Sunday, 26 April 2015


Welcome to #SONGSonSUNDAYS
today featuring a mix of music by Plumb
[ plus a Giveaway! ]
Celebrating the Upcoming New Album Release  

EXHALE, seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, EXHALE brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.

The defining concept of the Album EXHALE ~
"... the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community." - Pete Wilson

That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in every way I can.” 
Beautiful vocals and emotive lyrics that lift one's spirit ~
from an earlier album, here's our 1st clip ~ Beautiful History
 and one final selection
Any favs ?  Is PLUMB new to you or are you a longtime fan ?
Feel free to leave any links to your own #SONGSonSUNDAYS in comments
and we'll stop by and share yours with you!
About PLUMB ~

Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better-known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author of Need You Now.  
Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and 
had music placed in many films and television shows.
Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now well known in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television markets.
Find PLUMB Story of Hope interview online HERE
and new PLUMB interview at Dead Reckoning TV on youtube HERE  

Find PLUMB online ~

Now for the GIVEAWAY!
Enter to WIN April 26 - end of May 10.15  CA/US
1 cd copy of
* PLUMB's new Release EXHALE *

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* Small Victories *  Inspire Me Mondays


Theme for Monday's Music Moves Me this week is
"Music that picks you up when you're feeling down"!  
Link your Monday Music at Marie's.

Friday, 24 April 2015


Updating for today's


~ Saturday April 25th 

Picked up a stack of mysteries at the library yesterday for options to cover
my unpredictable reading interests.  Here are some possibilities...

 Death Comes to the Village - Catherine Lloyd
 Death at Buckingham Palace - local author C.C. Benison
 Evanly Bodies - Rhys Bown
The Prime Minister's Secret Agent - Susan Elia MacNeal
A Dangerous Place - Jacqueline Winspear

annnnd.... ?
I'll be updating throughout my reading .
Find more at the Dewey site, Goodreads Group, and @readathon tweets
#readathon hashtags

First read for today :
A Regency mystery set in Kurland St Mary, 
historical England...
Grabbing my cuppa and we're off....

Done!  finally ...

Did a couple mini challenges -

Allie's Classic Words of Wisdom Mini Challenge
My entry HERE

Tweeted my #minichallenge 4S - 4 books 4 seasons at Barts Bookshelf
Added my Picture It Mini Challenge by Memory's blog,
a visual representation of my current regency mystery read,
Death Comes to the Village, 
Kurland Manor House of Kurland St Mary, England

creative commons
"a set of stone steps led down to a garden his mother had planted and a rather scrubby maze."

This challenge asks for 3 book covers - 1 each with snow, tree, weapon...

My responses? 



Now for the Book Spine Poetry Challenge...
Hosted by Ticket to Anywhere blog, we're to use at least 3 book titles to create poetry-

Here's Mine ~

After the war is over,
a memory of violets ~ 
the violets of March,
whisper on the wind.

A Girl That Likes Books is challenging us to share a book inspired recipe
with the reason or inspiration ...

Here's my recipe for London Fog 
inspired by all the foggy London England reads that jump off shelves at me!

Add a  couple  tablespoons milk to teacup or mug
Pour  boiling water over
Earl Grey flavoured black tea [loose leaves for flavour]
in tea ball or strainer in cup or teapot
While steeping, add a few drops vanilla to cup or pot, to your taste
and about a 1/2 teaspoon honey or sweetener to your cup 
along with additional milk if needed to adjust to taste and fogginess.

Mini Challenge :  Bookish Brews 

photo of bev + book currently reading = mine

Cornelia Bean Pear Tea I picked up for a Dewey's Readathon treat 
along with a Regency mystery selection .
One hapPy readathoner :)


Now on to 2nd selection ~

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow
audiobook version to relieve day long reading eye strain

and Done .
2nd for Dewey's and 6th for Seasons of Reading Spring Readathon
A combo of reading and creating for Dewey's Readathon,
excellent for staying alert and brain exercise !
Next one is in October - hoping to see you there 
{even for an hour of reading enjoyment!}

Reading in conjunction with the April 20-26th Spring Readathon at
Michelle's Seasons of Reading - my focus is mysteries.

Final mystery read for this one? 
Death at Buckingham Palace by Canadian author, C.C. Benison.

When a young footman dies in unusual circumstances, twenty year old Canadian maid, Jane Bee, is skeptical of rumors the death was a suicide. She probes the darkest corners of the royal mansion for clues that will reveal the surprising identity of a murderer stalking the halls of the world's most famous palace.

