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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Review....A Match of Wits


A Match of Wits (Ladies of Distinction #4) by Jen Turano
Review by Kara Grant  ** 4 stars**
Info from goodreads.com







After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancee, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes--by hook or by crook--she'll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home.


Matilda the P-I-G AKA Princess

Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home . . . until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha's determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they'll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics.

Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth--until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?

My Comments
I have been eagerly awaiting Agatha and Zayne’s story and I knew I was in for a treat!  It only took the first few pages to have me smiling in this witty book of madcappery with Agatha and the trouble she often finds herself in.  First we meet Matilda, the most unusual pet who is perfect for Agatha, and then just as Agatha runs into Zayne who she doesn’t even recognize at first, her journey begins.  Let the crazy fun commence!!



how i picture Zayne when Agatha finds him


Zayne AFTER he gets cleaned up


Apparently Zayne got into some trouble and injured himself while attempting to pursue Helena, the woman he promised to marry.  When things didn’t work out as planned, he pursued a source of income but didn’t get very far when Agatha finds him.  Zayne is no longer the fun loving character he was known for in previous books.  He is bitter, no longer on speaking terms with God, has been avoiding his family, and in a rut trying to figure out his next move.  Agatha has always been his dearest friend and hopefully together they will help Zayne heal. 




“Miss Watson, intentional or not, you have a concerning ability to land in dangerous predicaments, and those predicaments are indeed the reasoning behind our taking this extended western journey.  Not only are the madams of all the brothels furious with you, you’ve also incurred the wrath of a shirtwaist factory owner, the tenement slum lords, the sewage disposal authorities, the men who’ve taken issue over your support of laws concerning the power husbands hold over their wives, and…Well, I could go on and on.  I’d prefer not to ignite those particular bad feelings toward you out here.  My job of keeping you alive will become incredibly difficult if the entire country wants to see you dead.”


favorite characters

Without a doubt, my FAVORITE characters in this book were……Mr. Blackheart  (Agatha’s bodyguard) and Drusilla (her traveling companion/chaperone with a secret).  These are some of the best characters ever written and I just loved them both throughout the story!!!  And of course, Piper, Zayne’s niece, was utterly adorable, spunky, and helpful as well.

It was also wonderful reading the ladies of distinction from the former books in this story, their friendship to Agatha is so precious and invaluable.





Someone definitely wants Agatha dead and there are several attempts made on her life.  There’s shooting in a department store (LOVED that scene), a mine that blows up, a contraption made for Zayne to help him get around but instead crashes everywhere, Matilda attacking a news reporter or just causing mayhem wherever Agatha goes, and one fumbled proposal at a ball that becomes total chaos when an unexpected/unwanted visitor shows up.  Truly, I dare any reader to keep a straight face while reading this!


three female assassins

how i pictured the three female assassins and their attire

Character I liked least (even the villain of the book wasn’t this bad)…..Helena.  I’m sooooo glad Matilda bit her because she needed a dose of reality and it’s not ladylike to slap her.  She was a great distraction in the plot, but she was seriously delusional.  However, she DID help Zayne realize what a mistake he’d made in pursuing her.

Even though there is only action in every other chapter in this adorable book, the dialogue was absolutely wonderfully done!!  In most of the story, Zayne is clueless on how to win Agatha’s heart and he really doesn’t even deserve her until much later.  Will he be too late?  Will Agatha face down her villain before Zayne figures out his feelings?  Just when you think you know how the book is going to conclude, something unexpected pops up!  It will take a miracle and LOTS of prayer for Zayne and Agatha to get answers they both need, but thanks to the incredible characters in this book, they might just get that miracle after all.



I only laughed a few times in the story, but you CAN expect to smile A LOT, your eyes will go wide MORE than a few times, and you will shake your head SEVERAL times at the nuttiness in this book.  It’s witty, clever, surprising, unpredictable, adorable, and irresistible!!  The women in this story will NOT disappoint and you’ll discover a couple who match one another wit for wit ;)  Turano proves to be a delightful author yet again with this one; I’m thankful for the sense of humor and heart she puts into every book.


