August 2017 Inspiration

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I love putting together these inspiration posts every month. I mean, it’s a bit startling every time to realize another month has passed, but I just like sharing good music, books, and other random obsessions with you. When I used to only be a blog reader, I always loved #inspiration posts the most. So I hope you enjoy August 2017 Inspiration post! What I’m Being Inspired By I love a new month because a new month means another new beginning....
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Book Recommendation: A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

Book Recommendation Review of A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

I tore through A Name Unknown like I had nothing else to do but read (if only that were true). I mean, I really had  a hard time putting it down, and I yearned for the moment I could pick up the book again. And I also so love working with Bethany House Publishers because they continually offer quality stories. Book Recommendation Review of A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts,...
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Author Interview: God’s Mercies After Suicide by Jean Ann Williams

Author Interview: God's Mercies After Suicide by Jean Ann Williams

A few weeks ago, I found out a friend of a friend had lost a loved one to suicide. And then, more recently, we’ve all been shocked by the suicide of the Linkin Park member, Chester Bennington. I don’t know either of these people personally, and yet, I feel sadness. Tragedy like this (tragedy of any kind) is uncomfortable. Vastly uncomfortable. Honestly, before we get started, I have to admit that I didn’t want to touch this book (story) with...
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Celebrate Lit Giveaway: A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

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One of my great joys is finding books and authors who write amazing stories, and I had the pleasure of meeting Roseanna White at a workshop last year. But, this is my first time reading any of her books, and I have to tell you that I so enjoyed it! Return next week to read my review and thoughts on A Name Unknown! (If you follow me on Goodreads or Instagram, you’ve already seen my review. But I’ll be expounding on...
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The Challenge of #LittleFiction

The Challenge of #LittleFiction

At the beginning of June, an Instagram challenge hosted by @jennybravobooks floated into my view thanks to @meghangorecki. The challenge was to write a #LittleFiction every day of the month. When I bopped into the challenge, I already knew I wouldn’t be able to do every day. But, flash fiction has always deeply intimidated. Writing short anything has never been my gift. I am wordy. I just am. And I accept it. But, trying out #LittleFiction was pretty fun for...
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Visiting Pittsburgh: 7 of the Best Places in the South Side

Visiting Pittsburgh: 7 of the Best Places in the South Side

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the South Side of Pittsburgh. A couple of specific things keep pulling me back to south of the city so I thought I’d share them with you. The coolest part is that I’m starting to become familiar with the South Side (aka I’m not using my GPS as much). Visiting Pittsburgh: 7 of the Best Places in the South Side 1. Iron City Circus Arts This is the main reason I’m constantly...
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Book Review: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

Book Review: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

Working with Bethany House Publishers book review programs is one of my favorite parts of being a reader and a blogger. I love the chance to meet new authors. Since I’m constantly reading, being a part of this program seemed like a natural extension of my love. And, this time, I decided to read Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl. The cover and title hooked me. I absolutely and most certainly DO judge a book by its cover. And whoever came...
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July 2017 Inspiration

July 2017 Inspiration

Despite knowing that July was coming, somehow it snuck up on me. But who can be mad at July for that? After all, we’re looking at a long weekend to celebrate the 4th of July! So it’s always fun to come up with these inspiration points. Of course, it also makes me scratch my head and wonder, “Is anything inspiring me?” What I’m Being Inspired By My life feels boring these days without the constant travels that I did while...
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Author Interview (and Giveaway): Sarah Jane Jacobs

Author Interview (and Giveaway): Sarah Jane Jacobs

One of my biggest delights as a reader, and now a book reviewer and blogger, is discovering new authors. It’s so fun to meet people who have dreamed up another world and then put the work in to create the story. And I just love the chance to ask them questions, usually just five. Today, I’m excited to introduce Sarah Jane Jacobs, author of Season of Hope. About the Author of the Season of Hope I began writing as a hobby...
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Book Recommendation (and Giveaway): Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Book Recommendation (and Giveaway): Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Depression hounds the most unlikely people. As humans, we often make rash judgments on others based on social media and other factors, but we can’t truly know what struggles are hidden under the Snapchat filters. The reality of Depression shadows my life (I have loved ones with Depression) and the lives of others. In college, I recall a crush explaining to me that someone who had Depression just must not have enough faith in God to get better. Fury boiled...
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