Blog Tour Review: Painting Kisses by Melanie Jacobson

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Painting KissesPainting Kisses
by Melanie Jacobson
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook240 Pages
October 1st, 2014 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Lia Carswell is good at what she does, even if it isn't as glamorous as her old artist life in Manhattan. The popular waitress works hard in a small Salt Lake City diner, with the goal of easing her sister's financial strain. And with her witty personality and good looks, she's something of an enigma to the male customers who vie for her attention. Ever the professional, Lia keeps her distance, with one exception. Aidan is a breakfast regular, and his gentle, clever teasing draws Lia's attention and builds an easy rapport between them, though Lia would never let their relationship get serious, especially since he's not the only one trying to catch her eye. Her handsome neighbor Griff has been hinting that he wants more than a neighborly relationship.

Then her old New York artist life comes knocking, and an offer is made for a series of commissioned paintings. Lia knows it would ensure financial security for her family, but she doesn't know if she wants that life anymore. When she undertakes one final project, she reawakens her heart and soul. And as she finds herself falling in love and needing an outlet more and more, she realizes her paintings might be her saving grace.

  

Cake Book Tag

Sofia over at Take a Walk on the Write Side tagged me for the Cake Book Tag. I don't normally participate in these, but I'm going to go ahead and answer the questions. I'm just not going to tag anyone. So, here goes...

FLOUR: A book that was a little bit slow to start off but really picked up as it went along.
Hmm. I would definitely say The Caller fits this. It did meander along at the beginning, but then the intensity shot up and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
The Caller (Shadowfell, #3)

MARGARINE: A book that had a rich, great plot.
Out of what I have most recently read, I would definitely choose Mortal Heart. Fabulous plot!
Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)

EGGS: A book you thought was going to be bad but actually turned out quite enjoyable.
I haven't really grabbed any books that I thought were going to be bad. I mean, I try to avoid those from the beginning. I do, however, have one that I wanted to read and was curious enough to sign up for its tour so that I could get an early review copy while also being concerned that it might not be all that great. Come to find out, I loved it and it was surprisingly good! That would be Storm Siren.
Storm Siren (Storm Siren, #1)

SUGAR: A sugary, sweet book.
Out of what I've recently read, The Januray Bride for sure. This whole set is sugary sweet, but I think they're all fun stories. :)
A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2)

ICING: A book that covered every single element that you enjoy about a book (funny moments, action moments, sad moments, etc.)
Oh man! I already use Mortal Heart. Do I have to choose one? I'll cheat here and pick Illusions of Fate and Champion.
Illusions of Fate Champion (Legend, #3)

SPRINKLES: A book series that you can kind of turn back to for a little pick me up when you're feeling down.
So these aren't from a series, but they are from the same author: Edenbrooke and Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson. They are so good and make me so happy!!!
 

THE CHERRY ON TOP: Your favorite book this year so far.
This is a hard one. Really. Hard. I'm going to limit this to books published this year so it narrows my selection down a little. Even then, there are so many favorites... I'm going to separate this into a pick for Christian fiction and then one for general fiction. Here they are:
Meant to be Mine (A Porter Family Novel, #2) Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)


I think this is missing some baking powder (like an explosive read) and salt (a book that was definitely worth the read and you'd recommend that everyone should read). Just some thoughts...

How about you? Which of your recent reads would fit under one of these ingredients?

Blog Tour Dream Cast & Giveaway: H2O by Virginia Bergin

On tour with Sourcebooks.

Welcome to my tour stop for H2O by Virginia Bergin! This book... It was quite a crazy ride.
Made me want to go stock up on water. Seriously. You can check out my review here
You'll also definitely want to check out the author's very fun dream cast below and enter the giveaway...

