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BLOGWORDS – Friday 8 June 2018 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – GOLDEN SONG BOOK compiled by KATHARINE TYLER WESSELLS, illustrated by GERTRUDE ELLIOTT

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – GOLDEN SONG BOOK compiled by KATHARINE TYLER WESSELLS, illustrated by GERTRUDE ELLIOTT

 

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:    

In every corner of the world—from South Dakota to South Africa, from Oslo to Istanbul—Golden Books are the most popular books for children ever published. Golden Books bring you the best of the classics as well as original stories by the best present-day writers, opening worlds of knowledge to growing minds. They are illustrate in full color by outstanding artists. Experienced editors have meticulously supervised every phase of their planning and production, from the choice of subjects which meet the child’s interests to the faithful reproduction of the artists’ rich colors. Golden Books are created and developed with the utmost care, in the hope of making reading an experience which will bring lifelong enjoyment to each child…

There are now many sorts of Golden Books to delight children of all ages: Little Golden Books, Big and Giant Golden Books, Golden Play Books, Golden Nature Guides, Golden Library of Knowledge Books, Golden Stamp Books, and Fun-To-Learn Golden Books. Watch for the newest titles of each kind.

 

THE FIRST LINE SONG:   

The Farmer in the Dell

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh! What a cherished treasure this is to me! A gift from my cousin for my fourth birthday, it has survived a few… years. (decades) Just the cover takes me back, and the songs inside all are precious to me. Of the 56 songs, I do believe my favorite was The Three Little Kittens.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

Gotta give it five feathers!

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – 7 June 2018 – CHAT THURSDAY –  ON BREAK, STILL…

CHAT THURSDAY – ON BREAK, STILL…

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

“Break the rules. That’s my number one rule. I know the rules [of grammar] and I know how to break them.”

I did it to myself, really. Again. Well, sorta. I loved this series, but it was a challenge to pull it off. I figured I’d have time, and truly I do, to format new interview questions and get peeps lined up, and posts queued up. But I will not scramble and I will not do them sloppy for the sake of having a post.

 

And with my surgery coming up, now less than three weeks, I made the executive decision just now to defer my July Man Blitz to August this year, and hold off on interviews till then.

 

 

 

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 “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” – Erin Hanson

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, On Break, ON BREAK Mode, Seasons, Surgery and Recovery, Gotta Breathe

“At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Someday, God willing, we shall get in.”
thank you, Pepper, for a beautiful post

Pepper D Basham

books-1141911_1920.jpgI’m a big C.S. Lewis fan, whether his fiction or his nonfiction. He had an amazing way of taking deep concepts and sprinkling them with imagination. From the world of Narnia to the wit of The Screwtape Letters to the poignant wording of deep truths in Mere Christianity, he had a way of squeezing creativity out of almost every ink dot.

Anyway, I read a beautiful quote from him yesterday, from his book, The Weight of Glory:

“At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Someday, God willing, we shall get in.”

Isn’t that beautiful?…

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 6 June 2018 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– JANE BY THE BOOK by PEPPER BASHAM

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – JANE BY THE BOOK by PEPPER BASHAM

                                                                             

 

THE BLURB:

Four years ago, Jane Warwick escaped the shame and heartbreak of being jilted at the altar by becoming a housekeeper at the secluded Inn at Simeon Ridge. Predictable and quiet, the inn helps Jane find a place to heal and celebrates her strengths, where she is promoted to head housekeeper. But an unexpected visit to Bath, England, upsets Jane’s plans and sends her out of her comfort zone, directly into the harrowing path of historical detective author, Titus Stewart.

The only plans Titus sticks to are family holidays and the ones that send him careening into his story worlds, but when an uptight and nervous innkeeper stumbles into his life – and his latest novel – nonfiction begins to take on a much more interesting gleam.

As the unlikely pair delve into the mystery behind a one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old letter, will they both uncover a romance that stands the test of time?

