New Reader Options

Afternoon, everyone! The time have finally come that GFC and Reader are going away. So... that means it's time to find new options to follow our fave blogs. These include BlogLovin', Google Plus (I DO NOT like this forum by the way) or Feedly. While I am disappointed the Google Friend Connect button is going away (because of the ease it provided in following blogs), I am determined to adjust to these new options and learn how better to make the most of what they offer. I am also still contemplating whether or not to open my imported Wordpress blog. If I do, I'll add the links to that. Right now I am conflicted because I am not sure I want to have both "open." Perhaps I'll make the link public and go from there... we'll see. It's such a dilemma.

I just popped over to Feedly and experienced the easiest ever transfer from Reader to Feedly. If you are interested in keeping up with Dreaming Under the Same Moon, you can follow on BlogLovin' via the "+" button at the top of this page, or add it on Feedly. Either way, I am looking forward to continuing to read your blogs.

Thank you again for all  your support and comments on this blog over the last two years -
you've no idea how much I've enjoyed it and still am!


Hey, all! In the last two months, I have been reading like crazy; the kind of reading that I quite literally felt like I was going to drown in. Here’s why. First reason being, there are too many awesome, wonderful blog tours out there tempting me when I’d open my email page – I just couldn’t pass up too many of them… so basically, I didn’t.
Then, I was honored and surprised by getting to participate in the 2013 INSPY awards which is a program that was created to honor the best in inspirational Christian fiction by the bloggers who read, review and promote the best in Christian fiction. Of the five categories, I was in the “romance” genre and here were the five novels up for the award.  

Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

Breath of Dawn by Kristin Heitzman

My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade

Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz

To Whisper her Name by Tamara Alexander 

…and the winner is:

Here is what all three of us judges agreed was the reason why:  

"Irrespective of the category The Breath of Dawn was judged by, don’t let that fool you; this novel is much more than just a romance. It’s full of excitement, challenges and a heart-tugging romance that blossoms under the sanctity of marriage. Kristen Heitzmann deftly balances romance, suspense, history and a much-needed spiritual message without letting any element suffer out of respect to another. The romance between Quinn and Morgan is tender, yet blossoms into something more passionate over the course of the story. The growing relationship between our hero and heroine is believable, and assisted by fleshed-out secondary characters who begin to feel like family by the end of the novel. Quinn’s appeal grows when the reader learns that she grew up in a cult-like religious community, introducing a backstory that makes her all the more relatable. The discussion of the community is a bold move on Heitzmann’s part, but it is dealt with in a manner that is neither derogatory or sounds like a sermon. The spiritual message in The Breath of Dawn organically grows out of the story, tying all of these elements together to produce a well-rounded, satisfying story."

The other winners were:

The Frist Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones (General Fiction)
With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo (Young Adult Literature)
Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins (Mystery and Thriller)
Soul’s Gate by James L Rubart (Speculative Fiction)

I have to say that in reading these five books, I was blown away. Out of the five I’d not read four of them, I was pleasantly surprised by each, which disproved my theory that I could judge if a book was “right” for me – and though sadly not all can win, I honestly thought all five had something to offer. The INSPY advisory board made the right call in narrowing it down.

There will be reviews posted on most if not all of these novels in the coming days and I’d love to know what you think of the books or authors when they do show up! Be on the lookout.

Thank you INSPYs (Lydia and Rel) for the pleasure and honor of working with you in this process – I sincerely thank you for including me in this; it was a wonderful learning experience! Also to Rachel Brand and Susan Brangz, my fellow judges; it was a blast working with you, ladies!

CONGRATS to The Breath of Dawn and Kristin Heitzmann for winning the 2013 title; it was well deserved. Cooler yet is that Kristin also won the Christy Award for her novel in the romance category earlier this week.

I cannot wait to see what will come for the 2013/2014 INSPY season.
It promises to be a terrific year!

