Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Book Blast: An Amish Christmas Star


An Amish Christmas Star

by Charlotte Hubbard 


GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)



The crisp fragrance of pine trees and the warm spice of fresh cookies aren’t the only blessings 

that Christmas brings, and no one knows more about happy homecomings than three couples 

who are celebrating the greatest gift of all . . .

STAR OF WONDER by Charlotte Hubbard

When Raymond Overholt comes to Promise Lodge, hoping to sell the barnboard signs he’s 

painted with stars and Christmas messages, spirited young Mennonite Lizzie Zehr is intrigued. 

But any courtship between them will face fierce opposition from the bishop of Raymond’s Old 

Order community—unless someone can convince him that at the heart of faith lies love . . . 



After a deadly dull Monday morning of filling small plastic containers with colored sugars and

Christmas jimmies, Lizzie Zehr loaded them onto her wheeled cart and headed into the main

room of Promise Lodge’s new bulk store. It was boring work, all that scooping and

labeling—repetitive and downright lonely, being stuck back in the warehouse by herself.

But compared to slaving in her older sister Maria’s bakery or, for years before that, running the

household for their eldest, crippled sister, Malinda, it was a piece of cake.

And because Dale Kraybill was paying her, it was freedom. This job was her ticket to

independence, an escape from the two bossy sisters who’d been running her ragged for most of

her eighteen years. Their parents had passed when she was very young, so Lizzie’s sisters had

raised her as best they could—and they expected her to be grateful. She was, of course. But

she was also really tired of being at their beck and call.

Lizzie’s thoughts shifted into a higher gear the moment she spotted the guy who was talking to

Dale. The two fellows were hanging wooden signboards, which caught her eye because of their

sparkly gold stars—but the shimmer of their glittery paint paled the moment the younger fellow

turned around. In his green paisley shirt, red jeans, and backswept black hair, he looked

anything but Plain, and when he met her gaze through his red-framed glasses, Lizzie

immediately knew they were soul mates. Like her, this free spirit was gnashing at the bit and

refusing to conform to the religious limitations he’d been raised with.

Like her, he wanted out.

“Hey there,” he said. His voice, barely audible from across the cavernous room, spoke volumes

to Lizzie’s restless heart.

Afraid to say something stupid, she merely nodded and held his gaze. She heard the secretive

whisper of soft, small objects hitting a hard surface—or maybe it was the feathery swishing of

angels’ wings—

“Lizzie, watch what—you’re spilling jimmies all over the floor!” Dale cried out.

She blinked. She had no memory of picking up a container, just as she didn’t realize she’d been

squeezing it so tightly that the lid had popped off. The sight of red and green jimmies bouncing

off her bare feet—she wore flip-flops year-round to show off her painted toenails—was suddenly

the funniest thing she’d ever seen. As Lizzie sprinted into the warehouse for a broom, her

laughter filled the store.

Her life was finally taking a turn for the better. She just knew it.

Author Bio:

In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those

confession stories, and she’s sold more than 60 books to traditional or online publishers. A

longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri

towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their

Border collie, Vera.



Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sunday Post #89: Fluid Art 5

Hello All. It has been a while. This is my latest fluid art piece. What do you think?

Post Rewind

📌 Aug 4th = Book Blast: An Imaginary Affair

📌 10th = WWBC #25: Fanfiction 

📌 (belated) 11th = Cover Reveal: Grimm Consequences

📌 12th = Cover Reveal: Ship Happens

📌 30th = VBT: Cutter Kauai Sea Adventures

📌 Sept 15th = Book Blast: Improbable MD

📌 19th = Cover Reveal: Veils and Vampires

Currently Reading

📖 Shadow Kissed (by: Rebecca Garcia) = page 56

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*** I am always having to edit many of my posts. If I made any grammar mistakes, I will eventually fix them.

*** The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Monday, September 19, 2022

Cover Reveal: Veils and Vampires


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding an art nouveau journal to a randomly drawn commenter via Rafflecopter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

I’m checking out the Bold Tsarina nightclub, even if it is owned by Konstantin, the Bratva crime lord who hates my guts. After all, the trip could snag me a high-paying gig for another mafia king, the infamous Caelin Vass.

Yes, that Caelin Vass.

I’m talking about the hot-as-sin social media sensation who’s rumored to be both a horrible boss and a blood-sucking vampire. And did I mention that Caelin’s also the star of my hottest NSFW fantasies? He is. Plus, that isn’t even the strangest part of my life right now… or the best.

Read my story and have some fun. You know you want to.

Read an Excerpt

Far up the street, a police car switches on its flashers.

This is getting good.

The driver's side door whips open and out steps Celin MacGregor, my would-be boss. The man does not look happy. He glares right at me.

