Review ~ Mrs. Maddox: A Beautiful short story

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As this is a short story, it has no cover. 😦 So, I’m sharing the covers to the rest of the series. Jamie wrote this just before her release of Walking Disaster. It’s a sweet super-mini story. It’s set on Valentine’s Day the year after they married. I have to admit that after reading A Beautiful Wedding, I was a little paranoid about reading it. A Beautiful Wedding was like a buzz kill to the warm sappy feelings I wanted Abby to have when marrying Travis. Anywhoo, this story only complemented them and showed how Travis is still crazy about Abby. Plus, it made Abby sound like she was pretty crazy about him in return. So, although this is super short, I was so very happy to have just a little taste of Travis and Pidge again! If you want to check out the story yourself, you can find it HERE.

That wraps up the Beautiful series for me! Be sure to drop by Sunday when I’ll be sharing about all the series I’ve wrapped up this year, and the progress I’ve made on other series.

I’d also love to hear what series you’re reading right now, or what series you would recommend!

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Among Friends: Stories from the Journey ~ Book Blast & Giveaway


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“This book is my Midrash.”

With these words, Father Jim draws us into his life story full of laughter, tears, and service. Among Friends is a compilation of short stories and insightful lessons experienced on his many travels as a clergyman and motivational speaker. Whether recounting his sobering flying experiences, meeting the Pope, his encounter with the “Weed Man” or telling us about his “lead foot,” Father Jim teaches us lessons through powerful storytelling. As he takes us along on his journey from getting kicked out of seminary to hosting celebrities, such as Dolly Parton, Harry Connick Jr., Martin Short, Bill Cosby, and former First Lady Laura Bush, at his small Kentucky parish, Father Jim shines a light into the corners of the human heart to expose our need for God and the love He alone can give us. You will laugh, cry, and be taken back by his honesty. In all, Father Jim shows us what it means to love God, love others, and live life Among Friends.

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Father Jim W. Sichko is a priest of the Diocese of Lexington, KY. He was ordained to the Ministerial Priesthood of Jesus Christ on May 23, 1998. He travels throughout the U.S. giving missions, retreats, and days of recollection. Known for his storytelling, Father Jim weaves everyday life experiences with the rooted messages which lie within the Gospel. He is booked for speaking engagements through 2015. Each engagement lasts a minimum of three days and averages 3,000 people per night. Father Jim completed his undergraduate work at New England Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance and received a Master of Divinity degree from Sacred Heart School of Theology.

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Flights of Fancy ~ Book Blast & Giveaway

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Title: Flight of Fancy

Genre: Poetry/Prose/Short Story

Author: Bernadette Bland

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 64

Language: English

ISBN – 978-1-45028-453-0

Life is filled with emotional highs and lows. Riding the wave of this experience is part of living, but for poet Bernadette Bland, dreaming was even more important. No matter the attitude, mood, or circumstance, Ms. Bland has always believed in the beauty of life. Never to be deterred from her heart’s desire, she has ridden her own life wave with an eye to her dreams and an eye to the beauty of nature.

In her new poetry collection, Flights of Fancy, Ms. Bland shares her imagery with the outside world. She delves into the lavish splendor of nature in “Drifting Grace: God’s Art Show.” She peers behind the protective mask of a weeping clown in “Behind the Mask.” She recalls watching her mother slowly grow old in the poignant “Mama.” In all her words, she reveals her deepest yearnings and fears with selfless honesty.

Flights of Fancy is an example of an imagination set free. Ms. Bland fills her poetry with wonder and will leave you longing to step out into the sun. She is not afraid to depict the sometimes traumatic rollercoaster of life; yet she encourages us to move on, move up, and not look back. Within every word, she calls to the reader, challenging each one of us to never stop dreaming!



Bernadette Bland was born in Westerly, Rhode Island. A news reporter and photographer for many years, her poetry has been published by the National Library of Poetry, the Amherst Society, and the Iliad Press, among others. Ms. Bland lives with her husband in the Capital District of upstate New York.

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