Thursday, October 31, 2013

Music Thursday: As Long As You're Mine

Happy Halloween! Are you dressing up as anyone? I'm going to be Rose from Titanic.
 Since this week (yesterday, precisely) is the 10th Anniversary of WICKED I thought I would share another song from it with you. Here is a wonderful rendition of "As Long As You're Mine." (I love this song!)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bible Verse Wednesday: You Will Be Saved

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Broadway Tuesday: No Good Deed

Did you know tomorrow is the tenth anniversary of the musical Wicked???
Yay Wicked!

So, today, here is one of my favorite songs from it: "No Good Deed."


Monday, October 28, 2013

Book Review Monday: Re-Post of Elusive Hope Review

Hello, everyone!
I hope you had a fabulous weekend. 
Today, I am re-posting my review and post about Elusive Hope by MaryLu Tyndall, in honor of Elusive Hope finally being released. GO AND BUY A COPY BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING!

You can participate in the author's pre-release party here on her blog.

On to the post.


Guys, I just finished reading Elusive Hope by MaryLu Tyndall. I'm so happy that I got to read it early, but soooo sad it's over already. :(

If you don't know already, Elusive Hope is the sequel to Forsaken Dreams, an equally great book. To know what I thought of Forsaken Dreams, click this link to see my review.

*Forsaken Dreams is free on amazon right now!!!!!!! Snatch it up for no cost while you can!*

Anyway, on to my review of Elusive Hope.

First of all, here is a little bit about the book, taken from amazon: "Embark on an exotic adventure in Book 2 of the Escape to Paradise series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. In the fledgling colony of New Hope, their friends struggle to create a Southern utopia in Brazil soon after the Civil War. But Hayden is seeking revenge—relentlessly. And Magnolia is seeking a way out—desperately. They both seek to use the other for their own purposes—deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans. . . ."

Now, here is what I thought.

It took me about two weeks to read Elusive Hope, and I can assure that it was not because I did not enjoy reading it. No, I wanted it to last as long as I could possibly make it last. Which was still not long enough.

I am pretty sure that Elusive Hope was better than the book before it in the Escape to Destiny trilogy, Forsaken Dreams, if that is even possible. Every single word was masterfully written, and I loved every second of this novel.

Magnolia hates life in the fledgling Southern Utopia in Brazil her family forced her to move to. So, she sets her mind to running away, and going home, back where she hopes her fiance is still waiting for her. It turns out, Hayden, the charming man she regularly refers to as a toad, seems to be her ticket out. She braves the task of a multiple-day journey through the jungles of Brazil with Hayden to get to Rio in order to catch a ship back to the United States.

Trouble is, Hayden doesn't plan on returning her to America. Hayden plans on doing what he, the confidence man, does best--swindle Magnolia out of her money.

The toiling trek to the jungle brings these two unlikely people together in ways they never would have suspected.

On the side, there are reoccurring creepy things happening in this creepy jungle including mysterious black mist, an abandoned cannibal's dwelling, reoccurring visions of people from all the character's pasts, and some dark forces that have been unleashed. Some of the scenes were written so well they actually had me kind of scared, as if I were right there with the characters.

Oh, by the way, there are pirates in this book! So I obviously loved that part. :)

The characters are wonderfully developed. I felt like I knew them personally! And, to top that, I felt Magnolia's pain in trekking through the blisteringly hot jungle in all of her underskirts and hoops and high heels.
I loved how Magnolia's character grew and changed throughout the novel, and I loved Hayden from the beginning and even more by the time I was finished reading.

All together, this is an absolutely lovely piece of writing and I think it has something in it to entertain everyone. I recommend it to all of my friends!

BUY Elusive Hope here!

I hope you found my review helpful! Have you read Forsaken Dreams, or anything else by MaryLu Tyndall?

Have you read anything about the US reconstructing after the Civil War?

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bible Verse Sunday: Praise

Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 
1 Chronicles 16:8

Friday, October 25, 2013

Writing Friday: Research in Museums

Sorry this post is up late. For some reason Blogger wasn't letting me post...that's why yesterday's was late in coming up, too. Then, the pictures literally took days to upload.
Anyway, I promised I would share some photos of the museum I went to last week.
First off, I wanted to tell you I have been considering setting a novel in Golden in the mid-late 1800s.
So, this trip was partially a research one for me. I found tons of tidbits that I would love to use in a future novel, so that was awesome,
Okay, here are some photos. I took way more than this, but I will only show some so you don't have you dig through hundreds. ;)