Follow my Book Blog Friday

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This weeks question:

Share your current fav television show! Tell us a bit about it…


This one is a little hard. I used to watch TV all the time; however, in the last year or so, I’ve started back reading. So, I can only share a few that I, at least, listen too:

The Real Housewives – I watch several of these shows. Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, and such. These women can be funny and really mean. Their over abundant life styles drive me crazy. Many are superficial, ignorant, and rather selfish. I wouldn’t have any idea what it would be like to have a maid, a nanny, or a credit card with no limit.


Nancy Grace – I enjoy watching Nancy Grace and many other true crime shows. She is usually brutally honest with her opinions of people and situations. Some of the things people do and say are just beyond me.


Hoarders – This is a newer show that I’ve come to love watching. I feel so bad for some of these people. Their compulsion has taken over their lives.  It’s unimaginable how much stuff some people collect.


Published in: on February 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm  Comments (2)  

Sunny Chandler’s Return by Sandra Brown



Going home, could you show your face in your home town, years after walking out on your wedding day?

Sunny Chandler did. Sandra Brown kept me wanting more in Sunny Chandler’s Return. Sunny is back in her home town for her best friend’s wedding. Not wanting to be there, she is still the object of the busy bodied people of the small town. All she wants is to be there for her friend and leave again.

Ty Beaumont is the town’s sheriff and he is dead set on bedding Sunny. However, he has his work cut out for him. Ty thinks he is every woman’s dream; but with Sunny, he has another thing coming. His straight forward approach is something that brushes her the wrong way from the very beginning.

Sandra Brown brings about a strong-willed woman in Sunny Chandler. She knows what she wants and she works hard to get it. Sunny doesn’t trust easily and one Mr. Ty Beaumont is definitely not to be trusted. Sunny Chandler’s Return is one of Sandra Brown’s novels that I will read again. Its characters are strong and stubborn.

Some women don’t seem to really want a man, and some men don’t seem to know when they’ve met their match.

Publisher: Bantam; Published: January, 2004(first Published in 1987); Category: Fiction – Adult, Romance; Format: Hardcover; Source: Won

This signed copy, was won from a giveaway through, by the Author.



Published in: on February 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book Blogger Hop #2


The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books. The Book Blogger Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week.  This is a weekly event!  Come join in on the fun and stop back throughout the weekend to see all the new blogs that are added!

I’ve missed the last few Hops, so I’m playing catch-up with this post.

February 25-28: “Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?”

No. Since I just started my blog, I tried to chose a name that was different from others.

February 18-21: “What book(s) would you like to see turned into a movie?”

This is a hard one. There are so many good books out there, but I think Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series might be a good one. It would be neat to see how they would break down the books.

Februrary 11-14: “Tell us about one of your posts from this week and give us a link so we can read it (review or otherwise)!”

Most of my posts are book reviews.

February 4-7:

“What are you reading now and why are you reading it?”

Currently, I am reading The Iron King by: Julie Kagawa. I’ve wanted to read this book since I took up reading, again. It seems everyone raves over the trilogy, so now it’s my turn to see what these books are about.
I hate that I’ve missed these weeks and hopefully, I will not miss any in the future.
Thanks to Crazy-for-Books for hosting this Hop; it’s been a great way to meet new people and learn so much about the Authors and books that are out there. Don’t forget to come by and join in on the fun!!!



Published in: on February 25, 2011 at 9:28 am  Comments (3)  

In My Mailbox #2





In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

This is my second In My Mailbox. I actually debated on whether to go ahead and do a weekly update or every other week; as you can see, I decided to go ahead with weekly.
This week for review:
Deadly Ties by: Vicki Hinze
This book was sent to me from

WalterBrook Multomah Publishers for free for review purposes.

This week I won:
The Iron Fey Trilogy: by: Julie Kagawa
The Iron King
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen
Special Thanks to Amy at My Friend Amy and the Author for a great giveaway!!!
Published in: on February 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm  Comments (2)  

2011 Christian Fiction Reading Challenge


Hosted by The Book Junkie’s Bookshelf.

