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Wishes Granted!

23 Jul

2 Year- Winners

Three names were selected using and each winner will receive a copy of the book she wished for.

Merry- Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth Vogt

Brandy- In Good Company by Jen Turano

Morgan- Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen

Thank you all so much for celebrating with me!  I had such fun reading your comments and book wishes!  I have another great giveaway planned for next month, so I hope you’ll join me again!

Fun at RT 2015!

1 Jun

Two weeks ago, my mother and I headed to Dallas for our first RT Booklovers Convention.  We had a FANTASTIC time!!!  It was such fun to spend a few days with so many wonderful authors!  There were some we’ve known for several years and others we met for the very first time.  All were lovely and gracious!!

Rachel, Britney
Loved meeting the fabulous Rachel Hauck!  We’ve known each other online for a few years and were thrilled to meet in person!



 The inspirational panel was very interesting!  It was great to hear each of the panelists discuss What Makes a Bestselling Novel Bestselling

 Panelists: Lisa Wingate, Francine Rivers, Dani Pettrey, Marta Perry, Rachel Hauck

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 A room full of lovely ladies!

RT 2015- Panel event
Saddle Up & Draw event



On Thursday morning, the inspirational authors hosted the Saddle Up & Draw pictionary event with lots of smiles and laughter!  Our group consisted of Team Dani Pettrey & Becky Wade vs. Team Melanie Dickerson & Laura McNeill 


In addition to book prizes, participants were given these adorable fans signed by all of the authors.  It is one of my very favorite swag items from the convention!!



Shortly after the Saddle Up & Draw event, we enjoyed Bethany House & Revell’s Chocolate Festival.  Ten authors were present, signing and giving away books.  Everything was fast and furious with all books and chocolate gone in less than 20 minutes!  🙂

Chocolate Festival


Friday morning brought our favorite event of the convention, How Sweet It Is, Y’all.  This lovely breakfast was hosted by Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, and Tyndale House.  Eighteen of their authors were introduced and then they circulated around the room meeting and visiting with everyone and signing books. 

The food was scrumptious and the company was even sweeter!!

Melanie, Karen, Britney, Sarah, Regina

How Sweet It Is, Y'all

In our goodie bags, we all received a blue, blinging ring and we raised them in honor of this sweet event!

Breakfast (2)


Britney & Kristy- Angels


Having fun with angel Kristy Cambron! 🙂




Karen, Britney, Regina, Sarah


The fun continues with Karen Witemeyer and Sarah Ladd!  (Photo bomber- Regina Jennings)




Britney, Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown was fascinating!  We loved the author chat with Sandra and Kathy Reichs.   


To top off this exciting event, I won this gift basket full of FABULOUS gifts from some of my favorite Inspy authors.  Of all the names that were stuffed in the entry box, I was shocked that mine was pulled out of the hopper.  Shocked!

Giveaway basket

Pinch me!!


RT 2015 was SO MUCH FUN!!  I’ve just shared a quick glimpse of our time there.  We met SO MANY GREAT AUTHORS and brought home SO MANY GREAT BOOKS! 

Britney, Tammy, Melanie

I can’t wait until we meet again, friends! 


Wishes Granted!

18 Jul

Thank you all so much for celebrating with me!!  I had so much fun with this giveaway and loved seeing what was at the top of everyone’s wish list! 


Book gift


Three names were selected using and each winner will receive a copy of the book she wished for. 

Lauren- Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

Brittany- A Moment in Time by Tracie Peterson

Elisa- The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen


I love giveaways so much, I selected two more winners!

For being the early bird commenter, Stephanie will be receiving Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

For being the top commenter over the last year, Melanie B. will be receiving The Thief by Stephanie Landsem.


Congratulations and Happy Reading!

Celebrating 1 Year of Blogging!

15 Jul

1 Year Blogiversary

Today, I am excited to be celebrating 1 year of blogging!  I have enjoyed so many memorable experiences this past year and love the connections I have made with wonderful writers and readers.  I look forward to sharing many more books, deals, and giveaways!

To celebrate this special blogging occasion, I am granting book wishes!

We all have books on our wish list and I thought it would be fun to make a few of those wishes come true!  To enter, leave a comment below with the title of the book that is at the very top of your book wish list.  Be sure to include your email address!  Please select a book that is currently available or releasing this month. 

3 winners will have their book wish come true!

This giveaway ends Thursday, July 17 at midnight CST.  Three winners will be drawn and announced on Friday, July 18.

You may only comment with one book title.  However, additional entries may be earned by doing the following:

◦Let me know you follow my blog
◦Sign up to follow if you are not a follower
◦Share this giveaway through Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or email

Be sure and leave a comment letting me know what you have done to earn additional entries.

 Good luck and may your book wish come true!!



19 Feb

Hi, friends!  Today, I am honored to be featured as a Blogger Made of AWESOME over at Traveling with T.  Stop by her fab blog and check out our fun interview! 

