Lifestyle · Love Life & Literature

Satisfied in Singleness

“You got: Affectionate Mom” I was really excited when one of those Buzzfeed quizzes popped up on my Facebook newsfeed saying, “Go on a Costco Adventure and We’ll Tell You What Kind of Mom You’ll Be.” I went on a fake shopping trip and picked out food for my imaginary family, and even splurged on… Continue reading Satisfied in Singleness

Lifestyle · Love Life & Literature

Love Is

Love is patient,  love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,  it is not easily angered,  it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil  but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always… Continue reading Love Is

Christian Fiction Reader's Retreat · Event

Survival Tips from a CFRR Addict

The Christian Fiction Readers Retreat is exactly one week away and the excitement is overflowing! On August 12th, authors and readers will be gathering together in Cincinnati, Ohio for an exciting event filled with author panels, book signings, and a lot of #FOAFA (Freaking Out and Flailing About–a hasthag I coined last year). For those of you… Continue reading Survival Tips from a CFRR Addict

Lifestyle · Love Life & Literature

When You Don’t Feel Like Enough

In the quiet of the morning, I walked my family’s dog around the neighborhood as I thought about the events of this past summer and my future leading up to and after graduation this December. Then, all of the sudden, the crippling doubts began to creep up on me. As someone who has struggled with… Continue reading When You Don’t Feel Like Enough

Lifestyle · Love Life & Literature

For the Inward Perfectionist

I was talking to Meghan the other day about how crazy my life has been, and she mentioned something about our "perfectionist tendencies." I immediately thought, Me a perfectionist? Definitely not.  When I think of a perfectionist, I think of someone who must have everything labeled and organized. I think of a person who keeps everything in… Continue reading For the Inward Perfectionist

Lifestyle · Love Life & Literature

Dear Future Husband

Dear Future Husband, I hope that when we meet, it’s uncomplicated. We strike up a conversation and then go our separate ways, but I hope that there’s something about that moment that you keep going back to. I hope our love story is simple. When we begin to hang out, I hope that it’s casual.… Continue reading Dear Future Husband

Behind The Scenes

Confessions of a Bethany House Publishers Intern

I just spent a whole hour packing and weighing envelopes, receiving a few paper cuts in the process. And you know what? I was beaming almost the entire time. This summer I took an internship at Bethany House Publishers—one of the most esteemed Christian publishing companies in the industry; they’ve held their ranking near the… Continue reading Confessions of a Bethany House Publishers Intern

Lifestyle · Love Life & Literature

For When You Can’t Bring Yourself to Sing

I hate to admit this, but I haven't attended church in weeks and have hardly cracked my Bible since then. I wake up with no motivation to put on a face that the world will find acceptable and feel so fed up with myself for not being a perfect Christian to the point where I… Continue reading For When You Can’t Bring Yourself to Sing

Lifestyle · Love Life & Literature

Flawed Expectations

Love for the Lord. Humor. Spontaneity. Kindness. Empathy. Consistency. These are just a few of the things on my checklist of what I look for in a potential relationship. For years and years, I prayed for this ideal man. I knew that any relationship I entered into would be because I see potential in them… Continue reading Flawed Expectations

Lifestyle · Love Life & Literature

Grace Upon Grace

In a Facebook group chat full of authors, readers, and bloggers alike, the everyday conversation is intriguing and hilarious, to say the least. The conversations brew with topics of books, writing problems, fangirling over Chris Evans, amusing life stories, and daily occurrences. This is how Meghan Gorecki and I built our friendship from the first […]

Book Review

Book Review: True to You by Becky Wade

“What I’ve learned is that the past might be challenging and the future might be unsure. And that’s okay. The present is all we’re given, anyway. When we get to the future, God will be there. He’ll supply whatever we need for each day.” Series: A Bradford Sister’s Romance (Book #1) Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Publication Date:… Continue reading Book Review: True to You by Becky Wade

Book Review

Book Review: Count Me In by Mikal Dawn

“It was a freak of nature, flying. Unless you were a bird. If God had wanted people to fly, He would have created them with wings, and the last time she checked, feathers weren’t growing out of her back.” Series: Emerald City Romance (Book #1) Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Publication Date: May 16, 2017 Number of pages: 217… Continue reading Book Review: Count Me In by Mikal Dawn

