Book Review

Review — The Speaker by Traci Chee

I was on one of the campuses I often substitute teach on, and I had a class in the library when I looked over and the librarian had a nice stack of just-out-of-the-box books. In beautiful purple and gold, there was The Speaker, Book Two of Sea of Ink and Gold. I could have died. When I told her I had read and loved The Reader and couldn’t wait to read The Speaker, she let me borrow it! I  am so very grateful to her! I read The Reader almost exactly one year ago, and I’m posting this review a year later on the dot, which is pretty cool timing. Here’s my Review. Continue reading “Review — The Speaker by Traci Chee”

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Blog Tour & Review — Elephant Dreams




Genre: Young Adult / Historical Fiction / Sweet Romance

Publisher: Melange Books

Date of Publication: September 2, 2017

Number of Pages: 224

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Blog Tour — Palo Duro

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Genre: Historical Fiction / Western

Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.

Date of Publication: September 2, 2017

Number of Pages: 226

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#GardenWithJulia 2018 – Here I Come!

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Wow, how am I already writing a post for #GardenWithJullia 2018!? Where does the time go!?

If you’ve been following along, you may know that 2017 didn’t quite get as much coverage as my first year of gardening in 2016. I’m hoping to change that for this upcoming year.

For Christmas I received an awesome set of seeds from my hubby, as well as some garden tools. This was just what I needed to dive back in! Since then I’ve made a spreadsheet and document with planting dates to help me get my head on straight and DO ALL THE THINGS!

Of course, excitable me decided I needed a whole new shelf and lights to devote to starting seeds this year. Luckily, logical (and much more budget conscientious) me has realized all I really need is some seed-starting trays. I found some on Amazon that have domes with them, and although I was thinking of getting a heating mat to really speed up the seed-starting fun, I think I’m going to break out my desk lamp instead. The trays have domes, so they should hold in the humidity and the temperatures fairly well. I may also wrap one level of the [existing] shelf in plastic to help hold in heat as well.

–If you remember my “makeshift greenhouse,” I have sense learned (by reading, not experience) that foil can cause the plants to burn. Thus my decision to try using plastic instead.–

As exciting as all of this is, I’m a little intimidated. There are tons of vegetables I’ve never eaten, much less grown, that I’m going to try growing this year. I’m nervous they won’t survive (some are going to do much better if I wait until the fall and plant them for the winter) and I’m worried about having places to put them all!

Other ideas for this year include looking into a greenhouse, or at least a cloche to extend the growing time when the weather cools off (and warms up in the spring, NEXT year).

If you’re curious as to what I’m considering purchasing, I’ve made an Amazon list. If you have any experience with any of these or better recommendations, I’d love to hear about it. One of the things I’m considering is the larger fabric raised beds as opposed to my buckets. I like the idea of being able to interplant, but the buckets give me a better support system for things like tomato cages. So I’m still undecided about that.

Within the next week or so I expect to begin starting seeds indoors, and I am excited!

Are you gardening this year? Just along for the ride? I’d love to hear from you!


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Blog Tour & Review — Holding the Fort

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The Fort Reno Series, Book 1



  Genre: Historical Western Christian Romance

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Date of Publication: December 5, 2017

Number of Pages: 353

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Blog Tour — Baugh to Brady

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The Evolution of the Forward Pass



Genre: Sports History / Football

Publisher: Texas Tech University Press

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Date of Publication: December 15, 2017

Number of Pages: 296 Continue reading “Blog Tour — Baugh to Brady”

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Blog Tour — The Secret Room

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(Amber-Autumn Series, #4)



  Genre: Children’s Mystery / Chapter Book

Date of Publication: October 14, 2017

Number of Pages: 159

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