Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn’t Give You What You Want by Ann Swindell was released on April 4,2017 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Swindell writes about her condition, Trichotillomania. She shares her heart with you and the struggles that come with the disease and waiting to be healed. There are many stages in the healing process and she discuses this with her relationship with God to help her through. This book is for anyone who as ever waited on God to help them through any situation. I felt this book was an amazing read. I really felt the connection she shares and how she inspires you to Christ. I highly recommend this book. **Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
SYNOPSIS: What if God wants you to wait? Most of us don’t willingly choose to wait. We pick the shortest lines at the grocery store and avoid construction routes whenever possible. These are relatively short holdups, but they point to the deeper truth of what we try to evade on the larger scale of our lives: the anguish and heartache we experience during extended times of waiting when something we have hoped for gets delayed. Because waiting is painful and hard, too often we try to rush through it, seeking to jump ahead to the hoped-for resolution, opportunity, or healing. It’s easy to overlook that waiting is an inevitable part of our walk with God.
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Sweet Tea and Summer Love by Regan Claire
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 9th 2017
SYNOPSIS: It’s been more than a decade since Anna Lynne graced the home where she spent every summer of her childhood. Now, she’s back and overwhelmed by memories of her last summer there. One defined by loss, love, growth, and change. A few short months that changed her forever. Anna Lynne was mourning her father while most of her friends were thinking about college, making her question everything about the life she used to live, and the person she no longer wanted to be. She felt isolated in her grief—until she met Will and his sister, outcasts far outside her normal social circle. Through them, she learned about sacrifice and strength; about loyalty and love. Ultimately, they taught her that tragedy comes in more ways than one. As she recalls that fateful summer and the reason she stayed away from the only home she ever knew, Anna Lynne can’t help but wonder how the people she left behind managed to navigate the heartbreak she helped create—and if they can ever forgive her.
About the author: A Tidewater girl born and bred, Regan Claire’s first friend and love was the Atlantic. Growing up being told legends about pirates and American Natives common in coastal VA and NC, coupled with being an only child, did wonders for her imagination; she’s had one foot in fantasy-land ever since, a trait her closest friends heroically endure (and one she secretly hopes her two daughters have inherited). She moved inland to Nashville when she was entering tweenhood, and not a day goes by that she doesn’t miss her childhood playmate and it’s crashing waves. Nashville has her perks though, and Regan’s proud to be raising her children in Music City. She loves fairy tales, teen movies, and is constantly late.
My review: Sweet Tea and Summer Love is an amazing young adult romance novel. I truly enjoyed reading this book. Claire does an superb job in creating a unique plot line. I like how she created characters that are life like and realistic. The setting is a must for this story and Claire managed to pull that off effectively. The story is based on Anna Lynne telling her sister about the summer with her first love. There is a lot of jumping back from past to present but it helps in telling this lovely story. The love between Will and Allie (what he calls Anna) is swoon worthy making it the perfect summer love. However, this story does have its ups and downs it helps to blend the story and characters into one. I really enjoyed this story and feel the author done an outstanding job! **I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn is a collection of amazing recipes, Indian cooking techniques, and tips. This cookbook is a really nice hardback book with lovely color pictures. The recipes are easy to follow with ingredients that are easy to find in our local grocery store. Each recipe includes a section that explains the dish/recipe and ideas on how the chief used this dish. I really like the tips and techniques section and found many of them very useful. This cookbook would make a lovely gift for a new bride or a housewarming gift. **I received this book complimentary from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
About Vibrant India
From the acclaimed chef and owner of Brooklyn Delhi, a debut cookbook focused on the celebrated vegetarian fare of South India. Lifelong vegetarian and chef Chitra Agrawal takes you on an epicurean journey to her mother’s hometown of Bangalore and back to Brooklyn, where she adapts her family’s South Indian recipes for home cooks. This particular style of Indian home cooking, often called the “yoga diet,” is light and fresh, yet satisfying and rich in bold and complex flavors. Grains, legumes, fresh produce, coconut, and yogurt—along with herbs, citrus, chiles, and spices—form the cornerstone of this delectable cuisine, rooted in vegetarian customs and honed over centuries for optimum taste and nutrition. From the classic savory crepe dosa, filled with lemony turmeric potatoes and cilantro coconut chutney, to new creations like coconut polenta topped with spring vegetables ‘upma” and homemade yogurt, the recipes in Vibrant India are simple to prepare and a true celebration of color and flavor on a plate. Chitra weaves together the historical context behind the region’s cuisine and how she brought some of these age-old traditions to life thousands of miles away in Brooklyn during the city’s exciting food renaissance. Relying on her experience as a culinary instructor, Chitra introduces the essential Indian cooking techniques, tips, and ingredients you’ll need to prepare a full range of recipes from quick vegetable stir frys (corn, basil, and leeks flavored with butter, cumin, and black pepper), salads (citrus red cabbage and fennel slaw with black mustard seeds, curry leaves, and chile), yogurt raitas (shredded beets and coconut in yogurt), and chutneys and pickles (preserved Meyer lemon in chile brine) to hearty stews (aromatic black eyed peas, lentils, and greens), coconut curries (summer squash in an herby coconut yogurt sauce), and fragrant rice dishes (lime dill rice with pistachios). Rounding out the book is an array of addictive snacks (popcorn topped with curry leaf butter), creative desserts (banana, coconut, and cardamom ice cream), and refreshing drinks (chile watermelon juice with mint). Chitra provides numerous substitutions to accommodate produce seasonality, ingredient availability, and personal tastes. The majority of recipes are gluten-free and vegan or can be easily modified to adhere to those dietary restrictions. Whether you are a vegetarian or just looking for ways to incorporate more vegetarian recipes into your repertoire, Vibrant India is a practical guide for bringing delicious Indian home cooking to your table on a regular basis.
