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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Netgalley Tag – #BookTag



♥ Link back to the tag’s creator Kourtni at Kourtni Reads.
♥ Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
♥ Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
♥ Tag a few people to do this too.

#1 / Auto-Approved
Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thomas Nelson's 'KJV Know The Word Study Bible' Review

Diving deeper into God's Word can be easy and rewarding if you break it down book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic with the new KJV Know The Word Study Bible by Thomas Nelson. The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God's Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.


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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Reader Problems – #BookTag

 I found this tag on The Book Hooked Nook and thought it looked so fun! I hope you guys enjoy this post. Let me know if you'd like to see more of these type of posts on the blog. ;)


Q1: You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
-Challenges. I'm usually always participating in some type of reading challenge and my reading typically revolves around what is needed for that round/task. :))

Q2: You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
 -It depends...if it is a part of a series that I'm invested in, I will most likely finish it. If it's a standalone or new-to-me author and I'm not enjoying it, I may DNF.

Q3: The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try and catch up and how?
 -YES! I definitely like to complete the Goodreads' reading challenge and I'd probably try to fit in several short books just to reach my goal. LOL!

Q4: The covers of a series do. not. match. How do you cope?
 -It doesn't bother me at all.

Q5: Everyone and their mother loves a book you don’t really like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
-I search Goodreads or Amazon for reviews and see if anyone feels the way I do. Most of the time there are some blogging friends that have similar thoughts.

Q6: You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
-Ummm. I probably have to put the book away and continue it later.

Q7: A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
-I know the best thing would be for me to reread the prior novel, but I usually don't have the time to do that so I'll just read reviews and such on the previous book to refresh my memory. :)

Q8: You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
-Except for a few special novels, I don't mind people borrowing my books (as long as they give them back! lol!).

Q9: Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
-Usually my reading slumps are due to busyness, so once life slows down a little I can start finishing books again. On the rare occasions when I just don't feel like reading, I'll try to switch up book genres (fiction/nonfiction, romance/thriller, contemporary/historical, etc.), try listening to audiobooks, or reread a favorite book.

Q10: There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
-Thanks to NetGalley and other review places, I am blessed to get a lot of the books I'm dying to read for review and therefore I don't actually need to buy many of the books on my wishlist. I'm also trying to be frugal and typically only buy books if they are on sale or a new release from a favorite author that I wasn't able to get for review.

Q11: After you’ve bought the books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
-Do I have to answer this?? I have some books that I bought thinking I HAVE to read this NOW and it's been years and I haven't even started them...crazy, I know.


I tag Abbi (Christian Novels), Dawn (Dawn's Dreams), and Caitlyn (Just Your Average Reviews). :)
If you end up doing this tag on your blog, please let me know so I can read it.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Weekend Wrap-up (November 10, 2017)

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and my reading plans for the coming week. 

Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (if you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've read this past week. :)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: A Woman Overwhelmed by Hayley DiMarco

About the book:
"A Woman Overwhelmed" is a phrase with which many women can relate. But what would happen if we could see the insanity in our pace and embrace our overwhelming God?

There is a reason they say that a woman’s work is never done— because it isn’t! As women, we often are overwhelmed by the demands and circumstances of life, resulting in stress, fear, worry, impatience, fatigue, frustration, and even depression. The truth is that we were created to be overwhelmed . . . not by life but by God! When we learn to be overwhelmed by God, the fruit in our lives goes from rotten to fragrant—filling our days with peace, hope, love, and joy.

In A Woman Overwhelmed, best-selling author Hayley DiMarco shares biblical insights and personal stories to offer a glimpse at the comedy of an overwhelmed life while encouraging us to discover the depths and heights of God’s love and power.

Be empowered to find freedom in becoming overwhelmed with who God is—by learning to focus on what we know about God so that we can hold onto faith even when it seems that all is lost. For it is when an overwhelmed woman gives up the mission of me and exchanges it for the mission of God that being overwhelmed becomes a good thing.

Choose to bask in the abundance of the Father instead of the abundance of life as his unfathomable depths can surely replace our fathomable messes.

My rating:
5 stars

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Review: A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

About the book:
Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke--with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marlow, her brother's new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

When Marlow accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men--one she's never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marlow is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda's heart is far from all that's at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.
My rating:

5 stars
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review: The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen

About the book:
Sophie Dupont assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. In private, she paints the picturesque north Devon coast, popular with artists--including handsome Wesley Overtree, who seems more interested in Sophie than the landscape.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother Wesley's responsibilities. Near the end of his leave, he is sent to find his brother and bring him home. Upon reaching Devonshire, however, Stephen is stunned to learn Wesley has sailed for Italy and left his host's daughter in serious trouble.

Stephen feels duty-bound to act, and strangely protective of the young lady, who somehow seems familiar. Wanting to make some recompense for his own past failings as well as his brother's, Stephen proposes to Miss Dupont. He does not offer love, but marriage "in name only" to save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he fears, she will at least be a respectable widow.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie finds herself torn between her first love and this brooding man she barely knows. Dare she wait for Wesley to return? Or should she elope with the captain and pray she doesn't come to regret it?
My rating:

4.5 stars
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Review: A Small Book About A Big Problem by Edward T. Welch

