Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: Every Bride Needs A Groom by Janice Thompson

Title: Every Bride Needs A Groom
Author: Janice Thompson
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2399-6
Publication Date: April 21st, 2015

Synopsis:
Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding--the groom.
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she's sure he'll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn't just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie's boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her--on the very same day she wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--discover her humiliating secret if she does?
Review:
I have to admit, I'm a little late in my review for this book, and I am very sorry about that. Life changes have happened and have thrown off my review ability, but I'm slowly getting back in to the swing of things again. My apologies on the lateness of this again.

It did take me a little bit of time to get into this story. It's my own fault, because, I'm the opposite of Katie Fisher from the book. She has her dream wedding planned down to the last little detail. I wasn't like that...heck, I'm still not! Ha! But, I do know girls who are like that, so I had to step away from my own ideas and look at this Katie through different eyes, and when I did, I started to enjoy the story.

Janice Thompson has a fun and creative way of intertwining humor into her stories. I have to say my favorite of her stories has to still be A Bouquet of Love, which came out last year, but Every Bride Needs A Groom was a cute addition to Janice's books.

I do love how in every story, Janice makes Texas shine. The characters she places in and around the story really do encompass the people all around the state in some form or fashion. You can say, I know someone just like so-and-so.

This story had an interesting twist to where our leads meet. I wasn't sure how it would work, considering the setting, but I thought it played off well and it was a cute and fresh idea. Brady was an interesting and of course handsome lead. It was fun that he was a pro-basketball. It was fun to see how that all played off, especially with where the two met.

Even though this wasn't my favorite of these books, it was still very enjoyable. It had fun setting and the writing was steady and the story was full of the usual wit I've come to expect from Janice Thompson's book.

3 out of 5

About the Author:
Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series, as well as Picture Perfect, The Icing on the Cake, and The Dream Dress. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com.





Thank you to the Revell Reads Blog Tour, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest opinion.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: The Bronte Plot

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week offers the opportunity to spotlight an up-and-coming release you are anxiously awaiting.

Waiting On:
Title: The Bronte Plot
Author: Katherine Reay
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015

Synopsis:
When a rare-books dealer goes to England, she discovers more than just the famous writing haunts—she discovers how to love and be loved in today’s modern world.

Victoria Seward makes a living finding rare books through means that aren’t always on the up-and-up. But if it makes the clients happy, who is she really hurting? After all, everything always turns out all right in the end. At least it does in her favorite books, the ones her absent father sends every year on her birthday, no matter where he is.

When her unorthodox behavior ruins her relationship with her boyfriend James, Victoria knows something has to change—she has to change. Enter Helen, a wealthy client seeking a companion for her trip to England to purchase antiques, and who just happens to be James’s grandmother. Helen has secrets of her own, secrets that help her relate to Victoria more than anyone can guess.

As Victoria and Helen travel across England, Victoria suspects there is more to this trip than Helen lets on. When Helen’s health falters, Victoria reaches out to James, reigniting feelings that were never truly extinguished.

Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, when hidden offenses rise to the surface. Victoria’s happy ending is within reach—if she can step out of the literary world and into the life that’s been waiting for her all along.
Why I'm Waiting:
Since her very first book, I have loved Katherine Reay's stories. They are real and emotionally gripping. They pull you in and won't let you go, even after the story has finished. I can't wait to see what she has in store with her newest book!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer/Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Each week features a book related topic that offers the opportunity to spotlight your Top Ten.

Topic:
Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or 
Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

Ok, I don't usually read books specifically for summer. I love to read anything at anytime usually! These are the books I would love to get to read this summer. I have yet to read any of these and hope to very soon!

 1. Choosing
by Rachelle Dekker
by Cliff Graham
by Lori Benton
by Mary Weber
by Tracy Groot

by Michelle Moran
by Melanie Dobson
by Karen Witemeyer
by Jody Hedlund
by Becky Wade

 What books are you looking forward to this summer? Anything in particular you can't wait to read?


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Author Con 2015: Tonight 6-8pm

Tonight is the night!
Author Con 2015 is happening at the Sacshe Library. The authors are already in attendance, all that is needed is you, if you are in the area. I will be posting pictures later of the event, but I have to say, so far it is a wonderful time of meeting and mingling with the ability to get new books!
Who can pass that up!


