Maverick and Me by Katherine Schwarzenegger/illustrated by Phyllis Harris

This is a fantastic children’s book. I love the story and the illustrations. This really makes me want to adopt a pet. That is what I did when I got my last cat. This made me laugh and cry. I think that little children and parents will fall in love with this story. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Publisher’s Description

Dog lover and animal advocate Katherine Schwarzenegger draws from her own experience with fostering and adopting dogs to create a picture book that introduces children to the concept of “adopt, don’t shop.” In the heartwarming story of Maverick and Me, Maverick is rescued by a kind-hearted stranger after being dumped on the side of the road. The little puppy’s luck takes a turn for the better when young Scarlett meets him at an adoption event. Scarlett is so moved by Maverick’s story that she and her mother decide to give him the forever home he is looking for. Each year, millions of dogs find themselves in shelters and with animal rescues through no fault of their own. Maverick will help teach children about these dogs and empower even young readers to advocate for shelter pups.

Author Bio

Katherine Schwarzenegger is a New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist, and animal activist. She began fostering puppies in her home in Southern California and soon fell in love with one special little foster dog named Maverick. In Maverick and Me, Katherine draws upon this experience to introduce children to the benefits of dog adoption. Together, Maverick and Katherine spread a message of hope, defying all odds, and the joys of finding forever friends through pet rescue. 

Here Comes the Bride by Hope Ramsay with a giveaway 

I love the Chapel of Love series. This series makes you laugh and cry. It would be horrible to be left at the altar. I would have wanted to hurt my fiancé. I think I would have done some of what Laurie does when Brandon leaves her at the alter. It is great that she has a good friend in Andrew. Sometimes people don’t see what is right in front of them the whole time. I received a copy of this book from Grand central publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

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Author: Hope Ramsay

Series: Chapel of Love, #3

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There goes the groom . . .


For Professor Laurie Wilson, planning her wedding to longtime boyfriend Brandon Kopp has been a whirlwind. But somehow, between all the cake tastings and dress fittings, she never imagined being left at the altar. In the aftermath, she does what any sensible woman would—she swigs champagne and considers keying his car. Until someone knocks on her door with a much better idea for revenge.


Best man Andrew Lyndon thinks Laurie’s better off without Brandon. But Laurie’s father—and Andrew’s boss—isn’t going to accept anything less than a reconciliation. And he’s made it Andrew’s problem to solve. So Andrew decides to make Brandon jealous by setting Laurie up on a string of “dates.” After a couple of weeks, Brandon will be begging Laurie to take him back. But Andrew’s plan works a little too well because suddenly he’s the one falling for Laurie—and planning a proposal of his own.





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Laurie was busy killing her waistline with her days-long ice cream, popcorn, and pizza binge. But hey, she didn’t have to worry about fitting into the beautiful lace wedding dress anymore. And binging on junk food and all twenty-six episodes of the first two seasons of House of Cards kept her mind off her troubles.

But she hadn’t watched more than fifteen minutes before someone knocked on her front door. Damn. Couldn’t people just leave her alone? But then whoever it was decided to peep through the gigantic living room window that overlooked her rickety porch.

Laurie’s heart soared. The visitor who pressed his face up against the grubby window pane was definitely male. For an instant, she thought it might be Brandon, come to tell her that calling off the wedding was a horrible mistake.

But the guy on her porch was taller and thinner than Brandon. “C’mon, Laurie, open the door,” he said as he raised a green and red donut box. “I brought Krispy Kremes.”

Speak of the devil. Andrew Lyndon himself. The best man. With donuts.

She hauled herself up from the couch and padded to the front door. She cracked it open. “I’ll take the donuts, please.” She reached her hand through the narrow opening.

He cocked his head like an adorable puppy with big, soulful eyes. “You don’t get the donuts unless you let me in.”

“I’m not dressed for company,” she said, glancing down at her pink bunny slippers, gray sweatpants, and George Washington University sweatshirt. She’d been wearing these clothes since Sunday afternoon.

“I’m not company,” he said.

“No? Then why are you here bearing bribes?

Andrew’s mouth twitched. “Your dad sent me.”

How could you not like Andrew when the guy always told the truth? He was dependable. And honest. “Why did he send you and not come himself?”

“I don’t know. I’m here to talk to you about an idea.”

“What kind of idea?”

Andrew looked away and to the left, his body language screaming discomfort.

