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Thursday, June 8, 2017

The great state of Alabama

Hey guys!

I know that I have been posting a lot of book reviews lately - trying to work on several different projects. I am also trying to adjust to being a stay at home mom. I have been substitute teaching the last few months, but school is out and Colton (6) and Wyatt (4) are now home with me full time. So that has been an adjustment. I have always worked full time. BUT God is faithful. It's been an adventure. So, because of it I am juggling lots of different balls now. History is my passion. I love reading about it. 

As most of you know, I moved out of state almost a year ago. It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year. I look back and I am so thankful that I followed God's prompting and moved. 

EVERYONE is thriving. We have learned so much since moving. God is faithful, he does not always show us the whole journey he is about to take us on. Just trust HIM. 

That being said, I have not been able to enjoy as much as I have wanted to seeing local sites.

The last few weeks I have been able to see and learn about some interesting things. I wanted to share some of them with you. 

Alabama has a bad rap. It's a stereo type that only backward rednecks live in this state, and they say the education is terrible. 

Those are rumors. Alabama is full of some down to earth, friendly, helpful, AMAZING people. It's full of exactly what we wanted for our children. The school system we are in is AMAZING. I feel like it is better from where we were. 

SO, here are some amazing things I have seen and learned about this great STATE!

1. Boll Weevil Monument --- Enterprise, AL 


What is a boll weevil you ask? I had no idea until I moved here.

An insect

Why do we have a monument for an insect? 

From Wikipedia:  a prominent landmark and tribute erected by the citizens of Enterprise in 1919 to show their appreciation to an insect, the boll weevil, for its profound influence on the area's agriculture and economy. Hailing the beetle as a "herald of prosperity," it stands as the world's first monument built to honor an agricultural pest.[2]
The Monument consists of a statue of a woman holding a pedestal with a boll weevil perched on top.

So, this used to be a cotton growing area. However, cotton was not selling like it should. This lovely insect, the boll weevil, came through and ate all the cotton and destroyed all the crops. Why is this a good thing? They discovered they could grow peanuts. Peanuts turned the wiregrass area around and allowed them to become a city of progress. 

So, if you ever are heading to Panama City, FL take a detour and check this out in the middle of downtown enterprise, while you are there check out some of the CUTE southern charm you will see. 

2. Dale County Confederate Monument
This is located in downtown Ozark. It is a monument for the Confederate Soldiers who fought in the Civil War. 

We got  chance to visit this when my inlaws came down to visit us. There is a REALLY good restaurant that we went to in Ozark called; Our Place Diner. 
See them on FB: Here

With all the controversy going on in the news, it's nice to see that some of these monuments will be able to remain standing. The Civil War was a very bloody battle. It pitted father against son, brother against brother, friends against friend. 

3. BBQ House --- Troy, AL

We were coming back from the Montgomery Zoo a few weeks ago and stopped in Troy to get something to eat. I pass this all the time when I go up to Montgomery. 
Y'all. The shack looking BBQ joints in Alabama always seem to have the best BBQ. 

My husband really liked the Sweet Tea here. I really liked the pulled BBQ sandwich. They smoke it in house, and it has a great smoky flavor. PLUS it is budget friendly 

4. Huggin Molly -- Abbeville, AL 
We took a scenic route to Atlanta this time. We rented a car from the Dothan Airport, and per google maps not back tracking to jump on 85/65 in Montgomery was the way to go. SO, we passed through Abbeville. There is a big sign when you hit the Abbeville City limits that looks like this:

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This caught my eye. I was driving, so David looked it up. 

Here is a fun story about a legend that is still popular today
(courtesy of: http://www.hugginmollys.com/legend) 


Generations of Abbeville children have listened wide-eyed to their parents tell the story of Huggin’ Molly. They have hurried home on nights lit only by the moon’s glow, certain they saw something in the shadows, afraid she would be around the next corner.
The story goes, if you stay out past dark at night - be prepared to have your parents send "Huggin Molly" after you. 
Jimmy Rane, an Abbeville native and lifelong resident, grew up hearing the legend of Huggin’ Molly. For him and his friends, she was as real as the trees that rustled in the wind at night.

“Anybody who grew up in Abbeville grew up knowing the legend of Huggin’ Molly,” Jimmy says. “If your mother or dad didn’t want you to be out after dark, they’d tell you Huggin’ Molly would get you. And you believed it, too.”

I think that it is wondeful it's a legend that is still passed down to generation to generation. 

5. Hank and Audrey Williams mural --- Andalusia, AL 

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I love country music. LIKE LOVE IT. I love more of the classic country that has the twang. When I was in Andalusia I saw this mural. I wanted to see why it was there. 
Some say that Hank Williams is one of the fathers of country music. 
What I did not know, is that Hank and Audrey got married in Andalusia, AL December of 1944 



There is so many more places that I can't wait to visit -- enjoy this virtual tour!



