Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide with Terri Reed + 2 Book #Giveaway!

2014 ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE!!

Today I have another author who has graciously offered a giveaway of two copies of her newest book, Danger at the Border. This is a suspense novel and I have to tell you, she is one of the queens of the Love Inspired Suspense line!! Super great mysteries, romance that often sizzles and characters that make you alternate between loving and hating them:) But really, her books are just that good. And she sent me two copies of her new one to give away to two of my readers. Check it out, after you read her interview. I don't know about you, but I always enjoy finding out more about the authors I love.


Thank you for being with us today, Terri!

How long have you known you wanted to be an author? 
I can remember saying I wanted to be a writer as early as seventh grade. Though I had no idea what it really meant to be an author until I sold. Not only must you write the book but you must be a business person as well.

Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?


I have two recent releases. The first from Love Inspired Suspense, Danger at the Border, is set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is the first book in the Northern Border Patrol series. In this book fish biologist Dr. Tessa Cleary along with Border Patrol Agent Jeff Steele must discover the source of a toxin that has contaminated a lake that crosses the international boundary line before any more people are harmed. What they find in the forest, could do them both in.

The second release is a sweet contemporary romance from Tule Publishing Group, Home for Good, is set in the fictional town of Marietta Montana. It’s a book about coming home and following your dreams.




When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with? 
For both my Love Inspired books and the Tule book I hope readers enjoys the stories. Because of the faith element in my Love Inspired books, I hope readers will glimpse the character of God and their hearts will be touched.

Since we are nearing the holidays, what are 3 things you are most thankful for this year?  
I’m thankful for a really good physical therapist who has helped me tremendously with some physical issues. I’m thankful for my family who are supportive and loving. I’m thankful for readers who write to me. I enjoy hearing from those who love reading as much as I do.

What is your favorite holiday(Thanksgiving or Christmas) tradition? 
I enjoy going to Christmas Eve candlelight services. It’s a time of reflection on the true meaning of Christmas which can get lost in the hustle and bustle of gift giving, holiday parties and family gatherings.

And what is one food that has to be on the table for Thanksgiving? 
Sweet Potato Pie.

Do you have a favorite hobby? 
Does exercise count? I enjoy dancing any time, any where.

Is there something about you most people wouldn't know? 
I loathe snakes. My kids think it is funny when we go on hikes in the forest and we hear rustling in the bushes or, worse yet, actually see a snake. I scream and practically climb the nearest tree.

Any last thoughts for your readers? 
If you’re online, connect with your favorite authors on social media. We love to get to know our readers. And one way to help your favorite authors is to do reviews. Reviews have become the word of mouth for the Internet.

And how can they connect with you?
My webpage is www.terrireed.com
I’m on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1naYIRv
I blog at two places
The Craftie Ladies of Love Inspired Romance http://craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com
And at Love Inspired Authors
http://loveinspiredauthors.blogspot.com


THE BOOK BEING GIVEN AWAY, DANGER AT THE BORDER







WHO ARE THESE FOR?
Personally I think these would be good for females, AND males. When you have suspense mixed with romance, you can't go wrong. But I know some guys may not like the romance aspect. So maybe I will suggest them mainly for the ladies.


THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

I have two copies of Danger at the Border. So two readers will each win one copy, along with that little sticky notepad that Terri sent, and some bookmarks:) Perfect to stick in a stocking! This is USA only as I am shipping. Giveaway will end 12/8 so I can get them shipped in time for the holidays. Winners will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 21 Drops Essential Oils R& #Giveaway!

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide!!!



Do you ever have one of those nights where it is hard to fall asleep? I don't know about you, but especially around the holidays you can be kept up a lot. For me, I often get so on the go and my mind running with gifts, being a hostess, planning parties, etc that even when I fall into bed my thoughts are still going lickety-split. It is hard sometimes to get to sleep! I have tried many different things but one of my favorites so far has been this oil from 21 Drops. I actually got the #18 Sleep essential oil for review and have quickly grown to love it.



I have heard many good things about essential oils being used as remedies, helps, whatever you want to call them. But I am always skeptical of things like that. So I went into this with very open eyes. Opening the box I definitely liked the packaging and the container. The oil is in a rollerball bottle that makes it very easy to apply the product. You are supposed to use this on your wrists, temples and back of the neck. It contains Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Sandalwood and Palmarosa to help calm, soothe and relax the body.



