Book Review: First Virtues

29 Apr

51aqKX3O3aL._SY489_BO1,204,203,200_We all want our little ones to grow strong characters, but how do we teach them? Best-selling children’s author Dr. Mary Manz Simon offers the solution. This collection of twelve stories stars a menagerie of adorable animals and offers simple, concrete examples for little ones to remember. Your child will learn about these important virtues:

Making Friends
Good Manners
Doing Your Best

With plenty of scriptures and a Parent Connection to help moms and dads talk about the message with their favorite toddlers, First Virtues is the perfect way to build godly character in the little ones you love!

about_page2Dr. Mary Manz Simon combines her training as an early childhood educator, insights as a corporate consultant and children’s market analyst, and experiences as a mother and grandmother, to provide a wide range of services and presentations to audiences and companies.

Her platform of practical advice, within a developmental framework, appeals to educators and parents who want real-time solutions. Simon’s extensive work with companies and retailers in publishing, education and children’s entertainment, give her a comprehensive timeline and perspective on emerging issues.

“I’m a hybrid,” she explains. “I go beyond trend tracking to identify the implication and application of the shifting mindscape that impacts children, their families and the world in which we live.”

With sales of more than 3 million books in English, hundreds of magazine articles and media interviews, Simon is, in the words of her son, Matthew, “a world changer”.


My Impressions:

First Virtues: 12 Stories for Toddlers is a must-read for parents with small children! The simple rhymes and cute and colorful illustrations will appeal to children as they explore the ways God wants them to treat others. I love that each story begins with a character sharing what the Bible has to say. While young children will learn real-life ways to show kindness, love, honesty, etc., their parents get insight on how toddlers think and act and tips to positively reinforce the lessons learned. Each story is accompanied by a short Bible verse — perfect for memorization. After all, it’s never too early to hide God’s word in your heart.

If you have small children or grandchildren, go get this book. First Virtues is a fun way to learn to live God’s truth!

Highly Recommended!

Audience: toddler and their parents.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to B&H for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Book Review: Pocket Prayers

28 Apr

What a wonderful opportunity I have been given to share 6 books in the Pocket Prayer series written by Max Lucado (along with Andrea Lucado, Mark Mynheir, Jennifer Hale and Betsy St. Amant). Each book in the series focuses on a particular group — graduates, teachers, friends, dads, moms and military members. Here is a little bit about each book:

519T3YrW0lL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_Some friends are closer than family. They weave their way into our lives, there to celebrate the highs and comfort us through the lows. And for those special friends, Max Lucado offers forty scriptures and guided prayers that bring joy and serenity in Pocket Prayers for Friends.





All the way from coloring inside the lines to calculus, teachers have given us the tools to thrive. Where would we be without them? But a teacher’s job is often a difficult one. Sometimes anxiety and exhaustion become the norm. For those in need of a little peace and renewal, Max Lucado points to the Teacher who offered just that. Pocket Prayers for Teachers contains forty scriptures and guided prayers written especially for those special people, who encourage and inspire our students.


514ikpgmrgL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_Graduation is one of life’s most exciting milestones. It can also be a source of uncertainty and anxiety. What comes after graduation day? More education? A career? Starting a family? Often this time in life can bring more questions than answers, but Max Lucado offers hope and direction by pointing to the Answer to all of life’s question. Pocket Prayers for Graduates includes forty scriptures and guided prayers written especially for those considering their futures post-graduation.


51cs1rf9L7L._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_Daily life for those in the military and their loved ones at home can be filled with rapid change, fear, and uncertainty. For those bravely sacrificing for our country, bestselling author, Max Lucado, offers words of hope, pointing them to the Source of faith and courage. Pocket Prayers for the Military contains forty scriptures and guided prayers that will help readers face the unique challenges of military life with courage and faith.


515UjRvzyHL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_Dads wear many hats. From protector to playmate, confidante to counselor. No matter the role, families rely on dads to lead with strength and faith. And in Pocket Prayers for Dads, Max Lucado offers forty scriptures and guided prayers that will help dads do just that.




