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BLOGWORDS – Friday 26 April 2019 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – PERSUASION by JANE AUSTEN

 

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – PERSUASION by JANE AUSTEN

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

THE BLURB:    

At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen’s plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security.

THE FIRST LINE:   

Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, became a person who, for his very own leisure, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he discovered occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties have been roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs changed naturally into pity and contempt as he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century; and there, if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

I know I’ve either seen or read this one, but honestly I can’t remember…

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Persuasion, Jane Austen

BLOGWORDS – Friday 26 April 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-FRIDAY – FEATURED BOOK– ALL MADE UP by KARA ISAAC

WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-FRIDAY – FEATURED BOOK – ALL MADE UP by KARA ISAAC

Don’t miss this $1.99 sale from RITA Award Winning author Kara Isaac! https://amzn.to/2Gv4gTz

                                                                             

 

THE BLURB

The latest romance from Romance Writers’ of America RITA Award-winning author, Kara Isaac…

Everyone thinks Katriona McLeod is living the dream. Her professional career as a make up artist sees her traveling the world working with the stars and she’s got no shortage of men wanting her affection. Only problem is she’s never gotten over Caleb Murphy, the one guy she’s ever loved. When she accepts a job on the latest looking-for-love reality TV show, Falling for the Farmer, she discovers to her horror that Caleb is the leading man and she’s cast as one of his harem. But she hides a secret that means that even if she wanted a second chance with the guy who broke her heart she could never have it.

Caleb Murphy couldn’t care less about C-Class celebrity fame or reality TV and he certainly doesn’t believe it could lead him to love. The one thing he does care about is fulfilling his mother’s last wish. Kat’s presence on the show seems to offer up a solution that will make both the network and his mother happy. It might have been almost ten years since they split but he knows he can trust her with his plan. Just as long as he doesn’t fall in love all over again with the woman who will never stay.

THE AUTHOR

 

Kara Isaac writes contemporary romance in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of four novels including the RWA RITA award-winning Then There Was You (https://www.rwa.org/page/2018-winners), Close to You, a RITA Award Double Finalist, and Can’t Help Falling, an RT Review Top Pick. When she’s not chasing three small people, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand. She loves to connect with readers on her website http://www.karaisaac.com, on Facebook at Kara Isaac – Author, Twitter @KaraIsaac and Instagram @kara.isaac.author

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You don’t go all in with the person you can live with. You go all in with the person you don’t want to live without.”

 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday-on-Friday, Featured Book, All Made Up, Kara Isaac

BLOGWORDS – Thursday 25 April 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – JAN DREXLER – GIVEAWAY WINNER

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – JAN DREXLER – GIVEAWAY WINNER

“The promises we keep are important – promises to God, our husbands, our children, and ourselves. But the greatest promise of all is the promise God gives us in Jesus Christ.”

 

“Bringing you home…

…to a world of Plain living, simple values, and strong families. Stop by often as I share about my upcoming books!”

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

JODI HASSEL

Jan will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jan grew up surrounded by books and storytellers. With Pastors and Teachers populating both sides of her extended family, we aren’t surprised that she wanted to be a first-class storyteller herself.
Born and raised in Michigan, Jan is the descendant of Amish, Mennonite and Brethren immigrants who settled in Berks, Somerset and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania in the mid-1700’s. The descendants of these immigrants pioneered in Maryland, Ohio, and finally Elkhart and LaGrange Counties in Northern Indiana in the 1850’s.
During the years when Jan was raising and homeschooling their children, she and her husband moved nine times in thirty years, finally landing in South Dakota where they enjoy incredibly Michigan-like weather. A northerner is always a northerner!
The ideas for Jan’s books come from the stories told by her parents and grandparents, seasoned with a lot of research and imagination.

 

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“Amish women spend many hours in their kitchens, providing delicious meals for their families… some of my favorite recipes have been handed down from my mother and grandmothers.”

 

GIVEAWAY

Jan is offering a print copy of Convenient Amish Proposal or The Sound of Distant Thunder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, Jan Drexler, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

BLOGWORDS – Thursday 25 April 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-THURSDAY – FEATURED BOOK COVER REVEAL – SPINSTER AND SPICE by REBECCA CONNOLLY

WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-THURSDAY – FEATURED BOOK COVER REVEAL – SPINSTER AND SPICE by REBECCA CONNOLLY

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Series: The Spinster Chronicles
Genre:  Adult, Regency, Romance
Publisher: Phase Publishing
Publication date: May 1, 2019

THE BLURB

Spinster, sweet Spinster
Isabella Lambert is a nice person. She is biddable, polite, soft-spoken, and eager to please. She also happens to be a spinster, and one of the writers of the infamous Spinster Chronicles, where she is less polite, more outspoken, and may not please anyone. Izzy also has a secret that only one person knows, and that one person may hold the key to its success.

