Saturday, August 27, 2016

Without Warning - Book Review

INTENSITY. SKILL. TENACITY.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, 
stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. 
Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, 
only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target 
of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, 
but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. 
A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. 
He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--
before a would-be killer strikes again.




My Thoughts
Without Warning is the second book in the Elite Guardians series.
You are more than welcome to read my review for the first book Always Watching
by clicking here.
While the first book introduces you to several of the characters in this series
I think you could read Without Warning as a stand alone
though I would recommend reading the first book before this one
simply because you can follow along on the journey of the Elite Guardians
as each character is brought into the storyline.

Daniel Matthews and his chain of restaurants seem to have a red X on their backs
because with every turn of the page they are the targets of something sinister,
but Daniel is at a loss as to why someone would attack him.
With his background in military he's determined to figure out this puzzle.
Bring in Elite Guardian Katie Singleton, who is one well-trained woman, 
and the two of them make quite the team
as they try to discover who is trying to end Daniel's life and why.

Without Warning has a lot of energy and intense moments. . .
moments that make you grip the book and hold your breath in fear 
of the next threat that comes Daniel's way.
Lynette Eason did not hold back with the suspense
and you will find there are twists and turns that you don't expect.
I have always admired Lynette Eason's writing
and her gift for being able to write a believable romantic suspense novel
and that is exactly what she did in Without Warning.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of
the Women of Justice, the Deadly Reunions, and the Hidden Identity series.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers
and Romance Writers of America.
She lives in South Carolina.
Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"One more chapter..." She whispered hours ago

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! 
How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! 
When I have a house of my own, 
I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
- Jane Austen -




Happy day to you, my friends!
I hope your day is indeed happy.

Today I thought I would show you some fabric bookmarks
that I made after being inspired by Kelly-Anne from The Diary of a Country Girl
These two delightful blogging friends of mine 
made similar bookmarks around the same time and shared them on their blogs.
When I saw them I knew I had to make a couple since I always have my nose buried in a book
and I am always losing my bookmarks {{smiles}}
Maybe by making some that are extra pretty I won't lose them. . .maybe.




Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; 
they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, 
and the most patient of teachers.
- Charles William Eliot -


Some books should be tasted, some devoured, 
but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
- Francis Bacon -




Tell me, friends. . .
what kind of books do you enjoy?
As many of you know I love to read
and every night I find myself drifting into another time and place
as I read a satisfying tale.
Often I will read until midnight or two in the morning.


A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, 
because somebody will always be in it, 
taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.
- Lemony Snicket -




Many people, myself among them, 
feel better at the mere sight of a book.
- Jane Smiley -


Fill your house with stacks of books,
in all the crannies and in all the nooks.
- Dr. Seuss -





A little bit about the bookmarks I made. . .
I used cotton fabric and fusible fleece.
The one has delicate lace sewn onto it
while the other has a vintage doily along the side.
Both have been embellished with tiny lace hearts.




I am so thankful for  Kelly-Anne and Elizabeth
and the inspiration they shared as I would not have made these little lovelies
if it had not been for them.
Please stop by their blogs as these sweet ladies will show you
how to make your own bookmarks.




The perfect bookmark for holding your place in any kind of book
whether it's a historical fiction like the one I'm reading by Shelley Shepherd Gray
or a Victorian cookbook that has helpful canning tips
and recipes for tasty jams and jellies.




Happy sewing and reading, my friends.

You know you've read a good book 

when you turn the last page
and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
- Paul Sweeney -

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And before I end this post
I thought I would show you a few new items that have been listed at
Rose Petal Blessings.

Sweet new mug rugs with matching fabric baskets
that are perfect for holding tea bags.






Reversible aprons
with delightful vintage doilies sewn onto them.



New and improved tea bag wallets.
I made these with fusible fleece which makes them more sturdy. . .
why didn't I do that before??



Mug rugs, doilies, candle rugs, snack mats,
or whatever you want to use these little pretties for :)



Glittery snowflake ornaments





And more autumn pumpkins
with lots of sweet shabbiness.



