Posted in 5 Minute Friday Posts, Five Minute Free Writing Prompts Challenge, Uncategorized

31 Days of Five Minute Free Write Prompts – Listen



Today is the fourth day of my 31 Days of Five Minute Free Write Prompts, and the word for today is “Listen”.  Listening is an art form that many of us fail to excel at either occasionally or routinely.  As a mother, I frequently am reminded by my children that I need to take time to listen.

Other times, I listen with ease and have no problem concentrating on what is being said. Other times, like when I am trying to listen to hear God’s voice, I have a hard time hearing.

A few weeks ago our washing machine died, so this means we have to go to the laundromat currently to wash our clothes.  Because my husband has drills/Battle Assembly with the Army Reserves this weekend, we decided to go to the laundromat today. While we were there, a man who had just opened a protein shake/smoothie business came in the laundromat and was peddling his business.  So several of us had to listen to what he had to say.  One of my sons wound up in a rather lengthy discussion with him because our son did not agree with everything he said.  Another of our sons proceeded to tell said son that you always agree with that type of person so you can essentially escape quicker.

What comes to mind for you when you hear the word “listen”.

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Uncategorized

Darcy By Any Other Name

Darcy by any other name FB banner

About the Book

Book: Darcy by Any Other Name

Author: Laura Hile

Genre:  Historical Christian Romance, Regency

Release Date: May 13, 2016

Darcy By Any Other Name - Ebook coverDiscover the Pride and Prejudice body-swap romance that has readers laughing in surprise and delight.

For most, this is a glorious evening of music and dancing. But out in the garden two men are arguing, while a ferocious rainstorm swirls round. And then the unthinkable happens: a lightning bolt from heaven strikes. In that instant everything changes.

Jane Austen’s heartthrob hero becomes the bumbling Reverend Collins. Shorn of his fortune, his social standing, and his good looks, Mr. Darcy is trapped in Mr. Collins’ body. And Mr. Collins wakes up to discover that he is master of Pemberley.

Could there be anything worse?

But the inner man is still Darcy. He is in love with Elizabeth Bennet. And now he is living in her house.

If you enjoy a smart, sparkling Regency romp in the classic “Heyeresque” style, then you will love Laura Hile’s Darcy By Any Other Name.


Click here to get your copy.


Having heard the saying, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” made me interested in reading this book.  Plus, I have read other books by this author and have enjoyed them.  So as I began reading this book, I had an idea of what to expect.  Mr. Darcy was about to become someone else.  The idea of  Mr. Darcy changing into Reverend Collins and vice-versa I was sure would prove to be an interesting story.

I appreciated how Mr. Darcy trapped in Reverend Collins’ body found himself in Elizabeth’s home, but how he would capture her heart and how the two men would find themselves back in their own bodies, I was sure would be quite the tale.

As with the other books by this author, I found myself unable to put the book down.  So if you like historical fiction with a twist, check out this book for yourself.  It is definitely worth reading.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

laura-hile-2My journey as a writer began with the Internet.  And with Jane Austen.

How is that for an unlikely combination?

I have always loved classic Regency romances. You know the kind – with a dashing, honorable hero and a lovely, intelligent heroine. Delicious banter, unexpected plot twists, humor, and a happy ending. If faith is woven into the story, so much the better.

When I discovered an online forum for Jane Austen-related fiction, I was hooked. With Jane’s characters for inspiration, I began writing and posting serialized Regency stories. To keep readers coming back for more, I developed my signature style: intertwined plots, cliffhangers, and laugh-out-loud humor.

The comedy I come by in my job as a middle school teacher—there’s never a dull moment with teens!

I live in Beaverton, Oregon with my husband.


More from Laura

I see that double-take you just did.  Darcy By Any Other Name is a what? A Pride and Prejudice body-swap romance? Seriously?

Indeed yes. And it’s a really fun read. I blame my sense of humor. And the fact that I think too much.

Here’s the thing: we women are captivated by Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy—we are! Handsome, aloof, and wealthy, he embodies the perfect male. By comparison, the ordinary guy has no chance. (And heaven help the fellow who is plain!)

Yet we know that attraction involves more than good looks and a fat wallet.

I began to play with this thought. Because Mr. Darcy is also honorable, intelligent, kind, and funny—qualities that transform an ugly man and capture a woman’s interest. The shared smile, the twinkle in the eyes, the finishing of her sentences. These are endearing! These are why we women fall in love!

Once the body swap idea showed up, I knew I had struck story gold. Will Darcy-as-Collins capture Elizabeth Bennet’s heart?

No, wait! She cannot fall for him because he’s the wrong man—no, the right man! But he’s in that podgy body! She cannot love Mr. Darcy when he’s—ugly! Can she?

Ah, but of course she can. Now what?