Book Review

Book Review: The Memory of You by Catherine West

“I want to do much more than make your pulse race. I want your friendship and your confidence. I want to make you laugh and be your best secret keeper. I want to capture your heart” Series: Pleasant Gap Romance (Book #1) Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Publication Date: April 6, 2017 Number of pages: 308 From the […]

Lifestyle · Love Life & Literature

On Moving On & Waiting

In a Facebook group chat full of authors, readers, and bloggers alike, the everyday conversation is intriguing and hilarious, to say the least. The conversations brew with topics of books, writing problems, fangirling over Chris Evans, amusing life stories, and daily occurrences. This is how Meghan Gorecki and I built our friendship from the first […]

Book Review

Book Review: Just The Way You Are by Pepper Basham

“I want to do much more than make your pulse race. I want your friendship and your confidence. I want to make you laugh and be your best secret keeper. I want to capture your heart” Series: Pleasant Gap Romance (Book #1) Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Publication Date: April 6, 2017 Number of pages: 308 From the… Continue reading Book Review: Just The Way You Are by Pepper Basham

Lifestyle · Love Life & Literature

Introducing Meghan M. Gorecki and a New Blog Series

In a Facebook group chat full of authors, readers, and bloggers alike, the everyday conversation is intriguing and hilarious, to say the least. The conversations brew with topics of books, writing problems, fangirling over Chris Evans, amusing life stories, and daily occurrences. This is how Meghan Gorecki and I built our friendship from the first… Continue reading Introducing Meghan M. Gorecki and a New Blog Series

Book List

My Favorite Reads of 2016

As a recap of some of the good things that 2016 brought us, I am highlighting some of my favorite reads of 2016! Looking over my Goodreads, I noticed that I only read a little over fifteen books this year. How sad is that? Hopefully next year will be more successful! 🙂 To learn more about… Continue reading My Favorite Reads of 2016

Book List

Most Anticipated 2017 Book Releases

Are you guys ready for the greatest list I’ve ever compiled on my blog?! I talked to some of my favorite authors over the past few days and got them to spill the beans on their upcoming releases for this year!!! So, open up your Goodreads or pull out a notebook because your TBR pile… Continue reading Most Anticipated 2017 Book Releases

Book Review

Book Review: Dance Over Me by Candee Fick

“”I feel like that sometimes when I play. As if I can’t play loud enough or long enough to find the right notes.” He ran a hand through his hair. “Like a writer who says there aren’t enough words.” Dani’s heart pounded with her earlier frustration. “Maybe that’s why it’ll take eternity to express our… Continue reading Book Review: Dance Over Me by Candee Fick

Interview

Author Interview: Meghan M. Gorecki

Today I’m interviewing the lovely Meghan M. Gorecki!!! I was able to hang out with Meghan at CFRR and ACFW in Nashville this summer and she’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I’m so excited to let you guys eavesdrop into our conversation about her new release. 😉 Meghan M. Gorecki is an… Continue reading Author Interview: Meghan M. Gorecki

Book Review

Book Review: Wrapped in Red by Meghan M. Gorecki

“You opened your heart to hope, Meredith Grace. And that is no small thing.” Genre: Fiction, Romance, Holiday Publisher: Northern Belle Publishing Publication Date: December 17, 2016 Number of pages: 55 From the Publisher: “A Steel City holiday romance sure to melt your heart. The holidays haven’t been the easiest for Merry Grainger. Five years ago, she lost her… Continue reading Book Review: Wrapped in Red by Meghan M. Gorecki

Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham

Does anybody realize what is about to happen?! Is anybody #FREAKINGOUTANDFLAILINGABOUT as much as I am at this moment?!?!?! Yes, I totally came up with that hashtag all by myself. Isn’t it awesome?! LOL! It’s my favorite hashtag EVER! But the hashtag is not the point! I get to finally reveal the cover that I… Continue reading Cover Reveal: The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham

Event · Giveaway

All About My CFRR + ACFW Nashville Trip {PLUS A GIVEAWAY}

If you follow me on any social media sites, you will know that I saved up to buy a plane ticket to Nashville, TN for the first ever Christian Fiction Readers Retreat that was held August 24th. Guys, I don’t even know where to start! I had such an amazing time! It’s so tough trying… Continue reading All About My CFRR + ACFW Nashville Trip {PLUS A GIVEAWAY}

