Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Pity Party!


      Just wanted to drop in and say Hi! How is everyone? I've been feeling sorry for myself, so much has hit me this year and seems to keep piling up. Life is unpredictable, emotions are unpredictable, I want control even when I know I'm not in control, circumstances happen and so many more reasons. Yet, sometimes its not just that I feel sorry for myself in which God will remind me of others that have it a lot worse than I do. It's that feeling when something just breaks within myself, my personality changes from being friendly and talkative to one of quietness and the desire to not let myself get close to anyone. It's fear, if I let it take root then my heart fills with bitterness,  I build a wall so I can't be hurt by others and circumstances. But, see I don't want that wall around my heart nor do I want it filled with bitterness. So, how do I cope with it? You see, this has been a struggle for 15 years. 

      I've noticed that when I feel broken and get depressed then my eyes and my focus are not where they should be "On God". I notice my daily time in prayer and in His word decreases. Why? I'm focusing on myself. I notice my anxiety and stress levels rise. Why? I'm not trusting and depending on Him that He already knows whats going on and He's got it covered. I notice that when I'm focusing on me, my old nature rears its ugly head. Why? Fear. Fear is a paralytic. Fear and Faith can't not co-exist and there is a battle raging within me to choose Faith and be free from fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of the future, fear can enter in a millisecond but I can't let it take root. 


 By praying asking God for His help!

Spend more time in reading and studying His word! (spending less time on my phone and                                                                             more time diving into His word.)

Remember that even if I don't see God working in my life doesn't mean He isn't

To cultivate relationships with a few people I can trust to be a real friend, confidant, sister-in-Christ so that we can pray for each other.

Remember that God loves me! 

To look for ways to serve Him that brings Him glory!

Do you struggle with this? How do you cope? Anything else I can do to deal with this that brings God glory? Please share your answers.

One of my favorite stories in God's Word is found in 2 Chronicles 20: 1 -30. Take time to read it, its an awesome story of God's power! 

I especially love is verse 15, the latter part of the verse!

"This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don't be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God's."

I take great comfort in knowing the battle is not mine, It is the Lord's!



Friday, September 18, 2020

When a deadly yellow fever outbreak draws Cornelia Gill back home, her new independent life must be abandoned. Injured veteran, Carter Williams, likewise must return to Dogwood Plantation when he suffers grievous family losses. Both become caretakers to younger family members. As the War of 1812 heats up, two wounded hearts begin to heal. But can they manage all that life has handed them?


Happy Friday ya'll!! Carrie Fancett Pagels is an author that should be on your list of favorite authors. She is an amazing writer. Her book "Dogwood Plantation" is a sweet and quick read. I loved the characters except at the beginning when a cousin shows up but even I couldn't dislike him but eventually fell for his charm. This book also shows depth with her characters, real life challenges of disability, striving to do the right thing, working hard to survive when you've lost so much to an illness that strikes without warning. Cornelia and Carter are from different sides of society. Can they overcome the divide and build a bridge to happiness.  Both have kind hearts and a fierce loyalty to there family. I did love the character of Edward, the young lad growing up before necessary. In his words from the book "I own this plantation". with all the confidence and standing tall. I say this about this book and its author "Carrie owns writing outstanding books." You have never read any of her books, READ THEM! You'll be so glad you did!

Rating: 5*
I received a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions are my own.

Meet the Author – Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author. With a dozen Christian historical romances published, this former “Yooper” writes Christian historical romances about overcoming. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where many of her stories are set. Possessed with an overactive imagination, that wasn’t “cured” by twenty-five years as a psychologist, she loves bringing characters to life. Carrie and her family reside in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, which is perfect for her fascination with history. Carrie enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and beading-but not all at the same time!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Hearts on Lonely Mountain


Can two lonely people find more than a fleeting friendship or will a prejudiced town keep them apart?


When Ivory Bledsoe left the city to minister to the 

people of the rural mountain town of Willow Hollow, she never expected to be shunned rather than welcomed. Seeing the town as a lost cause, she’s eager to return home, but when the bridge leading out of town is washed away during a flood, she finds herself stranded in the last place she wants to be.

Ben Thrasher was content with his quiet life until he met the new librarian. He can’t help but be drawn to the friendly and lively Ivory Bledsoe, despite her being at the center of the town’s latest superstition. It’s only a matter of time until she captures his heart, turning his world upside down in the process.

