Thursday, 28 May 2015

20 BOOKS OF SUMMER 2015 28.5.15


A choice of 10 or 20 reads for the June 1 - Sept 4 Challenge hosted by Cathy746Books
tweeting #20booksofsummer to find and encourage everyone participating
and Kels' BlonderSideofLife for her #bookishsideoflife  book challenge .
Lots of reading variety from all participants as I've hopped around, so we're sure to find 
something we'd like to add to our own lists.
Breaking the list into 2 groups of 10 may be a help in reaching a full 20 for me..
strictly because who knows what happens in summer time!
Remembering JUNE is AUDIO MONTH so definitely including those
and AUSTEN in AUGUST will influence those choices.
so.... Here goes ~

The Merciful Scar  by Rebecca St James
The Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton 
[a June goodreads group readalong #TraveltheWorldinBooks]

The Rose Girls by Victoria Connelly
After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
Death of a Chimney Sweep [Hamish Macbeth]  by MC Beaton
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
The Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta [if possible option]
At least 1 of Any by Agatha Christie [lots of choices! have read all]

~ 10 down ~
The next batch to bring me to #20booksofsummer include July/Aug releases,
Paris in July and Jane Austen / JA Austenesque for the Austen in August Challenges
The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E Ladd
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy
Among the Fair Magnolias - anthology collection
Summer's List by Anita Higman
Island Dreams by Kimberly Rose Johnson
Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer - JA shortstory anthology for AinA
Holidays with Jane: Spring Fever - JA anthology for AinA
Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery 100th Anniversary !
Emma by Alexander McCall Smith [ prefer audio when available]
Bringing me to 20 books I want to read!  
Link up your 10 or 20 Books of Summer HERE at Cathy's 746books blog
and let me know if you're 
working on your own lists.  BEST!
Thanks for sharing and checking in. 
 *I'll be updating the list with changes and completions
and tweeting #20booksofsummer and #bookishsideoflife

Looking for more Summer Reading?
Don't miss
Kels' #BookishSideofLife Challenge
signup linky for your book goal intentions 
with an end of month linkup June July August
More reading fun~ Grab her button and signup ~
I'll see you there ~ Thanks Kels!

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015



I've been looking forward to today's Top Ten lists.
Considering the prompt brings up dreams of Summer!

Here's the prompt from The Broke and the Bookish -
"Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or

Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads"

I'll share mine then I'll look for yours in links so we'll have enough for our summer reading!
To Mend a Dream
Having read and loved Tamera Alexander's May 12th release  To Win Her Favor
I'm anticipating To Mend a Dream,
the novella that develops Savannah's story .
Adding the full short story collection as well -
Among the Fair Magnolias
Another fav, Anita Higman's Winter in Full Bloom , I 'm adding her newest.  
June's release - Summer's List
She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something-or someone. . . 
Waiting for Kimberly Rose Johnson's Wildflower B&B Romance series #2.
Island Dreams will be releasing just in  time for August at the beach - Chase Grayson values the peace and quiet of Wildflower Island. That serenity is threatened by a developer, Piper Hunt, who wants to destroy everything he values in a home. However, he likes Piper in spite of her mission and doesn't want to see her hurt. But if he doesn't stop her, life as he knows it will be forever altered, and if he succeeds he will never see her again. . .
The Rose Girls [June release] by Victoria Connelly
and pretty much any of Victoria's makes for a 
fun filled, perfect light beach read.
The Rose Girls is an uplifting, tender and romantic story of courage, perseverance and the healing power of family.  Molly's Millions Hard-up florist Molly Bailey has just won £4.2 million pounds. And she needs to get rid of it – fast!  A strong belief that sharing her good fortune is the only way forward, Molly unwittingly becomes the most sought-after person in the country as, in true Robin Hood style, she distributes her wealth to the masses.
Anything Agatha Christie will be in my beach bag along with an 
MC Beaton Hamish Macbeth mystery
[and probably in audio]
Can.Not.Wait. for Sarah Ladd's next release and new series Treasures of Surrey.
I won The Curiosity Keeper  at Kav Rees's totally fun week of
winner's choice giveaways.
Being a fan, I will devour this as soon as the post delivers.
 As a second son, he was content working as a village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may or may not be the answer to his questions.
I've been adding to my Jane Austen fan fiction shelf 
and kindle ereads in anticipation of another Austen in August.
THis short story collection definitely = More great beach reads!
 Six modern adaptations of Austen's classics. So put up your parasols and prepare for sunshine, smiles, and, of course, happily ever afters.
This just sounds too fun - 
Jessie Stanton has it all. Until one fateful afternoon when she notices her BMW bouncing by the window behind a tow truck... 
An invite to a FB release party for a perfect beach read anthology that is 
now going into the beach bag!  Thanks to east coast Canadian author J Marie Croft
for inviting me and I, in turn, invite you - June 3rd  - 
Come join Sun-Kissed: effusions of summer

Which brings my list to 10 + !  I hope you've found something you'd like-
Books are a top #JoyHopeLive link in my life.[ Feel free to link yours below]
 I'm looking forward to your book recommendations.
Thanks for sharing your favs with FHC readers!