I want to thank the author and publisher for the review copy provided.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed are my own. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Review....MindWar



MindWar (MindWar #1) by Andrew Klavan
Review by Kara Grant  **5 stars**
Info from goodreads.com

NOW available on Amazon!






Rick Dial has the potential to be a hero. He just doesn't know it yet.

Rick's high school football team couldn't be stopped when he was leading them as their quarterback. He was going to Syracuse on a scholarship. But then his dad abandoned them and a terrible accident left him crippled.

Certain his old life is completely lost, Rick spends months hiding away in his room playing video games. He achieves the highest scores on so many games that he's approached by a government agency who claims to be trying to thwart a cyber attack on America that would destroy the technological infrastructure of the entire country. The agents say that the quick-thinking of a quarterback coupled with Nick's gaming experience make him perfect for this assignment. The problem is that there are no extra lives and this isn't just a game . . . but Rick doesn't have many other options at the moment.

Entering "The Realm" gives Rick the one thing he thought he'd never have again: a body that's as fast and as strong as he ever was before the accident. But the more time he spends in The Realm, the more questions he has. What secrets are these agents keeping from him? What really happened to his father? How many others have gone into The Realm already . . . and failed? And perhaps most important, is he the hero they think he is?




My Comments
There are two things that immediately occurred to me as I started reading this book.  One, the main character is a teen boy and there are very few books I’ve read from a guy’s perspective.  I really liked it.  Two, this book is the first of a trilogy and I want to read the entire series.  I’m also into video games even though I’m a casual gamer and I’ve never set any records, I play because it’s fun or I return the game.  Even though you don’t have to appreciate video games to enjoy this book, I do believe you should have a tiny interest in them or this book may not have the same affect on you as the reader.


for some reason, this was the actor I pictured as Rick.....he normally does comedies but I think he could totally play this intense part!


Rick is a special teen.  He loves his family dearly and he once had faith in God, but he’s had a rough time lately and everything he knows has changed.  First his dad left their family with only a note explaining his absence.  Then he gets in a car accident that paralyzes his legs.  Now he sits in his room all day avoiding his kid brother, Raider, who adores everything about him despite his moodiness and his mom mopes around the house quietly watching him, with gentle suggestions about going outside for fresh air and shaving once in a while.  Rick (who was once the star football player in high school) is no longer interested in sports, in talking to his girlfriend who is also an athlete going to college on a scholarship, or in forgiving his dad. 



video games and candy, YES!
Ralph is 9 feet tall and weighs 643 pounds

One day, he finally goes out for a brief walk instead of yelling at his adorable kid brother and he literally runs into Ms. Ferris and Juliet Seven (am I even allowed to mention their names?? This is SOOOOOOO top secret) and life as he knows it is forever changed once again.  Little does he know that the offer he gets from the MindWar Project will lead him to self-discovery and strength he didn’t know he had.  Is Rick really the hero they say he is or will he fail this too?





This is my first time reading Klavan, but wow did I enjoy it!  It’s easy to read in one sitting, the chapters are short for those of us who only like to take breaks when finishing a chapter, and even though it’s a thriller, it’s also got LOTS of heart in it.  One other thing, the characters in this story NEED faith in order to survive both physically and emotionally.  Without faith, the characters are in danger of becoming evil corrupt, obsessed, paranoid, lost, and danger of losing hope.  That may not sound bad, but when you’re in a desperate situation trying to save the world and everyone you love, faith is the most important thing you can have.





