Reading Wednesday | Seconds to Live

Susan Sleeman is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. Her plots are always high-action and the romance happily-ever-after. So when the opportunity to be on the launch team for her latest full-length novel came up, I gladly jumped at the chance. Seconds to Live follows U.S. Marshal Taylor Mills as she attempts to keep … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Seconds to Live

Make it Monday | Santa Lucia

Whenever I say, 'Santa Lucia,' I can't help picturing - and, frankly, hearing - Don Knots attempting to sing the traditional Italian song as Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show. So many other, better singers have recorded it, but for some reason, Knots' is the version that sticks in my head. However, that was … Continue reading Make it Monday | Santa Lucia

Reading Wednesday | Echoes Among the Stones

I finished reading Echoes Among the Stones, Jaime Jo Wright's latest time-slip novel, last night. Putting words to a review this morning doesn't feel fair to the impact of the book. It's the type of story that leaves a reader thinking long after the final page has closed. When Aggie Dunkirk's life falls apart, she … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Echoes Among the Stones

Make it Monday | St. Nick

It's Christmastime! To start off the first week of Advent, let's talk Santa. Before pictures of the jolly, old elf with the red suit jump to mind, I'd like to take us back a few centuries. First, however, here's a little background on Advent, which will inform our topics the next several weeks. Advent itself … Continue reading Make it Monday | St. Nick

Make it Monday | Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving. One of my favorite parts about the holiday is hosting the big feast. There's nothing better to me than a table full of food and surrounded by family (or those adopted as family for the day). Despite my love of the holiday, I know Thanksgiving has a lot of pressure. It may … Continue reading Make it Monday | Thanksgiving

Reading Wednesday | The End of the Magi

The End of the Magi, by Patrick W. Carr, mixes Biblical Fiction with an epic quest like those found in the Fantasy genre. It follows a young magi, Myrad, as he simultaneously flees for his life and follows the star pointing to the new Messiah. He meets friends, foes, danger, and success throughout the journey. … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | The End of the Magi

Reading Wednesday | When Silence Sings

I'll be honest, historical novel, When Silence Sings, by Sarah Loudin Thomas, wasn't what I expected. Perhaps I should have read the back copy more clearly. However, once I was into the story, it sucked me right in. Coleman Harpe has excellent hearing. He also wants to be a preacher. The problem is, his family … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | When Silence Sings

Make it Monday | Making Cranberries

With Halloween in the rear-view, our attention is turning toward the upcoming holiday season. In the United States, Thanksgiving is the next major holiday, though Christmas preparations like to make an early appearance. However, whether your focus is on Thanksgiving or Christmas first, there's a little berry that often shows up on tables over the … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Cranberries

Reading Wednesday | Deadly Deceit

Some book reviews are a challenge to write. Like this one. Because the book was so good it's hard to do it justice in a few hundred words. That's why I'm adding a new author to my favorite author list: Natalie Walters. Deadly Deceit is the second book in her Harbored Secrets series and only … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Deadly Deceit

Make it Monday | Making Fun with Pumpkins, part 2

Last week, we talked about the variety of activities a pumpkin allows us to do. This week, we'll turn our focus to the kitchen. Whether with pumpkin spice or pumpkin puree, pumpkin flavor creates a host of delectable goodies. Depending on the type of kitchen activity you prefer, perhaps you'll find inspiration to satisfy your … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Fun with Pumpkins, part 2