The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Hietzmann - Engrossing Contemporary Fiction at its Finest

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About the Book:
Author: Kristen Heitzmann
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2012
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Inspirational, Suspense
Find the R E V I E W Elsewhere:

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Amazon ǀ Goodreads
Rating: ★★★★ ½ 

There is a delicate narrative required in every love story. If an author wants to up the romantic tension, there is a fine line in writing something that will stir our senses and emotions in all the right ways vs. something that may read as if love has been sugarcoated. 

Branded as a romance, in The Breath of Dawn, Kristen Heitzmann looks beyond this, and digs deeper into the (messy) meaning of love and life. She doesn’t just stop with the love story – which is exceptionally beautiful, she challenges the characters, placing them in situations that don't fall under the purview of being “safe.” Nothing this book does plays it safe – and it’s the lack of a haven that brings light to the book. 

Already a familiar character to fans, Morgan Spencer is again at the center of the story, only this time he is a single father whose life soon becomes entangled with that of Quinn Riley. Two strangers who form an unusual bond in one of the most unexpected fictional romances I have read.  

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Clever or not, anything that smacks of “fairytale” means this moviegoer is sure to look into it. Whether or not it’s the cleverest entertainment doesn’t seem to matter in the end – a meet-cute and happy-ever-after is all I need.  

Casting Scoop: Cinderella (Update!)

Hello, dearies!
Wanted to drop by with some grand news about the growing cast list of this upcoming 'Cinderella' adaptation.
First, Holliday Grainger has been cast as one of the evil stepsisters who many costume drama fans may remember from the recent adaptation of Great Expectations. She's really a lovely actress who has played "good girl" (Jane Eyre) and "bad," villainess characters. Either way... I think she'll do well.
Then... the news I am most thrilled about, Sophie Mcshera has been cast!
Please tell me, you know who this lovely girl is?!
She's Daisy from Downton Abbey!
Joining the cast to play Cinderella's "other" evil stepsister is a bit... unfortunate since Daisy is a doll however I have every confidence Sophie will do the role justice and it could be fun to see her is a completely different setting.
Basically this is looking like one big, happy 'Downton' reunion considering Lily James will be taking on the title role.
Oh, yes! And I cannot forget to add that Helena Bonham Carter was cast as the Fairy Godmother. Not sure I like the sound of that but...
What do you all think?
If you missed any news on this, read below for the "update" that was originally posted back in May.
Published originally May 22nd 2013
Good afternoon, everyone! Just so you all know, I am loving your lovely comments from this past week. The latest on the blog is a review of the 2012 version of Great Expectations starring Jeremy Irvine, which I've love your thoughts on if you've seen - or if you haven't (if you have anything to add, please "click" over there), plus the book giveaway will be closing in 1 day and 10 hours, so if you've not entered by want too, make sure to do so.

Stopping by to give you all a brief update on the Cinderella news we've been chatting about - Charming has been cast! Multiple sources are confirming that actor Richard Madden has been cast for Disney's upcoming live-action version of Cinderella.

Here's what Variety is saying:

The King in the North is becoming Cinderella’s Prince Charming.

“Game of Thrones’” Richard Madden has been cast as the prince in Disney’s live-action version of “Cinderella.”

Kenneth Branagh will direct the film, which also stars “Downton Abbey’s” Lily James in the title role and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother.

Allison Shearmur, David Barron and Simon Kinberg are producing “Cinderella” for Disney.

Madden joins Lily James (Downton Abbey), Cate Blanchett playing the evil stepmother and Kenneth Branagh

As most of you know, I am not overly fond of this choice but... I think just knowing that this is the actor who will be the "face" of Prince Charming, the idea has grown on me plus  I am determined to keep an open mind and who knows!? I may be surprised, and Richard my be the "perfect" choice. Bring on the promotional material!

If anyone has any thoughts, do share them below.

So Undercover (2011)

Fluff and immaturity – not to mention a cute leading man, is something this wannabe Miss Congeniality comedy has in spades. Somehow it works.  

