Monday, January 11, 2021

Sprinkled with Sabotage by Allison Pearl - Book Review and Giveaway


ABOUT THE BOOK

Lizzy Bennet loves life as a lawyer in the city. And not just because of the miles it puts between her and her ex. However, when she’s attacked on the street just hours after learning her identity was stolen, she tries to call home for help and ends up with the last person she expects: the very same high school boyfriend who broke her heart. He says he’s there to help, but she’s not so sure, and now, all the endless questions and regrets are clouding her judgment and preventing her from seeing the dangerous saboteur closing in.

Small-town auto mechanic, Koby Knightly, is looking forward to seeing a car show in the city. But when an unexpected call from his old girlfriend disconnects suddenly, he rushes to her apartment only to find her limping and bleeding. Throwing his plans out the window, Koby makes it his mission to protect her and discover the identity of the person trying to frame her. Will he also be able to figure out what went wrong between them back in high school or will a killer get to her first?

Book:  Sprinkled with Sabotage

Author: Allison Pearl

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

BOOK REVIEW

"Sprinkled with Sabotage" is a fast-paced romantic mystery series. It was easy to follow along even without reading the previous books. Lizzie and Koby have such amazing chemistry. The mystery starts right in chapter one. I am trying to write my review without spoiling anything.  I have read tons of mystery stories and I will have to say Allison Pearl did a great job of making it different and unique. Her characters and story are relatable and believable. Lizzy is working so hard to be named as a partner in her firm. After a crazy event, she accidentally calls her ex-boyfriend, Koby. Things work out in strange ways. Koby is in town for a car show so he was able to rescue her. On every page, we see how they have so much feeling for each other, as well as, anger. We learn about what happened. In the meantime, someone is out to get Lizzy. She gets framed for doing something she didn't. 

Pearl did an amazing job of bringing romance and mystery together. If you want a great escape from the world then I would highly recommend reading this series. I look forward to reading the next book in this series as well as the previous books. 


I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views and opinions are completely honest, and my own.
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Allison Pearl is a small-town girl who’s lived just about everywhere. She loves books, tea, chocolate, and watching old movies with her husband and black lab, Sal. To keep in touch and get updates on new releases follow her Facebook page ‘Books by Pearl’ at www.facebook.com/allisonnicolepearl/ or follow her on Twitter at @AllisonPearl5 and Instagram at @allisonnicolepearl.

More from Allison

Doughnuts and Suspense: Now’s the Time

In a lot of ways, this pandemic season we are in is encouraging. Quarantined families are spending time together that sports, events, and the demands of normal everyday life wouldn’t otherwise have allowed. Churches are finding new and creative ways to connect with people and share hope. Stories of mind-blowing generosity are popping up on social media all the time. Yes, there’s a lot to be excited about.

But in a lot of other ways, this all sucks. Domestic violence. Drug addiction. Unemployment. Their numbers are all up. And on top of that, hundreds and thousands of people have died from this coronavirus.

We’re all doing our best to hang in there. But you know what, it’s okay to not be okay. And it’s okay to do something for yourself. Do it now. Do it five minutes ago. We’ve all earned it. Don’t stress about the COVID 15 creeping up your bathroom scale. Go get a doughnut. Get two. And then pour yourself a coffee and sit down with a book and escape. Worry about what’s going to happen in a made-up person’s life for a few minutes instead of what new catastrophe is about to drop. Escape into those I-didn’t-see-that-coming moments. Pick up suspense that will beg you to keep turning the pages and spend an evening in a comfy chair reading chapters instead of headlines. God can handle the news. You handle you.

Above all, I want Sprinkled with Sabotage and the whole Love and Danger in St. Claire series to give you a break and the comfort that faith brings. Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY


To celebrate her tour, Allison is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! 

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Home Security- Ring Doorbell Experience


I finally got a Ring Doorbell. Our neighborhood has been going down the hill. We have been having a lot of shootings, car theft, break-ins. A friend of mine talked us into getting one. I'm glad she did once we got the right one LOL. I accidentally bought the Ring Peephole Camera, so if you live in an apartment they make one for you. I suggest talking to your landlord before installing if you think you might what one.

I bought the Ring Peephole Camera from Amazon for $80 and had to return it to the USP Store. I bought the one I really wanted at Best Buy for around $100 and did the two-year warranty on it. 

The set-up can be a little challenging especially if you want to hook it up to your doorbell chimes. You can hook it up to your original doorbell so it uses your electricity and not the battery.  I decided not to hook it up to our doorbell because our doorbell button is a way to close the door causing it not to see anything but the wall. 