Sebastian Morton finds Izzy Lambert fascinating. She is the perfect mentor for his younger sister as well as a capable and charming friend for him. When opportunity strikes to spend more time with her, her secret becomes his. But will this secret, and others, ruin their connection?

GOODREADS | AMAZON

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.

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COVER REVEAL

 

 

 

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#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book Cover Reveal, Spinster and Spice, Rebecca Connolly

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 25 April 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY SEEKERVILLE BLOG BLITZ– AUTHOR INTERVIEW – RUTH LOGAN HERNE

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – RUTH LOGAN HERNE

“Romancing the West… One lonely cowboy at a time.”

 

“Endearing and enduring, fiction that talks to the heart… and soul.”

Please give a feathered welcome to Ruth Logan Herne.

FAST FAVES

Cake or Cookies  Both

Call or Text  Call

Dogs or Cats  Dogs

 

rem:  Hullo Ruthy! Welcome to my little nest. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

RUTH:  I was raised in the old 10th ward neighborhood in Rochester, NY where it was a very nice, Pleasantville kind of experience…. Although I was the poor kid on the block. Most folks there were Leave it to Beaver middle class nice folks…. Now I run a pumpkin farm with my husband who retired last year, when I’m not writing sweet books or caring for beautiful grandkids… I am absolutely blessed to have the life I have now, Robin!

rem:  Pleasantville was a fun movie—but I love that you have a pumpkin farm now! Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

RUTH:  Well, there aren’t three…. Because I’m an open book kind of person, but I can tell you that my faith is huge… it is my rock, my salvation and my joy… and I have so much fun sharing that with others but I also do love my silly miniature donkeys “Alexis” and “Tanya” and I think that chocolate in any form is Best Food Ever.

rem:  Me, too, Ruthy. Me too! What is your favourite quotation and why?

RUTH:  Too many…. Biblical I love Ecclesiastes 3, the common sense of understanding that to everything there really is a season… and that we need to abide when things get tough. But I have Ben Franklin faves including “Plenty of time for rest in the grave” and Yoda’s “There is not try. There is do or do not.”  It fits my pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps nature!

rem:  Both of those are a good swift kick to procrastination… What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

RUTH:  Dust.

rem:  I literally LOL’d at that!! What’s your all-time favorite movie? Favorite TV show?

 

RUTH:  I love Remember the Titans and It’s a Wonderful Life and the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice…. TV…. Gosh… I don’t take a lot of time for TV, I’d rather write stories, but if we’re talking current, it would be the NCIS before Ziva left…. And I’ve only recently discovered how incredibly funny The Big Bang Theory is…. J

rem:  Well, we have quite similar taste in all of those!!  #ColinFirth  #swoonfest If you could go back in time, what era would you choose and why?

RUTH:  Happy right here….. Plumbing. Antibiotics. Electricity!!!! J

rem:  GURL!! What fun you n me would have sitting down over a nice hot cuppa!! Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

RUTH:  Oops, answered that above…..

rem:  #winkwink  And both are rather the epitome of faith. If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would it be and why?

RUTH:  Oh, Anne of Green Gables. Absolutely. We would have so much fun!!!

 

rem:  What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

RUTH:  I am often amazed and blessed by how the rise of erotica led to the rise of Christian fiction because there was so little out there to buy that wasn’t getting more and more offensive… It opened a huge door for a building industry. Talk about an action/reaction sequence!  And if I never wrote another book, my relationship with God would be unchanged… It was my mainstay before I was published and it’s the core of who I am. When I’m not being a snark, of course!

rem:  Well color me educated! Just learnt something new! What better response to the evil of this world, than Scripture nestled in parables! (sounds like something Jesus would do… ) When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

RUTH:  None….

rem:  What would you do if you weren’t writing?

RUTH:  Start writing….

rem:  Again with the LOL’ing! Love it! What are you reading right now?

RUTH:  I actually just read my own “Welcome to Wishing Bridge” because I’m working on book 3 and I wanted to refresh my memory on the inflections and characters… the whole tone of Wishing Bridge.

rem:  Ya, I’ve had to do that a time or three… What do you munch on while you write?

RUTH:  Cookies…. But I munch on cookies and Veggie Straws no matter what I’m doing. #addicted

rem:  I wanna try those. You were one of the original founding members of Seekerville. Tell us about the early days. Who first thought up the name? What do you like best about it?