{ 1st in Her Majesty Investigates series }



Wednesday, 22 April 2015

WW: EARTH DAY April 22.2015

Good Morning !



 By David. A psalm:

The earth is Adonai’s, with all that is in it,
the world and those who live there

Psalm 24.1

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.


For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see God's invisible qualities—
God's eternal power and divine nature.
So they have no excuse for not knowing God.


Romans 1:20New Living Translation (NLT)



Sunday, 19 April 2015


It's Monday Reading 

Just what I'm enjoying today !
Jenn at Daily Rhythm's Musing Monday asks,
"Do you use your local library? What do you like (or dislike) most about it?"
My A? Absolutely LuV libraries ! Doing 2  library reading challenges this year – already at 28 library reads – and more waiting in my basket :) luv the availability of new material, book sales ongoing, friendly staff, and that I can order titles delivered to my closest to home location :) great question Jenn.
How about you?  any library loves to share?

Bookish News delivered this week held sadness for Anne fans.
Canadian actor, Jonathan Crombie, who played Gilbert Blythe so charmingly,
passed away.  Forty eight just seems too soon.  Complications from a brain hemorrhage. 
Read more HERE

So... what I have recently read ?

Sweet Dreams by Carla Stewart
Descriptively evocative of the 1960's, Ms Stewart effectively sets the mood and memories of this story. Young women sent for preparation to the Rosebriar Finishing School to learn how to fulfill their roles in society of their day. Reminiscent of The Help, in attitudes and actions. Insights of life of the era including music, artists, fashion, foods, decor, colours, styles, and changing perceptions of life as these young women matured during their year away.

The emotional realities of two cousins who've lived separate lives in pole opposite worlds, now share this experience at the benevolent hand of the one's father. I was fully involved in development of the relationships between the cousins as well as fellow students; fascinated at the world Ms Stewart painted in vivid colour, scents, tastes and sounds that enfolded me in this Texas lifestyle of wealth and privilege. Unlike other coming of age stories that have depressed me over detailed negative experiences, the author conveyed issues with exceptional agility without dragging the reader down into negative responses. Much appreciated. 

Like sipping sweet tea, this full bodied story revealed flavourful nuances and quenched this reader's thirst.
Conclusion to the Everstone Chronicles book 3
The Captive Imposter  by Dawn Crandall ... 
has now become appreciation. 
A solid historical romance that concludes Ms Crandall's Everstone Chronicles with aplomb. Steady pacing, characters I wanted to know, authentic interactions and relationship development; for me it presented the whole reading package. 
I was intrigued from prologue to epilogue.
Congratulations, Dawn, and every continued success !
Busman's Honeymoon - Lord Peter Wimsey #13
by Dorothy Sayers
I have had Dorothy Sayers on my TBR stack for way too long. I've been pleased to begin with a listen to the BBC eloquent characterizations of Ms Sayers' 13th and final, Lord Peter Wimsey in Busman's Honeymoon. Main characters, detective Lord Peter Wimsey and crime writer, Harriet Vane, have just married and headed for their honeymoon to their new country home. The couple receive the unpleasant news of the former owner's dead body discovered in the basement on their first morning in the home.
Well acted, expressive and proper English accented characters create listening enjoyment. The recording is professional with clarity and crisp sound.
A Pocket Full of Rye - Miss Marple
by Agatha Christie
[Novel read by Joan Hickson also available]
Full cast dramatization of this Agatha Christie novel featuring Miss Marple [#7]. As the Inspector consults with Miss Marple, she points out the connections between the murder clues and the children's Pocket Full of Rye rhyme. Selfish, grasping and without scruples, the Fortescues have Miss Marple comparing the family suspects with stories she's known from life in St Mary Mead. Recalling similarities aids the process in her brilliant deductions. Always love Miss Marple's reveal. And a conclusion that involves a cup of tea!

Recording is a listening pleasure of actors capable of portraying the variety of characterizations, voice inflections, authentic accents, clarity of dialogue free of background distractions.


