Saturday, July 29, 2017

Summer Reading Bucket List.

Have you every made a bucket list of things that you would like to do? Well, this summer I have and here is what I came up with. What a better way is there to spend time during those hot summer days then with a book(s) from some of you favorite authors. As I thought about what type of books I like to read, I noticed that that must be inspirational. I want to read books that will inspire, be lifting, and to move me. I want a story that will let me just fall in love with he characters and hope to have learn how to be a better person or even maybe realize many people all over want the same thing.

As I have went through new books that have and will be released I made a list of the following books and I am happy to say I have made the time to read some of these books.

An Amish Summer by Amy Clipston  is on my list. Have you read her books? Well, I have and I have to say she will capture your heart quick with each story she has written. The cover of this book alone captures your interest.

My other books are Weddings a Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard. This is a must read. I have read all the other books in this series and feel like their family to me.

The Blessings by Wanda Brunstetter. If you know Wanda and have read her Quilting Cluv books then you will love this book! Not to mention Wanda always has a way of bringing the story full circle and giving glory to God.

My last book called The Daniel Plan which is scriptural based on eating the right foods. I'm
Motivated to read this books because of many sensitivity I have to food caused from Lyme disease. No matter what books you put on your bucket list enjoy each of them on these lazy days of summer. All these books can be found on Amazon for purchase or your local retailers.

I encourage you all to make that bucket list have fun with it and enjoy the books that will take you away and inspire you.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Weddings at Promise Lodge and Goddness Fish Promotion and Giveaway

Weddings at Promise Lodge
by Charlotte Hubbard

GENRE: Inspirational (romance)



When Bishop Monroe is forced to confess the truth about his relationship with young Leola before the entire congregation, he can only pray that open hearts and minds will allow him a future at Promise Lodge—with Christine.



As Christine Hershberger sat on the front pew bench, close enough to bask in the glow of her sister Mattie’s joy, she smiled brightly. At long last, she was attending the wedding that should’ve taken place years ago, when Mattie Bender and Amos Troyer were young and so deeply in love¬—before Dat had insisted that Mattie marry Marvin Schwartz instead. Now that Mattie and Preacher Amos had outlived their original mates, they were standing together, hand in hand, repeating the age-old vows after their new bishop, Monroe Burkholder. Christine, who’d lost her husband a couple of years ago, found it encouraging that at forty-five and fifty, her older sister and Amos had taken up where their youthful romance had left off, to enjoy a second chance at love that would see them through the rest of their lives.

Beside her on the bench, Rosetta grabbed Christine’s hand and squeezed it. This is so exciting! she mouthed.

Christine nodded, returning her younger sister’s squeeze. She had to admit, however, that the glimmer in Bishop Monroe’s green eyes eclipsed the happiness she felt for Mattie and Amos. Was it her imagination, or did Monroe glance at her as he led the happy couple in their vows, as though he hoped to be exchanging these sacred, binding phrases with her in the near future?

It was too soon to contemplate a wedding—the handsome bishop had only arrived at Promise Lodge a week and a half ago, on Christmas Eve. Yet Christine’s pulse thrummed with the distinct possibility that widowed Monroe Burkholder was as attracted to her as she was to him. Her soul took on the sparkle of the snowy, sunlit hills outside. Hope blossomed in her heart, because it felt absolutely wonderful to believe that such a prosperous, upstanding man might be interested in becoming her husband.

“Amos and Mattie,” Monroe said, his resonant voice filling the room, “I pronounce you husband and wife.”

The wedding guests sprang to their feet, their applause resounding like thunder in the lodge’s large meeting room. Mattie blushed prettily as Amos turned her to face the crowd. When he slung his arm around her to kiss her, a loud whoop went up from the men’s side.

Rosetta laughed, linking her arm through Christine’s. “And they’ll live happily ever after,” she said wistfully. “Maybe there’s hope for us, sister.”

Christine nodded toward Truman Wickey, their neighbor, who—along with Allen Troyer—had been Preacher Amos’s sidesitter. “Here comes your hope as we speak, Rosetta,” she said. “Now that our new bishop has performed his first wedding at Promise Lodge, it’s a gut time to ask his feelings about an Amish woman hitching up with a Mennonite.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.
Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Rachel" Dream


"Jarred was able to get Cinnamon's temperature down a bit, but there's still a long way to go.  I'll sleep better when he's healthy enough to enjoy sugar cubes again"
"Dr. Zimmerman I mean. "She lifted her hands. "He told me to call him Jarred."


Rachel's Dream is the third book in Lisa Jones Baker series Hope Chest of Dreams. 

This latest book from Lisa is delightful read and won't disappoint. Sit back and come let me introduce you to some lovely people in this community. Rachel Kauffman and Jarred Zimmerman will capture your heart. When these two come together through Rachel's horse that has taken ill you will see a  friendship blossom and deepen as does the trust they have for one another.  Could this friendship lead into love and marriage? I won't give anything away but will encourage you to read this series I promise you will enjoy as much as I did.


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Special Mother's Day with Amy Clipston and Giveaway

A very special Mother's Day interview and giveaway with Amy Clipston. Thank you Amy for being such a blessing in our lives and letting us into yours this Mother's Day.

What "proud mom" moment would your Nana share about you?

Response - My nana passed away when I was a junior in high school, and I wish she could have met my sons. (I also wish she could read my books!) I believe my nana would be proud to see my sons are good, thoughtful, funny young me. I think she'd also be proud of me for raising my sons in the church and working hard to teach them how to be respectful members of society.

When you first learned you going tube a mom what thoughts entered you mind?