Laurie was suddenly intrigued. She opened the door wide and knew a moment of humiliation as he scanned her from head to toe. She hated the look in his eyes. Was it pity? She didn’t want anyone, least of all Brandon’s best friend, to pity her. “So what is this idea?”

“Teaching Brandon a lesson.”

“How? And why would you be interested in doing that? I mean, you’re his friend, right?”

He looked her straight in the eye. “Yes, I am. And I also work for your father.”

“Right. So conflicted.”

He nodded. “Your father wants to help you and Brandon get back together. He’s enlisted my help.”

She snatched the box of donuts from his hands. “I’m really sorry, Andrew. He can be a pain in the butt. But thanks for these.” She clutched the box to her breast and tried to shut the door in Andrew’s face.

Unfortunately, Andrew had good reflexes. He wedged his foot in the door and forced it open.

She retreated in the face of his superior strength, but not without a snarky retort. “I’m not sharing the donuts.” She selected a donut from the box and nodded her head at him. “Okay, you’ve got exactly five minutes for whatever it is you came to say.”

“On Saturday, when I asked you what you wanted, you told me that you were willing to forgive Brandon. Do you still feel that way?”

A rush of sugar coursed through her as she sank her teeth into the donut. There was nothing in the world—not even sex— as good as a Krispy Kreme. She thought carefully about Andrew’s question as the donut melted in her mouth. “I don’t know,” she said honestly.

Andrew nodded, as if her answer hadn’t surprised him in the least. “He broke my heart,” she added, just to be clear. “How can I forgive that?”

“Easy. If you love him and want to be his wife.”

“Not so easy. I mean, why did Brandon do that to me? We were together for so long.”

“What if that’s the problem?” he asked.

“What? That we’ve been together? Like it’s okay for him to get bored?” Although that’s exactly what had happened.

Andrew shook his head. “No, it’s more like fear of better options.”

“What does that mean?”

“Maybe he feels as if he never took the time to…I don’t know, play the field, sow some wild oats, whatever.”

“Right.” She took another bite of the donut. In a minute, she would ask Andrew to leave, and she would forget this unsettling conversation.

“So,” he said when she was down to licking the sugar off her fingers, “what if we showed Brandon the consequences of looking for better options?” 

“Okay. And what, in your judgment, are the consequences?”

“I’m pretty sure Brandon hasn’t thought through how he might feel if you decided to go out and play the field.”

“So you’re saying that if I do what Brandon asked me to do—go explore other options—it will make him jealous?”

“Well, sort of. See, I’m not suggesting that you actually date other people. I’m suggesting that you give the appearance of dating other people. In order to make him realize what an idiot he’s being.”

“Okay, how do I give the appearance of dating? What do I do, just go directly to and post a sexy profile?”

He leaned back in the chair, looking so completely comfortable that it irked her. “Instead of, I was thinking along the lines of setting you up on a series of show dates, with guys Brandon either knows or admires or even hates. In short, guys that will annoy the crap out of him. We’d arrange them so that Brandon either sees you out with someone else, or hears about it. I’m betting that seeing you out with someone else will drive him crazy.”




Unraveled by Jo Huddleston 

I loved this story. This made me cry and think of what I might have felt like if I had ever miscarried. I was lucky that it never happened to me. This book showed how some men and women react after a loss. I received a copy of this book from for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Alice loses herself in grief and can’t find her way back.
In 1954, twenty-six-year-old Alice Patterson undergoes a pregnancy loss that affects everything and everyone she touches. Emotionally and physically drained, she must come to terms with her traumatic loss or risk losing her husband, her best friend, and her sanity.
Her best friend JayNell and her husband Paul offer Alice support and comfort. She persists in her grieving, which hinders her healing. The doctor advises there is no normal recovery period for what Alice has undergone. Time is her best ally.
In her small southern Mississippi town, her church Sewing Circle’s new project triggers an unsettling setback to Alice’s recovery. Afterward, she succumbs to suspicions of Paul’s infidelity that causes her collapse, from which she may not recover.
Paul’s unspoken goal is that they will recapture the love they held for one another on their wedding day. He’s hopeful that the approaching spring season will bring a reawakening of the Alice he married, as it brings a newness to all living things.

Brush Back by Sara Paretsky

This was my favorite book in this series in a while. It had all my favorite characters from all of this series. I look forward to reading the next in this series.

Chicago’s V. I. Warshawski confronts crooked politicians and buried family secrets in this gritty mystery from New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky.


