Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review: What Keeps You Up at Night? How to Find Peace While Chasing Your Dreams By Pete Wilson

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1839 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 5 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

It's easy to feel paralyzed by uncertainty. We want our questions answered, our decisions affirmed, and our plans applauded. But life doesn't come with an instruction manual and rarely follows a straight path. How would your life change if you learned to lean into uncertainty instead of waiting on the sidelines for just the right moment or opportunity?

The paradox of faith is that you can't activate it until you act on it. Trust compels us to move forward. If you don't, then you'll be left with a laundry list of unrealized expectations. You were meant to experience a life of abundance and blessing, not frustration and failure.

Clarity only comes when we look back. So if you wait until you have clarity, you'll never find it. Instead, you must move forward even when you feel scared to death. That is when you'll be able to turn the fears that keep you up at night into fuel for your journey.

If you want to experience a breakthrough in your life, then you must find a new cadence that will provide the strength you need to move forward in spite of your doubts, questions, and fears. The rhythm of faith is not hinged upon our circumstances but our willingness to surrender.

In his most insightful work since the debut bestseller, Plan B, Pete Wilson provides a plan for living that will lead you to a place of peace that you've only dreamed about and a life filled with meaning, significance, and satisfaction.

About the Author

 Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Pete desires to see churches become radically devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to one another, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God's family. Pete and his wife, Brandi, have three boys.


My Review

I've been a fan of Pete Wilson's writings since I read Plan B a few years back. What Keeps You Up at Night is equally compelling. Pete Wilson is the founder and head pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville. Founded in 2002, it has over 7,000 members and is one of the fastest growing churches in the US.

What Keeps You Up at Night is a book about overcoming the fears you possess. In the introduction, Wilson states:   "I encourage you to think of this book as a field guide to ruthlessly trusting God’s plan—even in the face of difficulty and uncertainty. Each chapter discusses some aspect of embracing God’s call for your life, based on Scripture and my observations and experience." These are the chapters in the book:

 Introduction: Seeing Clearly
 ONE    Steps in the Darkness
 TWO    Expect Conflict
 THREE    Hang On to What Lasts
 FOUR    Embrace Uncertainty
 FIVE    Learn to Wait
 SIX    Give Up Your Container
 SEVEN    Endure the Dip
 EIGHT    Recalibrate
 NINE    Lean into Transition
 TEN    Live for the Adventure
 ELEVEN    Anticipate Confirmation
 TWELVE    Pass It On
 Conclusion: Waste Nothing

 Everyone has dreams. However, often we are terrified to pursue them. This is a time of uncertainty. A time when we need to count on The Lord more than ever before. When I was growing up, people prided themselves on working at the same job/position for their entire career. Rarely does that happen any more. We need to realistically face our fears and follow our hearts. Pete Wilson's What Keeps You Up at Night is a good foundation for following your dreams. You can do this by learning to trust God more. As Wilson says...God needs to be at the center of your story. Is he at the center of yours?

It looks like this is also available as a bible study series with a participants books and videos to watch. There are reflections and questions at the end of each chapter in this book so it could be useful as a self study or really just to read as it is full of insightful information. Personally this would be a twelve week study that I would be interested in.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Review and Giveaway: Wedding Bells in Christmas Launch Day Blitz with Debbie Mason

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2035 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455587990
  • Publisher: Forever (May 26 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NERQR94

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Book Description

 To have and to hold from this day forward...

Wedding bells are ringing in the charming town of Christmas, but not for Vivian Westfield. She's just had her heart trampled under the cowboy boots of Chance McBride and lost her dream job at a big-city newspaper. But when she returns for a wedding, she stumbles on a story that could resurrect her career. First, though, she'll have to deal with the handsome man standing in her way... and a still-burning flame that's too hot to ignore.

Chance recognizes trouble when he sees it. He just didn't expect to find it in the first-class cabin on the flight home for his father's wedding. Yet there she is, as gorgeous as ever. Vivi dared Chance to want things he knew he could never have. It's why he left her. But Christmas's meddling matchmakers have them firmly in their sights. So if they want to survive the next week, they'll have to play the part of an adoring couple—an irresistible charade that may give them a second chance at the real thing...

