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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Book Review! The Final Vow by Amanda Flower On tour with Great Escapes

The Final Vow
by Amanda Flower

As we go through the lists of suspects you will be changing your mind and I was really surprised as to whom the culprit was.
~Maureen’s Musings
The Final Vow was a beautiful mystery, yes I did say beautiful.
~Bibliophile Reviews
…you’re turning the pages to find out the answers just to find more twists and surprises you aren’t expecting. Until the end when it all comes to together and leaves you with your mouth wide open in shock.
~Rainy Day Reviews
This is one story that gives readers wonderful characters and a mystery that was hard for me to solve. I was very , very surprised when the killer was revealed.
~Texas Book-aholic
If you enjoy a good mystery, full of romance, humor, and wit, than The Final Vow is one for you!
~A Cozy Experience
I loved the characters they are all likable. The plot is well done and the reader will be kept guessing and shocked to find out who the real killer is.
~Babs Book Bistro
If you like strong friendships with your cozies, this is a series you will enjoy.
~Laura’s Interests
With drama and humor Amanda Flowers provides readers with another enjoyable read.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
There were many twists and turns to keep me guessing, which is what I like in a cozy mystery. The ending came as a total surprise.
~Melina’s Book Blog
Twists and turns I didn’t expect while trying to figure out who the killer was and why it was Vianna that had to die.
~Storeybook Reviews
The pace of the story was very steady until the reveal, then my heart was beating rapidly and invisible steam was coming out of Kindle as I was quickly flipping pages.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
The Final Vow by Amanda Flower has all the essential ingredients that make for a good cozy mystery – picturesque location, small village setting, likeable characters (with the exception one or two who are frustrating), mystery that quickly hooks you – and I enjoyed it very much.
~The Power of Words
This was a fast paced story filled with twists and turns
and a surprise ending.
~The Journey Back

The Final Vow (A Living History Museum Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738745923


Summer weddings in Barton Farm’s picturesque church are standard procedure for museum director Kelsey Cambridge. At least they were until the Cherry Foundation, which supports the museum, orders Kelsey to host her ex-husband’s wedding on Farm grounds.
Ambitious wedding planner Vianna Pine is determined to make the bride’s Civil War-themed wedding perfect. But each time Vianna’s vision threatens the integrity and safety of the Farm, Kelsey has to intervene.
When Kelsey finds Vianna’s dead body at the foot of the church steps, everyone’s plans fall apart. With both the wedding and Barton Farm at risk of being permanently shut down, Kelsey has to work hard to save her own happily ever after.

About This Author

Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling  author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.
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I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by this author before, but now that I have read this book (3rd in the series - but I had no problems following along) I am hooked. This book was easy to read, flowed nicely, well written characters, and a great story line. I love the clues that are left throughout the book - and I enjoyed trying to figure out who did it. There is some background in the book (which is why I did not have a problem following along) There is romance in the book :) Because this is a cozy mystery - no overly graphic or sexual scenes are in this book.  I really enjoyed this book 

I was provided a copy of this book through the Great Escapes Tour - all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book review! A GOOD DAY TO BUY by Sherry Harris GREAT ESCAPES TOUR -

A Good Day to Buy
by Sherry Harris

Good Day to Buy is a fantastic cozy mystery that is full of twists, turns, distractions, and red herrings.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
The story moves along at a steady pace and the ending includes a bit of a surprise.
~Christa Reads and Writes
A first rate mystery, and a carefully thought out whodunit, A GOOD DAY TO BUY is the perfect addition to this already fantastic series.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
This is definitely a great book for garage sale lovers and those who love a mystery this one was so good I couldn’t put it down!
~Community Bookstop

A Good Day to Buy (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kensington (April 25, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707512


When Sarah Winston’s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he’s in town—especially her ex, the chief of police—the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah’s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife—her clients, the Spencers.
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he’s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .

About The Author

Agatha award nominated author, Sherry Harris, started bargain hunting in second grade at her best friend’s yard sale. She honed her bartering skills as she moved around the country while her husband served in the Air Force. Sherry uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series.
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I have not read anything else by this author, or the first few books in this series - but I really liked this book. I love garage sales (it's that time of the year again!!!) and this book starts off with the garage sale of: Mr. and Mrs. Spencer who are getting ready to move to Florida to be near their son --- during the garage sale - Mr. Spencer turns up dead - and Sarah's brother turns up at her apartment.... coincidence?? 
I liked that this character was real. She had flaws. She kept secrets. I like when I can read "real" characters that others can relate too. I liked trying to solve the mystery as I read along. 
I enjoyed this book very much. 
I received an advance copy of the book through the Great Escapes Book Tours - all opinions are my own 

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

App Review! Awakening to God (ATG)

Have you ever woken up late? Got stuck in rush hour traffic? Found yourself running from place to place with no break in between? At night you laid your head down - and you finally realize..... I did not get a chance to read my Bible today?

I have been there. 

Life happens. 

While I try and read a chapter or two a day - sometimes life kicks us around, chews us up, consumes us and we forget. 

We are human. 

I was recently offered the opportunity to review the app: Awakening to God (ATG) 

I love little Bible "snacks" throughout the day. I like to see a verse that I am able to pray and meditate over throughout the day. 

Here is the description of ATG from the website: Website can be found Here
A devotional journal to help you enjoy your walk with God, with thanksgiving from your heart, everyday touches and prayers. Inspiration for 8 minutes with God at the start of your day, learning to hear his voice, memorize scripture, pray and journal. Lots of great ideas to build your faith, share scripture, encourage others and strengthen family devotions.’