A Confident Heart by Renee Swope
I appreciated the transparency and authenticity shared by Ms Swope in sharing her personal life story .  Running from her past of rejection, regrets and depression, Ms Swope discovers answers and an example to follow in the story of the Samaritan woman.
An encouraging life journey for women looking for a deeper spiritual life. 
Reflection and discussion Q+A interaction follows each chapter, a prayer, and scripture references included when quoted.
Book Events Up Next ?
April 20th begins The True Book Addict's Seasons of Reading SPRING Read-a-Thon
I'm focusing on a fav genre with great anticipation ~
Mysteries for me !
Here's what Michelle says, "the one main "rule" of Spring Into Horror is that you must read ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart).
The rest of the week...anything goes! 

And... Right in the midst of this, Dewey's 24 Hr Readathon happens April 25th 
Double motivation to get down to it...
What I'm About to Read ~

Definitely anticipating getting into this one...

Secrets of Sloane House - Chicago World's Fair Mystery #1
by Shelley Gray
Against the backdrop of the 1893 World's Fair, a young woman finds employment with an 
illustrious Chicago family-a family who may guard the secret of her sister's disappearance. Sloane House is among the most gilded mansions of Gilded Age Chicago. Rosalind Perry, the new housemaid, pours the morning coffee before the hard gaze of her mistress. "It's simple, Rosalind," she says. "I am Veronica Sloane, heiress to one of the country's greatest fortunes. You are simply one in a long line of unsuitable maids." Back on the farm in Wisconsin, Rosalind's plan had seemed logical: Move to Chicago. Get hired on at Sloane House. Discover what transpired while her sister worked as a maid there-and follow the clues to why she disappeared. Now, as a live-in housemaid to the Sloanes, Rosalind realizes her plan had been woefully simple-minded. She was ignorant of the hard, hidden life of a servant in a big, prominent house; of the divide between the Sloane family and the people who served them; and most of all, she had never imagined so many people could live in such proximity and keep such dark secrets. Yet, while Sloane House is daunting, the streets of Chicago are downright dangerous. The World's Fair has brought a new kind of crime to the city ...and a lonely young woman is always at risk. But when Rosalind accepts the friendship of Reid Armstrong, the handsome young heir to a Chicago silver fortune, she becomes an accidental rival to Veronica Sloane. As Rosalind continues to disguise her kinship to the missing maid-and struggles to appease her jealous mistress-she probes the dark secrets of Sloane House and comes ever closer to uncovering her sister's mysterious fate. A fate that everyone in the house seems to know ...
but which no one dares to name
Have any other mystery buffs read this newest release?
The Monogram Murders - 
A Hercule Poirot Mystery
by UK crime writer, Sophie Hannah
The new Hercule Poirot novel - another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'. Since the publication of her first book in 1920, Agatha Christie wrote 33 novels, two plays and more than 50 short stories featuring Hercule Poirot. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand new novel featuring Dame Agatha's most beloved creation. Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at the fashionable Bloxham Hotel have been murdered, a cufflink placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim...In the hands of internationally bestselling author Sophie Hannah, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London - a diabolically clever puzzle that can only be solved by the talented Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'.

Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope series is one I've been waiting for time to dig into.  I read #2 Princess Elizabeth's Spy and was caught!  Great plotting and writing - winning combo - so adding this or any other available title at the library now on the book radar for this 
Spring ReadaThon.

Another new to me author, the plot captivated me...
The Princess Spy - Fairy Tales #5by Melanie Dickerson
Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha-one of the few who speaks his language-understands the wild story. Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin's message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself "Lord Colin" is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy-not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she's sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook's wicked plot.

One of two mystery audios for review awaiting me -
Susan Meissner's tantalizing
A Fall of Marigolds  narrated by Tavia Gilbert
A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away....
September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries...and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she's made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? 

September 2011. On Manhattan's Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers...the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn's eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?
Secrets of a Charmed Life audio
Susan Meissner Narrated by Alana Kerr
Def cover luv with this one!
"The author of A Fall of Marigolds journeys from the present day to World War II England, as two sisters are separated by the chaos of wartime ... She stood at a crossroads, half-aware that her choice would send her down a path from which there could be no turning back. But instead of two choices, she saw only one--because it was all she really wanted to see... "Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London's civilian population, hundreds of thousands of children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy's burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia's profound need for her sister's presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed...
A few more than one 'scary' type read on my goodreads mystery shelf, so my options are open.
 Plus, I know I have a few ARCs needing attention by month end [which may get added to the mix!]  But I do know to keep Dewey's ReadaThon choices easy reading to make it through as many of the 24 hrs I possibly can.
I've also taken up the French Reading Bingo Challenge at Words and Peace, 
thanks to Lucy at Fictional 100.
Couldn't pass on Sophia's Austenesque Lovers TBR group  at goodreads -
 in case you've got Jane Austen JAFF filling your shelves like I do !
{All my 2015 Challenges HERE}

An invitation to other Audio listeners to join Lorelai at Audio Walkers blog
as well as get the conversation happening on FB.
Add your blog link as a listener plus add your current audio listens to intro to others.
I know she'd luv to see the group grow - Thanks!
Final two upcoming Spring Events?
May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge


Bout of Books
I'll look forward to catching up with your reading and musing about reading and all things bookish.