RUTH:  We formed the Seekers with the Biblical basis of “Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it will be opened unto you…” because breaking into writing is a tough, competitive business.

rem:  I lovelovelove that origin! What was your first Seekerville post?

RUTH:  Too long ago to remember, LOL!

 

rem:  Oh, Ruthy! LOL How many recipes have you tried on the Yankee Belle Café? What was your favorite?

RUTH:  A big fave is chocolate cream pie… but there are so many. And I just love food!!!

rem:  I gotta look that one up—I’ve been craving a GOOD chocolate cream pie and the store bought one I got was a HUGE disappointment! Your style, and your website, is rather how I envision mine—a friendly gathering with family and friends. Surely you have a good anecdote or two you can share with us…

RUTH:  Hahahahahaha! If only I were that clever! J

rem:  Oh but you are!! #bestanecdoteever! BAHAHAHAH  I just watched through the photo slide show on your blog! Love it! And I gotta ask, what’s the big vat of red gooey stuff?

RUTH:  Oh my stars, what blog???? My abandoned Ruthy’s Place that I don’t have time for??? It’s so funny these days, because in order to be an effective author, you need to write books… so I focus on that and Seekerville and the Café with Missy and Jan and Mindy and Cate… I love those gals!!!

rem:  I love those gals, too! And yes, I totally get it juggling writing and blogging and, well, life… Your blog is such a fun place, and you seem to be a quirky, fun, perhaps even snarky gal. How much of that shows up in your characters?

RUTH:  A lot. I don’t like whiny women, I want them to be strong in spite of their mishaps and troubles and whatever terrible things I throw at them, at least strong eventually… because we women have to tough it out more often than not and there’s nothing wrong with that. If I were in the 19th century, I’d be marching for women’s rights to vote and own property or anything else they were being denied…. Ee gads, that was ridiculous!

 

rem:  I don’t like whiny ANYbody!! Grates on my nerves! Tell us a little about your writing journey.

RUTH:  Long and eventually published. J

rem:  The condensed version, I see. #winkwink What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

RUTH:  Cave. In the middle of the night. That way no one bothers me.

rem:  The advantage of living alone, I suppose… (me, I mean. I live alone.) What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

RUTH:  Everything.

rem:  Meeee toooo!! (Well, except the marketing… UGH) What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?

RUTH:  Too many…… The easiest is the writing. And the readers. Love ‘em.

rem:  Meeee toooo!! We really are twins!! What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?

RUTH:  I’m going to leave that to Seekerville… write, write, write.

rem:  Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

RUTH:  Yes…. But it’s in my head. I don’t plan…

rem:  Pantzer not plotter! I don’t do it either… What is your current project?

RUTH:  Working on Wishing Bridge 3 “At Peace in Wishing Bridge” (working title) and my spring 2020 Love Inspired…. And the second Prairie Brides historical.

rem:  OY! I don’t know how you keep them all straight! Anything you’d like to add?

RUTH:  I hope everyone had a blessed and wonderfully thought-provoking Lent and a happy Easter… I love Easter, it has not been spoiled by commercialism and it’s such a marvelous holy day!!!!

rem:  You are so right, Ruthy. It is our defining event as Christians. Thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!

 

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“The one thing we can probably all agree on is that things change… and our survival, that of any animal, depends on adaptation and adjustment.   And God gave us amazing brains and abilities, so I believe we’ve got this… eventually… and we’ll adjust and adapt as needed.”

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview – Seekerville Blog Blitz, Ruth Logan Herne

BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 24 April 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY– RES-Q TYLER STOP by JUNE MCCRARY JACOBS

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY – RES-Q TYLER STOP by JUNE MCCRARY JACOBS

 Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for RES-Q Tyler Stop by June McCrary Jacobs with JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: RES-Q Tyler Stop
Series: Tyler Stop, Book 1
Author: June McCrary Jacobs
Publisher: JMJ Story Stitcher Books
Release Date: April 22, 2019
Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction

THE BLURB

It’s the summer of 1968 in Sonoma County, California, and eleven-year-old Weston Gregg and his nine-year-old sister, Wendy, are looking for fun things to do during their summer break from school. When they discover some abandoned rabbits, they hatch an idea to make a positive difference for animals and people in their small town of Tyler Stop.

They decide to form ‘Rescue Each Species-Quickly’, or RES-Q Tyler Stop.

There are challenges to face as they move forward into their new venture, including standing up to someone who is targeting Weston’s friends for being different and a painfully bad decision.

Will Weston have to handle these issues on his own or will he learn to accept the advice and wisdom shared by some important people in his life? Join Weston and his family and friends as they share some adventures and learn and grow together in RES-Q Tyler Stop.

