Friday, July 13, 2018

About the Book

Title: Enduring Love
Author: Toni Shiloh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: June 28, 2018
Belle Peterson is hiding a secret. Seeking sanctuary in the small town of Maple Run, she’s intent on starting her life over—one she hopes honors Christ. The plan was going great until an undeniable attraction to Micah has her wondering if she’s changed at all.
Micah Campbell can’t understand why Belle is so uptight and wants nothing to do with her until the gentle whispers of God tell him to befriend her. He didn’t count on the feeling of protectiveness to rise up or that spark of attraction.
Can love really conquer all or will Belle’s past be too much for Micah to handle?

 I do hope you are enjoying your summer even though its probably hot where you are at, it is here in Oklahoma. What are some of your favorite summer foods? A few of mine are iced tea, watermelon and of course, chocolate (a year round favorite, lol).  I on occasion will indulge in donuts. When I think of some donuts, I think about maple long johns. Maple brings me to recall Toni Shiloh's books, which take place in Maple Run with a restaurant called "The Pit" and they specialize in maple. They put maple into everything, its just not for breakfast anymore!
 I do love Toni's books. Enduring Love is a great story. I enjoyed Micah's persistence in getting Belle out of her solitude. A great insight to remember that those we may think or shy or unfriendly that maybe they are dealing with times in their lives that has them in a state of uncertainty or hurt. Belle is such a person, unable to trust she struggles to allow Micah close to her. The family from "The Pit" are a loving and friendly family seeking to follow God and to be a light for others. I love that in a book and Toni delivers in every one of her books. You'll fall in love with the characters and with Toni's books. Follow her on social media and get to know this amazing author.
Karen Hadley
Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.

About the Author

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.
You can find her on her website at

Guest Post from Toni Shiloh

Hey there, Reader Friends!
I’m so excited for the kickoff of Enduring Love. This is book 3 in the Maple Run series and features the story of Belle Peterson and Micah Campbell. You may remember meeting Micah in book 2 of the series, he is Luke Robinson’s best friend. I tell you, this book has a special place in my heart, one that brought out all the emotions in me.
Belle Peterson is living a life filled with shame and regret. She knows mentally that she’s been forgiven, but can’t reconcile the fact to how a redeemed life should look. And when Micah Campbell walks in her life, she’s certain that she has to stay as far from him as possible to keep from back sliding.
Y’all know our wants rarely meet with reality. I had fun throwing Belle and Micah together in Maple Run. Sometimes to their chagrin but always to my pleasure. J Characters from Buying Love (book 1) and Finding Love (book 2) will make an appearance, rounding out the family that has been created in my fictional town of Maple Run, Virginia.
As you take the time to read Belle and Micah’s story, I pray you keep this verse in your mind. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1 KJV
God does not want us to live a life of shame and guilt. Once we ask for forgiveness, He gives it to us freely. Walk in an abundant life, my friends, and bless others with the grace you so freely received.
Blessings to you,

Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, July 6
Bigreadersite, July 7
Remembrancy, July 9
Mary Hake, July 12
KarenSueHadley, July 13


To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Monday, July 9, 2018

JULY 9, 2018


I love flowers. The colors that God paints them are just beautiful! 

"Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work
within us, to accomplish infinitely
more than we might ask or think."
              Ephesians 3:20

Whooo Hoooo! I love that! What a promise!!
God doesn't need our help in our life. He is
creator! He is God!  What are we supposed
to do as we go through life? 

Trust Him!
Obey Him!
Serve Him!
Love Him!

Get into God's Word and let God's Word get into you!
It doesn't matter what others say or do, we are responsible
for our own choices.

We can let the trials of life make us better in becoming the person God created us to be or it can make us bitter. I choose better.
I choose God!


Sunday, July 1, 2018

             LIVE SIMPLY!! SIMPLY LIVE!!

Good bye June! Hello July!!

I live in the great state of Oklahoma and of course, it is hot here. No amount of complaining is going to change that and that is why I stay indoors for the most part. I do enjoy the cool mornings before the sun shines brightly emitting warmth throughout this great state. It is a bright perk in the morning to sit outside in the coolness and listen to the sound of the neighborhood waking up and the birds singing their sweet songs. I have a little friend I see almost every morning as I sit, sipping my "must have" mug of coffee. A beautiful cardinal perched on my neighbors roof delights me as he sings his song searching for his mate, she soon answers and off he goes. Life so simple. That's what it is! Life Simple! The times in the morning is a reminder to me to look at the day before me and to simply live and live simply! I haven't posted as often as I was and with good reason, I have had some 
major changes to my life and am learning to adjust. My God is right beside me through it all. I'm learning to simply "TRUST HIM"! I don't have to make it harder or more difficult, I just have to trust HIM! Read 2 Chronicles 20 and see how King Jehoshaphat learned to completely trust God. What grabs your attention as you read this chapter?
       Life is really short, I don't want to spend it worrying, being anxious or trying to fix everything. That path wears a person down. It's learning to move from "me" focused to "GOD" focused. He's got it and He doesn't need my help.

live simply,
Karen Hadley

Friday, May 4, 2018

MAY 4, 2018

  I like cookbooks but I love this cookbook!