 

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 a finalist in ACFW’s 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. In December 2016, her third historical in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer – released with a 4 1/2 star review from RT and a Top Picks rating. You can get to know Pepper on her website, http://www.pepperdbasham.com, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 5 May 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE CAPTURED BRIDE by MICHELLE GRIEP

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE CAPTURED BRIDE by MICHELLE GRIEP

                               

 

THE BLURB:

Mercy Lytton, a scout with keen eyesight raised among the Mohawks, and Elias Dubois, a condemned traitor working both sides of the conflict, must join together to get a shipment of gold safely into British hands.

A War-Torn Countryside Is No Place for a Lady
Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause. . .to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.  Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought.   Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?

 

THE AUTHOR:

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW:

Ms. Griep has done it again! A story that stays with you and won’t leave you alone. Ms. Griep joins this reviewer’s favorite American Revolutionary War authors—Lori Benton, Angela Couch, and Laura Frantz—with her mix of American Indian, American Patriot, French, and British ties.

The nuance of personality, the conflict of those personalities, the twist and tangles and knots within the story—creates an authentic setting, and pulls the reader into the pages. I felt the strain and fatigue of a journey without benefit of cushioned seats or air conditioning. Or paved roads. Apprehension gripped me with every obstacle and difficulty.

Mercy’s fight against love, and herself, was both maddening and completely justified. The mystery of Elias Dubois, who he was and what he was about, betrayed the conflict within him.

The stability that Matthew Prinn’s easy nature gave them both.

Tightly knit and tightly written, this story will remain as a favorite on my shelf.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

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.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, The Captured Bride, Michelle Griep

BLOGWORDS – BLOG BLITZ & BOOK LAUNCH – MAY 2018

BLOGWORDS – Thursday 31 May 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING RELEASE – EXCERPT

 

“My world came to an end the day I jumped off Versailles.”

“The comforting words of dearest friends are a soothing balm to a jagged soul.”

 

SPECIAL EDITION – THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING RELEASE – EXCERPT

 

I wondered sometimes, how was ma mère. Was she doing well? Did she maintain her vile and lurid behaviors? Had her clandestine carryings-on caught up to her? Had she met her demise?

I wondered how would it be to see her again. And I wondered what would she think of being une grandmère. Would she adore my little girl, my Mercedes? Or would she loathe her as she loathed me?

Cece was sitting up now, and trying to crawl. Everything her little hands could grasp went into her mouth, including my own fingers. And her little teeth were sharp as razors.

Her smile was as bright as sunshine, and warmed my heart like nothing else; I had not known such encompassing love, not even with Yeto. His love held my heart, for certes.

But the love I bore for my child, it had changed me. I was at once sure of her place in my heart and terrified I might ruin her forever.

What if I was like Mamá? What if I became the monster I knew her to be? What if the sickness that plagued her—for surely it was a sickness; surely she wasn’t as she was by her own choice—what if it was in me? What if I carried the same sickness…

But non! Surely not. I had the love of a good man. Strong and good and caring. Surely, Yeto was passionate with me, loving me as I had never imagined. But never did he strike me. Barely had we spoken cross words.

The man was a saint. My heart did a little tumble in my chest, pitter pat, pitter pat, to think of the times I had doubted his love, his integrity—his intentions. Enyeto had stood by my side, reassuring me, affirming his love for me. Time and time again, constant, sure.

Even more remarkable were the times—so rare now—that I railed. On and on I cried and wept, ranting at the behaviors of men. The abuses I had seen, the intimacies I had been privy to. And my husband stood quietly by my side, holding my hand or stroking my hair, waiting for the storm to subside. He spoke loving words to me, his soothing words a balm, healing to my heart and soul. And to my memories.

Memories that were now faded, but a dim shadow, cloaked away with the ghosts of other memories. Memories of a happy time. Memories of years before Walden Plantation. Memories of…

 

Amidst the clamor of confusion, can she hear the whisper of her memories?

