Tuesday, May 17, 2022

TMST #16: Combine Topics 2


I missed the April 26th top so I decided to combine it with this week's topic

April 26th = Do you still own any books/comics/toys/memorabilia from when you were a kid?

I wasn't into comic books as a kid. When I saw that comic books of my favorite childhood cartoon existed, I bought every one I could.

This week's topic = How long have you been blogging? And has your blog changed over time?

I had my blog since June of 2016. Other than adding weekly meme posts, I don't believe it has changed.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Blog Tour: Hill Country Promise


Meet the Author:

Kit writes sweet contemporary Western romance. She makes her home in south central Texas on her husband’s ancestral farm, where seven generations of his family have lived and loved. When not writing, she can be found sewing, quilting, reupholstering furniture, playing Irish pennywhistle, refinishing old wood, cooking huge amounts of food for the pressure canner, or wrangling various dogs, cats, and people.  


About the Book:


Can a childhood pact …

Lead to forever love?

Best friends Eliana and Luke agreed to marry if she was still single by age twenty-seven. And when her birthday arrived, Luke proposed. At first, everything seemed perfect. A little too perfect. Eliana now realizes she has everything she ever wanted—except Luke’s heart. Can their friendship survive their engagement?


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My Review

At first both Luke and Eliana seemed to needy. Neither of them could really be clear of what, or who, each of them wanted. This just made the story uninteresting. 

It was only when true feelings were revealed that I was able to enjoy the story.

Rating: 😊😊😊😊


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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Release Tour: Wilder Trilogy


She’s a rising tennis star from a family of con- artists. He’s a football hotshot and devoted to his family. When her path crosses with his family’s, he’s immediately suspicious, and she’s determined to keep her secrets, despite their sizzling chemistry. Fans of Ivy Smoak and Tijan will love this addicting, edge-of-your-seat sports romance.

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Wilder Games

It’s match point in the most important tennis match in my life, and nothing can distract me. Nothing, that is, except the sight of Jude Wilder sitting in the stands with his little sister on his lap. He’s never watched me play. Never even noticed me before. And yet his eyes are on me now. I know what he must be thinking. I’m not just an outcast, I’m a social pariah thanks to my family being the town’s most notorious con artists. Jude is on the opposite side of the spectrum. Not only is he accepted, he’s worshipped. I’m nobody to him, and yet I’ve got this chance to impress him.

As it turns out, he isn’t at all impressed when I win the match, and I’m worse than a nobody to him. Jude thinks I’m a threat to his family. This should alarm me. It should scare me. Jude in protective mode is hot, all right, but I can’t afford to be on his radar. I’ve got one year to secure a college scholarship. It’s hard enough keeping a low profile with my tennis success, and the last thing I need is Jude Wilder of all people drawing more attention my way.

Especially if it’s hostile.
Even if I like it.

Wilder Match

One second, the future of my tennis career is brighter than ever; the next, nothing is certain. Nothing, that is, except that I won’t be swinging a racket anytime soon. Jude Wilder wants to come to my rescue. I don’t need rescuing, even if it’s offered by the one guy who ignites a fire inside of me like I’ve only ever felt on the tennis court.

I’ve done things on my own my entire life, and I won’t let this setback steal my independence. Only, it’s not so easy to turn Jude away when he’s determined to help me. I want him, but I don’t trust him enough to let him in. Then again, if I can keep his savior complex at bay, he might just be the perfect distraction while I’m sidelined. It’s not like he’s going to stick around for long, and I can always cut him out of my life when I need to. That is, if I don’t fall in love with him first.

Wilder Play

The addicting, edge-of-your seat Wilder trilogy concludes with this final installment filled with sports, romance, and characters you’ll obsess about. Enjoy this fast-paced binge-read and its twisty, unpredictable plot!

I’m back on the tennis court, but the rest of my life is a hot mess. My mom stopped paying my bills, and I just discovered the reason for it: she’s dead. I’m about to get kicked out of my apartment – the same one that’s been broken into twice – if I don’t pay rent soon. My sister is still lurking about, up to no good. And someone is leaving messages telling me to break up with

He’s back from football camp and didn’t forget about me while he was gone. Jude’s seen the reality of my life, and he isn’t running away. Instead, he’s demanding I open up to him more, even though I’ve already made myself more vulnerable with him than with anyone else in my life. I keep telling myself it’s for his own good to keep secrets from him, but I’m starting to wonder if it’s more about protecting my heart than it is about proving my independence.

We’ve fallen hard and fast, and it’s up to me what happens next.

The man who’s come to deliver the news about my mom is about to tell me who my father is, and I have a feeling my world is going to get turned upside down. Should I take Jude’s hand and bring him along for the ride? And if I do, will having Jude beside me make me weaker, or stronger?