About Chitra Agrawal
Chitra Agrawal is the author of Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn and the founder of Brooklyn Delhi, an award-winning Indian condiments line. Since 2009, she has been serving, writing about, and teaching her family’s vegetarian recipes… More about Chitra Agrawal
Ember Raine Winters
(Pride and Honor, #2)
Publication date: April 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Being a cop, I didn’t have any choice, but I really wish I hadn’t got mixed up in this case. My dark past is catching up to me ever since he barreled into my life without a care. It terrifies me that he sees right through me. He could be the one to save me . . . or break me.
It was just a job. Until it wasn’t. By then the sexy little redhead had her claws in me. Now, she’s in my life and I’m lost. How am I supposed to keep the demons from her past from eating her alive? I don’t know, but I will do whatever it takes to make her mine.
It happened again. I didn’t think a person could dream when they were that drunk. I was wrong. She let out a blood-curdling scream, and I jumped from my spot on the couch and ran into the bedroom. I was looking around wildly for any possible threat, when I noticed Tasha thrashing and whimpering in the bed.
“Tasha? Tasha!” I bellowed.
I walked over to the bed and brushed the hair from her face and watched as she settled. Walking around the bed, I figured I’d stay and make sure another nightmare didn’t come back. I leaned up against the headboard and watched her sleep for a bit. I was drowning.
I couldn’t believe how much this woman had gotten under my skin. I didn’t like it, but as I sat there looking at her sleep, her scarlet locks framing the pillow, I knew I was done for. I would do anything to protect her, even from herself.
Everyone joked and talked crap about how I reacted in times of stress, but I learned that from living in foster care and on the streets. I became that way after having to not only watch my back, but also watch Kelly’s as well. It did me a great deal of good in the military. I just wished I knew what to do to help Tasha.
“GO, go, go!” I screamed at Kelly as we ran down an alley.
We had a really big ugly dude on our tail. I was pretty sure he was after Kelly. She was a cute little thing, and we had our fair share of big guys trying to take advantage of her.
We ran down the alley and came to a busy street. There were people everywhere so we slowed our pace.
“Do you think we lost him?” she asked with a tremor in her voice.
I wrapped an arm around her and continued down the street. I could tell she was scared. I hated that she came with me. She actually had a decent family this time. Mine had sucked and the guy had tried to hurt me several times.
When I told Kelly what was happening, she insisted that we take off again—she was a persistent little thing. Finally I agreed after the guy punched me in the face, blackening my eye.
“I don’t know, Tink,” I sighed and hugged her closer.
A moment later she was ripped from my arm and I turned around to see Big Ugly with his meaty paw wrapped around her biceps. She squealed in pain and was thrashing against him. I saw red.
“Let her go!” I raged and stepped forward.
He laughed then. The sound grated on my already fried nerves. I was looking around. It wasn’t good to cause a scene in the middle of a busy street. If someone called the cops, we would be going back to foster care.
It didn’t matter that the guy was roughly pulling Kelly down a sidestreet, struggling all the while. I walked up behind him and punched him in the back of the head as hard as I could.
“What the fuck?” he yelled and swung around with a right cross, but I ducked under his arm and plowed into his middle. He got me from behind, and each blow he delivered to my back felt like I was getting hit by a truck, but I refused to let go. Once he had me on the ground, he flipped me over and straddled my waist as he rained blow after blow on my head and chest. I vaguely heard Kelly’s panicked screams. I was covering my face in an attempt to ward off his punches when everything went black.
My eyes shot open as I looked around wildly. I didn’t recognize anything in the room I was sleeping in. After a few minutes, I relaxed when I noticed Tasha asleep in the bed next to me.
I hadn’t even realized that I had fallen asleep sitting up, until Tasha rolled over and moaned.
