Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers


I would like to thank Sharon McGregor for inviting me to join Sisterhood of The World Bloggers. It looks like a fun gig.

First, before I get started, here are the rules…

The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the 10 questions they’ve sent you.
4. Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer.

1. If you could go back in your life and change one decision you made, what would it be?

 Not finishing college.

2. What is the most intriguing book you have ever read?

 Unbroken.

3. If you could pick one word to describe yourself or your significant other what would it be?

My significant other – a man of principles.

4. If you could time travel, what period of history would you choose and why?

Victorian England. I love the time period, the castles, cottages and of course – tea!

5. Did you have a role model growing up and if so, what effect did he/she have on your life?

Not so much growing up, but growing up as a writer. My mentor teacher taught me so much and changed my life significantly.

6. If you could plan a dream vacation, one that may seem out of reach, where would you go?

Cayman Islands.

7. If you could choose any profession to follow, what would it be?

Law.

8. Pick a card, any card-greeting card that is. What is your favourite holiday?

Christmas

9. What is your favourite pet? Dog or cat? Gerbil or snake? Horse or hamster? Or none at all?

If you’d asked me eighteen months ago, I would have said dog. Then we got a cat…..

10. What one thing would you like to see happen in 2015?

Less violence everywhere in the world.

In my turn I nominate Carrie Padgett, Gay Lewis, Kim McMahill, Sheryl Browne, Bess McBride, Julie B. Cosgrove, Lee Carver, Lindsey Paley, Danielle Rotharmel, and Lynn Lovegreen

Here are my ten questions for the nominees-

1. What’s your happiest holiday memory?

2. Who was your favorite grade school teacher?

3. If life had taken you down a different path, what would you be doing now?

4. What place in the world would you like to visit?

5. What’s your favorite dessert?

6. If you were told you only had one day to live, how would you spend it?

7. Which do you like to do best: a movie rental and a bowl of popcorn, a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, or a day at the beach ending with watching the sunset?

8. What’s your favorite electronic gadget?

9. How will you (or how did you) spend New Year’s Eve?

10. Pets – cats, dogs, fish? What do you have?

Thanks for participating. Have a wonderful 2015!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Home for Christmas ~ A Magical Holiday Novel by Stephanie Wilson

STEPHANIE WILSON, a native of the Pacific Northwest, has produced nationally syndicated television programs for CBS affiliates. She has written and produced a television series that won a national Angel Award. In addition, she has written news copy for a local CBS affiliate and directed marketing programs for successful humanitarian organizations.

Home for Christmas is Stephanie's third book following, "Whispers of the Heart," and "Our Schell Family: A Genealogy Notebook, which won an award from the national Germans From Russia Historical Society.

Stephanie enjoys many hobbies. She loves to play tennis, ski, walk the beautiful streets and trails of her neighborhood and the northwest, garden, knit and spin fibers, quilt, research genealogy, cook and play the piano. She is actively involved in church, humanitarian, community and other volunteer work. She is kept quite busy with an active teenager. She also writes frequently for her own blog as well as for Good Living Magazine.

Stephanie lives with her husband and son in Seattle, Washington.

My Review:  Christmas magic wrapped in hope, faith and joy are deftly delivered by Ms. Wilson in Home for Christmas.

Savannah Wentworth and Austin Douglass couldn’t be any less alike. He’s a farm boy who has done well and on the verge of launching his IPO. She’s from money and wealth and through unfortunate circumstances, lost it all. She’s sold family home, wrapped up the estate, and ready to begin another life when her friend, Courtney, brings Austin and Savannah together.

He must have an established, well decorated, and carefully designed home to host numerous holiday parties. Courtney, Austin’s PR person, pushes Savannah into being the skilled person this austere bachelor needs to host his parties, decorate his house and whose house did he purchase but the Wentworth ancestral family home.

Savannah wraps herself in the trappings of the season knowing it is only temporary and only a façade it isn’t her house, but his, but something magical happens and she’s truly Home for Christmas.