Amish Cooking Basic Enough for Beginners
Fans of New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish romance novels are invited to go back to cooking basics with characters from the bestselling Amish Cooking Class series. Heidi Troyer, her students, and other contributors share over 200 practical recipes for use in any kitchen, along with tips to keep things running smoothly. From learning how to boil eggs and knead biscuits to building a German Pizza and an Amish Haystack feast, The Amish Cooking Class Cookbook includes something beneficial for every age and skill set. Divided into traditional cookbook categories, there is a recipe everyone will find to love.

          This is an incredible cookbook. The recipes aren't overwhelming and there is a wide variety of dishes to make. I especially love the Amish Friendship Bread. It bakes up beautifully and freezes well. I look forward to trying other recipes that are as delicious as the bread.

Rating: 5*
I received this as a gift and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

MAY 3, 2018


           This is a bounded prayer journal that is organized for the busy woman, and we are all busy.
I enjoy that it has a place to journal your prayer requests, answers to requests, lists, ideas and concerns. It is very creative and catches your attention the moment you see it. I recommend this
journal for all women. It is really a beautiful journal.

Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.

This engaging prayer journal is a fun and creative way for you to more fully experience the power of prayer. Each page features a lovely 2-color design that guides you to write out specific thoughts, ideas, and lists. . .which then creates a specific "map" for you to follow as you talk to God. Each map includes a spot to record the date, so you can look back on your prayers and see how God has worked in your life. The Prayer Map for Women will not only encourage you to spend time talking with God about the things that matter most. . .it will also help you build a healthy spiritual habit of continual prayer for life! 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

MAY 1, 2018

         If you love suspenseful, on the edge of your seat mysteries then you will want to read this ASAP! Everything that Sophie does and anywhere she goes, you will be on edge on what may or may not happen. She isn't sure who she can trust and neither will you.
She just wants to put the bad guys away as prosecutor yet finds herself as a star witness against a criminal with ties to a drug cartel. Will she make it to testify or will they get to her before she can?
Oh, and make sure you have plenty of time cause "Ya ain't gonna want to put it down."

Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

 APRIL 28, 2018

   One of many authors I really enjoy reading their books is Julie Lessman. Her books 
are wonderful, full of love, humor, drama and written in a way where you feel like 
you are right there. I just finished "Grace Like Rain" and of course, it was great. One of many things I love is the family closeness of the McClare's and the closeness between Grace and
her grandpa, a retired judge. It makes you want 
to visit the family and move in.  If you have never read any of her books, be prepared to be hooked.

Rating: 5
Here is a synopsis taken from Amazon:

He’s everybody’s lovable rogue.
She’s nobody’s fool who hopes to steer clear.
Until a thunderstorm sinks them both into a sea of love.

Blake “The Rake” McClare has a notorious reputation as a womanizer, which is why soft-spoken Patience Peabody carefully avoids the lovable rogue attorney at the law firm in which they both work. Until a rare thunderstorm brings them together in a love soaked with the grace of God ... and sparked with a little lightning of its own.

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” not only underscores her intense passion for God and romance, but her staunch advocacy for sexual purity before marriage as well. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys reading what she writes -- close-knit Irish family sagas as well as both historical and contemporary religious and inspirational romance for the sweet and Christian markets.

Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series with Revell Publishing, Julie was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered 17 Romance Writers of America and other awards. Voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also named on Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction list. Her latest novel, Surprised by Love, appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s list of Top Ten Novels of 2014, and her independent novel A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers' Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. 

You can contact Julie and read excerpts from her books at, or through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest, as well as sign up for her newsletter. Check out Julie’s group blog, The Seekers, Writers Digest 2013, 2014, and 2015 “Best 101 Websites for Writers,” and Julie’s own personal blog, Journal Jots, voted blog of the month in the Readers’ Choice poll of Book Fun Magazine.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

APRIL 26, 2018

Happy Thursday! It is finally leaning toward nicer weather. I love how color pops out everywhere. Flowers blooming in colors only God could create. The green of the grass that lifts your mood. The beautiful birds chirping a cheery "hello." The perfect temperature in the morning that craves for you to pull up a chair and open God's word. I love the Psalms! 
           Here are a few to focus on today:

Psalm 9:1-2  "I will praise You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things You have done. I will be filled with joy because of You. I will sing praises to Your name, O Most High."

Psalm 16:8 "I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me."

Psalm 118: 1 "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever."

Psalm 116: 1-2 "I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

What scripture do you turn to for encouragement?
May we go out today and encourage someone!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018


 It takes remarkable talent to take a classic and write it in a new way. Rebekah Jones has 
that talent. I loved this story. If Alice, Eloise and Richard were real people I know we would
all be friends. Their love for God and for helping others is beautiful. I loved Sidney Dennison, his quietness, his loyalty to his friends and sister, the way he takes responsibility and fulfill his duties as a ranch owner. But, most of all, the way he conducts himself even in rejection. 
You will keep turning the page because you don't want to put it down. 
A beautiful novel!

