“Our Accidental Adventure,” by Ness Kingsley

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Our Accidental Adventure is a seafaring adventure, that’s right, a seafaring adventure! 🙂 A contemporary seafaring adventure! I liked it! Ness Kingsley writes the most funnest books! Is funnest a word??? haha. I read this book out loud to my husband. Three siblings are sailing in safe waters, setting sail for a camping adventure, when unexpectedly they are surrounded by fog, tossed tooooo and fro by a storm and land in the Caribbean. Gather friends, family and kids of all ages around and read this book outloud to them. It’s great fun! Happy Reading!

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YEA! I’m always so excited about the INSPY Award Winners! CONGRATULATIONS!

Debut – Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Miracle in a dry season / Sarah Loudin Thomas.

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense – Meant to Be Mine by Becky WadeMeet Becky Wade and a giveaway - Tales of Beauty for Ashes

General Fiction – Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke

#GIVEAWAY (Int) - Want to read a highly entertaining WWII novel that is compelling and relevant for today? Saving Amelie is one of my all-time favorite reads. Meet Cathy Gohlke and enter by 3/27 to win a copy at The Power of Words.

Historical Romance – Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta.

#Bronte and #Austen fans - You'll love this! Mark of Distinction | Jessica Dotta

Literature for Young Adult – Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Storm Siren!  Recommended by Laini Taylor and Marissa Meyer.  Wait for the trilogy--first book released 8/19/14.

Mystery/Thriller – A. D. 30 by Ted Dekker

It's not something I would have normally picked up but it was half price and I was curious. It's been fantastic and wondrous.

Speculative Fiction – Spirit Bridge by James L. Rubart

Spirit Bridge, James L. Rubartall pictures from pinterest!

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“Wildfire at Midnight,” Mary Stewart

Gianetta Brooke travels to the Scottish Hebrides for rest and relaxation. Well, she doesn’t get any rest and relaxation but she does become caught up in a mystery that is so suspenseful, it’s hard to put down. With one exception, I needed nourishment, other than food, I read the book straight though! It was so good. Well-written at a good pace!

The cook in this story, speaks in the Scottish brogue, so the reader might have a problem understanding what she is saying.

However –

Without a doubt, Airs Above the Ground and Wildfire at Midnight are my two favorite books written by Mary Stewart!

Mary Stewart's Wildfire at Midnight.  Remember her?picture from pinterest.

Classic Movie Friday

I love classic movies:) There are so many good ones out there. I think I’m going to spotlight my favorites every other Friday.

So, without further ado . . . here comes Desk Set, starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy! I love this movie. It’s a light-hearted look at an office romance. Spencer Tracy has invented the first computer. Oh yea. It’s hilarious!

 Boop boop boop BOOP.

The thing is as big as a barn – well, maybe a garage! Ahem. Anyway, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn meet and fall for each other in this fun comedy surrounding this computer – the characters in this movie literally dance around the computer! – the computer has a name, Emmerack or Emmie – not sure how to spell that! Have fun watching this one! Boop boop boop BOOP! 🙂

My most favorite Katharine role. I was fooled into thinking this was going to be my future office life!picture from pinterest.

Two wooden saw horses and a big piece of wood!

My husband and I, in need of some organization in one of our bedrooms – not used for a bedroom – built a table this weekend. We were at the lumber business for an hour 🙂 selecting the wood for the table. We had fun but it was a little exhausting and my recently injured and healing foot wasn’t liking the concrete floor at the lumber business. After our purchase, we traveled home and set up the table. It was not difficult at all. It’s six feet long and the wood is smooth, thick, sturdy and looks great. WOW! It really did organize our room. I will take a picture as soon as I can. The picture below I got from pinterest.

warehouse home office. Industrial

Random Books or Did I Go A Little Crazy?