Casting Rumor: Into the Woods

From past conversations right here, I’ve been delighted to discover that many of you are fairytale fans. Yay! What fun to be a part of such a diverse and entertaining fan club. This news is for all of you! You will all remember we’ve been chatting about the upcoming live-action version of Cinderella which has confirmed casting, now Disney is producing/releasing another adaptation of Cinderella, only… this one has a twist! Not only will Cinderella be among the familiar players, there will be a plethora of iconic protagonists and antagonists; we’ll also see Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and characters from Jack and the Beanstalk. This one sounds like it will have a “new” twist and the cast ranges from veteran stars to new kids on the block.  

Gone South by Meg Moseley

About the Book:
Author: Meg Moseley
Publisher: Multnomah
Publication Date: 2013
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

I must confess the draw to this book was its cover art – the quirkiness of it was appealing. Beyond that, obviously I thought the story sounded full of promise and one or two rave reviews later and, voilà curiosity was stirred. Never having read anything by Meg Moseley before, how the story would read was a mystery. Over the three person point of view that unfolds, there are interesting perspectives and even more unique characters. There’s brokenhearted Tish whose past is all about “hanging on” to what could-have-been; antiques dealer George, a man with a very miniature nuisance and the adorable though immature Melanie (yes, you guessed it, her mother is a Gone with the Wind fan!) – a young woman shunned for past indiscretions. 3o chapters and 300-hundred-some pages later, all of the characters were fully explored, as individuals. In fact, it’s probably been a long while since I read a novel in which there was more than a boy-girl switch off that elected for such an easy-going multi-view POV prose; the changes transition smoothly, almost seamlessly from one voice to the next and it was a fun trip down South to meet them all.

Reminding me a lot of a favorite television show, the setting is very “small-town” and sometimes it sets up as being old-fashioned (with only the most charming results) since each of the three main characters are struggling with the past in some way or another. Setting aside Meg’s sensitive and soft narratives, she also expertly wove into the story some fascinating historical lessons – all of which are actually inspiring in one way or another. Changing the past is not something Tish is capable of doing and yet for years she lived cocooned in the safety of a past. Once she learns that her family name is shadowed in scandal, only then does she ever so slowly emerge from the safety of that net – from being shunned for the sins of ancestors, she came into her own learning that while reality (the here and now) is not perfect, it’s what you make of it that carves out a chance at happiness. The sweetness between Tish and Melanie – or “Mel,” is a precious relationship. Meg does a stupendous job with it. Full of flaws and disagreements, the scenes of them together bond as that of a sister’s love and it sees all the highs and lows such a relationship experiences; there’s screaming fights (the older sister represented in Tish) and at the end of the day, always love and protection. Likewise Mel’s struggle becomes more real and easy to accept where once the reader was only skeptical.    
Anyone searching for a romance will be disappointed. George and Tish may be interesting as single characters (not many guys can still seem “cool” while carrying around a small dog – in fact it's usually a turn-off) however as a romantic counterpart, I didn’t really enjoy he and Tish together. Sure both are likable and his affection for her seemed genuine but the sparks just weren’t there. One scene opens possibilities but beyond that, it’s pretty empty...

The spiritual takeaway is rather tepid. Other than a mention or two of finding a church and Mel’s childlike whispered prayers, I never felt the pull of Christianity.  Sometimes, this doesn't bother me depending on the setting or characters, other times it does. In this case, I wanted more from Tish and George's - more for their spiritual well-being, because I think they deserved that.

Pacing was duller than not until approximately 1/3 of the way through the book.
Given the focus and impressive “voices” of the characters, perhaps there is enough content to distract from the flaws. True to the Southern lifestyles, the novel started out slowly, taking its sweet time to pull everyone together. Until it does, it isn’t a page-turner because we counted on “more.” Once everyone meets, things start to pick up and we pick sides – choosing who we trust and finding out not everyone is as forgiving as they should be. Second chances and a definite flow of all things Southern is what Gone South is all about. Where it might not have been my favorite novel of the year, it's got some really nice moments and I've read some glowing reviews of the book. Bravo to Meg Mosley for skirting around some of the “obvious” clichés and taking chances of her own.

