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Love Remains

I'll just say it right away: I like Kaye Dacus. I noticed her first on the ACFW email loop--a helpful woman who was always willing to answer even the most mundane questions from newbie writers. Her blog is also enjoyable; one of my favorites is when she recasts movies or her own books with Hollywood players. When she started publishing books, I was anxious to read them, and enjoyed her Bonneterre series very much.
I follow her on Facebook, and a few months ago I participated in a discussion for her new series on her blog (one of those brainstorming sessions that turned out to be pretty fun). She sent me the first in her new series to review--which brings me here today.

The first book in the Matchmakers series is Love Remains.

From the press release: "Zarah Mitchell and Bobby Patterson become the matchmaking focus of their well-meaning grandmothers when he moves back to Nashville to work for the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit. Zarah believes he chose a military career ove…

No Safe Haven

My review at the end. Enjoy!

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingNo Safe HavenB&H Books (March 15, 2011)byKimberly and Kayla Woodhouse


A devoted wife and mother, Kimberley Woodhouse is a third generation Liszt student, she has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students over the years.

About fifteen years ago, Kimberley began writing seriously. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters - you name it - she's written it. It wasn't until a dear friend challenged her to "do something with it", that she pursued publication.

Kimberley and her family's story have been on the front page of newspapers, in magazines, articles, medical journals, and most recently her family was chosen for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. They were also asked to share their story on The Montel Williams Show and Discovery Health Channel's Mystery ER. She has recorded three albums, and has appear…

Spring Reading Thing 2011

This is my 5th Spring Reading Thing! Yay!For more info for this year's challenge & guidelines, click here. As always, a special thanks to Katrina who hosts a great challenge each spring and autumn.Mr. Monk is Miserable - Lee GoldbergThe Book Thief - Markus ZuzakNo Safe Haven - Kimberley & Kayla WoodhouseTea for Two - Trish PerryThe Life Ready Woman - Shaunti Feldhahn (finish)and now I'm going to do what I really don't ever do and am not sure is allowed, but since I did list specific books, hopefully will be acceptable: I will read five other books (which I will then get rid of) from my shelves before we move to Alaska around the end of this challenge.All Eyes on Her - Poonam Sharpa (trade)The Cowboy Takes a Bride - Debra Clopton (in bag of giveaways)Texas Ranger Dad - Debra Clopton (in bag of giveaways)One Thousand Gifts - Ann Voskamp (gave to a friend)The Yokota Officers Club - Sarah Bird (trade)Good Things I Wish You - A. Manette Ansay (giving to a friend)Perfect…

Gifts 10

45. A plethora, a true abundance, of books.
46. My husband's new assignment--for now, a job and a new adventure.
47. My older, overheating laptop.
48. Teaching materials from my previous life, that will become part of my new life.
49. My old black Tumi leather wallet that is still going strong after about 15 years.
50. The problem of financial paperwork.
51. Living in a world that doesn't shake.
52. The power of prayer for those whose world has shaken literally off its axis.
Out of order: (53. The unconditional love of a dog) (54. A fresh DIY manicure--short nails, clear polish)

A Heart Most Worthy

My review is at the end. Thanks! This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingA Heart Most WorthyBethany House (March 1, 2011)bySiri Mitchell


Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including in Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a sermon and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rej…

Moving is Hard

I read all the time about military wives who love moving, who love downsizing their belongings and decorating new places, exploring and shopping and all those grown-up sorts of things.

I am not one of those women. I have a difficult time downsizing my stuff. I love my books. I adore having five bookshelves full; to me it's better than any other wall covering or hanging.

And yet...Chaplain Hubby wants our household goods' weight to go down instead of up. Thankfully I'm able to claim a sizeable portion of books as my own spouse "pro gear" for teaching, for which I'm grateful.

I still find the entire process emotionally draining and difficult.


I still cannot figure out why paring down my belongings is such an emotional process for me. Besides crying over the bin of stuffed animals and outgrown girls' clothing, I mean. I have no emotional attachments to these books. Heck, I didn't even LIKE reading and studying them in the first place!

I am just a mess, I guess.

Moving is hard.