We went to rummage sales today! The first house I visited didn’t have any books! The nerve! The second house I stopped at had several large boxes of books on their garage floor – boxes full of books – and books stacked on the floor in random piles. As I circled the piles, gazing, wondering where to begin, I was overwhelmed. So, taking a deep breath, I knelt down next to a box and started digging through the assortment of books. There was a hodgepodge of topics – fiction, non-fiction! While I was searching a woman told me, ten books for a dollar! I thanked her, very surprised! 🙂 I didn’t really know what I was looking for, but at ten books for one dollar, I was determined to find ten books! So, I searched. Well, I didn’t find ten books, but I did find five books. I paid her fifty cents and moved on to the next rummage sale. I visited a couple more homes and I now have nine books! I did have so much fun. I talked to the people at the rummage sales. Everyone was friendly and all were readers! So, I think I will go out tomorrow morning and find more rummage sales!  Happy Reading!

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“On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness,” by Andrew Peterson

Oh my goodness! lol. I think I am the last person to read this book, it seems all have read it before me:) Our library didn’t have it, so I ordered it. I do not want to discourage girls from reading this adventure, however, I thought is was more a boys adventure book. It has some pretty gross stuff in it 🙂 Have you ever tried maggot loaf??? Eeeeeuuuuu. Neither have I.

Ok. We have a great family in this book. They have courage and they stick together – Janner, Tink, Leeli Igiby and their adorable dog Nugget. Podo is their former pirate grandfather and they do have a mother. Aerwiar is the name of the land and there are dangers and adventures without end. Now, the Fangs of Dang are searching for the lost jewels of Anniera! I personally would not go near the Fangs of Dang. They are not nice at all!!! Toothy cows live here and there are sea dragons. Now, as many of you know, this blog is a NO dragon zone, however, I was ok with the sea dragons! Yes, this tale was interesting and full of unusual creatures and characters. It was riveting, spine-tingling! Amazing! It had a good ending. You’ll visit Anklejelly Manor and Peet the Sock Man’s tree house. So, if there is one person out there who has never read this book. I recommend you read it. ENJOY! On to the next book!

The first of Andrew Peterson's Wingfeather Saga - his least mature of the three, but if you start here, I promise you'll be hurrying out to get #2 and #3.picture from pinterest.

“Tales of Faith,” by Rosemary Mucklestone

“Tales of Faith is a varied anthology of Rosemary’s writings over the course of a year. Short stories ranging from historical fiction and Bible retellings to humorous stories and descriptive pieces, with a few poems thrown in. Strengthen your faith, smile, laugh and cry as you read these bite size, Godly stories!”

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Good morning! Rosemary e-mailed her book to me, in exchange for an honest review and I need to say, right away, I enjoyed it! She has written a collection of faith based, meaningful, short stories, I believe, for all ages. I suggest you give these tales a chance, I enjoyed them and shared many of them with my husband! As with all collections of short stories, I have favorites. I chuckled and thoroughly enjoyed, “The Sneeze From Heaven.” I’ll never look at a sneeze in the same way again 🙂 The Sneeze From Heaven deals with a topic we are all concerned about – bullying! I was completely caught up in the wonder and faith of a child in, “Lost Dog.” That was just a really, nice story. Sigh. And then my third favorite – “A Lamb’s Tale.” A good look into an old story. I loved it! Four, that’s right, four really good stars! **** I’d like to thank the author for giving me the privilege of reading and reviewing her book and for the beautiful cover photo! Happy Reading!

Cover Reveal – “Seeking the Star,” by Traci Borum

“One December night, in the sleepy Cotswold village of Chilton Crosse, a drifter with a mysterious past collapses on George and Mary Cartwright’s snowy doorstep. During the next few weeks, as Christmas cheer spreads throughout the village with decorations and a Dickens theme festival, Mary nurtures the stranger, Ben, back to health, and becomes curious about the secrets he’s been holding so tightly.”

“As Ben gains his strength and begins to trust Mary and George, he lowers the wall he’s so carefully constructed. But when Christmas Eve arrives, one of his secrets accidentally comes to light, forcing him to confront the darkness of his past – and to rediscover the faith he’d lost months before. And on that holiest of nights, he finally begins to understand that mercy and forgiveness are meant for him too.”

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Release date August or September 2015! 🙂