 

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

“Adventure has no end in this tale, where a heart for animals inspires and surprises await around every bend. . . . The characters and the situations they face come across realistic, and the scenes develop naturally. Not only does the author keep a nice paced plot rolling along but adds interesting and practical information about animals and ways to handle certain situations along the way. It makes for a fun mix of fiction and fact.

This appears to be the first book in the series, and I’m eager to see where the RES-Q Tyler Stop adventures will head to next.” ~ Tonja Drecker, Author of Music Boxes

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | AmazonBook Depository

 

EXCERPT

CHAPTER THREE

Foster Family

When they turned into their driveway, Diamond barked and ran around in circles. Weston woke up and yawned. He nudged Wendy to wake her up and mumbled, “We’re home.”

Dad pulled the truck under the shade of a huge oak tree near their house. Both children snapped off their seatbelts and stretched.

“Wendy, take Diamond to her pen for a few minutes until she settles down. I don’t want her to upset the rabbits with her noise and excitement. Weston, go get seven large towels from the rag bin in the shed. We’re going to soak the towels in cold water and then hang them over each pet carrier, including Ruby’s.”

“Got it, Dad. And thanks for letting Wendy and me be foster parents to the rabbits. I promise we won’t let you and Mom or the rabbits down.”

Dad ruffled his son’s thick brown hair and said, “You’ve proven you can be trusted, Weston. Your word is as good as gold to me.”

When he heard his dad’s words, Weston felt pride swell in his heart. Almost nothing made Weston feel better than to please his dad.

He cleared his throat.

“I’ll go get those towels now, Dad.”

The three of them set up the damp towels for the rabbits. Wendy filled every animal’s water bottle with cool water from the extra refrigerator they stored in the shed. They set up Ruby’s cage at the end of the row of foster rabbits.

Weston washed lettuce leaves and carrots for the rabbits and Emerald, the turtle, and brought them out to his father. Diamond and Pearl were given their favorite pet foods and some cool water, and things soon settled down in the pet section of the yard.

The afternoon heat was stifling, so the family went inside to sit in front of the fan and relax. Dad read a book while Weston and Wendy played several games of checkers and Go Fish. Around four, Dad stood up.

“Let’s start dinner for your mother since she’s worked all day and didn’t get to go out for burgers.”

“I like helping in the kitchen,” Weston said.

“Ew. Boys are not supposed to like cooking!”

“Wendy, I’m surprised at you. You know your papa does all the cooking at their house, and I love to help out with meals, too. We’re both just grown-up boys.”

Wendy blushed and turned to her brother.

“Sorry about that, Weston.”

“It’s all right. Maybe I’ll grow up to be a chef, so now’s the perfect time to start learning.”

“I learned to cook before I met your mother. It’s a good thing, too, or I would have starved while I was a bachelor.”

Everyone chuckled as they washed their hands and put on their aprons.

“What should we make?” Weston asked.

“I think a crisp, cold salad would hit the spot today,” Dad said.

“Yeah. We could add some cold tuna fish salad and boiled eggs to it,” Wendy added.

“Let’s check out the fridge to see what your mother has left in there for us.”

 

SPECIAL TOPIC – TEN BEHIND-THE-SCENES FACTS

1.)  Weston and Wendy’s father is Glen Gregg. He is named Glen with one ‘n’ after one of my favorite singers/guitarists from the 1960s and 1970s, the late Glen Campbell.

2.)  A few of the children throughout the story are named in honor of some of my childhood and adult friends, such as Sandy, Tammy, and Debra.

3.)  Weston’s nine-year-old sister and loyal sidekick just happens to have some of the same hobbies I enjoyed at the same age. I loved to cook, make paper dolls, paint, draw, play with my dolls, read, and go on adventures with my Girl Scout troop and church youth group!

4.)  In one of the scenes in the book, Weston and Wendy want to go watch TV after dinner. Weston reminds Wendy they need to turn on the television set so it can warm up in time for their show. We had an old television at home that seemed like it took forever to warm up before the picture would come in on the screen. We really had to plan ahead when there was something we wanted to watch at a particular time!

5.)  In the opening scene of the book, the Greggs are volunteering at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds by cleaning out the exhibition hall used for small animals. This fair, held each summer in Santa Rosa, California, originally opened in 1936.

6.)  The woman who owns the drive-in where the Greggs bought their hamburger lunch is named ‘Miss Ilita’. The real Miss Ilita was my aunt. Besides being a kind, loving person, Aunt Ilita was a fantastic cook; so I decided to name this character in her honor.

