Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Never Give Up" by Erik Rees and Jenna Glatzer

Jessica Joy Rees was only eleven when the doctors found an inoperable brain tumor (DIPG). Did she give up and let it take her without a fight? No, Jessica started to help other children with cancer. This is the story of her "JoyJars."

What would you do if you found out you had a brain tumor that was going to take your life? What if you were only eleven and hadn't begun to live? Jessica decided she needed to help others, and she concentrated on children with cancer. Thus began her family's journey in the "Joy Factory." They turned their garage into a place where they could put together "JoyJars" for the children. Gathering toys, games, and whatever else they could, they made the jars and Jessica personally delivered them! But, since that start, "JoyJars" have gone all over the world to over 200 children's hospitals and 175 Ronald McDonald Houses. The JOY of helping others blossomed because one little girl never gave up.

This story will inspire you and will enourage you to reach out to others and help. I felt badly for the entire family, but found myself encouraged and lifted up by their example. Each of us has the opportunity to help others. How much do we do? How many excuses do we make? Read this book and you will find the reason to get busy. I received my review copy from Handlebar Marketing in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Cupcakes and Kisses" exerpt

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 18, 2014

ABOUT Cupcakes & Kisses:

One bite of her luscious cupcakes and you just might fall in love…

Nineteen-year-old Glynna Balcora’s super power is baking. A young witch, she’s lived her entire life tucked away in the quaint city of Spokane, WA with her domineering aunt and sweetheart of a grandmother. It’s not an ideal situation. Although Glynna loves her grandmother dearly, and treasures the special times they spend in their magical greenhouse, Glynna’s aunt keeps her niece on a tight leash using threats of vague enemies.

Since Glynna graduated from high school a few a months ago, her aunt’s be-home-before-dark curfew seems more ridiculous every day. It isn’t doing much for the young witch’s social life, either. With encouragement from her best friend, Glynna sneaks out one night to go to a bonfire party at the lake. There she has an unexpected encounter with Spokane’s most eligible bachelor, Ashton Bass. Glynna’s been crushing on Ashton since she was five years old. But when they share their first kiss, thunderstorms and lightning follow… and Glynna’s aunt realizes it’s time to tell the young witch the truth about who she really is.

Cupcakes & Kisses is the first book in a playful New Adult Romance trilogy…


My heart races as I’m drawn across the bakery. The mere sight of this guy makes me lose all my senses. I stumble a little and accidentally knock a few of my favorite pink pens off the display counter.

Really?! How can I stumble in flats?!

This is bad. Just bad.

Ashton to the rescue. He dives—dives!—to catch the silly pink projectiles flying through the air! Yes, silly and devious! They’ve sprung to life with a mind of their own and are determined to make me look like a klutz in front of the guy of my dreams!

Evil felt tips!

I can’t let them win.

I lunge forward to grab them myself, and an overwhelmingly awkward moment becomes even more awkward when my hand collides with his, I lose my balance, tilt forward, and Ashton has to grab my forearms to keep me from doing a face plant in his crotch.

Heat creeps up my face. Naughty pens!?! “Uhhh… s-sorry about that,” I say as I shift back onto my heels and… I forgot—I’m wearing a dress—not my skinny jeans. My knees are about a foot apart. I’m sure he can see my panties. I push myself forward, and my knees smack against the hardwood floor with a bang.

Ashton’s perfect features skew with concern. He still looks amazing. “Are you all right?”
I pretend that I’m not going to have black and blue knees for the rest of the year. “Yeah, yeah, I’m fine.” I wave my hand.

~ About the Authors ~ 
Heidi Garrett is the author of the Daughter of Light series, a fantasy about a young half-faerie, half-mortal searching for her place in the Whole. She's also the author of the contemporary fairy tale novella collection, Once Upon a Time Today. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters.

Heidi is collaborating with Billie Limpin to write The Magic Cupcake series, a special blend of magic, romance, and humor.

Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso. She now lives in Eastern Washington state with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle. Being from the South, she often contemplates the magic of snow.

Billie Limpin lives in the Philippines where the sun always shines and people always smile!

A  hopeless romantic inside and out, when Billie’s not swooning over a book boyfriend (which she often does!), you’ll probably catch her daydreaming (over a fictional character!). A reader by heart, and now a writer for the first time, she’s thrilled to put her daydreams into written words.

~ Giveaway ~

Saturday, September 20, 2014

"NIV First Century Study Bible" with notes by Kent Dobson

Have you ever wondered what it was during Bible times, especially when you are reading a passage of Scripture? How about having  a map at your fingertips while reading? In this new study Bible, readers get those opportunities and more to step back in time.