There are two settings in this book.  Real life, RL, and the Realm.  The Realm is the computer/mad man’s imagination/video game/controlled by evil/guarded by evil/the only place to find answers to stop the bad guy and shut him down.  I really loved the Realm despite the danger it presented!  It’s so beautiful, Rick is able to use his legs (think Avatar) and he finds his faith while inside the Realm!!  I found it interesting that the government trained soldiers and their finest to make it in the Realm and none of them could complete it successfully.  However, an 18 year old kid who has been playing video games for 4 months nonstop has what it takes to get the job done.




there's a giant room in this book and this is kind of how i pictured it

There ARE monsters in this book that are tangible and creepy, but there’s also good in this book that is equally tangible (I considered both sides rightly balanced).  I didn’t consider anything in the story to be graphic or horrific, but my heart did beat faster as I read what happened to Rick.  The second time he goes into the Realm, he stays too long accidentally and briefly loses his mind.  That had me nervous for his sake.  There is one character who becomes demonic in the Realm, but he’s a terrorist/assassin in RL so what he becomes in the Realm suits him.


final fantasy

Character I liked least in this one…..Commander Jonathan Mars.  The only thing I like about this guy is his last name.  He’s one of the good guys and is in charge of MindWar, but he is not a nice man.  At one point, he threatens Rick’s loved one.  So when Mars has one last conversation with Rick, he makes it clear to the Commander that he understands the man is a patriot, but that if he ever threatens Rick’s family again he will beat him to death.  After all Rick has been through, it’s a threat he will definitely follow through with!




I truly enjoyed Favian and Mariel in this book.  I have an idea of who they are, but I’ll have to wait for the next book to figure that out because this one doesn’t explain them.  They help save Rick’s life several times and they are his companions in the Realm.

This was one of the best things about the book for me.  Each section is named referencing video games, SOOOOOO clever!!!
Tutorial
On the Scarlet Plain
Intruders

It was utterly amazing to me how Rick sacrifices himself for his family, for Favian and Mariel.  His character does a complete transformation and it was a total pleasure reading his journey.    After being bitter for months, it was beautiful how he is able to forgive and make peace.  He also does some amazing stunt work in the Realm that had my eyes wide.  I was rooting for him the entire time and I’m so glad how things concluded in Book 1 J  I wasn’t sure I’d like this book, but I’m so glad I took a chance on it and now truly looking forward to the next book!


I want to thank BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson for the review copy provided.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th and Book Spotlight....For Love or Country




Happy 4th of July everyone!!
I’m VERY pleased to spotlight Jennifer Hudson Taylor’s For Love or Country on this special day as we celebrate Independence Day J







For Love or Country, Book 2, The MacGregor Legacy
One spy. One commission. One Love.
He must risk it all to save everything.
Wilmington, NC, 1781
(During Revolutionary War)


Tyra MacGregor is successful at thwarting and confusing the British Army of her colonial spy efforts until Captain Donahue Morgan arrives and the British take over her home. Like relentless hounds, they have her followed, questioned, and under house arrest.

Hugh is intrigued by the courageous woman the natives call “War Woman”. More daring than most men, intelligent in defending her convictions, he discovers her faith is just as strong.

When Tyra saves his life from a band of angry Indians, Hugh vows to return the favor. Before he can intervene, she is caught by his superior officer and imprisoned. His honor, faith, country and love are on the line. Hugh must risk it all to gain everything.

Now available on amazon!


Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award-winning author of historical Christian fiction whose works has appeared in numerous national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, Everton’s Genealogical Publishers, and The Military Trader. When she isn't writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, researching her own family history, and reading. She resides with her husband and daughter in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book Review....Entertaining Angels



Entertaining Angels by Emerald Barnes
Review by Kara Grant  **5 stars**
Info from goodreads.com





Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.

Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.

Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin
?

Dedication from the book-
To all the girls in the world:
      YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.    
Don’t let the world tell you otherwise.


My Comments
Wow, oh wow, how I WISH this book had been available when I was in high school.  However, I’m utterly grateful to have read it at this point in my adulthood as well.  This story had my full attention from the beginning and I just had to know what happened to Madison “Mads.”  She’s not your typical teenager, but she suffers way too much emotionally from low self-esteem no matter how many times her best friend, Chase, tells her how amazing she is.  That’s not surprising though because sometimes an outsider’s perspective can help tremendously. 