The battery is said to last 3-8 months. I believe you can take it down and charge it. I could be wrong. 

Step 1: Open box

Step: 2 Read directions

Step 3: Charge the Ring

Step 4: Have a drink a whiskey. 

Step 5: Download the Ring app on your phone. 

Step 6: Go outside and determine how you want to hook it up and where. Like I said you don't have to hook it up to your doorbell if you don't want to deal with the wiring and everything. 

Step 7: Push Activate Device and follow the directions. 

Step 8: Screw the plate to your house. 

ONLY USE THEIR SCREWS BECAUSE IT COULD CAUSE A FIRE AND BURN THE BATTERY. 

Step 9: Attach the Ring device to the plate. 

Step 10: Play around with the app. 

The Ring is really cool. You can talk to people, get notified if there is any motion. If you want to keep the videos and photos you will need to sign up for their service. It is $3.00 a month for one device or $10.00 a month if you have more than one device. 

You can be at the grocery store and get an alarm there is motion near the Ring. You check the app and there is the mailman picking up packages so you can say "Thank You" and make them jump afoot.  I have been loving making people jump. There was a couple walking their dog and I said "Merry Christmas" through the device and they couldn't figure out where it was coming from. 

It also would make a wonderful camera to watch your pets when you are gone. I have two cats. It is awful when you have to take a poop sample to the vet. It is hard to follow your cat all the time to their litter. Ring has made it so much easier. I will immediately know who the poop belongs to without making them mad because I was constantly following them to the bathroom. 

I highly recommend it. It wasn't horrible to set-up. 

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Softly Blows the Bugle (The Amish of Weaver's Creek #3) by Jan Drexler

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Elizabeth Kaufman received the news of her husband's death at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863, she felt only relief. She determined that she would never be at the mercy of any man again, even if it meant she would never have a family of her own. Then Aaron Zook comes home with her brother when the war ends two years later.

Despite the severity of his injuries, Aaron resolves to move West and leave the pain of the past behind him. He never imagined that the Amish way of life his grandfather had rejected long ago would be so enticing. That, and a certain widow he can't get out of his mind.

Yet, even in a simple community, life has a way of getting complicated. Aaron soon finds that while he may have left the battlefield behind, there is another fight he must win--the one for the heart of the woman he loves.
Welcome back to the Amish community at Weaver's Creek, where the bonds of family and faith bind up the brokenhearted.


BOOK REVIEW

This is book number 3 in Jan Drexler's series called The Amish of Weaver's Creek.  I didn't read the first two books but still able to follow along.  What I love about this Amish series is it takes place during the Civil War. I am a huge history person. The story is set after the Civil War and the Amish settling in Lancaster County, PA. Aaron fought with Elizabeth's brother in the war and came back home to the Amish settlement crippled.  Elizabeth, a Civil War widow, returns home to her Amish family. Her brother served as a medic in the war. He brings a wounded Confederate soldier, Aaron, who he met in the hospital. Solomon Mast moves into the nearby farm. He is determined to rush Elizabeth to marry him so he can get the land her late husband left. Aaron steps in and exposes the truth about Solomon.  Will Elizabeth listen to Aaron and open her eyes? Lots of things happen throughout the story. Some of the storylines is predictable but there is a couple of twists and turns. 

Drexler put a lot of detail into the story to transport the reader to Jonas, Katie, Elizebeth's life during a time of unrest. She did her research.  Her characters are realistic. We saw Aaron going from a broken wounded hero with no hope then we see him learning to be confident again. I love how gentle and kind he is. Elizabeth is determined to not have an abusive marriage again. 
You can see God helping them through their struggles and happiness. I highly recommend reading this series. So many heartfelt messages in Drexler's writings. 

"I was given a free copy from Revell for an honest opinion. "

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jan grew up surrounded by books and storytellers. With pastors and Teachers populating both sides of her extended family, we aren't surprised that she has always desired to be a first-class storyteller herself. 
Born and raised in Michigan, Jan is the descendant of Amish Mennonite and Brethren immigrants who settled in Berks, Somerset, and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania in the mid-1700s. The descendants of these immigrants pioneered in Maryland, Ohio, and finally Elkhart and LaGrange Counties in Northern Indiana in the 1850s. It is their stories, the "what might have happened, " that inspires Jan to write Historical Fiction with Amish characters. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband and their two dogs, Jack and Sam, where she enjoys hiking, reading, and needlework. 

