Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Review - First Impressions by Debra White Smith

From the Back of the Book

In an attempt to get to know the people of London, Texas - the small town that lawyer Eddi Boswick now calls home - she tries out for a local theater group's production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She's thrilled to get the role of lively Elizabeth Bennet...until she meets the arrogant - and eligible - rancher playing her leading man.

Dave Davidson chose London, Texas, as the perfect place to live under the radar. Here, no one knows his past, and he can live a quiet, peaceful life with his elderly aunt, who also happens to own the local theater. Dave doesn't even try out for the play, but suddenly he is thrust into the role of Mr. Darcy and forced to spend the entire summer with Eddi, who clearly despises him.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorable Monday - May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all those who serve in the military and to their families. 

It's Memorable Monday! This idea was created by Becca from The Becca Files to highlight books that we've read in the past and are memorable to us. 

The book I'm highlighting today is Wish You Were Here by Beth K. Vogt.

Why It's Memorable

This is one of my all-time favorite books!!!  (I know I say that every week, but I have a lot of favorites and I'm excited to share them. 😍) Now that I'm looking at it again, I want to read it again...right now! Since it's wedding season, I thought it would be a good time to highlight this book. It's a twist on what usually happens right before a wedding. And...there's a llama involved in the book so it appeals to the animal lover in me. I thought it was a lighthearted read and I recommend adding it to your summer reading list. I think I just added it to mine!

On another note, Beth K. Vogt has a blog that I enjoy reading. You can check that out here

From the Back of the Book

Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.

Still, kissing the groom’s brother in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the right thing to do. How could she have made such a mistake? It seems Allison’s life is nothing but mistakes at this point. And pulling a “Runaway Bride” complete with stealing, er, borrowing her best friend’s car doesn’t seem to solve her problems.
Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Maybe she just needs to stop orchestrating everything. Allison prefers being the one in control, and giving it up is not going to be easy. But to find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her and find the strength to let Him lead.

Now It's Your Turn!

Share in the Memorable Mondays fun by adding a comment below with the name of a book you've read in the past and enjoyed, along with a quick statement as to why it was memorable for you. Then head over to The Becca Files to see what she's sharing and click the blue blog hopping frog button to visit more blogs sharing memorable books. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Review: Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller

From the Back of the Book

Years ago, the man who stole Catherine Winthrop's heart rejected her--and she's never recovered from the grief. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn't her heart he's taking, it’s her home and her family's good name.

Jonathan Carlew's serious demeanor and connection to trade, not to mention the rumors surrounding his birth, have kept him from being a favorite of the ladies, or their parents. Now, suddenly landed and titled, he finds himself with plenty of prospects. But his demanding society responsibilities keep pressing him into service to the one woman who captured his heart long ago--and then ran off with it.

These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.

Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England's royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won't want to miss this new set of characters--or appearances by their old favorites.

Friday, May 25, 2018

First Line Friday - May 25, 2018

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! I loved...LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Kristi Ann Hunter's Hawthorne House series and am anxiously awaiting getting my hands on A Defense of Honor which is the first book in her new Haven Manor series. The first line I am sharing today is from is A Search for Refuge, the prequel novella to the Haven Manor series. As of the time of this writing, it is free for Kindle on Amazon. I am a paper book kind of girl so I'm always slow to get to anything on my e-reader, but, oh...why oh why did I wait so long to read this one? 😍

"Margaretta had used the word desperate many times in her life, but she'd never truly known the meaning until she stood in the open door of a mail coach, clutching an eight-month-old letter and praying that someone in this minuscule market town would know where the writer had gone when she moved on."

Now it's your turn! Leave the first line of the book closest to you in the comments below then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is sharing first lines on their blogs today. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cowboys of Summer GIVEAWAY, Blog Tour, and Interview with Missy Tippins

Title: Cowboys of Summer

Authors: Mary Connealy, Lorna Seilstad, Cheryl St. John, Missy Tippens, Tina Radcliffe & Sherri Shackelford

Publisher: Self

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance / Western

Links*: Goodreads l Amazon 

As the summer weather sizzles, relax by the pool with stirring tales of handsome cowboys and the spirited ladies who wrangle them into romance. Six of Christian fiction’s most beloved authors join forces to bring you a collection of humorous, romantic and heartfelt novellas set against the sultry heat of summer.

