?  ...and there's an unexpected foe trying to sabotage Molly.

I really enjoyed how the book ended, it showed how big both Molly and Ben's hearts were, and the symbolism of the Rival Hearts was woven throughout the entire story, as well as the quilt.

A fun summer sit on the deck kind of a read!

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


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Review: Four Weddings and a Kiss

Four Weddings and a Kiss
Four Weddings and a Kiss 
Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary Connealy
Maisy MacGregor’s reckless ways injured rancher Rylan Carstens, endangering his livelihood. So she signs on as his caregiver – but just until he’s well enough to run his ranch. Maisy’s tender care soon has Ryan falling hard and fast. Can these two willfull souls give up their solitary ways to embrace love?

A Love Letter to the Editor by Robin Lee Hatcher
Molly Everton writes the most popular features in her town’s newspaper. When newcomer Jack Ludgrove is named the new editor, Molly is flabbergasted. She wants the position for herself and will do what it takes to get it. But Jack is not easily intimidated. He’s determined to change Molly’s mind about him – and win her heart too.

A Cowboy for Katie by Debra Clopton
Katie Pearl must rebuild her ranch after the tornado, but she can’t do it on her own. Treb Rayburn is a cowboy with a serious case of wanderlust. He signs on to help Katie so he can afford a new horse. But once Treb gets to know Katie, will his desire to stay drown out the call of the open road?

Courting Trouble by Margaret Brownley
Grace Davenport is a young widow in a heap of trouble. When her son asks attorney Brock Daniels to take on her case, Brock wants to say no, but then he meets the lovely Grace. As Brock and the boy work to free Grace, Brock discovers that her arrest may be the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

My Thoughts:
I did not receive this book in the mail for review, but wanted to post about the stories within the book to help spread the word.

* This 'review' is on behalf of Litfuse Publicity