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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Someplace Familiar Book Tour & Giveaway

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About the Book 


Author: Teresa Tysinger

Book Title: Someplace Familiar

Release date: May, 2017
Artist Livy Johnson needs a fresh start. That’s what a broken heart and forgotten dreams can do to a person. On little more than a whim, she reclaims her grandmother’s old home in quaint Laurel Cove, North Carolina and vows to restore its original charm. When she literally collides with childhood friend, Jack Bowdon, Livy wonders if she’s back for an entirely different reason.

Jack can’t believe his childhood crush is back. As the owner of Bowdon’s Supplies, and once again the town’s most eligible bachelor, he offers to help Livy with repairs. Together they embark on the project – and an undeniable whirlwind romance.

But it’s not all smooth sailing. Can they survive the destructive pain of their pasts and discover God’s grace waiting to renovate their hearts?

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My Thoughts On This Book

A refreshing story of love and romance after heartache and disappointment. Livy Johnson returns back to her Grandmother's home that she spent Summer's visiting to fix it up to its original glory days and make a home in the mountains of North Carolina. After a rough break up with her ex boyfriend, she decides New York is no longer home, or even home to start with and returns back to her childhood roots.

What she wasn't expecting was new friendships and rekindled old childhood friendship with Jack, that may actually be love and a hope for a happy future. This uplifting story of two friends moving quickly into a romance, stirs at your heartstrings. After self-doubt, betrayal and disappointment it was nice to see the story find happiness after this. I came to really love the main characters of this story and couldn't put the book down. Reading about Spring time in the mountains helps me long for a Spring here in Big Sky Country Montana. Thanks for helping me travel back to a place I used to live and show me characters that brought a smile to my face with their quirkiness and southern charm.

  About This Book

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Teresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. Her debut novel, Someplace Familiar, released this summer. She also is a contributing writer for the Fort Worth Moms Blog (part of the national City Moms Blog Network). A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.

Guest Post from Teresa Tysinger

Someplace Familiar
began way back in 2014 when I participated in National Novel Writer’s Month, a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. It was an exhilarating, albeit exhausting, experience! Since then, the book was workshopped with a critique group, had large portions rewritten countless times, pitched at workshops, edited by two editors, and even renamed (original title was Good Graces). After a lot of prayer, I decided that self-publishing would give me the greatest flexibility and control while being able to maintain my responsibilities as a wife, mother, and full-time communications director. It’s been a wonderful ride!

About the Inspiration for Someplace Familiar One thing I’ve learned about myself through writing Someplace Familiar is how much I am personally drawn to setting and place. The idea for the book was born out of my desire to introduce readers to the charming small-town life found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where I went to college. Laurel Cove, the fictional town where the story is set, is directly based on my best friend’s hometown of Burnsville, NC. The other source of inspiration comes from my great-grandmother’s tiny bungalow home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Long weekends and summer vacations spent there were full of imagination, adventure, and sweet memories. The scents of her garden, feel of the damp earth beneath my feet, slow pace matching gauzy curtains dancing in the breeze—it all is mirrored in the cottage home of Livy’s Gram in the book. The rest of the story formed around my desire to capture my childhood memories of this home that was so magical and safe for me.

About My Writing Style Here are a few ways I would describe my writing style: Sensory—I aim to provide readers with an experience that enlivens all of their senses. Relatable—It’s my hope that readers see themselves in realistic, flawed characters trying to make their way to discovering grace in a less than perfect world. Charming—Like any good southern fiction, there’s a good dose of charm in these pages.

My prayer is that Someplace Familiar will touch readers with an awareness of God’s grace even during circumstances and within relationships that feel hopeless. Restoration is possible!

Blog Stops
Just Commonly, March 1
Pursuing Stacie, March 1
Among the Reads, March 2
Bigreadersite, March 2
Quiet quilter, March 3
C Jane Read, March 4
Remembrancy, March 5
Book by Book, March 7
A Greater Yes, March 10
Carpe Diem, March 13
Simple Harvest Reads, March 14 (Guest post from Mindy)


To celebrate her tour, Teresa is giving away a grand prize of a gift basket that includes a signed copy of the book, an Original Painting by Author’s Sister (artist Cyndi Browning), and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!

Click HERE to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson Review

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Out of the Ashes
The Heart of Alaska Book 2
by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse

About This Book:

Can the Majesty of Alaska Foster Hope and Healing for Those Who Need it Most?After the death of their father, Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier are no longer tied to post-war France. While his sister dreams of adventure, Jean-Michel is hoping to finally escape reminders of the horrors he faced in the Great Syrian Revolt of 1925. When an unexpected invitation for them to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel arrives, it seems the perfect opportunity.

Young widow Katherine Demarchis is also traveling to the foot of Mt. Denali with her grandmother--a last trip before she retreats into a quiet and solitary life, finally free of the dangerous husband she was forced to marry. Yet when she encounters there a Frenchman from her past, her plans for the future are thrown into question.

