Friday, December 2, 2016

Get to doodling with this GREAT Bible Journaling Kit! (REVIEW)


I received such a blessing in the mail to review! I have LOVED using this Bible Journaling Kit. It is the perfect size to keep in my purse, and the sticker sheets are a lot of fun. The twistable colored pencils are great becasue they are no mess, and require no sharpening! The pouch fits my bible nicely, and I can take it anywhere. It's best for hardback Bibles I think, but it still works nicely with my softback Bible. Overall, I love this! 


About the Bible Journaling Kit:
Create a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible. Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers. Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs. Kit includes:
· 4 sheets of word stickers
· 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
· 24 tab stickers
· 8 colored pencil twists
· 1 journaling pen
· 1 pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
· 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

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Why do moms get sick? I've been sick for nearly the last 3 weeks! Mr. B had an endoscopy on Tuesday that was out of town, so I had to travel for that...and I feel so much worse now. You'd think after weeks I'd be feeling better. :(

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Remnant REVIEW!


 The Remnant is a book right up my alley! It has a distopian feel to it, and those are my favorites. The gist is that religion is seen as the end of the civilization (pretty much) and the cause of all our troubles, and it's now banned. If you don't give up religion, you're sent to a camp where you're said to be protected...but of course that's not the case. A family, and some friends, find a way to escape the camp.

The writing is easy to read and follow, as is the story line. There are a few parts where I was left thinking, "REALLY?! WHY?!" One part is in the beginning of the book. The oldest teen girl drops her music player in the escape tunnel, causing her dad to have to go back for it. You can imagine what happens next. I just wanted to scream DON'T GO BACK! Sigh...the characters never listen to me! HAHA! Overall, I really liked this! 



 About the book: 

The Remnant (Plain Truth Ministries, August 2016)

In the year 2069 the Apocalypse came and went, but Jesus didn't show up, as some expected.

Instead, a cataclysmic war, natural disasters and pandemics eradicated 90 percent of earth's population. Now, in 2131, a totalitarian government rules the world from the majestic, opulent capitol of Carthage, Tunisia. Blamed for igniting the war, religion and religious books are banned. Citizens who will not renounce their religion are sent to work camps.

Grant Cochrin, imprisoned in a bleak petroleum camp in what was once North Dakota, leads his family and friends to escape and embark on a long, dangerous quest for a Christian community. Their resource in this journey? A cherished page torn from the now banished Bible---a remnant of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount handed down from Grant's grandparents. 

What if there were an Apocalypse and Jesus didn't return? What if the survivors found themselves living in a world ruled by a totalitarian government, where religion is forbidden and all religious texts have been destroyed?

In The Remnant, award-winning author Monte Wolverton tells the tale of a band of concentration camp escapees who trek through the lawless American wilderness on a quest for authentic Christianity, only to come face to face with an unthinkable dilemma. The Remnantis a fast-paced story punctuated with dry satire, memorable characters and hard questions about religious institutions.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2fVwBoJ
About the author:



Monte Wolverton
 is an award-winning author and syndicated editorial cartoonist. He is associate editor of CWR magazine. He is an ordained minister and holds a MA from Goddard College in Vermont. Along with his wife Kaye, he makes his home in southwest Washington State.




Finding Margo REVIEW

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Off the charts and on the run.
International pop star Margo Hartman could use a night off. A grueling tour and overbearing entourage have sent her over the edge. It’s time for this diva to disappear. And who would think to look for the superstar in a small town in Ohio?
Sheriff’s deputy Brock Moore is undercover as well. He knows Margo isn’t who she appears to be, but her uncanny resemblance to a local Amish woman is raising all sorts of questions . . . the kinds that make her a target for a killer.
Both are determined to find answers, but their mutual attraction stands in the way of either of them doing it alone. Is finding Margo the solution to Brock’s problems or the just the beginning . . . ?
 My Thoughts:
I wasn't really sure what to expect since I've never read a Turnao book. I will say, if her other works are as good as Finding Margo, then I'm a huge fan! This book is full of suspense, mystery, laughter, and even a splash of romance. The characters are full of depth and life, and are written in an easy to follow, easy to believe manner.