Opening this Bible is like taking a step back in history. The pages come alive with things like: "Word Studies," "A Day in the Life," maps, drawings, pictures, etc. One example is Solomon's Temple. Not only are the pictures located in the right place (I Kings 6) but, there is a bit of extra information as well. The pictures certainly bring each topic to life! Each Bible book has an introduction with historical facts and artifacts. At the end, readers will find tables, Endnotes, a Topical Index of Articles, a Glossary, and a Concordance. With this Bible, the reader will have pretty much everything they need to study at their fingertips.

I really like the features of this Bible. Maps and word studies are great to delve into as I am reading my Bible. I also really enjoy the introductions at the beginning of each book. The pictures of historical artifacts show me something tangible from the timeframe. If you enjoy studying your Bible, no matter which version you prefer, this one will hold treasures for you. I received my review copy from the Book Look program in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, September 5, 2014

"The Paleo Manifesto" by John Durant

In this new book, John Durant takes a look at eating habits and how they affect the chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, that are on the rise. Does what we eat affect how our body functions? What role do other factors, like sleep and hygiene, have on our bodies? 

The divisions of this book set the tone: Origins, Here and Now, and Visions. Mr. Durant takes his reader along a path to health, giving great information about food but also incorporating the world around us, showing his readers how things have changed over time. Exercise, rest, and food all correspond to how we feel and survive in our world. This book takes the reader from caveman to present, showing how to truly survive and be healthy in today's world.

This is an interesting book filled with information and research. The points make sense and the writing style invites reading. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking into the Paleo life style. It will probably answer many of the questions you have. I received my review copy from Blogging for Books in exchange of an honest review.

Monday, September 1, 2014

"God's Great Creation" a ZonderKidz book

This is a wonderful little book that takes children through the creation of the world. It is based on the "Adventure Bible" which is also geared for children. As an "I Can Read" book, children are able to read it out loud to others, and will encourage them to pick up others in the series. 

ZonderKidz put the book together and David Miles did the illustrations, which are beautifully done. While geared for  4 - 7 year olds, younger children will enjoy it too, especially the illustrations. The variety of words will help challenge beginning readers to keep practicing.

I really like this book for young children. It will make a wonderful addition to a home, school, or church library. With easy to read words and wonderful illustrations, children will want to read! I received my review copy from the Book Look program in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Home to Chicory Lane" by Deborah Raney

Audrey and Grant have raised their family and are ready for a change, a new challenge. They decide to turn their home into a Bed and Breakfast, which is a lot of work but also cause for celebration. Will everything run smoothly, or will there be some glitches?

The kids are grown and out of the house. Now it is time for Audrey and Grant to do some of the things they always wanted to do. They decide that with all the space they have and their location, it would be a good place for a B&B - the Chicory Inn. There is a lot to do, but they are excited to have friends and family come join them for the opening. But, then their daughter Landyn arrives without her husband, but with her things. It has only been six months and her husband has not only lost his job, but has upended their lives. As they embark on this new venture, will Audrey and Grant have the time and wisdom to lead Landyn? Is that marriage repairable? And, what about the Chicory Inn? Will the opening go well or will they have to cancel their plans? You will find the answers to these questions and more in this new heart-warming story by Deborah Raney.

I love the way Deborah Raney writes. Her stories are filled with real life characters and situations. She drew me right in and I found myself rooting for the characters, especially Audrey and Landyn. If you are looking for a heart-warming story that will fill your evening, this book is for you. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.
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About the book: Landyn longs for home, but her mother may have other plans.
Audrey Whitman's dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband, Grant, are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri.
Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey's daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she's pulling makes it clear she's not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn's husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?

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About the author: Deborah Raney's books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas---the setting of many of Deborah's novels---for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

Find Deborah online: website, Twitter, Facebook

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Odyssey Adventure Club iPad Mini Giveaway!


The end of summer is in sight, and OAC is giving away an iPad Mini back-to-school bundle!

It might seem like summer just began for your kids, so if they need some added motivation to get their homework done, remind them they can jump on the Odyssey Adventure Club after their papers are written and their math problems are solved.

As members, your kids can also listen to Album 58 before the album is released to the public!

Here's what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):

It's a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming "Let's Get Together Festival" in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.

Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family's The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive.

Plus, here's a sneak peek of a new episode called "The Lone Lawman"!

Jason, Whit, Red and the gang rustle up herds of fun while performing a new Kids' Radio show set in the Old West. "The Lone Lawman" features a confused boy getting mixed up with a shifty band of bank robbers. Can a hero on horseback set things right? See just how wild the West can get in this action-packed send-up of old-time radio dramas.

NOW . . . on to the iPad Mini back-to-school bundle.

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 27th. All winners will be announced August 28th on the widget on this page.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit this page on the 28th to see if you won! (You'll see the winner's name in the widget.)