Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Princess Spy (YA Romance Fairy Tales #5) by Melanie Dickerson

Book Description:  Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story.
Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.

My Thoughts:  I have been waiting and waiting for this read to become available!  
The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson is technically a YA read...noticed my word technically {Smile}.  I love and have read all of the Fairy Tales that Melanie Dickerson has "rewritten."
But I'll admit that The Princess Spy is my favorite of all the fairy tales.  I loved this well written story!
The Princess Spy is The Frog Prince story retold.  Oh! My!  So good!
Margaretha is bold, spunky, unafraid to do right, she is just a great spy princess!  
Sword fighting, intrigue, spying and light romance!  
Even though this is suppose to be a "rewriting" of the Frog Prince, this story reminded me oh!so! much of the Princess Bride...I love the story of the Princess Bride!  There is more spying and intrigue in The Princess Bride, though!  And to be honest one cannot really compare these stories since each story has its own complex inner workings and the characters have their own unique personality traits.
This is a fantastic read!  A read that teens and adults alike will want to read!  
This is one of those books that makes a great gift too!  

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310730988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310730989

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

I was looking for an easy but yet "healthy/no flour" cookie and found this recipe by barefeet in the kitchen on Pinterest. I love this Flourless Chocolate Turtle Cookies:



COOK'S NOTE: The parchment paper in this recipe is a requirement. 

Flourless Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies


3 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cups dutch process or special dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
2/3 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup caramel bits
1/2 cup chopped pecans, plus a few more for topping if desired



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
Whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt.                                                 
Add the eggs. Whisk again until smooth. 
(Using an electric mixer will make this even easier, 
but it's quite simple by hand.) 
Stir in the chocolate chips, caramel bits, and pecans.



Drop by tablespoons onto a parchment lined baking sheet. 
Top each cookies with a few extra pecan pieces, if desired. 
Bake 12 minutes, until the cookies are just set. 
They should be puffy and cracked across the top.
 Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet 
before transferring to a wire cooling rack. 
Let cool completely before 
storing in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Threads of Faith (Fabric of Time Series, Book Two) by Andrea Boeshaar

Book Description: Can Julianna and Daniel start a new life in a new country?
Julianna Wayland is running for her life! She hides in a crate on London’s dock, only to be loaded onto a ship bound for America. During the voyage she meets Captain Daniel Sundberg, and by the time they reach New York’s harbor, she is certain she’s in love with him. The only problem is, Daniel has plans for himself--plans that don’t include her.


As Julianna struggles to find her way in a new world, will trouble from her past derail the life she is looking for?

My Thoughts: Threads of Time by Andrea Boeshaar is the second book in the Fabric of Time Series.  Having read book one, Threads of Hope, I was anxious to read this book, book two.  
I was enthralled with the cover of this book and the title...Threads of Faith brings to mind many pieces of string that are woven together to make a beautiful fabric . . . in my mind somewhat of an imagery of our lives and how God, through our lives, makes a beautiful fabric from our faith and hope in Him.
It seems that book one is about the courage of Kristen but book two is about Julianna and she's running away.  In fact, she becomes a stowaway on Captain Daniel Sundberg's ship by accident!  Julianna had hidden in a crate not knowing it was to be loaded on a ship.  And that the ship would be sailing immediately.  Oh! the horror!  Oh! the fright!  
Julianna and her "accident" become a thread. . . .another thread in her 
faith.  
This story seemed like a stand alone read . . . Julianna's story. But it never hurts to read the first story before reading the second {smile}.

A great adventurous read incorporating love and faith!  
A truly enjoyable read...this book/this series would make a great gift for that reader on your Christmas list. 

*This book was provided for review by Bookteria*
  • Series: Fabric of Time (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Realms (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616388412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616388416

Monday, October 27, 2014

COTT {Clash of the Titles} Announcing the 2014 Laurel Award Winner!



2014 LAUREL AWARD WINNER

Author Ruth Reid's novel 
A MIRACLE OF HOPE
is the winner of Clash of the Titles's fourth annual Laurel Award.


CONGRATULATIONS, RUTH!

Ruth will receive the following: a beautiful banner to display on her website; a year-long page on COTT dedicated to the winning book, A Miracle of Hope; a "Heart of the Matter" radio interview with author and Christian Authors Guild board member, Cynthia L Simmons; a feature tour on COTT's Blog Alliance; a lovely plaque.