51hXE8wSXGL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_No one knows how quickly the chaos of daily life can become overwhelming more than moms. We lean on them for everything from hurt feelings to missing homework to broken bones. So, where can moms turn for peace and rest in the midst of mayhem? Bestselling author Max Lucado points to the Source of all hope and strength in Pocket Prayers for Moms, which contains forty scriptures and guided prayers written especially for all moms.




MLucado-261More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragement in the writings of Max Lucado. He lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy, in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church. Find out more about Max at




My Impressions:

Small books packed with big truths! That’s what you get with the Pocket Prayers series by Max Lucado. Each book is geared to a specific audience and provides all you need to begin the transformation from prayer wimp to prayer warrior! I loved the introduction to the books. Obviously written from his heart, Lucado shares the wonder, power and promises that prayer can provide if you access it everyday. Each book has 40 prayers accompanied by 40 scripture verses and is divided into helpful topics for each group. In Pocket Prayers for Friends the topics include Grace And Wisdom, Joy And Companionship, Help And Protection, Peace And Problem-Solving, Longevity And The Future and Love And Forgiveness. These books are an easy introduction to the prayer-power connection!

Highly Recommended!

As part of this tour, I had the great pleasure of sharing the books with very special people. Here they are:

CfJIjVBWIAA_NCh.jpg-smallPocket Prayers for Teachers went to my good friend and super teacher, Carrie. This mom of two elementary school-aged boys is an inspiration to many in her professional and personal life, but we all can use a little help!

CevNeUvW4AEMfFD.jpg-smallSheryl is a busy mom and my husband’s dedicated office manager. She immediately dug into Pocket Prayers for Moms. She says she loves beginning each day with a message and prayer that prove pertinent for her upcoming day.

CevNNy2WQAAab9F.jpg-smallNikki is still a newlywed. She has been married less than a year, but her husband has been deployed twice for a total of six months! She is a wonderful registered veterinary technician who received Pocket Prayers for Military Life.


CgSRr88WsAA44P8.jpg-smallI have a new friend and sister-of-the-heart in Carol. We have had so much fun in the short time we have known each other and I hope the adventure continues for a long time! She got Pocket Prayers for Friends.

CgZobKdW8AUSxYQ.jpg-smallSoon to be graduate (and my soon to be daughter-in-love!), Brittany is a young woman with a bright future. I gave her Pocket Prayers for Graduates for the guidance she needs to transition from college to real life!

Collins is my niece’s husband. This policeman (the reason for no picture; he keeps a low profile when it comes to the internet) and father of a blended family has stress and pressures. But becaue of his dedication to being a godly father, I gave him Pocket Prayers for Dads.

(Thanks to LitFuse for review copies of these books. All opinions expressed are mine alone)


Book Review: The Magnolia Duchess

27 Apr

UnknownFiona Lanier is the only woman in the tiny Gulf Coast settlement of Navy Cove. While her shipbuilding family races to fill the demand for American ships brought by the War of 1812, Fiona tries to rescue her brother who was forced into service by the British Navy.

Lieutenant Charlie Kincaid has been undercover for six months, obtaining information vital to the planned British invasion of New Orleans. When a summer storm south of Mobile Bay wrecks his ship and scatters the crew, Charlie suffers a head injury, ultimately collapsing in the arms of a beautiful mermaid who seems eerily familiar. As Charlie’s memory returns in agonizing jags and crashes, he and Fiona discover that falling in love may be as inevitable as the tide. But when political loyalties begin to collide, they’ll each have to decide where their true heart lies.

313204_b8f0fbd6de603d031772f89385f2f7f1-jpg_srz_p_268_398_75_22_0-50_1-20_0-00_jpg_srzAbout Beth White (from her website) — I grew up in the South, specifically North Mississippi, which has a rich tradition of fostering writers, storytellers, and musicians. I’m fond of both music and literature, so I amuse myself by teaching chorus and piano in an inner-city public high school by day, while conducting a secret life as a romance writer by night.

Anyway, I find myself, after more than half the years I’ve been alive, still married to my last college boyfriend. He still makes me laugh, he still gives me the warm fuzzies, and he still checks my tires, so I guess I’ll keep him. We somewhat successfully raised two young adults, who are both married and have begun producing amazing grandchildren. My cup runneth over.


