First Line Friday

First LineFunHere’s another First line Fun game for you. Match up the books & authors below to the first lines from each book. The answers can be found below my name. (You’re welcome)




Books & Authors

First Lines

  1. “The color black screamed hypocrisy to Meri. She stared at her hideous dress in the long mirror while the maid took her time fastening the buttons down Meri’s back. Black was meant to represent grief and mourning; Meri felt neither.”
  2. “Brooke Holt was so ready for the wind to stop blowing.”
  3. “It had not been a good night for sleeping, but few were, so Noah Carter occupied his mind by listening to the night sounds–the rumble of vehicle engines in the alley behind where he made his home, crammed in the Laundromat’s utility room.”
  4. “History would call him il Conte del Maledetto–the Damned Earl. His descendents would call him ‘that damned idiot.'”
  5. “On the night of his thirtieth birthday, Tavish O’Connor resigned himself to a life of eternal bachelorhood.”

Do you have all your answers ready? Check them out with the key below my name. Hope you had fun, and happy reading.


Answer Key: (Quotes in book order: 4, 2, 1, 5, 3)


Summer Review

My summer has flown by with lots of fun family happenings: a daughter’s wedding, another daughter’s expecting and a fun shower to throw for her, another daughter back from a mission, a son leaving on a mission, vacations, etc. But I have found moments to sneak in my reading. Here’s a review of some of my favorites this summer.

Beauty is the Beast by Jenni James

beautyCute modern twist on the Beauty and Beast trope. Arabella is popular, beautiful and ready to take the world by a storm. When she wins state high school representative for Colorado, she is sure all her dreams are about to come true. Until she realizes she can’t bring her popular, good looking boyfriend around as her plus one to all the events she has to attend. She must pair up with Brockton, the boy’s state representative who is a little nerdy and comes from a poor background. So begins their mutual hate relationship. He thinks she’s stuck on herself. She thinks he isn’t good enough for her.

This is a fun YA story that teaches a great lesson about changing and looking beneath the skin to the true person underneath all the masks we like to wear. It was fast-paced and very captivating. Great book!

Far From Falling by J.D. Garcia

farThis is a sweet contemporary romance set in make-believe Falling Pines. Paige has been in love with her best friend, Luke, for years. But he’s never seen her as more than his friend. When he takes a job that will move him out of state and out of her life, she feels life crumbling around her. But once Luke leaves, he realizes he misses Paige something fierce and is thinking about her in all the wrong ways, especially when he realizes other guys are moving in on her.

Far From Falling took me on a heart-tugging journey between two hearts who yearn for more than friendship, but are desperate to preserve the status quo in case pushing for more risks everything they cherish. The characters were sweet, the story compelling, and the writing super good. I enjoyed this one and read it ultra-fast.

The promise of home by Michelle Paige Holmes

Female youth standing alone in victorian dressThis is book 3 in this series, and it was excellent. I’ve loved watching Katie’s and Collin’s love story unfold through their arranged marriage Katie is unhappy about to their marriage where they are fleeing to a new world in search of home. This author writes delicious characters that I can’t get enough of (sugary carb characters—ha ha). They’re awesome. The plot is rich like a dessert too, with lots of twists, turns, surprises, shocks, etc. The setting in England, Nova Scotia, and Virginia is super well done. I really felt like I was there with the characters and got sucked into their crazy world and romance. Bravo for a well-done series that I couldn’t put down once I started reading! This is MOST EXCELLENT!


Well, there you have it. My summer in books. Have you read any great books this summer? Leave a comment so I can throw them on my TBR pile. I’m always looking for another great book to read.






Winner, winner Chicken Dinner

Say what_Just a quick post to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.

EMILEE was chosen out of those who commented. I’d like to send her a chicken dinner, but I don’t trust the mail to get it there in palatable form. So instead, she will receive a digital copy of His Personal Relationship Manager by Jennifer Peel. YEA!!!

***Emilee, please leave your email for me in the comment section below, or message me on Facebook so I can get that to you. Thanks…and enjoy your summer!


Narcissistic Tendencies

nar***This giveaway is over: Winner is Emilee!!!

Today I have a fun treat for you. The 3rd book in the Dating by Design series by Jennifer Peel–Narcissistic Tendencies–was so good that I want to give the 1st book away to a lucky commenter. So read all about it, then leave a comment at the end if you’d like a chance to win Book 1–His Personal Relationship Manager.

Each of the books have been so awesome…and witty. This one pairs up Kate, Binary’s Dating Service’s resident psychologist, with Nick Wells, an over-the-top handsome, egotistical movie star. When Nick signs up for Binary’s matchmaking services, Kate questions whether that is wise. The man seems like a total narcissist to her. And she should know since she’s dealt with one up close and personal before. Her boss asks her to be his Relationship Manager, which she is loathe to do. But her job is on the line. So Kate tries to do her best. But when Continue reading

Songs of You & Me

Here is a heartwarming debut novel by Mylissa Demeyere, a writing friend of mine from Belgium. Enter the $25 giveaway at the end, and check out more about her first book. Here’s the blurb:


Jane Hartford fell head over heels for Jackson at the tender age of fifteen. She spent most of high school pining for him, until she realized he wasn’t going to see her as anything more than his baby sister’s best friend. Now she finds herself single with a daughter, a broken heart, and songs that remind her of a long lost love.

Jackson Wright is a man living with regret. His biggest one, never acting on his feelings for Jane. When he returns to Bellebrook, the town they grew up in, he literally runs into her and his world gets tossed upside down and sideways. Continue reading

House of Oak Series

setThis is the BEST series I’ve read in forever! Seriously. I devoured these books on Kindle Unlimited and could see myself checking them out again in the future. They are THAT fun!

The House of Oak series by Nichole Van has 5 books. Each was incredible. Read them in order. This is not a read-out-of-order series. You’ll miss out on delicious literary delights if you do. This author makes my reader heart and eyes happy. The cadence, rhythm, and layout are ingredients that combine to make a happy dance in my heart. Continue reading