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Friday, November 13, 2020

So This Is Love by Laura Hile Book Review and Giveaway

ABOUT THE BOOK

“I am not romantic, you know. I never was.”

Newly escaped from a loathsome engagement of convenience, Charlotte Lucas has no interest in romance. More than ever, she is convinced that no man would—or could—love her. As companion to an aging aunt, Charlotte’s new life is as predictable as it is circumspect.

But then she is rescued from a robbery by her uncle’s heir, a masterful man who is disastrously handsome. Why has he remained as a guest in the house? Why is he so determined to draw Charlotte out and make her talk? And what of his invitation to visit his home by the sea?

Romance is not on the chart for Captain Jack Blunt. Never again will he be played for that kind of fool! He is ashore only to heal from an injury and see to business, nothing more. And yet the pointed disinterest of his cousin’s pert niece is intriguing. She is forthright, refreshingly honest—and altogether lovely. She will make a fine wife for one of his officers. But not, of course, for him.

So This Is Love is a joyride of a Regency, bringing whirlwind romance and happily-ever-after to Jane Austen’s staid and practical Charlotte Lucas.

Book: So This Is Love.  Author: Laura Hile

Genre: Historical Christian Romance; Regency Romance

Release Date: May 29, 2020

MY BOOK REVIEW

 I have a love and hate relationship with Jane Austin books. At times I found them to be boring and other times I found them magical, so I was looking forward to reading Laura Hile's book that is based on Jane Austen's books. "So This Is Love"  by Laura Hile is a great writer.  She takes us into Charlotte Lucas's life.  She ended her engagement and was sent to live with her aunt. She travels to the Allens with her maid and Johnny, her 12-year-old brother. They get held up by highwaymen. 

Captain Jack Lunt of the Royal Navy, comes to her rescue. Captain Jack Blunt loves her not just for her beauty but also for her beauty inside. 

Charlotte ran away from a rude man, Mr. Collins. He is always insulting Charlotte.  Captain Jack ends up teaching Mr. Collins how to treat women. Charlotte trusts Captain. 

I love how Hile made Charlotte not only beautiful but very smart and determined. She knows what she wants and is determined to get what she wants. She wasn't afraid to go against her societal norms. 

Hile did her research. Her descriptions were perfect. I could see the scenery, outfits, and customs of England in the 1800s. Her writing flowed very well. She put in many life lessons. You will see faith and love. 

The main message I got from this book is all about love. Love can hurt, make you feel lonely, and even at times make you laugh. You will know who your true love is and when you see him or she then holds them tight. Will there be a happily ever after? You will have to read "So This Is Love" to know. This is a great story filled with adventure and romance. I recommend reading it. 


I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Encourager. Believer. Author. Teacher. Friend.

By day, Laura Hile teaches at a Christian school. By night—or rather, in the early morning when she can think! —she writes Jane Austen and Regency romance with laughs and happy endings.

The comedy Laura comes by as a teacher. There’s never a dull moment with middle school students!

She enjoys gardening (she is a weed warrior!), choral singing, and having coffee with friends.

Laura lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with her husband and a collection of antique clocks. One day she hopes to add a cat or three.

MORE ABOUT LAURA

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Lucas is stuck marrying the awful Mr. Collins. It is a prudent choice, given her age and circumstances, but still.

Generations of women readers have felt badly for her, including me. “No, no!” we want to shout. “The man’s a spineless braggart! Don’t marry him!”

Charlotte claims that she is not romantic. We don’t believe that for a minute. She simply hasn’t met the right man.

With an eye on the rugged seaside setting of the classic movie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), I decided to change all that. With two little words, I sent Charlotte’s story spinning from its Pride and Prejudice rails: What If?

What if, when Collins returns to Meryton to negotiate the settlement, his lustful thoughts overpower good sense? What if, before they are married, Collins gets handsy—and something within Charlotte snaps? What if she abruptly ends the engagement?

That’s what we would do in real life, right? We’d kick Collins to the curb!

What if, to escape gossip, Charlotte is sent to live with her father’s sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Allen (borrowed from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey). Mr. Allen’s heir is also a house guest, and thus we have a perfect opportunity for romance.

Although I intended to use The Ghost and Mrs. Muir’s Captain Gregg as a model, Captain Jack Blunt wasn’t having any. He strode onto the story’s quarterdeck as very much his own man. For one thing, he is Royal Navy (1812), not merchant marine. And for another, he is surprisingly devout. Although he has a gentleman’s beard like Gregg, he is blond.