My Impressions:

Beth White continues the saga of the Lanier family in her latest offering in the Gulf Coast Chronicles, The Magnolia Duchess. I have enjoyed learning more about this fascinating time and place in our nation’s history. With a mix of cultures, races and nationalities, independent and determined men and women shaped the region from Mobile to New Orleans. With meticulous research, a mix of historical and fictional characters and just the right amount of romance and intrigue, White deftly brings it all together. As delicious as gumbo, White’s books are perfect for those looking for historical romance. Reviews of the first two books in the series — The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess.

While her family has sought to tame Fiona Lanier, much of their efforts have been in vain. Young Fiona is as spirited as the horses she trains. Charlie Kincaid is a British naval officer with a past, he just can’t remember it. When their paths cross again after years of being apart, sparks fly. But family loyalty and patriotism get in the way of their romance. Both are determined to risk all for love and country.

White’s scene setting is excellent. The reader gets a great sense of the Gulf Coast of 1814, especially Mobile and its environs. The author’s portrayal of the commerce, society and the military presence is spot on. The characters, too, are well-drawn. And while Fiona and Charlie are the focus, supporting characters and their story lines are interesting as well. Three romances flourish in The Magnolia Duchess — fans of the genre rejoice! My favorite part of the book is the dialog — a natural mix of teasing and flirting, but with a dose of serious conversation. There’s never a dull moment with Fiona and Charlie, so if you like a bit of adventure, suspense, and danger, this book will fit the bill. A faith message is naturally woven throughout the novel with characters seeking God’s presence and guidance.

A delightful addition to the series, The Magnolia Duchess is a recommended read.


Audience: older teens and adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



Top 10 Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

26 Apr

It’s Tuesday — time for another Top 10 from The Broke And The Bookish. Today bloggers are talking about what delights their hearts and of course it’s all about books! Click HERE to find out what they find delightful.


Call me a bookworm, a geek or nerd — I’m fine with that. I love books, books, and more books and all things that go along with them. My first inclination was to mention the bookish stuff that I delight in, but then I decided to go with those things that are definitely priceless. Here are the people, places and things that thrill my little book heart.

Top 7 Bookworm Delights

Book Buddies

Don’t you just love when your friends get your obsession healthy interest in books? My friend Carrie, a life member of the bookworm club, is someone I can talk books with for as long as we have time. Carrie and I seemingly have little in common — she is 20 years younger and her kids are in elementary school. But our mutual love of God and books has created a friendship I treasure. Ruth is my book co-conspirator. She is always up for a book adventure, whether a field trip to the site of our latest book club book or an author lecture/signing. She is also a spiritual rock when I waver. I am thankful for good friends whose eyes don’t glaze over when I start talking books.

about-me-photo-294x300I have two other book buddies that I have never met, at least in person. Carrie who blogs at Reading Is My Superpower and Carole who blogs at The Power of Words (is it a coincidence they both include power in their blog titles, I think not!) have become good friends through the magic photoof the interwebs. I love their insights, their passion and am thankful for the real friendship that we have developed.

Book Club

10941450_835574353167622_217806821708471398_nOh I love book club night! I belong to two book clubs — By The Book and Page Turners. Very different in the types of books we read, the two groups are made up of fellow bookworms who never tire of talking books. Through the years they have also become dear friends. While our meetings revolve around books, the real draw for me is the fellowship of women I care deeply for who in turn care for me. We have had so much fun laughing, crying and sharing. If you don’t already belong to a book club I heartily recommend it. The picture is of a combo of both my book clubs at an author meet and greet we hosted. Carrie is third from the left and Ruth is third from the right.

Book Events

logo-bookmarkBook signings, book luncheons, book conventions, book field trips — I’m there! I have had so much fun exploring the world outside my books. Both my book clubs have gone on field trips — St. Simons Island for Eugenia Price books, Atlanta for Elizabeth Musser books. We have hosted a number of authors for meet and greets (see above picture for the Tracy Groot meet and greet). I’ve also attended the ICRS as media (yes book bloggers are media!) and met some fabulous people. The last book event I attended was hosted by the Georgia Center for The Book. If you are within an easy drive of Atlanta, you need to check out their website for their wonderful book events.