Book Review

Book Review: A Lady of Esteem by Kristi Ann Hunter (A Novella)

“What was she thinking? He searched her eyes, looking for any spark of interest. Something in her expression that told him maybe, just maybe, she wondered about him as he wondered about her.” Series: Hawthorne House (Book #0.5) Genre: Fiction, Romance, Historical Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Publication Date: July 7, 2015 Number of pages: 159 From the… Continue reading Book Review: A Lady of Esteem by Kristi Ann Hunter (A Novella)

Book Review

Book Review: The Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon

“Rebekah Anne, sometimes in life we fall down, and sometimes life pushes us down. Either way, we’ve got to pick ourselves back up and brush ourselves off. No matter how you feel or what someone else might tell you, you’re a child of the King. And that makes you God’s princess. And you’re my princess… Continue reading Book Review: The Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon

Event

Nashville Bound!

So, I made a rash decision (like all my decisions are) and bought a plane ticket to Nashville for CFRR and ACFW! Guys, I’M GOING!!!! If you are as confuzzled as a polar bear with a 1,437 piece puzzle, then I’ll freshen you up a bit on the topic. CFRR stands for the Christian Fiction… Continue reading Nashville Bound!

Event

Meet Your Favorite Authors and Fellow Readers This Summer!

Hey there! I’m still alive. It’s been awhile, I know. I just started a new job and have been in over my head with both of my brothers getting married this summer and trying to to work more than I’m used to. I need to lock myself away and do some reading – I’ll actually… Continue reading Meet Your Favorite Authors and Fellow Readers This Summer!

Book Review

Book Review: Her One and Only by Becky Wade

“It had all taken just a handful of minutes, but those minutes had been tragic minutes. A person could live a million ordinary minutes that changed nothing. Then a few tragic minutes could change everything. They could divide a life into before and after. “ Series: Porter Family (Book 4) Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Publication Date:… Continue reading Book Review: Her One and Only by Becky Wade

Giveaway

Becky Wade’s ‘Her One and Only’ Porter Prize Pack and $100 Cash Card Giveaway

Hey y’all! Guess what I’m writing up right now?! My book review for Becky Wade’s newest release, Her One and Only! It was soooooooo good! I’d tell you more but I want to leave all that for the review! 😉 I joined up with Litfuse for their blog tour and they have an amazing giveaway… Continue reading Becky Wade’s ‘Her One and Only’ Porter Prize Pack and $100 Cash Card Giveaway

Behind The Scenes

The 8 Stages of Reading “Playing The Part” by Jen Turano

  You may be aware of the fact that Jen Turano is one of my favorite authors ever. Like, top-notch-squealing-when-I-get-a-new-release-in-the-mail-or-find-new-information-about-works-in-progress favorite. I adore her work! If this is new information to you, you may want to read my book reviews… (After a Fashion, Book 1; In Good Company, Book 2; Playing the Part, Book 3) Especially if… Continue reading The 8 Stages of Reading “Playing The Part” by Jen Turano

Book Review

Book Review: Playing the Part by Jen Turano

 “I was privy to a thrilling tale, one where madness ruled the day…“ Series: A Class of Their Own (Book 3) Genre: Fiction, Romance, Historical Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Publication Date: March 1, 2016 Number of pages: 352 From the Publisher: “Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but must abandon her starring role when… Continue reading Book Review: Playing the Part by Jen Turano

Book Review

Book Review: A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham

“She drew in a deep breath and the full scent of the table’s contents hit her, awakening her hunger, and something much deeper. A spot inside no one had touched in a very long time, a tender place which tempted her to believe in a home of love and baked bread and goodnight kisses and…… Continue reading Book Review: A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham

Book Review

Book Review: The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. Basham

“Nothing? How little you know of the heart to forget. It never forgets. Should mind and body fail, the heart remembers.” Series: Penned in Time (Book #2) Genre: Fiction, Romance, Historical Publisher: Vinspire Publishing Publication Date: February 28, 2016 Number of pages: 402 From the Publisher: “With her past in shambles, how can she fashion a… Continue reading Book Review: The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. Basham