Think of Darcy By Any Other Name as a happy roller coaster ride. And you know what they say about those: “Get in, sit down, and hold on.”

Do leave a comment and enter the giveaway. I think you will enjoy this fun, romantic book.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, September 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 30

A Baker’s Perspective, October 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 1

Reflections From My Bookshelves, October 2

For Him and My Family, October 2

Back Porch Reads, October 3

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 3

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 4

Mary Hake, October 4

Remembrancy, October 5

Emily Yager, October 5

Bigreadersite, October 6

Rebecca Tews, October 6

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 7

Rev. Rebecca Writes: Read, Write, Pray, October 8

Creating Romance, October 8

Blossoms and Blessings, October 9

janicesbookreviews, October 9

By The Book, October 10

Moments, October 11

Pause for Tales, October 11

Texas Book-aholic, October 12

A Reader’s Brain, October 12

Inklings and notions , October 13


To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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



Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Uncategorized

Review and Giveaway for Trapped

About the Book

Book: Trapped

Author: Lillian Duncan

Genre: Romantic Suspense (Christian)/Stand Alone

Release Date: September 27, 2019

TrappedAngelina Matthews has everything—rich, famous and beautiful—until the day she’s kidnapped and trapped in a basement with a madman, wearing only a T-shirt. The dirt is his—the blood is hers. Tormented and tortured, she cries out to God. Help comes in the form of Nate Goodman. When their paths cross months later, Nate discovers Angelina is still trapped—not in a basement but in the memories she can’t escape. Nate knows all about being trapped—and getting un-trapped. As an ex-Chicago cop he’s had his own demons to wrestle, but his faith helped him to move forward. He reaches out to Angelina whose paranoid delusions have her trapped still. But are they delusions?



Click here to grab your copy.


Losing the most important people in one’s life has a way of forcing a belief in God out of one’s heart and mind. But times of trouble and desperation have a way of forcing people to remember where they came from and to call out to the one true God who created them.  For Ange Matthews, this is exactly what happened.  When her parents died, she wandered away from God and became a socialite without a purpose or foundation.

However, when a madman traps her and attacks her, she finds herself crying out to God. I could understand how she became the person she did.  I can not imagine dealing with my parents dying at a young age.  But things liked being trapped have a way of forcing someone to remember what is important in life and who God is.

Also, going through such a traumatic event has a way of holding one hostage in the memories and making it impossible to move on in any direction.  But Ange is blessed to have a police officer, Nate Goodman, come to her rescue.  Nate is everything I imagine a relatively small community police officer to be.  Once Ange’s cousin is able to convince him her cousin is missing, he sets out to find her.

However, he is not satisfied to just rescue her and then vanish.  He recognizes the state of mind she is and sets out to help her escape from the torment of her memories.  I could only hope to have someone rescue me in that way if I was ever in such a devastating circumstance.  I can not say I disliked Ange, to begin with, but I realized she had the potential to become more than a mindless socialite only out to party and have fun.

So if you like to read books about overcoming horrible events to find a new future, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.


About the AuthorLillian Duncan

Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

Her goal is to write stories that entertain but also demonstrate God’s love for all of us. To learn more about her, visit www.lillian-duncan.comas well as her devotional blog at


More from Lillian

TRAPPED is my latest suspense novel. And suspenseful, it is! With just the right about of romance to make it even better.

You can’t help but love Nate Goodman—small-town policeman, believer in truth, justice, and Jesus—comes back home to the sleepy town of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio to work because nothing ever happens—until it does.

Angelina Matthews has everything. She’s rich, famous and beautiful until the day she’s kidnapped and trapped in a basement with a madman. Tormented and tortured, she cries out to God.

Help comes in the form of Nate Goodman.

When their paths cross months later, Nate discovers Angelina is still trapped, not in a basement but in the memories she can’t escape. As an ex-Chicago policeman, Nate knows all about being trapped—and getting un-trapped so he reaches out to help. Between the two of them, they have more than their fair share of problems. But that’s what makes the story exciting.

I have a philosophy when it comes to writing. If I find it boring so will the readers! That means I cut out the boring parts and focus on the action. I loved writing this story with all its twists and turns.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 28

Babbling Becky L’ Book Impressions, September 28

Livin’ Lit, September 29

Genesis 5020, September 30

Through the Fire Blogs, October 1

Inspires by fiction, October 1

Spoken from the Heart, October 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 3

Avid Reader Nurse , October 3

Maureen’s Musings, October 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 4

For Him and My Family, October 5

CarpeDiem, October 6

Blogging With Carol, October 6

Bigreadersite , October 7

Betti Mace, October 7

Texas Book-aholic, October 8

janicesbookreviews, October 9

Inklings and notions , October 9

Mary Hake, October 10

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 10

A Reader’s Brain, October 11


To celebrate her tour, Lillian is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and one of her eBook (readers choice)!!

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