Friday, May 26, 2017

A Ruby Glows by Kari Trumbo. On tour with Celebrate Lit

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About the Book

Book: A Ruby Glows
Author: Kari Trumbo
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Release Date: Jan 3, 2017
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Ruby’s heart froze as she threw her dead husband over the cliff.
When Beau walks into her life, one glance has her running from her past. He couldn’t want someone like her. It should be easy to avoid his quiet charm.If he can convince her she’s a prize, not prey, he might have a chance. Beau’s captivated when Ruby scrambles from him whenever he gets too close. Her sweetness is an allure he can’t fight.
Can Beau convince Ruby she is beloved?



About the Author

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Kari Trumbo is an inspirational romance author, blogger and proud home schooling mother to four great kids. She interacts often on reader groups on Facebook and volunteers at the local library when needed. When she isn’t writing, she is obsessively reading and expanding her skills as a wordsmith. Kari lives in her great-grandfather’s remodeled 1890-built home in central Minnesota with her husband, children, cats, and one hungry wood stove.




Guest post from Kari Trumbo

Greetings! I hope this isn’t your first introduction to Cutter’s Creek, but if it is, let me explain a bit about it. Cutter’s Creek is a series written by myself and three other Christian authors. Though there are numbers on each book, you don’t have to read them in order to get into the series, in fact, since each author writes in their own time period it might be somewhat confusing. Especially if you like a consecutive story. However, they are all stand-alone books and can be read in any order. If you like to read them in date order, you’ll want to read Kit Morgan’s books first, then Vivi Holt, Annie Boone, and finally mine, that will put them roughly in time order.
The Cutter’s Creek series has been a huge blessing to me. I’ve gotten to write with some wonderful authors and learned so much about writing a series together. So, out of my Cutter’s Creek books, why did I choose Ruby over Lily, Ivy, or Carol…well, I hate to play favorites, but Ruby is my favorite. She’s quiet, and her strength is surprising. She has a big trial, and some hurt to work through, but when you find the right person to help you through it, that’s a gift more precious than anything.
I hope you love Ruby as much as I do. Blessings, Kari


MY REVIEW
One of the best things about being a part of all the book reviews and tours is getting to 'meet' new authors. I had not heard of Kari before reading this book. I was immediately lost into the pages and loved every bit of it. This book is a great reminder of how sometimes we get hurt, trust broken or some other human event happens and we need to forgive and be kind through it. I could feel Ruby's pain. I myself have had a past where people hurt me over and over again. 
The way that Kari has written these characters they seem so real. I did not like Beau at first - and I wanted to take him by his shoulders and shake him. I just wanted to yell 'WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING" DON'T FIGHT IT!!! 
I really enjoyed reading this story. I look forward to more from the author. 
I was provided a copy of the book through Celebrate Lit Blogger program. All opinions are my own. 

Blog Stops

May 26: A Greater Yes
May 27: Carpe Diem
May 29: Bigreadersite
May 31: Mary Hake

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Kari is giving away signed print copies of A Lily Blooms, A Penny Shines, and A Ruby Glows!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b3de

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time to start clearing off my bookshelves! #giveaway

I have been on a lot of blog tours lately.

I love to read!

Because of this, I have accumulated a BUNCH of ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) Books.

I would love to start gifting them to people so that my book shelf gets cleared.


First up:

Shine Like Dawn By Carrie Turansky



Check my review out HERE

Summary of Book:
Book: Shine Like the Dawn  

Author: Carrie Turansky  

Genre: Historical

In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother’s millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible tragedy reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. But Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her parents weighs heavily on her heart and she begins to wonder if what happened that day on the lake…might not have been an accident.

When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son Nathaniel, who is Maggie’s estranged childhood friend, returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father’s vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father’s engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend.

Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate—and reconciling with God? Will their search for the truth about her parents’ death draw them closer or will it leave them both with broken hearts?


I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters. 

So, I want to pay it forward. 

Please leave a comment below answering this question:

Has someone hurt you so much so that you had a hard time of letting go of the grudge? Have you been able to do so?

My answer to this is: YES! There has been a lot of family drama to where there were times lots of family members were not talking to one another very often. Completely understanding the Freedom that I could live in every day by dropping the weight of burdens, hurt, etc at the foot of the cross helped me to move on and reconcile. 


Please leave a comment by June 1 11:59 pm CST and I will select via random.org 
Please leave your email - to prevent from spammers  leave it like this: Myname(at) yahoo dot com

Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email 

Good luck!