Book Stores

198704_10150268726230784_8156091_nCan anyone have a list of bookworm delights without included book stores? I have an internal magnet that involuntarily draws me to any bookstore within walking distance. A vacation is really not complete without a visit to the local bookstore. In my second year of marriage we moved to a small town outside of Atlanta. I worked in a very small bookstore there — yeah, dream job! Earlene Scott was the go-to gal for books. Everyone visited Scott’s Bookstore to find their latest great read. She hosted big name authors too. Earlene’s store grew and grew until she relocated to a prime spot on the Square. Sadly, Scott’s closed a few years ago when Earlene retired. But I will always treasure the days I got to work there.

Book Swag

Cgbv4v9WQAIqTIS.jpg-smallI am a sucker for the swag that accompanies books — bookmarks, postcards, bookplates. Thanks to all the authors that provide these little gems! I recently received a book bag, bookmark and keychain from Rachel Dylan. So excited!

Bookmarks Magazine

logoEvery two months Bookmarks Magazine appears in my mailbox. It is a treasure trove of book info — best seller, recommendations, book club profiles, author spotlights, etc. I love this magazine! Check it out!


Fed Express, UPS, USPS

The men and women of these organizations are the unsung heroes of the book world. Why? Because they deliver books to my door almost daily! I get a little thrill of anticipation every time I see their trucks pull up to my door. Thanks for unselfishly delivering surprise packages! LOL!


Spotlight: The Africa Study Bible

25 Apr

AfricaStudyBibleCoverArt2I am excited to be part of the launch of the Africa Study Bible. Designed to bring study resources in a culturally relevant form to millions of people, this new Bible will speak truth to people just where they are in a language they can understand.

Hundreds of millions of Africans know and love Christ. However, most discipleship and biblical resources come from a Western perspective — a culture far removed from their own. Africa’s wonderful and rich influence on the early church from the Ethiopian eunuch through Augustine is being rekindled.

The Africa Study Bible bridges the gap of cultural understanding and Scriptural relevance by revealing the truth and beauty of God’s Word through African eyes.

With the launch of this study Bible, Africans will have a resource that speaks directly to their heart, relating the Bible to their everyday life.

Developed by Africans, the notes of the Africa Study Bible are “. . . bubbling up from underneath. The biblical truth is percolating through from the bottom to create a rich and textured tapestry that Africans can claim as their own” (Dr. John Jusu, Supervising Editor). Over 2,200 features speak truth with a uniquely African perspective. Written by more than 300 contributors from over 50 countries in four major languages, the Africa Study Bible may be the most ethnically diverse, one volume biblical resource to date.

While our goal is to eventually publish the Africa Study Bible (ASB) in all of Africa’s major languages, it will initially be published in English using the New Living Translation followed by French and Portuguese translations in the years to come. By printing in these three languages, the ASB will have its greatest impact, reaching up to 70% of literate African Christians.

We expect to launch this year in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. We have formed local African-led launch committees in each of these countries and are partnering with them to orchestrate all the details. We are all very excited and anxiously awaiting the arrival of the ASB. We continue to be encouraged by the anticipation of our African partners and you will be too as we share updates with you along the way.

We are so close to completing this project but need your help to launch the ASB in Africa! With your support, this life-transforming study Bible can be available to the millions of Christians who deeply desire to fully understand and apply God’s Word through the rich tapestry of their African culture and heritage.

Here’s what will be included:


  • Application Notes inspire readers to reflect on issues and apply truth to everyday life.
  • Proverbs and Stories enlighten readers through the parallels of Scripture and cultural wisdom found in wise sayings and fables.
  • Learn Notes teach the foundations, values, and doctrine of the Christian faith.
  • Touch Points show where the culture of the Bible meets African cultures and how Africans shaped Christian belief.
  • Book Introductions explain the history of each book and connect themes to issues close to African hearts.
  • Articles give practical advice on how to live out the Christian life focusing on critical concerns facing the African Church and its people.
  • Topical Index and Concordance lists the biblical texts and ASB features by topic and defines difficult to understand words connecting concepts from Genesis to Revelation.
  • One-year Bible Reading Plan guides readers through an overview of the whole story of the Bible.
  • Maps, Graphical Timelines, and Other Features spread throughout the Bible help provide insight and understanding.



How you can help:

Join Oasis International in their Kickstarter Campaign. Any contribution, no matter how small, will help. Thanks!