Uncategorized

Brief Apology

I would like to make a quick apology to all of my readers (especially the authors and publishers that are expecting reviews from me). I know that I have been slacking recently with my blog and I feel terrible about it. For those of you who do not know, I just moved on campus to complete my… Continue reading Brief Apology

Book Review

Book Review: The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea

“What did love sound like? Like sobs in the night drenching Dirk’s shirt, like the soft shushing sounds he made that became a balm to my battered soul, like the way his heartbeat accompanied the way he rocked me back and forth.” Series: Steadfast Love (Book #1) Genre: Fiction, Romance, Historical Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing Publication Date:… Continue reading Book Review: The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea

Book Review

Book Review: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

“He called it The Bridge because that was how felt about books. They connected the past and the present, the present and the future. Books brought people together and gave them a path to worlds they would not otherwise experience.” Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Publisher: Howard Books Publication Date: October 23, 2012 Number of pages: 258… Continue reading Book Review: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

Book Review

Book Review: The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

“Why is it, Captain, that we only appreciate what we have after it is gone? If only the thought of losing something or someone would cause us to value it while it’s right under our nose.” Genre: Fiction, Romance, Historical Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Publication Date: December 1, 2015 Number of pages: 464    From the Publisher:… Continue reading Book Review: The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

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New Year – New Updates

*emerges from the darkness with large coffee in hand and dark circles under eyes* Hey guys! How’s life? What books have you been reading? *Yawns* *Crumbles to the floor and begins to snore* *Jerks awake* BLOG POST!!! Sorry about that. I am in desperate need of sleep. So, you have probably been wondering if I… Continue reading New Year – New Updates

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Let’s Talk About The Hunger Games

I’ve had these topics on my mind long before I have even started my blog, and now I have decided it is time to write about them. So, in honor of Mockingjay Part 2 that just came out (That movie hit me right in the heart *sobs*), I decided to write a two part blog… Continue reading Let’s Talk About The Hunger Games

Book Review

Book Review: Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl

“But maybe that’s what prayers were for, to make you realize that you had no control, to make you let go of the notion that you controlled your destiny. Maybe the future was best approached on your knees.” Series: Mia Quinn (Book #3) Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publication Date: March… Continue reading Book Review: Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl

Book Review

Book Review: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

“He skirted the edge of the forest, letting Donner go as fast as he wished, letting the cold air sting his face, hoping it would distract his thoughts from the beautiful peasant girl with the golden hair and blue eyes.” Series: Hagenheim (Book 6) Genre: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publication Date:… Continue reading Book Review: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Book Review

Book Review: Love In The Details by Becky Wade (A Novella)

“He dealt in math and science and computers. If someone had asked him last week whether magic existed, he would have said emphatically that it didn’t. But Holly was like magic to him. Somehow, she was. She made his cynical heart want the one thing he’d be an idiot to pursue. Her.” Series: A Year… Continue reading Book Review: Love In The Details by Becky Wade (A Novella)

Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: Her One and Only by Becky Wade

GUYS! I’M FREAKING OUT!! I’M TOTALLY FANGIRLING RIGHT NOW!!! I didn’t even know I was doing this until I checked my email this morning and saw that the cover was revealed. I saw it, jumped out of my bed, and scrambled to type this up because I am soooo excited to share it with you… Continue reading Cover Reveal: Her One and Only by Becky Wade

What Do I Read Next

What Do I Read Next? YOU PICK!

So here’s the dealio. After I write my review… No. Reviews. After I write my multiple reviews for many awesome books, I need to pick a book to read next out of my pile of review copies. These are the fifteen books that are waiting for my attention that I have yet to read and… Continue reading What Do I Read Next? YOU PICK!

Book Review

YA Book Review: Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman

“I am a knight. Strong like steel. Ready to conquer any foe.“ Series: Valiant Hearts (Book 2) Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Historical Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Publication Date: September 8, 2015 Number of pages: 358 From the Publisher: “With her future in jeopardy, this unforgettable heroine won’t go down without a fight! Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn… Continue reading YA Book Review: Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman

Cover Reveal · Giveaway · Thank You

THANK YOU!!!

What a success this night has been!! I was glued to my computer screen all day, interacting with you awesome people and writing blog posts while I held my iPod in my hand which was blowing up with notifications from just about every social network, trying to keep up!! “Now that today is over, is… Continue reading THANK YOU!!!