Friday Friends–Ann H. Gabhart Giveaway &Guestblog

9780800726768Welcome to Ann H. Gabhart, a fellow KY writer and friend. I have posted about several of her books over the years and am very happy to showcase her newest venture–small town mystery in Murder at the Courthouse. Plus a guestblog about her writing.

Hunting “The End” by Ann H. Gabhart

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment. ~Hart Crane

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Book Review–When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I need to start today’s blog with a big apology for not being able to post the past 2 months due to computer woes, then purchasing an Apple which has been a huge learning curve for me, then having trouble getting into WordPress! But I think everything is working fine now, and even though I still have a lot to learn about the Apple, I do like it and plan to post at least once a week on Fridays and occasionally other times, to.

I love all of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books, and was so happy to receive this one for review as I’ve been waiting since the first book to find out if Suzanne will reunite with her former love. It is the third story in The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy, a saga covering three generations of an Old Order Mennonite family. I hope  you have read the other two book in this series–When Mercy Rains, and When Grace Sings. Spoiler Alert: You may want to read them first before proceeding with this review! Or, you can read those reviews on this blog by searching for the titles or KimVogel Sawyer.

In the first two books, we learn of the unwed pregnancy of Suzanne Zimmerman whose mother sent her away as a teen, in order to not shame her family. But, she is back at the homestead now and has made peace with her mother, but there are still secrets to be uncovered in the Zimmerman family and those whose lives touch theirs. A satisfying ending to this story, but I also see a chance for one or two more books in the series, so we can all hope for that!

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Home for Christmas–Boxed Set

12049572_10153288379534858_766068546070786812_nI am so happy to be part of this boxed set collection of seven Christmas stories. My book Christmas Grace is one of these seven books. Even if you’ve read it, it’s still a great deal to get the whole 7 book collection for only 99 cents on Amazon kindle. A great line-up–the other six authors are Debra Ullrick, Lynette Sowell, Hallee Bridgeman, Lee Tobin McClain, Valerie Comer, and Autumn Macarthur. Pre-orders are available now, and will be sent to your e-book reader on October 15th so you can start getting in the Christmas mood soon.

Home for Christmas: Seven Heartwarming Christian Romance tales that bring you Home for Christmas! Take some time for yourself during the holiday season to enjoy these warm inspirational stories.

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Friday with Friends–Dr. Rita Garcia

ba988e_3b24f28a04f4498e833279d6b95e41c2.jpg_srz_p_219_270_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzWelcome Rita, so glad to have you visit! Are you one of those writers born with a pen in your hand and ideas flitting through your mind, or did your interest develop later?

My imagination was creating stories from a very young age. Among my mother’s things I found stories I had written, in that awkward printing stage children go through. The stories were complete with illustrations, usually roses. I’ve always loved the idea of romance and happy ever after. I adored fairy tales. I watched them with my daughters and now how exciting to get to watch them again with my grandchildren. Continue reading

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Tuesday Travelogue–Puerto Rico part 6, Coquis

FullSizeRender(28)In Surrender to Peace, one of my character Joy Worth’s favorite things to do in Puerto Rico is to walk around the rainforest after sundown and hear the Coquis serenading her with their “Ko-kee, ko-kee.” We did hear the Coquis sing a couple of times, but never got to see them, so I bought this postcard to share a picture and some facts with you.

The back of the card said that although Coqui frogs exist all over the Caribbean, only the ones in Puerto Rico sing “ko-kee, ko-kee” when the sun goes down. The coqui are about an inch long with yellowish brown skin. As you can see in the picture (taken by Wilma Perez), their vocal sacs, when inflated, take up much of their girth.

A couple of other interesting facts I didn’t know before were that they have five toes on their back feet, but only four toes in the front, and unlike all other frogs who go through the tadpole stage, coquis hatch from their eggs, fully formed. Very interesting!

Hope you enjoyed learning more about another of God’s gorgeous creatures. Please return next week to read another Tuesday Travelogue about our final full day in Puerto Rico and our adventure getting to church.

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Book Review–Summer’s List by Anita Higman

If you like lovable quirky characters, fairy tale settings, and happily ever after, then you will like Summer’s List by Anita Higman. Although the characters sometimes seem odd, you still can’t help but love them. The Granny saves the day in many ways, by giving Summer a home when she needs one, and especially with her bucket list of things for Summer to do before Granny dies. The list is also quirky, but since it’s bathed in prayer, it works!

And, like a fairy tale, the wedding at the end is a dream come true. Some sad parts, but over all a  fun read!

This book was a gift from the author for review purposes, but did not change this review which is my own opinion.

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