With autumn being just around the corner
I am having an end-of-summer sale in my Etsy Shop.
Simply use the coupon code:
ENDOFSUMMER15
for 15% off your order.
This offer is good until the 31st of August.
And please don't forget that all US orders ship for free :)

Rose Petal Blessings.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

All Your Anxiety




Is there a heart o'er bound by sorrow?
If there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross - each burden bearing,
all your anxiety - leave it there.

No other friend so keen to help you;
no other friend so quick to hear;
no other place to leave your burden;
no other one to hear your prayer.

Come then at once - delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet;
you need no fear a disappointment -
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.

Chorus
All your anxiety, all your care,
bring to the mercy seat - leave it there;
never a burden He cannot bear,
never a friend like Jesus!
- Edward Henry Joy -




The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith,
and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
- George Muller -

Casting all your care upon him; 
for he careth for you.
- 1 Peter 5:7 -




You cannot read the book of Psalms
without sensing the deep cloud of emotional gloom
experienced at times even by King David,
this man after God's own heart.
"Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
and why art thou disquieted within me? "
- Psalm 43:5a -

But David also knew the right answer for these dark times.
First, he honestly admitted his feelings to God.
Second, he reestablished his confidence in God.
Third, he determined to praise Him-
"hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, 
who is the health of my countenance, and my God."
- Psalm 43:5b -
{ Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace }




For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: 
in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; 
he shall set me up upon a rock.
- Psalm 27:5 -

Commit thy way unto the Lord; 
trust also in him; 
and he shall bring it to pass.
- Psalm 37:5 -

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, 
and he shall sustain thee: 
he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
- Psalm 55:22 -

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, 
thou wilt revive me: 
thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, 
and thy right hand shall save me.
- Psalm 138:7 -




In the rifted Rock I'm resting,
safely sheltered I abide,
all secure in this blest refuge,
heeding no the fiercest blast.

Peace which passeth understanding,
joy the world can never give,
now in Jesus I am finding;
in His smiles of love I live.

Now I'm resting, 
sweetly resting in the cleft once made for me;
Jesus, blessed Rock of Ages,
I will hide myself in Thee.
- Mary D. James -

Have a blessed and restful Lord's Day,
sweet friends!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Heart Most Certain - Book Review

While Lydia King's reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society 
might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. 
Because of her father's debts and her mother's persistent illness, 
her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother 
is to impress the politician courting her. 
Her first task--to ask the town's wealthiest man to donate--
seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.

Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, 
but prefers to keep his charity private. 
When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, 
but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. 
Neither predicts what they'll learn about true charity 
or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, 
forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.




My Thoughts
A Heart Most Certain has found a very special place in my heart.
This book is one of the best that I have read this year
and after just turning the last page
I am ready to reopen it and lose myself in the lives of Lydia and Nicholas.
Melissa Jagears is a fairly new author to me,
but from the few books that I have read I can already say she is amazingly talented
and puts a lot of hard work, detail, and love into her writing.

Lydia is a feisty young woman who isn't afraid to say what is on her heart.
She has passion, integrity, and a desire to help those less fortunate.
When she approaches Nicholas Lowe 
{the man the community has labeled as the richest but most selfish man}
for a donation and he says no she is determined to change his mind.
She will do whatever it takes
and when Nicholas agrees to help under certain terms and conditions she gladly accepts.
Very soon Lydia realizes she may have signed up for more than she bargained for.
When these two begin to work together 
Nicholas shows her the truly desperate needs of the people in her own town.
Lydia's convictions are pushed to the limits
and her faith is tried in the fire. . .
will she come forth as gold?
And along the way Nicholas will learn some things that will change his view 
on what he has built his life on. . .
things that will bring him to his knees as he realizes he can't do everything HIS way,
but rather he needs to do it God's way.