Working over 20 years for Africa, Oasis International is a ministry devoted to fostering a robust and sustainable pan-African publishing industry.

We engage Africa’s most influential, most relevant, and best communicators for the sake of the Gospel.

We cultivate local and global partnerships in order to publish and distribute high-quality books and Bibles.

We contextualize content that meets the specific needs of Africa, has the power to transform individuals and societies, and gives the African Church a global voice.

Oasis is: Satisfying Africa’s Thirst for God’s Word. The Africa Study Bible is the epitome of this goal and mission. We pray it will enable us to continue coming alongside the African church to build deeper discipleship. To learn more about us, check out our bio!

Author, Author! — Rachel McMillan

22 Apr

4129I am so excited to have Rachel McMillan here at the blog today. Rachel is a fresh, new voice in Inspirational fiction. Her historical mystery series is so much fun! Thanks Rachel for sharing with us today!


By The Book — Many authors say that they have always been writers. When did you first realize that you were a writer?

Rachel McMillan — I always loved reading and making up stories in my head. One year, my brother Jared gave me a diary for Christmas and I wrote all the time. That’s when I knew. Even if I never publish another book, I will always write stories. I enjoy it so much.

BTB — Was there someone who encouraged you in your writing journey — a parent, teacher, friend, etc.?

51-vU9APljL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Rachel — My family was always encouraging. My parents told me I could do anything I set my mind to. But, I was too scared to show anyone my writing! I wrote novel upon novel but it stayed hidden. It was my friend (and fellow writer) Allison Pittman who first really pushed me off the ledge and helped me polish a query for a literary agent. Without her, this never would have happened. I would still be writing silently on my own, too afraid to show anyone.

BTB — What does a typical writing day look like?

Rachel — I write around my career. And it is busy. It is not something that would be feasible for everyone but I don’t have a husband or family who relies on me which makes it easier. During holidays and weekends I devote my entire day to writing. During the week, I will write or plot on the subway commute on the way to work, work at my desk at lunch and then spend two or three hours in the evening. Currently, I am editing my second full Herringford and Watts novel while writing the third. So, I have to break up my time. While my editor was working with the second novel, I made sure I seized the moment to go to the library and archives every opportunity I had to make sure all my research was done. Writing historical fiction means a lot of research.

51QOqpu0beL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_BTB The Bachelor Girlʼs Guide to Murder can be categorized as historical mystery fiction. What attracted you to this genre?

Rachel — I am a long time Sherlock Holmes fan, and I love reading detective fiction. I took an entire semester on it in University. But, I was actually writing straight historical romance. It was my agent’s idea to try a female Sherlock Holmes and once I had that idea, Jem and Merinda were born.

BTB — Does writing mystery fiction present any special challenges?

Rachel — It does! Because I am not a natural mystery writer and I am not as smart as Merinda. So, it takes a lot of outlining and a lot of tripping into a scene, unraveling it and trying it again. Luckily, my girls are just learning how to be detectives — as I am learning how to write detectives — so there are several tongue-in-cheek nods to their stumbling into a solution. They keep getting better, though, as the series goes on and I keep learning how to write this fun genre.

BTB —  Why Toronto in the early 1900s? What types of research did you do for this novel?

519w9Cdm4bL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_RachelWhen I got the idea for a female Sherlock, I thought how fortunate would I be to be able to write in the city I live in. Immediately, to counter Sherlock Holmes, I thought of the Victorian period in Toronto: but, some of my favourite books about William Murdoch ( a detective with the Toronto Constabulary ) and a popular TV series here in Canada is set in Victorian Toronto. Edwardian Toronto seemed a fresher fit. I spent hours and hours at the archives learning about all that the city held to offer in that time period. Also, studying photographs. A lot of the research was very minute. For example, did men wear wedding rings, while some of it was much broader focusing on Immigration and Women’s roles in Toronto when it was a city on the brink of a more modern era. And while I researched, I tripped upon things that somehow evaded my history textbooks as a kid: like the Female Refuges Act that inspired the Morality Squad. For a historical writer, it isn’t just getting facts right, it is getting the cadence and voice of the time period right and I hope I have been able to do that with the Herringford and Watts series.