Turano's use of descriptive language to describe the characters and setting is fantastic. It makes this more movie like. Also, this isn't your average Amish fiction. It's not like others I've read.

The flow is nice, and it's not too fast paced, but it also doesn't just drag along. I really like it! 

About the Author

img_1634aUSA Today best-selling author Jen Turano writes contemporary and historical romances with quirky characters and unusual storylines. Just outside Denver, Colorado, Jen and her husband live as empty-nesters, and they do so fabulously. Contact Jen at jenturano.com.

Guest Post from Jen Turano

The Making of “Finding Margo”
By Jen Turano
To say that my entrance into the publishing world was a tad difficult is certainly an understatement.  My very first attempt at writing was centered around a middle grade book, specifically written for my son who was in the third grade at the time.  After finishing that, and sending it out to all of five companies, none of whom represented middle grade, I then moved on to young adult with a little more interest sent my way, but no success story to report in the end.  Not one to embrace the idea of complete and utter failure, I then tried my hand at a contemporary romance, moved on to what I assumed was a delightful regency romance, but one that turned out to be not that delightful, at least according to numerous agents, and finally landed on gilded age stories, filled with quirky heroines.  That is when I finally received my very first publishing contract, which then saw me catapulted into the very weird world of publishing.  After completing the second gilded age story of my two-book contract, I found myself with some time on my hands as I waited to see if anyone would read my stories, which might then result in an offer of additional book contracts.  As I waited, I decided I might as well keep writing, so decided to try another contemporary story, although my agent at that time suggested I try to write an Amish book since she had numerous requests from publishers for those specific books.
Because my writing voice is not what anyone might consider normal, I really didn’t believe I’d be able to do justice to an authentic Amish story.  Because of that, I settled on the idea of writing a contemporary romantic suspense, being a huge fan of that genre.  I had a vague notion of exploring a theme centered around a dog walker who might stumble on a body while walking her pack of dogs, or perhaps have a storyline that centered around a makeup artist who witnessed a crime while setting out her makeup for a client, but those ideas went straight away when I pulled out the vacuum one fine day.
Vacuuming, as well as staining the deck, cleaning the shower, and power-washing the garage, are my go-to activities when I need to get the muse working right before I start a first draft. On that particular day, as I pushed the vacuum around the house, I suddenly had the most intriguing idea – an idea that started off with two delightful little words…What…and…If.
That was all it took for a premise to begin festering through my mind, a fester that grew into this – What if three Amish children were stolen straight out of their beds, never to be seen or heard from again until… Now here’s where it gets interesting.  I decided to have a woman by the name of Margo Hartman, an international superstar no less, stumble into this small Ohio town quite by accident, and…she happens to bear an uncommon resemblance to an Amish woman who lives in this town.  To add an addition sense of intrigue, someone immediately begins trying their very best to kill poor Margo.
By the time I was done vacuuming, the storyline for “Finding Margo” was firmly cemented in my mind, which translates into Jen had no choice other than to write the story.  However, before my agent at that time found a home for the manuscript, I signed another contract for more gilded age books, which meant I did not have the time to commit to what was certainly going to have to be a three-book series since, well, there were three Amish children who’d gone missing.
Fast forward around five years and I found myself a little ahead of schedule at exactly the right time.  There was a new publishing house in town, my current agent remembered me talking about this quirky book I’d written long ago, and as luck would have it, I found the flash drive that’s been home to “Finding Margo” for all these years.
Since my writing style has certainly changed since I first wrote Margo’s story, I ended up rewriting the entire book, and I must say that I’m still just as intrigued with the storyline as I was when it popped to mind while vacuuming what seems like ages ago.  I’m just tickled to death that Margo Hartman has finally found her way out of a flash drive and onto the pages of a book.  I’m hoping readers will enjoy her as much as I enjoyed writing her.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with me today, and for supporting my books over the years.  I cannot properly express how important all my readers have become to me, and I’m incredibly thankful for every one of you.  You’ve brightened up my life and without you, well, I wouldn’t have anyone to share the stories that always seem to rumble around my mind.
God bless!
~ Jen ~