In Mary Connealy’s, “Dr. Tess and the Cowboy”, sparks fly when Dr. Tessa Rhoades discovers dinosaur bones on Joe Holt’s ranch and decides to excavate—even if that means kicking Joe off his own land. 

In “Hometown Girl” by Cheryl St.John, injured rodeo champion Justin Cooper returns to the sleepy Oklahoma town he escaped for fame and fortune--and takes his biggest tumble yet--straight into the arms of Stevie Marshall, his first love who soon has him questioning his life choices. 

In Tina Radcliffe’s, “Lake Effect”, cynical cowboy Tucker Jackson knows he’s in trouble when he starts counting the days until the end of summer and praying ‘summer girl’ Jessica Richards will find a home for her heart in Paradise.

In "His Lone Star Heart" by Missy Tippens, rancher Zeb West tries hard not to fall for Beecher Brown, the feisty but off-limits sister of his best friend. As she tries to prove she's capable of running her family's ranch--the one he's trying to buy--he might just find he's met his match...for life.

Will Lorna Seilstad’s characters make “Great Strides” when Dana Etherton, the owner of a horse therapy ranch, must choose between the kids she serves and Adam Malone, the embezzler who’s been assigned to do community service there?

When Paige Monroe agrees to draw the press away from a country star’s wedding by pretending to be the look-alike bride, she wasn’t counting on having very real feeling for her decoy fiancΓ©, Sterling Tanner.  In Sherri Shackelford’s, “The Decoy Bride”, two people feigning love forget they’re acting.


I am excited to be chatting with Missy Tippens on the blog today! Welcome, Missy, and thank you for chatting with us about His Lone Star Heart and a little about your life and about being an author! 

What inspired you to write the story His Lone Star Heart?

Missy: Ellie, first, let me say thank you so much for having me on your blog! I’m excited to be here.

When I was invited to take part in the boxed set, I liked the idea of challenging myself by writing my first cowboy story. But as soon as I got ready to start working on it, I got a little scared. How could I, who’d never had any experience on a ranch, write this story? Then I began to picture a handsome cowboy…who’d had a difficult childhood (bouncing from foster home to foster home, feeling angry and rejected)…trying to overcome that past and make a place for himself in his community…trying to maybe even find home and family. I knew I wanted to tell his story. So I sent off emails to two of my good friends who live on ranches (Mary Connealy and Pam Hillman) to ask if they’d help me with the ranching details. They very generously agreed and were a huge help!

How did the collaboration of authors come together for Cowboys of Summer?

Missy: Sherri Shackelford and Cheryl St. John, both historical writers, decided to try their hands at contemporary cowboy stories. So they put together the group of authors. As they were discussing the project, my name got tossed in the mix. When they invited me to join in, I was honored and jumped at the chance!

What has surprised you the most about being an author?

Missy: I’ve been most surprised by the generosity of readers through their sweet letters and support. It probably shouldn’t have surprised me! Readers are wonderful, and we all love books. But when I started getting those precious letters, I was extremely touched that they would take the time to write to me.

What has been one of the most rewarding experiences for you as an author?

Missy: The first thing that popped into my mind was opening the first box of books from Harlequin Love Inspired and holding a book with my name on the cover for the very first time. I plopped down in the kitchen floor and bawled my eyes out. :) I had worked hard and pushed past a lot of rejections for over 10 years before seeing my dream come true. It was amazing.

What does a typical day look like for you when you are writing?

Missy: My days vary like crazy. But I can tell you an ideal day. :) That would be waking, feeding the dog, and then having coffee and breakfast. Reading my Bible, usually a devotional plan on my Bible app. Then checking in on email, my blogs and social media. Next, I spend time writing—which could be planning a story, writing new words, revising, writing blog posts, and even working on things like covers. Throughout the day, I check email, and that usually leads to reading industry articles and blogs (and Pinning recipes!). I also like to take online classes and attend industry webinars. There’s always something to learn!

