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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Caitlyn's Christmas Wish Review!!!

Caitlyn's Christmas Wish by Laura L. Walker

Book Description:
Right Family, Wrong Brother - Just when former model and single mother Caitlyn Drevier Reel feels like she has her life back on track after a divorce and a six-month stint in rehab, her ex-in-laws extend an invitation to spend Christmas with the family. After all, Caitlyn reasons, her ex-husband Grant is constantly on the road traveling with his band and it's only fair to allow them to get to know her young son. What Caitlyn isn't prepared for, however, is the attraction she feels for Ridge, Grant's older brother, or the wonderful sense of belonging to their family again. Ridge, who has recovered from his own personal struggles, seems to feel the same way and as they work together to make the Winter Festival that his parents have organized for their small town in Wyoming a success, Caitlyn begins to envision a bright future. But will Grant's unexpected arrival at this family get-together spoil their Christmas cheer? Caitlyn's Christmas Wish is an inspirational romance novella that will have you reaching for a mug of hot cocoa and get you in the holiday mood.

Author Info:

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Laura L. Walker grew up in a large family in the beautiful Gila Valley of southern Arizona. From the time she was young, she spent hours drawing characters on paper and fantasizing about their adventures. Life became more serious, however, when she met her own hero at Northern Arizona University and they later became the parents of six children. In between spurts of grocery shopping, sewing costumes or quilts, transporting kids to practices, and making dinner, Laura still enjoys putting her imagination to good use. She is the author of two contemporary romances, Pierced by Love and The MatchupCaitlyn's Christmas Wish is her first novella.

My Opinion:
Sweet Read!  This is a nice read for the CHRISTmas season with a unique and different plot!  I loved the family, and the characters back grounds are very interesting!  And I absolutely LOVED some of the last scenes!!!  I do wish it had been a little longer though.  Some of it felt a little rushed, and I didn't want it to be over so soon! ;)  There were times the characters seemed a touch too trusting or naive.  But the messages of CHRISTmas and the hope of redemption shine bright at the heart of this tale! :) 

Song: "What Child Is This? (First Noel Prelude)" from Francesca Battistelli and "Eye of the Storm (feat. Gabe Real)" by Ryan Stevenson

Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Isaiah 9:6


*I was contacted by the author to read and review Caitlyn's Christmas Wish.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about this book. ~ASC

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Interview with Author Laura L. Walker!

It is my pleasure to interview Laura today! :)

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Laura L. Walker grew up in a large family in the beautiful Gila Valley of southern Arizona. From the time she was young, she spent hours drawing characters on paper and fantasizing about their adventures. Life became more serious, however, when she met her own hero at Northern Arizona University and they later became the parents of six children. In between spurts of grocery shopping, sewing costumes or quilts, transporting kids to practices, and making dinner, Laura still enjoys putting her imagination to good use. She is the author of two contemporary romances, Pierced by Love and The MatchupCaitlyn's Christmas Wish is her first novella.

What is your Favorite Bible verse? 

I have two: 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 "(KJV) 1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


Job 19:25-26 25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

What is your Favorite song right now? 

Nearer, My God, To Thee 

What is your Favorite book right now or What you're reading right now? 

(Since I'm not currently reading anything right now...I'll name a few of my favorite authors?) Anything by Erica Vetsch, Mary Coneally or +Karen Witemeyer 

What or who encouraged you to write? 

I was always writing or making up stories from the time I can remember.  However, after I got married and had my first two babies, life became really difficult and I set that hobby aside.  I never thought I would write anything else, at least until my kids had grown up, until 2013 when the writing bug suddenly hit me again!  My husband strongly encouraged me to pursue it and I'm so grateful he did.  He has always supported me.  

What was your Inspiration for Caitlyn’s Christmas Wish? 