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His eyes narrowed, and he let go of her hand. “You buy your own ticket?”
“My plane ticket?”
He nodded.
“No, if I did, I wouldn’t be sitting in first class.” She didn’t add “beside you.” Her eyes widened as she realized why he’d ask. “Did you buy yours?”
“No,” he clipped out.
She pressed her fingers to her temple. So this was what Skye had been talking about. Nell’s plan had nothing to do with getting Vivi to move to Christmas. She was up to her matchmaking tricks again. Vivi drowned out the little voice in her head that cheered Nell on with a forced laugh. “Your aunt is deluded if she thinks she can get us together.”
“I know that and you know that, but it won’t matter what we say.”
His answer wasn’t a surprise. She knew how he felt about her, but to hear him so casually dismiss any chance . . . Good God, she really wasn’t over him, was she?
Obviously the twinge of pain in the vicinity of her heart was reflected in her face, because he patted her thigh. “Don’t worry about it. I’ll figure something out.”
“Good luck with that. She’s three for three. The woman thinks she’s . . .” She trailed off as the flight attendant began the safety briefing.
“Three for three? Who—”
She held up a hand and retrieved the illustrated card from the pouch in front of her. She caught the amused expression on Chance’s face as he watched her. She ignored him, focusing instead on the flight attendant. When the woman turned to the person in the emergency exit seat, Vivi raised herself up as much as the seat belt allowed. “There is no way that guy will be able to throw the door.” She cast a sidelong and slightly covetous glance at Chance’s corded forearms and bulging biceps. “You should change seats with him.”
“Slick, we’re not going to crash. If you want to worry about something, worry about Nell and what she has planned for us.”
Vivi dragged her gaze from his amazing biceps to . . . dammit, his equally amazing face. His eyebrows raised at what she belatedly realized had been her very thorough perusal of all his amazingness. Her face, along with a certain body part—one that had been piteously ignored for the last eighteen months—got warm and tingly. She fanned herself with the informational card, then realized what she was doing. She stuffed it back in the pouch. “Leave Nell to me. I’ll talk to her and set her straight,” she said with perhaps more feeling than was warranted.
“Trust me, I know my aunt better than you do, and trying to reason with her will do as much good as waving a red flag in front of a bull.”
“So what do you suggest we do?”
“Simple. We’ll tell her we’re together, and she’ll leave us alone.”
Her and Chance . . . together. It was like her fantasy come true. Only it wasn’t. She cleared what she imagined was a look of longing and hope from her face. “Are you crazy?”
“No. Think about it. If we don’t cut her off at the pass, she’ll drive us nuts. She won’t let up, and she’ll get her buddies in on the action. What’s the big deal? It’s only for a week. And it’s not as if anyone will expect us to spend much time together. I’ll be busy with my dad’s wedding.”
Vivi didn’t think Nell and Christmas’s matchmakers were that big a problem. Sure, they’d be annoying and no doubt drive them slightly insane. But pretending to be Chance’s girlfriend? That would be a problem. All those soft, romantic feelings would come back to bite her in the butt. She opened her mouth to . . . What? If she didn’t agree to his plan, he’d wonder why. He obviously had no qualms about pretending to be in love with her. She felt like bonking her head on the seat in front of her, but instead said, “Okay, fine. We’ll pretend we’re dating. But we end our fake relationship before we head out of town. Publicly. And this time, I’m the one who does the ending.” Good God, did she just say that? It was exactly what she wanted to do, but she didn’t mean to tell him! And she’d been doing so well playing it cool up until now.
He rubbed his jaw, then looked at her. And that’s when she saw it—pity. He felt sorry for her. “Vivi, I never meant to hurt you. I—”
“Hurt me? Whatever gave you that idea? Come on, it’s not like we had a relationship or anything. We had some laughs together, good times in bed, and—”
His brow lifted. “Good times in bed?”
Typical. Of course he’d hone in on that. Did he actually expect her to stroke his ego after he’d lied to her and left her without an explanation? As if she were going to tell him he was a sex god and had ruined her for mere mortal men.
“Yeah, good times. It was fun while it lasted. But I knew what I was getting myself into. I might not have known your real name, but it was obvious you were a player.”
“I am not a player.”
“Right. And your name’s James Harris.”
“Look, I couldn’t risk blowing my cover. My assignment was dangerous. I didn’t want you to get—”
“It doesn’t matter. No harm, no foul. I’ll go along with your plan.”
His eyes roamed her face, then he nodded. “If it’ll make you feel better, you can break up with me in front of the whole damn town for all I care.”
“Consider it a public service for the trail of broken hearts you’ve left in your wake.”
“You saying I broke your heart, Slick?” His voice was low and gruff, an unreadable emotion in his eyes.
“Get over yourself, McBride. I already told you . . .”
Vivi eyes widened as the 757 started to shake. She dug her fingernails into the armrest. Oh, God, oh, God. When the plane took a stomach-turning drop, she screamed, throwing herself into the arms of the man she wanted to smack only a few seconds ago. “Do something! You—”
He sighed, lowering his head to smother her panicked cries with a deep, soul-searing kiss.