Do you have a favorite Bible verse or a verse that is particularly meaningful to you right now? If so, what is it and why is it meaningful?

Missy: My sweet father recently passed away after several hospitalizations and battling Alzheimer’s. This year has been difficult. Over the months, I’ve been strengthened by these three verses…
  • Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24 (NIV)
  • Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 (NIV)
  • See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

What are you planning next?

Missy: I’m planning to release two indie novellas soon. Both were previously published in boxed sets with other authors from the Seekerville blog. I just had covers made and look forward to seeing these available again! I’ve also just been asked to take part in a book of devotionals. I hope to be able to officially share that news soon. :)

Thanks again for having me on your blog, Ellie!

Thank you, again, for taking the time to be here!


Photo courtesy of
Ginger Murray Photography

Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

CONNECT WITH MARY: website,  facebook,  twitter,  instagram

You can also find Mary at these sites: Seekerville and Petticoats & Pistols


Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she stopped teaching and became a professional wiper. “I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby’s bottoms, and countertops every day. But at naptime, I wrote.” Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor.

CONNECT WITH LORNA: websitefacebook


Cheryl St. John is the award-winning author of more than fifty Harlequin and Silhouette books, as well as several independently published books. Her book Writing With Emotion, Tension & Conflict by Writer's Digest is a popular seller. Cheryl has always loved the exciting and diverse worlds available between the covers of books. As a child Cheryl wrote stories and drew covers, then stapled them into little books. She cut all the tiny book images from the book club advertisements in the Sunday paper and glued them to bits of cardboard so Barbie® had a full library.

Cheryl believes in paying it forward, and her some of her most rewarding experiences have been sharing in the successes of writers she has coached over the years.
Cheryl loves hearing from readers.  You can email her at StJohn[at]aol[dot]com.

CONNECT WITH CHERYL: website,  facebook,  pinterest


Born and raised in Kentucky, Missy Tippens has lived in Georgia for the last 25+ years. She is a pastor's wife and mom of three. A former microbiologist and teacher, she now focuses on her writing.
After more than ten years of working toward publication, Missy finally made her first sale of a novel in 2007. She feels very blessed to be working at home in her dream job!

CONNECT WITH MISSY: website, facebook

You can also find Missy at these sites: Seekerville and Yankee Belle Cafe

Tina March 2018 2

Tina Radcliffe is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty-five short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance. Find her at http://www.tinaradcliffe.com where you can sign up for her newsletter so you don’t miss her fun giveaways and bad jokes.

CONNECT WITH TINA: website,  facebooktwitter,  pinterest,  instagram

Sherri Shackelford Bio

Sherri Shackelford is an award-winning author of inspirational, Christian romance novels for Harlequin/HarperCollins Publishers.

A wife and mother of three, Sherri’s hobbies include collecting mismatched socks, discovering new ways to avoid cleaning, and standing in the middle of the room while thinking, “Why did I just come in here?” A reformed pessimist and recent hopeful romantic, Sherri has a passion for writing. Her books are fun and fast-paced, with plenty of heart and soul. Look for her new adventure in Love Inspired Suspense, No Safe Place, in stores January of 2019.

CONNECT WITH SHERRI: website,  facebooktwitter


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    Monday, May 21, 2018

    Memorable Monday - May 21, 2018

    It's time for another Memorable Monday! Does anyone else think the weeks go by too quickly? This idea was created by Becca from The Becca Files to highlight books that we've read in the past and are memorable to us. 

    The book I'm highlighting today is The Princess by Lori Wick.

    Why It's Memorable

    This is one of my all-time favorite books!!!  I am highlighting it this week since I thought someone might be looking for a good story about about royalty or a princess. I saw some snips of the royal wedding on Saturday (I was up bright and early to get ready for our annual yard sale) and I really enjoyed what I saw. 

    The Princess is SUCH a sweet story! I have read it several times and I love it each time. Shelby is so likable and it is interesting to watch her continue to be herself after she enters into an arranged marriage. I think I would want to be friends with Shelby if she were real. Her character inspires me to try to be a better person! Nikolai is a wonderful hero. He's so patient with Shelby and it just melts my heart.