Enter Zach Taylor, the new kid in school and instantly noticed because he’s a hunk.  Madison hasn’t even spoken to him, but she immediately wishes she could catch the attention of a guy like that and believing this to be impossible she starts feeling low again.  So when he seeks her out and pursues her friendship, no one is more surprised than she is at his sudden interest in her.  It’s just too good to be true!  Instead of allowing herself to hope, she ignores the guy and even convinces herself that it’s some cruel joke for him to like her.  Little does she know the incredible plan God has for her.



Before I even read the story, I noticed the dedication of the book and felt like this story was for me (LOVED the dedication).  I never believed myself to be pretty or knew my worth in high school so when I heard about this book, I knew it was for me.  Any other girls reading this review ever dealt with low self-esteem? We ALL have and I truly believe this book will have a huge impact on the females who pick this up.  It DEFINITELY affected me deeply!

Even though Madison is WAY too hard on herself and MOST of the time (even when not being mocked or laughed at) it’s in her head that something is wrong with her.  She also makes the mistake of comparing herself to ALL the girls around her including her mom, which convinces her further of being inadequate.  She annoyed me a few times in the book about lies she believed and misunderstandings with Chase.  But again, I’ve been guilty of the same issues.



Despite this book being a Christian YA book, I didn’t see it as preachy at all.  Madison has no idea how much God loves her and once she discovers this reality, it changes everything she knows.  Her heart is already incredible, but she is a slave to thoughts of ugliness and unworthiness.  When a person doesn’t understand God’s love for them, this can be a problem.  No matter how much you’re told how beautiful you are, it’s a revelation that must come from God or you’ll never believe it/never understand the truth of it/start to doubt it.


It was really cool how the author implemented that doubting God, feeling ugly, feeling worthless, and even depression from those thoughts are part of spiritual warfare.  No matter what others say, only what God says should be important and focused on.  Everyone relates to peer pressure and wanting to fit in, but knowing who you are in Christ is the best way to knowing joy and being free from negative comments from others (even a certain little brother who was  just spiteful throughout the book).

It was sooooo easy to hate Ashley’s character in this book, but we do learn why she’s so cruel and it makes sense.  Zach is also not who he seems to be, but I really enjoyed his character.  Some of the dialogue from Zach had my eyes go wide more than once. 

I was able to figure out what was going on from the beginning, but it made the story no less exciting for me as I waited for Madison to overcome her torment.  I also enjoyed how she got a job at a coffee place and her boss was an enhancement to the story.



Barnes writes spiritual warfare in such a tangible way, I considered her as talented as Frank Peretti (one of my fave Christian authors and a genius at writing spiritual warfare in fiction).  I thought that God went through so much trouble to get His message across to Madison and to break through to her, I just couldn’t believe what it took for her to understand.  However, God pursues EACH of us this way and He definitely has spent years working on my heart to understand the same message.  He loves us, He fights for us, He’s relentless to make us understand who He is, He will never stop, and He’s determined to show us our worth because even though He’s already make the ultimate sacrifice, He still goes out of His way to show us how beautiful we are to Him.


Madison finally learns this crucial lesson and it changes her in magical ways.  I connected with this story and it was much deeper than I anticipated.  I hurt with Madison, I wanted to stand with her against lies and cruelty, I was happy for her, and I rejoiced for her when she overcame!  What a great book, a definite jewel that shines for God and His beautiful creation……US!! J




At the end of the story there are two bonus short stories that I simply loved on top of this great book!!  One is from Zach’s perspective and one is from Chase’s perspective, brilliantly done and very special.


I want to thank the author from the bottom of my heart for the review copy provided.  I was not required to write a positive review, but books like this one make it easy to do so.  The opinions expressed are my own.  

Friday, June 27, 2014

Three Awards from My Blogging Friends!