More to follow soon!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Author Con 2015

Calling all book lovers and book bloggers in the DFW area!

I just discovered that a local library in the area is hosting their first annual Author Con! They will be hosting many local authors to the Dallas, Texas area this Tuesday, May the 19th from 6pm to 8pm! It sounds like a fun time. 

Read any good books lately? The Friends of the Sachse Public Library will host the first Sachse Author Con on May 19th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. This celebration of local authors will feature titles ranging from children’s picture books to young adult, as well as a variety of adult genres, including inspirational nonfiction, thriller and suspense novels. Please make plans to bring your whole family to join us for a fascinating opportunity to meet and mingle with local authors, purchase your favorite books (cash or check only), and enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win one of the showcased books. 
 
Several children’s and young adult authors will be featured at the event. Bella and Charlie Campbell, two young siblings who have authored children’s books, will present two titles, Building Bridges of Friendship and Got Mojo. Jolynn Singh, local children’s author, will share her picture book entitled The Little Olive Tree. Alan Elliot, historical and children’s author, will present Willy, the Texas Longhorn as well as historical titles for adults. Amanda Thrasher, who won the Mom’s Choice Award for her young adult novel entitled The Greenlee Project, will be on hand to talk to tweens and teens. Lindsay Cummings, another local Young Adult author, will be showcasing her thriller entitled the Murder Complex. Courtney Gallimore will share her first young adult romance-mystery, Broken.
 
Inspirational readers will have some enticing reads from which to choose. Jema Hill Cook has written a 30 day devotional book for adults, Reflections: What I Know to Be True. Kathryn Eriksen has written an inspirational novel Heart Dancing: A Story Alchemy Adventure. Michelle Moore will share her inspirational book entitled Arm Yourself: Equipping Ourselves with the Armor of God.
 
The Sachse Author Con will proudly showcase a variety of adult genres. Ruth Glover, a Sachse resident, retired recruiter and active volunteer for the library, will share her nonfiction book entitled More than a Paycheck: Inspiration and Tools for Career Change. Lena Nelson Dooley, a multi-award winning author, will share her historical novels and contemporary novellas. Charles Hemphill, an avid historian and retired pilot, will exhibit his medical thrillers and historical romance. Science-fiction author, Virginia Lee will showcase her novel Untamed Valor. Dr. Richard Mabry, a retired physician, will exhibit his “medical suspense with heart.” Janis Susan May will have a variety of genres to showcase at the convention. Chance Nix, a thriller and horror writer, will present The Runner. LaRee Bryant will showcase her mystery and historical romance titles. James Gary Vineyard, suspense and thriller author, will share his award-winning title, The Grave on Peckerwood Hill. Reavis Wortham, local author, newspaper columnist and magazine writer, will present his historical mysteries and thrillers. Kevin Crank, local writer and actor, will share his debut novel, Where the Moon Shines Brightest
 
Mark your calendar for May 19th and check out the library website at www.cityofsachse.com/library for more information about the first Sachse Author Con. But don’t wait…visit your Sachse Public Library today!

It sounds like it is going to be an amazing time! I know I will try and be there. If you would like more info, check out the link above.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Review: To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

Title: To Win Her Favor
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780310291077
Publication Date: May 12, 2015

Synopsis:
A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.

An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie’s father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail—Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.
Review:
I have been hearing many wonderful things about Tamera Alexander's books for quite a while, so much so, I've gone out and have bought many of them! Sadly though, I haven't had the opportunity to read any of them until recently, when the opportunity to read To Win Her Favor came about.

The detail, the history, and the beautiful story telling all come together in this book. Tamera has an amazing talent for story telling and it shines through these pages! Her character development of Maggie and Cullen is wonderful. They are very real and deal with with many things, but they do their best and rely on their faith.

I've always been a big fan of Gone with the Wind. To Win Her Favor is similar to topics brought up in the book (the movie is drastically different by the way), and the way that Tamera Alexander presented it is hard and brutal, but it is truth. The prejudices after the war was high. It was a hard time and this book showed it. But the story wasn't all about that, it was also a sweet love story, and horse story! This book had a rich background. It brought everything in an intertwined them well.

I can't wait to read the other books now in this series, this was a fabulous tale to get lost in!

Too Read
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don’t forget Jack, their precious–and precocious–silky terrier.







Thank you Litfuse and Zondervan, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.