In the Superstition Mountains by Susan Page Davis–a Book Review

I had never heard of the Superstition Mountains until I read this book. The entire title is My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains with the subtitle Carmela’s Quandary.

Carmela Wade is orphaned at twelve, and her life changes from a loving home and parents to life on the road with her uncle forcing her to tell a made-up story of her being captured by Indians to earn him money. Carmela comes to hate deceiving to people, but her uncle insists her dad owed him a huge sum of money, and now she has to pay it off.

Carmela is definitely in a quandary, and many terrible things continue to happen that seem to make her situation grow worse, but she needs to learn that God is in control, and He can work out what she sees as a hopeless life into a wonderful relationship with a special man and other friends.

If you like the Wild West (set right after the Civil War in 1866) and characters who change as God enters their lives, you will love My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains.

Bio: Susan Page Davis is a best-selling author who has written many novels set in the west. She and her husband live in western Kentucky.

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Story ideas-Guestblog and Giveaway by Ann H. Gabhart

Ideas Lurk in the Nooks and Crannies of a Writer’s Brain  by Ann H. Gabhart

Since I published my first book way back in 1978, I have often been asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” The only right answer to that question is everywhere. Ideas come in all shapes and sizes and sneak into a writer’s head by many different avenues.

Those ideas can rise up out of history books or maybe an exhibit at a museum. I might stumble across the initial idea in a newspaper article or even one of those historical marker signs along the road. Then again something I see on television or in a movie might spark an idea, or perhaps a comment from a friend might set my story gears to grinding. Most writers like to draw from their own experiences and the experiences of their families. I’ve certainly done that for the backgrounds of several of my stories. The setting of my Heart of Hollyhill books came straight from what I remembered my little town of Lawrenceburg being like during the 1960s. Then I used my mother’s background of growing up during the Great Depression for the Rosey Corner books, especially Angel Sister, where Mom’s memories are threaded all through the story. Continue reading

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Designing Love, New book by Kimberly Rose Johnson

I am happy to introduce my readers to another of Kimberly Rose Johnson’s lovely books. Designing Love is book 3 in the Sunriver Dreams series. Here’s the back cover blurb:

Someone is framing Sierra. Can Spencer Preston discover the true criminal before he loses her?

Sierra Robbins, single mother and interior design assistant, wants to provide a stable home for her teenage son and become a successful interior designer. She’s well on her way to both goals when she agrees to house sit a home in Sunriver, Oregon. It couldn’t be more perfect. She’ll be close to her job at Belafonte Designs while living rent-free. But things don’t go as expected beginning on day one when a police officer responds to the alarm they set off at the house. Was that alarm a sign of trouble to come? Continue reading

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Review of The Dandelion Patch by MaryAnn Diorio

Although I usually review adult fiction, I have reviewed a couple non-fiction books and Bible studies lately, so am branching out to children’s fiction today in The Dandelion Patch. MaryAnn Diorio has written a delightful book that older children can read for themselves, and is also a lovely book for a parent or grandparent to share with a younger reader. How do I know? Because I curled up on the lower bunk yesterday afternoon to read this story to my 5-year-old granddaughter Elinor, and we both loved it!

The illustrations by Doina Paraschiv are very engaging with bright colors and realistic drawings. And the story will tug at your heart as you hope for The Dandelion Patch to be saved for all generations.

Yolanda Riggins is called the Dandelion Lady since most of her foods are cooked from the dandelion patch right outside her yard, and she shares them with the children in her village–until surveyors and heavy equipment appear to tear out the dandelion patch. Yolanda emails the mayor and governor, and they both say the road has to be built.

I hope you will order this book on Amazon or from the author at http://www.maryanndiorio.com/bookstore to see how the problem was solved. Also found through Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple iBooks as well as through Ingram Distributors for local bookstores. And then, I hope  you will find a child you love to snuggle up with and read this story together.

MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of fiction for both children and adults. The Dandelion Patch is her fourth book for children. She and her husband of 47 years reside in New Jersey. They are the blessed parents of two amazing daughters and five rambunctious grandchildren. You can learn more about her at http://www.maryanndiorio.com

 

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The Story of With by Allen Arnold–book review

This post about The Story of With by Allen Arnold is much more than a book review. It is about a whole new way of looking at life by truly living your life Together with Christ! As the subtitle says ” A Better Way to Live, Love and Create.”

This book is one I read last fall after taking Allen Arnold’s class at the ACFW conference in August, and I am almost through reading it for the second time this year. The premise sounds simple–learn to live your life with freedom in Christ every step of the way. But, there are so many levels and layers to the story that I find myself called to re-read parts of it to understand it better as God teaches me more about this life-journey with Him. Continue reading

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Review of A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot, Cimarron Creek Trilogy, Book 1

A Stolen HeartKudos to Amanda Cabot for what I believe is her best book yet—A Stolen Heart. I have read all her contemporary stories and most of her historical books, and this book grabbed my heart from the get-go with a very likable, sympathetic heroine—Lydia Crawford. She takes a stagecoach to a new town, where she knows not a single soul. Everyone seems to be against her since she is a Northerner in Texas fifteen years after the Civil War. The townspeople distrust Northerners because they remember what the Carpetbaggers did after the War. And, some of the townspeople have been injured, or had family members killed, by Northern soldiers Continue reading

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