1001 days in May

IMG_7748I’m not one who usually exaggerates, but I am going to here. If you are not a teacher, I know you probably think “what is she thinking?” Well, the last two weeks before school gets out for the summer are the longest, for everyone. 1001 days in the ten days of school. If school let out in June, then the two weeks before that date would be long too. I can’t explain why, but I have a few suggestions.

IMG_7779I’m not complaining because I know the end will arrive like it does every year. Here is what happens. I teach in high school. The seniors leave, and the students have two more weeks of school. They think school is over and surprise, surprise it isn’t! They still face projects, tests, assignments, and finals. Each day seems to be 16 hours long instead of 8 hours.

IMG_7788What do I do to counteract the students giving up? With Spanish, it is fun! Create music videos or board games, make pinatas, sing, drama, read. It’s not bad at all, except the days are so long.

So, if your student is dragging or not wanting to work, it’s a real thing. Hang in there with me. Summer is on its way and surprise, surprise, a bit of boredom sets in, and all are ready to go back in August. What a strange phenomenon!

Are you ready for summer?

 

Reading is still alive!

IMG_7763 (2)I teach at an awesome public high school in Louisiana. Everyday I walk with a colleague by the English classrooms. This semester I have had the privilege of watching the students transform the hallway into an art gallery. Daily the images materialized bringing to life the books that the students have read.

Here are a few of the gorgeous, creative masterpieces. I’ve read most of the works, well all of them except I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Now when I think of them, I can visualize what the students depicted.

I’m encouraged that students in schools do read classics and modern literature. They add research, acting, projects, art, a variety of mediums in order to experience the words in new ways. I love it!

What things inspire you to read?

Overwhelming May, Oh My!

IMG_7682It’s May, the busiest month of the year for me, even more so than December. How about for you?

I am a teacher. A High School teacher of Juniors and Seniors. Need I say more. Senioritis kicked in for them in January…even for the JUNIORS. I spend the month of May keeping the students on task as much as possible. Finals and graduation take me to the end of the month.

img_7681.jpgAlso, this year I have a writing deadline–Draw Me to Your Side, Book Four of Revolutionary Faith–due on June 1! I am so near the end, if my cat will let me use my computer. I’ll gladly share my major feat with you next week, I hope.  I spend my evenings and any weekend time writing, editing, and inputting. Since I am deadline driven, I know it will be done on time. Exciting but time-consuming.

The first weekend in May, I am a part of a local fun day in Mt. Lebanon, Louisiana put on by the Mt. Lebanon Historical Society. I will rush to do my part after a DAR meeting. What a day!

IMG_7672Oh, I can’t forget my niece’s graduation in Mississippi on Mother’s Day weekend. I’ll then enjoy an afternoon with my own mother back at home.

Of course, I will find some time to relax and read in order to continue to do all the things that May brings.

What plans do you have this month? Are you ever overwhelmed? Please share. Maybe then I will realize I’m not alone in this busy time.

Hop into Spring event and giveaway

Readers, join us as we celebrate the coming of spring with our Hope into Spring event and giveaway.
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Surround Me is my featured book. All these others sound great.
Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card and 30 books. Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/e1f7/hop-into-spring
To visit with authors and have a chance to win prizes during the event, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1715762038570488/
The event and giveaway is going on now through May 4!
I am so excited about this! I would love to read all of the books.

Love’s Rescue Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book: Love’s RescueLove's Rescue

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historic Romance

Release Date: February 14, 2019

A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.

Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later, shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?

Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?

Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

My Review

Linda Matchett’s novella, Love’s Rescue, touches at the heart of many issues arising during trying, abnormal times. “Rahab” meets the French Resistance at the end of WWII in Paris. Accusations abound around Rolande and her involvement with the Nazi stationed in occupied Paris. Her family is the first to shun her, to turn her away.

Yet, God has a plan. Doesn’t he always make himself known even in the bleakest corner of our lives. Matchett allows her characters to make life-changing decisions that lead them down paths of hardship and sin, yet God is waiting to use their lives for his good.

Join Rolande and Simon on a journey of redemption and hope. Thank you, Linda, for a glimpse into a part of our lives that we want to hide but knowing that there is another purpose for our pain and suffering.

About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Linda-Matchett-Head-Shot-200x300Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

 

More from Linda

Dear Reader:

Love’s Rescue is a modern retelling of the biblical book of Rahab. I set the story in Paris during the last weeks of the German occupation of France during WWII. While researching the book, I read numerous memoirs and interviews of folks who lived through the occupation. Two aspects discussed time and time again were rationing and the difficulty in getting food. People with any amount of land at all planted produce to supplement the meager supply in the shops. If they were fortunate and an egg was available, it would be fried to a runny consistency and poured over the top of the dish.