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About Ali Dean

Ali is a USA Today Bestselling author of girl power sports romance books, with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. She has always loved to read, especially when there's a happily ever after, but found that there weren't enough books out there featuring girl athletes. So, she decided to work on that. Like the heroines in her books, Ali is an athlete, with running and skiing her favorite sports these days. Ali hails from Vermont and now lives in her own happily-ever-after in Colorado with her husband, two sets of twins (yes, you read that correctly) and golden retriever Pancake. When she's not pursuing an outdoor adventure, Ali's less healthy passions include ice cream, coffee, and beer.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

NBtM VBT: Marines Don't Cry


Marines Don't Cry

by Daniel Garcia and Jacqueline C. Garcia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

GENRE: Memoir, Non-fiction



Have you ever been lost -- really lost?

Danny and Jackie answer this question in Marines Don’t Cry with stories of death to life, deep 

sorrow to joy, darkness to light, and freedom in Christ.

Danny recounts his early life in Spanish Harlem and describes conversion from a life of drugs 

and “the fast lane” to one consumed with knowing and serving God. This makes his journey of 

walking more than 52 million steps on six continents for children and world peace such an 

incredible story.

Marines Don’t Cry is about the transformational power of God’s love: how Danny found his 

calling and is delivering the message of Christ at all costs. 



Chapter 7: “You Must Choose Now”

One night in my living room, under the influence of several drugs and alcohol, I experienced 

something bizarre and frightening. Something happened to me, and I knew that something was 

terribly wrong. In a moment, I felt my spirit leaving my body; a wrenching separation and tearing 

from deep within. Life literally came out of my body. My feet lifted from the floor. I levitated 

upwards and felt myself being pulled out of this world. It was an out-of-body experience. I did 

not feel physical pain, but I knew I was dying. All my life, I had been in control and never let fear 

consume me. Now, I was terrified.

I panicked.

My thoughts raced. I knew that if I died, I would go to hell because of all the bad things I had

done in my life. I learned in Catholic school that if I died in the state of mortal sin, I was destined

for hell, a place of eternal fire and torment. Eternity flashed before me, and I heard an audible

voice through time, space, and spirit say:

“Which way do you choose? Life or death? You must choose now.”

The voice enveloped my thoughts. In a flash, the Lord gave me a choice of life or death, and it

was a choice of both physical and spiritual proportions. Although I had not been in church for

over twenty-five years, I knew I was lost, had no hope, and was going to hell. I was completely

petrified, and for the first time in my entire life, I was truly afraid and frightened beyond my


With a desperate cry, I screamed, “Jesus, save me!”

As soon as I said the name “Jesus,” my spirit immediately jumped back into my body. I

experienced the terrible fear of God. To this point in my life, I paid no attention to the teachings

that the Catholic church instilled in me. I had turned away from Him and disobeyed His laws.

By calling on the name of Jesus Christ, I chose life. I was saved spiritually; the moment of my

salvation from death and beginning the transformation to a new life. This was a miracle. I was

thirty-three years old—the same age as Jesus when he started his public ministry.

Author Bio:

About the authors of Marines Don’t Cry

Daniel Garcia

Danny Garcia, The Walking Man, was born and raised in New York’s Spanish Harlem. He

served as a United States Marine, law enforcement officer, and ordained minister. Since 1996,

he has prayed and walked over 52,000, 000 steps on six continents for children and world

peace. During his journeys, Garcia met with dignitaries all over the world, ministering to the

famous and to the poorest of the poor. Danny made presentations to Kings/royals, Presidents,

and other world leaders, to include four Presidents of the USA, several Prime Ministers of other

countries, the Pope, Mother Teresa, Ambassadors and various eminent personalities and

multilateral organizations. Garcia began his journey as a personal commitment to peace and

children and continued walking and raising funds for multiple charitable organizations.

Danny is married to the former Jacqueline Charsagua of El Paso, TX, and they work side by

side to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. For more information, visit Danny’s website,

Jackie Charsagua Garcia

Jackie Charsagua Garcia is married to Daniel Garcia. She graduated from the United States Air

Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, in 1985 and was commissioned as a Second

Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science in Management

and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management. While in the US Air Force, Jackie

specialized in communications, acquisition, systems engineering, and information technology.

After a rewarding and fulfilling Air Force career, she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the

summer of 2006, having spent more than 21 years on active duty. Since 2006, she has

supported and advised on all aspects of her husband’s walks and charitable initiatives within the

United States and abroad. She joined Danny during his Africa Walk in 2007 and ministered in

South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Southern Sudan. During this time, her faith and reliance on

God grew tremendously under the mentorship of Danny Garcia. The Global Walk experience

gave Jackie an opportunity to serve God abroad, and her vision is to spread the hope, love, and

the grace of Jesus Christ through her writing. She is a native of El Paso, TX, mother of one

amazing daughter, and a breast cancer survivor.

Website.    .linkedin.com jackie-c-garcia/

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

TMST #15: Combine Topics


Hello All! I decided to combine a few topics this week.

 March 22nd = How do you choose what to read next?

First I start with any arcs (advanced reader copies). After that I just try to pick something from my TBR list.

March 29th = Do you leave blog comments? Do you respond to comments left on your blog?

The answer for both is sometimes.

April 12th = What book has been sitting on your TBR pile the longest?

It is actually a three way tie. To Read

This week's topic: How did you choose your blogging platform?

 I guess I just went with what seemed more

Until Next Time......

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