I was nominated for the Sunflower Blogger Award from Faye at Labor Not In Vain and Rina at Rina’s Reading; and The Liebster Award from Alyssa Faith at Literary and Lace.  Wow, I’m feeling loved, thanks ladies!!!! 

I’d like to respond to the Sunflower award first.

The Rules:
1.       Share 11 facts about yourself
2.      Answer the 11 questions the previous blogger asked
3.       Tag 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions

11 Facts:
1.     I write with my left hand (I do almost everything else with my right hand..lift heavy things, throw, high five, place purse strap on right shoulder, and so forth)
2.     I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English
3.     I still haven’t framed my college degree yet, but I keep meaning to
4.     I love snow globes even though I never see snow

5.     I still love video games, especially the lego ones, but I haven’t been playing them much in the summer as I now make time to write seriously
6.     I’m an aspiring author (not sure of the genre yet, whatever God leads me to do)
7.     I love praying for my family
8.     My favorite part of church is the worship, I’m always lifted up by my church’s worship band
9.     I have two younger brothers and a nephew that I love wholeheartedly, the three of them and my dad are my heroes
10.                          I’m fasting soda and have gone 4 weeks without it (am in amazement and praising God for that)
11.     I had a speech impediment growing up and one summer my dad took me to speech therapy……between praying and the therapy I was healed of that within weeks and never struggled with it again





11 Questions from Faye:







1.     What are you planning on reading this summer?  Let me look at my lists (amazon, goodreads and my blog)……these are my rewards this summer, not reviews.  Perilous Waters by Sandra Orchard,  Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig, Firewall by DiAnn Mills, The River of Time Series by Lisa Bergren, The Silver Sword by Angela Hunt (re-read), King by RJ Larson, Starters/Enders by Lissa Price and some ebooks (You Made Me Love You by Vogt, The Wedding Game by Matayo, Watched by Hogan, Untraceable by Johannes, Sisters Divided by Davis, Rescue Team by Calvert, Phantoms in Philadelphia by Vantana, Necessary Proof by Tang, The Hawk Series by Pura, Marry Me by Wallace, My Revised Christmas List by Mangum and many more).




from the author's website

2.      What book are you dying to read?  Revolutionary by McGee, Remnants by Bergren, Storm Siren by Weber, and Of the Persecuted by Brashear (off the top of my head).  I heard that Brad Thor’s The Athena Project is becoming a movie….I read it once before and loved it but don’t remember the story so I got it from my library and will read it again.




3.     What TV show are you most excited to have return?  I don’t watch much TV, but Rizzoli & Isles comes to mind (best friend cops).  I believe they’re in the 5th season and I just love that show.  I was heartbroken about the death of Lee Thompson Young and I’m glad they made an episode to honor him.  Other shows I’m interested are Defiance, Believe, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  (when they’re available).

4.     What surprising talent do you possess?  I spoke with my nephew about this and the first thing he said was writing.  However, I’m also really good at giving massages to my loved ones, I’m good at video games, and I can throw a Frisbee really well J

5.     What was the last book you read?  I’m currently reading Shock Wave by Dana Mentink.  







6.     What book (besides the Bible) would you recommend to have everyone in the world read?  Woo, that’s a tough one.  I’d say A Marriage Carol by Fabry and Chapman.  Just loved how it was written and I totally support books that speak highly about marriage and family.  I’d also recommend Dinner with a Perfect Stranger series by David Gregory.  Short stories that are powerful.




7.     Where is your favorite place to read?  My room, I have quiet and privacy there.

8.     What is your biggest fear when going shopping?  It’s not a fear, but I never enjoy trying things on.  It looks so good on the rack, but it’s rare when I find a love match when trying on clothes.   I also don’t like it when I see jewelry online that catches my interest and then I go to the department store and there’s nothing like it available.

9.     Do you like ebooks?  I prefer print, but ebooks are fine.  I think I’ll enjoy them more when I have something easier to read them on.

10.  What is your favorite book genre?  Christian fiction, clean speculative fiction, and clean YA fiction.  I think those are the genres I’m writing the most in also.

