Monday, January 28, 2013

Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten
By: Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter

About the book:
Summer, fall, winter, spring—Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!

There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?

The mystery intrigues Rose’s three granddaughters—Tess, Clare, and Zoe—and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?

Join popular romance novelists—and real-life BFFs—Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.

My Thoughts:
"Secretly Smitten" is four intertwined novellas. One written by a different author. It's a lot of fun to read.

"Love Between the Lines" by Colleen Coble is filled with her trademark mystery and romance as the Thomas sisters discover a dean man, but is he actually dead?

"Make Me a Match" by Kristin Billerbeck features Smitten, Vermont's town matchmaker and quips along in Kristin's chick lit style.

"Knit one, Love Two" from Diann Hunt takes readers into a cozy and romantic knitting shop.

"Love Blooms" by Denise Hinter throws in a nursery manager and man looking for a job who instead finds what his heart is looking for.

"Secretly Smitten" is the second in the Smitten series and continues each characters story from the previous book. It's easy to be one smitten with these novellas.

* I received this book free for review from Thomas Nelson Publishers*

Rating: 4 carats

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Top Five Friday: YA books

Top Five Friday is when we post our favorites, depending on topic. Next up, YA books. I don't know about you but no matter how old I get I still love a good YA book and remember back to ones I read when I was a teenager.

1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares

2. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

3. Christy Miller by Robin Jones Gunn

4. There You'll Fine Me by Jenny B Jones

5. Perfectly Dateless by Kristin Billerbeck

What are your favorite YA books?

Monday, January 21, 2013

112 Christian Authors and Publishing Professionals Share their best advice

112 Christian Authors and Publishing Professionals Share their best advice

By C.J. Darlington

About the book:
Imagine a coffee shop packed with award-winning Christian novelists, top editors, literary agents, and publicists. Each one is taking turns sitting down with you, giving you their best writing advice. Sort of like speed dating for writers.

Within these pages the most recognized names in Christian publishing share their personal answers to the question, “If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?”

In the ever-changing publishing world, you must stay on top of your game to succeed. This book will give you a leg up, with practical tips and advice you can use on your novel writing journey.

Includes advice from Karen Kingsbury, Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, Jerry B. Jenkins, Josh McDowell, Liz Curtis Higgs, Francine Rivers, James Scott Bell, Terri Blackstock, Randy Alcorn, Melody Carlson, and many more!

My thoughts:
This is an awesome little e-book, like a daily devotional of writing advice. Everyday you can open it up and get another nugget from an experience writer or editor on matters your probably never thought about it.
There was some of the typical writing advice of show don't tell but a lot of the contributors went beyond that and spoke about things I never realized or have thought about.
All aspiring fiction writers out this book!

* I received this book free for review from the author*

Rating: 5 carats

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Top Five Friday: Reality Shows

Top Five Friday is when we post our favorites, depending on topic...reality shows!
1. Amazing race

2. American Idol

3. Survivor

4.The Little Couple

5. Dancing with the stars

What's your favorite reality shows?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Top Five Friday: Movies

Top Five Friday is when we post our favorites, depending on topic. Who loves to curl up under a blanker and watch a good movie?

1.While you were sleeping

2. Napoleon Dynamite

3. My Best Friend's Wedding

4.Confessions of a Shopaholic

5. Troop Beverly Hills

Friday, January 4, 2013

Top Five Friday: Candy

Top Five Friday is when we list our favorites, depending on the topic. This week candy

1. Peanut Butter Cups

2. Skittles

3. M & M's

4. Rolo's

5. Snickers

What's your favorite candy?