“Twitch? What are you doing here?” She yawned.
“Sorry, you had a nightmare. I came in to try to calm you. I must have fallen asleep.” I put my legs over the bed and stood up.
“It’s okay, just stop screaming at me,” she groaned.
I chuckled and then I went to the bathroom. Grabbing a bottle of water and aspirin, I walked back to the bed and handed them to her.
“Thanks.” She popped the aspirin in her mouth and downed the bottle of water. “I don’t really remember much of last night. I hope I didn’t make you uncomfortable,” she said shyly.
“No worries. I have dealt with many drunk people before. You were fine,” I laughed.
“Ugh,” she groaned. “I let her get to me.”
“I figured that. You okay?” I asked, making sure to lower my voice.
“Yup, I’m here to do a job. That’s all!” She was getting fired up. “I’m not going to let her and her selfish need for my forgiveness get to me.”
“Okay, well, you feeling good enough to get this show on the road then?” I asked.
“Absolutely,” she said sitting up, stopping for a second as if noticing something for the first time and looked at me accusingly.
“Did you undress me?”
“Nope, that was all you,” I chuckled. “Carried you to the bed after you passed out on the sofa, but you woke up and started stripping. I hightailed it out of here as soon as I realized what was happening. I only came back in when I heard your nightmare.”
She looked around, seemingly for the first time, and saw her clothes and shoes sprawled across the floor and shook her head.
“This is why I never drink whiskey,” she sighed dramatically.
“You drank whiskey?” I asked flabbergasted.
“Yeah, and a lot of it.” she replied. “Can you leave so I can get dressed, please?”
Ember Raine Winters is a new author who just self published her first book. She went to community college to study political science and philosophy. She is currently taking classes to get her BS in business majoring in Sports management. She is an avid reader mostly fantasy and science fiction with a little romance thrown in as well. She loves writing Science Fiction mainly dystopian but is trying her hand in Fantasy as well.
Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you? Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play? Hi! I’m Dylan Spaulding AKA Twitch and I work for GTT Security. I was sent to help the LAPD and the breathtakingly beautiful Tasha bring that idiot Brendan in for kidnapping his own kids. I never would have guessed that I would fall so hard for her fiery spirit and take charge attitude. I learn somethings about her in the process that make me not only love her but need to protect her.
Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features? I’m pretty average in appearance nothing to striking about me. I do have a tendancy to look around a lot and watch everyone else’s back. That’s why they call me Twitch. I’m always ready for trouble.
Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos? I do have a tattoo on my biceps but you will have to read the book to find out what it is.
Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together? Ember? Nah, not really. I think I will leave that up to the girls they can all do girly crap together or whatever.
If you could have a super power what would it be, and why? I think super speed would be the best there are a couple times in my life where that particular super power would have been useful. I may have been able to save some lives if I had just been fast enough.
What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others? I hate people who hurt women and children they are definitely the scum of the earth.
What would I love the most about you? My awesome body, obviously! *chuckles* no really I’m loyal to a fault and once I care about someone I do everything in my power to protect them.
What would I hate the most about you? It might be the fact that I still subscribe to the idea that women should be cherished and protected. Marcy and Tasha have both gotten all over me on more than one occasion because I mentioned trying to protect them, Kaylee too.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? To an extent I guess. I think she made it seem like I was a lot more arrogant and conceited then I actually am but whatever. I know I am awesome and that’s exactly how she portrayed me, so it’s all good. *chuckles*
What is your idea of a perfect day? Staying in bed with Tasha all day and blocking out the rest of the world. We would only come out to order food and then eat it in bed naked all day!
What is your greatest fear? Losing Tasha. Failing her is my biggest damn fear in the world. I can’t imagine what my life would become if I lost her. I would cease to exist.
Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that? Ha! Tasha told me about this question and just let me say that no matter who thought they were in love with me wouldn’t matter because the only person that I will ever love is Tasha. (Did I lay it on thick enough because I don’t want Tasha to kick my ass later for giving the wrong answer.) *snickers*
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was little I wanted to be just like my dad. He was a great man and a federal prosecutor in Baltimore. The man was everything to me. He died along with my mom when I was twelve years old. After that nothing mattered but surviving and as soon as the foster-care system spit me out, I joined the Army.
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would do today? Stay in bed with Tasha all day. *chuckles* No I would tell my family that I loved them and spend time with the three greatest kids in the world, Leanne, Lance and Trey’s son Mikey.
What is the one food you can’t live without? I am a total grilled cheese junkie. My mom used to make the best grilled cheese sandwiches when I was a kid and I could eat them all day, everyday.
If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you? I would want someone who is a badass to play me, but I think Chris Pratt or Channing Tatum would be the best because they have killer bodies just like me. See? I told you I wasn’t as conceited as she made me out to be. *Laughs*