Writers are intrinsic observers.  I don't normally write about pop culture, but a piece of a conversation a friend and I had about another person's experience with diet pills made me think of all the celebrities (especially females) or who are pressured to look good in front of the camera to the point that they destroy their own health.  That's where Caitlyn's addiction came into play.  After that, it was a natural jump to cast her ex-husband as the quintessential lead singer in a popular band who was struggling with his own reckless habits.  I wanted my hero, Ridge, to be someone who could provide a loving and stabilizing influence for Caitlyn and her son.  And Christmas--well, it's easy to write about Christmas.  I love the fact that people of all faiths come together at Christmas, so I tried to portray that in the last few scenes of this novella.  

What's next for you? 

I've actually spent the past seven months writing quite intensively and am ready to take a short break.  I've written and submitted a full-length novel to my publisher, and I have another full-length novel in the works about a newlywed couple whose marriage is already threatening to fold. I am also fleshing out the plots for a couple more novellas centering around the other major holidays. I'm thinking it could turn into a series.  

Is there anything else that you would like readers to know? 

I am a firm believer in true love.  Not that we actually fall in love, but that a couple grows love by working together, serving each other, and laughing together.  There are times when I am feeling down when my husband picks me back up and vice versa.  The best marriage advice I ever received was that marriage is not 50-50%.  Sometimes it's 80-20% or 20-80%.  It's a real give-and-take, but it always balances out.  This is why I like to write about it. :-)

Thank you Laura for answering all of my questions and thank you readers for reading my blog! :)  


Monday, November 28, 2016

Clash of the Titles Oct-Nov 2016

It's the end of our CLASH year, and we've lined up some awesome holiday reading (and gift ideas!) for this month's Clash of the Titles.
Vote for your Ideal curl up in front of a fire read!

Scroll through these releases and cast your vote for your perfect idea of a next read.
It's a tough choice, but it's up to you to determine our Clash Champion!


Risking Love
Brenda S. Anderson

A play-it-safe bank employee falls for a down-on-his-luck, risk-taking widower. Can she risk loving a man whose home she may have to take away?


An Unexpected Role
Leslea Wahl

Josie's island getaway becomes the summer of her dreams as friendships grow, romance blossoms and a series of thefts surround her with excitement. But as she sets out to solve the mystery she has become entangled in, she not only realizes the importance of relying on her faith but along the way also discovers her true self.


Forest Child
Heather Day Gilbert

Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life and is Book Two in the bestselling Vikings of the New World Saga.


Can't Help Falling
Kara Isaac

A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England.


The Cautious Maiden
Dawn Crandall

In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone. 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. 


The Thorn Healer
Pepper D. Basham

A wounded nurse battles resentment against a German prisoner as the two work together to save an Appalachian town from deception and disease in the wake of World War 1.


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The Best CHRISTmas Gift EVER! Review!!!!!!!

THe Best CHRISTmas Gift Ever! 
by Melinda Rumbaugh (Author), 
Lisa Reed (Illustrator)

Book Description:
A new VeggieTales board book about the true meaning of Christmas

In this festive VeggieTales book, the Veggies are celebrating Christmas -- decorating the tree, singing carols, and exchanging gifts. But even though it's so much fun to give and receive presents, the Veggies all know that the greatest gift of all was God's gift of Jesus, his Son. Children will love the colorful art featuring their favorite Veggie friends. Parents can use this book to introduce little ones to the reason we rejoice at Christmastime -- Jesus' birth. Ages 2-5.

My Opinion:
LOVE IT!  As a Veggie Tales fan I jumped at the opportunity to review this little book, and I was NOT disappointed!!!!  It is exactly what every little one needs this CHRISTmas season to learn and be reminded what CHRISTmas is truly all about!!!  Thick and colorful pages make it easy for little fingers to turn on their own and lovely rhyme makes reading out loud enjoyable!  I can't wait for us to read this to our Tween kids in church!!!!!

Songs: "Born On Christmas Day" by Brad Paisley
 Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Isaiah 9:6


*I requested and received this book from Worthy Publishing for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Best CHRISTmas Gift Ever!. ~ASC

Thursday, November 24, 2016



"Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name."

1 Chronicles 29:13

I pray you all have a safe and Happy celebration today!  ~ASC

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Finding Margo Review!!!!