One of the really cool things for this app is: All profits from the App will go toward providing clean water (a well in 100 villages), 40,000 meals, 15,000 mosquito nets and medical services to the poor and suffering in India. For example, your purchase of the App will provide a meal for 5 people

You can set prayer requests, praises, 

These are some of the screenshots they provide when you look it up in the app store. 

I liked this app. It was a nice quick way to get a verse, journal what I was praying for (I lose my paper prayer journal all the time), look at praises. 

Downsides: logging me out (I am horrible at passwords) and app will crash sometimes. (I believe they are working that out) 

I would recommend this to anyone that just wants some Bible snacks, verse to pray over. 

4 stars. 

I was given the opportunity to review this app through Flyby Promotions - I purchased and downloaded the app. All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Book Review: A Plain Widow by: Diane Craver --- On tour with Celebrate Lit

I know that I have had a lot of book reviews lately - I am working on some new things for the blog. I am so glad that you have been continuing to read and interact :)

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About the Book

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Book: A Plain Widow
Author: Diane Craver
Genre: Amish romance
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Molly Ebersol’s life changes in a few minutes when an arsonist torches their barn. Her husband, Caleb, rushes inside the burning barn to save his horses. Although Amish firefighter, Jonathan Mast, tries to save Caleb, he fails. Suddenly Molly becomes a widow.
A month later, an anonymous person gives money to cover the lumber and food expenses for the barn raising. One late night more money is left for Molly on the porch. The fire investigator wonders if the arsonist feels guilt about Caleb’s death and is responsible for the money gifts.
During the continued investigation, it’s learned that Caleb had secrets he kept from Molly. She is crushed by what Caleb did before meeting her. How could the love of her life kept his English past from her?
Her new neighbor, Jonathan, helps her to make the difficult transition from wife to widow. Although Molly develops feelings for Jonathan, can she ever trust him to be truthful to her? She isn’t sure she can fall in love again. Her trust in relationships is shattered because of Caleb’s past actions.

About the Author

Diane grew up on a farm outside Findlay, Ohio, and she often acted out characters from her own stories in the backyard. In high school she would read during classes and hide a novel in front of her in a propped up textbook. After Diane graduated from the Ohio State University, she became a schoolteacher and play director.
She met her husband while teaching at an orphanage, and they married three years later. Diane says that it took her that long to convince him she was the one for him! While raising their family in southwestern Ohio, she started writing nonfiction and was published. Later, Diane decided it would be a nice escape to write fiction. They were blessed with five daughters and one son. Two daughters were born with Down syndrome and live at home. Their other children live close by. Diane has four adorable grandchildren. Her favorite vacation is going to the beach with the whole family.

Non-fiction articles of Diane’s have been published in Woman’s World WeeklyThe Catholic TelegraphVirtueDown Syndrome, and other publications. Several of Diane’s books have been a reviewer’s top pick from Night Owl Reviews as well as receiving 5 star reviews and A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters) received the CTRR Reviewer’s Recommend Award from Coffee Time Romance and More.

Diane gives thanks daily to God for all her blessings.

Guest Post from Diane Craver

Back in 2012, when I told our adult children I had written my first Amish book, they looked surprised. In the past I had written contemporary Christian romance, but I had never mentioned anything about researching the Amish faith for my future books. My great-grandfather was a Mennonite minister, but I never knew him. My mother shared stories about his faith and his strictness in raising children. With many similarities between my great-grandfather’s faith and the Amish beliefs, I was drawn to learn more about the Plain life.
Another influence came from my father. While growing up in Findlay, Ohio, my father respected and enjoyed talking with the Amish from Kenton, Ohio. As a farmer, he used both work horses (something he had in common with his Amish acquaintances) and a tractor. In my book, A PLAIN WIDOW, my character, Jonathan Mast, is from Kenton. Unfortunately, my children never knew my father, but they learned how precious he was to me from reading my book, A GIFT FOREVER.
Now several books later, I am still writing Amish fiction. I feel blessed that God directed me on this writing path. A wonderful aspect of writing in this genre is finding Amish recipes to prepare in my kitchen. One of my favorite recipes is also my character Molly’s specialty in my new release. This Amish recipe is an easy bread to make and takes around twenty minutes to prepare.
Delicious Amish Cinnamon Bread
(Makes 2 loaves)
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Cream together butter, 2 cups of sugar, and eggs. Add milk, flour, and baking soda. Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into greased loaf pans. (Basically pour 1/4 of the total batter into each pan.)
Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 cup of sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in each pan. Add remaining batter to pans; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping. Swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min. Or until toothpick tester is clean.
Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan.

This was the first book that I bad read by this author. I was hooked within a few pages. My heart just broke for Molly, her young son, and the baby on the way. I can't even imagine losing my husband with small children. I enjoyed trying to follow the investigation and discover who was responsible for the fire of the Ebersol's barn - but I was wrong in the end. 
I love that this story was a mystery full of fun little nuggets. This is also a story of second chances. 

I don't want to spoil to much - but I really really loved this book. I highly recommend it.
I am going to have to go back and look for other books by this author. 

I was given an advanced copy by Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own. 

Blog Stops

April 20: Lighthouse Academy
April 21: A Reader’s Brain
April 22: cherylbbookblog
April 25: Pause for Tales
April 25: Bigreadersite
April 29: Just Commonly
April 30: A Greater Yes


To celebrate her tour, Diane is giving away:
GRAND PRIZE: Diane is giving away a set of the Dream of Plain Daughters Series (4 book series) and a $20 Amazon gift card. If the winner is outside of the US, ebooks will be substituted.
RUNNER-UP: A copy of AMISH BABY SNATCHED, the first book in The Bishop’s Daughters Series and a $10 Amazon gift card.
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!