Coming Next: When Laura Gantt returns to Georgia to handle her late mother's estate, she hears a startling rumor---that her father staged his drowning years ago and has recently been spotted roaming the mountains.

With the help of her former high school sweetheart, Laura searches for the truth. But will what they find destroy their rekindled feelings?
 - Goodreads

Synopsis: Leaving frosty Michigan for the Deep South was never a blip in the simple plans Tish McComb imagined for her life, dreams of marriage and family that were dashed five years earlier in a tragic accident. Now an opportunity to buy her great-great-great-grandparents’ Civil War era home beckons Tish to Noble, Alabama, a Southern town in every sense of the word. She wonders if God has given her a new dream— the old house filled with friends, her vintage percolator bubbling on the sideboard.

When Tish discovers that McCombs aren’t welcome in town, she feels like a Yankee behind enemy lines. Only local antiques dealer George Zorbas seems willing to give her a chance. What’s a lonely outcast to do but take in Noble’s resident prodigal, Melanie Hamilton, and hope that the two can find some much needed acceptance in each other.

Problem is, old habits die hard, and Mel is quite set in her destructive ways. With Melanie blocked from going home, Tish must try to manage her incorrigible houseguest as she attempts to prove her own worth in a town that seems to have forgotten that every sinner needs God-given mercy, love and forgiveness.
 - Gooreads

With thanks to Blogging for Books and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes

Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel

In origin many superheroes make us think of silly heroics and even goofier costumes, so why is it then, that audiences fall head over heels for them? No matter the antics or that they emerged from series of comic books, there is something noble and patriotic about a hero rising up to save mankind – no matter if he is a red-caped crusader in blue tights. 

(This review won't reveal any "major" spoilers but if you want to see the movie unbiased, there will be honest opinions of the pros and cons.)

Warm Bodies (2013) - A Zombie RomCom Adaptation

Post-apocalyptic stories have caught on like fire in young adult fiction and at the box office. Those intrigue me despite their eerie mirror-like predictions. Also popular in today’s pop culture is the fandom of vampires, werewolves and zombies. Those stories are a sure sign I will ignore the movie. This movie did the impossible; it entertained, delighted and charmed me. Think Beauty and the Beast, with a twist that is a bit, shall we say, lifeless…

Mr. Selfridge, Series One (2013)

Following in the footsteps of BBC’s The Paradise, ITV introduced its own take on the real-life American entrepreneur and the fawning fascination over England’s first department store. Where one is charming and takes some fascinating twists, the other is riddled with clichés and immoralities. Nonetheless, surprisingly both are entertaining. Read on to find out which category this falls into. 

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

About the Book:
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Christian
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

Giving readers a clever plot is half the battle in fiction. Veteran author, Karen Witemeyer does just that in her latest rip-roaring “western,” Stealing the Preacher. Narrating the story of yet another one of the popular, good-looking Archer brothers, Crockett is the man of the hour and the red-headed Texan Joanna Robbins is the girl who captures his fancy. The pair meet when he is literally trussed up like a calf at the fair, which begs the question, what could be cuter than that for a first meeting? It’s got some flair and makes us curious what will come of the relationship between Joanna and Crockett. Beyond that, I cannot say that this novel will be high on my favorites list – and at the risk of sounding cliché, allow me to clarify... this is me, not the author.  