Blog Stops

November 17: Book by Book
November 17: cherylbbookblog
November 18: A Reader’s Brain
November 18: I Hope You Dance
November 18: Blogging with Carol
November 19: ASC Book Reviews
November 19: Bibliophile Reviews
November 20: Lighthouse Academy
November 20: Karen Sue Hadley
November 20: Back Porch Reads
November 21: Genesis 5020
November 21: 100 Pages per Hour
November 22: Pause for Tales
November 22: Quiet Quilter
November 22: Bigreadersite
November 23: Just Commonly
November 23: A Greater Yes
November 23: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
November 24: Smiling Book Reviews
November 24: Ashley’s Bookshelf
November 25: inklings and notions
November 26: Daysong Reflections
November 26: The Scribbler
November 26: Blossoms and Blessings
November 28: The Power of Words
November 28: Reader’s Cozy Corner
November 29: Faithfully Bookish
November 29: Christian Bookaholic

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To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copies of her book! Click the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine entries on the giveaway!
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**I received this book free through CelebrateLit for my honest review. I wasn't required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.**

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Carol J. Post’s ‘Trust My Heart’ $75 Cozy Cash Giveaway

Will an unplanned detour finally guide Grant home and find love with an honest, funny, and undeniably appealing reporter named Jami? Find out in a heartwarming romance by Carol J. Post, Trust My Heart. Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—but as the two draw closer as they share their dreams, misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust.

MY THOUGHTS:

Easy to read and follow, with lovely characters. The characters are full of life and depth, with well written personalities that draw you in. There's just enough conflict to keep you interested, but not enough to make you feel anxious or stressed. A nice read for stressful periods to help calm you. 



Join Carol in celebrating the release of Trust My Heart by entering to win her $75 Cozy Cash Giveaway.




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One grand prize winner will receive:



  • A copy of Trust My Heart

  • A $75 Visa cash card

  • A basket full of goodies made in North Carolina to keep you cozy in the cooler fall weather




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    Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 23. The winner will be announced November 28 on Carol's blog.



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    Monday, November 21, 2016

    The Radical Book for Kids REVIEW!

     

    This book is so colorful and fun to read! My son loves it and takes it with him all the time. He's constantly reading something from it, and learning new things. He's loved reading all of the Bible history! He's 11, and I think this is very age appropriate for that age group! Highly recommended! the book is of durable quality, and the pages are glossy and easy to turn. It's a large book, but not overly bulky. It easily fits in his backpack for overnight stays at Grandma's. 


    About the book: 

    The Radical Book for Kids (New Growth Press, October 2016)

    A kid-sized explorer's guide to faith and life

    The Radical Book for Kids is a fun-filled explorer's guide to the Bible, church history, and life for boys and girls age 8 and up. Along with examining some of the most exciting realities in the universe, the handbook is vibrantly illustrated and chock-full of fun facts and ideas. Deep truths are communicated to elementary and middle-school aged kids while stimulating their curiosity and sense of adventure within a gospel-centered framework.

    This power-packed book is "radical" in more ways than you might think! It is "radical" in the sense of the original meaning of the word, "going to the root or origin." The Radical Book for Kids will take children on a fascinating journey into the ancient roots of the Christian faith. But it's also "radical" in the more modern sense of being revolutionary. Kids read about men and women who learned to trust Jesus and stand for him---displaying radical faith---even when everything seemed against them.

    But The Radical Book for Kids is also "radical"---meaning fun or cool---in the eyes of a child. Kids read about ancient weapons (and how to make one), learn about jewels, create pottery, discover ancient languages, use secret codes, locate stars, tell time using the sun, play a board game that's 3,000 years old---and more.

