on November 14, 2011 in I heart books. with 13 comments by

One of my favorite things about this season of my life is that I am reading. A LOT.

I mean, I’ve always been the girl who loves to read, don’t get me wrong. But there just seem to be seasons of my life where I read a few great books in a row. And That. Just. Happened.

So with Christmas season around the bend, I thought I would share.

. . . . . .

Tara-Leigh Cobble has done it again. As an old friend of the blog, I’m always happy to tell you about the art she is making. And whoa and wow. Orange Jumpsuit is amazing.

No kidding, I read this book in about five hours. I laid in my bed one Friday [our day off at Crossroads] and I read every last word. I sopped it up like gravy, y’all.

I can’t recommend this book enough, especially if you have single gals in your life. It’s just an amazing testimony from a girl living the single life well… and openly, and honestly.

I finished the book. I closed my eyes. And I thought, “Good gracious above I absolutely loved that book.”

Once I recovered from the happy coma that book put me in, I opened my eyes and I emailed Tara-Leigh. And then she put what I said on the back of her book. [You can click on it to get an upclose view…]

I’m not sure that’s how all endorsements work, but that’s how this one worked. 🙂

HERE is where you can buy Orange Jumpsuit. [and you should]

HERE is where you can read a bit of it. [it’ll take 10 minutes of your day and make those 10 minute better]

HERE is where you can get it for your e-reader. [I love my Kindle. So so much.]

. . . . . .

 Much like Tara-Leigh, Sandra started out as an author I admired and has ended up becoming a treasured friend and mentor.

And her writing. Sheesh to the power of SHEESH. She is so good.

If you love Christian fiction that isn’t cheesy, she’s your gal. I adored the French Twist series – Let Them Eat Cake, Bon Appetit, and Piece de Resistance.

And now Sandra has begun her Ladies in Waiting series with To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn.

I ended up listening to the audiobook vs. reading it straight out, but I really enjoyed it. There were some confusing parts, mainly because I couldn’t look back to pick up where I left off if it was a few days between bus rides. But if you [or someone you love] enjoys reading books from this time period, this is a great one. I highly suggest it.

. . . . . .

And finally. 🙂

I wrote a book.

And for Christmas, my SuperIntern Jordan and I have cooked up a REALLY cool gift pack – with the book and a few other awesome treats. [We’re not telling you all the details yet… after Thanksgiving, ye shall know.]

Trust me – it will be a great gift for any girl in the 15-25 age range that doesn’t already have my book.


We only have fifty. FIFTY Christmas gift packs. That’s it.

And because I love you, I am giving people who subscribe to my newsletter first dibs. As in, a 48 hour head start. If we sell all 50 to that group of people, then that’s it.

So. If you want the chance to get on that before the general public, make sure you have signed up for my newsletter.

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[PS #1: Neither of these authors asked me or paid me to write this blog post. I genuinely love their books and think you will too.] [PS #2: I will not give away or abuse your email address when you sign up for my newsletter. You’ll hear from me a few times a year. That’s it. Promise.] [PS #3: This is my last Monday in Edinburgh. My freak is totally freaked.]


  1. Becky
    posted on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:22 AM  |  reply

    I NEED to read the Jumpsuit book. The bit on Amazon is awesome.

    Don’t go Annie, I’ll miss you. xx

    • Annie
      posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:29 AM  |  reply

      Mutual, friend.

  2. posted on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM  |  reply

    I have Tara’s new book just waiting for me in my nook! SO jazzed about finding the time to read it!

    • Annie
      posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM  |  reply

      Oh, Becky. You’re gonna love it.

  3. posted on Nov 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM  |  reply

    I hadn’t heard of Tara Leigh before but I can tell that I’m going to need to be quickly acquainted with her books. Anyone named Leigh, even if it’s a middle name, is perfectly fine in my humble, non-biased opinion. The books’ content seems like it’s right up my alley, too.

    • Annie
      posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM  |  reply

      All three of her books are goldmines. Enjoy. I can’t wait to hear which is your favorit.e

  4. posted on Nov 14, 2011 at 7:48 PM  |  reply

    I love a great book! Especially, those that draw me in and captivate me for 5 hours straight. Sounds like this book is a great one.

    • Annie
      posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM  |  reply

      You’ll love it, Fawn.

  5. posted on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:28 PM  |  reply

    And….just added it to my Christmas Wishlist/The list of things I might buy for myself/I might go buy it this weekend!!

    I also love Sandra Byrd!

    Thanks for giving me wonderful suggestions!

    • Annie
      posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM  |  reply

      You’re welcome, Larissa!

  6. posted on Nov 15, 2011 at 6:48 AM  |  reply

    It’s been a weekend around here. Finally able to read this. I’m always looking for a good book as you know. Thanks for sharing these. I’m signed up for your email newsletter, but I haven’t gotten one in a really long time?

    • Annie
      posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 11:34 AM  |  reply

      Yeah, Renee, I truly don’t send much. Once, twice, three times a year maybe. 🙂

  7. Amy
    posted on Nov 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM  |  reply

    Just want you to know that I am thinking of you and praying for you!!!

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