11.  What is your favorite childhood book that you still love today?  The Chronicles of Narnia; the magic, adventure and innocence in those books still captivate me today!





11 questions from Rina:

1.     If you could travel back in time and be the proverbial fly on the wall, where and when would you go?  Wow, what a good question!  I’d want to see what happened when Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937.  I’d also want to witness one special day in the life of Queen Esther from the Bible and one day during King Solomon’s time while he was building the temple for God.



2.     Favorite Genre:  Christian fiction, speculative fiction and clean YA fiction.

3.     Favorite aspect of blogging:  “Meeting” other book bloggers and author friends, I treasure all of them.

4.     Least favorite part of blogging:  it used to be deadlines, but I no longer stress about that.  If I got behind, that’s part of life, and I make sure to have the review ready in an honorable way.  Now my least enjoyable part of blogging is writing a review when I didn’t connect with the book or the book just didn’t keep my interest like I thought it would. 

5.     If you could swap places with a book character, who would it be and for how long?  There are not many books I would want to enter so I need to consider this.  Okay, I would trade places with Kayden from Silenced on the day of her brother’s wedding and to have the dance with Jake; With Shannon from Rise & Shine when she has dinner at her best friend’s house and is with Daniel; With Susan from Narnia when the Pevensie children are being crowned at the end (what a great day that is!); with the mom in The Case of the Crafty Christmas Crooks because I would love to see the cats in action and just be around them at Christmas; and with Tori from So Not Okay at the end when they’re all in the principal’s office settling the entire plot.  I think those are good places to trade!

6.     What’s the longest you’ve stayed awake?  Probably 18 hours.  I’ve stayed up way late for books several times and once pulled an all nighter at a slumber party in middle school because I didn’t trust the girls at the party.  I don’t recommend doing that.









7.     What are the next three books on your to read list?  The Silver Sword by Angela Hunt, King by RJ Larson, and Storm Swept by Dana Mentink  We’ll see J

8.     Where do you get most of your books from?  Mostly blogging, but also from paperbackswap.com and the library.




9.     Favorite place to read?  My room J

10.   You’ve been invited to a literary costume party.  Who will you dress as?  Oh my….. 

I googled 1403 gowns and these Victorian images came up so I hope I did this right J  I would wear one of these to the ball with Gisela from The Captive Maiden, er I mean the costume party.  


And I also found this dress online and just loved it



11.   What is the most memorable thing you’ve learned from a book?  Unconditional love and forgiveness are probably the most powerful themes illustrated in books for me.  True friendship is another good one, but I’d probably go with forgiveness.  I love messages with repenting and forgiveness, it never gets old for me J





I will not be tagging anyone for this award because most of my friends have already been chosen, but you are ALL welcome to answer these questions and/or respond to this award either in the comment section or on your own blog.  I want to thank Faye and Rina once again for nominating my blog, you both blessed me!



Now I’ll respond to The Liebster Award, thanks Alyssa Faith!!
Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
List 11 facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.  Nominate 9 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers (not the blogger who nominated you).
Ask them 11 questions.
Let them know about the nomination.
I looked up the meaning of Liebster and here’s what I found:  Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.



11 facts:
1.     I can speak some Spanish
2.     I like to snack on wintergreen tic tacs while reading
3.     When watching a movie, my favorite candy is snow caps and hershey’s cookies and cream bar