“What're ye doin', lass?”

Huh. Vass' accent gets heavier when he's angry. Nice to know.

“Talking with some girls from high school.” I gesture to Devon and Shay as evidence.

Only the two of them are gone.

I frown. “Or, I was chatting them up.”

Caelin stalks closer. On reflex, I step backward. Soon my spine hits the glass facade of the building. It's not like sidewalks in Manhattan are super huge.

Caelin sets his hands on either side of my head, caging me against the wall. My blood heats. If I thought there was some kind of energy between us back in his office, it's nothing compared to what zings between us now. The connection becomes a charge of desire that prickles across my body. I might even be panting a little.

“I'll ask ye again,” says Vass, his voice low. “Ye know the likes of them?”

NOTE: CEE BEE also writes young adult fare under the name Christina Bauer. Check out Christina’s books at www.christinabauerauthor.com. There’s a literal sh*t ton of them.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Book Blast: Improbable MD


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In Improbable MD, Dr. Derek J. Robinson traces his unlikely journey from fishing on the bayous of Louisiana, to an ER and helicopter flight physician in Chicago, to leadership in some of the US’ largest health care organizations.

The grandson of a sharecropper and son of a single mother, Derek grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Shreveport, LA. A graduate of the city’s public schools, he saw first-hand the difference that access to quality education and health care made within his own family. He shares how his dream of being a doctor became a reality, despite the odds, and why he believes mentoring and investing in young people is vital to the health of our nation.

Robinson takes the reader inside the ER, where he has treated victims of gun violence and shares how spilt-second clinical decisions and the trust of his patients, shaped his appreciation for being a doctor, But, even with many years of training, he exposes how it feels to reach the limits of what he can offer patients and even shares the pain and lessons he has learned from the illness and loss of family members. Beyond the walls of the ER, Dr. Robinson explains how we became a business leader in health care and influential voice in boardrooms.

Through sharing his inspirations and tribulations, Dr. Robinson inspires readers to push beyond both self-doubt and external obstacles to pursue their dreams. In telling his story, he shares the roles that faith, friendship, love, and fatherhood have played in his life, and he hopes to motivate readers to chart their own journeys to successful and fulfilling lives.

About the Author:

Derek J. Robinson is a board-certified physician in Emergency Medicine. He is vice president and chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, a division of Health Care Service Corporation – the nation’s largest non-investor owned health insurance company. In this role, he leads the care management operations division and serves as the company’s primary health care expert.

Dr. Robinson continues to provide clinical care to patients in the ER at the University of Illinois Chicago where he is a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine. His unique perspective on the complexities of healthcare, including his past service as a health care federal regulator, have enabled him to influence the transformation of health care for Americans. He has been featured on WTTW, WMAQ, WLS-TV, BNC, and other news outlets discussing important health care issues and social A native of Shreveport, LA. Dr. Robinson resides in Chicago, IL with his wife and two sons. When he is not working, he enjoys swimming, cycling, fishing, and spending time outdoors. For more on Derek Robinson and his memoir Improbable MD visit: http://www.DrDerekRobinson.com

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Release Tour: Ship Happens


When there is Love at Sea, will they be able to let go of the rules between them? In desperate

need of an escape, Macy Charmichael heads out on a weeklong cruise but when her longtime

friend with benefits, Tate Thron shows up unexpectedly, a cruise geared at finding love takes on

a whole new meaning. Fans of forced proximity will adore SHIP HAPPENS by Kate Stacy, a

sexy, friends with benefits romance.


Macy Carmichael has been my friend with mind-blowing benefits for a long time now. But, I’ve

been craving more from her. More than she’s ready to give.

When my siblings book me on an all-inclusive cruise, I jump at the idea of a free vacation and a

chance to get away for a while. Unfortunately, my meddling older sister left out a few important

details—like the name of the cruise. Love at Sea. Is she for real?

If that’s not bad enough, she signed me up for a variety of activities and makes me promise that

I’ll take part in every single one. She also failed to mention that she convinced Macy to book the

same cruise.

Imagine my surprise when she sits down across the table from me during the speed dating

event I didn’t even want to attend. All bets are off. I’ll be damned if some other man is getting

close to what’s mine.


Desperate for a vacation and break from everyday life, I take the suggestion of one aclose

friends and book myself a week-long cruise. I even go along with her recommendation.

The Love at Sea cruise aboard the Heart of the Deep. It doesn’t sound like a bad idea, even if

the whole cruise is based around the finding and celebrating love.

But when my best friend with toe-curling benefits, Tate Thorne, shows up during the speed

dating event, I know I’m in trouble. No matter what I do, it always comes back to him.

