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Monday, March 8, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - The Soldier's Unexpected Family (Heroines of Hollydale #3) By Tanya Agler On Tour with Prism Book Tours

On Tour with Prism Book Tours
The Soldier's Unexpected Family
(Heroines of Hollydale #3)
By Tanya Agler
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 230 Pages
March 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He had a plan…
She changed it all!

Major Aidan Murphy arrives in the charming small town of Hollydale to take full guardianship of his six-year-old nephew. Only there’s a slight problem—his vivacious, fiery co-guardian. School teacher Natalie Harrison has no intention of letting Aidan take her best friend’s heartbroken little boy away. Now Aidan must convince Natalie that blood is stronger than love…even if his heart tells him otherwise.

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About the Author

Tanya Agler remembers the first set of Harlequin books her grandmother gifted her, and she’s been in love with romance novels ever since. An award-winning author, Tanya makes her home in Georgia with her wonderful husband, their four children, and a lovable rescue beagle. When she’s not writing, Tanya loves classic movies and a good cup of tea. Visit her at or email her at

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My Thoughts

The Soldier's Unexpected Family By Tanya Agler is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming line. When you read the heartwarming line you know you will get a sweet, clean romance. This book is part of the Heroines of Hollydale series. I have read one other book in the series, A Ranger for the Twins. You can see my review: HERE. In this story we meet Aiden Murphy and Natalie Harrison both care deeply for Danny. Both are strong characters as in they want to be the in charge guardian of Danny. Aiden thinks that he should, since he is his uncle. Natalie thinks that she should be because she was best friend's with Danny's mom.

Aiden is a military man - he is used to structure and order. Natalie is spontaneous and goes with the flow. These two characters are so determined to prove the other wrong and end up on top that it made me smile. During this process you can feel the romantic tension leap off the pages. The author has done a great job creating a fun town, with real world problems. Her characters are well written and comical.

I have enjoyed getting to know the people of Holly Dale. I wish that this town and characters were real. I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. All thoughts are my own.

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - The Perfectionist Author: Elisabeth Bennett On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  The Perfectionist

Author: Elisabeth Bennett

Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living/Personal Growth

Release date: March 2, 2021

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typology using nine points within a circle to represent nine distinct personality types. This sixty-day devotional is for the Perfectionist, number 1 of the Enneagram personality types.
This book will help Perfectionists, and those who love them, better understand how God created them and how best to use their unique gifts to serve Him and love others. It features a full explanation of what the Enneagram is and how it benefits people, followed by a full description of what it means to be a 1, including the Perfectionist’s deadly sin and their greatest strength.
Some attributes of the Perfectionist:

  • Motivation: To be good, have integrity, and achieve this by following the rules.
  • Biggest Fear: Ones fear being evil or corrupt, unable to do good things or make a difference.
  • Gut Triad: Ones, along with Eights and Nines, receive information through their gut, instinctively feeling if something is right or wrong. When Ones see others blatantly disobeying the “rules” that are very obvious to them, it triggers an anger response, and can cause Ones to be burdened by boiling frustration.

The sixty days of this devotional are split into six 10-day topics that include uniqueness, weakness, strength, pain points, and how Perfectionists react in times of stress and growth.


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About the Author

Elisabeth Bennett first discovered the Enneagram in the summer of 2017 and immediately realized how life-changing this tool could be. She set out to absorb all she could about this ancient personality typology, including a twelve-week Enneagram certification course taught by Beth McCord, who has studied the Enneagram for more than twenty-five years.
Elisabeth started her own Enneagram Instagram account (@Enneagram.Life) in 2018, which has grown to nearly 65,000 followers. Since becoming a certified Enneagram coach, she has conducted more than one hundred one-on-one coaching sessions, focused on helping her clients find their type and apply the Enneagram to their lives for personal and spiritual growth. Elisabeth has also conducted staff/team building sessions for businesses and high school students.
She has lived in beautiful Washington State her entire life and now has the joy of raising her own children there with her husband, Peter.


More from Elisabeth

This is the only devotional series that combines daily Scripture reading with Enneagram wisdom tailored specifically to one Enneagram type. Endorsements include Ryan O’Neal, Sleeping At Last singer-songwriter whose work has been featured on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy and the Twilight Saga movies, and Beth McCord, a popular Enneagram coach and author.

