Thursday, April 30, 2015

From the Start: A Review

Summary: Kate writes romance movie scripts for a living, but she's stopped believing “true love” is real. Could a new friendship with former Nfl player Colton Greene restore her faith?
My thoughts:
This is a solid romance story. All the elements are there and done well. Tagg is a great writer.
Although the family dynamics are outstanding and I look forward to reading more about this town and family, this book didn't stand out to me as much as Tagg's other books have. I can't put my finger on why exactly though....maybe because everyone was too nice/supportive/kind/etc. The only "rebel" is a young, coffee store owner, who I really hope shows up again. I liked the foster care element--that was my favorite part of the book.
This is a sweet, satisfying read. I recommend it to fans of Susan May Warren and those who like series surrounding a strong family.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's been a great week!
My birthday was last Saturday. My uncle had a family crawfish boil. 128 pounds of crawfish. Heaven.
My friend made me these amazing cake pops and chocolate-covered pretzels. So good. I'm blessed.
Then, Sunday, I went to the Rockets game with my sister. They won! It was so much fun. I can't wait for the playoffs to start this weekend. Go, RedNation!
Wednesday morning, I left home earlier than I usually wake up to head to Austin for the Texas Library Association's annual conference. It's an amazing thing. Three days of workshops, author signings, author talks, and walking the exhibit hall where there are aisles and aisles of vendors, publishers, and stores.


I got to meet Ally Carter for the second time. She's my favorite YA author. If you haven't read her books, you MUST! Spies, art thieves, and granddaughters of ambassadors. What more could a reader want?
My hotel was near a river, so I hung out each night after dinner near the water. So relaxing and soothing.
Such a great week!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Favorites

A few of my favorites this week....
1. Opening Day of Baseball. I went to the Houston Astros' opening day again this year, and I had a great time. I don't watch baseball, but I like to go to the games. Opening day is special. There's something magical about a fresh start, a new beginning, and the chance for anything to happen....even for the Astros. (My friend Jamie in the picture is a huge fan....even has a backpack full of supplies like binoculars, mainly so we can get a close-up view of the players. A few are pretty cute.)
2. Flag football. I'm usually at EVERY single one of my nephew's games. However, he missed the first two games with a broken thumb. Then, I missed two games. In a row. Finally, I was able to see two games this week.
3. Cake pops. My friend at work has started making cake pops. They are FANTASTIC!
They just add a little pep to your day!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Favorites

In celebration of Good Friday, here are a few of my favorite verses about the beautiful sacrifice Jesus made for me. And for you. He loves you so much.
To Jesus, you are worth dying for.
Matthew 27
28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 Andthey spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.
Mark 15
29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others;he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.
BUT, that's not the end of the story!
Matthew 28
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay.
Luke 24
And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 
What a hope we have in Jesus!