About the book:
Look closely at any day and we can usually find anger in both our actions and attitudes. Things spill or go missing, we get stuck in traffic, and the people we live and work with often make life even harder. We want to stay calm, but what do you do when you feel your blood pressure rise yet again? Anger is so common yet it also destroys. It leaves its mark on us it s not healthy which is one reason we hear so much about finding peace. And it leaves its mark on others. The wounds we inflict on others when we are angry the loss of intimacy, trust, security, and enjoyment in our closest relationships give us compelling reasons to look closely at our anger and think carefully about how to grow in patience and peace. If you have just gotten irritated for the umpteenth time today, you might wonder if change is possible. Can anyone grow in patience and peace? Yes. But you need a plan. Biblical counselor and psychologist Ed Welch invites readers to take a 50-day journey that unpacks anger and encourages readers to become more skillful at responding with patience to life s difficulties. Along the way, readers will be introduced to Jesus, the Prince of Peace the only one who can empower his people to grow in patience, peace, and wholeness.
My rating:

4 stars
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Review: On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

About the book:
Natalie O'Ryan had no plans to return to Prince Edward Island. But when her fiancé books their wedding in her hometown and schedules a summer at Rose's Red Door Inn, she sets out to plan the perfect wedding. Yet she can't possibly plan for a run-in with Justin Kane--the best friend she left behind all those years ago after promising to stay.

Justin has never forgotten Natalie. He'd been prepared to follow her off the island until tragedy struck, leaving him to run the family dairy farm. He's done the best he can with the life that was thrust upon him--but with Natalie back in the picture, he begins to realize just how much joy he's been missing.

After Natalie's reception venue falls through, she must scramble to find an alternative, and the only option seems to be a barn on Justin's property. As they work together to get the dilapidated building ready for the party, Natalie and Justin may discover that there is more between them than broken promises and an old friendship.
My rating:
5 stars

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Weekend Wrap-up (October 20, 2017)

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and my reading plans for the coming week. 

Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (if you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've read this past week. :)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Interview & Giveaway! The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero


What is your novel, The Secret Slipper, about?
The Secret Slipper is a dual-story about Raoul, a father who discovers that the daughter he thought was dead ten years ago just might be alive, and Lia, a poor, crippled lass who is under the cruelty of Bioti.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
I don’t remember an exact point in which I thought, “I’m going to be a writer.” It just kind of happened. I’ve loved writing since before I was ten.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? 
Hmm… I’m not sure that I have one. At least, not one that is abnormal. Eating M&M’s or other forms of chocolate aren’t exactly quirks. ;)

Where do you like to write? 
I usually write in my study/music studio at my desk. Though for a change at times, I’ll write outside when the weather is nice.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 
Actually, writing is my side-hobby, so there are many things I do when not writing. Music is a major part of my life. I usually teach between 25-30 piano or violin students each semester (individual private lessons) and on top of that, I love arranging music for solo piano and other instruments. I’m also a part of a big family (eleven siblings; two of which are married), so I enjoy spending time with them.

What is your favorite genre to read and why?
Christian Historical! There is something about the years gone by that engages me as a reader. I also love reading just plain history. :)

What is your least favorite genre to read?
That would probably be dystopian/sci-fi. I’m just not a fan of futuristic. Maybe because I’m not a huge “make-believe” person.

Is there a place you'd like to visit, but haven’t yet? 
Of course! I’d love to visit Europe.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 
Proverbs 3:5-7 has kind of been my turn-to verse a lot in the past several years.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

What is your favorite season and why is it your fav?
Fall! I love the weather turning from warm to cool (though we live in Mississippi, so even fall isn’t always cool…)

Some this-or-that questions:

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? 
Seeing as I’ve never been in a snowstorm, I do enjoy thunderstorms. :)
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Tea or Coffee? 
Depends on my mood. ;) Usually coffee.
Call or Text? 
Cats or Dogs?
Early-bird or Night-owl? 
Night-owl morphing into an early-bird
Introvert or Extrovert?
More introvert.
Facebook or Twitter? 
Mystery or Romance?
Sneakers or Sandals?

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint? 
I sure am! My current WIP is Journey of Choice which follows the life of a boy named Nat. He is a New York street orphan, caught by the police mid-robbery and transported west via the Orphan Trains—at the brink of the Civil War. So there is some street story, some farm, and some war.
Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?
I’m so happy to hop by!
I love to connect with my readers and you can find me various places online:
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
Website: http://amandatero.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/
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Blog: www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: The Keeper of Her Heart by Stacy Henrie

About the book:
If you like the novels of Deanne Gist and Lauraine Snelling, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie’s inspirational romance set against the backdrop of World War One!

Even at a young age, Ada Thorne knew that she would marry only for love, never money. So when she finds herself irrevocably drawn to Ned Henley, the lowly gamekeeper on a neighboring estate, she defies her parents and society by eloping with him to London to build a new life.

Without her family’s support, life in the city is far more difficult than the one of ease and privilege Ada has always known. She’ll find herself relentlessly tested in ways she never imagined—especially when Ned, answering the call of duty, enlists to serve his country in World War One.

Alone and near poverty with a child to raise, Ada’s resolve will be strained at every turn. And as she struggles to remain true to her convictions and live life on her own terms, Ada will embark on a journey of courage, faith, and love that will surpass even her own humble dreams . . .
My rating:
5 stars

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson

About the book:
In her kitchen at Rose's Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen--and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He's also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he's falling in love with the island's red shores and Caden's sweets.

When Caden discovers Adam isn't who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he's writing could do more than ruin the inn's chances for survival--it might also break her heart.
My rating:
4 stars
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Weekend Wrap-up (October 14, 2017)

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and my reading plans for the coming week. 

Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (if you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've read this past week. :)

Friday, October 13, 2017

15 Books To Get Off My TBR This Fall

I don't know about you, but I have a LOT of books on my TBR...including some that have been on there for way too long. So, I've decided to challenge myself to get 15 books off my TBR by winter (December 21st).

Here's my list:

What are some books you want to get off your TBR this fall??

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