Thursday Throwback

The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen

The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen is a book for all women who have been on this journey called life.

Karen does an excellent job in The Chocolate Diaries of injecting her own life’s battles; such as bouts of depression along with life’s joys.

She believes in using lists to guide her and keep her on track. After one disheartening experience with her lists, she decided to always start her list with: Eat chocolate, thereby ensuring at least one thing on her list would be done every day.

At times lighthearted and at other times reflective, the book features real women with real stories and ways each coped with their situations.

Karen draws her analogies from extensive interviews with friends and family and peppers the stories throughout the book.

Each chapter has, in addition to the story, Sweet Secrets which poses the question to different women “What’s your secret to a sweeter journey on the rocky road of life?” and gives their answer, Food for Thought which asks the reader questions based on the chapter and finally at the end of the chapter is Because Real Women Don’t Need a Cookbook which highlights reader-submitted recipes.

I think this book would be great for a study group ending each session with the Food for Thought questions and then making the recipes.

Real people with real stories GENEROUSLY sprinkled with chocolate. Nothing is much better than that! I received this book from Blogging for Books. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

How To Tell A Great Story: The Essential Writing Course From the Editors of Guideposts

About the Course

Guideposts will teach you how to make your story compelling and entertaining, following a formula that has worked at Guideposts for over 70 years. You take the course at your own pace, and you can repeat the modules as many times as you would like.

The two-hour exclusive master class is designed to teach you how to write your own story or memoir that you can share with friends, family or even have published on a website or in a local or national publication. This creative writing course will teach you all the essentials of writing a great story.

My Review

The writing course offered by Guideposts through Guideposts Academy is phenomenal, I can’t say enough good things about it!

There are 12 modules featuring Master Storytellers from Guideposts, who teach the segments. The combined wisdom and knowledge is extraordinary and impressive. Each module is comprehensive, concise and informative.

As you complete the modules, there are tests to take to discover your understanding of the lesson. In addition, there is a 42-page workbook you can download to take notes and further enhance your learning experience.

I am amazed at how much is offered for so little (an average of just a little over $2 per module!)!!

Thank you so very much for this fantastic opportunity!

Thank you to FrontGate Media and Guideposts Academy for the opportunity to take and review The Guideposts Writing Course. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I was under no obligation to review this product.

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Thank you to FrontGate Media and Guideposts Academy for the opportunity to take and review The Guideposts Writing Course. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I was under no obligation to review this product.

Coming Monday!!

I am so excited about this for anyone that is interested. The course is so informative and comprehensive! I have, and still am, enjoying this so much!! 

Thank you to FrontGate Media and Guideposts for the opportunity to take and review How to Tell A Great Story through Guideposts Academy!


Throwback Thursday (The First Amy Clipston Book I Read)

I have read
almost all Amy Clipston’s books, and am eagerly anticipating more!!

Her stories are always
uplifting and informative.

In A Hopeful Heart, she blends Amish and Englisher for an unforgettable

A Hopeful Heart

Book Description

In A Hopeful Heart—the first book in a new Amish series by bestselling author Amy Clipston—Hannah Glick, a recently widowed Old Order Amish woman, struggles to support her three children after unexpectedly losing her husband. When she meets a nice Englisher (non-Amish man) at the luxury hotel where she works, her world is turned upside down while she tries to decipher God’s plan for her.

The Making of A Hopeful Heart

A Hopeful Heart was inspired during the Amish Country Holiday Book Tour in November 2011. Alicia Mey, Senior Marketing Director, suggested I create a series about Amish women who work in an upscale hotel. She was intrigued with the idea of the Amish and “English” (non-Amish) clashing in such a unique environment. I’m so thankful for Alicia’s idea that I dedicated this book to her.

Amy Clipston


You can learn more about Amy and her books at

Books I’m Eagerly Anticipating this Fall

Amish Homecoming by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray and Kathleen Fuller

A Seat by the Hearth by Amy Clipston

A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter

The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

(Because I’m doing features this week, the projected reviews have been moved to next week.)


Character Interviews from Amy Clipston’s Room on the Porch Swing and Giveaway!!

Today we have the pleasure of welcoming Mark, Laura and Allen from Room on the Porch Swing! Plus, Amy is giving away a copy of Room on the Porch Swing! (Entry through Rafflecopter is at the end of the interview.)

Hi, Mark, Laura and Allen! I have a few questions for you.

