Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Second Chances on Huckleberry Hill (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill) by Jennifer Beckstrand

Second Chances on Huckleberry Hill 

(The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill) 

– May 23, 2023

Monday, July 15, 2024

Into the Starlight: (Three Sisters Facing Mystery and Romance in the 1880s Texas Hill Country) by Amanda Cabot


Into the Starlight: 

(Three Sisters Facing Mystery and Romance in the 1880s Texas Hill Country) 

– July 16, 2024

Under Fire by Lynn H. Blackburn


Under Fire

– March 7, 2023

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Do I Really Have Dominion? #devotional by Sharon Musgrove


“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.  And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’”

Genesis 1:26 ESV


In the summertime, when all of nature seems to be alive and playing, being outdoors is a delight to me!  Sunshine knocks early on the door, inviting me to join in the extra warmth and merriment. Not bothering with shoes, I wander out, entertained by all sorts of flutter-bys, bumbles, and various other creeping things. 

Playing in the dirt was my childhood pastime, and residing in suburban areas of the Pacific Northwest, poisonous creatures were not a worry.  I was insatiably curious of how the “underworld” worked in its most rudimentary ways.  With jar in hand, I captured whatever creature was slow enough to get caught and studied its behavior up close. 

So recently, when I reread the creation story and came upon this verse that instructs humanity to have dominion over the things of the earth, my mind easily brought up that little girl with a fist full of ladybugs and a bucket load of tadpoles.  But what I hadn’t seen in the text before was now highlighted, as if under a magnifying glass, that double use of the word...creep.

(Note: writers of the Bible often used repetition as a way of emphasizing significance as we might currently use italics or bold font.)

The first twenty-five verses of Genesis 1 read like a pattern in their reiteration of God creating, calling it good, and then calling it a day.  But in Genesis 1:26, that format is broken with a collaboration of the Godhead in the making of mankind.  Here God sets an intention for humanity, discussing not just who They are cultivating, but giving people purpose.

“...let them have dominion....”

Additionally, the Creator doubles down on the descriptor of humanity’s dominion in saying,

“...over every creeping thing that creeps....”

The Bible tells us that God gave mankind the ability and the responsibility to rule over all the creatures roaming the earth, sky and sea.  But then He accentuates the rein over things that creep.  Why this emphasis?  Because the creepiest of creepers, Satan himself, shows right up in Genesis 3, being...well...creepy.

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.” Genesis 3:1 (ESV)

Have you ever wondered how Adam and Eve could be so unconcerned that a snake was conversing with them?  As an adult I have found that disturbing, but I doubt I would have as a child.  Likely I’d have been curious and delighted.  After all, I was one to play with the creatures I found wriggling through the grass!  When the earth is our playground and God has given us complete latitude, why would we worry about a creeping thing?

As a child of God, this question why do I worry? still compels an honest answer.

God’s Word in Genesis is the answer to today’s worry:  Jesus became a man to defeat Satan...that creeping thing that creeps.  And to reestablish the order He began, giving us the same power.

When we accept Christ as our King, we need not worry about things that could hurt us.  We become as children, having full faith in the protection of our Lord and living unafraid.  In this, we take back the confidence of having dominion over even the creepiest things. 

As Christ said to his disciples,

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (ESV)

Today, as I engage the great outdoors, I don’t play with snakes, and I expect to be bitten by critters wanting a taste of me.  I am not innocent to the dangers that lurk.  But as I go through my day, I know that Christ is with me, and that no matter what evil may come, I have overcome.

This same peace in Jesus is for you.


 Author Bio:


Sharon has been writing and teaching biblically based curriculum, Bible studies, and devotionals since 2007.    


She has had the unique position of writing curriculum and teaching for two private, Christ-based, residential recovery programs. Both programs primarily served women in the homeless community.


Sharon has traveled multiple times to Kenya, serving on medical teams and teaching in the rural Maasai communities. She’s been privileged to speak in Leadership camps intended on encouraging and empowering the impoverished, underprivileged, and often abused young women.


Within these ministries, Sharon has witnessed the transformative power of loving words spoken to the broken-hearted. Sharing God’s love and witnessing its transformative power has become her passion.


Sharon and her husband, divide their time between Oregon and Hawaii. They have two grown children. 


Currently, Sharon is encouraging others via her inspirational blog, but prefers sharing face to face. Additionally, she is working towards a degree in Ministry. 



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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Welcome to the Trail of Promises Celebration Tour! #giveaway


About the Book

Book: Trail of Promises

Author: Susan F. Craft

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: June 25, 2024

A marriage of convenience will protect her reputation on the long trail ahead, but he’s barely more than a stranger…

Tessa Harris is a woman without options. When she’s stranded nearly two hundred miles from her destination, her only companions are a former British Cavalry officer and his two young brothers. Society dictates they cannot travel without a chaperone, but can she trust this handsome stranger to protect her if they choose to marry? And if so, should she show her feelings or guard her heart? She’s learned the hard way how painful it is to love a man who doesn’t reciprocate.

Stephen Griffith has enough responsibility caring for his young brothers, and now he shoulders the massive responsibility of keeping his new wife safe as they cross the wilderness toward a new life. And though he tries to keep her at arm’s length, reminding himself their marriage may only be a temporary arrangement, he cannot seem to shake the feelings growing for her.