 

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

 

Simone Dubois’ life was unraveling. All she had known and held dear was gone from her. At ten, all she wanted was to escape beneath the black waters of the Edisto River. She couldn’t know her whole life would be stolen from her.

 

When she returns to Saisons sixteen years later, she has no memory of ever having been there. Not even that it was her birthplace. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Mercedes—whose name stayed with her, if in shadowy dreams only—Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

 

 

 

““Mercedes?” I could barely breathe. I didn’t remember this woman. The name only tumbled in my mind, tugging at memories I couldn’t see. I don’t know how but I knew I could trust her. Still…”

 

 

““NO!” My throat raw already, my scream was jagged and panicked and desperate. “No!” I didn’t want to see it, I didn’t want to remember… Not this. I didn’t want to remember this.”

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, The Whispering Winds of Spring, Seasons Book 4, Excerpt

BLOGWORDS – BLOG BLITZ & BOOK LAUNCH – MAY 2018

BLOGWORDS – Thursday 31 May 2018 – CHAT THURSDAY – CHARACTER INTERVIEW – SIMONE DUBOIS BISHOP with MERCEDES RENALDI, SCARLETT SHEEHAN, and PEARL GRÜBER

CHAT THURSDAY – CHARACTER INTERVIEW – SIMONE DUBOIS BISHOP with MERCEDES RENALDI, SCARLETT SHEEHAN, and PEARL GRÜBER

“My world came to an end the day I jumped off Versailles.”

“The comforting words of dearest friends are a soothing balm to a jagged soul.”

I watched and listened as an observer, looking through a window to a time long ago. It tugged at memories I did not have—or could not recall—sending a chill through me; who was i and why had she kept me from this place?”

 

rem:  Bonjour, Madame, bienvenue. So wonderful to have you here today.

SIMONE :  Oh do call me Simone. You of all people know me so well.

rem:  Indeed—Simone. You’ve brought your friends with you, I see.

SIMONE :  Well, my story truly wouldn’t be complete without them, non?

rem:  It surely would not. Bienvenue, Mesdames—welcome back, I should say.

PEARL:  Delighted, I’m sure.

SCARLETT:  Madame, it is an honor to visit with you again.

MERCEDES:  Always a pleasure.

rem:  Ladies, it’s been quite the turn of events. What can you tell me of the day that started it all?

SIMONE :  When Mamá—died. That’s what started it all.

rem:  Simone, I’m so sorry. I know how awful that was for you.

MERCEDES :  We were girls still. None of us truly understood what had happened.

rem:  It’s hard to fathom regardless of age.

PEARL :  Truer words were never spoken.

rem:  Pearl, this all had an horrific impact on you as well.

PEARL :  Yes, well, it did. But—looks to Simone—I’ve come to realize takes her hands that you were her victim far more than I.

SIMONE :  embraces Pearl

SCARLETT :  What a tangled web it all was.

rem:  Indeed.

MERCEDES:  It all comes down to the Truth, and whether we believe Holy Scripture.

PEARL:  Lissette surely didn’t.

SCARLETT:  Nor Papá…

SIMONE :  He did in the end, Lett. He did in the end.

PEARL:  Well, isn’t this supposed to be about Simone? smooths her pink silk skirt

SIMONE :  Oh, Pearl. Always the supercilious one. winks

SCARLETT:  Pearl is a dear. And she’s right. smirks at Simone  This is rather about you.

rem:  Oh my. I don’t guess I’ve seen you four be so silly with one another.

MERCEDES:  Oh, Madame. This is quite tame.

SIMONE :  Well… mock condescending tone  This IS supposed to be about me, so… becomes serious  Mercedes is right. We were girls still, and couldn’t begin to fathom all that was at play.  deep breath  I jumped off that old church countless times. And that day…

SCARLETT:  It was awful for you.

