Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Frasier Island" Book Review and Giveaway!

Last month I spoke at a Christian Writer's Conference and met beautiful authors such as Susan Page Davis. I recently read her book, Frasier Island, and I am so excited to tell you about it!

It is easy to tell when you've got your hands on a good book, and friends, this is a good book. It is full of mystery and intrigue, unexpected twists and plots, and just enough romance woven through to make it not over-the-top-lovey-dovey. Romance novels aren't really my thing, but a well written, informative, interesting mystery is!

The story line takes Ensign Rachel Whitney to a new post on a remote scrap of rock in the Pacific called Frasier Island. Living there in isolation with two other soldiers, both Rachel and Lt. George Hudson are running from their past...and ultimately towards each other. While guarding a highly classified secret for the US Government, Rachel comes to realize the importance of letting God have His rightful place in her life.

It is rare for a woman to be put in this position that Rachel finds herself in, and she feels she is equal to the task. But do her fellow soldiers think so? She helps them in more ways than just doing the cooking and cleaning. And you won't believe the secret they are keeping...from her.

I enjoy a book in which the author has clearly done the research and provides interesting information and facts that contribute to the story line. I came away from this story feeling that I learned much about the US military and government. I also gained even more of an appreciation for our soldiers and the way they sacrifice their lives for our protection and freedom.

I read this book in two is that good. If you enjoy well-written, informative novels you will enjoy Frasier Island! You can purchase it in paperback, Kindle or Nook formats. It is the first in a 3-book series (although each can be read independently as well) so look for Finding Marie and Inside Story as well!

The exciting news? Susan Page Davis has agreed to give away a copy of Frasier Island to one of my readers!

Follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter below to enter to win - the first entry is mandatory, the others are extra credit! The giveaway will end next Wednesday night at midnight and the winner will be announced here on the blog and on my Facebook page. The winner will be able to choose the book format you prefer, either paperback or eBook.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

***I was not paid or compensated to write this review or host this giveaway. I just enjoyed reading Frasier Island and know you will, too!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello Monday, Hello last week of October!

It is Monday, time to say hello! I have a had a couple of hectic weeks with more (!) changes and my family visiting, but it has been good! Sometimes, change is good! I'm joining the community at Lisa Leonard Designs to reflect on last week and say hello to this week, will you join me?

Hello Monday.

Hello days and days of rain and all the leaves dead. This is what they looked like a couple weeks ago.

Hello training at a new job and meeting new people.

Hello getting settled into a schedule for this winter...because it is coming very soon!

Hello fleece tights.

Hello sweet boy that snuggled with me each morning last week.

...and visited me at work.

Hello cleaning the house after family left.

Hello beds that are still unmade.

Hello ATM that ate my debit card. Grr! Hello bank, this will be my third card since the beginning of the summer!

Hello new haircut. It has been YEARS since I've had it this short and I'm loving how easy it is. :)

Hello EXCITING Patriot's game yesterday!

Hello readers, hello to a new week! What are you saying hello to today?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Wind-Down #42

Happy Weekend! What have you been working on this week? Can't wait to hear about it!

I'm so thrilled to be able to bring you this party each week along with 4 other fun bloggers. We're excited to get your posts out there and see what you have to share with us! I love visiting links, and sharing them on Pinterest and Twitter. Remember, I only share and feature blogs that link back to us, so don't forget that important step! To start this party we've picked 3 unique features from last weeks party. These are posts that especially caught our eye and, of course, linked back to us. Is one of them yours?

How to Tackle Kid's Clutter via Carrie This Home
What I've Learned as a New Blogger via Finding Morgan
Lamp Revamp via Sadie Seasongoods
Homemade Apple Crisp via Lou Lou Girls
Gift Ideas for Pastors via From This Kitchen Table

If you've been featured, congratulations! Feel free to grab this button and display it proudly! =) {just right click and save to your computer, then upload to your blog}

Ready to get this week's party started? Me too!

Here are the super simple rules to make this a fun party zone:

Here are the hosts...follow each one on the social media platform of your choice!

De Divah Deals



Snippets of Inspiration



A Living Sacrifice



Mustard Seed Mommy



Moms Who Save



Have fun, and be sure to visit some other links and meet some new people! I can't wait to see what YOU link up! =) I'll be Facebook sharing and pinning from these links, but only ones that link back to us...don't forget that important step!!