    Check out the table of contents, skip around, or read straight through. However a child chooses to explore it, The Radical Book for Kids will open new vistas for their imagination and help to make straight paths for their feet.
    Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2eDeVM4
     
    About the author:


    Champ Thornton grew up in the Carolinas. He is presently an associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. Beginning in 2003, he pastored in South Carolina and later served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio. Champ is also the author of God's Love: A Bible Storybook, and of Bible curriculum for early and upper elementary-aged children.


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    Sunday, November 20, 2016

    Ace Collins’ Magic of Christmas Prize Pack


    This is such a cute book for Christmas. It is full of devotional like reading that corresponds to the Christmas season. It's easy to read, and the layout is very nice. I really like the homemade gift ideas and recipes! Many are definitely on my list of things to do for this Holiday Season! I highly recommend this!



    Make this upcoming Christmas holiday a Christ-filled season of joy and wonder with the help of Ace Collins' new devotional, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the Christmas season with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas. Download a free sampler of the book by clicking here.



    Join Ace's Christmas festivities by entering to win the Magic of Christmas Prize Pack. Create new traditions this holiday season with your family and friends with the goodies included in the giveaway.




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    One grand prize winner will receive:



    • A copy of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    • A button-wreath craft kit

    • Pass the Ugly Christmas Sweater card game

    • A gingerbread tree kit

    • An advent calendar


    • Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 21. The winner will be announced November 22 on the Litfuse blog.




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      Thanksgiving Day (and general Holiday....) Prep 2....

      I'm so busy! I have a lot going on, and I STILL need to "Holiday Clean" and get to the grocery store. I really wish I had a clone of myself for days like today.

      Saturday, November 19, 2016

      Thanksgiving prep

      I have SO much to do! I need to go to the store, I have to meal plan. Then there's shopping! OH MY SHOPPING! Sigh..so...much..to do! What are you cooking?

      Here's my proposed menu:

      Ham
      dressing
      mashed potatoes
      green beans
      my famous baked beans ( I have to make 3 batches HAHA!)
      cornbread salad
      broccoli casserole
      rolls
      deviled eggs
      potato salad
      Dessert.

      Whew, that's a lot of food! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

      Thursday, November 17, 2016

      The Blessings of Unity REVIEW

      This is a nice book on marriage that offers quizzes and sound advice to make sure you and your spouse are truly united. I really appreciate the focus the book puts on God, and how God needs to be the top priority. A unity with god first, then a unity with your spouse. Without God, your unity with your spouse will suffer.



      About the book:
      The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts:
      1) Abiding in the Vine and walking in the Spirit, and
      2) Learning and applying the concept of unity.
      Unity is achieved when a man and woman strive for agreement with God by processing His Will on every decision and in every issue. Through Biblically-centered discussions of discord, division, unity, discipleship, and prayer, and through exploring Biblical examples of unity, Richard Case offers husbands and wives practical and spiritual advice for working together in unity in the Spirit so that they can more perfectly present themselves to God for his divine approval.

      ($13.43 on Amazon, paperback)


      About the author/ministry:
      Before his current role in developing retreats and serving this ministry, All for Jesus, Richard Case worked for many years with Fortune 500 companies in management and consulting roles. He holds a BS in Management and Finance from Bradley University, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a seminary Masters degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Richard has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars; he has hosted a radio show and is a published author. Richard and his wife, Linda, answered the call from the Lord to Abide in Him through the Spirit. Together, Richard and Linda have started up several churches that remain strong today, and have served as interim pastors of troubled churches, bringing reconciliation and new vision to these situations. Richard and Linda began conducting marriage retreats in 2001. Richard and Linda currently live in Castle Rock, CO.

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      Love in the Seams REVEW

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      Mae Stafford longs for the companionship and unconditional love her sister has found in her new husband. But after years of refusing potential suitors because of a pact they made as children, Mae no longer has any choices left once their agreement is broken. She has no hope that God will give her what she desires most, a family of her own. Instead of dwelling on what she doesn’t have, she throws herself into her work as the recent sole owner of the local dress shop.
      As a promise made to his late wife, Johannes Mueller agrees to travel west to be a school teacher in Calder Springs, Texas, away from the bigotry associated with being an immigrant in New York City. He hopes to improve his life and forget his loss. Johannes isn’t counting on his five-year-old daughter’s search for a new mother when they arrive. His little LillyAnn finds ways to bring the seamstress and him together…often. Can he learn to embrace his German heritage and unlock his heart to love again?