My Thoughts

The Perfectionist ByElisabeth Bennett is part of a devotional series. I have read one other one in the series. You can see my review for The Peacemaker: HERE.  If you are not familiar with the Enneagram it is an ancient personality classification. There are  nine points within a circle to represent nine very distinct personality types-  1: Perfectionist,  2: Helper, 3:  Achiever,  4:  Individualist, 5: Thinker, 6:  Guardian,  7:  Enthusiast,  8: Challenger and  9: Peacemaker. 

In this book the Perfectionist - it is broken down into 6 parts. Each part will take you 10 days to go through. I am not sure what number that I am - but I do not think I am a 1. Even if you are like me, and not a 1 - there is still a wealth of information. The author has done incredible research and studies on the Enneagram. She knows her subject material, and I feel that her writing was God led. 

I received a copy of  this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging program - all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 9

Texas Book-aholic, March 10

April Hayman, Author, March 10

Inklings and notions, March 11

For Him and My Family, March 12

deb’s Book Review, March 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 14

Mary Hake , March 14

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 18

CarpeDiem, March 19


To celebrate her tour, Elisabeth is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Greenbeard the Pirate Pig by Andrea Torrey Balsara On Tour with Silver Dagger Tours


Greenbeard the Pirate Pig
by Andrea Torrey Balsara
Genre: Children's Adventure

Ahoy, my Piggywinkles! Sail with GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG as he sails the Seven Seas in search of ADVENTURE! With his ratty first mate, Snug Rumkin, Greenbeard sets sail on THE GOLDEN LETTUCE, determined to become a proper pirate!

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Most of the farmed foxes at SaveAFox are handed to them because they are sick, injured, or rejected, and therefore a liability or of no value to a fur farmer.

Mikayla Raines, founder / rescuer and her wonderful team are passionate about what they do and devoted to making a difference.

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“To rescue and provide forever homes for captive-born, non-releasable wildlife.”

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Andrea Torrey Balsara is a Canadian children’s author and illustrator who writes and illustrates for ages 3 and up. She is involved with children’s empowerment, and works to create stories that not only make children laugh, but makes them think. Her latest illustrated book, GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG , is a whimsical adventure about a guinea pig with a dream.

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Greenbeard the Pirate Pig by Andrea Torrey Balsara is a  Children's Adventure book. I read this book with my 9 and 7 year old sons and we all enjoyed it. This book is geared toward baby - 7 years old. It is beautifully illustrated. The message of the book is that if you work hard, stay on track, stay determined you will accomplish a lot. Greenbeard the Pirate Pig is a guinea pig that is a farmer. He loves lettuce and the lettuce turns his pig beard green. On day while he was outside he got a whiff of some fresh sea air. It's then he decides he wants to be a pirate. He packs up his veggies, shines his boots and even finds a carrot to use as a sword. He is able to secure a small ship for exchange for a song. He meets a rat named Smug Rumkin. Smug is a fun character - they were complete opposites and it was so fun to see their interaction. The book has catchy songs that my boys enjoyed singing. This is a good one to add to your bedtime routine. 

I received a copy of this book through Silver Dagger Blogging Program - all thoughts are my own. 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Torch Author: R.J. Anderson On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  Torch

Author: R.J. Anderson

Genre: Christian YA Fantasy

Release date: February 9, 2021

How do you fight fire without fire?

When a freak storm uncovers the entrance to a mysterious underground chamber, Ivy and Martin expect to find treasure. But what they discover is even more valuable: a barrow full of sleeping spriggans, magically preserved for centuries. With the vengeful piskey queen Betony determined to capture Ivy and her followers, the secret hideaway could be key to both their peoples’ survival.

But the piskeys and spriggans are ancient enemies, and when Ivy tries to make peace her own followers threaten to turn against her. Plagued by treachery, betrayal and desertion on every side, Ivy must find a way to unite the magical folk of Cornwall–or doom herself, Martin and everyone she loves to death at Betony’s hand.

Yet without the legendary fire-wielding power that marks a true piskey queen, can Ivy convince her people to believe?