4.     My favorite color is purple…I have a purple teddy bear, a purple tank top, a purple wallet, purple scissors, love purple pens, I have an attraction to purple bookcovers, purple hair clips, and I have a stunning purple journal with purple bookmark
5.     I love silver jewelry (mostly necklaces or pendants)
6.     I once had blue highlights in my hair and am praying for the day when my hair is long enough to do this again….this time I also want to add purple highlights and go bolder/more contrasting with the color (my mom and I see the same hairdresser and she’s excited about doing this process for me)
7.     I love foreign accents, in movies or in person (I tell people in public or in church how great their accent is, that’s soo cool)
8.     I’m not into sports at all, but I cheer for my nephew’s favorite teams (and my dad and brothers when they watch a game)
9.     Favorite movies are Aliens (the only scary movie I loved-Ripley is definitely one of my movie heroes), 9 to 5, 27 Dresses, Robots (animated), Avengers, 13 Going on 30, Finding Nemo, Frozen, Kate & Leopold, The Holiday, Ever After, Horton Hears a Who, Return to Me, The Ice Princess, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Date Night, Noises Off, Father of the Bride (Steve Martin), While You Were Sleeping, Regarding Henry, etc.
10.                          If I’m aware that a movie I want to see is a book, I try to read the book first (City of Ember, The Green Mile, Pride and Prejudice, even Spiderman with Tobey Maguire, Narnia, Lord of the Rings-not The Hobbit)
11.                          I live in South Florida, but I have traveled to Ohio, Michigan, California, Maryland (loved Washington DC), Jamaica and Mexico…..would love to see Italy, Ireland, France, Scotland, England, Australia, New York, and other parts of the world someday

11 questions from Alyssa Faith:

1.     If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?  I’d start with Ireland (see above facts).

2.     Favorite music?  Christian rock (Fireflight), movie soundtracks (The Perfect Man, What a Girl Wants, The Ice Princess, and Lemonade Mouth) and contemporary worship (variety).







3.     Favorite movie?  Don’t have just one!  Aliens (the only scary movie I loved-Ripley is definitely one of my movie heroes), 9 to 5, 27 Dresses, Robots (animated), Avengers, 13 Going on 30, Finding Nemo, Frozen, Kate & Leopold, The Holiday, Ever After, Horton Hears a Who, Return to Me, The Ice Princess, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Date Night, Noises Off, Father of the Bride (Steve Martin), While You Were Sleeping,  What a Girl Wants, Lemonade Mouth, and Regarding Henry, etc.



4.     Favorite Book (One True Pairing or Fave Book Couple)OTP?  The most recent book that I thought of for this was Juliana and The Pirate Earl from MaryLu Tyndall’s The Ransom.  There are others I’ve loved, but that’s the most recent one I could think of.

5.     Favorite book of all time?  Hmmm….how about top 3?  That’s still too difficult but I’ll try!  Anything by Angela Hunt, Rachelle McCalla, or MaryLu Tyndall and that just skims the surface J  (for all my author friends reading this, don’t worry you’re still my fave!)

6.     Cake or Pie?  Easy, cake for me J

7.     Favorite TV Program? (new or old) Friends and Rizzoli & Isles, both make me laugh and give me enjoyment.

8.     If you could travel to any time period, what would it be?  Probably medieval times because I’ve read so many good adventures from that time frame.

9.     Summer or fall and why?  Fall because the weather in south florida is much nicer at that time and I love that time of the year.



10.    Favorite candy? Snowcaps, caramello bar and hershey’s cookies and cream.

11.    Paperback or Ebook? Definitely paperback!


Questions I ask:
1.     What was your fave childhood toy?
2.     Favorite movie?
3.     What’s the longest book you’ve ever read (title or page count)?
4.     Do you prefer to read fiction or nonfiction?
5.     Have you ever been part of a street team or influencer for an author? If so how many and what do you like best about being part of the team?
6.     What new authors have you read this year?
7.     What do you like best about blogging?
8.     Favorite place to read?
9.     Favorite genre?
10.  Did you ever read a book that you didn’t finish?  What are the reasons you would quit a book? (just wondering if I’m the only one, this can be a yes or no answer, no need to name the book unless you want to)
11.  Print or Ebook?


All right!   That was fun!  Now here are the 10 blogs I’m tagging and again, if your blog isn’t listed and you’d like to participate, please go for it J  I read each of these blogs actively and they bless me.  ONLY participate if you want to, no pressure J   
Charity U at Austentitis
Marian at Marian Baay
Beautiful Gwen at Serving Through Words