Ms. Wilson paints a beautiful picture of Christmas in the Northwest. Her characters are charming and believable and the story is interwoven with other subplots that keep the reader hoping it will all turn out well for Austin and Savannah. Bring tissues – you’ll need them.

What other reviewers are saying: “I really enjoyed this novel and stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it.Sue Reviews

“There are elements of pain, faith and redemption with a very happy ending!Gagatorgirl

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Return to the Lake with Mary L. Ball's Redemption in Big Fork Lake

Can he be forgiven?

Only after Robert Turner hurts a woman does he realize how much of a hold alcohol has on his life. 

 For Robert, a chance meeting with an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor offers hope. A new devotion to the Lord and a relationship with Belle McBride gives him expectations for a better future.

His life appears to be on the right track, until he comes full circle with his past and faces the one mistake that haunts him daily. Can forgiveness-free Robert? Or will 

heartache drive him to return to the life he once had?


My Review:  Robert Turner’s life has been on a downhill spiral due to poor choices he’s made. He has a problem with alcohol that started in college.  When he wakes up in a hospital room, he realizes his life must change.


As he grows in his faith through returning to church and with the help of AA meetings and his sponsor, he decides that living in Atlanta isn’t the best place for him. He moves to Montgomery, Alabama, and is faced with the one situation he can’t forgive himself for and in his determination to make it right, he may lose the one person, Belle, who he’s convinced the Lord has put into his life.

Mary L. Ball takes the reader through Robert Turner’s struggles with addiction and his redemption. It is a well written story with a deep and purposeful meaning. With redemption there is hope.

What the Reviewers are saying:  "Mary Ball has written another book that shows the power of God's grace and the power of change in the person." A. Farge

"Mary Ball takes on a sensitive subject and handles it with gentle grace." Nancy Bolton

About the author:  Mary L. Ball lives in North Carolina and writes novels and Christian articles. Her passion is weaving together inspirational romantic suspense and mysteries, which show the imperfect lives of everyday characters as they face hardships while discovering the real meaning of grace. Her books encourage you to see the magic of love and a divine guidance that often lies dormant, waiting to be found by each of us. When she’s not writing she enjoys family and singing Gospel music with her husband.

Some of her Christian Articles are found on Examiner.com at: http://www.examiner.com/christian-living-in-greensboro/mary-ball. Learn more about Mary at  
http://MaryLouwrites.weebly.com.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Another Inspiring YA from Lynn Lovegreen

I'm pleased to have Lynn Lovegreen for a return visit today with another one of her historical YA books. Once again set against the backdrop of her home state of Alaska, Lynn brings us Golden Days.

Lynn Lovegreen was lucky enough to grow up in Alaska. Her family was stationed there when she was six, and they fell in love with the place. Alaska’s been home ever since. She’s always felt the power of words; she taught English for 20 years before retiring to make more time for writing. When not writing, she loves to spend time with family and friends, read, travel, and shoot at targets with her cowboy action shooting club, the Alaska 49ers. Her young adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters who made their own way in the world. See her website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

My Review:  Ms. Lovegreen brings us another glimpse into Alaska during the early 1900s. This delightful story brings together Elizabeth and James during their formative years. Elizabeth is a budding artist and strives to have her family, especially her father see her work as more than a frivolous hobby.
As the family moves to Fairbanks where her father will manage a store, she and her sister, Victoria, are in a sledding accident. No one is harmed, but she meets James. He’s bringing a boiler to his uncle where they’ll work on a claim together. James wants to return to the states and become an engineer.
During the following year she sees James when he comes in for supplies. She is weighed down by the responsibilities given to her during flood, fire, and the tragic death of her mother. But her budding love for James is unfairly cut short by unfair ridicule. They both have dreams, but are they worth pursuing if they cannot be together?
Ms. Lovegreen keeps the reader involved in the story and historical knowledge that is brought in as well as the visits from characters in her other novels set in the Alaskan Frontier make for an enjoyable read.

What other reviewers are saying:  "This is a sweet story, and for those who like historical fiction there is plenty of facts about Fairbanks in the early 1900s to pique your interest." Amazon Customer

"An Alaskan tale to brighten your winter reading!" Nancy Bolton