Monday, May 22, 2017

Bayside Desires by Melissa Foster - Five Stars

I'm a Texas gal living in the Northwest Pacific where I'm greeted most mornings with fog and rain. So, to say I was ready to be taken to a beach where joy and romance were waiting on me, is an understatement. Melissa did an AMAZING job taking me to that place. Her words and creativity brought me to a place of peace and joy. Thank you Melissa for taking me out of the gloomy clouds and giving me some moments of sun, love and the beach!

Desiree is living in Virginia as a preschool teacher who has never really been close to her mother or half-sister. One day she gets a message from her mother that she needed to get to Bayside for the summer. The message appeared to be urgent so being the good person Desiree is, she did it. Desiree has two surprises as she ventures off to visit her mother. She meets a Washington D.C. business man named Rick who is in town to help a pal. She also gets to her mother's house to find her sister had also received the same message she had.

I got lost in this story. As I got to know these characters more, my heart felt for Desiree, Violet (her half-sister) and Rick. It was a sweet experience to read how these families come together and the role that each character played in this beautiful story! If you enjoy romance, love, family and sun then you definitely want to read this book!!!


Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod.

BAYSIDE SUMMERS is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.

In Bayside Desires...
As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.

All Bayside books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series:
Coming Soon...
Bayside Heat
Bayside Escape
Bayside Passions

*** Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Visit Melissa's website for family trees, series checklists, and more.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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About the author
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Introducing Mrs. Vancouver United States 2018

I am so excited to announce that I will be representing Vancouver, WA next year at the 2018 Mrs. Washington United States pageant! This is super exciting for me but especially for Project Purpose!!!! Follow my journey on my FB Page and don't forget to like my Project Purpose FB Page also!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Give Grace On This Mother's Day

Today, I give grace to myself. After multiple miscarriages, infertility and PCOS I have spent many days feeling less of a woman and feeling forgotten. For some, Mother's Day is a joyful day filled with amazing love and memory making. For others, it's a day of pain and a reminder of loss.
Today, I stand with women who have lost their mother, lost a child, experienced miscarriage and/or infertility. Today, I give grace to myself. I embrace my journey and know that God is holding my hand each day that passes. I embrace my story and I embrace my pain. This pain has brought me to a place of complete trust in Him and has brought me in complete awe of His love for me. Each time I start to feel less than a woman, He reminds me that I am a strong woman embraced with a crown of beauty and love.
What do you need grace for today? Who do you need to give grace to?
Give Grace Freely...
Give grace to yourself freely.....

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Clash Of Kingdoms By Charles Dyer & Mark Tobey - Four Stars

If you're like me, I am fascinated with the end times and apocalypse. Any time somebody brings up the relationship between current events and scripture, my ears are wide open! In this case, my eyes were wide open and I could not put this book down. Clash Of Kingdoms is a fascinating book that relates things going on in the world today and what the Bible says about the end times. If you are a Christian and want to understand how today's events are extremely parallel to scripture then you need to pick up this book. Charles Dyer and Mark Tobey do a phenomenal job at interpreting scripture and what's going on in Middle Eastern current events. 

This book has a smooth flow to it, which makes it easy to read. Scripture is used throughout the book so there isn't room to question much. I encourage any Christian interested in the end times, current events, Middle Eastern current events or the apocalypse to pick this book up and read it! You will learn and be challenged to really think about what's going on in this world today. Interesting stuff, that's for sure! 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.*

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Playing For The Save By Rachelle Ayala - Four Stars

Baseball, autism awareness and a love story that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy....what more could you ask for in a novel? Playing For The Save, written by Rachelle Ayala is a warm book that pulled on my heart strings about a handsome baseball player named Ryan and a divorced single mother named Jamie. Jamie isn't your typical single mother. She is a mother who is dealing with extreme emotional abuse from her ex-husband while raising two boys, one who is autistic. Jamie is an excellent mother who loves and cares for her boys deeply. Ryan is attracted to this and is eager to be a part of Jamie's life. He has a desire to take care of her and the boys and makes no secret of how he feels. Jamie is scared but Ryan isn't going to give up.

With lots of ups and downs, including a crazy ex-husband, this couple and the kids navigate through it all. This book will both warm your heart and keep you captivated and invested in the story. Not only will you be left with a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart but you will be aware of  what autism can bring. This book provides an amazing outlet to bring awareness to autism and the challenges families can face. This book is a must read!

