Top Ten Tuesday: Tales from the TBR Tower

Top Ten Tuesday: Tales from the TBR Tower

Posted January 19, 2016 / 101 Comments

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (as always, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) is about those books we recently added to our ever-growing TBR piles. Or, in my case, my TBR island.

Between all the wonderful-sounding new books coming out this year and all the wonderful-sounding new books that came out last year… and all the wonderful-sounding books I discover every Tuesday through the TTT linkup, my TBR pile/tower/island is out. of. control.


Book Spotlight: The Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon

Book Spotlight: The Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon

Posted January 18, 2016 / 3 Comments

I am THRILLED to be one of the first stops for The Isaac Project blog tour, hosted by Singing Librarian Books. One of my friends – in fact my WONDER TWIN, author Mikal Dawn, told me about this delightful book just before it released last year, and I quickly fell in love with it! I loved it so much that it made my list of the “Best Contemporary Fiction” that I read in 2015.


Review: A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

Review: A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

Posted January 16, 2016 / 2 Comments

If you’ve spent half a second around me or my blog, you know how much I adore Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale retellings. You also probably know how much I adore Regency fiction, especially those books that make my Jane-Austen-loving heart smile. Combine Melanie Dickerson and Regency fiction?!? Yep. I’m pretty much on cloud 9.



Review: Paralyzed by Alana Terry

Review: Paralyzed by Alana Terry

Posted January 15, 2016 / 3 Comments

Alana Terry is a very unique writing voice in Christian suspense fiction. She’s not afraid to tackle the tough stuff, and the faith element is very strong. However, don’t mistake “very strong” for “preachy” or “political”. In fact, just about the time I thought it could cross over into preachy territory, the author threw in a curve ball that kept the character and the story from becoming a caricature.


Alan Rickman, 1946-2016

Alan Rickman, 1946-2016

Posted January 14, 2016 / 8 Comments

I was so very sad this morning to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. To me, he will always be Colonel Brandon and Professor Snape. His distinctive voice and thoughtful approach to acting will be missed.


Review (Plus a Giveaway!): Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

Review (Plus a Giveaway!): Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

Posted January 13, 2016 / 6 Comments

WOW! Colleen Coble is one of my go-to romantic suspense authors for a reason! Between Mermaid Moon and The Inn at Ocean’s Edge (the first book in the Sunset Cove series), I have been spellbound for the past two days & on the edge of my seat from the suspense!


Top Ten Tuesday: Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

Top Ten Tuesday: Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

Posted January 12, 2016 / 46 Comments

This week’s edition of “Top Ten Tuesday” (hosted as always by The Broke and the Bookish) is brought to you by those books I meant to read in 2015 but …umm… didn’t.

Yet.

I’m looking at you, 2016.

The Year of the TBR pile.


Review (plus a Giveaway!): The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Review (plus a Giveaway!): The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Posted January 11, 2016 / 2 Comments

While The Suspect’s Daughter can easily be read as a stand-alone novel (I read this fourth book first and had no problems following along), the characters are much better appreciated when seen through the lens of the preceding books in the ROGUE HEARTS series. Donna Hatch graciously gave me copies of those first three books so I could catch up with all of Grant’s brothers. I’m going to do a mini-review for each one in a second, but let me just say about the whole series – WOW! Keep. Your. Fans. (and freezers) Nearby. All 4 books are a KissingBook Level 5


Review: The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd

Review: The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd

Posted January 9, 2016 / 9 Comments

Sarah Ladd delivers another breathtaking story of suspense and romance, with characters who step off the page and into your heart. You will be captivated by Camille’s story – your emotions engaged – as you cheer and swoon and even shed a few tears along the way. Fans of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Julie Klassen, and Carrie Turansky will find a new favorite in Ladd’s books. The Curiosity Keeper is a marvelous place to start your collection.


Giveaway Winner: A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham

Giveaway Winner: A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham

Posted January 8, 2016 / 5 Comments

You may remember December 31st as New Year’s Eve.

I remember it with great fondness as “Pepper Day”.

On December 31st, I devoted my blog to my friend, author Pepper Basham, in celebration of her birthday and her upcoming contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith – a modern and Appalachian twist on My Fair Lady.


Review (and Giveaway): When Love Matters Most by Kate James

Review (and Giveaway): When Love Matters Most by Kate James

Posted January 7, 2016 / 20 Comments

I love the characters in Kate’s K-9 Trilogy! (And oh please tell me that Logan’s story is next!) When Love Matters Most focuses on Sergeant Rick “PitBull” Vasquez and veterinarian Madison Long, both of whom we met in the first K-9 book When The Right One Comes Along (which, incidentally, made my list of Best Books of 2015!


Guest Post (and Giveaway): Harlequin Heartwarming author Carol Ross

Guest Post (and Giveaway): Harlequin Heartwarming author Carol Ross

Posted January 7, 2016 / 6 Comments

I’m thrilled to be spreading the word about Harlequin Heartwarming books now being available in local Walmarts across the US. Join in the fun by taking some selfies with a Heartwarming book or two to win a Walmart gift card. Heartwarming titles are also 35% off at Walmart through the end of January!


Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore!

Posted January 6, 2016 / 0 Comments

Independent publisher Sourcebooks announces the “Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore” campaign, which will give grant money to three nominated bookstores. The “Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore Campaign” is inspired by the phenomenal support booksellers have given The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald, which was selected as the #1 Indie Next Great Read for January 2016.


Bookishy Treats: The Shoppe

Bookishy Treats: The Shoppe

Posted January 6, 2016 / 4 Comments

When you purchase items from The Shoppe, you are also helping to change the world! A portion of the profits goes to:

-World Vision’s work with refugees
-Compassion’s work with students and education
-Children’s Hunger Fund work to help kids in America and around the globe with supplies they need to go to school
-Mocha Club’s Action Project


Top Ten Tuesday: New Year’s Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday: New Year’s Resolutions

Posted January 5, 2016 / 51 Comments

This week, we’re talking about resolutions and thankfully the topic was left open-ended. If it had just been book-exclusive, my post would have looked something like “Read. Read. Read. As usual.” So… this way will hopefully be more meaningful 🙂


Review: Anything for You by Kristan Higgins

Review: Anything for You by Kristan Higgins

Posted January 4, 2016 / 6 Comments

As I normally review mainly Christian fiction, I don’t read a lot of general market contemporary romance. But when I do, it’s probably by Kristan Higgins. Or Robyn Carr. But we’re talking about Kristan Higgins today 🙂


Review: The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Review: The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Posted January 3, 2016 / 12 Comments

With each new Julie Klassen book, my favorites list tends to get reshuffled. The Tutor’s Daughter is still firmly at the top of the pile but she has been given some healthy competition of late. Namely, The Secret of Pembrooke Park and Lady, Maybe… and now The Painter’s Daughter.