Monday, July 6, 2015

I'll Stand By You by Sharon Sala

I'll Stand By You

About The Book:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala brings new meaning to family in her small-town Southern romance. No one is alone
Dori Grant is no stranger to hardship. As a young single mother in the gossip-fueled town of Blessings, Georgia, she's weathered the storm of small-town disapproval most of her life. But when Dori loses everything within the span of an evening, she realizes she has no choice but to turn to her neighbors.

As long as there is love to give
Everyone says the Pine boys are no good, but Johnny Pine has been proving the gossips wrong ever since his mother died and he took over raising his brothers. His heart goes out to the young mother and child abandoned by the good people of Blessings. Maybe he can be the one to change all that...

My Thoughts:

Sharon Sala is probably one of my most favorite authors, and I know she is one of my most favorite people (and not just because we share a fabulous first name!).  I've known Sharon for many years and admire her writing skills and her ability to cover such a wide area of topics in her stories.  I adore her suspense novels and love her romances, but probably my favorite of Sharon's books is her "Blessings, Georgia" series and her latest book, "I'll Stand By You," is just a complete delight to read.

Sharon takes her readers back to the small town of Blessings, Georgia - where the town folk are in each other's pockets, but for the most have everyone's best interests at heart!  The local beauty parlor, run by Ruby "Sister" Dye, is a hotbed of small town information, but it is also the heart of this quaint town and the place of origin for some of the best, heart-felt scenes of the book.

In this story, single mom Dori Grant and heroic Johnny Pine are the central characters - two young people who need each other and boost each other up by combining their families and overcoming some of the worst odds imaginable.

Sharon has populated this series of books with unforgettable characters who drive the story that is filled with romance, a bit of mystery, and a lot of fun.

I highly recommend anything written by Sharon Sala - especially the Blessings series.  The perfect read for any time of the year, but absolutely great for summer time reading bliss!


 This are the first two books in Sharon's series! 

About The Author:

Sharon Sala

Sharon Sala, who has also written under the name Dinah McCall, has 85-plus books in print, published in four different genres-Romance, Young Adult, Western, and Women's Fiction, and her Young Adult books have been optioned for film. She has been named a RITA finalist seven times by Romance Writers of America, and in 2011 they named her the recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her books are New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly bestsellers and published in many different languages. She lives in Oklahoma, the state where she was born.

Check out her website at for more info on her books!

This book is part of my personal collection. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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It's Monday!! What Are You Reading?

Well ... here we are again at another Monday!  Another week to look at a reading list that seems to keep growing and growing and growing!

I didn't get too much reading done last week (that durn real life kept getting in the way!) So I have some titles left from last week, but also couldn't help but to add a few more to the ol' TBR pile!

Here's what I've got in store for this week!  And since it's hotter than a pistol here in Texas, I plan to stay under the cool air and get a lot of reviewing done this week! (If real life will cooperate!)

What I'm Reading Now:

What I Plan To Read:

A favorite author, Ann Voskamp, often has lovely sayings on her blog and I wanted to share her latest!

Happy Reading, y'all!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy July 1st - or How The Heck Did Half The Year Get Gone Already??

Happy 1st of July! 

Wait, July????  Already???  whoa!  How did half the year slip by already?  Kind of amazing - just amazing. But then again, I thought it was Tuesday today, so you can sort of see where my mind is at these days! 

So, even though it's a couple of days late, I wanted to share what I was reading this week.  It's a paperback book time of year - they are handy, slip into your purse or beach bag easily and there are tons of great reads by great authors out there this summer!

Here is what I've got stacked in my TBR pile!

Going out of town this weekend to see our boys and celebrate the 4th of July!  Have a great weekend and be safe out there!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall - Book Blog Tour Stop

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About The Wolf Border

• Hardcover: 448 pages
• Publisher: Harper (June 9, 2015)

