Thursday, October 20, 2016

Back In The Saddle Book Review & Giveaway


I have a really wonderful western style like love story to share with you called Back In the Saddle written by Ruth Logan Herne that I think all of you would enjoy reading!

Synopsis:
The Prodigal Is Coming Home  
It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding...and why.

Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor.  And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?
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My Thoughts:

As you guys know, aside from Amish love stories, I think any kind of good, relatable love stories are the next best thing and this one is one of those with a few doses of deep trouble for Angelina and all those around her. She came to the Double S ranch to escape some very bad people and she is going to need all the help she can get from the Stafford's.

Of course, all three brothers are a handful, but what else is new? Guys being guys is what makes this story fun to read and unpredictable. Then adding a very sick father into the mix, and you have a tear jerker along with a love story blooming at the same time.

I think all of you will enjoy reading this truly awesome book and how a family should come together and how forgiveness works, especially when you have a tough but great woman pushing the buttons to get things done! Right, girls??? We really know who is in charge, don't we?

Happy Reading!

About the Author:
Ruth Logan Herne

Best-selling, multi-published author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of over thirty novels and novellas through traditional publishers and her own independent works. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone. With over 3/4 million books in print, Ruthy is living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read. She is also part of Mighty Finn Creations with her photographer/editor daughter Beth Jamison, and their new series "The Adventures of The Mighty Finn" has just released.

She loves chatting with readers through her website blog and hanging with readers and writers in Seekerville... www.seekerville.blogspot.com where coffee is always hot, fresh and good! She loves playing in the kitchen, too, with a wonderful group of regionally-inspired inspirational authors at the Yankee Belle Café.

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Here is another great book that I thought you guys might like to read so I will be giving away my own paperback copy of Back in The Saddle! Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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Disclosure: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

An Unbroken Heart Book Review & Giveaway



I recently read this really great Amish book called An Unbroken Heart written by Kathleen Fuller and I think you will love it as much as I did!

Synopsis:
An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.

One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?

After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.

Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt.

Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.

If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?
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My Thoughts:

I am sure that there are quite a bit of other people out and about that love reading Amish love stories because they are some of the what I call "purist love stories", because of their ways and their religion, it's hopefully one of the better role models we can all learn from to make our lives richer.

I really liked this book as it follows the beautiful parts of what true love looks like in this community and hopefully, it can teach our young adults especially, but they can also be guides for other age groups also. With the divorce rate so high these days, especially in Hollywood, I welcome the change of pace that these Amish love stories set.

I truly envy the confidence in which some of these Amish characters are so sure of themselves when the moment arrives and there is no doubt in their minds that they truly love the other person with all their heart and soul. I especially respect the way these are written because with all the books that I have read, they really take it seriously when asking God for guidance. I think we could all use a little more of that in our lives!

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Kathleen Fuller

I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and currently live in Geneva, Ohio. I've been married to James for 22 wonderful years (really, they have been wonderful!) We have three terrific children, three dogs, and have raised cattle, pigs, and chickens at various times over the years. We would have gone into the goat business, but I had to draw the line somewhere.

I started writing in 2000, and published my first short story a year later. Since then I have authored several short stories, novellas, novels, and have done a lot of freelance non-fiction work. I have also worked as an editor. I have a Masters degree in Special Education, emphasis on teaching the blind and visually impaired, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have taught all age groups ranging from age 4 to age 21.

A few of my favorite things: my relationship with Christ, chocolate (of course!), autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don't take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, NFL football, and did I mention chocolate?

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This was such a delight to read that I thought I would pass my paperback copy to one lucky reader! Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product from BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Great Meal Suggestions For The Fall



How to Celebrate Fall in Your Kitchen

Fall is the favorite time of year for many people. The cooler weather is a chance to change up the wardrobe and the beautiful colors are a great reason to enjoy time outdoors. There are also many food-related reasons to enjoy fall. Harvest season is full of delicious produce and it's a chance to move from light summer dishes to hearty comfort foods. Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy hot drinks, whether it's a good cup of tea or the seasonal pumpkin drink at your local coffee house.

If you want to celebrate all things fall in your own home, the best place to start is in the kitchen. Change up your normal cooking routine to try new things, and find a way to cook even on nights when your family is busy with school-related activities. You can also enjoy using both apple and pumpkin in a variety of desserts and breakfast pastries. If you're ready to embrace the cold weather and spend some time in your kitchen, here are some suggestions.

Have a Fall Cocktail Party


Whether you want to invite the entire neighborhood, or just celebrate with your family, having a night full of hot drinks and tasty snacks can be a great way to host a relaxing party. You can make hot cider in a crock pot and mull red wine for adult guests. Hot cocoa is another timeless favorite, and you can make several types of finger foods for everyone to enjoy. If a cocktail party isn't your thing, make it a game night instead and have every guest bring a favorite game and plate of snacks.

Try a New Spin on Classics

Fall is a great time to dive back into comforting meals like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and hearty soups and stews. If you enjoy trying out new recipes, you can take some of those classic flavors and make them in a new way. You could make mini individual meatloaves and change out white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Or skip the hours of preparation required for classic lasagna and make skillet lasagna instead. You can also change up taco night and make chicken tortilla soup instead.

Try a Hot Breakfast

There's nothing like a filling breakfast to start the day, especially when you'll be out in the cold weather. No matter how busy your mornings are, you can find ways to make a hot breakfast for everyone. Break out the slow cooker again and make overnight oats that are ready in the morning. Or spend a few hours assembling and freezing breakfast burritos so your kids can have a grab-and-go breakfast on school mornings. If you love enjoying brunch on the weekend, try your hand at cinnamon rolls that rise overnight and are ready for the oven in the morning.

Pack Your Lunch

Bringing your lunch from home is a great way to stick to a healthy diet and save money. A Thermos lets you bring leftover soup from last night's dinner. You can also try packing scrambled eggs or chili in an insulated container. Sandwiches are always good options, but you don't have to stick with ham and cheese every day. Try an all-vegetarian option or make a cheese melt if your office kitchen has a toaster oven. You can enjoy the seasonal produce by bringing along an apple or pear with your lunch.

Stick to a Healthy Diet

While fall is the perfect time to indulge in comfort foods and the occasional pumpkin treat, it's important to maintain a healthy diet overall. That way you can enjoy the season and the upcoming holidays without dreading the resolution diet in January. Choose Buy as many things fresh as you can and then choose healthy pre-made options like low-cholesterol, egg-free mayo from Hampton Creek.


Try switching to natural sweeteners rather than relying on refined sugar for all your baking projects. Plan meals with a balance of protein, vegetables and carbs so you'll avoid sugar crashes and cravings.
Celebrate fall by hosting a cocktail party or modifying your family's favorite recipes to fall-friendly forms. Take the time to make a hot breakfast and pack your lunch every day. It's also a good idea to practice moderation by making healthy food choices often and indulging in comfort foods and treats occasionally.  

Fall is a wonderful time of year to spend time in your kitchen trying new things and enjoying the produce of the season.

Disclaimer: All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.