If you’re thinking Chris Hemsworth in Thor, you’re getting the right idea.

Look, if our girl Charlotte is brave enough to give Collins the heave-ho, she deserves to meet a swoony hero, right?

Captain Blunt’s house by the sea in Dorset plays the role of Captain Gregg’s Gull CottageCliff House, and the cove it’s built above, almost become characters themselves as Charlotte and Jack share daily walks beside the sea. This book is filled with delicious banter between the two. Isn’t that our favorite thing about a romance?

So This Is Love is a swashbuckling, sweep-away Regency that is just plain fun to read. I think you’ll enjoy it.

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER 


Blog Stops

Through the Lens of Scripture, October 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 30

Labor Not in Vain, October 31

deb’s Book Review, October 31

Texas Book-aholic, November 1

Mary Hake, November 1

Inklings and notions, November 2

For Him and My Family, November 3

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, November 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 4

Beauty in the Binding, November 4

Connie’s History Classroom, November 5

Artistic Nobody, November 6 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Connect in Fiction, November 6

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 7

Pause for Tales, November 7

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 8

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 9

Emily Yager, November 9

She Lives To Read, November 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 11

Blossoms and Blessings, November 11

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 12

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 12



Friday, October 30, 2020

Pumpkin Carving Winner and Halloween Memories

I thought you might want to hear a little bit about some of my Halloween memories. Halloween, like other holidays, isn't the same when you are an adult. It's not as fun unless you have kids, but if you are 33 years old it isn't.  Since I have had more hours available in my schedule I have been going through my old boxes. I found some of Halloween memories. 

When I was in fourth and fifth grade they had a pumpkin contest. Grades 1st to 5th voted on them. 

I was so excited to be able to enter a pumpkin when I was in fourth grade. My mom and I spent hours the night before creating my pumpkin.  My mom is one creative person. We were a great pair.  

My first time entering was in fourth grade. I did a spider pumpkin. I still couldn't believe I won first place. 



My last year at my elementary school, fifth grade, I entered the contest again because I had so much fun making my pumpkin with my mom. This time we decided to make the pumpkin into a cat. It is hard to see in the photo, but we made a beanie baby black cat. We attached the Beanie Babies tag on its ear.  Beanie Babies at that time was hot and heavy. I still couldn't believe I won again first place. Being creative is so much fun and to be told your creation is awesome is a great feeling. 




My elementary school had a lot of fun Halloween activites.  My mom was incharge of our classroom parties. Our school did a costume parade where we would walk around in each classroom to show off our costumes. I was usually a princess and a cat. My mom always had the best costumes. One year I was so upset because I didn't see my mom and the party was about to start. My mom was never late to anything. I started crying in the hallway and my teacher came over said she is in the classroom.  I could not believe the scarecrow was my mom. I could not recognize her. She scared the crap out of me and she also made a mess. The straw stuffing kept spilling out all over the floor when she walked around.   By the end of the day she lost a lot of weight, aka straw. It was really funny.

I thought you might have a little fun seeing my pumpkins and my memories with Halloween at school. 






Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Thicket Book #3 (Brambles Series) by Morgan Ray Book Review


ABOUT THE BOOK

Sidney's cursed. Two ghostly men stand before her. Choosing one will send the other to oblivion, but choosing neither will cause generations to suffer. . . .

Sidney died.
The end?
Oh, but this is a fairy tale, and the heroine can’t really die . . . can she?

Having been brought back to life by the Golden Dawn Coven, Sidney has vowed to turn from her succubus ways and end her incubus father, freeing herself to finally end the curse on her own terms. It would be so much easier, though, if her succubus side wasn’t constantly trying to make her kiss everyone. Along with the two ghosts from the curse, a beautiful pink-haired witch is after Sidney’s heart.

But things are changing . . . the coven has informed Sidney that because of her role in the curse she’s going to become an Apt—a messenger of the gods imbued with godly powers. She’ll be godly if she can defeat her demon side. This would be great news if it wasn’t tied to a ghastly vision of her own death at the hand of the incubus. Here’s hoping that visions can be wrong. . . .

In order to take hold of her destiny, Sidney is charged with exploring the Thicket—an otherworldly holding place for Reginald and Dorian, the ghosts attached to the curse. But Sidney's been warned: she could go crazy or get lost in the Thicket if she’s not careful. It’s a chance that Sidney has to take as the witches’ visions have shown that the Thicket holds the answer—not only to ending Sidney’s incubus father but maybe even to ending the curse without destroying either ghost.