Karen Hadley
Rating: 5*
This book was a gift and all opinions are my own.

About the Book

Title: Presumption and Partiality
Author: Rebekah Jones
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Among the cotton fields and farmland of Gilbert, Arizona in the early years of the Great Depression, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey live a simple, but happy life with their five daughters on a cotton farm. When the wealthy Richard Buchanan moves to town, bringing his family, a friend, and a desire to learn about cotton, Matilda Bailey is convinced that he is the perfect candidate to marry her eldest daughter, Alice.
Richard is cheerful, friendly, and likable. His friend Sidney Dennison doesn’t make such a good impression. Eloise Bailey decides he’s arrogant and self-conceited, but when Raymond Wolfe comes to town, accusing Sidney of dishonorable and treacherous conduct, Eloise is angered at the injustice of the situation.
When the Buchanan household leaves town, Alice must turn to the Lord and face, perhaps, her most difficult test in trust, while Eloise takes a trip to visit her friend and may well discover a web of deceit that she doesn’t really want to believe exists.

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About the Author

Rebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories. Her goal is to write Bible-Centered, Christian Literature; books rich with interesting characters, intricate story lines, and always with the Word of God at the center. Besides writing, she is an avid reader, songwriter, pianist, singer, artist, and history student. She also loves children. She lives with her family in the Southwestern desert.

Guest Post from Rebekah Jones

Why is he a Navajo?
I’ve had more than one person ask me why I chose to make Sidney Dennison, the “Mr. Darcy” of my novel Presumption and Partiality, a Navajo Indian.
When I commenced planning and research for placing a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in the 1930’s United States, I found myself drawn to the desert of Arizona rather early on. Specifically, the tiny farm town of Gilbert. I knew, however, that few rich people lived in that area; certainly not enough to create social rifts large enough to recreate the social differences of the original novel.
I experimented in my head with a few different ideas, but the idea of Sidney as a Native American came to me one day and just clicked. I knew that I couldn’t fully pull off a Navajo who lived on the reservations. As much as I researched, I couldn’t quite get the feel. Yet, a man whose ancestry included a white man as a grandfather, who lived outside the reservations, though with relatives who clung to some of the old traditions, I thought I could do.
I used to wish I were an Indian, in part because I wanted to have great tracking skills, live in a tee-pee, possess superb bow and arrow abilities, and I wanted to ride a horse. True, most of that did not enter a 1930’s novel, despite my Navajo cowboy, because the eras are different. Though, Sidney did get a horse. Or technically, several.
Further, something about the silent, good-looking Indian appealed to me, much as I tend to shy away from writing about handsome and beautiful people, since they feel so common in fiction. The minute I began imagining the man with his Navajo ancestry, he just felt perfect.
By the end, Sidney turned out to be one of my favorite characters. (I can’t ever pick just one in my novels.) I think I made a good choice and I hope my readers will agree!

Blog Stops

Karen Sue Hadley, April 25
Remembrancy, April 26
Mary Hake, April 29
A Greater Yes, April 30
Carpe Diem, May 3
Simple Harvest Reads, May 5 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Artistic Nobody, May 6 (Spotlight)
By The Book, May 7


To celebrate her tour, Rebekah is giving away a grand prize of the complete set of the Vintage Jane Austen Collection!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Happy Friday! April 13th is a special day for me. It's the day I became a mother for the first time. 31 years ago God blessed me with a beautiful baby boy. I'm so proud of my oldest and wish him the happiest of birthdays! He's a reader like me! (my head just grew a bit bigger, lol) He likes different genre than I do but he reads and that is pretty awesome. 
      Speaking of reading, I love Dana Mentink's books. Her new book Treacherous Trails is a must read! Right from the first pages you will be hooked. It is so interesting to read about Ella's job as a farrier. I totally fell in love with the Thorn family. They step outside of their family comfort zone to help Ella and her sister. They exhibit the great love of Christ through out the book and that definitely catches my attention. Can Owen Thorn help her find who is trying to frame her for murder? This book is full of suspense, mystery, wonders and strong hint of romance. I mean, when you add cowboys and mystery together there has to be romance. I love the way Dana ties everything up and then ends the book with a surprise ending. Also, follow her on Facebook. She is such a fun person, you'll meet Junie, a sweet little dog you'll love and Dana will bring a smile to your face with her recorded videos. 
Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.

About the Book

Title: Treacherous Trails
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspy Romanctic Suspense
Release Date: March, 2018
Falsely accused…
Can she escape the real killer?
In this second installment in the Gold Country Cowboys series, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?

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About the Author
Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!

Blog Stops

Karen Sue Hadley, April 13
Book by Book, April 14
C Jane Read, April 15
Among the Reads, April 16
Genesis 5020, April 16
Carpe Diem, April 18
Cafinated Reads, April 18
Simple Harvest Reads, April 19 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, April 20
A Greater Yes, April 22
Artistic Nobody, April 23 (Spotlight)
Bigreadersite, April 24
margaret kazmierczak, April 25 (Interview)
Remembrancy, April 25


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, Cornbread Mix, and Cowboy Caviar Salsa!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!