Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Giveaway!!

Earlier this week I posted a review of Author Tina Radcliffe's newest book, Claiming Her Cowboy. It is a wonderful story that will tug at your heart!
Now I'm posting again with a giveaway!! I cannot part with my copy (I LOVE all of Tina's books!) but I've purchased an extra copy to give away to one commenter. If you'd like to be in my drawing, just leave a comment and tell me you're interested! (USA addresses, please)

And for fun, I've posted a photo of my kitty Delilah with Tina's book---Delilah has been a "Tina Fan" for a while, and she thinks Tina Radcliffe books are purr-fect! 
If you're not familiar with Tina Radcliffe's books, be sure and look her up - - she's very talented and her books are awesome.   Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Claiming Her Cowboy

My friend and talented Author Tina Radcliffe has written another book that I love. Claiming Her Cowboy is a contemporary romance and is the first in the Big Heart Ranch series (Love Inspired books). The story is set in Oklahoma on a ranch for orphans, and features a hero and heroine who keep things stirred up with their stubborn personalities. Add in a precious little boy named Dub who tugs at your heartstrings, and this story is a delight. I'm already looking forward to the other books in this series, and happily gave this book five stars! 

Monday, January 1, 2018

A January Journey

A brand-new year began today, and lots of people are eager to start fresh---especially if this past year held many trials and difficulties for them. For me personally, 2017 held a most special blessing with the birth of my first grandbaby! I thank the Lord daily for this precious gift.
Since today is the first day of January, I made my usual list of goals for this coming year. Some years back I'd list goals such as exercise more, eat healthier, and be more organized. While these are very important---and I still plan on doing these---now my most important goal is in my spiritual life. I want to draw closer to the Lord, and do what HE would have me to do. 
So I'm thinking of this as a sort of journey, and along the way I hope to grow stronger in my faith and also in my knowledge of the Bible. I'm currently reading all the way through my Bible for the sixth time, but what amazes me is how much I discover and learn with each re-reading! Even books of my Bible that I've read numerous times (such as Romans and Psalms) hold treasures that I feel I'm reading for the first time. 
If you've made a list of goals for this new year, I hope you'll have success at accomplishing  them. And whatever journey you're on, may it go smoothly and may you draw closer to the Lord. 

     But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.     Matthew 6:33

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

December and Dreams Coming True

December is such a lovely month---with the sights and sounds of Christmas all around us. Like many folks, my very favorite time of year is the Christmas season and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
 With all the busyness going on, I really try to take time to think about the REAL "reason for the season"---and give thanks for that Baby born in humble beginnings who came to save us all. 
This December is extra-special to me personally, because I'm preparing to celebrate my precious grandbaby's very first Christmas! Having my first grandchild born this year has been a dream-come-true for me.
Another dream-come-true has been signing my very first book contract, and I'm thrilled!
I give God all the glory for my blessings, and this year as I celebrate Christmas with joy, I will be extra-joyful for the special blessings and dreams that came true. 
I hope you will have a wonderful Christmas celebration and will remember the special Baby whose birth changed the world.  Merry Christmas!! 
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

Monday, November 20, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home

Author Kim Vogel Sawyer has been at the top of my "Favorite Authors List" since I discovered her books about eight years ago. I can truthfully say I have loved everything she's written, and her books remain on my Keeper Shelf.
Her most recent book, BRINGING MAGGIE HOME, is now my new favorite. This story is quite different from the other books she's written, but it's such a touching, heartwarming story that stays with the reader. 
Over seventy years ago, a family was affected by the tragic, sudden disappearance of their very young daughter. That haunting mystery lasted decades, impacting the child's older sister most of all. 
This book is based on that tragic incident, and features three generations of women: a grandmother, mother, and daughter. I don't want to give away any important details about the story, but will say this is a touching story of forgiveness and healing, and I highly recommend it. 
Although I was given a copy, I've purchased another copy to give away. If you'd like to be entered in a drawing for a copy of BRINGING MAGGIE HOME, please leave a comment below!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Book Recommendation

Author Tamera Alexander is one of my very, very favorite Christian authors, and I'm always happy to recommend her books. In August she released the third book in her Belle Meade Plantation series, To Wager Her Heart.  I was very honored to do a reader endorsement for this book and highly recommend it. After reading this touching story, I decided this was my favorite of all the Tamera Alexander books - - and I've read AND loved them ALL! 

Set in Nashville, Tennessee in 1871, the story follows Alexandra Jamison and Sylas Rutledge, two people with very different backgrounds. As I read this love story set amidst actual history, my heart tugged with emotion and I didn't want to stop reading. The author has done an AMAZING job of weaving fictional characters and events with real ones - - a true gift! 

If you enjoy historical romance, you will absolutely love this story. Even though this is a stand-alone book, I also recommend reading the first two books in the Belle Meade series too - - you will not be disappointed!

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Sun and The SON

Today is the "Big Eclipse" that so many in my part of the country have been anticipating. Indeed it's very exciting, and should be a spectacular event. Lots of folks have obtained special glasses to protect their eyes while they view this amazing happening, and some are even planning parties---complete with "Sun" chips, Sunkist soda, and other snacks with names related to the sun. Lots of excitement and anticipation! I too, have my special glasses to protect my eyes and am eager to observe this when it occurs later today.

But all of this "sun" talk has made  me think about another word that sounds the same: son. Not just anyone's son, but THE Son. God's Son---Jesus. How wonderful it would be if we would all be excited and focused on The Son of God every day! If we praised His name daily and often throughout the day rather than mainly in a church service on Sundays. How wonderful if we shared with friends and family about the amazing things He is doing in our lives. Because after all, as amazing and awesome as the eclipse of the sun will be, it cannot compare to the amazing, awesome, eternal love we have from God's Son, Jesus. He paid the ultimate price for us, because He loves us so much. This is something worth celebrating---EVERY day!!  

     And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.  
                                                                           1 John  4:14