Thicket is the fast-paced, heart-pounding ending to the Brambles Series, sure to leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

Are you ready for the end?

                                                 

MY BOOK REVIEW

Thicket by Morgan Ray's third book of "Brambles" series. This cannot be read as a stand-alone. You need to read all three of them in order. 

I was a little discouraged with this one. I say this because at times it got really confusing. Will Sidney die? Will she end the curse? I am not going to tell you because I don't want to ruin it for you. This book contains more information on Aziah's character, which I loved. 

I love to see the kindness of Sidney and how she forgave and inspired people, even the ghosts and witches. it ties up the story very well. this series was so much fun to read. Like I said before if you liked Twilight, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Vampire diaries, and fairytales then you will love this series. 

The book is great for all ages. I can't stress it enough this was a fun series to read.  

(Author sent me the book for an honest opinion. This is my honest opinion) 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

She is an author, a lover of creepy-cute things (you know sparkly skulls and black unicorns and candles that melt and show skeletons), and an all-around weirdo. She is the happiest when playing with her kitties or exploring a haunted cemetery. She loves YA books. If she could, she would live in one. Just not The Hunger Games. 

She just finished the Brambles Series and is working on a dystopian series that will release late 2020/early 2021. It's super dark and I'm super excited.




Brambles Series (Book One) by Morgan Ray - My Book Review


One curse. Two ghosts. Three days to make a terrible choice.  Join Sidney Philips on an adventure of self-discovery and ghostly mystery in this paranormal romance and Sleeping Beauty inspired series.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Nineteen-year-old Sidney Philips lives in the shadow of her grandmother, a wealthy socialite with towering expectations and a controlling hand. She’s expected to either find a respectable career and marry well, or to simply marry well. Believing she has no choice, Sidney walks the path laid out for her until a destined meeting with a terrifying ghost turns her world upside down. All at once, Sidney is at the center of a curse that has nothing (and everything) to do with her. She's faced with a terrible choice: marry a ghost and give up her freedom forever, or send him away and force generations to suffer. But, oh, if only it were that simple. Meddling hands have complicated the curse, making a difficult choice impossible. Now, two ghostly men stand before Sidney. Choosing one will mean oblivion for the other. The clock is ticking. A choice must be made. Someone must suffer.

Do you want to hear a ghost story?

"Brambles" is a coming-of-age story that’s a mash-up of paranormal romance and Sleeping Beauty lore; a delicious blend of drama and action with just a touch of humor that's perfect for both YA and NA (New Adult) readers.

MY BOOK REVIEW

"Brambles" is the first book in the "Brambles" series.  Morgan Kay takes us into Sidney/Aurora's journey with a scary curse she has to face. Her journey is very unique. Early on she finds an antique journal with a picture of a man in the 1800s in her grandmother's attic. Through this journal, she learns ghosts are real and so are the curse. 
Two men are fighting for her heart. These men, Reginald and Andrew are both ghosts. 
If she doesn't choose one to marry in 6 days one of them has to die for the curse to end. How can you choose one and watch the other die? I would want to kill myself, but they are already ghosts so do they die? Where do they go since they are already dead? 
I love the character Thorax. He is a talking cat who was sent by a witch to protect her and guide her on getting rid of the curse. 
Brambles have a lot of characters. Some characters have two different names, which can be a little confusing at times but are the same person such as Sidney who is also Aurora. 
Morgan Kay wrote Sidney's inner monologue is throughout the story making it hard at times to follow. The pacing of the book flows very well. Every chapter has twists and turns one after the other. 
Honestly, this is a unique fun story that reminds me of a few different fairy tales, Hungar Games, Twilight, and even Harry Potter. It is full of magic and curses. It also has death, life, romance,. The ending of "Brambles" has a huge cliff hanger. I highly recommend getting all the books ahead of time because you are going to want to find out what happened right away.  Warning!! These books are hard to put down. I highly recommend reading this series. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

She is an author, a lover of creepy-cute things (you know sparkly skulls and black unicorns and candles that melt and show skeletons), and an all around weirdo. She is the happiest when playing with her kitties or exploring a haunted cemetery. She loves YA books. If she could, she would live in one. Just not The Hunger Games. 

She just finished the Brambles Series and is working on a dystopian series that will release late 2020/early 2021. It's super dark and I'm super excited.



Sprinkled with Sabotage by Allison Pearl - Book Review and Giveaway

ABOUT THE BOOK Lizzy Bennet loves life as a lawyer in the city. And not just because of the miles it puts between her and her ex. However, w...

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