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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall ~ Book Tour + Giveaway + Review

 "THIS BOOK. THIS HERO. THE HAIR PINNING SCENE. THAT KISS. Still. Have. Not. Recovered. I may never. And that’s perfectly fine with me." 
~Carrie Schmidt, Reading is My SuperPower

Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Whitaker House (first published 2016)
Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents' New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks; but when Violet's own reputation is compromised, the inn becomes the least of her worries. In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone. As she prepares for a society wedding, Violet learns that her brother had staked her hand in marriage in a heated poker game with the unsavory Rowen Steele, and Ezra had lost. Now Rowen is determined to cash in on his IOU. With danger stalking her and a new fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust and who to leave behind.

Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award-winning series The Everstone Chronicles, which currently consists of The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, and The Captive Imposter. The Cautious Maiden is her fourth book.

Apart from writing, Dawn is also a mom of two little ones and serves with her husband in a premarital mentorship program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do.

Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and an associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter.

Dawn is graciously giving away two prize packs!!!

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Rebecca's Review
4 STARS!!!

"Do you have something against falling in love, or have you simply never felt strongly enough to understand what it's like?(Violet) . . . . No, I have never been in love, though I have done plenty of despicable things in its name." (Vance) 

Violet Hawthorne has always been cautious around men. Tragically, her honorable reputation dramatically shifts when she becomes the victim of a humiliating act and is comforted by a man whom she has long tried to avoid. Unknown to Violet, her brother has recklessly gambled away her future during a poker game, while an anonymous benefactor valiantly, but unsuccessfully, attempted to pay off her debt.

"Thy power and Thine alone, can change the leper's spots and melt the heart of stone .. . and melt the heart of stone . .. and melt the heart of stone." ~Hymn, Jesus Paid It All

Vance Everstone regrets his sordid past, a recent conversion to Christ has transformed his life; melting his heart of stone, for "Jesus Paid it All". Fascinated by the lovely Violet Hawthorne, Vance longs to protect her from evil forces far stronger than she can imagine. When the unlikely couple is forced into a hasty betrothal, both wonder if their marriage can survive undeclared love amidst such suffocating circumstances. Fortunately, attraction has bloomed, but will it be enough, for this fragile relationship may tragically disintegrate, before it even gets started.

" hasn't been me doing the changing at all - only receiving the blessings of the change Christ has been doing in me." ~from Vance's testimony
Readers of the "Everstone Chronicles" will truly enjoy this outstanding addition to the series, for "The Cautious Maiden" displays author Dawn Crandall at her finest!

I am grateful to the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

~Happy Reading~

Monday, October 3, 2016

Review ~ Her One and Only (Porter Family #4) by Becky Wade

Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Bethany House Publishers 
Gray Fowler, star NFL tight end, is being pursued by a stalker, so his team hires a protection agency to keep Gray under the watch of a bodyguard at all times. When Gray meets Dru Porter, an agent assigned to him, he's indignant. How can an attractive young female half his size possibly protect him? 

But Dru's a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt. She's also ferociously determined to uncover the identity of Gray's stalker. And she's just as determined to avoid any kind of romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past. But the closer they get to finding the stalker, the closer they grow to each other. As the danger rises, can Dru and Gray entrust their hearts--and their lives--to one another?
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Anne's Review 
Dru Porter is a personal protection agent who became too emotionally attached to her last assignment and is determined not to let that happen again. NFL superstar Gray Fowler sees his new bodyguard as another gorgeous woman to be conquered. You can imagine what kind of sparks are going to fly!

Dru’s character is intriguing, especially since she is a former Marine. She's always trying to prove herself so it’s interesting to see how her family dynamics work with three older brothers. Gray Fowler is a complex character. He’s a chauvinistic, spoiled and obnoxious famous athlete who has a tragic familial back story. Gray is the stereotypical football player—tall, broad shouldered, and fabulously gorgeous to look at with an ego the size of a stadium. 

With an engaging plot and vivid dialogue, the story moved at a fast pace. I truly enjoyed the suspense element! It was excellent from beginning to end. Ms. Wade is an expert at writing vivid imagery which usually makes for a delightful read. In Her One and Only, the 'romance' went too far for my own personal taste. I thought there was an excess of physical desire between Dru and Gray, crossing over into lust. I realize this doesn’t bother some readers, but it does me. Plus, I was hoping to see Gray make some serious spiritual changes sooner in the story but he didn’t. By the time he did, it felt rushed and over too soon. I liked the story but I didn't love it. I will say that Ms. Wade knows how to weave a family drama and draw me into the lives of the characters, making me care about them. I'll definitely be on the lookout for her next book series. 

I was provided a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. No compensation has been received.
~Happy Reading~

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Faith-based Art Journaling

With two major moves in a year, I've been a little stressed out. My art supplies have been pretty much packed away because there was no place to unpack and set them up. I stuck to coloring most of the time. It's a great stress reliever and doesn't take up much space. 

But lately, I've had the 'itch' to do more. While digging through a box a week ago, I found my 5x7 Strathmore mixed media book. That led me to open more boxes and pretty soon I had accumulated a few supplies to help me with my 'need' to illustrate my thoughts on paper. I created this art journal page using Gesso, liquid inks, a Prismacolor marker and paper flowers w/ stick on centers. Since my handwriting is not anything to praise, I printed out the lettering using a design I made with Picmonkey.

taken with phone camera so quality is not good

These words resonate with me because ofcircumstances that have arisen in my life recently. They are based on numerous Scriptures I've read but mostly Proverbs 16:24 where it says ~
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, 
Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Father, make my words pleasant.

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Do you ever feel the need to illustrate your feelings/thoughts on paper? If so, what's your favorite way to express them? Please share, as I am always looking for new ideas. :)