Saturday, February 20, 2016


Ship's Log  02.20.2016




              What I spied from the deck of me ship
                   February 13th-February 19th

Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard, find yerself a nice spot on the deck and enjoy.


This week I want to tell you about a great book written by Carrie Fancett Pagels....THE STEEPLECHASE

This is a novella that reads quickly, yet leaves you feeling like you read an entire novel. I applaud Carrie for all of the great books she's penned...she has truly been blessed with a talent for writing great characters. 


Martha Osborne fears for her six-year-old brother, who was shuffled off to boarding school when his British mother departed to England. 
Set in Hampton Roads, Virginia, in the build-up to the War of 1812, expert rider Martha plans to substitute for her older brother in a “race to the steeple” to win the prize—and a bet with Phillip Paulson, equestrian trainer at Yorkview Academy, to help have her little brother returned home. When Phillip stumbles upon the real reasons behind the secret race he finds he may not be able to keep his end of the bargain. Can he save Martha and her brother? And will his heart be lost in the process? 

Here is my review....Like the book, it's short, but sweet. 

Fast paced and fun!

Carrie never disappoints. The Steeplechase is short, sweet and totally worth the read. As with all of Carrie's stories, this one flows in a way that keeps you reading until you finish reading the book. It always amazes me how an author can write such a complete story in a few chapters. Phillip and Martha are great characters and I just know that you will fall in love with their story as I have.

I highly recommend this book and any other books written by Carrie. You can order your copy by clicking on the link below.

                 THE STEEPLECHASE

                            MOVIES & TV


Someone once said that they don't make tv shows like they used to anymore....and I totally agree. That's why I love to watch MeTV. It is a station that only plays reruns of classic tv shows. Shows that entertained in a clean and wholesome way. Here are just a few of the shows it offers:

Carol Burnett and Friends, Diagnosis Murder, Bonanza, CHIPs, The Big Valley, Columbo, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, I Love Lucy, Matlock....and the list goes on. Check it out here:




 The blog party is running throughout February, so you still have plenty of time to head over to each blog and enter in the drawings! Here are the links to the blogs:

Debbie Lynne Costello
Julie Lessman
MaryLu Tyndall




This week I'd like to introduce the Overcoming With God blog. This is a great blog that offers a lot. These ladies have touched and inspired many, including Chappy. Here is some info that I copied from the blog to give you an idea of who runs the blog and what it's all about.

The Overcoming With God (OWG) blog features interviews and guest posts about Christian authors (and readers) coping with, and overcoming, life's issues, with the help of our Lord. We hope that readers will find posts here that will serve as an example and an encouragement. OWG believes we can learn from each other's testimonies of God's faithfulness in bringing healing to our lives. When we review books, we were looking for inspiring and encouraging stores that reflect God's love and provision.

Our inspirational verse is John 16:33 (NIV) "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Novelist Carrie Fancett Pagels
Carrie Fancett Pagels, is Owner/Administrator of Overcoming With God. Carrie is an award-winning Christian historical romance author. Her novel, Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter, releases with White Rose in 2015. Carrie’s novella, The Fruitcake Challenge, was a best selling Amazon historical romance, reaching the #1 spot in December, 2014, and the sequel, The Lumberjack's Ball, releases in April, 2015. Her short story, “Snowed In,” appears in Guidepost Books’ A Christmas Cup of Cheer (2013). She’s the Amazon best-selling and top-rated author of Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance (2013). Her short story, “The Quilting Contest,” appears in Family Fiction’s The Story 2014 anthology. Carrie received Honorable Mention in the Maggie Awards for Excellence contest, 2014.


Diana is an avid reader/reviewer who especially loves historical fiction, including colonial and frontier settings, the pre and post Civil War eras, and on the opposite end of the spectrum—anything Amish and even some contemporary suspense. She is also a beta reader and an influencer to multiple Christian authors.

She lives with her husband in South Carolina, and especially enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, going to church, and the beach. Diana posts her reviews here, on Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, and various other bookstore sites.


Teresa was raised in Columbia, South Carolina by wonderful Christian parents. She started taking piano lessons at the age of five. She met her husband, Carlton, at church; he was the Worship Leader at Abundant Life Assembly(he is now with the Lord), she is the pianist. They have been blessed with two sons who she home schooled (both are now in college.) An avid reader, Teresa will be found with a book (or Kindle) in her hand during free time. 

