Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

It’s Wednesday, and I’m up to my elbows in moving boxes and loading vans and trucks! But I wanted to share another book with you. Someone recently asked me if I only say nice things about all the books I read. I thought about it for a bit and said, well I try to find something of value of each that I read. Then within the last couple of weeks, the subject of book reviews has come up several times. And a common theme kept popping up. What do you do when you’ve been asked to read a book for a review or even purchased the book yourself, and the book just wasn’t good for you? I had to go back and ponder the first question of do you “only say nice things” about a book in a review. Saturday, 3/11, a speaker in one of the breakout sessions brought the subject up again! The point she was making was this:  if people are counting on reviews to decide to spend their hard earned money on a book, don’t you owe it to them to give your REAL opinion of the book? It is, in fact, your opinion, but if you are honest and say that it just didn’t do it for you, someone will appreciate your thoughts and may move on to another book that better suits them.

Well, I have recently read two books that “just didn’t work for me.” I will do one this week and the other one next week. Remember, this is only my opinion. Others may have read it and it was the best book they have ever read! (Maybe not–hehehe!)

This week’s book is What if God Wrote Your Bucket List?  52 Things You Don’t Want to Miss by Jay Payleitner. I co-lead a book study online with a friend and a group of ladies with this book. I can’t speak for all of the ladies, but I know a couple admitted they were looking forward to the topic. I, also, was excited. But it was short lived excitement.

As we progressed through the book, I didn’t feel like we were actually discussing “Bucket List” types of things. He did, however, give a lot a great ideas that we should be doing for other people on a regular basis. I wouldn’t think of any of these things as “Bucket List.”

For instance: See God as a loving Father. Put others ahead of yourself. Recognize the Ten Commandments. Love and be loved. These are all great things, but shouldn’t we do them on a regular basis?

The book itself isn’t bad, but I really feel that the title is very misleading. Out of the 52 things he mentions, I don’t think more than 5 were what I would consider “Bucket List” worthy. Maybe his title should have been more like: Living Life to the Fullest, 52 Things You Don’t Want to Miss. That would fit.

There you have it! Not all of my posts regarding books are only positive! I would recommend this book as a library rental. Not worth the retail price of $12.99.

Happy Reading!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Happy Wednesday! This week I have something different that recently came off of my “to be read” pile! The book is “The Engine 2 Seven-Day Resuce Diet by Rip Esselstyn. I have read Rip’s other two books, plus his father’s, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and the cookbook done by his sister and mother, Jane Esselstyn and Ann Crile. I’ve also had the privilege to meet this family while I lived in Ohio. Rip now lives in Austin, Texas but comes “home” to Cleveland, Ohio often. I read Rip’s first book, The Engine 2 Diet several years ago when I first was thinking about a Whole Food, Plant Based Lifestyle. Then I read his father’s book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. His book most certainly got my attention since my dad died at the age of 58 when his heart blew up. Coincidently, he was eating breakfast in a greasy spoon little diner in Akron, Ohio when he died.

Why would I share this book with you? Great question. Whether you are into a Whole Food, Plant Based Lifestyle or not, this particular book of Rip’s could help a lot of people whether or not you want to stay on that lifestyle. The book is set up for just a seven-day “diet.” Rip asks you to do this just for seven days. SEVEN days! Most of us can do something for seven days. He used to suggest you follow this plan for 28 days, but then he did some research and found that most people saw tremendous results within the first seven days. Weight loss, drop in blood pressure, drop in cholesterol and even drop in sugar numbers. In seven days, people!

I did this in January and dropped 9 pounds in that week. It is definitely your normal count your points, starve yourself to death, weigh and measure your food kind of plan. This lets you eat large quantities of vegetables, beans, fruit, whole grains and you do not have that starving feeling at 7:05 pm each night wondering if you’ll make it until breakfast!

Wanna feel better? Need to drop a few pounds fast? Need to get those blood markers heading down in the right direction at your blood draws? Why not give this a chance. There is even a closed FB group where you can go for questions, successes, support – all things E2 Rescue Diet.

I recommend this book if you are looking for a jumpstart to your health! You’re worth caring for!

Happy Reading!




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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Happy Wednesday, everybody! I don’t know about you, but I am sure enjoying the increase in temperatures these days! I have another book for you today from Lynette Eason, called Always Watching. I am so enjoying her stories and writing style. As I have now read the first two of four books in the series, I am reminded of how much I enjoy reading suspense and mystery books. I was thinking the other day that back when I began reading the young adult books in grade school, I always picked out mysteries. I hadn’t thought about that in so long. Over the past few years, I have been reading more chick lit, love stories, self-help and cookbooks! But now that I’ve been reading author Eason’s books, I forgot how much I enjoy a good mystery/suspense!

