Friday, August 11, 2023
Thursday, August 10, 2023
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Tuesday, August 8, 2023
There are so many good books coming out this month. I feel like I'm reading as fast as I can to get them all in, but it's also another busy month getting the kids ready to go back to school. So many books, so little time!
I just started Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen's A Murderous Charade. It's a Regency Cozy Mystery and I'm just getting to the good part!
What are you reading this week?
Monday, August 7, 2023
I actually made quite a bit of progress on the Second Guess edit this past weekend. I found a plot hole that took a bit of research and a bunch of rewriting, but I fixed it! Sometimes those plot holes can be tough to tackle, but this one went smoother than I thought. We're getting so close!
Friday, August 4, 2023
I read Samantha Hastings' book, Secret of the Sonnets and really enjoyed it! I interviewed her for my Book Chat as well and had such a wonderful time chatting with her. You can listen to that interview HERE
But I wanted to tell you that Ms. Hastings' has a Victorian romance, The Last Word, on sale right now for only .99 cents and it looks good!
Get your sale copy HERE
Here's the back copy:Set against the smoky, gaslit allure of Victorian London, this sweetly romantic historical debut is full of humor and stars a whip-smart female heroine ahead of her time.
Where one story ends, another begins.
1861. Miss Lucinda Leavitt is shocked when she learns the author of her favorite serialized novel has died before completing the story. Determined to learn how it ends, Lucinda reluctantly enlists the help of her father’s young business partner, Mr. David Randall, to track down the reclusive author’s former whereabouts.
David is a successful young businessman, but is overwhelmed by his workload. He wants to prove himself to his late father, as well as to himself. He doesn’t have the time, nor the interest, for this endeavor, but Lucinda is not the type to take no for an answer.
Their search for the elusive Mrs. Smith and the rightful ending to her novel leads Lucinda and David around the country, but the truths they discover about themselves―and each other―are anything but fictional.
Bonus material! Two additional short stories about Lucinda and David.
Thursday, August 3, 2023
I love finding new children's book authors with a memorable story and great illustrations. Christine Stevens Mower's new book, Finding Jesus, has both of those things! I actually discovered Christine Mower a few years back when The Little Lamb of Bethlehem book came out and told about the Savior's birth from the perspective of a lamb---and there was a plush lamb that could help keep the true spirit of the season in the home throughout the holidays. I listened to her speak about her inspiration for the lamb and we started a new family tradition with it that year. I loved her ideas then and I'm so glad that she has a new children's book out now, too!
In Finding Jesus, Micah has heard several people talking about Jesus and the things he's said and done for them. He wants to meet him, but that isn't as easy as it sounds! He takes his donkey Dexter and they go on a journey to find him, and learns how to be like Him along the way!
I really enjoyed this cute story about a young boy's search for Jesus. It was age-appropriate and children will relate to Micah as he tries so hard to find Jesus. I really loved the illustrations and how they brought the story to life with their color and beautiful imagery of the time period. The illustrator went the extra mile by including symbols and designs that add to the authentic feel of the story. I also liked that the paper was thick and could definitely withstand small hands reading it over and over. Perfect for your family's library.
Another fun thing to go along with the book is that the author wrote a song for it! And her daughter wrote the music. It's called, "When I Follow Jesus." You can hear it by clicking on the video below:
He decided right then, that very day, he was going to try and find Jesus. Together he and Dexter would search until they found Him.
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
What are you reading this week? I've been enjoying The Art of Love and Lies by Rebecca Anderson. It has a plucky heroine that readers will be rooting for, that's for sure, and a romance with a lot of surprising twists and turns!
What's on your nightstand?