$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway: A Real Life Fairytale by Jamie Brook Thompson

     Cinderella: a REAL life fairytale If a dream is a wish your heart makes then Cindee Ellis is in major trouble. There’s no way Henry Christensen will ever notice her under all those oil stains and brake fluid splattered across her shirt. Unless—she’s dead wrong about him. Join her with this real life fairytale set in the small town of Silver Creek to find out how she’ll work her guts out to make her own happily ever after.      Beauty and the Beast: a REAL life fairytale There’s a tale as old as time of two people falling in love, but what happens when Belle won’t have anything to do with it. Join her with this real life fairytale set in the small town of Silver Creek to find out how she’ll transform the town’s beast into a handsome prince with her heart, not her beautician skills.        The Frogg Princess: a REAL life fairytale Taya is almost there. Join her in this real-life fairytale, set in the small town of Silver Creek, as she plans to start a new life by opening a little restaurant. Only to find a few rude people that don’t seem to welcome her. But that doesn’t seem to bother Felix Frogg, a local police officer, and the love-at–first-sight reactions he keeps tossing her way. If Taya isn’t careful with the way her heart is softening towards Felix, she could be walking into a lifetime commitment of happily ever after that wasn’t in her plans.      Excerpts Cinderella: a REAL life fairytale “Hey, Cindee, before I forget. You have a real nice day.” I nod with about the blankest expression I’ve ever felt, and then he winks. HE LITERALLY WINKS! My eyes are as big as I can stretch them. Either Henry Christensen just did that on purpose, or he has something irritating his eye. I want to go with my first choice, but the second one seems more accurate. I’m the girl with no name, until just now, standing in a huge coat, so it’s gotta be the second choice, right? “Henry? Is that you?” Priscilla’s sticky-sweet voice interrupts. He doesn’t speak a word as he presses on the gas to slowly start backing up. “I’ll stop by the station to pick up the trucks in a while. Make sure you’re there,” he says before quickly pulling onto Main Street where everything disappears, except for the faint glow of his brake lights that blink three times. Is he saying goodbye? I know other girls back in high school had boys do this to them, but not me. NOT EVER. Not once did a boy tap his brake lights to me. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.

Beauty and the Beast: a REAL life fairytale “Thank you for this.” I whisper into Adam’s ear. “For what?” He grins. “For being the kind of man that makes a woman believe there’s a God in heaven.” I nuzzle into his shoulder and close my eyes as the preacher asks us to pray. Once we finish, the rows of people begin to stand. I wipe under my eyes one more time just to make sure I don’t have mascara running down my face.  

The Frogg Princess: a REAL life fairytale “You probably shouldn’t be with a girl like me. I could corrupt a boy like yourself,” I tease, trying to ease the heat flooding my face. How could I push myself on him? I’m cringing inside at being so stupid. “Nah, I’d happily go as far as you’d allow me,” he softly chuckles. “I just have a promise I made with my brother.” “A promise?” I narrow my eyes. “Yeah, we both agreed to wait for marriage.” I stifle a gasp. Is he for real?    

Praise for the Book Five Stars: Couldn’t put this book down! This book has a way of not only making you feel what the characters are feeling, but it sucks you in where you don’t want to put it down, Not only have I read this book once, but I read it all over a second time. If you want to get lost for a few hours then I would highly recommend you read this book!!

Five Stars: Sooooo Good! I really enjoyed this novella. I was so happy with the ending. It was well written and kept my attention even when my Grandson interrupted for help on his homework. So happy he left the math worksheet at school. I will be looking for more of this author’s work. Hope you enjoy this novella.

Five Stars: A clean romance book! Jamie Brook Thompson has got some mad writing skills! She has talent that can take you to another world for a few hours! I recommend this book to anyone who needs a good chic book (like a chic flick but in book form 😉 ) to escape the real world for a bit! And who doesn’t love cowboys?!


Author Jamie Brook Thompson Jamie Brook Thompson is a small town girl that loves to tell a good story. She grew up as the daughter of a redneck farmer and hippie mother. Her entire life has been filled with duct tape and peace and love. She currently has 6 children, two dogs, and a handsome Prince of her very own! When she isn’t writing, you can find her out at her father’s ranch changing tires on tractors, working on motors that need repair, or adjusting carburetors on the family four wheelers to ride the high Utah desert. She’s a woman of many talents and trades, but the one she enjoys the most is writing stories to take readers into a world of hope—a world of clean romance!