On with the book…

This book is number one in the Elite Guardians series. Not sure if you’ll catch it, but I had just finished number two and posted about that over here before I gave you the review for book number one! Ooops!  I’m also excited that number three is sitting on the pile to read that I just got a couple of weeks ago. Oh, oh – number four was just released last week for pre-order. Oh yeah – it’s sitting in my Amazon cart waiting to receive the email that it has shipped sometime in July!!!

In Always Watching, we begin at a charity function with a person watching who was also watch her as well. Who was she, why was she glaring at her? Then she noticed. It was because of who she was with. She was more intrigued with the “man of the hour” getting the award and she realized the other woman was not happy that she was the person on his arm for the evening, not her. The end of the first chapter states that the woman who is the date for the man, had killed for him before.


So, of course…you must read on. Isn’t that what makes a good suspense novel? You have to find out why she killed for him and will she be killing for him tonight? Would she kill the elegantly dressed lady standing across the room glaring at her this evening?

As we continue through the book, we begin to meet the ladies of this bodyguard agency. Where most people would raise their eyebrows at an all women bodyguard agency, there were many in there area that would use nobody else.

With the strange stalker consuming the life of the popular radio psychiatrist, Wade Savage, the poison darts, bomb threats and other suspicious activity, you cannot put the book down until you see what happens to poor Mr. Savage. There is a lot of time spent with him by several of the bodyguards and he just might become smitten with one of them!

I loved this book (and number 2!) and I recommend it if you love a good suspense read! If you have read it or will be reading it, let me know if you figured out the ending before you got there! You may be surprised!

What on your reading table right now? I’d love to know what your reading. I’m always looking for good books to read and add to my list. Let me know in the comment section!

Happy Reading!




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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

I have a really good recommendation this week for you! If you enjoy watching “Fixer Upper” on HGTV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, then you will love, love, love their new book just out recently. I was on the waiting list at my local library for it and it finally came in. I enjoyed it so much, that I began to read parts to my hubby. When I stopped reading and went on with my reading, he said, “hey, why did you stop, what’s next?” Yes, poor guy knows who they are as he has been stuck watching the show and waiting for the it to be over to gain back his remote. Although, if you ask me, I think he likes it but won’t admit it! He’s never gotten up and walked away!

The name of the book is “The Magnolia Story.” It gives us a glimpse into where it all began for Chip and JoJo (as Chip calls her!). It’s a story that makes you laugh (especially if you have seen the show), it makes you shake your head at the adversity they came through and it even makes you cry. The sweet lessons that Joanna teaches through her words were more than I expected to read in the book. And I was very pleasantly surprised. Her positive spirit. Their faith in God through ALL things is very admirable.

If you even slightly like watching “Fixer Upper”, then I highly recommend you read this one! You won’t be disappointed!





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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

This week’s book was a fun little book to read. Again, I was honored to be on the Launch Team for this book as well. The book is: When You Find Another – a conversation about friendship…among friends” by Kay Harms. This book is a sweet book and would make a nice gift for a friend. It also offers questions in the back that you could make it a nice study book with a few ladies, friends or not. Maybe invite your neighbors over and it may open up a path to a new friendship!

She quotes C. S. Lewis with this:

“Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, ‘What? You, too? I thought I was the only one!'”

The author, Kay, illustrates the types of friendships we have by using the analogy of apples. First she describes friendship in the first chapter. Then she takes the next few chapters to describe Red Delicious, Green Delicious, Golden Delicious and Bad Apple Friends. Her description of each friendship vs. apple is quite clever! I am not going to spoil the book by giving you the actual definition she chose for each apple, but I will tell you this: I have many Red Delicious Apples, a few Green Delicious Apples, a small handful of Golden Delicious Apples and I no longer have Bad Apples in my Basket of Friends! You’ll just have to get the book and find out what that all means!

Reading the book made me stop and ponder more than what kinds of “Apple” Friends I have. It made me think through what kind of “Apple” Friend I am to others around me in my friendship circle. I truly hope I am not a Bad Apple Friend.

Happy reading!




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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

It’s Wednesday again, and time to share the next book from my reading corner! This week I read another book for a Launch Team. This particular book comes from an author whom I’ve never heard of before, but was asked to apply for the team. I was intrigued by the description of the book, so raised my hand to read the book!  The book is:  Life After by Katie Ganshert. Although this was the first time reading from this author, I can assure you, I’ll be reading more of her work! I really enjoyed the book.

As I read through this book, I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction. Katie’s ability to write kept having me think she was sharing about an actual current event. The descriptions were so vivid and real, it caught me off guard!

The book is about Autumn Manning and her life from this past year. From “the event” that changed everything last year for her and so many people, to the current day event for all to remember the tragedy, this book pulls you into the story with such real and personal emotions. Though it was 337 pages, I finished it in one evening. I just couldn’t put it down!