Both haunted by the violence of their pasts, can Katherine and Jean-Michel rediscover the bond they once had? Or, when Jean-Michel's nightmares return with terrifying consequences, will it be impossible to heal what's been broken for so long?

My Thoughts on This Book:

Book 2 in the Heart of Alaska series leaves off a few months after Book 1 ended. We are drawn back to the Curry Hotel with the original characters, Cassidy and her husband Allan and her father as well as the staff from the Curry. We are introduced to new vivid characters that through tragedy find their way to Alaska for one reason or another.

Collette and Jean-Michel are brought to America from France after the war to help Jean-Michel in what he thought was to save his one true love, but he may find more healing in this vast country than he ever thought possible.

Katherine travels to Alaska with her grandmother hoping to get away from the tragedy she can't forget that haunts her everyday. She doesn't just find open countryside but her first ever love.

Can the two of them find love again and be able to put their tragic pasts behind them so they can have a future together? You will be able to find out if you enjoy this second book in the series. Can't wait to read the next installment soon. A delightful treat as always..

About The Authors:

Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at

Kimberley Woodhouse

Kimberley Woodhouse ( is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she's shared her theme of "Joy Through Trials" with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She's passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story. You can connect with Kimberley on her website and at

I have received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren Review

Troubled Waters (Montana Rescue #4)

Troubled Waters
by Susan May Warren
Book 4 Montana Rescue Series

About This Book:

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.

My Thoughts on This Book:

I came across Susan's book series when Book 1 came out "Wild Montana Skies". I wanted to read it originally because it was based in Montana, near Glacier National Park. I love reading anything related to the state I live in so I was excited to dive in. I was not disappointed at all by this series. Each book began where the previous book left off so I think it would be great to read them all in order. I have come to look forward to reading about the heroes of each book as I turn the pages.

The best part about this book series is she doesn't leave the characters from the previous books in the previous books. We get to interact with them in each book. We get to hear about Kacey and Ben from book 1, Jess and Pete from Book 2, Gage from Book 3 and now Ian and Sierra.

This is Book 4 in the series. The story is about Ian Shaw, a billionaire trying to help those he feels he has wronged while searching for his missing niece Esme and his previous assistant Sierra. Firing her was a huge mistake but Ian isn't sure how to make up for it and bring Sierra back into his life.

We have been following their story since the beginning but now we get to dive deeper into their lives. Sierra only wants Ian. Her former boss, but he has been so consumed with finding Esme, that there wasn't any room for her in his life. Trying to move on, working at the PEAK Rescue, her life rejoins Ian when she needs him to help build funds to keep PEAK open for business after their helicopter went down and needed of expensive repairs. Sierra decides to put together a fundraiser weekend on Ian Shaw's yacht. Wooing his friends with fancy meals, and fun adventures to help them open up their pocket books and save PEAK.

A cruise trip to Cancun, a jet ski accident, a yacht accident and possibly love? Will it finally make an appearance for Sierra and Ian or will something else keep them apart.. Will the weekend trip to save PEAK cost them their lives? You will find out in Book 4 of this series..  Full of adventure, suspense, and romance. A perfect combination! Can't wait to read Book 5 in this series.. A series I could keep reading...

About the Author:

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Susan May Warren is the National Best-selling, RITA, Christy and Carol award-winning novelist of over fifty novels. Also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, the HOLT, the Inspy's and the Swoony award, Susan loves to write and to teach people how to write through her website: Find her books at

I have received a copy of this book from the publisher free in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given...

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Temperature Blanket- Let's Get Started

I have been wanting to complete a crocheted temperature blanket for a few years. Before hand I was a bit intimidated by the daily need to stitch a row for an entire year. Well after completing a year long goal of running/walking 2,017 miles in 12 months I knew I could accomplish this task.

The New Year is in just two days so have to get everything ready and organized to make this year long goal a success. I did my research on how others did their blankets. I didn't want to make this overly complicated or overly expensive with too many yarn colors to choose from.

I decided on doing 12 to represent the bitter cold and the heat that Montana brings us each year.

These above are the colors I chose for my blanket. I wasn't too fond of the reds and purples that most used to represent the temperatures. I wanted to be able to look at the blanket at year's end and not want to tuck it away somewhere unused because I didn't like the colors it was made of. I am more of a neutral kind of girl. Earthy colors. I added the blue tones because every time I think of the bitter cold that we are currently experiencing here in Montana (-12 right now) I think of icicle blues.. So thought that was fitting.

Most have done single rows representing the days high. I plan on making granny squares of each day to represent that days high temperature instead of single rows. I think the blanket will come out better in the end and more eye appealing.

I have found a neat chart where I can log my daily highs so I can make my granny squares once a week so I am not tied down to doing it every single day since I work a full time job and homeschool my youngest still.

You can venture over to Magnolia Tree website to check out their downloadable chart so you too can get started in the New Year..

I purchased two skeins of each color and wrote down each color and lot # in case I need to purchase more. Now just need to find a really nice basket to stand the yarn I am currently using upright so I can easily get to it each week.

Are you making a temperature blanket in 2018? Would love to hear from you on your ideas! Happy New Year!