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Month: November 2016

First Degree Mudder Book Review

First Degree Mudder Book Review

We just got back from visiting extended family in Ohio for the Thanksgiving holiday. When I was packing for the trip, I had to decide what book I wanted to take with me. I wanted to take along a light and fun read and First Degree Mudder by Kate Dyer-Seeley was a perfect choice. This is the fourth book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series, but it was new to me. However, the author is not. I love Kate’s Bakeshop Mystery books that she writes under the name Ellie Alexander.

This series follows journalist Meg Reed on her adventures working for an adventure magazine in Portland, mudderOregon. Although I was new to the series, I did not feel left behind starting at book four. I immediately connected with Meg’s enthusiasm for her family, friends, and life in general.

One thing I thought was very cool about this series is I almost felt like the murder was a sub-plot to more complex storylines going on in Meg’s life (she is investigating the death of her father who was also a journalist working on a expose when he died). Meg’s journey through processing her father’s death and trying to find answers is a great story that I’m excited to read more about in future books. It was nice to have a mystery follow the protagonist that makes you want to keep reading – something that is unique in cozy mysteries I’ve come across.

I am honored to kick off the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for this book. Today through December 7th a crew of top book bloggers will be featuring this great book on their sites. They will be letting you know their thoughts, providing interviews with the author, guest features, and more. Stop by their sites and check out all the exciting elements they have to offer.

And now, for a giveaway. Kate is giving away a prize pack including signed copy of each of her Pacific Northwest Mystery books. Enter today. This is a series you want to have on your reading list!

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Missions, Donuts & Serving Together

Missions, Donuts & Serving Together

A couple weeks ago a missionary from the Dominican Republic visited my kids at school and talked about some of the work she is doing there. Her name is Jamielynn Tinkey.

I have never meat Jamielynn. But she had quite the impact on my kids. All three came home from school and wanted to have a lemonade stand to raise money to send to her and support her work. Since it is October and our street isn’t that busy, we settled on hosting a coffee hour at Church and sending her the money raised.

So they got to work. The colored signs and collected her prayer cards so they could tell others about who their money would be supporting.


Today was the day. They packed their signs and arrived at Church, eager to set things up.


It was so much fun to watch this come together because, apart from getting the donuts and making the coffee, this was all the boys. They picked someone they saw spreading the love of Jesus and wanted to help.

There is something really special about serving along side your family and watching it make sense to your kiddos. Today was such a blessing to be able to participate in for our family. I can’t wait to sit down with the boys and figure out our next project!

Thank you to Jamielynn and all our missionaries who spend tireless hours and energy in the field spreading the love of Jesus with those around the world. If you’d like to help too, here is a link to Jamielynn’s webpage.


Cat Got Your Diamonds Book Review

Cat Got Your Diamonds Book Review

I’ve got to tell you. I did not plan to enjoy this book.

~ I’m not a cat person
~ “Kitty Couture” didn’t strike me as something I’d be interested in

However there was a cute beagle on the book’s cover and I’m a sucker for beagles, so I thought I’d give it a try. And I’m ssssoooo glad I did. I found a new series for sure!


Cat Got Your Diamonds is the first in the Kitty Couture Mystery series written by Julie Chase. It follows Lacy Crocker on her return home to New Orleans. Lacy opens her a shop which doubles as in animal costume design and an organic pet bakery. When a man is found murdered in her shop, Lacy becomes the prime suspect and she fights to clear her name and save her reputation.

When I picked this book up, I wasn’t in the best of moods. As I skeptically began through the pages, I found myself enjoying and relating to Lacy. Life had not always gone her way, but she was determined to pull herself up and do work hard. She is surrounded by a loving family and friends and has a deep sense of community and pride in where she comes from. (Even thought it’s dysfunctional, it’s home!)

The mystery kept me guessing and the Lacy’s personal story has twists and turns that leave you wondering what will happen next. I love how the book left us with a bit of a personal cliffhanger (I totally had to Google the series when I was through and see when the next book is coming out – April 2017).

It just goes to show you you never can tell you which books will draw you in. I would have never guessed that a cozy mystery series about a Kitty Couture shop would be so enjoyable, but Julie made a fan out of me. I’ll be anxiously awaiting next April and more adventures from Lacy!

Check it out and enter below to win copies of two of Julie’s Geek Girl Books.
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