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About the Author

Born in Uganda to missionary parents, R.J. (Rebecca Joan) Anderson is a women’s Bible teacher, a wife and mother of three, and a bestselling fantasy author for older children and teens. Her debut novel Knife has sold more than 120,000 copies worldwide, while her other books have been shortlisted for the Nebula Award, the Christy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Fiction. Rebecca lives with her family in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.


More from R. J.

What does it take to be a good leader?
Looking at some of the religious, social and political leaders around us, it seems like a confident attitude, dramatic flair, and the ability to make stirring speeches are the keys to success. But is that the kind of leadership people really need, or is it only what we’ve grown used to?
Ivy, the heroine of my book Torch, never wanted to become a leader, or expected anyone to follow her. After being exiled from her underground home by her proud Aunt Betony, she’s been struggling to make sense of her own life, never mind anyone else’s. But when a ragtag band of old friends and former neighbours turn up on Ivy’s doorstep looking for a new home, she has no choice but to help her fellow Cornish piskeys as best she can.
What Ivy soon finds, however, is that her people’s hopes and expectations for her are much bigger than any she had for herself. They want a queen strong enough to defeat Betony and free their people — but how can Ivy stand up to her aunt’s ruthless tactics and magical fire-wielding powers, when she’s just a slight teenager with barely any magic at all?
As I wrote this book, the last in my Flight and Flame trilogy about Ivy of the Delve, I wanted to explore the difference between the popular idea of a great leader, and the humble servant leadership taught and exemplified by Christ. Unlike Betony, who has become so obsessed with her own power and reputation that she’s blind to her people’s suffering, Ivy only wants to help and encourage her fellow piskeys and keep them safe from harm. She’s willing to sacrifice her own comfort, put aside her own feelings, and do whatever it takes to make sure her followers survive. And though she makes some mistakes and faces some painful challenges along the way, she never forgets that her goal isn’t personal fame or glory, but the good of everyone around her.
Ivy’s personal journey also reflects some of my own recent experiences of caregiving, which can seem like an impossible task when the needs of our loved ones grow greater than our own strength and wisdom can bear. She has to learn, as I did, that the only solution is to ask for help and be willing to let others do it their own way, instead of trying to control everything ourselves.
Torch is the last book of the epic adventure that began with Swift and continued in Nomad, taking Ivy from the depths of obscurity to heights she never imagined, and from a life of loneliness to a love sweeter — and stranger — than she ever dreamed she’d find. It’s a story that’s close to my heart, and I hope it will find a place in yours and your family’s as well!
— R.J. Anderson

My Thoughts

Torch By: R.J. Anderson is a Christian YA Fantasy book. This is also book 3 in the Flight and Flame series. I have read the other books in the series. I would strongly advise that you do so that you can get a feel for the whole story. You can see my review for book one: Here. You can see my review for book two: HERE. I have enjoyed the journey that this series has taken us. I have read this entire series with my 9 year old son. We both have enjoyed it. He reads at a 7th grade level and had no problem following along. 

In this story we are back following Ivy and Martin. Ivy has gone through so much with being banished, her people turning against her. Martin and Ivy have learned a lot while being exiled. She is a strong character. She is patient. She really wanted to be back in the good graces of her people, and she was thrown through the ringer trying to make that happen. Honestly, if I had to be in Ivy's place I probably would have just gone off myself and stopped fighting so hard. Her character has grown so much since  book 1. 

I have stated in the past that this is not a genre that I read normally. However, I am grateful to have been a part of all three tours for this series. This book is perfect for kids 9 and up. It opens up good conversations. I know that this series has blessed myself and my 9 year old son. He is sad to see the series end. We hope that the author releases new books this year and next!

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program - all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, February 27

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 28

Woven by Words, February 28

Through the Fire Blogs, March 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 2

Worthy2Read, March 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 3

For the Love of Literature, March 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 4

Inklings and notions, March 5

For Him and My Family, March 6

The Book Chic Blog, March 6

deb’s Book Review, March 7

Sodbusterliving, March 8

Sara Jane Jacobs, March 8

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 9

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, March 10

Artistic Nobody, March 10 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 11

Blogging With Carol, March 12

Mia Reads, March 12


To celebrate her tour, R.J. is giving away the grand prize package of a signed bookplate, bookmarks, notecards, and a copy of either SWIFT, NOMAD or TORCH!! (winner’s choice)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.