    From the Back of the Book

    In the land of Pendaran, lively, affectionate Shelby Parker was born to a simple life - yet her mother, Daria, and those around her cannot help but notice the graces she possesses. Among those taking note of Shelby's winsome ways and tender heart are the king and queen of the House of Markham, who are seeking a new wife for their widowed son, Prince Nikolai.

    To uphold a long-cherished tradition of their country, Shelby and Nikolai agree to an arranged marriage. But while Nikolai is a perfect gentleman at public functions, he remains distant and shy at home, leaving Shelby to ponder the inner workings of his heart. Will the prince ever love her as he did his first wife? Can the faith they share overcome the barriers between them?

    Now It's Your Turn!

    Share in the Memorable Mondays fun by adding a comment below with the name of a book you've read in the past and enjoyed, along with a quick statement as to why it was memorable for you. Then head over to The Becca Files to see what she's sharing and click the blue blog hopping frog button to visit more blogs sharing memorable books. 

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    First Line Friday - May 18, 2018

    Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! The book I've been reading this week is First Impressions by Debra White Smith. I'm enjoying it so far!

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Author Interview (and a Letter Writing Ministry) - Cathe Swanson

    I am so excited to have author Cathe Swanson on the blog today talking about her Love Letters ministry! I've been reading her weekly emails containing letter writing encouragement since January and she's had some great ideas about how to encourage people with a simple card.

    Welcome, Cathe!  Thank you so much for spending time on the blog with us today! I absolutely love writing letters and sending cards. Whenever I go to a store, I always check out the books AND the note cards/stationary section (and I usually sneak a peek at the colored pens, too). Writing letters recharges me and I believe it's something God has designed me to do. My heart even sings a little when I see a big blue mailbox because I can envision letters and cards going in. 😊 And of course, I love receiving a card or letter in the mail. When I read about your Love Letters ministry I signed up right away.

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    Memorable Monday - May 14, 2018

    Welcome to the second post in Memorable Mondays on the blog today. This idea was created by Becca from The Becca Files to highlight books that we've read in the past and are memorable to us. 

    The book I'm highlighting today is Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade. 

    Friday, May 11, 2018

    First Line Friday - May 11, 2018

    Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! I've already been thinking about my summer reading list and I have a suggestion for yours: Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray. I think this would be a GREAT summer read! It's light and refreshing. You can read my review here. Instead of sharing the first line, I'm going to share my favorite line.

    "I hopped up from my bed, grabbed my IV pole, and sprinted like an ambitious snail to the bathroom."

    Now it's your turn! Leave the first line of the book closest to you in the comments below then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is sharing first lines on their blogs today. 

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Review: Courageous Women of the Bible by Latan Roland Murphy

    From the Back of the Book

    Learn to live, love, and lead courageously--as you boldly choose to trust God.

    Whether you're facing struggles with singleness, the mounting challenges of marriage and motherhood, health issues, a financial crisis--God has equipped you to walk in freedom and confidence as you abide in Him, strengthened by His power and provision. Through the stories of eleven brave women of the Bible who made faith-filled choices that positioned them for success, LaTan Roland Murphy exhorts, encourages, and empowers women of all ages. With warmth and wit, she illustrates how you, like Deborah, Jael, Mary, and others, can look beyond your circumstances and lay hold of the courage needed to 

    • draw closer to Jesus when facing illness, isolation, or rejection;
    • live and give generously, even amid financial hardship; and
    • step out into faithful, fearless living as a wife, mother, friend or coworker--no matter the season of life or what lies ahead.
    Thought-provoking study questions and an interactive journaling section will help take you even deeper in your quest for a more courageous, confident life, either on your own or with a group.

    Monday, May 7, 2018

    Memorable Monday - May 7, 2018

    I am so excited to be starting Memorable Mondays on the blog today! This idea was created by Becca from The Becca Files. I'm excitedly waving to Becca through cyber-space! πŸ™‹ Like Becca, I've been a blogger for only a short time, but I've been a reader for a long time so I have lots of books to recommend! I am excited that Becca created this meme which makes it easy to recommend and highlight some older, memorable books!

    The first book I want to highlight is Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn.