• Books,  Celebrate Lit

    TMI – Not that kind

    Usually, when we are on social media, someone will say something that is more information than we need to know, that would be best kept to themselves. Oftentimes, someone (usually me) will respond TMI. If you are not up on the current internet lingo, TMI means “Too Much Information”. In reading excellent stories, we sometimes come across a different kind of TMI, absolutely NOT related to the above (ultra-personal things), but I don’t want to start on a negative for such a very good book. Let me start with this, Chosen People was not a book that required me to read the first few chapters, hoping it would grip me.…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    I’m terrible with names … fictional names … even worse

    I am good at some things, but of all my weaknesses, remembering names is one of my greatest. I have to see a person over and over, talk to them, get to know them and then maybe I’ll have the chance of remembering their name. Even then, sometimes, my brain completely blanks out when it comes to using their name. It’s just embarrassing. Fortunately, when you read a book, it’s OK if you forget someone’s name, until there are many of them right at the beginning of the story. Then you need to have a printed list of the cast of characters. Thankfully, Wayne Thomas Batson provides that right away,…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Re-visiting Old Friends (in a book????) … only a book lover will understand this

    I have read books that have been great and I’ve enjoyed them, but I was able to stop reading and be done with the book, the story and the characters. But others somehow work their way into my mind and I almost feel I have found some friends. An Hour Unspent is like going back to visit old friends. About the Book Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold. Evelina Manning…

  • Books,  Christmas

    Christmas novellas … Yeah .. I KNOW

    …. it’s too early to start seeing Christmas stuff  …..   but I want to help my author friends. And you don’t have to read them now, but I encourage you to grab them while they are on sale and then you have some nice cozy and intriguing stories to read during the Christmas season. Also, if you grab them during November, you’ll get two additional treats.  And now I present – Comfort & Joy: The Christmas Lights Collection 2018. Featuring 4 novellas, each with its own special twist – for each I will give a quick, non-spoiler summary and brief review. 1 – Frost Heaves – (definition: “upward swelling in…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Giving Up Everything You Know ….

    … I know that sounds like the start of a blog about someone going on a long journey with just a backpack and a few dollars in their pocket. Well, when someone makes a decision to make a huge change in their life (or the change is thrust upon them), there is always some element of giving up and feeling loss. Sometimes, it’s a spiritual change, where you give up things that interfere with your relationship with God, or a physical change, where you give up things that cause your body to be sick, fat and tired. In Cassie’s case (the star of Vintage Wren), she gives up things that…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Quests and journeys ….

    life is full of them. That’s why I believe many people use quests and travel in their story telling. The most outstanding in my mind at this moment are Pilgrim’s Progress, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia. And now we have video games, where there are main quests and side quests, leveling up and moving on to level up again. Whether a person is writing from the Christian world view or just borrowing from it, this is the life we live as Christians. God gives us challenges. We, by His good grace “level up” and are faced with bigger challenges. Darkness and evil exist in this…

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    Color Street – for those of us with busy hands or WOW it’s not a book review!!

    A lot of what I post are book reviews, but I am hoping to change that soon. I’m writing today about something that I’ve struggled with for decades. First, I’m not really a “girlie girl”, discussion of fingernails, hair and make up aren’t really on my list of things to talk about. So, this is even a bit out of my comfort zone. As for manicures, I have done them decades ago and I’ve done my own nails, but it just doesn’t last or stay nice on me. Before quick dry nail polish, I could not keep my hands still long enough for it to dry well. I’d be doing…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    “The evil in the world is great”…

    …” just look at the cross if you don’t believe it”. When we see evil, we should look at what was done to Jesus Christ, perfection in human form, God in the flesh, how much worse can it be? Yet, that brought about the most incredible and beautiful results, that being the re-birth of God’s children, where His children will enjoy eternity in His presence, in a renewed, redeemed and renovated earth. His death and resurrection showed us that death has no power over those who follow Jesus. The quote “The evil in the world is great, just look at the cross if you don’t believe it.” is one of my…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Hardships and Trials … It’s life!!!

    If you read a story about everything going great and nothing bad happened, what would you think? Maybe it would be a relief from books and stories and news and social media that always seems to be telling about bad things happening, or frustrating stuff, or irritating people. And one book like that might just be nice for once. But the reality of it is, too much would be boring. Much like a book where everything goes wrong, nothing ends up righted, no one gets vindicated, nothing is happy. Reading a novel, whether it’s a biography about a real person or a fiction, is all about the ups and downs…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Hidden Gems

    Gems, the Bible is one big pile of perfect gemstones, but very often in other books you can find a little gemstone chipped off the beautiful stones in God’s Word. And this book was not an exception.  Such as this quote: “ ‘…. I suppose I feel like a character in a book, not knowing how the plot will twist – and am unable to flip to the last page to find out.’  Effie shook her head. ‘But your story is already written, and it does have a happy ending. Are we not promised heaven when we die.’ ‘It’s not the dying part that concerns me. It’s the in-between now…