Has Ivory gotten God’s plan for her all wrong or is there still a way she can serve these people? And can Ben ask her to stay in a place where so few are willing to embrace her?


Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and a retired cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.

I’d love to share my testimony with you and you can read it in full on the blog. 

You’ll also find a variety of posts showcasing miscellaneous things about me

Another way to get to know me is by exploring my personal reading challenges and favorite books

If you’re hoping to learn more about my writing experiences, you’ll find a collection of open and honest posts here


 I thoroughly enjoyed reading  "Hearts on a Lonely Mountain". My heart hurt for all that Ivory faced as she works to acclimate to mountain life. A place where changes are hard to make and accepting outsiders is almost a crime. Faced with accusations no lady should have to concern herself with. But no one prepared her for a little boy who looked beyond old mountain lore and superstitions. No one certainly did not prepare her for the tike's uncle. Loneliness sets as she is not permitted to do the job of being a traveling librarian, she comes to depend more on Ben and his nephew. A delightful read and a humbling lesson all shaken together. As I read this story, God reminded me how easily it is to jump to conclusions about others and I find myself judging them for no apparent reason. I'm learning to just love others because  judgement belongs to the Lord. I also loved the sweet little lady (keep your eyes open for her) that serves the Lord in her actions and not just her words. You'll love it!



Rating 5*

I received a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions are my own.

Tour Stops:

Aug. 31:
Becky @ Blossoms and Blessings: Review and Ivory’s Romantic Fiction Recommendations
Anne @ The Naptime Author: Review and Overview of the WPA

Sept. 1:
Amanda @ Amanda Tero Blog: Review and Character Interview: Curt Armstrong

Sept 2:
Nyla @ Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess: Review and More Horseback Librarian Reads

Julie @ Bizwings Blog: Review and Historical Note on the Horseback Librarians

Sept 3:
Tarissa @ In the Bookcase: Review and Common Great Depression Sandwiches

Sept 4:
Hannah: Nook of Grace: Review and Hearts on Lonely Mountain Inspiration Picture
Deana: Texas Book-aholic: Review and Ben’s Love Song to Ivory

Sept 5:
Kaitlyn: Maidens for Modesty: Review and My Inspiration for Ivory

Sept 6:
Debbie: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations: Review and Ivory’s Children’s Book Recommendations

Sept 7:
Tara @ Tower in the Plains: Review and More Great Depression and Appalachian Reads
Jana @ Reviews from the Stacks: Review and Authentic Horseback Librarian Audio Clip

Sept 8:
Vicky @ Vicky Sluiter: Review and Character Interview: Gerrit Callon

Sept 9:
Connie @ Older and Smarter: Review and Interview with a REAL Mobile Librarian from Kentucky

Loretta @ Just Writing: Review and 1930’s Music

Sept 10:
A.M. Heath @ A.M. Heath Blog: 1930’s Slang
Abigail @ Read Review Rejoice: Review and Character Interview: Ivory Bledsoe

Sept 11:
Virginia: Bigreadersite: Review and Character Interview: Ben Thrasher
Karen: Karen Sue Hadley: Review and Common Great Depression Desserts

Common Great Depression Desserts 

When the Great Depression hit and standard pantry staples were either hard to find or too costly, the people took a more creative approach to dessert. Here’s a look at some popular desserts during the 1930s:

Baked Apples

Prune Pudding

Mock Apple Pie – made with crumbled crackers instead of apples

Vinegar Cobbler or Vinegar Pie – made with large amounts of vinegar to substitute the                   tartness of fruit.


Spice Cake with Tomato Soup

Secret Code #19: leaving.

Friday, September 4, 2020

About the Book

 The Black Midnight 

  Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo 

  Genre: Christian Historical Suspense 

  Release Date: August, 2020 

  Death Seems to Follow Harriet’s New Friend 
        Book 7 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History Three years before Jack the Ripper began his murderous spree on the streets of London, women were dying in their beds as The Midnight Assassin terrorized the citizens of Austin, Texas. Now, with suspicion falling on Her Majesty’s family and Scotland Yard at a loss as to who the Ripper might be, Queen Victoria summons her great-granddaughter, Alice Anne Von Wettin, a former Pinkerton agent who worked the unsolved Austin case, and orders her to discreetly form a team to look into the London matter. The prospect of a second chance to work with Annie just might entice Isaiah Joplin out of his comfortable life as an Austin lawyer. If his theories are right, they’ll find the The Midnight Assassin and, by default, the Ripper. If they’re wrong, he and Annie are in a bigger mess than the one the feisty female left behind when she departed Austin under cover of darkness three years ago. Can the unlikely pair find the truth of who is behind the murders before they are drawn into the killer’s deadly game? From Texas to London, the story navigates the fine line between truth and fiction as Annie and Isaiah ultimately find the hunters have become the hunted.   