Finding Margo by Jen Turano

Book Description:
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About the Book

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Off the charts and on the run.

International pop star Margo Hartman could use a night off. A grueling tour and overbearing entourage have sent her over the edge. It’s time for this diva to disappear. And who would think to look for the superstar in a small town in Ohio?

Sheriff’s deputy Brock Moore is undercover as well. He knows Margo isn’t who she appears to be, but her uncanny resemblance to a local Amish woman is raising all sorts of questions . . . the kinds that make her a target for a killer.

Both are determined to find answers, but their mutual attraction stands in the way of either of them doing it alone. Is finding Margo the solution to Brock’s problems or the just the beginning . . . ?

About the Author

img_1634aUSA Today best-selling author Jen Turano writes contemporary and historical romances with quirky characters and unusual storylines. Just outside Denver, Colorado, Jen and her husband live as empty-nesters, and they do so fabulously. Contact Jen at
My Opinion:
WOW!  As usual Jen grabs me and draws me in from the very first sentence!  What an intriguing plot and series theme!!!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new story, and have come to the theory that Jen could write just about any genre and it would be absolutely amazing!!! :D  The humor and mystery are equally fantastic!  The action and suspense scenes are FABULOUS!!!!!!!  I love the characters; from the primary to the sub they fit together to make a highly entertaining and interesting read!!!  There were times I had to pause because I was laughing so much!  But the message of how God works in mysterious ways in His own perfect time is highlighted beautifully!  There were times when I wanted the characters to be a little more suspicious, then again maybe I'm just too suspicious myself! LOL!  I can't wait for more in this series!

Song: "This Little Light Of Mine" performed by Addison Road
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Jeremiah 29:11


*I requested and received this book as a member of Celebrate Lit for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Finding Margo. ~ASC

Blog Stops

November 17: Book by Book
November 17: cherylbbookblog
November 18: A Reader’s Brain
November 18: I Hope You Dance
November 18: Blogging with Carol
November 19: ASC Book Reviews
November 19: Bibliophile Reviews
November 20: Lighthouse Academy
November 20: Karen Sue Hadley
November 20: Back Porch Reads
November 21: Genesis 5020
November 21: 100 Pages per Hour
November 22: Pause for Tales
November 22: Quiet Quilter
November 22: Bigreadersite
November 23: Just Commonly
November 23: A Greater Yes
November 23: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
November 24: Smiling Book Reviews
November 24: Ashley’s Bookshelf
November 25: inklings and notions
November 26: Daysong Reflections
November 26: The Scribbler
November 26: Blossoms and Blessings
November 28: The Power of Words
November 28: Reader’s Cozy Corner
November 29: Faithfully Bookish
November 29: Christian Bookaholic

Guest Post from Author Jen Turano and GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