The way the author shows how each of the families of the victims show their grief, their willingness to have their family member remember or not, really shows the human side of grief. And the truth that grief is not a one size fits all emotion. I have to say, I really felt I knew how the story was going to progress for Autumn, Reese and Paul but boy was I wrong. Dead wrong. This story goes to show you that not everything that goes on publicly is what it actually is privately! What we choose to assume is the truth about a person or family, may be the total opposite of what we believe.

I enjoyed this book very much and I will be checking into Katie Ganshert’s other books for sure!

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

This week’s book is the first book of a series by Lynette Eason. I have not read any suspense books for a while, but I used to read a lot of them when I was younger. Having the joy of meeting Lynette in my new Writer’s Group here in South Carolina this summer, I wanted to check out one of her books. I was not disappointed. The name of this book is: Without Warning which is book number 1 in the Elite Guardians Series. I’m thrilled, too, because I just received book number 3 this past weekend! I pre-ordered it in November and it wasn’t released until January 31st. Did I ever mention, patience is not my strength?!

The story begins with Daniel Matthews, a restaurant owner, hard at work in his office. He has no idea what lies ahead for the day, but he’s about to find out. A strange noise continues to break his concentration until he couldn’t handle it any longer, he needs to find out what it is and where it’s coming from. He had no idea it would eventually lead him to a dead body.

From the very first chapter, I was pulled through an exciting, breath-holding story that I could not put down. With the amount of danger that continues to unfold, the need for bodyguards and investigators becomes completely necessary. But a team of female bodyguards? And in this type of constant danger?

The Elite Guardians prove time and time again, they are very well trained and can get the job done with ease. But what about when someone starts to have feelings for their bodyguard? Could it be? Would it work? Would it compromise the job at hand – the safety of the client? Or the bodyguard’s life as well?

I found myself so intrigued with what was coming next and I began to think the story would go a specific way and then it didn’t! It pulled me through to the end leaving me wanting more. And I literally went to the bookstore the next morning to pick up #2! I was hoping to get #3 at the same time, but realized it wasn’t due out until this winter. Oh well, good things come to those who wait, right?!

If you are looking for a twisting and turning story full of danger, wonder and maybe even a tad of romance for your next read, definitely check out Without Warning by Lynette Eason. You will not be disappointed!





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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!


Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

This week I’m sharing about a great book which is the beginning of a series. The book is:  Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren, part of the Montana Rescue Series. I’m really excited, too, because I pre-ordered book #2 in the series way back in November and just received an email yesterday that it is on the way! Woohoo! I enjoyed book #1 so much, I had to order #2 to follow along with the characters, right?

And making it even more fun was meeting Susan May Warren when I was back in Ohio in October! Even more exciting for me is that she is my writing coach through her online course I’m taking through Novel Academy! I’ve read many of her books in 2016 and I will be sharing them throughout this year.

But back to Wild Montana Skies!

First I’d like to say that what I love most about Susie’s writings is that she makes you feel like you are watching a movie! Her descriptives are in full color. You can see the scenes happening as you read along. That’s the biggest reason I am drawn to her books. That and the fact that she gets you so involved with the characters, you can’t put the book down! You just have to see what is going to happen next! That’s a good book!

The book starts with Kacey returning to her hometown. She wanted badly to quietly cruise in without any fanfare. Wanted to stop for a bite to eat after the long drive in. Hoping to stop at the Gray Pony, a hometown favorite for the best ribs and homemade root beer. Also hoping, nobody would recognize her since she’d been gone a while.

Of course, that’s not going to happen, right? Just when you wish you could slide in and be unseen, something happens and you’ve been found out!

As the story unfolds, old loves meet up, old memories are stirred, danger for many of the towns’ people grows and some split decisions need to be made. On many fronts.

I couldn’t put the book down (as usual with Susie’s books!) and read it over a 24 hour period. It kept my attention and of course I had to see what happened with Kacey and Audrey and Ben and Chet and Kacey’s parents…

If you’re looking for a new fiction series to start, I would recommend this one for sure!





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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

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This week’s book was an ebook, “I’m About To Get Up”  by Julie Hunt. If it would have been an actual paper book, I am very sure that it would have had many wrinkled pages for the water drips on it! My eyes seemed to have a little leaking problem – no that’s not true – a big leaking problem as I read this book. I am also on the Launch Team for this book as well. It was a true privilege to work with this author, Julie. She has a heart as big as the world and want’s people to know that grief will come, but through it all God gives us Hope.  

When I applied for the team last fall, I had no idea what was about to unfold in my life. Once approved, Julie sent a welcome and thank you email to all of us on the team and at the end asked if there was anything she could pray for us. When I read that email, I immediately responded with a…yes, I would love prayers as I had just received a call from the nursing home where my mom was telling me my mom is going downhill. We would be traveling from South Carolina back to Ohio where we had just moved from and I would appreciate prayers for the travels. She responded back quickly and said she would definitely be praying. And she checked in a couple of times.