I just came across this and decided to participate. I have already read 10 Christian Fiction books, so I will try and double the 12 needed for the challenge.


The Rules:

1. Create a post for the challenge using the image above and link back to this post.

–Non-Bloggers: You are welcome to join too. Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post.

2. Sign up with the Mr. Linky.

–Link to your challenge post when you sign up please.

3. The goal of this challenge is to read AT LEAST 12 novels that are Christian based fiction between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Books read before January 1, 2011 do NOT count towards the challenge.

4. Audio, eBooks, paper all count. Re-reads are ok but try to keep them to a minimum. Cross overs from other challenges are ok.

5. There is no need to create your list now. Please feel free to use your challenge post to keep track of your titles if you so desire.


Published in: on February 21, 2011 at 2:49 am  Leave a Comment  

Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze

What would you do if the things that you thought you knew weren’t true?

Dr. Lisa Harper learns the truth about things from her past that she never knew; she learns that some things are not always what you remember.

In Vicki Hinze’s Deadly Ties, Lisa is trying to help abuse victims. She has not only lived through some abuse, but has lived with the fact that her mother is in an abusive marriage. Wanting to help her mom, she continually seeks God’s counsel to help her through the trials and tribulations of each day.

Mark Taylor is a former spy; a secret agent, if you may. His love for Lisa is what keeps him beside her, helping her and her mother try to come together after many years apart. However, when Lisa is abducted, he reaches out to friends for help. Through constant prayer, each person of the former spy team tracks down the people responsible.

In the end, Lisa and everyone in her town are overwhelmed at the truth behind her abduction. Many tales and truths come out and the unbelievable meanness of someone is revealed.

Deadly Ties was a wonderful read. From the beginning, Vicki Hinze kept me wanting more. This suspense filled novel was one I didn’t want to put down. We learn, through Lisa and Marks prayers, that even when the going gets tough, all you need to do is prayer for God’s help. We may not always feel it, but we have to remember that God has a reason for everything that happens.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Publisher:WaterBrook Multomah Publishers ; Published: February 8, 2011; Category: Fiction – Suspense; Format: Publisher; Source: Review copy received from Author/Publisher

A copy of this book was received from WalterBrook Multomah Publishers for free for review purposes.


Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Do you believe?

In good and evil; that something so vile can be good? The ask Meena Harper how she feels.

For Meena, each day brings about new events. Will someone change their fate today? Will someone die? Meena deals with the results of her gift in silence. She doesn’t tell the person what is about to happen; as they probably would call the psych ward quickly.

Vampires…they’re not real. Meena is sick of them.

Insatiable by Meg Cabot, is a good read. Meena is a writer for the television show, Insatiable. Being overlooked for a promotion, she now has the job of writing in a Vampire.  Hating the idea, Meena goes home for the day, only to meet the Prince of Darkness.  Lucien is a Vampire; his father was and is known world-wide. Meena can’t help but fall for him. Not knowing his secret, she agrees to a date. Little does she know that she is now the one in danger.

Meg Cabot’s novel is a bit different but still has its similarities to other vampires. The short chapters allow for a quick read. In the beginning I was a little worried that I couldn’t get into it; but, I finally did and couldn’t put it down. Even the small history lessons added to its appeal. I only wish that Cabot would have added a little more at the end.

Publisher: William Morrow; Published: June 8, 2010; Category: Fiction – Adult; Format: Hardcover; Source: Purchased

Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

H.: The Story of Heathcliff’s Journey Back to Wuthering Heights by Lin Haire-Sargeant


Did you ever wonder?

One day while at the library, I came across H – The Story of Heathcliff’s Journey back to Wuthering Heights by Lin Haire-Sargeant. I am not a fan of the original, but was intrigued with the idea of this book.