BTB — Merinda and Jem are independent women in a world that still treats women as second class. Can you tell us who or what inspired your creation of them?

Rachel — I have always felt a little out of place because I couldn’t imagine myself fitting into the traditional domestic role championed by my experiences as a small town minister’s kid. I channel some of my insecurities into Jem and Merinda, but also some of my strengths. At the end of the day, the series was created to validate women and men who may feel like they colour outside the lines.

BTB — What motivated you to publish with a Christian publisher rather than going the general market route?

RachelWhen I was 10 years old, I read Vienna Prelude by Bodie Thoene and I decided I wanted to write Inspirational Fiction. I became obsessed with the industry, the authors, the Christy awards, etc. But, I also wanted to change it and offer a different perspective on women’s roles in faith-based fiction. The Herringford and Watts series allows me to posit religious questions in a more thematic way. For example, most of the relationships in the book reflect some challenge or pursuit I have had in my own faith walk. At the same time, the series is accessible for readers of a non-faith background. I also enjoy being able to write a clean and non-violent look at mystery fiction. This series may not be as blatantly Christian as some others of its ilk, but the Christianity is sewn in. The verse that inspired the Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder is Proverbs 31:8-9.

BTB — What is next up for Merinda, Jem and Rachel? Any new adventures?

51zjjUoH9PL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_RachelMy lady detectives have a busy schedule. An e-novella Of Dubious and Questionable Memory takes the girls to Concord, Massachusetts and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House! In August, the second full length adventure A Lesson in Love and Murder finds Jem and Merinda pitted against anarchist bombers in Chicago — and stumbling into an assassination attempt on Theodore Roosevelt ( the research for that was amazingly fun!). Then, we have another novella A Conductor of Light that takes place backstage at a production of The Two Gentleman of Verona and, after that, the final Herringford and Watts book (for now) The White Feather Murders which sees the girls pursuing a serial killer just as Canada heads to war in later Summer 1914. I have a fun idea for a new series set in 1930s Boston (which is my favourite US city to visit).

BTB — Please share with my readers anything not covered by these questions — personal life, hobbies, other interests.

RachelI am a bachelor girl like my girls living in Toronto, Ontario but I am from a small town. I work in Educational Publishing and I love to travel. I also really, really love baseball. I am a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan and throughout the season, you’ll see me catching as many games as I can.

Thanks so much for sharing, Rachel. Readers, be sure to check out Rachel’s Herringford and Watts series. You’ll love it!

Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

Book Review: Sit, Stay, Love

21 Apr

UnknownTake one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you’re ready for a lesson in love . . . Tippy style.

Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother’s elderly dog, Tippy, he’s quick to call on a pet-sitting service.

Gina isn’t thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can’t abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.

As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too . . . .

Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.

DMentink-361Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.
Find out more about Dana at

My Impressions:

What can be better than a story that features a dog? A love story that features an adorable dog! Sit, Stay, Love is a contemporary romance with plenty of sparks and a dog that always steals the show. Gina, the pet-sitter, and Cal, the pro baseball player, don’t hit it off at first. But Tippy, an overweight, geriatric Dachshund knows how to shake things up, even with a man who is grieving and a woman who thinks she’ll never really measure up. A quick and humor-filled read, Sit, Stay, Love is a sure winner.

There is a lot to love about this novel. The characters are genuine and relatable with real life emotions, doubts, hurts and fears. The plot is inventive and keeps the pages turning. The faith message is woven seamlessly throughout. And of course their is Tippy. Tippy is clueless, lovable and slightly mischievous and wins the hearts of whoever she encounters, including this reader. The best thing about this book? A portion of the sales will go to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue!

Perfect for those who love a light romance or for your favorite dog lover, Sit, Stay, Love is a recommended read!


Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE

(Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



One grand prize winner will receive:

A copy of Sit, Stay, Love
A $75 Visa cash card
A basket filled with Tippy-themed goodies
Travel-themed decorator box
Reading dog statue
Dog journal
Poems for Dog Lovers
Snuggle Paws fleece blanket from Animal Rescue Site
Pawprint scarf
Doxie desk pen
Pupmobile auto magnet


Enter today by clicking HERE. But hurry! The giveaway ends on April 25th. The winner will be announced April 26th on Dana’s blog.


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