This was an advanced copy of the book that I received for the blog tour that I was on. I am responsible for mailing the book out - book cannot be sold for profit. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Book REVIEW: Mighty to Save: Caryl McAdoo On tour with Celebrate Lit

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About the Book   

Book: Mighty to Save
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Contrary to her parents’ wishes, Evelyn married a nonbeliever, but it all works out . . . or does it? Not only did the love of her life accept Christ, Nathaniel got baptized by fire and became a minister of the gospel. Woven into the breathtaking tale of love and redemption are two additional stories, Evelyn’s novels of faith, family, and forgiveness.

About the Author

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Caryl McAdoo loves writing stories for all ages that glorify God and is thrilled Christian fiction fits her life purpose so well. Bold not bashful, she’s quick to share the Bible principles she lives by through her characters and hopes each title ministers His love, mercy, and grace. Known as the “Singing Pray-er”—with a YouTube channel to prove it—the prolific hybrid author also loves praising Him with new songs He gives her. Her high-school-sweetheart-husband moved the family from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods and seat of Red River County. After Ron, Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings. The McAdoos live a few miles south of Clarksville in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons.


Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

Mighty to Save, book nine, is unlike all the other stories in the Texas Romance family saga as the heroine, Evelyn Eversole—you’ll remember her as little Evie in book eight, Covering Love—and hero, Nathaniel Nightingale, are already married in Chapter One. Where’s the romance, Caryl? You may ask. But I think you’ll see that Mighty to Save is brimming with all the stuff love is made of!
The depth of the Nightingales’ love is revealed and tested, and because Evelyn is a novelist like her MayMee (May Meriwether), we are privileged to experience the love of another couple whose progeny is intertwined with the Nightingales’ lineage. (knowing the characters of the next novel Chief of Sinnersthat was written over twenty years ago and served as the foundation of the Texas Romance series, it’s been a labor of love, tying all these characters together.
And while a very few have remarked that it’s a little hard jumping back and forth in time, the majority of readers have expressed their satisfaction and appreciation for getting to know the backstories in such a fun way. This tale deals with imperfect people—as we all are. I hope my characters come across as real, someone in your family or who might live next door.
In this world, we will have tribulation . . . but being of good cheer isn’t always so easy. Sometime those trials knock us off our foundation, and we find ourselves in an ocean of mire, like trying to swim through jello . . . weary of it to the point where only God can save us. And so we cry out to Him. And He does.
Should that mean what waylaid us no longer has any effect on our lives? Not every time.
I pray that you will enjoy Mighty to Save. This story is another reason why I’m so blessed that God led me to publish independently of the traditional houses, as I’m most certain it would definitely not fit their pigeon hole titled Christian Romance. Life offers hills and valleys. Could we truly appreciate one without the other?
Fair warning, don’t be expecting same-O same-O!
Thank you so much for being a part of my Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Launch! Bloggers, readers, reviewers, and visitors all—everyone at the awesome Celebrate Lit Tour Company, too—y’all are such blessings to me! So much so, I could never repay your kindnesses, encouragement, and support. But my Father can, And I pray He will send every blessing back to you a hundred fold!


MY REVIEW

I recently met Caryl through a FB book release party - She is a wonderful friend and mentor as I go on my own writing journey. When I saw that she had her new release being offered through Celebrate Lit - I KNEW that I had to be on the tour. 
I had read a few of this series when I saw them become available for free on amazon. The wonderful thing about this series - is they can be stand-alones. 
Caryl is a master crafter of historic writing. She has such great skill. This book was no different. 

I LOVED IT. 
Some of my favorite parts: Everyone needs Jesus. Especially soldiers facing death during WWI. We as Christians are supposed to be spreading the good news so that others can believe. This story is such a heartwarming one. The characters are so well written - the events and images seem like they are unfolding right before your eyes. 

I received a copy of this book courtesy of the Celebrate Lit book tour - all opinions are my own. 


Blog Stops

May 17: Carpe Diem
May 20: A Greater Yes
May 20: The Power of Words (Spotlight)
May 21: Radiant Light
May 22: cherylbbookblog
May 23: Bigreadersite
May 27: Mary Hake

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away:
Grand Prize: ALL NINE books in the Texas Romance series!
1st Prize: Four first books in four of Caryl’s series
2nd-6th Prize: Print Copy Vow Unbroken
 Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Behind the Scenes By: Jen Turano ON TOUR WITH CELEBRATE LIT

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Book: Behind the Scenes
Author: Jen Turano
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Release Date: April, 2017
Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”
Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.
As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .
 MY REVIEW

This is the first book that I have read by this author. I had heard some wonderful things about her previous books. I was hooked after the first few pages. I loved the cover of the book. I loved Permilia. I probably would have acted a lot like her. I could find a lot that I was able to relate with. I loved the whole story! One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is the fact that there was a lot of attention to detail,. I felt that along with reading the story I was getting a lesson. WHICH I LOVE BY THE WAY. 
I was provided a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging program - all opinions are my own. 