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$20 Paypal Giveaway: Not A Perfect Fit by Jane A. Schmidt

Not A Perfect Fit
by Jane A. Schmidt
Genre: Heartwarming Humorous Short Stories

Not a Perfect Fit is a collection of stories that are laugh-out-loud funny one minute and thought-provoking the next. Stories range from Schmidt’s experience living off-grid as the only English woman in an Amish neighborhood to family trips that are remarkably similar to National Lampoon’s Vacation. Through it all, she manages to rise above the many challenges she faces—inspiring and entertaining her audience along the way. Filled with animal antics, gratitude, mishaps, and madcap adventures, Not a Perfect Fit’s tell-all, single-girl-gone-country, down-home stories give readers permission to laugh and cry—and, most important, to carry on.
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An Interview with Jane

1. When did you make the move from the city to rural Wisconsin? Why? I moved to the Driftless

area of Wisconsin after the hype of the millennium in 2000. I spent a lot of time driving in the

country when my daughter was small. I’d see an old cabin or a house that was falling apart and I’d

think, if only I could buy that place. My dreams were of land, out-buildings, animals, and a quiet

country life. I longed to get out of the city and live closer to the land, where I felt I’d have more

room for living.

2. How did moving to rural Wisconsin impact your life? The impact was huge. I had to start all

over. I had no friends here, no job, and after a couple of months I was living off-grid. The learning

curve was not only steep but sometimes dangerous. I cooked with a head-lamp on in order to see.

The “hot plate” was connected to a propane tank under my cabin. I lived in fear every time I lit a

match. I thought I’d blow myself and the cabin up. Every day I learn something new. Like don’t use

the John Deere mower to blaze a hiking trail through your Amish neighbor’s hay field. Before

moving here I spent all my free time getting away. I’d drive to the parks, small country towns, lakes,

and rivers. I was camping out every chance I had. Now I live in the kind of areas I was always

running too. I can finally slow down and walk!

3. What is your favorite part about living in the country? Is there anything you miss about city

life? I lived in apartments before moving to this area. I love the freedom of living alone, surrounded

by trees and my animal family. Coming from apartment city living to my own home in the country

is liberating. I feel I can live-out-loud better here. I miss ethnic restaurants, my family, and the many

lakes I lived near when in the Milwaukee area.

4. How does your passion for fitness and wellness influence your stories? My passion for a life

lived outside has influenced my interest in fitness and wellness. I knew from the get-go that I

needed to stay fit and healthy to live the life I wanted to. My stories revolve around my life. My

passion for fitness and wellness is reflected in them.

5. Why do you think readers connect with your stories? My stories are real. I talk about everyday

happenings that some people would never admit to. Reading about walking through an airport with

toilet paper hanging off my rear end or mixing up the words circumcise and circumnavigate allows

people to relax and find the humor in their own lives. In the end, we’re all just people trying to do

the best that we can. Not a Perfect Fit reeks of humanness.

JANE A. SCHMIDT is a columnist and the owner of two businesses, Fitness Choices and Turtle Adventures. When not teaching her fitness classes or encouraging women to get outside, she spends her time backpacking in places like the Grand Canyon, Superior Hiking Trail, and Isle Royale National Park; biking across Wisconsin; hiking and kayaking in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve; or just hanging out with her animal family in rural Viola, Wisconsin.


My Weekly Bible Journaling #14


This past week has been a busy one with doctor appointments for two kids and our anniversary. Our oldest son came home to help out with the younger kids so Hubby and I could have a quick getaway. We even had some time to visit with him when we came back. It was good to catch up with him and see how much he has grown over the past few months.

Here is what I studied and worked on this week as I am making my way through my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible:


This is the page I finished on Sunday. It was super rainy and I honestly slept most of the day. I tried using stencils on it but it didn’t work as well as I wanted it to.


Love this verse!

So I gave the verse a light wash of pale peach watercolor and once it dried I used gel pens to color each word a different color. Easy to do when you have 100 pens to choose from! When that dried I just didn’t think it was finished so I took a black gel pen and add faux stitching around it.


For the rest of the week when I had time I worded on this double page layout for Deuteronomy 6:4-8. It was nice taking several days to go over these verses.


Journaling Bibles on Sale!

If you have ever thought about Bible Journaling or are looking for the perfect Easter/ Mother’s day/ Birthday gift for that special someone now is the time to get a Bible! Some of them are up to a half off! I actually ordered two more and I can’t wait for them to arrive!


How to Use Tim Holtz Distress Crayons in Your Bible

I skipped ahead in my Bible to show you haw easy and fun it is to use Tim Holtz Distress Crayons in your Bible. Stop by and let me know what you think!

This week I was featured on:

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If you have any questions or suggestions about my Bible Journaling please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know!

