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Explore Seattle: Wild Ginger Restaurant

Explore Seattle: Wild Ginger Restaurant

After searching for a restaurant in downtown Seattle in which to enjoy a celebratory birthday lunch, I happened upon some reviews for Asian Fusion restaurant Wild Ginger, and everyone in the family agreed it sounded fantastic. Our son is attending college in Seattle, so we […]

Book Review: If We Make It Home by Christina Suzann Nelson

Book Review: If We Make It Home by Christina Suzann Nelson

Take a journey to the wilds of Oregon in this unpredictable,  tumultuous, yet hope-filled novel by debut author Christina Suzann Nelson. This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure for more details. About the Book: Four friends lived in the same residence at the University of […]

Lisa Gardner’s Right Behind You out in Paperback–Series order for FBI Profiler series

Lisa Gardner’s Right Behind You out in Paperback–Series order for FBI Profiler series

    Lisa Gardner is my go-to author for intriguing mysteries that keep me guessing! She has multiple series: Detective D. D. Warren, FBI Profiler (Quincy and Rainie), Tessa Leoni, and some standalone novels. I would personally recommend reading each series in order, because the […]

Book Review: Magnolia Storms by Janet Ferguson + GIVEAWAY!

Book Review: Magnolia Storms by Janet Ferguson + GIVEAWAY!

Magnolia Storms is a very timely book for this year–partly set in the midst of a hurricane, it also deals with the lingering emotional and physical scars from Hurricane Katrina. The author has kindly offered up a paperback copy of this novel for me to […]

Book Review (and a bonus recipe for Apple Cider Doughnut Bread): Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh

Book Review (and a bonus recipe for Apple Cider Doughnut Bread): Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh’s latest book is a sweet tale about second chances and finding out and following your true dreams in life. This novel had me longing for fall and a bite of a delicious apple cider doughnut! This post contains affiliate links, please see disclosure […]

Book Review–12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep

Book Review–12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep

If you enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit by reading holiday themed books, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep, the first book in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series, will fit the bill with its combination of mystery and Victorian-era holiday setting. […]

The Highs and Lows of our October 2017 Las Vegas Trip

The Highs and Lows of our October 2017 Las Vegas Trip

When we embarked on our five-day getaway to Las Vegas, it was a cool day in the Pacific Northwest and we were looking forward to a few days of sun, shows, food, drinks, and hanging out with friends. The first part of the trip delivered […]

Discover Two New Travel Memoirs

Discover Two New Travel Memoirs

This summer I wasn’t able to take a big vacation to a far-off foreign country, so I decided to immerse myself in a couple of new travel memoirs that helped me to live vicariously through the writers. I went from Vietnam to multiple countries all […]

Top Five Newport, Oregon Family-Pleasing Restaurants

Top Five Newport, Oregon Family-Pleasing Restaurants

When traveling to the Oregon Coast, there is so much to explore, and so many restaurants to choose from! It can be overwhelming, but don’t fret, here are the top five eating establishments sure to please your entire family with atmosphere and food choices. 1. […]

2017 Carol Awards Results from ACFW Conference

2017 Carol Awards Results from ACFW Conference

I just returned from a whirlwind of meetings and classes and hanging out with friends both old and new in the Christian publishing industry at the American Christian Fiction Writers annual conference. Here is the press release about the ceremony and the award recipients. This […]