Friday, August 26, 2016

First Line Fridays - Week Eighteen

As you read this, I am probably downtown Nashville with my best friend...After spending an AMAZING week with so many friends...Bloggers, Authors and Readers! I will have to write a special blog post JUST on the event Christian Fiction Readers Retreat

During my long flights and airport layovers I had the opportunity to begin Rachel McMillan's second book A Lesson in Love & Murder. Her first book, A Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder, is one of my favorite books. SO excited to continue the series! My first line is...OK, it's more than the ONE line...But I had too...

"We regret to inform you that due to our company's policy regarding married women in the workforce, we are no longer in need of your services. We are grateful for your loyalty to Spencer's and hope that you will accept this coupon for Maidwell's Laundry Soap as a token of our Gratitude.

Well, I suppose crime will just have to start to pay!"

What is your first line? Did you attend CFRR???

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Reading is my SuperPower

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw - Mark Crilley

My Rating
☆ - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book

Read This Comic and Start Drawing Today!

For the first time ever, drawing instructor and graphic novelist Mark Crilley brings his easy-to-follow artistic instruction to aspiring artists in the form of a comic book, providing you with a one-of-a-kind how-to experience. In The Drawing Lesson, you’ll meet David—a young boy who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. Luckily for David, he’s just met Becky—his helpful drawing mentor. Page by page, Becky teaches David (and

The Thorn Bearer - Penned in Time Book 1 - Pepper Basham

Filled with passion and Biblical truths. This book challenged me, brought me to tears, made me laugh...And caused me to crave yellow Lifesavers...

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

"God help us, Sam, if His hope and grace stopped only with the perfect, good, and healthy. Who is in need of healing and grace more than the wounded, sick, and dying?"
Pepper Basham - The Thorn Bearer

First Line Fridays - Week Seventeen - REMIX

Hello friends! I am slowly recovering from my party coma this week. My brain hasn't known how to handle NOT working on projects for the party...Watching lots of Olympics and preping for Nashville has taken up the space. Although I did manage to squeeze in some crafting time too hehe. Judah's party was AMAZING!!! I attached some pictures to the end of this post for your viewing pleasure. 

This week for First Line Friday, I am changing directions completely and not doing books **GASP** I know, I know...BUT my dear friend and VERY talented musician Nicole Coley released her EP this week! YAY!!! 

So...This week I want you to post the First Line from the First TRACK of the LAST album you listened too! My first line is...

"In this kingdom of man, I'm just a pilgrim searching for my homeland."
Stanger on the Earth

You can get a peek at another track here:

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SO...What is YOUR first line this week???

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My Hubby as Hook and I was Peter Pan

Aren't they just the cutest???
Jake and Cubby from Jake and the Neverland Pirates

Friday, August 12, 2016

First Line Fridays - Week Sixteen + Givaway!!!

Every time I post my First Line Friday, I see the leaf in my picture and take a deep breath...and pretend like it is fall outside. I am so excited to decorate my house for fall. Thankfully I won't have to make much (if any) decor this year....Since I have spent the last couple of weeks crafting like a madwoman till the wee hours of the morning for my son's birthday party on Saturday. A few teasers...

Can you guess what the theme is? We are having a Neverland COSTUME party! I have to confess that I was sorely tempted to combine my birthday with Judah's this year...It is in a few weeks and I ADORE Peter Pan! Anyhoo...enough ramblings...

My first line this week is the "Pinned in Time" Blog Hop. (Information about the GIVEAWAY is below.) The first line of Chapter One is...

"There is a distinct difference between marrying a man you do not love, and falling in love with a man you cannot marry."

I LOVE Pepper's style and this book has me so engrossed. I am sad that I have so much going on this week I haven't had much time to read.

What is your first line this fine day?

Make sure you jump over to these blogs to join in more First Line fun!

Click on the image below to head to my stop on the Blog Hop.  There you will find the complete list of stops. Don't miss out on your chance to win a lovely English Prize Pack & Gift Card! It is so much fun...a scavenger hunt blog hop...using Pinterest!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pinned In Time Blog Hop - Pepper Basham - GIVEAWAY!!!

Welcome to the Pinned in Time Blog Hop: a twelve day party celebrating Pepper Basham's Penned in Time series! There is a Pinterest scavenger hunt, exciting giveaway, behind the scenes looks into the worlds of The Thorn Bearer and The Thorn Keeper--as well as a glimpse into the heart of their talented author.

Welcome to my stop on the "Pinned in Time" Blog Hop. I am so incredibly honored to be a part of this tour to share with you the books written by one of my favorite people! Pepper Basham is an incredible woman, mother, author...I am blessed to know her and can't wait to give her a real life hug later this month at Christian Fiction Readers Retreat!

https://pepperbasham.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/thethornbearer-500x750-1.jpgABOUT THE THORN BEARER

Title:  The Thorn Bearer
Series: Penned in Time, Book 1
Author:  Pepper D. Basham
Publisher:  Vinspire Publishing, LLC
Release Date:  May 7, 2015
When Ashleigh Dougall’s fiancĂ© leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father’s intimate betrayal. In an attempt to escape her shame, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn’t traveling alone.

Sam Miller is always making up for his best friend’s mistakes. Determined to help his childhood friend, Ashleigh, he offers his compassion and companionship as she ventures across a perilous sea. With the faint hope of renewing his lost love for Ashleigh’s sister, Sam never expects to find the woman of his dreams in the love of his childhood friend.

Neither are prepared for the life-altering and heart-breaking journey of their friendship.
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Title:  The Thorn Keeper
Series: Penned in Time, Book 2
Authors:  Pepper D. Basham
Publisher:  Vinspire Publishing
Release Date:  February 28, 2016

With her past in shambles, how can she fashion a future of hope?