The award-winning author of The Electric Michelangelo returns with her first novel in nearly six years, a literary masterpiece about the reintroduction of wild wolves into the United Kingdom.
She hears them howling along the buffer zone, a long harmonic.
One leading, then many.
At night there is no need to imagine, no need to dream.
They reign outside the mind.
Rachel Caine is a zoologist working in Nez Perce, Idaho, as part of a wolf recovery project. She spends her days, and often nights, tracking the every move of a wild wolf pack—their size, their behavior, their howl patterns. It is a fairly solitary existence, but Rachel is content.
When she receives a call from the wealthy and mysterious Earl of Annerdale, who is interested in reintroducing the grey wolf to Northern England, Rachel agrees to a meeting. She is certain she wants no part of this project, but the Earl's estate is close to the village where Rachel grew up, and where her aging mother now lives in a care facility. It has been far too long since Rachel has gone home, and so she returns to face the ghosts of her past.
The Wolf Border is a breathtaking story about the frontier of the human spirit, from one of the most celebrated young writers working today.
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My Thoughts:

Author Sarah Hall creates an intriguing story of one woman's rollercoaster of a life - filled with family drama, relationship drama, and her close attachment to her work with wolves.  The characters in this story are complex and fascinating, the settings - both in Idaho and England - are breathtaking, and the tale itself is fast-paced and well-written.  Readers will find themselves pulled into the story from the very beginning. 

About Sarah Hall

Sarah HallSarah Hall was born in 1974 in Cumbria, England. She received a master of letters in creative writing from Scotland's St. Andrews University and has published four novels. Haweswater won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (overall winner, Best First Novel) and a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award.

The Electric Michelangelo was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Eurasia Region), and the Prix Femina Étranger, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Daughters of the North won the 2006/07 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction. How to Paint a Dead Man was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Portico Prize for Fiction.

In 2013 Hall was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists, a prize awarded every ten years, and she won the BBC National Short Story Award and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Find out more about Sarah at her website, and connect with her on Facebook.

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to Harper Collins for the review copy of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to the best dad around -  my loving husband, Don!  He is a good dad to our four sons, and the best granddad to our grandson Oliver!

Happy Father's Day Honey!!

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Friday, June 19, 2015


Susan Velin was chosen as the winner of "The Proposal At Siesta Key" by Shelley Shepard Gray!

Thank you to every one who entered!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hotel Moscow by Talia Carner - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

Hotel Moscow

About Hotel Moscow

• Paperback: 464 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 2, 2015)
From the author of Jerusalem Maiden comes a mesmerizing, thought-provoking novel that tells the riveting story of an American woman—the daughter of Holocaust survivors—who travels to Russia shortly after the fall of communism, and finds herself embroiled in a perilous mafia conspiracy that could irrevocably destroy her life.

Brooke Fielding, a thirty-eight year old New York investment manager and daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors, finds her life suddenly upended in late September 1993 when her job is unexpectedly put in jeopardy. Brooke accepts an invitation to join a friend on a mission to Moscow to teach entrepreneurial skills to Russian business women, which will also give her a chance to gain expertise in the new, vast emerging Russian market. Though excited by the opportunity to save her job and be one of the first Americans to visit Russia after the fall of communism, she also wonders what awaits her in the country that persecuted her mother just a generation ago.

Inspired by the women she meets, Brooke becomes committed to helping them investigate the crime that threatens their businesses. But as the uprising of the Russian parliament against President Boris Yeltsin turns Moscow into a volatile war zone, Brooke will find that her involvement comes at a high cost. For in a city where “capitalism” is still a dirty word, where neighbors spy on neighbors and the new economy is in the hands of a few dangerous men, nothing Brooke does goes unnoticed—and a mistake in her past may now compromise her future.

A moving, poignant, and rich novel, Hotel Moscow is an eye-opening portrait of post-communist Russia and a profound exploration of faith, family, and heritage.

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My Thoughts:

Plunging her readers into the early 1990s and post-communism Russia, author Talia Carner presents a dramatic, fast-paced rollercoaster of a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats to the very satisfying ending.

Combining the main character's background as the child of Holocaust survivors with her present-day position as a woman executive on a mission trip to advise Russian women on how to start up businesses of their own, Carner has molded a fascinating and admirable character who is strong and yet vulnerable to the many horrible situations she runs into.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read - there is suspense, a bit of romance, and a bit of a history lesson combined. The setting of the violent yet mesmerizing landscape of Russia is gripping and the cast of characters are intriguing as well.

I highly recommend this novel.

About Talia Carner

Talia CarnerTalia Carner is the former publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women's economic forums. This is her fourth novel.

Visit Talia at her website, You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this book tour and to William Morrow Books for providing the review copy.

I was not compensated for my opinion.

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