H2OH2O
(The Rain #1)
by Virginia Bergin
YA Thriller, Dystopian
Paperback336 Pages
October 7th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire

Summary

In this tense, psychological drama, debut author Virginia Bergin crafts a tale of desperation and survival about a world in chaos. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or tap water is dead. With a fascinatingly unique premise, a heroine that takes daunting risks and slim chances of survival, H2O’s fast-paced, unputdownable mystery and emotional survivor’s story will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Fifth Wave and The Hunger Games.

One minute 16 year old Ruby Morris is having her first real kiss at a party at Zach’s, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house by Zach’s parents, yelling at them to get inside. They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.” Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or has washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father—if he’s even still alive.

  

Review: H2O by Virginia Bergin

H2OH2O
(The Rain #1)
by Virginia Bergin
YA Thriller, Dystopian
Paperback336 Pages
October 7th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire

Summary

In this tense, psychological drama, debut author Virginia Bergin crafts a tale of desperation and survival about a world in chaos. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or tap water is dead. With a fascinatingly unique premise, a heroine that takes daunting risks and slim chances of survival, H2O’s fast-paced, unputdownable mystery and emotional survivor’s story will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Fifth Wave and The Hunger Games.

One minute 16 year old Ruby Morris is having her first real kiss at a party at Zach’s, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house by Zach’s parents, yelling at them to get inside. They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.” Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or has washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father—if he’s even still alive.
  

Friday Favorites


Friday Favorites is changing, although it really already has. It's no longer going to be a weekly meme since it seems that I've been posting a favorite about once or twice a month, at most. It's now going to become a spontaneous post that you'll see only on Fridays that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that that I have found and loved, would recommend, or want to tell you all about. You can still share a favorite of yours when I do post. You can see an archive of Friday Favorites posts here.

I don't have a favorite to share, again. You will see one coming up next week though. I have some favorite covers I need to share. :)

Do you have a favorite to share this week?


Blog Tour Review: Candy Canes and Christmastime by Linda Hoffman Kimball

Candy Canes Christmastime blog tour

Candy Canes and Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real WorldCandy Canes and Christmastime:
Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World
by Linda Hoffman Kimball
Nonfiction, Christmas
Paperback178 Pages
October 14th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Summary

If you long for a “humbug free” holiday, this is the book for you! Linda Hoffman Kimball presents a compilation of heartfelt and humorous experiences and ideas from women across the broad spectrum of LDS experience and location. Their words help families of any Christian background refocus on the sacredness of the season. Discover unique traditions, fresh ideas, practical tips, and spiritual insights so that your family can get back on track. There are even some recipes! This is a great gift to give your friends, neighbors and relatives.

   

Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon Update #2

wonderfully wicked read-a-thon

The Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon is being hosted by April and Kat @ My Shelf Confessions. Find out all about it here. I'm number 56 on the linky.

Here's a current update on days 4, 5, and 6:

Blog Tour Review: Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, & Sarah Sundin

Where Treetops GlistenWhere Treetops Glisten
Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II
by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, & Sarah Sundin
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback368 Pages
September 16th 2014 by WaterBrook Press

Summary

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime

Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas


Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?

In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?

   

Waiting on Wednesday: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I have been dying to read this one since I first glimpsed the cover and heard that it was somewhat of a play off of Rebecca. I also am happy that it's a stand-alone so its not another series I will be adding to my list. :) Suspicion is my WOW pick this week:

Blog Tour Review: Stars, Stockings and Shepherds by Shersta Chabot

Stars Stockings Shepherds blog tour

Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds: Discover the Meaning of Christmas SymbolsStars, Stockings & Shepherds
by Shersta Chabot
Illustrated by Corey Egbert
Children's Picture Book
Hardcover32 Pages
October 14th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Do you know the symbolism behind evergreens, sheep, or the color red? This adorably illustrated picture book teaches the meanings behind 24 Christmastime objects and is the perfect gift for any children, parents, or grandparents on your list. Make your family’s holiday season one to remember with this inspiring reminder of the gospel roots behind our treasured Christmas traditions.