Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Whisper of Peace REVIEW

Christian Fiction
5 Stars
Lizzie has made her heart cold to the things that hurt her, such as the passing of her mother and being ostracized by her mother's people. When her father leaves her in the wilderness, she must survive on her own with only the company of her sled dogs.
But when Clay and his sister, Vivian, come to the area as missionaries to the natives of Alaska, she realizes just how lonely she's been for so many years without anyone to talk to.
Between Clay's struggles to be the best missionary he can so as not to let his father down, and Lizzie's quest to gain the trust of her native grandparents, this story had some sad parts. I was so happy when everything started falling into place when God was made the center of their lives.
This author is one of my favorites, and I have read almost every one of her books. Keep them coming!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


1 stick of butter
½ lb. pancetta
1 small onion
2 large carrots finely chopped
4 stalks celery hearts finely chopped
2 cups sliced Portobello mushrooms
3 tbsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup canned chicken broth
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 lb day old ciabatta bread
10 oven-roasted chestnuts, broken into medium-small pieces

Melt 3 tbsp butter in a heavy skillet on medium heat.  Sauté pancetta until golden brown.  Set aside in a large bowl.  Melt 3 tbsp butter in same pan.  Add carrots, celery, mushrooms, rosemary and garlic, adding onions last.  Cook until onions are tender.  Stir in chestnuts and parsley.  Heat for a few minutes.  Transfer to bowl with pancetta.  Add cubed ciabatta and Parmesan.  Mix ingredients together and add broth.  Coat well and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Spoon into butter-coated 15 x 10 baking dish.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake additional 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

 Roasting the Chestnuts
Cut across the round side of each chestnut to prevent exploding in oven. Arrange on a cookie sheet.  Roast them in a 425 degree oven until the skins have pulled back from the cuts and nut has softened (at least 15-20 minutes).  After they cool slightly, pinch to remove from skin and break into bite-sized pieces. May also add dried cranberries, or substitute pecans for the chestnuts.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Winners!

List of Winners with their book choices:
Amanda Lynn, The Apothecary
Tonya Perish, For Sale Old Manor
Jessmond, The Apothecary
Drew Farber, The Dashwood Haunting
Amy P., Wicked Cool

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway


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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Guest Post with Samantha Bayarr


When I set out to write my first Amish romance, I wanted it to be out of the ordinary…one that would stand out in the crowd of Amish romance novels.

What I got was a re-write of my own history with a lot of imaginative twists!

Being my first Amish romance novel, I wanted to do what all the “experts” advised and write what I know…I came from a big family, and had spent a lot of time on my uncle’s farm as a young child, and I lived in Goshen, Indiana for several years and interacted with the Amish and observed their way of life, so I already had half the battle played out in my head.

Next came the romance portion…I always wondered what it would be like to be Amish, but never figured you could just walk into their group and say “Hi, I’m here. I want to join and become Amish”. It just doesn’t work that way. That’s where Jane, my main character, came into play. She had to be at just the right age to meet, and fall in love with “the Amish boy next door”.

Knowing that the chances of becoming Amish by marriage was a close impossibility as well, I decided to set the backdrop in the 1970’s, in a time of flower-power, hippies, and love, when that was the backdrop of America…so my end result is a story of a teenage hippie-chick falling in love with the teenage Amish boy next door.

The entire series started out as my own story, and how my life would have been if I’d married an Amish man, had a large family, and lived a great life doing so….but my life just wasn’t like that…so I threw in a bit of reality from my own life and mixed it with Jane’s to bring my readers the story of Little Wild Flower.

Book Four in this series deals with the reality that I lived through as a child of an alcoholic mother, but offers a happy ending filled with forgiveness and strong family bonds in the book (unfortunately not the true ending for me as a child), but I know that readers like a conclusion, where my conclusion and healing didn’t come until years later than it did for Jane, the imaginary me.

In the end, this series goes the direction I imagine my life would have gone if I’d married into an Amish family and experienced the strong bonds of love, faith, and loyalty that the Amish people represent as a whole.

My biggest hope for this series is that my readers enjoy reading them as much as I loved writing them.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

24/7 Book Cafe gets a Face Lift!

24/7 Book Cafe has changed its theme to reflect 
Alice in Wonderland, one of my favorite books as a child. I hope you will enjoy the new look...don't 
worry, nothing else has changed!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Lisa Richards!
She won a kindle copy of 
Grave Robbers
A Secret in the Attic
Raven Finch: The Curse of the Dead Woods
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