Karen is practiced in her genre and she has a wonderful fan base. Personally, I’ve fallen away from “western fiction” and no matter how many times I convince myself to again try one, the result is always the same. Early on in the book, the lethargic pace did nothing to appeal to me and I felt as if I were forcing myself to turn each page, plodding along in the Texas town without being really excited about anything. There was too much said and not enough “action.” Because of Crockett’s vocation, there was a lot of sermonizing that didn’t ever seem to hit its mark or further the story which was ultimately to heal the broken spirit of Joanna’s father resulting from a reeling experience with a pious man, leaving any man who preaches in bad standing with Silas Robbins. What I did thoroughly enjoy about this book was that both protagonists were solid in their faith. This seems a given considering Crockett is a man of faith but it was far more than just that. He and Joanna both seemed to live their beliefs; it wasn’t just a way of life, it was the only way to live. That was a refreshing premise given that it’s normally one of the two (the leading couple) who is resisting any form of faith. Bookending that is a charming father-daughter relationship that made me smile, feeling comfortable warmth in their relationship that is not always so easily expressed.  
Concluding on an exciting high is something stories almost always undertake however this one wasn’t well played. There were three events marking the end of ‘Preacher’ and instead of cumulating only to encourage the reader to turn page after page, it seemed to work against every play, creating friction instead of excitement and then that final “parade” to the swimming hole should have been omitted in my humble opinion. 

This is being nitpicky but Crockett winks… a lot. So much so that it ceased to be cute after a while.

Any reader who appreciates untamed frontiers in the “old west,” has previously enjoyed Karen’s writing and likes a hero with a twinkle in his eye who is willing to go the extra mile for the woman whom he cherishes won’t  be let down by Stealing the Preacher;  the protagonists have interesting passions (a pastor with a knowledge of medicine and a heroine who rides as well as she paints) and no matter how rushed their romance seemed, they were cute together. In the end, it has a premise that goes the extra mile and that’s important to any story.  

Synopsis: On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he's forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he's haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind--a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.

For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna's outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher? - Goodreads

With thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes

Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter - Poignant Contemporary Romance of Loss and Renewal

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About the Book:
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
Amazon | Goodreads
Series: Chapel Springs Romance → Book one
Genre: Fiction; Romance, Series
Rating: ★★★★★

Sometimes after reading one book by an author whose words have once impressed, there is trepidation subsequent novels may not take the same cues or have the same effect. Being on the other side of storytelling (that of a reader), we fear that it won’t possibly be able to surpass or match that adoration of the first book from a favorite author. Fortunately even after the sense of elation any contemporary fan will have experienced in The Trouble with Cowboys, reading Hunter’s latest novel was a piece of candied joy; it goes beyond the “duty” of its peers. 

Set in a small-town community with a beautiful, compelling nostalgia background, the familial ties and genuine (human) characters endears this book is better than the “average” romance plus takes a hold of the commonalities within the genre and searches out the real heart of the story – the kind that effects readers in only the best sense.  
“...sometimes we have to find the courage to take off our shoes and feel it all. Even the bad stuff.” - Denise Hunter
The McKinley family is big, boisterous, and with little effort, they've won me over. I’m a fan of novels in which large families are given wings to grow, making us grow to care about them in the process and as a bonus, they also challenge us (that’s possibly the best gift a writer can leave with their audience). Here we are introduced to a broken, mourning Madison McKinley and the boy who has loved her since high school, Beckett O’Reilly. 

In their story, there is deep poignancy between the two of them; Beckett is tender, loving and not at all the “bad boy” he is made out to be. Madison is hurting in deep, dark places and only through Beckett’s steadfast support (he won’t let her go even when her actions push him away) and God’s healing hand does she come to realize that. In order to heal, Madison is “broken” from her grief; instead of coming to God, she has the idea of what she thinks she needs to feel whole again and it’s only at that breaking point that gives her real peace. By trying to fix her hurt on her own, the heroine shoved God into a corner and “forgot” the only way she’d achieve healing. Though subject to personal conclusions, it’s actually the “weakness” of the characters that brings this story full circle. The budding relationship between these two is, naturally sparked with physical chemistry (the characters first being attracted as young teens solidifies this) but it molds into something deeper; fixating on the secrets of the characters, it’s those private emotions that change and shape them, making them tangible and reachable in a fictional world that digs deep roots in reality.  