Catherine Dougall’s past of manipulation has left her future in threads. With a new faith, she longs to take the remnants of her life and make something beautiful, but shame, societies’ judgments, and the natural consequences of an unplanned pregnancy test her newfound hope. Dr. David Ross doesn’t help either. His kindness, sacrifice, and tenderness tempt her to impossible dreams. A fallen woman doesn’t merit a fairytale.

David Ross has made every effort to keep his life above reproach. His passion for the sick pump fresh purpose through his choices, but without financial support to maintain his war hospital, all is lost. When his notorious aunt offers an easy solution, David is tempted to give in to her demands, but his growing affection for the reformed flirt, Catherine Dougall, unwinds the careful wall around his heart and offers an unexpected choice.

When the worst of war tears them apart, can love renew the memory of what was lost or will tragedy steal away their hope forever.

From the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to the trenches of World War One, Catherine and David must learn to trust in a God who designs a masterpiece out of brokenness and fashions hope in the most unlikely places.

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About the Author

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader's Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and most recently a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. You can get to know Pepper on her website, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer's Alley.

I am so excited to share with you, Interior Design of World War I. I absolutely adore this era of interior design. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong time period. However, being born when I was, I can appreciate so many different eras of fashion, design, and style. *Confession* I am a HUGE fan of Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle's interior design is so breathtaking that I just HAD to include some shots of the castle.  I hope you can imagine yourself stepping into these pictures and being transported back to 1914. In a time when the world was at war and everything about society was changing. Don't forget to enter the giveaway! Rules are at the end of this post. (Click on the images to be taken to Pinterest to find out more about that particular room.)


Sir Robert Walpole entertained in Houghton Hall’s “marble parlor” dining room. Paintings of George I and Queen Caroline flank the central portrait of Walpole.: diningroom-highclere:

Drawing Room
Castle Howard-the interiors of 10 rooms were used in BBC production of 'Death comes to Pemberley'. This is the turquoise drawing room - what a diorama this might make!: ♜ Shabby Castle Chic ♜  rich and gorgeous home decor - Highclere Castle:



Because I adore Mrs. Patmore...

First Class Smoking Room

RMS Lusitania

RMS Lusitania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Interior of the Lusitania: The Lusitania, 1905-1907. First class lounge and music room. Love the way this looks. Would be a nice dance/party/lounge room for events.:

Giveaway Time!!!

Join the PINNED IN TIME scavenger hunt for your chance to win this awesome Penned in Time-themed prize pack plus a $25 Amazon gift card!

1.  Each blog hop stop contains an image clue, with a link to a Pinterest Board filled with pictures related to the Penned in Time series.
2. Using the image clue, find the corresponding answer image.
3. Create a Pinterest board, titled "Penned in Time," and pinned the answer image to your board, and hashtag #pinnedintime.
4. Enter your pinned (answer) image link on the Rafflecopter entry form, correspond to the stop on the Blog Hop.
5. Check out the other blog hop stops for more entries!

Here the Pinned In Time CLUE for my stop!! Click on the picture below to head straight to the Pinterest board to find the answer.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

August 2  l Mikal Dawn
August 3  l Just Commonly
August 4  l A Way With Words
August 5  l  A Northern Belle
August 9  l Stuff and Nonsense
August 11 l Bookworm Mama
August 12 l Faithfully Bookish

**I do not take any credit for any photos in this post. All pictures are linked back to the original site. I found the title picture on Pixabay. And the rest on Pinterest.** 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter - Carrie Fancett Pagels

Forced to flee her home and losing everything she holds dear, Suzanne faces trials she never knew were possible. Searching for her true faith along the road of misery and terror, will she open her heart to a new life?

My Rating
☆ - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

From the Back the Book
In a land fraught with religious strife, they must break the barriers between status and faith to forge a fresh future in a new world… After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life to bring her to the safety of his family’s farm in the Palatinate duchy, but when Suzanne’s brother and the French army arrive with a warning that they plan to burn the area, she and Johan are forced to flee. With no money or options, both become indentured servants in exchange for safe passage to Philadelphia. Suzanne falls gravely ill aboard ship and marries Johan, only to survive with no memory of the wedding—a reality made worse when Johan spots the “priest” who married them working as a surveyor and later in Quaker cleric garb. Are their wedding vows valid? When Suzanne's former fiancĂ© arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again—but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever?

My Thoughts

I loved this storyline! Very unique and different from any other book I have read. Beginning in Versailles, 1745, my interest was piqued from the start. Suzanne, granddaughter of the Marquise, has a rough go of things for sure. Living in a country that persecutes faith, I can't even imagine the heartache and fear. I am so grateful to live in a country where I don't have to live in fear about which church I go to. There are a lot of interesting elements to this story: passage across the Atlantic, being an indentured servant, amnesia, clash of cultural and religious differences, and more. It is even more interesting when you learn that this story was inspired by Carrie Fancett Pagels' family history. I must confess that there were several times that the story skipped about and caused me a bit of confusion. But overall it was pretty easy to figure out what just happened. I enjoyed watching Suzanne and Johan's interactions along their journey. And Suzanne's journey of finding her own faith is very real and can be applied to our own lives as well. Why do you believe what you believe? Is it because your parents believe it? Have you sought the Lord's truth with your own heart? We must have a solid foundation for our faith. If we do, nothing and no one will be able to tear it down. This book is an excellent story from a time period that I am not overly familiar with, but would like to read more about. 

I received a free copy of Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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About the Author

Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance.  Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!