About the Author

Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

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My Review

 Wedding Bells in Christmas by Debbie Mason is the fourth book in the Christmas Colorado series. This is the first book I've read by Debbie Mason. Wedding Bells in Christmas can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

I actually thought this would be a cozy just by the title and the cover of the book but it is actually a romance with a bit of mystery. The romance component of the story is very hot! The mystery fit in with the story and was very plausible.  Wedding Bells in Christmas is well written and the plot moves along at a good pace. I really enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

Definitely a good bang for your buck. It launches May 26th at only $2.99 on Amazon. Great deal as it is a substantial book! If you love romances then this book is for you!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Review: Life After Perfect by Nancy Naigle

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2001 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 19 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QBOD57O

Book Description

 Katherine Barclift had it all: the perfect job, the perfect car, and what she thought was the perfect marriage. But when her entire world collapses in one stomach-churning instant, she hits the road and keeps driving until that so-called “perfect life” is just a dot in her rearview mirror.

A chance encounter leads her to make a pit stop in Boot Creek, a drowsy little North Carolina town where she can call herself Katy, soak up the peace and quiet…and drink in the bluer-than-blue eyes of Derek Hansen, a local doctor still wrestling with his own painful past. Both Katy and Derek are wary about giving romance another shot, but they can’t deny the intense attraction between them. And if being in Boot Creek has taught them anything, it’s to take life as it comes and never pass up a chance at true love…no matter how wounded your heart may be.

About the Author

 USA TODAY Bestselling author, Nancy Naigle, writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.

With a career spent on the cutting edge of technology in the banking industry, she never let go of her dream to write. Now she works full-time writing stories that are a calming blend of community, family, and the simple things in life. She writes the kind of stories she hopes will provide an escape from the hectic day-to-day in the make believe worlds she creates.

Look for Nancy's titles in the Adams Grove series.
Sweet Tea and Secrets
Out of Focus
Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies
Mint Juleps and Justice
Barbecue and Bad News
~coming in 2016 Porch Swings and Promises

Nancy also has co-written books with:
Phyllis C. Johnson ~ inkBLOT
Kelsey Browning ~ The Granny Series
Book 1- In For A Penny
Book 2 - Fit To Be Tied
Book 3 - In High Cotton

Her latest single title, LIFE AFTER PERFECT, comes out on May 19th.

Aside from writing she enjoys hunting for treasures in junk and antique shoppes, and getting crafty no matter what the medium from painting and digitizing embroidery designs, to weaving pine needle baskets.

A Virginia native, and spending most of her life in the Tidewater area, she now calls North Carolina home.

My Review

 Life After Perfect is a new romance by author Nancy Naigle. It is set in the town of Boot Creek, North Carolina. It is a small town tale filled with interesting people that you would want to know and places you would enjoy visiting.