Guest Post from Jen Turano

The Making of “Finding Margo”
By Jen Turano
To say that my entrance into the publishing world was a tad difficult is certainly an understatement.  My very first attempt at writing was centered around a middle grade book, specifically written for my son who was in the third grade at the time.  After finishing that, and sending it out to all of five companies, none of whom represented middle grade, I then moved on to young adult with a little more interest sent my way, but no success story to report in the end.  Not one to embrace the idea of complete and utter failure, I then tried my hand at a contemporary romance, moved on to what I assumed was a delightful regency romance, but one that turned out to be not that delightful, at least according to numerous agents, and finally landed on gilded age stories, filled with quirky heroines.  That is when I finally received my very first publishing contract, which then saw me catapulted into the very weird world of publishing.  After completing the second gilded age story of my two-book contract, I found myself with some time on my hands as I waited to see if anyone would read my stories, which might then result in an offer of additional book contracts.  As I waited, I decided I might as well keep writing, so decided to try another contemporary story, although my agent at that time suggested I try to write an Amish book since she had numerous requests from publishers for those specific books.
Because my writing voice is not what anyone might consider normal, I really didn’t believe I’d be able to do justice to an authentic Amish story.  Because of that, I settled on the idea of writing a contemporary romantic suspense, being a huge fan of that genre.  I had a vague notion of exploring a theme centered around a dog walker who might stumble on a body while walking her pack of dogs, or perhaps have a storyline that centered around a makeup artist who witnessed a crime while setting out her makeup for a client, but those ideas went straight away when I pulled out the vacuum one fine day.
Vacuuming, as well as staining the deck, cleaning the shower, and power-washing the garage, are my go-to activities when I need to get the muse working right before I start a first draft. On that particular day, as I pushed the vacuum around the house, I suddenly had the most intriguing idea – an idea that started off with two delightful little words…What…and…If.
That was all it took for a premise to begin festering through my mind, a fester that grew into this – What if three Amish children were stolen straight out of their beds, never to be seen or heard from again until… Now here’s where it gets interesting.  I decided to have a woman by the name of Margo Hartman, an international superstar no less, stumble into this small Ohio town quite by accident, and…she happens to bear an uncommon resemblance to an Amish woman who lives in this town.  To add an addition sense of intrigue, someone immediately begins trying their very best to kill poor Margo.
By the time I was done vacuuming, the storyline for “Finding Margo” was firmly cemented in my mind, which translates into Jen had no choice other than to write the story.  However, before my agent at that time found a home for the manuscript, I signed another contract for more gilded age books, which meant I did not have the time to commit to what was certainly going to have to be a three-book series since, well, there were three Amish children who’d gone missing.
Fast forward around five years and I found myself a little ahead of schedule at exactly the right time.  There was a new publishing house in town, my current agent remembered me talking about this quirky book I’d written long ago, and as luck would have it, I found the flash drive that’s been home to “Finding Margo” for all these years.
Since my writing style has certainly changed since I first wrote Margo’s story, I ended up rewriting the entire book, and I must say that I’m still just as intrigued with the storyline as I was when it popped to mind while vacuuming what seems like ages ago.  I’m just tickled to death that Margo Hartman has finally found her way out of a flash drive and onto the pages of a book.  I’m hoping readers will enjoy her as much as I enjoyed writing her.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with me today, and for supporting my books over the years.  I cannot properly express how important all my readers have become to me, and I’m incredibly thankful for every one of you.  You’ve brightened up my life and without you, well, I wouldn’t have anyone to share the stories that always seem to rumble around my mind.
God bless!
~ Jen ~


To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copies of her book! Click the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine entries on the giveaway!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Love in the Seams Review &GIVEAWAY!

Love in the Seams by Jodie Wolfe

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Mae Stafford longs for the companionship and unconditional love her sister has found in her new husband. But after years of refusing potential suitors because of a pact they made as children, Mae no longer has any choices left once their agreement is broken. She has no hope that God will give her what she desires most, a family of her own. Instead of dwelling on what she doesn’t have, she throws herself into her work as the recent sole owner of the local dress shop.

As a promise made to his late wife, Johannes Mueller agrees to travel west to be a school teacher in Calder Springs, Texas, away from the bigotry associated with being an immigrant in New York City. He hopes to improve his life and forget his loss. Johannes isn’t counting on his five-year-old daughter’s search for a new mother when they arrive. His little LillyAnn finds ways to bring the seamstress and him together…often. Can he learn to embrace his German heritage and unlock his heart to love again?

About the Author:

Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of ACFW. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at
Guest Post from Jodie Wolfe

I’m so excited to be a part of a Celebrate Lit tour. Thank you for the opportunity to give a small peek into my world. J Love in the Seams is book two in my Twins & Needles series. Mae Stafford’s journey to believe and have hope that God will give her the desires of her heart echo the ups and downs of my writing adventure.

I wrote my first novel as a teen quite a number of years ago. Ahem. We won’t say how many years that have passed since then. J Let’s just say it’s quite a few. My next novel didn’t get written until my early twenties…and then soon after I had children. Fiction writing took a back seat as I raised my sons and home schooled them all the way through high school.

Over seven years ago I felt God nudging me back to writing. I still had a son at home, so the progress was a little slow at first. Since then I’ve written four novels, three novellas, and have pitched a half dozen other ideas at various conferences or through my amazing agent.