Charlotte couldn’t have imagined that her train ride would have resulted in learning about the death of Heathcliff. Hearing speak of Heathcliff, Miss Charlotte Bronte is excited to read the papers of Mr. Lockwood’s. Curious as ever, Charlotte wonders if the Heathcliff of Mr. Lockwood’s is the same Heathcliff that her dear sister Emily had spoken of.

It seems that Heathcliff got lucky on his leaving Wuthering Heights. He was taken in, educated, and given ample opportunity to become a gentleman. Yet, he never could forget his Cathy. As stubborn as a mule, Mr. Are still pushed forward in helping the bloke.

In the end, Lin Haire-Sargeant suggests that there could have been more to the story of Heathcliff and Cathy. With Emily detailing certain “imaginations” to Charlotte, the idea of both Heathcliff and Cathy being together, only raised more questions.  Haire-Sargeant’s tale of Heathcliff’s away years is contrite; to the one and only Ms. Dean.

Truly, was he a man of gentleness or a man of pure hatred?

Publisher: Pocket Books; Published: July 1, 1992; Category: Fiction –General Fiction – Literary Fiction/Classic; Format: Hardcover; Source: Library


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is a classic. I recently did a review of the book for Fictionista Workshop.  You can read it here:



Published in: on February 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm  Comments (1)  

In My Mailbox #1


In My Mailbox is hosted by TheStorySiren.


This is my first In My Mailbox. Since I just started blogging a few weeks ago, I have been getting books from the library, online – eBooks and purchasing, and from book stores; yet, I did receive 2: 1 from the Author and 1 from WaterBrook Multnomah. I have really enjoyed getting back to reading books. I forgot how nice it was; a good escape from the day to day grind of my reality.

So, this first set of books, I purchased online through the Literary Guild:

The Parting by: Beverly Lewis (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher – Book 1)

The Forbidden by: Beverly Lewis (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher – Book 2)

The Search by: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Hush, Hush by: Becca Fitzpatrick

Insatiable by: Meg Cabot

Marked by: P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Rooms by: James L. Rubart

How to Bake a Perfect Life by: Barbara O’Neal



This set I purchased from a couple of second-hand places in town:

Revelations of a Single Woman by: Connally Gilliam

Sunday’s at Tiffany’s by: James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet

The Bronte Project by: Jennifer Vandever

The Sugar Queen by: Sarah Addison Allen

Julia’s Chocolates by: Cathy Lamb

The Eyre Affair by: Jasper FForde



Also, I did get 2 books In my Mailbox:

Tandem by: Tracey Bateman (from the publisher)

Sunny Chandler’s Return by: Sandra Brown (from Goodreads giveaway by the Author)

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm  Comments (1)  

The Parting (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher #1) by Beverly Lewis


What would you do if you had to adhere to a certain guideline and could only read certain excerpts of the Bible?

In The Parting by Beverly Lewis, the elder Amish are strict. They walk a line of doing what had been taught and what the Bishop has said. However, some are being shunned and turned away. Not because of things done and seen as “wild” or ungodly; but because they are reading other verses in the Bible and accepting Jesus as their Savior.

The Fisher family is going through a trial; the death of a child. Their sixteen year old daughter drowned and now the rumors are rampant. Was she going wild? Or was she helping turn others toward the Lord? Nellie Mae thought she knew her sister, but some things are not as simple as she once believed.

Knowing what is going on in her family; Dat is praying out loud and praying like he never has. Nellie is scared of what is coming. She loves Caleb, but he is strictly standing by others in the laws of the old ways. Nellie is unsure of what to do; she doesn’t want to lose him.

Beverly Lewis has created a lovely journey in the life of the Amish. The family pretense of following your parents and the laws set forth, it makes one wonder what would happen if you were in the same situation. Who do you follow? Your family, the one you love, or the Lord?

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Published: October 1, 2007; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Hardcover; Source: Purchased


Published in: on February 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm  Leave a Comment