PEARL:  It was awful for all of us.

MERCEDES:  takes Pearl’s hand  We, none of us, knew the impact to you then.

SIMONE :  sighs  I wasn’t trying to drown, truly. looks to her friends  Truly, how many times had I jumped? Not from Versailles only? But the barn and trees and… breath hitches

PEARL:  Yes, well. You always did give us such a fright.

SIMONE :  Mamá was… gone. And Papá… I’d never seen him act so. Of course now I realize he was mourning. But… But at the time, I thought… SOBS

Pearl and Mercedes and Scarlett all embrace Simone

rem:  Simone, Mesdames, I am so sorry for your loss.

SIMONE :  shaky breath  Madame, Robin, it is I who apologize to you.

PEARL:  Stuff and nonsense, Simone. We’re here to talk about you.

SIMONE :  smiles  Yes, well… I only ever wanted to escape. I never wanted to run away. I wanted to swim downstream and climb out and be by myself in the woods. For a while, at least.

rem:  And we all know that didn’t happen. When did you suspect Lissette wasn’t truly ta mére?

SIMONE :  I think I always knew. But I was just a child. I had no reason to question her and I didn’t know to follow or trust my instincts. She couldn’t have known, of course, that I’d have amnesia.

SCARLETT:  Or that she took the wrong girl.

SIMONE :  No, she… Well. No, but it worked out better for her that I couldn’t remember.

rem:  What would you have done if you’d not lost your memory?

PEARL: What could she have done?

rem:  She’s Simone, remember?

everyone laughs

SIMONE :  Touché, Madame. Touché. winks at Pearl  You are so right. If I had not lost my memory, I would have found my way home, to be sure.

rem:  You were a most ingenious and clever little girl.

MERCEDES:  She was that.  all laugh

SCARLETT:  I wonder… If Simone hadn’t come back, would any of the rest of us—well, how different it would have been.

PEARL:  Well, of course it would have been different. Except for Mercedes, of course. She would have got her letters.

SCARLETT:  Would you have left, too?

PEARL:  tilts head, pauses  I’m sure I… perhaps not.

MERCEDES:  There is a time and season for everything. I’m sure Le Seigneur had—has—His plan and purpose, and we all would have been reunited one way or another.

rem:  Very true words, Mercedes.

SIMONE :  There she goes again. laughs  Always so pragmatic.

PEARL:  I think that was more Spiritual.

rem:  What is the sweetest part of being home, Simone?

SIMONE :  Papá. He has been restored. Not to me only, but to his right mind.

rem:  Grief can be a crippling companion.

SIMONE :  Indeed.

PEARL:  Well said, Madame.

SCARLETT:  Merci, Madame, for telling our story.

rem:  Mes chères, it has been my pleasure and my privilege. As has been chatting with you again.

SIMONE :  Always glad to be here, Robin.

MERCEDES:  You have told our story well, Robin. I thank you, we all thank you, most graciously.

PEARL:  You helped me more than you know, Mad—Robin.

rem:  I will cherish you all, always.

SCARLETT:  As we will you.

MERCEDES:  Till we meet again, then.

rem:  Indeed. winks at Mercedes You know your little Agnes has her own story?

SIMONE :  What? Aggie?

SCARLETT:  How delightful.

PEARL:  You must tell us all about it.

rem:  All in good time, Mesdames. All in good time.

SIMONE :  Merci beaucoup. For everything.

rem:  My pleasure, Simone. My pleasure.

 

 

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““Mercedes?” I could barely breathe. I didn’t remember this woman. The name only tumbled in my mind, tugging at memories I couldn’t see. I don’t know how but I knew I could trust her. Still…”

 

 

““NO!” My throat raw already, my scream was jagged and panicked and desperate. “No!” I didn’t want to see it, I didn’t want to remember… Not this. I didn’t want to remember this.”

 

 

 

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