Simply Mad with Christina Coryell

I’ve just finished a fantastic chick lit read. Christina Coryell excels at Christian women’s fiction and chick lit. Her characters are funny and so realistic they seem like a friend. Simply Mad is the first in her new series, the Girls of Wonder Lane, and it is out now!

Simply Mad 2I am giving this book a solid FIVE-STAR rating. It’s funny, uplifting, romantic and true to life. Maddie is a fun character to follow. She’s searching for the perfect guy and no one is coming close to the guy who is truly perfect for her. I really enjoyed her thought process  as she gradually realizes who her heart wants. Though she sees him as someone who thinks of her only as a friend and who will never want her back. Her friends point out what they see as her obvious feelings for Josh, but why can’t she see them at first? This is so realistic. We don’t always understand what we’re feeling or realize the ‘obvious’ when we are in the middle of it. Hindsight is where we all can really see where we went wrong and wonder what we were thinking. The scenes at her job were so funny. Some of the situations she must deal with are very entertaining. The Heard family made me want to hug my mother and thank her for being amazing.  This family will simultaneously crack you up and make you angry. This story has some inspirational, uplifting messages woven in that will leave you with a smile on your face when things wrap up in the perfect happy ending.

Grab Simply Mad and check out Coryell’s other books on AMAZON and Barnes and Noble.



Christina Coryell is a small-town girl from southwest Missouri with a heart full of dreams and a head bursting with stories. She earned her degrees in English and History from Drury University, and she does most of her writing with a couple kids climbing on her or loud guitars playing in the background. You can find more information about her at her website,

Guest Post with Crystal Walton

Amidst an undertow of unansweredAs the character on the screen wrestled with his uncooperative bowtie, he looked in the mirror toward the barrier a few feet behind him, where his best friend was busy putting on her dress. “I know guy-girl friendships can be complicated, but I’m here, if you ever want to talk.”

Where’s the pause button??

Man, what I would’ve done to jump through the screen right then, toss confetti over his head, and shout, “Congratulations! You just won the Understatement of the Year award.”

Heart Ties

The funny thing is, there was a time I wished that weren’t true. I loved hanging out with my guy friends. Loved curling up under their arms for shelter. Loved laughing over our inside jokes. I even loved those rare sweet and sentimental moments they’d probably totally deny having if anyone else asked.

There’s just one problem. Being that close with someone of the opposite sex gets, well, complicated. Even if we don’t want to admit it. Actually, probably even more so when we don’t want to admit it.

But there’s just no way around it. When you share a best-friend-level of intimacy with someone, you’re giving him/her a piece of your heart. And let’s be honest, those heart ties—whether intentionally made or not—are pretty darn painful to break.

Live & Learn

If I were to ask how many of us have been there, I bet there wouldn’t be a hand down. It definitely falls into the live-and-learn category, for sure. I think that’s one of the reasons we connect so well with Emma Matthews. We’ve lived her story.

I love that about realistic fiction. It resonates. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the gushy stuff too. It’s part of what makes romance so much fun to read and write. But it’s definitely not the whole story. Love can be kind of a raw journey. One that’s filled with its share of live-and-learn moments.

When we join characters in that kind of romance, we’re not just sharing in a few sweet words written on a piece of paper. We’re reliving words already written on our hearts. Which is exactly what happens each time I read Light Unshaken and why I absolutely can’t wait for you to join Emma in this inspiring journey about real love, costly choices, and the courage to fight for what you believe in.

Light-Unshaken-3Light Unshaken

Contemporary Inspirational Romance

233 pages

Releases June 24, 2015



It’s real. It has to be. Twenty-two-year-old college student Emma Matthews gained too much
ground last year for it all to be a dream. She has an engagement ring on her finger to prove it.
Not to mention an internship she’s made for.
After a summer of overcoming her fears, Emma can’t afford for the news she just received to
shake her. Not when it might jeopardize her future with Riley. And not when the kids in
downtown Portland are counting on her to keep the center’s doors open. With the added strain of
a broken relationship and an unexpected friendship reminding her what’s at stake, what other
choice does she have?

But as mounting danger compromises her safety, friction intensifies until the risk of keeping her promise threatens all she’s fought to believe. Caught in a moment when every light in her life goes out, Emma must find the courage to lead her heart no matter what it costs her.

Available on Amazon

Meet the Author
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Crystal writes contemporary inspirational fiction fueled by venti
green teas from Starbucks.

When not working her accounting day job, she’s delving into the wonder of words, supporting her Starbucks habit, or laughing over movie quotes & singing eighties songs with her husband. She’d love to connect with you at


New Release from Gina Henning

I adore Gina Henning’s books. She writes such funny and cute chick lit novels. Here is the third installment of her Home for the Holidays Series. Check it out and enter the giveaway!

A scrumptious pie. A long distance guy. 4th of July fireworks guaranteed.

How to Bake Apple Pie_FINALLauren Hauser has it all…nearly. With a shiny new job and sparkly new engagement ring on her finger, the only thing she’s missing is her gorgeous new fiancé by her side. Should she be worried? Jack’s kisses are as sizzling as always and, sure, long distance is hard but, she and Jack are solid, right?

Of course the stress of planning a wedding—or not—is nothing compared to the stress of baking an apple pie. Because it’s not just any apple pie that Lauren must bake for the 4th of July contest; it’s her grandmother’s famous, award-winning apple pie! Yet Lauren is determined to make this pie her own and a little apple pie should be no problem for the Hauser clan dessert queen…!

But with her new job taking up so much time, a prize pie to perfect and the growing distance between her and Jack, Lauren begins to wonder if she can really have it all… Only one things for sure, there’ll be fireworks this 4th of July!

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croppedsmileframeGina Henning currently resides where bluebonnets line the highways in the spring, but she prefers the rock flower anemone from under the sea. Above the ocean’s surface Gina likes to dance with her three boys and travel to exotic places like the grocery store with her husband. Her pooch Schatzi is a mix between German Shepherd and possibly pig. One of Gina’s favorite pastimes is running. She recently completed her one-and-done marathon. At the end of the day her glass of wine is always half-full.

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