Monday, July 15, 2019

New Release: Lacewood by Jessica James




An abandoned house has secrets to tell in a love story that spans centuries.

Two people trying to escape their pasts find a connection through an old house—and fulfill a destiny through the secrets it shares. Part love story, part ghost story, Lacewood is a timeless novel about love and loss, roots and belonging, and spirits of the past that refuse to be quieted.

MOVING TO A SMALL TOWN in Virginia is a big change for New York socialite Katie McCain. But when she stumbles across an abandoned 200-year-old mansion, she’s enthralled by the enduring beauty of the neglected estate—and captivated by the haunting portrait of a woman in mourning.

Purchasing the property on a whim, Katie attempts to fit in with the colorful characters in the town of New Hope, while trying to unravel the mystery of the “widow of Lacewood.” As she pieces together the previous owner’s heartrending story, Katie uncovers secrets the house has held for centuries, and discovers the key to coming to terms with her own sense of loss.

The past and present converge when hometown hero Will Durham returns and begins his own healing process by helping the “city girl” restore the place that holds so many memories. As the mystic web of destiny is woven, a love story that might have been lost forever is exposed, and a destiny that has been waiting in the shadows for centuries is fulfilled.

Rich in emotion and poignant in its telling, Lacewood is an unforgettable story about love and loss, roots and belonging…and spirits of the past that refuse to be quieted.

A haunting story from award-winning author Jessica James that connects the past with the present—and the present with eternity.

"Strong storytelling prose." - The BookLife Prize




Paperback: 404 pages
Publisher: Patriot Press (May 13, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1941020224
ISBN-13: 978-1941020227

All Retailers: https://books2read.com/u/mYoj2P

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PW8BQJ4

Jessica James is an award-winning author of suspense, historical fiction, Christian fiction, and military fiction ranging from the Revolutionary War to modern day.

She is a three-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, and was featured in the book 50 Authors You Should Be Reading, published in 2010.

Her novels appeal to both men and women and are featured in library collections all over the United States including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy. By weaving the principles of courage, devotion, duty, and dedication into each book, she attempts to honor the unsung heroes of the American military—past and present—and to convey the magnitude of their sacrifice and service.

James resides in Gettysburg, Pa., and is a member of the Military Writers Society of America, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of the American Legion Post 202, Gettysburg.

Visit Jessica online at  www.jessicajamesbooks.com and www.facebook.com/romantichistoricalfiction


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - July 15



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.


We are back! It was a delightful two weeks, but back to reality. Work is calling and it's time to GIT-R-DONE.

I am reading these two right now:


Though I was concerned that this book would take me a long time, I'm at a place where I am enjoying it more, so I'm reading faster. 

Loving this one so far, but it is a bit tough to think of Marilla as a young woman and with parents. 

I want to get back into this one this week. 




I'll read these two next.



That's it from me. What are you reading?

Monday, July 8, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - July 8



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Hello from the Outer Banks. The weather has been a bit wet the past two days, but my philosophy is always that a rainy day at the beach is still better than a sunny day at home. Theo thinks so too. He loves the beach. Not a huge fan of the water, though.



I haven't read as much as expected. I'm still working, which is part of it, but just haven't found a book I must read cover to cover yet. 

Finished this one and need to post a review at TC&TBC


I am reading these two right now:


This first one is slow going. Right before I started it, I discovered it is part of a trilogy. That might have a bit to do with why I'm not thrilled. 


This was supposed to be my first read of the year, but I had to put it aside to stay up on reviews. I'm about 30 pages in. It's hard to imagine Marilla as a young woman, but I bet I'll enjoy this one.

I read the preface, but haven't gone further with this one. I also read some of the workbook I bought to go with it.




I'll probably read these two next.



What are you reading right now?

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Summer 2019 Beach Reads

We are hanging out at the Outer Banks of North Carolina this week. I definitely brought a bunch of books with me Here are some beach reads for you to take with you this summer.






Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Book Review: Small Talk by Diane Weston

Sometimes the hardest part about developing a relationship with someone is getting started. In Small Talk, author Diane Weston shares tips and examples on how to start a conversation, connect with others, and make a great first impression.

No matter where we are in life, no matter what our occupation, we need to learn how to best interact with other people. Life is about developing relationships. Some may be more meaningful than others, but all require us to understand the basics of communication.

Weston opens with why we need small talk and what the reader can learn from Small Talk. Then she covers the important basics of human interaction and communication. She discusses forms of non-verbal communication, like facial expressions and posture. The book discusses positive thinking and general rules for small talk. Finally, Weston shares tips and techniques to master small talk, using several examples to help the reader fully understand how to master each technique.

Small Talk by Diane Weston should be in business and personal libraries everywhere. No matter the size of your group or what relationships you're looking to develop and nurture, you'll find tons of help in this great resource.


Paperback: 140 pages
Publisher: Independently published (April 21, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1095426907
ISBN-13: 978-1095426906

I received a free copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Vacation Time Reading 2019


It is that time of year again--vacation time. Whether vacation is hanging out at home and not running the daily work rat race or going somewhere special, we all need the time to get away. We are leaving for the Outer Banks on Saturday after dance recital, so the week is going to be hectic. Not sure what I will get done before I leave, but my books are already packed. I went through them today and took a few out to lighten the load and added a couple I had just bought.

Here is what is making the trip:









What are some books you're looking forward to taking on vacation?



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Oh, two weeks in a row I am participating in Top Ten Tuesday. Could this be a trend? Probably not, but I will do my best.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019


Things set in this time period often interest me and this book sounds amazing.


Debbie Macomber is so consistent with her stories, they always attract me. 


An interesting setting, secrets, and romance. What's not to like?


This one looks fascinating. Love the cover too.


Not my typical read, but it sounds fun.


Also, not my typical read. The blurb drew me in.


A mysterious book, a masquerade party in New York, a secret club and more? Count me in.


I have to, have to, have to catch up on this series. I love it, and this one is sure to please. 


I have enjoyed this series as well. I'm taking The Liberty Bride on vacation. I have three more to read before I get to this one.


What are some books you're eagerly awaiting? Are any of my books on your list?