A Miracle of Hope was chosen by a panel of judges who narrowed the list of competing authors to three. From there, the panel put their choices to a straight vote. Ruth finaled in last year's Laurel, but this year her novel, A Miracle of Hopetook home the crown.

Special thanks to each of our judges who volunteered their time to this contest!

BRIEF SUMMARY OF A MIRACLE OF HOPE
Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.
Stay tuned for the full-length feature of Ruth's winning novel, A Miracle of Hope!


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OLYMPIA OPENING SOON!

Authors, take note! 

In ONE WEEK, Clash of the Titles opens its doors for submissions to the 2015 Olympia.


The Olympia is COTT's yearly contest for unpublished writers. The submissions are judged by their audience—readers well versed in Christian fiction yet not associated with the CBA industry.
Authors write for readers, so why not have readers be the judges?
Finalists in the contest will also have their work read and judged by three industry professionals!

With a submission fee of only $15, easy electronic submission, a bevy of prizes, and judges devoted to Christian fiction and author encouragement, the Olympia is a contest like no other.

But once our doors are open, you'll need to act quick! Slots are limited. To avoid overburdening our volunteer judges, we are limited in the number of submissions we can accept.

Submissions:
Oct. 31, 2014-Dec 12, 2014 

For more details, please visit our site.

Stay tuned for updates by 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

SoooGoood!  Pumpkin Pie French Toast!
I won this cook book from $5 meals
and love this recipe for a fun supper:


Ingredients
  • 12 slices whole wheat sandwich bread 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin 
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Butter and syrup for serving 
  • Fresh fruit or smoothie as side 
  • Set out the bread for dipping.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, pumpkin and pie spice until smooth.
  • Dip each side of the bread and cook on a hot, greased griddle or skillet. Flip after 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Once all are cooked, serve with butter and maple. And a side of fresh fruit or bacon/sausage.  
  • If freezing, let cool completely to reduce freezer burn.
  • Enjoy this perfect fall “breakfast for dinner”!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Matter of Heart (Lone Star Brides) by Tracie Peterson

Book Description:  Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two new men come into her life, and both manage to stir her heart.
Harrison Gable is a successful young lawyer with ambitions that match Jessica's dreams. His warm, attentive manner and thoughtful gifts make her feel special.
Austin Todd, a former Secret Service agent, enjoys working now as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. But after learning of forged gold certificates and missing printing plates, he's drawn back into the world of intrigue and agrees to help solve the case. Jessica is drawn to his kind nature and the unspoken pain she sees in his eyes. 
If Jessica follows her heart, where will it lead?

My Thoughts:  Tracie Peterson is another favorite author of mine.  In A Matter of Heart we meet Jessica Atherton.  Jessica is a Texan. . . I love books about Texas!  Anyway, Jessica was all set to marry and her intended ran off and married another.
Then enter not one but two eligible men!  Harrison is a lawyer, warm and attentive to Jessica. Austin in a Secret Service Agent.  
This is not a spoiler alert---I kept rooting for Austin because well, his name is Texan and he's kind.of tough and mysterious.  I love that he's a secret service agent.  I liked Harrison, too, but lawyers are a dime a dozen.
When forged gold certificates and printing plates are missing Austin is on the job.  
There's mystery and intrigue in.this.here book!  And as a reader I enjoyed it immensely!
This is the third book in the Lone Star (Texas, ya know) Brides "series." I didn't get a change to read the first two books and was not lost because this is a stand alone read!
This is a great read by Tracie Peterson!  Enough good clean romance and mystery to keep the reader involved and turning the pages!  Enjoy!!

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*

Series: Lone Star Brides (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210602

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Heart's Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher



About Book

A jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin. A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past.  An arduous trek toward justice—or redemption.

Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family—even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.

The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wasn’t theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicion leave Silver and Jared at odds when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven’t dared voice: What happens next?

Recorded May 10, 2014

About Author

Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award and numerous other awards and recognitions, Robin is the author of 70 novels/novellas. Her books have been translated into Dutch, French, and Chinese (to name a few).

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She and her husband  their home outside of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon and Pinky the feline terror.

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Website: http://www.robinleehatcher.com/

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