Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Home to Chicory Lane - $200 B&B Weekend Getaway Giveaway & 9/9 Facebook Party with Deborah Raney

The first book in Deborah Raney's new Chicory Inn series, Home to Chicory Lane, introduces us to Audrey Whitman, a mother who has launched all her children into life and now looks forward to fulfilling some of her own dreams during her empty-nest years. However, not all of her children are ready to stay out of the nest quite yet.

Deborah is celebrating the release of her new series with a $200 B and B Weekend Getaway and a Facebook author chat party.

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  One winner will receive:
  • A B&B Weekend Getaway (via a $200 Visa cash card)
  • Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 9th. Winner will be announced at the Home to Chicory Lane Author Chat Party on 9/9. Deborah will be hosting a heartfelt book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at the next book in the Chicory Inn series!

So grab your copy of Home to Chicory Lane and join Deborah on the evening of September 9th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!






For more information about this tour, visit http://litfusegroup.com/author/draney


My Review:
   I love small town settings, and this book captured my attention from the very first page!
 I think the Bed and Breakfast that Audrey and her Husband, Grant open sounds wonderful. They turned their family home into the Bed and Breakfast for the community and others to enjoy. 
 When their Daughter returns home, ( during their Open House Tours ) they are suprised and delighted to see her, but she has some news for them!

 As the whole family helps get the new Bed and Breakfast open for Business,  Audrey and Grant get adjusted to their new Life thats full of suprises and love. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series! 




Deborah's novels have also won the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, ACFW Carol Award, and numerous others.
Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, recently traded small-town life––the setting of many of Deb's novels––for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, Kansas. They love traveling to writers conferences, and to visit four children and five grandchildren who all live much too far away.
For more information about Deborah Raney, visit her website  http://deborahraney.com

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I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Spotlight - "Honor" Quaker Brides Book 1 by Lyn Cote



Honor - ( Quaker Brides Book 1 ) by Lyn Cote
Publication Date: September 1st, 2014

When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute after the death of her grandfather, she is forced to leave her Maryland plantation—and the slaves she hoped to free—and seek refuge with a distant relative. With no marketable skills, her survival hinges on a marriage arranged through the Quaker community to local glass artisan Samuel Cathwell. Samuel is drawn to Honor, but he has been unwilling to open his heart to anyone since scarlet fever took his hearing as a child.

A move west brings the promise of a fresh start, but nothing in Honor’s genteel upbringing has prepared her for the rigors of frontier life with Samuel. Nevertheless, her tenacity and passion sweep her into important winds of change, and she becomes increasingly—though secretly—involved in the Underground Railroad. Samuel suspects Honor is hiding something, but will uncovering the truth confirm his worst fears or truly bring them together as man and wife?
Set against the backdrop of dramatic and pivotal moments in American history, the Quaker Brides series chronicles the lives of three brave heroines, fighting to uphold their principles of freedom while navigating the terrain of faith, family, and the heart.



In 1997, Lyn Cote's first book, Never Alone, was chosen for the "new" Love Inspired romance line. Since then, Lyn has had over thirty-five novels published. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, and her book Her Patchwork Family was a finalist for the Carol Award in 2010 and Her Healing Ways won in 2011. These are two of the highest awards in the romance genre.
Lyn's brand "Strong Women, Brave Stories," always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog http://BooksbyLynCote.com




"Honor" will be released on September 1st, and its available to pre-order
 on Amazon!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review - "Looking for Me' by Beth Hoffman


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bethhoffman.net

Have you ever read a book that you enjoyed so much, that you didnt want the story to end?  Thats how I felt about "Looking for Me". 

This story is about Teddi Overman, her family values, her love for antique furniture and the strength of the bond between her and her family, especially between her and her brother.  There are many layers to this story that pull you in from the very first page.

  I enjoyed the descriptions of the antiques that Teddi found, and the way that she loved to restore them was inspiring!  

When I read the parts about Teddi and her family on their farm, it reminded me of growing up on a farm. Their farm house and country life were very touching and calming to me. 

 As Teddi seeks to find the answers that she is looking for, her story will touch you and leave you feeling emotions for the characters in the book.   5 stars!




One of my favorite quotes from this book:

"I thought about that old saying, how we can never go home again.
But, I think it's more like a piece of us stays behind when we leave -- a piece we can never reclaim, one that awaits our next visit and demands that we remember."



From: http://bethhoffman.net
In Looking for Me, bestselling author Beth Hoffman brings forth an evocative, multilayered story that moves between the charms of Charleston and Kentucky’s woodlands while exposing the fragile wounds and strengths of a woman who comes to understand the words once written in a simple note and the remarkable boy who penned them.


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Sharing at:
All Things Thursday Link Party @ All Things with Purpose
Party in your PJ's @ The Cookie Puzzle and Simply Sweets by Honeybee 
Freedom Friday @  My Turn for Us and Love Bakes Good Cakes
Sunday Link up @ Kansas Women Bloggers 
Treasure Box Tuesday @ Yesterfood and Memories by the Mile


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Spotlight and Review



I have always enjoyed collecting cookbooks, and some of my favorites are
 Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks!
I have a copy of "Backyard Gatherings" from Gooseberry Patch - and it has some great recipes in it including Cheesy Philly Melt, Lemon Rice, 
Melon Salad with Honey Dressing ( just to mention a few!  )

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http://www.gooseberrypatch.com
Gooseberry Patch's website features lots of recipes, tips and of course their wonderful selection of Cookbooks and other great gift ideas!  Their blog features more recipes, Early Bird Reviews, tips, videos and some Recipe Round-Ups!  

You can sign up for their Free Blog emails here ( delivered a few times a week, with recipes, inspiration for Holiday ideas and more )

Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks make wonderful Gifts!  I gave one as a gift recently, and I signed a little note on the inside front page to make it "extra special".  =)

**This is not a compensated post, I just love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks! 


For more Gooseberry Patch Recipes and Cookbook ideas, visit my 
Gooseberry Patch Pinterest Board

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Do you have any Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks?


Sharing at these fun parties!

Party on the Porch @ The Shady Porch
Sunday Link-up @ Kansas Women Bloggers
Feature Friday Link Palooza  @ Blissful & Domestic



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