October 19, 2017

Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

Pepper Basham's soon-to-be-released book, Charming the Troublemaker, is going to be a hit with readers. She has such a way of weaving romance, truth, and unique characters into a masterpiece you won't want to put down.

About the Book:

Rainey Mitchell is doing just fine. She has a great job helping children in need, her family is around her, she is mother to a fabulous little girl, and is getting over the betrayal of her ex-husband. Dr. Alex Murdock is not doing so well, as he is forced to work at a rural university, his life is full of secrets surrounding his family, and he has to start over in a new town. Luckily, Rainey, the daughter of his landlord, is there to get him settled. Rainey just wants to stay away from the new professor, who has the same charm as her ex. Unfortunately, they seem to need each other. Rainey needs his grant-writing ability to save her program, and Alex is terrible at the lecturing at which Rainey excels. The two must work together to fulfill their goals, but will they be able to do it? Rainey's insecurities and Alex's obsession with protecting his family could be their undoing. 

My Thoughts:

Pepper writes such vivid characters that you can sink your heart into and come away feeling like a part of their family. I loved the extended Mitchel family and the warmth and love they show to each other. They are such a giving family that enfolds a stranger like Alex in.

Can I just say that I love the term "adorkable" for Alex Murdock? Ever the flirt and teaser, he gueards his past and his family and hides behind his humor and adorkability. Rainey is bound and determined to resist Alex's charm, but he wears her down, little by little, with his sweet care and some fabulous kisses. Whew! Pepper can write a fabulous kissing scene!

I'm looking forward to the next installment in the Mitchell family series!

You can pre-order Charming the Troublemaker HERE. It will be released on November 1, 2017.


October 12, 2017

The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips

If you love the Bachelor or Bachelorette, you will love Krista Phillip's newest book, The Engagement Plot. Seriously. Krista has a knack for witty banter, funny situations, and some ooo-la-la romance!

About the Book:

Six months ago, William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people on a reality TV dating show. And now the big-wig CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf in Minnesota and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But life is swirling around faster than snow in a blizzard, and despite her objections, teaming up with William seems like the only option to rescue her reputation.
              
William has never regretted anything more than the day he gave that ill-fated interview for the reality show, The Price of Love. But while he can’t change the past, he’s determined to fix the future. He just needs to convince Hanna to forgive him—and pretend to be engaged with him. Simple, right?

When the media erupts with even worse accusations, teaming up and pretending to be engaged seems to be the only way to salvage their reputations.  Despite the media frenzy that swirls around them, an attraction neither of them can fight off begins to surface. Could this love run deeper than a scandal, or will old wounds tear them apart once and for all?  When all seems lost, it’s only with help from above that Hanna and Will may find their happily-ever-after.


My Thoughts:

I love Hanna and William's story. Hanna's hope of a happy-ever-after seemed to be dashed with William's ill-fated interview, sending her home with her reputation in shreds. But when William shows up asking her to team up with him to save both of their reputations, she reluctantly says yes. Their rocky journey is filled with some funny experiences, warm-hearted relatives, and some incredible romantic tension. And Krista knows how to write a good kiss....yes, she does! 

If you love romantic comedy, Krista Phillips is the author for you. You will smile, laugh, tear up, and laugh some more. Yes, I snorted in a scene or too. 

You can pre-order Krista's book HERE. The Engagement Plot releases November 1, 2017.


October 10, 2017

Knowing Your Identity


Knowing your identity is a hot topic right now. I've seen it repeatedly in blog posts and books, and it has also popped up in my ladies Bible study at church. We are going through the Word Writers Study of James by Denise J. Hughes right now, and Day 16 brings up this thought of identity while discussing the importance of being cultivators of peace.

James 3:17-18 says, "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness."

Bitterness and envy stem from ungodly wisdom. The world says to push your way to the top. Be the best no matter what. But godly wisdom is gracious to others, wishing them all the best in their endeavors.

In the study, the author compares James and Paul. James was called to lead the church in Jerusalem, while Paul preached to the Gentles. They each had their own call from the Lord to the people He placed before them. They were secure in their calling and found their identity in that call of God. They didn't have to compete with one another because they each had their own job to do.

Knowing your identity is the way to rise above the competition and comparison game. When we know who we are in Him - His child, His creation, His beloved - we can rest secure in His call on our lives and support others in their calling.

  • Has He called you to be a mother or father? Rest in that and don't compare your family to others. Rejoice in their success and celebrations.
  • Has He called you to be a writer? Stand strong that He will give you words to share on the page. Your own words, not the words of others. Cheer others on in their writing journey. God is doing a new thing in each person.
  • Has He called you to lead in a ministry? Then lead with confidence that He is supporting you and will give you the wisdom to do so. Don't get your feelings hurt when another person has more people flock to their ministry. God has just the right people coming to yours...the people who need what you have to offer. 

Your identity is rooted in your Creator. You are a child of God and given a role in the life you lead. Live boldly in that calling, stepping out in faith toward the path He has set before you. And while you are at it, cheer on those around you as they move forward in their calling.

Loving Him and serving others is by far the best calling of all.

Have you found it difficult to cheer others on? Do you find your identity lost amid competing and comparison? What are you doing to find your true identity?





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