Life After Perfect begins with stories of sadness...of lives that seemed perfect on the surface and perfect lives that were stolen by death. Of course nothing in life really perfect but sometimes imperfect people find each other and they are perfect together. Derek, an oncologist,  had the perfect life until his wife died from cancer. And Katherine, a successful project manager, had the perfect life...but things and success don't always make perfect as she soon discovers.

Life After Perfect brings together Derek and Katherine. Can they find happiness after perfect? Is he ready to let the past go? Can she? Newly separated from her cheating husband, should Katherine be keeping that a secret from Derek?

Great romance. Well written and has some Christian influences which is always a bonus.  Had a hard time putting it down once I got into it! It looks like there are lots of stories to be told in Boot Creek! Hoping this will be a new series!

Just released! If you are looking for a great romance be sure to pick up a copy of Life After Perfect!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Review: Thrill Me (Fool's Gold series Book 18) by Susan Mallery

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (Aug. 1 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

 Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool's Gold, California—five gorgeous men who've left a trail of broken hearts in their wake…

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool's Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya's been hired to promote her hometown's new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del's not the type to hold a grudge, he's determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He's a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya's kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

About the Author

 With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at

My Review

After being terrified by the last book I read, I needed a sweet romance. Definitely found one here in Susan Mallery's Thrill Me which is the eighteenth book in the heartwarming Fool's Gold series!

The best part about Thrill Me is that it continued the story and the characters in the previous book, Kiss Me. Maya who is featured in Thrill Me is the stepsister of Zane from Kiss Me. And in Thrill Me, Del is the oldest of five unmarried brothers so we can see where this series is headed. And perhaps a new one featuring the town of Happily, Inc? We'll see!

As always, Susan Mallery writes an excellent romance with a plethora of heart-thumping anticipation and tears of happiness at the end. Already looking forward to the next one!

Harlequin Pet Peeve: Cover...the heroine, Maya, is blonde not brunette!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Great Escapes Blog Tour: The Final Reveille (A Living History Museum Mystery) by Amanda Flower

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2539 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (May 1 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Tour Participants

May 7 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post
May 8 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
May 8 – View from the Birdhouse – Interview
May 9 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review
May 9 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Guest Post
May 10 – Marie’s Cozy Corner – Review
May 10 – Nadaness In Motion – Guest Post
May 11 – readalot – Review
May 11 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
May 12 – Laura’s Interests – Review
May 12 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post
May 13 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post
May 13 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
May 14 – Carstairs Considers – Review
May 14 – Frankie Bow – Interview
May 15 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
May 16 – Girl Lost In a Book –Review
May 16 – MysteriesEtc – Review 

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Book Description

As the director of Barton Farm, a living history museum in Ohio, Kelsey Cambridge is underpaid and underappreciated, but she loves every minute of it. Determined to keep the struggling farm open, she plans to impress the museum's wealthy benefactress, Cynthia Cherry, with a Civil War reenactment on the farm's grounds.

Unfortunately, the first shot in the battle isn't from a period soldier. It's from Cynthia's greedy nephew, Maxwell, who fires a threat at Kelsey to cut the museum's funding. The next morning, things go from bad to worse when Kelsey discovers Maxwell dead. Now Kelsey is the police's number one suspect, and she must start her own investigation to save Barton Farm . . . and herself.

About the Author

Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan.

My Review

 The Final Reveille by author Amanda Flower is the first book in a new series.

The setting of the Final Reveille is Barton Farm which is a living history museum. Being Canadian, I have heard that Civil War reenactments being very popular in the Eastern United States but I have never personally witnessed one. Author Amanda Flower brings the reenactment to life. I found it all very interesting.

As a lover of history and of mysteries, I found The Final Reveille to be very satisfying. I enjoyed the main character Kelsey Cambridge. The setting, plot and characters were all well defined.

Good book. I see that Amanda Flower has a Amish cozy mystery series as well. Looking forward to the next book in the Living History Museum Mystery series.