7.)  I love summertime flowers, and my favorite flower is the dahlia. When Wendy and Weston want to create a bouquet from their mother’s flower cutting garden, they cut an arrangement of dahlias, Shasta daisies, and zinnias—three of my favorite summer flowers to grow in Northern California!

8.)  The veterinarian’s assistant in the story, Joanne, was named for a dear friend who passed away much too young from colon cancer. My friend was a devoted mother and grandmother along with being one of the best teachers I ever observed. I still miss Joanne to this day, and naming a character after her was my tribute to this wonderful woman.

9.)  Wendy and Weston are treated to a camping trip up at Lake Tahoe with their grandparents, Nana and Papa Gregg. I chose this setting for their vacation because Lake Tahoe was one of my favorite vacation spots as a child and teen. The scenery is breath-taking. The sky was the prettiest blue you have ever seen—except for the color of the lake’s water which is an even deeper blue than the sky! {The water in Emerald Bay is a stunning green.} The pines send out a strong fragrance which I can still recall. Swimming in the lake was fun, but boy was the water cold. Brrrr. The days are hot up there in the summer, but the nights are cool and refreshing.

10.)  The new school librarian at Tyler Stop School is named Miss Wesley in honor of my third grade teacher. I was in Miss Wesley’s class for about three-fourths of a year until I changed schools. Miss Wesley was a brand new teacher, and her students adored her. She was kind and patient, but I think what I remember most about her was her beautiful smile. She actually smiled at us throughout the day which was a change from my previous teachers who were less demonstrative toward their students. Thank you for showing us you were glad to be our teacher, Miss Wesley!

 

THE AUTHOR

‘RES-Q Tyler Stop’ is June McCrary Jacobs‘s first middle-grade book. June is a retired elementary school teacher and literacy mentor who is fond of California history and children’s literature. She especially loves to write, read, and blog about middle-grade fiction and non-fiction on her ‘Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic’ blog.

In addition to writing inspirational romance books and stories for adults {A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom, 2013; Robin’s Reward, 2015; Handmade Hearts, 2019}, June’s original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and on sewing industry blogs in the past decade.

When she’s not writing, reading, blogging, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, visiting art and history museums, and touring historic homes and gardens.

One of her most memorable and thrilling childhood adventures was her ride in the Goodyear blimp as it floated over Long Beach, California. She can still remember the people on the beach waving to her as she zoomed past them.

 

LOOK FOR MORE TYLER STOP BOOKS COMING SOON!

 

CONNECT WITH JUNE: Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Goodreads Blog | Amazon

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will win

  • $20 Amazon gift card (US/International)
  • Signed Paperback Copy of RES-Q Tyler Stop (US only) or Digital Copy (International)

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

Giveaway will begin at midnight April 22, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm April 29, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 23 April 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – WEDDINGS, WILLOWS, AND REVISED EXPECTATIONS by V. JOY PALMER

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – WEDDINGS, WILLOWS, AND REVISED EXPECTATIONS by V. JOY PALMER

 

 

THE BLURB

Seventeen years after being orphaned, Apryl Burns and her twin sister Courtney have their own expectations for life. While Courtney continues to shine at everything, Apryl holds fast to the mantra that as long as her potato chip stash remains intact, then she’ll be fine.

But when their beloved grandmother ends up injured and unable to manage her struggling antique store, Courtney makes it their mission to revamp the business and save what’s left of their family’s legacy. Despite rampant doubts in her abilities, Apryl finds herself trapped under the weight of family loyalty as they transition to a wedding venue decorating service. Soon shes forced to ask (translation: blackmail) their grandmother’s renter/handyman, Chance McFarland, for help, an arrangement that is made even worse by the fact that Chance is her former (ahem, and current) crush.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Joy Palmer is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is also an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. In her spare time, Joy is an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and she loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens she mentors. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their socially awkward pets.

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

This has got to be the funnest read ever! Ms. Palmer’s style is so personable, like sitting in a coffee shop telling the story. And the humor, nay, snark! Apryl especially.

Then again, I wanted to throttle Apryl so many times for her snarly attitude, even knowing it was borne of deep heart wounds.

Not so different for Chance, minus the attitude. But the deep wounds that curled him in a protective shell.

A smattering of malapropisms are easily overlooked on account of the endless wit and banter. And underneath it all, Ms. Palmer sows deep and profound truths. Truth that exposes lies, and heals shattered hearts.

This reviewer identified a little too well with Apryl’s self-doubt and criticism, if not her antagonistic attitude.

Overall, an enjoyable read. Enjoyable enough to prompt me to read more by this author.

 

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

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