This book shows you that often times we don't know much about others.
It's so easy to look at someone and in 5 minutes think we know everything about them
simply by how they act, dress, talk, etc.
Many, many times we are wrong.
A Most Certain Heart
has so many wonderful layers and the farther you get in the book
the more you will learn through the lives of Nicholas, Lydia, and other characters.
While it's a Christian Historical Romance fiction book 
it will cause the readers to look within themselves
and question their motives for doing things.
It will cause you to stop and truly see the people around you. . .
the woman that is hurting,
the man that is buried under guilt,
the child that is sick,
the stranger on the street with nothing to his name.
It will make you wonder if you can help them
and it will cause you to care. . .
to care for the hurting, the sick, the less fortunate, the needy, the unloved.
It will cause you to see people through God's eyes.

I highly recommend A Heart Most Certain
and if I could give it 10 stars I would.
There is light humor mixed in with tender romance
and a touch of suspense.
The Christian aspect of this book is top notch
and incredibly refreshing.
Like I said earlier in the review,
this book is one of the best that I have read this year
and I have an idea it will remain one of the best for quite a while.
Well done, Melissa Jagears!

** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Melissa Jagears is a Carol Award-winning author,
a homeschooling mother to three, and an extreme night owl.
She lives with her family in Kansas.
Find her online at www.melissajagears.com.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Frilly Little Pumpkins


I never met a pumpkin
I didn't like.
- Unknown -




Happy day, my friends!

Last Friday I had a giveaway for the Organic Rosemary Sea Salt
made by Cecilia and today I will be announcing the winner. . .
at the end of this post {{smiles}}

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It would appear the autumn bug bit me 
as I have been dreaming of pumpkins, cardigans, scarves, and golden leaves.
For the last week or so the mornings have had a fall chill in the air
and I can smell the sweet scent of the season that is to come.
Here in the mountains I have already seen some trees starting to change 
from their luscious green to hues of yellow and orange.
Its hard to believe how quickly summer has gone by,
but I am anticipating the arrival of autumn.
Each season holds such unique and glorious beauty.




With the anticipation of autumn's arrival I have been making some shabby pumpkins.
You know me, I like lots of lace and pearls {{smiles}}
I thought I'd show you how I made these little darlings. . .

I cut out a round piece of cotton fabric that was 8 1/2-inches in size.




I placed a strip of lace on the outside of the top edge
and sewed a basting stitch so that I could gather the fabric.




Continue the basting stitch until you get to where you started.
Pull and gather the fabric as you sew.




Fill the "pumpkin" with batting,
pull the basting stitch to tighten the gather
and then knot to hold together.




Tuck some dried Spanish moss into your pumpkin
and make sure it's secure. 




And now the fun part. . .embellishing!
For the stem I used a wooden spool
and tied lace, tulle, and satin seam binding around it.
I made a small hole in the moss and hot glued the spool down.
 On top of the spool I added a gem and some pearls.




I added some pearls,
paper leaves,
and a pretty little feather.




A stunning bead sits in the center of the pumpkin.




And voila!
An oh-so-sweet-and shabby pumpkin.






I couldn't make just one so I made two more
that were slightly different.




A black and white pumpkin that has a look of elegance, don't you think?
I added black shabby flowers to the outside of the pumpkin.








And for the last pumpkin I went for some soft blush colors.




I tucked some soft pink flowers into the spool
and a little sign that says "Love Always"
was placed in the pumpkin.






These certainly aren't your "traditional" pumpkins,
but that's the beauty of creativity. . .
you can make every little project your own
and you have the joy of making things exactly how YOU like them :)




These delightful pumpkins are listed in my Etsy shop
though the cream and black pumpkins have already sold.
The little blush pumpkin is available which you can find here.
I am hopeful to have some more listed by the weekend,
but we shall see. . .




The winner of the Organic Rosemary Sea Salt is. . . 

ANITA

I will have the sea salt shipped directly to you from Cecilia's shop.
Thanks to all who entered the giveaway.

Love, hugs, and joy to you,
sweet friends!
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