Going beyond the richly drawn spiritual challenges, the romance was also precious. I adored these two together; Beckett was above and beyond a gentleman. In Barefoot Summer, there isn’t one dull moment; one scene is particularly hard-hitting, tying the title into a moving piece of truth and is also a demonstration of how, even when life looks hopeless, we have to take that step of faith. As a novel, this sheds the cliché emotional (specifically that of a loved ones death) skins of its genre and looks the reader in the face, asking all the hard questions but they're the right ones.  

It’s a story that will make you “fall to pieces” – in a fall that’s beautiful.  

Coming Next: Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.
The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.

As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt.” Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined. - via Goodreads, March, 2014

Sincere thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.
Synopsis: In the years since her twin brother’s drowning, Madison McKinley has struggled to put it behind her. Despite the support of her close-knit family and her gratifying job as a veterinarian, the loss still haunts her. To find closure, Madison sets out to fulfill her brother’s dream of winning the town’s annual regatta. But first she has to learn to sail, and fast.
Beckett O’Reilly knows Madison is out of his league, but someone neglected to tell his heart. Now she needs his help—and he’ll give it, because he owes her far more than she’ll ever know.

Madison will do anything—even work with the infamous Beckett O’Reilly—to reach her goal. And as much as she’d like to deny it, the chemistry between them is electrifying. As summer wanes, her feelings for him begin to grow and a fledgling faith takes root in her heart.

But Beckett harbors a secret—one that will test the limits of their love and the depth of Madison’s faith. Can their new romance survive summer’s challenges? And will achieving her brother’s dream give Madison the peace she desperately seeks? - Goodreads
Find out what others are saying about Barefoot Summer

Link Love

It's Friday and because it's Friday (or basically "just because") that earns a few links of things I am lovin' - and (un)lovin' - since the last edition.
A lovely blogger/friend/writer is publishing her first novel, have you added it to your
Hello, pretty chevron stripes!

Delighted with your season finale, Hank and company - it was just what fans needed.

...still skeptical

Sad, upset and worried over how the show that "shaped" USA Network will end.

Shedding a tear (or maybe buckets of them!) over this
(who would you cast?)

A new movie photo? Yes, please.

Thank goodness, this movie is almost here; this sequel has a first photo (*squeal*) and how can you not like these character posters!? Please hurry July!

Love this Tweeter's header. And her style.

As always, this country star is a class act - how pretty and girly!
(tell me, Ella, what do you think?)

This pin totally inspired a Disney board. It couldn't be helped - how cute!

What beats the classic cookies and cream? If nothing else, it makes for a tasty summertime treat.

Love this color.

Our silly music convos on Twitter.

That's it for today!
What finds have you come across lately?

Hope you all have a terrific weekend.
Enjoy Friday!

Foyle's War, Series Seven (2013)

Outcry and popular demand brought about additional installments of the wildly popular crime drama Foyle’s War chronicling the cases of a keen British detective protecting the home front while a world is at war. Penned by Anthony Horowitz, the most recent installments may honor the end of one war but begins the start of a new, equally threatening one.

Out With the Old, In With the New

Passing Memorial Day meant the unofficial start of summer and with the changing of seasons, rumors again are starting up that Google is discontinuing Google Friend Connect. Last go-round of such gossip was really only fueled by the company decision to disallow its use for bloggers who did not use Blogger. The chatter I am hearing this time is quite the opposite. Now with Google taking away its Blogger reader, this is actually a credible “rumor” that is about to be implemented.  

Presenting... Bleeding Heart by Amber Stokes

G’morning, dearies! Have you all flipped over your calendars; it’s already June and to help celebrate its arrival, there is a “first” on this blog today, one I am particularly excited to be a part of. Today I am honored to share in the lovely Amber Stokes (from Seasons of Humility or @SeasonsHumility) wonderful, exciting, thrilling news – she is self-publishing her first novel, Bleeding Heart.  

Femnista: Children's Literature

Happy Saturday, all! What a happy day it is! Again, It's time to reveal another issue of Femnista. This May/June issue revolves around only the best, children's stories - everything from classic literature and fantasy to modern re-makes of movies based on stories of our childhood are found within these pages.
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