No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but she’d happily avoid tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s what she ends up doing when she responds to a plea for help from an old high school flame, Frank Guzzo.


Frank’s mother Stella was convicted of killing his kid sister, but now that she’s out of prison, she’s looking for exoneration. Even though the Warshawskis and Stella never got along, V. I. agrees to make a few inquiries after she sees how hard life has been on Frank and her other childhood friends.


Only, that small favor leads her straight into the vipers’ nest of Illinois politics—and soon her main question isn’t about Stella’s case but whether or not she’ll make it out of this investigation alive…

Fault Lines by Thomas Locke

I really am looking forward to the next book in this series. I need to know what is going to happen to this group of people. Where will this project go? There were many twists and turns throughout this book. Everyone had a slightly different reaction to what was happening in this experiment. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.


As a security expert, Charlie Hazard is all about taking control of the situation. But when the stunning Dr. Gabriella Speciale draws him into a secret psychological project, risk parameters are shattered. Every move brings him to the edge of one fault line after another, and Charlie struggles to stay clear of a maelstrom of entangled dangers.
The research team abandons the lab on the Florida coast and flees to a mountain refuge in Italy. The battles in Charlie’s mind are overtaken by real life attacks. He must grapple with the daunting realization that a conspiracy is taking hold on both internal and external levels. Can Gabriella be trusted, or is she just part of the scheme?
Leave behind your assumptions about the way the world works, and race along the unknown corridors of human consciousness in Fault Lines.

Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with worldwide sales of seven million copies. His work has been published in twenty languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the author of Emissary and Merchant of Alyss in the Legends of the Realm series, as well as Trial Run and Flash Point in the Fault Lines series. Learn more at

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

This series just gets better and better. I love learning more each book about all the characters in the Elite Guardians. This one has Haley in it and we get to learn more of her background. There are many twists and turns through this story. I received this book through Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Haley Callaghan works for the all female The Elite Guardian Protection Agency and has vowed to protect her client at any cost. Her new assignment takes her to West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case. When her life and the life of the young client is in danger, Detective Steven Rothwell steps in to keep them both safe. 

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

I am never disappointed by a Lori Benton book. I could not put this book down. I cried during this story. I felt awful for Clare and for Abigail. What happened during these times of war were horrible for all. It was hard for Jeremiah also. It was never fair for whites that were rais d as Indians to be made to go back to a world that they no longer understood. I received a copy of this book from bloogingforbooks for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will. 
When settler Clare Inglesby’s son is captured by Indians, she enlists the help of frontiersman and adopted Shawnee Jeremiah Ring. But when they find the tribe, they discover Jeremiah’s sister has taken custody of Jacob—and things become much more complicated. Will Clare take matters into her own hands—or let God fight the battle for her? 400 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

A God of all Seasons by T. H. Meyers with a giveaway 

This is a very good book of short stories of two women’s lives as they try to get closer to God and his mercies. Each woman reminds God in different ways to get them closer to his Mercy, Grace and Hope. They learn that God is there during all seasons. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.A God for all seasons FB banner copy

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About the Book
A God For All Seasons – r1 ebook coverBook title: A God of All Seasons
Author: TH Meyer & Amy Breitmann
Release date: August 28, 2017
Genre: Non-fiction
“What if your spiritual life landed in the grip of a wintered soul? How does one’s faith survive?
Discover the beauty and challenge of spiritual seasons as Tammy & Amy remember parts of their stories in order to draw out your own. Learn to perceive God’s companionship even when you don’t sense His nearness. And unearth, not only a God who created the seasons, but one who also walks with you through them.”
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After living in Asia and Europe, T.H. Meyer’s family planted roots on their Texas farm in 2008 where they live among fields of Rye and Bermuda. Tammy is a writer and creative strategist who also moonlights as a social media specialist. She’s the mother to three children and author of, A Life of Creative Purpose: Embrace Uniqueness, Explore Boldness, Encourage Faith and Social Media Strategies: Discovering Powerful Tools of the Trade without Losing Your Soul for Christian entrepreneurs maneuvering the daunting and soul-sucking world of online marketing.
Join Tammy on her website: The Art of Fear Not: An Adventurous Life of Faith
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Amy’s (Amy Breitmann) bio: Amy weaves together ministry and writing alongside her husband and two children in Augusta, GA. She is a writer, speaker, and founder of “The Lydia Project,” a national ministry for women facing cancer and is a storyteller for ViBella Jewelry, an international company that employs artisans in Haiti and Mexico. Her published works include pieces in Chicken Soup of the Soul, Mosaic: Sojourners of Faith, and Guideposts Magazine.
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Out of the Ashes by A.M. Heath with a giveaway