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

 Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than sixty novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad.              

More from Kathleen Y’Barbo

I am a tenth generation Texan, but London has held a place in my heart for over ten years. You see, I have a son who has lived there for more than a decade. Thanks to him and his family of three—my granddaughter was born there on New Year’s Eve 2019—the city will always be special to me. There is absolutely nothing like walking those streets with a thousand years of history close enough to touch. It was on a walk with my son through this great city that the stories of nineteenth century London came alive. With fog shrouding the rooftops of buildings that were hundreds of years old and our footsteps echoing on the cobblestones, I could imagine a time when lack of electricity and CCTV would make this place less than charming on a dark night. What reminded me of my favorite childhood movie, Mary Poppins, quickly became more reminiscent of Jack the Ripper. And then a story was born. Only I just had half the story. The other half came to me several years later when I stumbled across an article in Texas Monthly magazine about a serial killer who rampaged through Austin, Texas in 1884 and 1885 and was never caught. Some surmised this madman, called “The Midnight Assassin” by some, might have been Jack the Ripper honing his skills before he crossed the Atlantic to begin his famous crime spree in Great Britain. But Austin? Ironically, my other two sons lived in Austin. So while part of my heart was in London, two more parts of that same heart resided in the Texas capital. I thought I knew Austin inside out. Between one of my sons getting not one but two degrees from the University of Texas (this Aggie grad is still proud of him in spite of what I jokingly call his burnt orange rebellion) and my other son living there and managing a restaurant at the time (and who just graduated from Texas A&M Galveston last month!), I had spent many years in the city. And yet I had never heard of the Midnight Assassin. Research turned up a tale that sounds so close to fiction I had to write about it. Discovering the theory that the Austin killer might also be the Ripper just added to my interest—neither had been caught. And I like to write about Pinkerton detectives. From there the story unfolded. If you’ve read any of my historical romances, you know that I love incorporating actual history into my stories. As you’ll see when you read The Black Midnight, this book is no exception. While I will continue writing the historical romances I love to bring to you, I will confess that writing this book has me itching to research another one like it. What’s next in my foray into true crime novels? Maybe Houston. You see, I have a daughter who lives there… In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy reading The Black Midnight as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 27

Genesis 5020, August 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 27

Inklings and notions, August 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 28

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 28

Older & Smarter?, August 29

Texas Book-aholic, August 29

Artistic Nobody, August 29 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

For the Love of Literature, August 30

Connie’s History Classroom, August 30

For Him and My Family, August 31

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, August 31

Betti Mace, September 1

Robin’s Nest, September 1

Bigreadersite, September 1

deb’s Book Review, September 2

Splashes of Joy, September 2

Just Your Average reviews, September 2

Rebecca Tews, September 3

Just the Write Escape, September 3

Emily Yager, September 3

Christian Bookaholic, September 4

reviewingbooksplusmore, September 4

KarenSueHadley, September 4


      Kathleen Y'Barbo does exceptional writing in "The Black Midnight". The characters come to life as Alice and Isaiah work together to find the killer that is terrorizing homes. Citizens live in fear not knowing when the killer will hit again. The story is full of suspense, thrilling, intrigue, wit and great investigation scenes. There is even a few appearances of Queen Victoria and who can pass that up. It is a great book with a view of what happened during the times of Jack the Ripper, not knowing the identity of that person. From Texas plains to London Royalty, a commoner and a royal granddaughter will keep you turning the page to see if the two can find the perpetrator. READ THE BOOK!!




I requested a copy of this book and all opinions are my own. 

Remembrancy, September 5

Through the Fire Blogs, September 5

21st Century Keeper at Home, September 6

Tell Tale Book Reviews, September 6

Blogging With Carol, September 6

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 7

Life of Literature, September 7

Mary Hake, September 7

Godly Book Reviews, September 8

Back Porch Reads, September 8

Daysong Reflections, September 8

Pause for Tales, September 9

Blossoms and Blessings, September 9

Hallie Reads, September 9


To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.