Here is a simple recipe for Ratatouille:

Ingredients

1 whole white onion

1 large eggplant

1 large zucchini

1 bell pepper

2 medium tomatoes

2 large cloves garlic

2 sprigs thyme

2 T Olive oil

Salt & Pepper

 

Instructions

  • Peel garlic cloves. Smash with end of knife, then cut into a small dice.
  • Cut onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes into a medium dice.
  • Chop the eggplant and zucchini into 1” cubes.
  • In a large saucepan or pot, warm olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Warm over low heat. Add the onion to the pot and cook until tender – about five minutes.
  • Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
  • Add remaining vegetables to the pot.
  • Add a generous pinch of salt and a light pinch of pepper.
  • Add the thyme.
  • Cover the saucepan or pot with a lid and cook over medium-low heat for approximately 40 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender and there is little liquid in the pot.
  • Serve on your favorite platter.

Bon Appétit!

 

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, April 16

Carpe Diem, April 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 18

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 19

Inklings and notions , April 20

A Reader’s Brain, April 21

Genesis 5020, April 22

Books, Books, and More Books., April 22

Carla Loves to Read, April 23

Connie’s History Classroom, April 23

For Him and my Family, April 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 24

Maureen’s Musings, April 25

Connect in Fiction, April 26

Through the Fire Blogs, April 26

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 27

Real World Bible Study, April 28

My Devotional Thoughts , April 28

janicesbookreviews, April 29

The Becca Files, April 29

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a French/WWII themed gift basket that includes a WWII Word Find book by Linda Shenton Matchett, Love’s Rescue – Wartime Brides Book 2 by Linda Shenton Matchett, French-milled soap lavender scent, a Fleur-de-lis ribbon book mark, a set of three note pads with French motif, and a set of cocktail napkins with French motif!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/de7e/love-s-rescue-celebration-tour-giveaway

Please comment on this post for a chance to win the prize.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

 

Book: The Governess of Penwythe HallThe Governess of Penwythe Hall

Author: Sarah Ladd

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: April 16, 2019

In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author, Sarah Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart.

Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.

Cornwall, England, 1811

Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.

Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.

Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

 

About the Author

Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

More About The Governess of Penwythe Hall

5 things to know about Cornwall, England:

  1. Throughout its early history, Cornwall’s inhabitants called the country Kernow.
  2. Early inhabitants largely spoke their own language known as “Cornish,” which became nearly extinct in the 1800s
  3. The country has a long and rugged coastline and there were frequent shipwrecks.
  4. Fishing was a major industry, with herring, mackerel, and sardines being common catches.
  5. In 1870, novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called Cornwall “the region of dream and mystery.”

 

Imagine yourself in The Governess of Penwythe Hall with these pictures of 19th Century life in Cornwall

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2016/may/19/everyday-life-in-cornwall-captured-in-the-19th-century-in-pictures

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/cornish_nation_01.shtml

https://www.maritimeheritage.org/ports/Cornwall.html

http://www.cornwallgoodseafoodguide.org.uk/cornish-fishing/history-of-the-cornish-fishing-industry.php

My Review

Through the word pictures in this novel, I feel I’ve visited Cornwall and walked the moors and the beaches with all its wild, untamed virtues. Delia’s life, because of circumstances, is like the savage but beautiful landscape—ever-changing, mysterious, severe, dramatic—anything but calm.

Shrouded with mystery, even to the reader until the end, Delia’s life as a governess is meant to give her security and a hiding place from her part, although the pendant on her necklace reminds her of all that she has lost.

Mr. Trethewey of Penwythe Hall has struggles of his own without the addition of five children and a governess who is surrounded with mystery.

I loved everything about this novel. I’ve read many of Ladd’s books, and I’m happy to say this one is amazing too. 5 stars!

Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads, April 11

LifeofLiterature, April 11

Moments, April 11

Genesis 5020, April 11

Maureen’s Musings, April 12

The Power of Words, April 12

Mary Hake, April 12

To Everything A Season, April 12

KarenSueHadley, April 13

EmpowerMoms, April 13

For the Love of Literature, April 13

Inklings and notions, April 13

The Avid Reader, April 14

Blogging With Carol, April 14

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 14

Rachel’s Back Talk, April 15

Wishful Endings, April 15

Simple Harvest Reads, April 15 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Kat’s Corner Books, April 16

All-of-a-kind Mom, April 16

Daysong Reflections, April 16

The Becca Files, April 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 17

Blossoms and Blessings, April 17

Remembrancy, April 17

Worthy2Read, April 18

By The Book, April 18

Texas Book-aholic, April 18

Just the Write Escape, April 19

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 19

Babbling Becky’s Book Impressions, April 20

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 20

For HIm and My Family, April 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 21

Inspiration Clothesline, April 21

Pause for Tales, April 21

Through the Fire Blogs, April 22

Bigreadersite, April 22

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 22

Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, April 22

Inspired by fiction, April 23

A Reader’s Brain, April 23

Hallie Reads, April 23

Henry Happens, April 24

Connect in Fiction, April 24

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 24

janicesbookreviews, April 24

 

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away a grand prize of a finished paperback copy of The Governess of Penwythe  Hall!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/de80/the-governess-of-penwythe-hall-celebration-tour-giveaway

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win. Enjoy!