I got busy going back and forth on the twenty hour round trip several times in October and November. While in Ohio for Thanksgiving weekend my mom breathed her last on November 25th. Back home in South Carolina a couple of days later, I was just sitting numb not knowing what to do next and looked down at my phone. An email popped up and it was Julie. She said God was nudging her to check in on me. She did not know that my mom was gone, but then once I told her offered prayer, a listening ear and hugs from her. And I knew she would. I share all of this because this is exactly what I meant by I had no idea that this book was going to be for me at “such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14b) Julie’s testimony and book were what I was going to need in the fall of 2016. Julie transparently shares the many years of grief that she has endured and knows from the depths of true sadness. Yet as you read through this book it is covered and loaded with joy.

Julie shares how she has lost so many dear people in her life, even her husband at a young age and yet, as you read her words, you want to sit across from her and ask how did she find the strength to smile, let alone get up and go on with life. But that’s exactly what she did.

This book isn’t a “read this and you’ll survive grief” book, it is a book of encouragement to see joy in ALL things. To seek the ONE that gives us that joy and to know that grief has no instruction manual. You do not get “X” number of days to grieve and then you must get on with it. You aren’t told that you have to grieve in a certain way. Julie makes it clear that everyone grieves in their own way, their own time and for as long as they need to. She shares how as she lost her husband who was dearly loved by so many people, she watched others grieve him as well. She became an observer. With her words of encouragement, she gives you the permission, so to speak, to be free to grieve how it best suits you.

She didn’t intend to write this book, until she scoured the bookstores for a “how-to book on grieving.” Her search ended up empty every time.  She wanted someone to help her who had been there to say “It’s going to be OK. You’re going to be OK. The madness will eventually stop and you’ll have moments of peace, even joy someday.” But it did not exist. Then she saw on the internet – “Write the book you want to read.”

She had received a journal from a friend two weeks after her husbands death. She journaled and journaled and this book is from that healing through her processing in that journal.

Yet, if you think this book is just about going through grief as a young widow. It is not that. Julie expands on the fact that we go through so many losses through our lives. And I love this from her book…

“Yes, loss has been a prevailing theme of my life, but each and every one has left increased courage and an undeniable truth: God is always with me and for me, drying every tear and instilling hope for tomorrow.”

If you have gone through a loss this year, loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, loss of a job, loss of a relationship, loss of life as you knew it or any other loss, I recommend you pick up this book and read it. I promise you by the end of the book, you will definitely feel like you are ready to shout…”It may be dark, but God is my light. And…I’m About to Get Up!”



Be Well!



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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

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It’s Wednesday again! Time for another book share. This book was also given to me as part of the Launch Team. But this particular book is fun for me to be able to share with you. It was written by my friend back in Ohio! I got to meet her about two years ago as a fellow blogger. We met at good ol’ Panera for tea and had a lot of fun. So – about the book…

The name of this week’s book is: “Full: food, Jesus, and the battle for satisfaction” by Asheritah Ciuciu.

Since part of the deal of being on a Launch Team is to give an honest review of the book you receive, I will do just that. You must understand that it is MY opinion, and you can take it or leave it! But for the book, on a scale of 1-10, I give this book an easy eight. There are some things in the book that I have learned along the way already, so it wasn’t all new material to me – but for someone just new to this line of thinking, it’s some good stuff!

One of the things I do love about Asheritah’s style, is that it is written as if she is siting across the table with you. She is very eager for you to hear about the things she has learned as she prayed for God to take away the fixation with food. And think about it, most of us have just that – a fixation with food. Like Asheritah says in the book, not all have a fixation that overwhelms them, but if we are the keeper of the kitchen in our homes, we have to concentrate on getting the “3 squares” on the table pretty much every day. We aren’t that lucky to walk into the kitchen and the plan is made, groceries are bought and prepped and we have the perfect amount of time left to fix it properly and get it on the table AND it taste wonderful! Ahhh, but doesn’t that sound dreamy? I wish!

However, many of us go beyond that and constantly think about food. As if food would be that magic fix for what ails us! I can vouch for the fact that it isn’t and Asheritah shares her issue with that as well.

Asheritah does a great job of identifying the issues, next defining them, and then giving us practical steps to regain a healthy relationship with food. It is not a diet book, so you know. It’s a heart and soul book!

I would definitely recommend this book if you are ready to stop the merry-go-round of the love-hate relationship with food! After all, we still need to eat each day!

Here’s the book if you’d like to purchase it, and it also has a companion workbook:

Have a great week!

Tickled Pink Tammy-2




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