May 26: Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or
Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

June 2: Top Ten Books I'd Love To See As Movies/Tv Shows 
June 9: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015
[let's talk about what we are excited about for the rest of the year]

June 16: Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015
June 23: In honor of 5 years of Top Ten Tuesday ( our first Top Ten Tuesday debuted June 21, 2010) -- My Ten Favourite Top Ten Topics We've Ever Done In The Past 5 Years
June 30: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015
July 7: Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

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Saturday, 23 May 2015


Nothing like #SONGSonSUNDAYS for JoY!
[with Giveaway]

Pentecost Sunday is commemorated worldwide today.
Holy Spirit’s inspiration to breathe fresh wind and light fresh fire
to the kindling of our life.  
On the 50th day after Easter, Yeshua's followers gathered in one accord, of one mind united in praying together.  The wind of Holy Spirit descended upon them with flames of fire.
They received the “gift of tongues” – the ability to speak in other languages – and immediately began to talk about ADONAI to people from all over the world who had
flocked to Jerusalem for the Feast of 
The precedent was set.
Find more History of PENTECOST in  Acts 2.1~21 
Adonai says:

“In the Last Days,I will pour out from my Spirit upon everyone...and they will prophesy.  I will perform miracles in the sky above and signs on the earth below —blood, fire and thick smoke.20   The sun will become dark and the moon bloodbefore the great and fearful Day of Adonai comes.21   And then, whoever calls on the name of Adonai will be saved.”


 Scripture's s
ymbols of Pentecost are those of the Holy Spirit including
 flames, fire, wind, and a dove.

Psalm 103.33-35

"May the glory of Adonai last forever!  May Adonai rejoice in his works!
I will sing to Adonai as long as I live, sing praise to my God all my life.
May my musings be pleasing to him; I will rejoice in Adonai...
Bless Adonai, my soul!  Halleluyah!

Avion Blackman sings her praise to Holy Spirit as today's celebration of Pentecost 
Blessings for #SongsonSundays 


OCEANS [Where Feet May Fail]
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you're my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine


Stunning beauty to nourish our spirit captured in this second version of 
  Hillsong United

Praising with you for the promised Gift of Holy Spirit
 Comforter, Companion, Advocate, Counselor, Encourager
Friend, Spirit of Truth
the very Power to live as followers and witnesses of Christ.

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Acts 1.8
"But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth."


Romans 8.26-28
"Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good."

*Scripture links to The Message, Amplified Bible and Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.  BibleGateway

May your day and week be Blessed with recognition
of Holy Spirit's Power and Presence...

Please link your worship songs and responses in comments.
Link to #SONGSonSUNDAYS if you post to blog - TY!
We look forward to sharing them along with you!

Plus... a heads up for this Tues May 26th
Here it is !  Fabulous - EnJOY !!

Love this newest release #SkySpillsOver from MWS! 
Steady rhythmic beat gets the body movin' and spirit lifted with a smile.
Beautiful background vocals soar with MWS in fine form.
Lyrics are loud and proud praise.  Listeners will add theirs to the worship.
A definite addition to my driving music repertoire!
premieres TODAY 05.26.2015
Michael W Smith releasing a video of this fav single from his brand new album 'SOVEREIGN' !

And. . .

a Rafflecopter giveaway

MWS on the video:

"I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER.
It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night.
My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project.
..what made this project even more special was that
3 of my own grandkids were in the video.
This video was a lot of fun to make.
I hope people enjoy it!"

Find album songs here on itunes

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Friday, 22 May 2015


We often encourage each other to "bloom where you're planted." I like the symbolism, but realized that RevGals and Pals hail from all over the world!
What blooms in Maryland may be far different than the flowers in your part of the world.
So, to celebrate our diversity,
show us five plants that bloom around your home or neighborhood. 

I'm looking forward to seeing the wide variety of beauty we have among us!
from RevGal Deb today's host]

"Let the heavens rejoice; let the earth be glad;
 ...let the fields exult and all that is in them.
Then all the trees in the forest will sing for joy!"

Psalm 96.11-12

Blooming Beauties !
A lovely visually oriented meme I'm happy pursuing.
Leaves are greening here and seem all the better for last weekend's
moisture despite its arrival via high winds and snow!

Here's what I was pleased to notice last Saturday before stormy weather arrived
Gracing the walk at the Tea House we visited.
and the lilacs just in bud, edged the southern side of the property 


One native plant we have in abundance ...
Lilies of the Valley

This next floral. Prairie Lilies, has actually garnered its own Lily Festival, 
which reminds me of Matthew 6.28-30
 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers
—most of which are never even seen—
don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with 
getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions...
You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met."


and a bonus ~
 a favourite provincial prairie flower that's often a rarity to find in season
but a true joy when discovered covering a country field

Find more on Canadian flowers representative of their province HERE


“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; 
for beauty is God’s handwriting —a wayside sacrament. 
Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower,
and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Are You another of the Blooming Beauties?

I look forward to hearing and seeing your local floral abundance!
Weather permitting we can all be out and about discovering new growth this weekend...
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