Traveling with T- Bloggers Made of Awesome: Britney @ Buzzing About Books

Celebrating with Julie Cantrell

18 Sep

B & Julie

Last week, we traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, to meet Julie Cantrell and celebrate the release of her latest novel, When Mountains Move.  What a wonderful celebration it was!  Held at Off Square Books, it was an evening of food, fun, and friendships, both old and new. 

Julie & Melanie

Julie is such a precious person!  She humbly and sincerely thanked all those who offered their help, support, and encouragement through this novel process.  I am so thankful for the opportunity we had to meet and I look forward to the next time our paths cross!


When Mountains Move is the sequel to Julie Cantrell’s award-winning novel, Into The Free.  I have included the link for the book trailer below.  Enjoy Julie’s introduction to the book she calls “my love song to Colorado.”

When Mountains Move book trailer:

WMM Launch 2

For those of you who have recently joined the blog, you can read my thoughts about When Mountains Move here:


Wingate Week Wrap-Up

9 Aug

Food & Fun



Yesterday, as part of Sisterhood #12, my mother and I reunited our copy of The Prayer Box with author, Lisa Wingate.  This special book came full circle and what a joyous reunion it was!

We had so much fun with Lisa, her mother, Sharon, and the ladies of Gourmet Gallery.  We attended an event called, Cooking the Books.  Dishes were prepared that were mentioned in The Prayer Box.  Delectable crab cakes, sausage balls, and banana beignets were served.  The food certainly wasn’t the only thing that was scrumptious!

Listening to Lisa relate stories of the book, from inception to culmination, was simply delightful!  As she read passages from The Prayer Box, she breathed life into the written words and transported us all to the Outer Banks and into the lives of the citizens of Fairhope. 

Don’t miss your chance to take this incredible journey. 
Pre-order your copy of Lisa Wingate’s, The Prayer Box, today!


Banana Beignets

In honor of Iola Poole and The Prayer Box, I have included Emeril’s version of Banana Beignets.  Enjoy!

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large ripe banana (about 6 ounces), sliced lengthwise in half and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add the banana, flour, milk, sugar, baking powder, and salt, and whisk well to make a smooth batter.  Pour enough oil to come halfway up the sides into a large deep pot or electric deep fryer and heat over high heat to 360°F.  In batches, without crowding, drop heaping tablespoons of the batter into the hot oil (you can do 6 or 7 beignets at a time) and fry, turning them to brown evenly, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.  Sift the confectioner’s sugar through a sieve onto the beignets and serve warm.

Yield: 18 to 24 beignets


Wingate Week Continues

7 Aug

What An Adventure!

The Prayer Box- Britney Adams


I was blessed to read an advance copy of Lisa Wingate’s, The Prayer Box, which releases September 1, through a wonderful book adventure known as the Sisterhood Of The Traveling Book.  Sixteen copies of The Prayer Box were sent to Sisterhoods all over the country.  Sisterhoods were formed with 4 women, 1 woman acting as the Big Sister.  The Big Sister received the book and instructions for overseeing the book’s travels around the circle.  Each sister was told to read and comment in the margins on passages that were meaningful to them in some way.  Also, the Sisters were asked to snap a few pictures to document the journey.  After a Sister has read The Prayer Box, she then mails it to the next Sister in the circle. 

I am a proud member of Sisterhood #12.  We have a very unique sisterhood and one I am so blessed to be a part of!  Our sisterhood includes my mother, the Big Sister, my grandmother, a life-long friend of my mother’s, and me!   Three generations reading the same book, sharing our thoughts, and leaving our impressions right there on the pages!  It has been a wonderful adventure!  Tomorrow, my mother and I will take our Sisterhood’s copy of The Prayer Box back to Lisa.  The book, full of comments and creases, will finally come full circle. 

Be sure and come back Friday to read about the reunion of the book, The Prayer Box, and its author, Lisa Wingate

It’s going to be so much fun!!!!!

Wingate Week

5 Aug

Must Watch Monday!

The Prayer Box
The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate, releasing September 1. 

I am so excited about the opportunity to visit with Lisa Wingate on Thursday, August 8, at a book discussion and luncheon.  In honor of this event, I have declared this Wingate Week

We are starting things off with Must Watch Monday.  The book trailer for The Prayer Box is definitely a MUST WATCH!


A young woman, an old woman, the story of a lifetime.

When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house. 

Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper–the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything.

Let’s begin…

15 Jul

I can’t begin to talk about books without first telling you about some of my very favorite gals.  They are the ones I visit with each morning, soaking up their wit and wisdom.  I love the chatter that goes along with each day’s topic and I enjoy sharing a few thoughts of my own!  We gather on the porch each weekday and I invite you to join us. 

Let me go ahead and introduce you to these lovely ladies.  They are Lisa Wingate, Beth Webb Hart, Julie Cantrell, Rachel Hauck, and Shellie Rushing Tomlinson.  All of the belles are AMAZINGLY talented and I look forward to sharing their books and other endeavors with you. 

You can stop by for your own little visit at: 

I hope to see you there!