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Veteran relief pitcher Ryan Hudson always saves the game for his team. He’s dependable, focused, and good at what he does.

Which is why he prefers to live alone and not have anything to do with women and all the noise and chaos they bring.

Noise and chaos is all single mother Jamie Rush knows. Working and taking care of her two boys is a full time job, especially since one of them is autistic and she gets no help from her ex-husband.

When her two sons win a day with ballplayer Ryan Hudson, they strike up an odd friendship with the reclusive pitcher. Jamie is wary of the baseball hero, but can’t help fantasizing about him.

Ryan is attracted to Jamie, but desperately tries to hide his past. The only problem, they’re made for one another.

They just don’t know it.

The Men of Spring Baseball Series can be read standalone, but are more fun when read together.
Book 1, Playing the Rookie
Book 2, Playing Without Rues
Book 3, Playing Catch
Book 4, Playing for the Save

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Amazon reviews from Men of Spring Baseball Series
"It’s not every day you find an author that can so easily wrap her words around your heart until they become your world, force your heart to beat, and make your soul sing with joy. If you love to feel the stories as you read them, then you don’t ever want to miss one of her books!" - Playing the Rookie

"Playing Without Rules is such a beautiful story.  A beautiful family story with heartaches in the past which leads to forgiveness. You will laugh, cry and will love this story. My hat off to Ms. Rachelle Ayala for another amazing book."

"Intense, deeply moving, and romantic are the three phases that come to me when I think about Playing Catch."

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Playing the Rookie (A Baseball Romance) (Men of Spring Baseball Series Book 1)
Jessica Song is tired of being a good girl, staying in a relationship well past closing time. Fresh from a breakup, she takes a walk on the wild side as a sports events intern.

Baseball rookie Jay Pak Ahn has been burned one too many times by good girls, especially his cheating ex-fiancée. When he meets wild Jessica, he throws away all caution to enjoy her to the fullest.

Jessica and Jay agree to a week of enchanting, starry-eyed dates and wild, unrestrained sex to get their exes out of their systems. 

Their pasts collide, exposing the secrets in Jessica’s heart and threatening Jay’s position on the team. Jessica must leave her disappointment behind while Jay has to decide whether Jessica comes before baseball. What will they sacrifice to turn their fling into true love?

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Playing Without Rules (A Baseball Romance) (Men of Spring Baseball Series Book 2)
A ballplayer's girlfriend hides his daughter from him because she fears he's like his abusive father.

Marcia Powers wants nothing to do with ballplayer Brock Carter, especially after she told him to go away and pursue his dreams. She has more than she can handle with an elderly father, a business to run, and a four-year-old daughter posing as her baby sister.

Brock Carter's back in town to rekindle his romance with Marcia, and this time, he's not letting her run him out of town. Marcia is unable to resist Brock, but determined to keep her secret.

Brock's already lost his heart to Marcia once. Will he lose every dream, including baseball, when he discovers the real reason Marcia sent him away?

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Playing Catch (A Baseball Romance) (Men of Spring Baseball Series Book 3)
On the field and off the field, bartender Jeanine Jewell plays, collecting one-night stands like baseball cards. She doesn’t need a man, except to curl her toes and make her scream. She’s learned the hard way that love is about control and manipulation—and the last thing she can handle is letting herself be vulnerable, or having anyone discover her shameful secret.

Scoring women is easy for catcher Kirk Kennedy—they don’t call him “Catch and Release” for nothing. He never goes back for a repeat performance. Being traded to a new city is an opportunity for new adventures—until he runs into Jeanine and she refuses to go home with him.

Intrigued, Kirk is determined to catch the elusive blonde and keep her to himself. When he proposes a wingman-to-wingwoman, friends-without-benefits relationship, he’s surprised she accepts.

The no-benefits clause soon falls by the wayside when neither Jeanine or Kirk can resist their explosive chemistry. Despite the sparks between the sheets, they both refuse to acknowledge they’re anything more than friends.

Everything changes when Kirk discovers someone from his past is the one Jeanine is hiding from.

Trigger Warning: The heroine was sexually abused by her foster father and has flashbacks.

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About the author
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope. 

Rachelle is an active member of the California Writer's Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.

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