God dropped my agent, Linda S. Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency, into my lap when I least expected it, but that’s a different story. I’ve had quite a number of rejections over the past few years as she’s tried to drum up interest for my books. We’ve had some nibbles and times when an editor or two was interested, but things didn’t progress any further than that.

I’ve entered contests and have experienced mixed results. I semi-finaled in American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest a few years ago, and this past summer I found out I’m a finalist in three different contests. But there also have been quite a few where the responses weren’t so great.

Earlier this year I decided to put out a novella independently and Hearts Tightly Knit was the result. It told the tale of Mae’s twin sister, Ellie, and their pact to always stay together and never marry. When Ellie ended up with her happily-ever-after, I knew that Mae needed one too. The only thing is Mae isn’t sure if her hopes for a family will ever come to fruition.

Highs and lows are part of a writer’s life. Well, actually for all of us. J Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down in the negatives, the ‘rejections’ and not be able to see past them. Believe me, at times I wallow there for a little bit, but my aim is to write books that share about the hope we have in Christ. How can I convey that if I don’t believe and experience it myself?

One of my favorite verses is Hebrews 11:1 (HCSB) which says, “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” One of the things I have hoped for many years was a writing contract. That finally happened in September when I signed for a novelette with Celebrate Lit that will be coming out in the spring. In the process of waiting, I’ve found God has refined and honed me in this journey of hope.

My prayer is that my books will touch your heart and give you a glimmer of the hope we have in Christ. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity into your world.
My Opinion:
A sweet story! :)  This is the first book I've read from Jodie and so it's my first from this series!  It is a lovely tale of love with a pace that flows nicely! :)  I read it in a little over a day and LOVED the little nuggets of humor that added to the plot!  The kids are sweet, the characters are lovable, and I absolutely LOVED the way Jodie writes her character's prayers!  A sweet story that I recommend!

Song: "If We're Honest" by Francesca Battistelli 
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

1 Corinthians 13:4-8




In honor of her tour, Jodie is giving away a wooden decorated basket, a 24 thread spools with needles and threader, a pack of 30 needles, a tape measure, a tomato pin cushion, embroidery scissors, a thimble, 15 piece sewing kit, and a $10 Amazon gift card0! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway!

*I requested and received this book as a member of Celebrate Lit for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Love in the Seams. ~ASC

Blog Stops

November 10: Pause for Tales
November 12: Quiet Quilter
November 13: A Greater Yes
November 13: Blossoms and Blessings
November 15: Lane Hill House
November 15: Ashley’s Bookshelf
November 16: ASC Book Reviews
November 17: Christian Bookaholic
November 18: Daysong Reflections
November 19: bigreadersite
November 20: Splashes of Joy

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Where Two Hearts Meet Review!!!!!

Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson 

Book Description:
In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen--and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

My Opinion:
Lovely sequel :)  I really connected with Caden! :)  She became one of my favorite characters of the series in The Red Door Inn and at times I really felt akin to her in Where Two Hearts Meet!  The pace of the book flows nicely and the shocks make it interesting to say the least! ;)  There are times when I wondered why Liz decided to do something, and there's a character that I wanted to be wrapped up a little more, but I'm hoping she will be wrapped up in the next book.  I also wanted more Faith content: prayers, scripture, and the like.  There were a few scenes that I devoured; I just wanted more.  One scene in particular was REALLY GREAT; I could have read it over and over again!!!  The sub characters are as great as the lead characters and I find myself wanting them back as well! :)  I also found the set up and sneek peek for the next book to be HIGHLY intriguing!  I'm a little torn about the wrap up of this one, but I found the book as a whole to be entertaining and fun!

P.S. There's one really big thing that upset me about this book.......THERE AREN'T ANY RECIPES!  All of these GREAT goodies are mentioned and not one recipe!  (sigh) ;)

Songs: "Call It Grace" by Unspoken and "Worth It" by Francesca Battistelli
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10


*I requested and received this book from Revell for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Where Two Hearts Meet. ~ASC

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