Noela Nancarrow, International Contributor 
Noela lives on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia with her husband and teenage son Nathan, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was four. She also has two beautiful older daughters; the eldest married and with two young children! Noela's passions include helping the needy, and praying for and supporting the persecuted through Brother Andrew’s ‘Open Doors’ ministry. She loves God, church, and her wonderful family and friends... including her new American friends. Noela enjoys blessing and encouraging others and looks for opportunities to do that often. Reading has become a huge passion in the last couple of years, with her favourite genre being Inspirational Historical Romance. She enjoys and loves the ministry that the Lord led her to with the Overcoming with God blog.


Bonnie Roof
Bonnie Roof, of Kentucky, is our newest contributor to the Overcoming with God blog. Bonnie was born and raised on a farm near Louisville, Kentucky, and has lived in Detroit and St. Joseph (in an apartment on the banks of Lake Michigan) - and also in Nashville and Gatlinburg. She was employed for 47 years - retiring in 2007, and moving back to Kentucky to live within 2 miles of where she was born. Bonnie has two sons and one granddaughter. In addition to her reading obsession, Bonnie loves music, sings and plays musical instruments, and enjoys baking, traveling, and photography.  She now write bi-monthly encouragement posts for Overcoming With God and is a beta-reader and reviewer of Christian Fiction books. 


So, head on over to OWG and be blessed....just click on this link:

                       SHIP'S GALLEY:

Between now and Easter, I will be sharing some fun ideas that I find on Pinterest. This week I am sharing this easy and fun idea for an Easter basket. 

Materials Needed

  • 4 Theater box candy boxes
  • 2 Laffy Taffy or Nerd ropes
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Cardboard
  • Fake grass


  1. Glue the candy boxes together as shown.
  2. Cut out a piece of cardboard that will fit the bottom of the basket. Glue it to the bottom of the boxes.
  3. Hot glue one end of the Laffy Taffy rope to the middle and top of the candy box. Glue the other end of the rope to the middle of the other box of candy. Do this one more time with the remaining rope.
  4. Fill basket with grass and goodies.

Carrie has offered to give away a copy of The Steeplechase to one of my commenters....winner's choice of Kindle version or paperback....Paperback US only. Just leave a message(along with your email) in the comments below to get your name in the drawing. The winner will be announced on my next blog post.


CONGRATULATIONS TO CARYL KANE for winning me special Pirate box!

Come back next week, Mateys, to see who be winning a copy of The Steeplechase!



Have a blessed week!


  1. Thanks so much Debbie for featuring The Steeplechase and Overcoming with God blog!!! You are a blessing to me and the OWG Angels!

    1. You are very welcome, Carrie. You have blessed me through your books and blogs, so how can I not share? Hugs!

  2. I agree with you Chappy! MeTV is awesome! Carrie's books are always great too!Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Thanks for comin' aboard, Shelia! Yer name be in the hat!

  3. I would like to win a print copy of The Steeplechase. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

    1. Ye got it, Matey! Yer name be in the drawing! Thanks fer comin' aboard!

    2. Hey half-Irish, Kathleen! Great to see you here!

  4. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of The Steeplechase. It looks like a great book!

    1. It's a great read, Ruby. Good luck in the drawing!

    2. Thanks for coming by Ruby and Thanks Debbie for your kind words and for being an amazing Beta reader!

  5. Carrie's stories always have such a great faith theme running through them. I would love to win a copy of The Steeplechase as a gift for a friend. duhpaynes(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. I agree with you, Anne! I am never disappointed with Carrie's characters and themes. She is truly a blessed writer. You are in the drawing...good luck!

    2. I see no point of writing a Christian fiction if there is no Christian theme or arc, Anne. Both you and I have read stories where we've gotten to the end and gone, "huh?" where was Christ in that? Thank you both for your kind words! God has blessed me and I give Him the credit!

  6. I would like to win a print copy of The Steeplechase. Thanks for the opportunity!
    grandmama _brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. I will put your name in the hat, Brenda. Thanks for coming by! Good luck!

    2. Hey Brenda, I can hardly wait to see the paperback copy! I haven't gotten my first copy yet! Best wishes!

  7. Kindle copy if The Steeplechase. Thank you for posting this and allowing us to enter.

    1. Hi there!!! Thanks for coming by and best wishes on winning a kindle copy!!!

  8. Your name is in the drawing! Good luck!

  9. Carrie's books are great! Love to win the paperback copy please! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. You got it Shelia! Yer name is in the hat!

    2. Thanks so much Shelia!!! I think Debbie is going to be drawing the winner soon!

  10. Another great blog. We've been busy but I read it when I can. Great basket idea.

    1. Hey Sis! Glad you got over here. I will try and tag you from now on, so that you don't miss a post. You are in the drawing!

  11. Adding Johnette, Lucy and Sandy to drawing!