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Jen Turano, author of nine books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.

Interview With Jen Turano
  • What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you personally?
Amusing things happen to me all the time, but I think my favorite was back in college when I was a lifeguard. You see, there’s a lifeguard code – You will be cool at all times, especially when you’re sitting in a lifeguard chair, twirling your whistle exactly so, and, you know…looking cool. So, there I was, in my black lifeguard bathing suit – swinging my whistle. It was an unusually hot day, so I’d angled my umbrella exactly right as I watched the diving-board section. Now, I know this might come as a surprise, but being a lifeguard at the neighborhood pool isn’t exactly thrilling. It’s rare that anything exciting happens, and that particular day was no exception…until a large gust of wind came out of nowhere and the umbrella took it upon itself to close – right over me. And because it was now really gusty, the umbrella then lifted up, taking me with it right off the chair and into the depths of the deep end of the pool. From all accounts, it was quite the sight. First, there I was, swinging my whistle and looking groovy. Then all you could see were my legs flailing about as the umbrella covered the rest of me, and then…I was plummeting toward the pool, hit the water with the umbrella over me, and promptly sank. Obviously I managed to get out of the umbrella, but in the process, part of my bathing suit came off, and…well, that’s a story for another day.

  • What is your favorite book from your childhood?
“Andrew Henry’s Meadow.” It was actually my little brother’s book, gotten from one of those book of the month clubs, but I loved it. I recently found a copy on an e-site and ordered it, and it’s just as delightful today as it was back in my childhood.

  • Who does the cooking and cleaning in your house when you are on a deadline?
I don’t actually cook much even when I’m not on deadline, so that’s not really an issue. Al and I do a lot of salads or throw some chicken on the grill. We also have a lot of grocery stores that have wonderful deli and gourmet foods, so we get a lot of things there. As for cleaning, I’m one of those neurotic people who can’t work without everything being in place, so I do a lot of tidying up before I go to bed. And, because I do some of my best thinking when I clean, I’ve been known to abandon my writing when I get stuck and pick up a mop or cleaning rag, which means my house is rarely a disaster since I need to get unstuck a lot.

  • Where is your favorite place to write?
I do the majority of my writing in my office, although I will occasionally take a pad of paper and a pen outside to handwrite when I get bored of my office or it’s a really nice day and I don’t feel like being trapped inside. It’s not that my office is my favorite place to write, it’s more that my writing is my job and I’m more focused on that writing when I approach it as such.

  • What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I really like when characters and new story ideas begin to fester. That normally happens when I’m in the midst of another series. By the time I’m done with whatever series I’m working on, the next series is pretty firmly set in my mind, which means I can jump right in as I wait for edits on recently completed work. My absolute favorite part of writing, though, is when I turn in the very final edit on a book and don’t see it again until it comes out in print. Although, I must admit, I’ve never, not once, read one of my books after it has gone to print. Seems rather pointless since I do always know how the book is going to end.

  • Why did you choose the timeframe or setting this book is written in?
I’ve been wanting to set a book during Alva Vanderbilt’s famous costume ball of March, 1883, for years. Since I decided to slowly travel through the Gilded Age, I just reached 1883 on my plot timeline, so knew I was finally going to get to throw some characters into the very midst of Alva’s ball. It was a blast to write, loved going back to all my books on this particular ball and seeing the pictures, and only wish the Vanderbilt house at 660 Fifth Avenue was still standing so I could visit it in person to visualize the splendors located inside a little more clearly.

  • What inspires you?
I think like most writers, I simply get inspired by the world around me. I love to people watch, and I love to imagine all sorts of outlandish scenarios as I do that watching. I also get inspired by reading the headlines of the daily papers, and by the research books I read. I also love to look through old photographs of the Gilded Age, and became intrigued with Alva Vanderbilt’s ball when I saw a picture of a young lady, Miss Kate Strong, with a stuffed cat on her head and wearing a choker necklace with the name Puss engraved on it. That was all it took for me to investigate the Vanderbilt ball further, delighted to discover it truly was a ball that only comes along every blue moon.
Blog Stops
April 27: The Scribbler
April 27: Genesis 5020
April 28: Back Porch Reads
April 29: Bookworm Mama
April 29: Karen Sue Hadley
April 30: Lighthouse Academy
April 30: Radiant Light
April 30: Bigreadersite
April 30: Lane Hill House
May 3: Book by Book
May 5: Baker Kella
May 6: A Greater Yes
May 6: Just Commonly
May 8: Giveaway Lady
Giveaway
To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card and the four books: After a Fashion, In Good Company, Playing the Part, Behind the Scenes!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4664b04910/