Response - I was thrilled, and Hoped and prayed my baby would be deathly. I prayed this prayer fervently when Was pregnant with Matthew because I'd experienced a miscarriage two year before he was born. I was terrified I was going to lose another baby, which why I call Matthew my oracle. He was appropriately born on Good Friday.

What was your favorite Mother's Day gift or action?

Response - My favorite was after Matt was born because I had my two wonderful boys.

Amy. please share a special "proud mom" moment you had with each of your boys. I'm thinking of the Scripture that " Mary kept all these things in her heart" and thought there might be something that even Matt and Zac don't know about.

Response - This year each of my boys has moved me to tears because of their loving and giving hearts. I'm not going to use any name in order to protect their privacy.

One of my sons stood up to a bully by defending another boy who was being harassed. When this bully called the victim horrible names, my son walked up to the bully and gave him a piece of this mind. The bully was stunned silent and left the victim alone. I can't express how proud I am that my child didn't stand by and allow a bully to hurt another child.

My other son was a blessing to his friend when he needed help. His friend was depressed shared while they were talking online that he was thinking of hurting himself. My son texted the other boy's mother and told her he was worried about him. When the issue came up again when my son was with his friend, he listens to his friend talk and even cried with him wile offering him comfort. I had tears in my eyes when my son shared this with me.

I am really proud of my sons for helping others int heir time of need. I believe  my sons will continue to be a blessing to others.

Do you have a tradition on Mother's Day (something your husband or kids do for you every year)?

Response -  My husband and boys give me gifts and cards, and there is always at least one card fro the cats. Then they take my mom and me out to lunch or dinner. It's fun!

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Godfish Promotion and A Mother's Love Scavenger Hunt by Charlotte Hubbard

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A Mother's Love

Published by: Kensington Books

GENRES: Amish, Christaian, Romance


For widow Rose Raber, it’s been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed that Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspires her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved.

When Saul’s wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose’s new job, their bond as mother and daughter is instant and unmistakable. And it isn’t long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Matthias’s livelihood and Rose’s future. Now with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the strength and courage to stand strong—and trust God’s enduring miracles of motherhood, forgiveness, and love.

Within the reading the first few pages of, A Mother's Love, my memories and emotion of my own grandmother's battle with cancer flooded back. This story, along with my own experiences have shown me just how precious life is, and that we should never take it for granted, those that God has placed in our lives. I cannot say enough about this book- Hubbard, in my opinion, has out done herself. Through all of the books, I have read from Charlotte Hubbard, this has been by far the best with the most emotions and thought provoking book. A Mother's Love will have you in tears, laughing and falling in love not with Rose, but with her spunky daughter Gracie, who helps put things into prespecitve.

I don't want to spoil this for future readers, but I will leave you with this: you will not be disappointed.

A special than you to Charlotte Hubbard for pulling on my heart and making this book so easy to love.

I was given an ARC for my review for which I have given.

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Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while I was still a school librarian—I sold my first story to True Story. This launched me into writing about seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and I’ve been a slave to my overactive imagination ever since.

The next big step was selling my first historical romance in 1990, a Zebra Heartfire called COLORADO CAPTIVE. I quickly sold five more in that genre—and if you prefer my Christian romances, these historical Westerns won’t be your cup of tea! They’re all out of print now, but available from used book stores or on I’m bringing them back in digital format with beautiful new covers, which you can see on my Books page.
After a long dry spell that entailed major changes in the publishing industry and an agent who fritzed out on cocaine, I resurfaced in a new genre, with a new publisher, editor, and agent who were so excited about my Angels of Mercy series! These four faith-and-family stories are also out of print now, but available online as e-books. With THE LOVE SECRET, I moved into new territory once again—and once again the setting is a place I love to spend time: the Oregon Coast. Unfortunately, this series was doomed before it even got off the ground, so only this one book got written. That happens in the publishing business.
Being an author is great fun when you’re selling, but it’s best to have a hide like a rhinoceros and a spouse who gets a regular paycheck! Patience, persistence and just flat-out luck have given me this opportunity to reinvent myself yet again. Those angels I write about keep pulling me through, and are often my friends and family—but I owe a lot to the heavenly beings who bear me up on their wings, as well!

My stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way I’ve proposed them: I love it when unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, because they keep me guessing right along with my readers!
I have often presented workshops at my RWA chapter in St. Louis, and at conferences. I also belong to Novelists, Inc..

Monday, April 24, 2017


"Have I seen who?" He decided playing dumb was his best course of action. Then again, maybe Buddy wasn't talking about Sarah, but someone else.

Sarah Yoder couldn't remember a time when she didn't have her eye on Jonah, and wondered if he will ever feel the way she does. One night they spent together changed the course of their lives. 
They both had regrets and Sarah new that now being married to Jonah was only because  she was pregnant and he didn't and could never love her the way she hoped. Has she trapped Jonah? This is the question she continue to ask herself. 

My Thoughts

Marrying Jonah is Lilliard's last book in her Wells Landing series. I believe that this is the best yet in this series. It makes me wonder what other stories Amy has been working on to capture my heart and the heart of her readers. In Marrying Jonah Lillard does a wonderful job bringing this story full circle that it will move through your heart and make you realize that there is always hope in all circumstances. I enjoyed reading this book and the writings of Amy Lillard she truly has a way of writing about the Amish and I look forward to her next book(s).

I was given a copy of this book for my review which I have given.


I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?)  Rob and I have been married for over twenty-five years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!
I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.
I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)
Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940’s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter

Gut morning friends. The weekend and much to celebrate jah? I will be out in my garden planting a few more things and living a bit Amish. I won't be on much this weekend so I want to wish you all a very Happy Easter.

Come back on Monday it's time for a Spring Giveaway! #amishliving #simplelife #amishbooks