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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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Book Review || Dark Lord of Derkholm

Dark Lord of Derkholm Derkholm #1
Diana Wynne Jones

Gollancz | August 2003 (first published in 1998)
Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Everyone - wizards, soldiers, farmers, elves, dragons, kings and queens alike - is fed up with Mr Chesney's Pilgrim Parties: groups of tourists from the worl…

Introducing Keyword // Interview with Angela Dawne!

Good Wednesday to you, lovely beans!
How fares your week thus far?  It's been a sunny/rainy mix for me, and while I enjoy the rainy days, they make me appreciate the sunny ones all the more.  :]

Well, today, I have a special surprise for you!  I'd like to introduce you to a new friend of min…

Be Encouraged >> Expectations

2020 has come!
And January is nearly over.
Maybe you weren't ready for this new year.  Perhaps 2019 didn't go as you had hoped.  Maybe you're still single.  Maybe your dreams are (unsurprisingly) unfulfilled & nowhere near your end goal.  Maybe you're still in school when you had …

Book Review || If Wishes Were Curses

If Wishes Were Curses The Steel City Genie #1
Janeen Ippolito

Janeen Ippolito LLC | February 12, 2019
Urban Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

So I accidentally killed a shifter. On purpose.

With genie powers I shouldn’t be able to use, thanks to my curse-mark.

In my defense, the d*** griz…

What's in a Name? // First Name Post of the Year!

Happy Monday, friends!
It's a brand new week, & I don't know about you, but Winter has finally made itself known in my area of the country.  And I'm so missing our non-typical 70-degree Dec./Jan. days.  I'm ready for Spring!!! Who's with me???

Ah well.  :]  It'll be here…

Book Review || Shadow & Bone

Shadow & Bone Grisha Trilogy #1
Leigh Bardugo

Henry Holt & Company | June 2017 (this edition)
Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who …

New Posting Schedule!

Welcome, welcome, friends!
Happy Monday! I'm still reeling when I consider we're in (basically) the third week of January... O_o I'm deviating from my normal Monday Name post to give an updated posting schedule that will go into effect this week.  :]  I'm reorganizing my plans for the…

Book Review || The Awakened

The Awakened The Lazarus Chronicles #1
Richard Spillman

Mountain Brook Ink | October 1, 2018
Fantasy, Fiction, Christian, Speculative

Everyone dies once. But what if a chosen few were raised from the dead?

Two thousand years ago Jesus resurrected his friend, Lazarus, who founded a secret orga…

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February Snippets!
Here are some Snippets from last month.  These hail from my WIP Safia and another project I'm …
Psalm 34:18
The LORD is near the brokenhearted;  He saves those crushed in spirit.  ( Psalm 34:18) > > >…
In the Midst of Despair [A Prayer]
Have you ever had one of those down days?  Where you feel like everyone and everything is against …
What's in a Name? || Surnames Edition
Good evening, y'all. It's the third week of AUGUST. O_o I'm picking up on my Name post ra…