Mark, now that your sister and Allen are in a relationship, how do you feel? Is there a certain girl that has caught your attention that you would like to pursue a relationship with?

I’m happy for Laura, even though I cautioned her to be careful in the beginning. I see now that her relationship with Allen is solid. As for me, well, I’m still young. I’m not really ready to settle down, and I’m enjoying my time with my friends. I’m not in a hurry to get married. I suppose I’ll know when I find “the one.”

Laura, I love to relax and read on the swing on my deck, where is your favorite place to read?

I love to read on the porch and, of course, on the porch swing! That’s my favorite place.

Laura, you vowed to have everyday count, what did you do specifically to see the day differently?

I make a point tell my family members that I love them every day. I also take a moment to take in God’s beautiful creation – the flowers, the sunset, the birds, and all of the beauty he brings into our lives. I also make a point to pray often and thank God for my family.

Allen, why you didn’t tell Laura sooner about your feelings?

I didn’t want to scare her away. I also was struggling with guilt for falling in love so soon after I’d lost Savilla. Through prayer, I realized that God blessed my feelings for Laura. Then I had to help Laura realize our feelings weren’t sinful.

Allen, when did you know Laura could be a love in your life?

When I went to Savilla’s grave and asked for her blessing, I felt as if God were telling me it was okay for me to love Laura. Then it was a just a matter of helping Laura realize we could be together.

Allen, what special memories does the porch swing bring to mind?

The porch swing makes me think of when Laura and I first got to really know each other. We spent our time on the porch swing sharing our most private thoughts. That was where our friendship grew, and we realized we shared a deep connection.

Allen, do you still, and will you always have room for Laura on The Porch Swing?

Of course! She’ll always have room on my porch swing and in my heart.

 Giveaway Link is Below:


Spotlight on Enduring Love by Toni Shiloh and Giveaway-on tour with Celebrate Lit

Spotlight on Enduring Love

About the Book

Title: Enduring Love

Author: Toni Shiloh

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 28, 2018

Belle Peterson is hiding a secret. Seeking sanctuary in the small town of Maple Run, she’s intent on starting her life over—one she hopes honors Christ. The plan was going great until an undeniable attraction to Micah has her wondering if she’s changed at all.

Micah Campbell can’t understand why Belle is so uptight and wants nothing to do with her until the gentle whispers of God tell him to befriend her. He didn’t count on the feeling of protectiveness to rise up or that spark of attraction.

Can love really conquer all or will Belle’s past be too much for Micah to handle?

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at

Guest Post from Toni Shiloh

Hey there, Reader Friends!

I’m so excited for the kickoff of Enduring Love. This is book 3 in the Maple Run series and features the story of Belle Peterson and Micah Campbell. You may remember meeting Micah in book 2 of the series, he is Luke Robinson’s best friend. I tell you, this book has a special place in my heart, one that brought out all the emotions in me.

Belle Peterson is living a life filled with shame and regret. She knows mentally that she’s been forgiven, but can’t reconcile the fact to how a redeemed life should look. And when Micah Campbell walks in her life, she’s certain that she has to stay as far from him as possible to keep from backsliding.

Y’all know our wants rarely meet with reality. I had fun throwing Belle and Micah together in Maple Run. Sometimes to their chagrin but always to my pleasure. J Characters from Buying Love (book 1) and Finding Love (book 2) will make an appearance, rounding out the family that has been created in my fictional town of Maple Run, Virginia.

As you take the time to read Belle and Micah’s story, I pray you keep this verse in your mind. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1 KJV

God does not want us to live a life of shame and guilt. Once we ask for forgiveness, He gives it to us freely. Walk in an abundant life, my friends, and bless others with the grace you so freely received.

Blessings to you,


Blog Stops

Reading Is My SuperPower, June 30

Connect in Fiction, June 30

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, July 1

History, Mystery & Faith, July 1

The Power of Words, July 2

Reflections From My Bookshelves, July 2

Blossoms and Blessings, July 3

Faithfully Bookish, July 3

Texas Book-aholic, July 4

Just the Write Escape, July 5

Carpe Diem, July 6

Bigreadersite, July 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 7

Bibliophile Reviews, July 8

Remembrancy, July 9

Jeanette’s Thoughts, July 9

A Baker’s Perspective, July 10

Janices book reviews, July 11

proud to be an autism mom, July 12

Mary Hake, July 12

KarenSueHadley, July 13

Simple Harvest Reads, July 13


To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Click below to enter.