Shared With ~
* Small Victories * Literacy Musing Mondays
* Audio Walkers * Book NookMusing Mondays * Inspire Me Monday *


Tuesday, 14 April 2015


Responding to Allie's Mini Challenge for Dewey's ReadaThon
Here are some favourite "Classic Words of Wisdom"
Inspired by Lost Generation Reader's Top Ten's for today,
I'm  posting my own in response .

~ *~
Today's Top Ten Tuesday meme at The Broke and the Bookish ~
Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books
- anything that inspires you, challenges you, makes you think, encourages you, etc.
and as the hosts say, "As always, even if you can't think of 10, do as many as you can!"

Beginning my Top Ten 12 with Canadian author, LM Montgomery's,
 Anne of Green Gables ~

Always inspiriting to begin again with a clean slate!

The ache for home lives in all of us. 
The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."

Maya Angelou 
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes 

The safe place where we're accepted as we are not as expected to be!

No man is an island.  We need one another!

From Zephaniah in the Book of Prophets of The Tanakh

The calmness of knowing unconditional Love, acceptance, delight!


You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. . . I have loved none but you. . . For you alone, I think and plan . . . I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.

I must go, uncertain of my fate . . .  A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never.” 

Captain Frederick Wentworth to Anne Elliot ~ Jane Austen's Persuasion

Such inspiring and hopefilled confession of enduring love!

Sophia Croft~ Jane Austen's Persuasion

Yes to being a woman of adventure !

Ahhh!  the constancy of friendship found both in God and books ! 
and my own fav that's consistently re-pinned

Heaven is all around us and God evidenced in every point of creation.
Those whose eyes are truly open are aware and acknowledge the holiness,
the holy ground they walk upon,
by taking off their shoes


I could  post ten by CS Lewis alone plus more !
Here are a couple top picks...

Love this inspiriting as I age - 
not just the youth have proprietary rights to dreaming!


My sentiments following the loss of my mom...


Such a challenging reminder!


 Another of LM Montgomery's ~ 

"Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them
only to find out too late that
it's what they bring to the world that really counts." 
Living giving vs taking...


From the Historical Book of Esther in The Tanakh

This always speaks encouragement to me throughout
the many challenges and uncomfortable places I find myself
in life and in advocating justice.

~ Hoping you've found some inspy in these selections. ~
so many from which to choose, I found it hard to narrow down to ten!
Here's MORE on FHC Pinterest 
I'm enjoying reading yours!  Thanks to LostGenerationReader 's great choices :)

Upcoming Top Ten topics ~

April 14: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books (anything that inspires you, challenges you, makes you think, encourages you, etc.)
April 21: Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Authors (yeah, I'm mean like that! You could narrow it down to a genre if it REALLY kills you...or just make your list a top 20 :P )
April 28: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc.)
May 5: Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read
May 12: Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet
May 19:  Top Ten Tuesday Freebie -- YOUR CHOICE OF TOPIC.
May 26: Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or
Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

June 2: Top Ten Books I'd Love To See As Movies/Tv Shows 
June 9: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015
[let's talk about what we are excited about for the rest of the year]

June 16: Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015
June 23: In honor of 5 years of Top Ten Tuesday ( our first Top Ten Tuesday debuted June 21, 2010) -- My Ten Favourite Top Ten Topics We've Ever Done In The Past 5 Years
June 30: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015
July 7: Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read
Shared with ~
* Mom's Small Victories * Literacy Musing Mondays * Book Nook

and... in other book related news 
I've signed up for Michelle's [Seasons of Reading]
April 20-26.15 Spring ReadaThon ~ signups open
[all about mysteries for this reader! - includes
anything scary such as gothic, paranormal, thrillers, etc]
Reading just 1 book qualifies!

which also encompasses the 24 hr Dewey's Readathon on April 25th 


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