I hope you enjoy this journey with me this year. If you want to join in leave me a link to  where you have your Bible Journaling pages and I will be happy to check them out and leave them some love!

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$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway: A Strange Companion by Lisa Manterfield

A Strange Companion by Lisa Manterfield

Kat Richardson isn’t running away from grief; she’s just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she’s sure it’s gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she’s ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen—a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student—appears to be a kind, funny, and very attractive option. But the arrival of Kat’s newly adopted niece, Mai, forces her home to northern England, where she runs headfirst into all the memories of Gabe she’s tried to leave behind—and discovers that Mai stirs up an unnerving feeling of déjà vu. Before long, Kat’s logical, scientific beliefs about life after death are in battle with what she feels to be true—that reincarnation is real and Gabe has come back to her through Mai. The question now, is why? Taking on the topics of love, loss, and how we deal with grief, A Strange Companion is a twisted love triangle among the living, the dead, and the reincarnated.    Excerpt  

I ran my hand along the log, waiting for my fingers to find the small indentations I knew would be there. They didn’t. The initials and the heart that Gabe had carved into the bark of the log now lay beneath a smooth carpet of moss, as if our love was something lost to the past. I pressed my finger into the moss but not a single tear would come. I simply sat there on the log and remembered. Grief, apparently, had a mind of its own. It had snuck up on me in unexpected places, but now that I needed it, it would not do my bidding. I pushed up off the log, wiping at my dry eyes. I would be home for three full weeks, plenty of time to go looking for grief. My hometown was filled with memories of Gabe and I’d keep looking until I found them all. *** Mai dropped to her knees and wrapped her arms around Frida’s enormous head. She rested her cheek against Frida’s bristly fur and the two of them lay there as if they’d been best pals forever. Luke reached down and ran his hand along Frida’s back. As he moved back to stroke again, his hand paused on Mai’s arm, curled around Frida’s neck. Luke froze. I felt the air around us go still—all except for one crackle of energy that danced between Mai and Luke. I felt it, Luke felt it, Frida felt it . . . and so did Mai. Luke cast his eyes down at the little girl at his feet, who stared, unblinking, back at him. His brow wrinkled, as his mind struggled to understand what I knew his heart felt. Then, something passed between them that I had once seen pass between Luke and his brother. It was more than love, more than understanding, more, even, than blood. It was a deep connection, a spark between two people, two souls, who were inextricably intertwined. Luke looked at me. “Did you feel that?” I nodded. “What was it?” I hesitated. I knew exactly what it was, but how could I tell Luke? It was one thing to tell Maggie about my suspicions, but Luke was Gabe’s brother. Was it fair of me to risk opening up the hurt I knew he’d spent the past two years trying to heal? But perhaps I wasn’t the only one Gabe needed to visit. I felt a prickle of excitement at the possibility that someone else might finally understand. Glancing back to make sure Luke and I were out of earshot, I leaned in and whispered. “I think it’s Gabe.” Luke narrowed his eyes at me. “He’s haunting her?” I shook my head. “Do you believe in reincarnation, Luke?” He shrugged, but the expression of curiosity on his face prompted me to take a chance. “I didn’t either until I met Mai.” Praise for the Book “This beautiful blend of heartbreak, finding one’s self, grief, forgiveness, loss, and second chances, is a perfect rainy day read. I cannot say enough good things about this book! Read it with a box of tissues, as you will cry your eyes out.” ~The Reading Wolf   Author Lisa Manterfield Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. A Strange Companion is her first novel.

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How to Use Tim Holtz Distress Crayons in Your Bible


Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Sets

Purchased from Amazon


  • Create brilliant backgrounds, watercolor designs, smudge effects, and more with these crayons that work well with Distress Inks and Stains.
  • Distress Crayons are formulated to achieve vibrant coloring effects on porous surfaces for mixed-media. The smooth water-reactive pigments are ideal for creating brilliant backgrounds, watercoloring, smudge effects and more! Color directly onto your surface and blend with water then layer with Distress Inks or Stains for more creative possibilities.
  • Set 1: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, and Peacock Feathers.
  • Set 2: Festive Berries, Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire, and Seedless Preserves.
  • Set 3: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, and Picket Fence
  • Set 4 includes: Includes: Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Lucky Clover, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Pumice Stone
  • Set 5 includes: Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac, Frayed Burlap
  • Set 7 Includes: Fired Brick, Abandoned Coral, Crushed Olive, Evergreen Bough, Stormy Sky, Ground Espresso
  • Set 6 Includes: Worn Lipstick, Carved Pumpkin, Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Blueprint Sketch, Victorian Velvet



When I first heard of Tim Holtz Distress Crayons I was intrigued. I love water coloring and I love Tim Holtz’s products. I knew this had to be a wonderful product to use and I am so happy that they are! I have been using them in my Bible and they work great!