Maybe away from the hustle and bustle of our small town, we can finally explore something

more. That is, if I can finally let go of all the “rules” of our previous arrangement.

Ship Happens is a friends to lovers romance, part of the Love at Sea multi-author series. Get

ready to set sail through the Caribbean on Festival Cruises’ most alluring voyage with eight of

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Experience everything the Love at Sea series has to offer. From speed dating to masquerades,

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“I’m not going to apologize.”

Of course, she isn’t, but she could have at least said “hello” when she answered the phone. I

guess she lost her manners as well as her fucking mind.

“What the hell were you thinking, Taryn? A singles cruise?” I ask, putting the phone on speaker

and tossing it onto the bed. Might as well unpack while I talk to her. There’s more space in my

cabin than I thought there would be, and I’m happy I don’t have to live out of suitcases for the

next week.

When I got to my cabin and looked at the itinerary for the week, I realized we’ll be spending the

next two days at sea. This is my last chance to confront my sister before we set sail, and this

conversation needs to happen. It can’t wait until I get home. I’m irritated and I don’t want the bad

vibes ruining my vacation if I don’t talk to her about it.

My dear older sister apparently took it upon herself to not only book me on a singles cruise, but

to plan most of my week for me as well. My shore excursions are already booked at all three

ports. She even made dinner reservations on my behalf for a couple of nights.

The one thing on this ship she should have known I would be interested in is the tattoo studio.

She could have at least got me on the books while she was at it, but no, I took care of that

myself as soon as I realized it was an option.

“You’re a single guy and you need a vacation,” she replies after a minute of silence. That’s all

she says, as if it explains everything.

“Taryn,” I growl.

“The why doesn’t matter, Tate,” she says with a sigh. “You’re on an oversized party boat and

you’re getting ready to sail to the freakin’ Caribbean. I don’t see a down-side.”

“You wouldn’t,” I mutter, shoving an empty suitcase under the bed.

“What are you doing?” my sister asks.


I can almost hear her eyes roll at my one-word answer. It’s a sure sign that I’m not happy with

her and she can’t stand it.

“Don’t be mad at me, little brother.”

Despite my frustration at the situation, I snort. She may be the oldest, but she and my baby

sister are pint-sized compared to me and my brothers. There’s nothing “little” about me.

“I don’t like that you all went behind my back,” I tell her.

“But if we told you, would you have gone?”

I don’t know the answer to that.

“I want to say yes, but I’d probably be lying,” I admit.

Taryn sighs, and I know she hates that she’s upset me. I’m not exactly mad, but I’m not happy

about the fact that every single one of my siblings plotted and planned to get me on this singles

cruise knowing it’s not something I would have chosen for myself.

“If I promise I had good reasons, would you trust me and try to have a good time anyway?”

Plopping my ass onto the bed next to my other suitcase, I sigh and rub the back of my neck.

“Of course I’m gonna try to have a good time, sis. I just… you’re really not gonna tell me?”

“You’ll figure it out soon enough, and when you do, you’ll forget that you were ever mad.”

The smile I hear in her voice makes my remaining irritation fade. She sounds so sure of herself.

I’m dying to know what she’s refusing to tell me, but she’s the most stubborn of all my siblings. I

won’t get her to cave and reveal the truth. Not now.

“I’m gonna hold you to that,” I tell her.

“Good,” she says happily. “What are your plans for the rest of the day?”

“You booked everything, so you shouldn’t have to ask.”

“Which is why I know you have nothing going on until tomorrow evening. How are you gonna fill

your time? I’ve never been on a cruise. I have to live vicariously through you.”

Chuckling, I get up to finish unpacking while I resist the urge to be a smartass. She could have

easily booked the cruise for her and Wade instead of me. I would have even volunteered to

babysit. I don’t say it, though.

“As soon as I finish unpacking, I’m gonna plant my ass in the hammock on my balcony and

watch the scenery as we set sail.” I hear her sigh. “At least until I get hungry. I mean, I’ll

eventually have to go on the hunt for some food.”

“And tomorrow?”

“I’ll worry about that tomorrow.”

About Kate Stacy

Author of emotionally-gripping, contemporary romance, Kate Stacy’s novels feature sassy

heroines, swoony heroes, life, love, friendship, and all the angst. When she’s not writing or

spending time with her family and friends in small-town North Carolina, Kate can most likely be

found nose deep in her Kindle. She stays up too late, swears too much, and loves too hard.



It was a very easy and quick read. 

I only wish my siblings would do for me what Tate's did for him. Macy and Tate made a cruise sound fun. I am looking forward to reading That Ship has Sailed.

Rating: 😊 😊 😊 😊 😊

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dolphins, and watch as eight couples find their forever on the open ocean.

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