This was a very good after the Civil War book. This showed what it was like for people after the war ended. It shows how the soldiers felt and the women that were left behind felt. I enjoyed the many characters. I enjoyed the small stories that were told throughout the book. I sometimes felt there were almost too many main characters and sometimes had trouble remembering who was who. I would recommend not reading this when you are tired. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

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Out of the Ashes Blurb: Sometimes peace is won through battle. 
Haunted by the memories he can’t escape, Ralph Williams wants to be left alone to lick his wounds. He doesn’t understand why he’s forced into the company of the one woman he least desires. Can God bring him healing through such uncomfortable circumstances?
Frank Harper thought he had left the war and its turmoil behind, but the home to which he has returned is anything but peaceful. When racial tensions arise in Maple Grove, Frank finds himself on a battlefield once more. He’s desperate for peace, but at what cost?
When George Chandler heads off to wed his beloved bride, things don’t go as expected. Just as George starts to get comfortable with what he believes is God’s new plan for his life, history threatens to repeat itself. Will he fight for the woman he’s come to love, or will he let her go?
The War Between the States has destroyed more than just a nation. In four years, it has damaged bodies and wounded souls until the people think that nothing is left. Will they find the healing they so desperately need from the God that loves them?
My Bio: Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.

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About Molly’s Books:

Change of Heart

A modern new century brings a young Amish woman an unexpected new life—and a chance
to discover love’s true way home…

Ohio, 1899. Soft-spoken midwife Becca Yost lived by her Amish faith’s strict rules—until her
fiancé jilted her before their entire community. She’s never been away from home, but the

bustling Englischer town of Massillon, Ohio, is a welcome unexpected refuge. Especially when
she goes to work for Dr. Matt Carrington, who shares her passion for healing those in need. His
outgoing spirit and gentle strength show Becca a surprising new world of choices—and

irresistible love. But there is one formidable obstacle: Matt’s wealthy mother is determined her
son will marry a society woman.

With her newfound resolve challenged, Becca decides that she and Matt must not be destined for
each other after all. She accepts that she will have to forge a life alone—until a wrenching crisis
and life-changing revelations teach her that true faith lies in all things, especially impossible
second chances

Grace’s Forgiveness

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—
but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of
enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a
husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His
helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and
determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her
very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town
. . .

Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But
she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills
herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will
show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles . . .

Two Suitors for Anna

In 1903 Ohio, a young Amish woman must choose between the life she has long planned for
and a new, very different future…

Since Anna Plank moved to Berlin, Ohio, with her widowed mamm and two schweschders, she’s
found a real sense of belonging. As soon as her beloved Noah Schwartz proposes, they’ll begin a
new chapter here together. But Noah has a surprise for Anna: once they’re married, he wants
them to travel and live in other communities. Anna, who loves her home and her job at the quilt
shop, is distraught when he takes her hesitation as rejection—and leaves.

Daniel Bontrager’s arrival adds to Anna’s confusion. Since taking over his late brother’s farm,
the handsome roofer has offered friendship and gentle attentions. Yet the pull of first love is
strong and deep, especially when Noah returns. Through each revelation, Anna must search her
faith for guidance, knowing she is choosing not just a husband, but a life to nurture and to

About Molly:

Molly Jebber’s books have been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today’s HEA, and

Romantic Times has given them a near excellent rating. She’s on RWA’s Honor Roll. She’s a

speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, and she offers presentations on writing, publishing,

Amish lifestyle and traditions. She has received widespread media coverage, including live

interviews, across the United States for her books and speaking engagements.

She’s just signed a new contract for four more Amish books! She loves interacting with her

readers. She loves God, her husband, family and friends. She has a hard time saying no to

cupcakes, swimming, nine holes of golf, and walks on the beach. Coconut, oatmeal, and onions,

on the other hand, are not hard to say no to!


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Anna and her sisters are hiding a secret. One Anna knows is wrong to keep. The love of her life

wants her to leave her family behind and travel with him. Her life is in turmoil, and she isn’t sure
which way to turn? What does the future hold for Anna? 

Have you read CHANGE OF HEART and GRACE’S FORGIVENESS? The first two books in

the Keepsake Pocket Quilt Series? They are available in and online in bookstores.

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