First I put down a layer of clear gesso and dry it. Then I pick out the colors of Distress Crayons I wanted to use on my page. As you can see I just scribbled a line across my page.

Below you will see what happens when I wet each color. I did not dry the colors before moving onto another color.




As you can see it was so easy to create a colorful and fun looking background to my page! I can see the words underneath which I love.


I ended up using a few more colors to finish off this page and then I dried it all. Once dried I use my gel pens to fill in the words and finish my page. These Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons are fantastic to use and I will be using them on more and more of my pages.

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Book Giveaway: Dreams in Deadwood by Kari Trumbo




Dreams in Deadwood by Kari Trumbo

Series: Seven Brides of South Dakota
Genre: Christian, Historical, Romance
Publisher: Indie
Publication date: February 28, 2017
Number of pages: 298
Jennie Arnsby wants nothing more than to turn around and go home. Her family is on their way to Deadwood, SD, when Aiden finds his way to their small wagon train. His teasing and banter leaves her wanting to toss him out the back and in the dust. When, they are separated outside the city, she is left wondering if she’ll ever see him again.
Aiden Bradly wants to find his gold and return home, nothing more. He can’t afford to get tangled with a woman. He’s doing just that until he meets the feisty Jenny. She gets him thinking about his past and forgiveness, but what’s more important, his past or his new future?
Will Aiden be able to redeem both his past and his future and find a greater treasure than he ever imagined?

​Dreams in Deadwood is book one of the Seven Brides of South Dakota series by Kari Trumbo. A romantic, Wild West romp in pioneer South Dakota.




Kari Trumbo is an inspirational romance au-thor, blogger and proud home schooling mother to four great kids. She interacts often on reader groups on Facebook and volunteers at the local library when needed. When she isn’t writing, she is obsessively reading and expanding her skills as a wordsmith. Kari lives in her great-grandfather’s remodeled 1890-built home in central Minnesota with her husband, children, cats, and one hungry wood stove.



1. What or whom inspired you to become an author?
This may sound strange, but it was watching storm chasing shows on television. I’d wanted to write for some time, but a story involving a tornado and its aftermath was the one that invaded my dreams every night for almost two years before I couldn’t stand it and wrote the story. Writing the story freed me from the dreams, but now I write all the time, I can’t keep myself from it.
2. Who are some of your favorite authors?  Do these authors inspire your own writing?
Karen Witemeyer and Sarah Sundin are two of my absolute favorites, but I have a LONG list that I consider inspirational. I’m always open to finding new authors whose prose leave me wanting more. Sometimes a sentence is built so well that you must stop and read it again, soak it in. Let it touch your soul.
3. What does a typical writing day look like for you?
I get up and start my day, help the kids with school (I home school) and check in on Facebook and email. I try to be very accessible. After school, the kids do chores or play and I get busy with focused writing time.

4. What do you want readers to take away from reading Dreams in Deadwood?

Dreams in Deadwood is about the prodigal relationship we have not only with Christ, but with ourselves. We run away from what we know to get and learn bigger and better things, but those things aren’t always what’s best for us. Sometimes, you need to go home and be whole.


She gingerly tip-toed over the rough concrete block floor, careful to check each stall. Her heart pumped in her ears as she waited for him to jump out and scare her, that would be just his way. She’d almost reached the end when a few blades of straw rained softly down on her head. She peered up as Aiden sat on a beam above her. His thickly muscled arms held him for a moment as he swung down then he extended them, releasing his body from the rafters above. He landed right in front of her and she gasped, nose to nose with him. His hazel eyes swept over her face, stalling on her lips, then he turned from her and scraped his hand over the back of his neck expelling a huge breath. She wanted to stalk over there and yank him back, she wasn’t done with him yet.
“We shouldn’t be out here. Brody showed us the tracks of unshod horses out in one of his pastures. Could be Indians or someone trying to look like Indians to stir up trouble. I should get you back home. It was foolish of me to bring you out here.”
He grasped her arm and tugged her along with him. She lost her footing and slid along for a moment until she gained her feet and yanked herself free.
“Just wait one minute! You haven’t shown me anything except that you know how to hide.” Her breath ached to be free of her stays, she was breathing too hard to calm herself.
He returned to her, just a bare few inches away. “You don’t understand, M’fhíorghrá. I can hardly stand to breathe if I’m not with you, but I know you’ll never want to be with me, so I have to stay away. You’re tearing me apart.”










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