When they fall into the hands of outlaws, Tessa and Stephen must overcome their hardest obstacle yet. Only God can bring them safely to the end of the trail where enduring love awaits.

Marilyn's thoughts:    

Trail of Promise is another intriguing tale on the Great Wagon Road in 1753.

Even though this is book two in the Great Wagon Road series it can be read as a standalone as book one characters are not in this read.


Tessa and her father were looking forward to starting over in Camden, SC with their artistic business but difficulties along the trail occurred. Stephen and Tessa’s story is filled with detailed historical events, mystery to who caused the losses, twists and turns along with a solution to Tessa traveling with a man and his younger brothers to save her reputation. I admired the determination, foresight, fortitude, faith and endurance the characters had along with secondary characters that had a role in their lives along the trail.


The epilogue was touching to see how their legacy played out as only God could orchestra from broken dreams into beauty. Susan F. Craft is another Christian Historical fiction writer I’ll be wanting to read more of.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Wild Heart Books and Celebrate Lit for the book tour.  I have expressed my own thoughts as no positive review was required.




Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Susan F. Craft retired after a 45-year career in writing, editing, and communicating in business settings.

She authored the historical romantic suspense trilogy Women of the American Revolution—The Chamomile, Laurel, and Cassia. The Chamomile and Cassia received national Illumination Silver Awards. The Chamomile was named by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as an Okra Pick and was nominated for a Christy Award.

She collaborated with the International Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation to compile An Equestrian Writer’s Guide (, including almost everything you’d ever want to know about horses.

An admitted history nerd, she enjoys painting, singing, listening to music, and sitting on her porch watching geese eat her daylilies. She most recently took up the ukulele.

More from Susan

Tessa Harris and her father, Thomas, are portrait artists, limners, who travel from town to town seeking commissions.

Limners were among the first to record glimpses of life in colonial America. By the early 1700s, wealthy colonists hired limners to paint portraits of their families. These limners, mostly self-taught, generally unknown by name, turned out naive portraits in the Elizabethan style, the Dutch baroque style, or the English baroque court style, depending upon the European background of both artist and patron.

Rather than a true portrait, the paintings were most often idealistic and did not give a true representation of the personality of the sitter and were often two dimensional. Artists focused on the material wealth of the subject, giving much attention to their clothing and accessories. Some artists painted only the faces of their subjects, explaining that they need not bother with tedious sittings and that they would paint the bodies and clothing later. They would show their subjects English and French prints from which to choose whatever costumes and backgrounds they preferred.

Like most artisans of their time who found it difficult to support themselves with paintings only, limners also worked in pewter, silver, glass, or textiles or took jobs doing ornamental paintings of clocks, furniture, signs, and carriages. Many painted miniatures—tiny watercolor portraits—on pieces of ivory, often oval-shaped and commonly worn as jewelry. Limners also painted on paper and canvas and earned, on average, $15 per portrait.

Limners Samuel McIntire and Duncan Phyfe became celebrated painters of furniture. Famous colonial portrait artists included Joseph Blackburn, Peter Pelham, John Smibert, John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull and Charles Wilson Peale. An American artist, Benjamin West, became painter to the king and president of the Royal Academy in London. American artists flocked to his studio to learn under his tutelage, including Gilbert Stuart, who painted a famous portrait of George Washington.

In 1754 in British colonial New York, an artist took out the following ad in the Gazette and the Weekly PostLawrence Kilburn, Limner, just arrived from London with Capt. Miller, hereby acquaints all Gentlemen and Ladies inclined to favour him in having their pictures drawn, that he don’t doubt of pleasing them in taking a true Likeness, and finishing the Drapery in a proper Manner, as also in the Choice of Attitudes, suitable to each Person’s Age and Sex, and giving agreeable Satisfaction, as he has heretofore done to Gentlemen and Ladies in London. He may at present be apply’d to at his Lodgings, at Mr. Bogart’s near the New Printing-Office in Beaver-Street.

I pray that my Great Wagon Road series honors the Lord and the gifts He has given me and that you will love my characters as much as I do. Soli Deo Gloria.

Blog Stops

Simple Harvest Reads, July 9 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Pens Pages & Pulses, July 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 10

Texas Book-aholic, July 11

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, July 12

For Him and My Family, July 12

Lighthouse Academy Blog, July 13 (Guest Review from Marilyn)

Karen Baney Reviews, July 13

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, July 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 15

Life on Chickadee Lane, July 16

Holly’s Book Corner, July 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 17

lakesidelivingsite, July 18

Cover Lover Book Review, July 19

Blossoms and Blessings, July 20

Pause for Tales, July 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 21

Books You Can Feel Good About, July 22


To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Friday, July 12, 2024

One Last Chance by Susan May Warren


One Last Chance

June 4, 2024

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Summer in the Spotlight by Liz Johnson


Summer in the Spotlight 

August 8, 2023

Second Chances on Huckleberry Hill (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill) by Jennifer Beckstrand

Second Chances on Huckleberry Hill  (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill)  – May 23, 2023 by  Jennifer Beckstrand   (Author) The endearingly...