      About the Author

      social-media-2015Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of ACFW. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.

      Guest Post from Jodie Wolfe

      I’m so excited to be a part of a Celebrate Lit tour. Thank you for the opportunity to give a small peek into my world. J Love in the Seams is book two in my Twins & Needles series. Mae Stafford’s journey to believe and have hope that God will give her the desires of her heart echo the ups and downs of my writing adventure.

      I wrote my first novel as a teen quite a number of years ago. Ahem. We won’t say how many years that have passed since then. J Let’s just say it’s quite a few. My next novel didn’t get written until my early twenties…and then soon after I had children. Fiction writing took a back seat as I raised my sons and home schooled them all the way through high school.

      Over seven years ago I felt God nudging me back to writing. I still had a son at home, so the progress was a little slow at first. Since then I’ve written four novels, three novellas, and have pitched a half dozen other ideas at various conferences or through my amazing agent.

      God dropped my agent, Linda S. Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency, into my lap when I least expected it, but that’s a different story. I’ve had quite a number of rejections over the past few years as she’s tried to drum up interest for my books. We’ve had some nibbles and times when an editor or two was interested, but things didn’t progress any further than that.

      I’ve entered contests and have experienced mixed results. I semi-finaled in American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest a few years ago, and this past summer I found out I’m a finalist in three different contests. But there also have been quite a few where the responses weren’t so great.

      Earlier this year I decided to put out a novella independently and Hearts Tightly Knit was the result. It told the tale of Mae’s twin sister, Ellie, and their pact to always stay together and never marry. When Ellie ended up with her happily-ever-after, I knew that Mae needed one too. The only thing is Mae isn’t sure if her hopes for a family will ever come to fruition.

      Highs and lows are part of a writer’s life. Well, actually for all of us. J Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down in the negatives, the ‘rejections’ and not be able to see past them. Believe me, at times I wallow there for a little bit, but my aim is to write books that share about the hope we have in Christ. How can I convey that if I don’t believe and experience it myself?

      One of my favorite verses is Hebrews 11:1 (HCSB) which says, “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” One of the things I have hoped for many years was a writing contract. That finally happened in September when I signed for a novelette with Celebrate Lit that will be coming out in the spring. In the process of waiting, I’ve found God has refined and honed me in this journey of hope.

      My prayer is that my books will touch your heart and give you a glimmer of the hope we have in Christ. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity into your world.

      My thoughts:

      This is well written, with a nicely flowing storyline. The characters are believable, and realisitcly drawout. I love the character of LillyAnn! She's a sweetly precocious little girl, who only wants her daddy to be happy. Her dad is Johannes, and his wife has recently died, leaving him to raise LillyAnn on his own. LillyAnn forces several run ins with Mae, who is single and childless. Mae longs to be a wife and mother, but God has not led her life in that direction, yet. She's making a name for herself in her dress shop, and has stopped searching for a family of her own. Needless to say, Mae and Johannes are perfect for each other, and little LillyAnn knows it!

      **Received this free from CelebrateLit. This is an honest review, and all opinions are my own or those of my family.**

      Blog Stops

      November 10: Pause for Tales
      November 12: Quiet Quilter
      November 13: A Greater Yes
      November 13: Blossoms and Blessings
      November 15: Lane Hill House
      November 15: Ashley’s Bookshelf
      November 16: ASC Book Reviews
      November 17: Christian Bookaholic
      November 18: Daysong Reflections
      November 19: bigreadersite
      November 20: Splashes of Joy

      Giveaway

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      In honor of her tour, Jodie is giving away a wooden decorated basket, a 24 thread spools with needles and threader, a pack of 30 needles, a tape measure, a tomato pin cushion, embroidery scissors, a thimble, 15 piece sewing kit, and a $10 Amazon gift card0! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway! https://promosimple.com/ps/a88d