The first night I used this I didn't really tell a big change. It still took me a bit to get to doze off. The second night I used it I found myself dropping off a bit faster. And once I fell asleep, it was the sleep of the dead. I literally didn't wake up until 7 AM. Which is not normal for me. I am often up when the sun comes shining in the windows. This really helped me feel rested the next day so I didn't use it that night. Guess what happened? I woke up several times off and on. So I have been using this for about 2 weeks now and loving it. Not only does it help me get to sleep faster, but also a better sleep. Definitely feel rested.




WHO IS THIS FOR?
This would be great for anyone. Not only mothers who have young ones keeping them running all day, but also fathers who need their sleep for work the next day, young adults who need the sleep for school exams, etc. Works great for anyone and since it is essential oils, it is easy to apply.

THE GIVEAWAY!!
One winner will receive a bottle of the Sleep essential oil that I received. This will end 12/4 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. USA only!! Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email and then another winner will be picked.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Quilts of Love | QUILTED BY CHRISTMAS – Kindle Giveaway & “Merry Quilted” Facebook Party!

New from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series | Quilted by Christmas


A grandmother’s last wish is to communicate God’s love through an Irish chain quilt.
Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle‑schoolers she teaches.
When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?

MY REVIEW-Jodie Bailey is an author I am somewhat familiar with through her Love Inspired book line. And I was pleasantly surprised after reading this one to see how well she can go from a smaller length novel to a little bit larger one. This one is so holiday centered I was almost glad to get snow while I was reading it! Almost, but not quite:)

One of the main things I came away with was the idea that what you say, hurts. We always hear that saying about sticks and stone can hurt but words can't. This book clearly shows how that is so wrong and what we say does matter, for now and eternity. Words make such a difference!

The characters are very well written. I came away feeling like they were friends I could curl up with on these cold nights. This is the type of book you read when you want a sweet book. It is just that cute and light. Definitely looking out for other books by Jodie Bailey!


THE KINDLE GIVEAWAY!

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey. October’s QOL release is a warm Christmas tale of God's steadfast love.



Enter to win a Kindle HDX, and RSVP for the “Merry Quilted” Quilts of Love Facebook party on December 9th.


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One winner will receive:


  • A Kindle Fire

  • Two copies of Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey (One for you and one to give away as a gift!)

  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll

  • Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven

Enter today by clicking the button below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 16th. Winner will be announced November 17th at the Quilts of Love blog.



Wait! There's more! RSVP for the "Merry Quilted" Quilts of Love Christmas Book Chat Party on December 9th and connect with some of the Quilts of Love authors. Jodie Bailey, Laura V. Hilton, Cindy Loven, Cathy Elliott, and Gina Welborn will be hosting a "merry" evening of book chat, Christmas traditions, prizes, and more!





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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on December 9th!




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Winterscape by Jim Wilson R& $10 Gift Certificate #Giveaway #FCblogger

This past week has been a little rough for me. Just busy with things and life. Friends visiting, the cold weather dropping unexpectedly and the colds and coughs going around. That is where holiday music comes in. Sorry, but sometimes those holiday tunes played on a piano are just the thing to help drive away the blues or calm your spirits on a stressful night. Music like the Jim Wilson Winterscape CD I received for review. I had never heard his music before but I quickly grew to enjoy the classical flair he plays with.



I am one of those people who loves playing Christmas music year round, but something makes it special this time of year. The beautiful melodies delivered here include Greensleeves, Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, O Come All Ye Faithful, Oh Holy Night and Aspenglow among others. Jim Wilson has guest vocals by Dan Fogelberg and Stephen Bishop on a couple songs. The piano is very calming and soothing, though a few of them have some pep to them. I enjoyed this one and found it perfect for this time of year. The only thing is I wish there had been something to make it stand out. I liked it, but at the same time it was a normal holiday CD. If you enjoy piano music that is soothing and brings the holidays to your home, this is the one for you.

Anyone want to win a $10 Family Christian appreciation certificate? These are wonderful and can be used on almost anything on their website or in their store. You know with the holidays coming up you just might want to get somebody a gift from here:) This giveaway will end 12/2 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. THANKS FOR ENTERING!

Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Beessential Set Review & #Giveaway! #Beessential

How many of you are aware of what is in your shampoo and conditioner? Like many of us, I didn't even really think about the chemicals, harsh ingredients and dyes that I used in my hair every day. Don't get me wrong, I was careful about the heating tools, and I have only done highlights once in my lifetime, but our shampoo is something we apply every single day and yet what is in these products, might cause more harm than good. That is why I was overjoyed to receive this next set for my holiday gift guide. Beessential Body Care sent me a set of three products to review and I have kept one of the pieces to host a giveaway with.

My absolute favorite of this set is the Honey and Botanical Shampoo. The scent is amazing! Oh my word! I opened the top just to smell it and it is great. Now to see if it works as good as it smells.

I tried this the next day in the shower and only used a little bit. With my long hair it normally takes more product than most people. This shampoo though really doesn't take a lot. The only problem I had with it was that it didn't lather the way most of them do. But I think that lather isn't something that makes the shampoo work better, it just makes you feel like it is. This leaves my hair soft, clean and smelling wonderful. I have quickly grown to fall in love with it!

The conditioner was the next item to try. I used this after the shampoo but with my hair being thin and long, I only use it on the ends. The conditioner worked well, I just liked the shampoo better. I felt that I could use just the shampoo and my hair would come out looking as good as when I use conditioner. It is a light product and didn't cause buildup or weigh my hair down. Believe me, have enough trouble with that in the past. This conditioner didn't do that.

The last product I received was the Original Honey Hand and Body Cream. This is in the Fresh Cucumber and Energizing Green Tea scent and I saved it as a giveaway for my readers. You will absolutely love this if it is anything like the other products. Smells awesome and works great! One product, one winner, in the USA only. The giveaway will end 12/2. Random.org will be used to pick a winner and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or another person will be chosen. Have fun!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CFBA Tour for Dreaming on Daisies by Miralee Ferrell





This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dreaming on Daisies

David C. Cook (October 1, 2014)

by

Miralee Ferrell






ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Miralee and her husband, Allen, live on 11 acres in Washington State. She loves to minister to women (as a certified Lay Counselor with the AACC) or through her writing, riding her horse, working in  her flower beds and playing with her dogs—her 7 lb, long-haired Chihuahua, Lacey, spends a lot of time on her lap while Miralee is writing. Miralee speak at various women’s functions and has taught at writers’ conferences. She’s been writing since 2005, and her first book released in 2007. Since then, she’s had 10 more books release, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical romance, and she’s had the honor of being a best-selling and award-winning author.




ABOUT THE BOOK



When her father's debts, brought on by heavy drinking, threaten Leah Carlson's family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah's family secrets—and the pain of her past—come to a head. They could destroy everything she's fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again.


This is western historical romance that offers hope and healing to the deepest wounds in a woman's past.


If you'd like to read the first chapter of Dreaming on Daisies, go HERE.


MY REVIEW-Miralee Ferrell is one of those authors who writes novels that live in your heart. Every book I have ever read by her just speaks to you and makes you feel things as you devour the story. And Dreaming on Daisies is no different. The Love Blossoms in Oregon series has probably been my favorite but I found the books she wrote for the Love Finds You line coming in a close second. This book here is number 3 in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series and it is a hard choice over who would be my favorite character. I personally love Wilma and Frances. If you have read the previous books you will recognize many of the people but these two women quickly grew to become favorites. One of the things that spoke to me in this story was the feeling of being loved. We never know how much the rebellion or coldness on the outside is a show, and all they really want is love. Needless to say, I don't want to give anything away, but this book is a must have!! Went on my keeper shelf with the others.



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide with Lori Benton! + 2 Winner #Giveaway!

Today I am pleased to introduce to you all, Lori Benton. I first read one of her books a couple of months ago and totally fell in love. I felt like I had entered a new world and I finished the book within the day. Then I promptly went to the library and checked out her other book. Now anxiously awaiting Lori's next novel!! Needless to say I was super excited when she offered to host a giveaway for my gift guide! And I am sure you all will love it as well. If any of you have read Laura Frantz, these books are so much written in the same vein. Excellent novels!



The Untamed God: Embracing The Adventure of Faith

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
— C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

As I wrote The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, the titular character’s clothing became a metaphor. Gowns, petticoats, hose, shoes, and stays—the choosing of them, the altering of them, the discarding and creating of them—reflect the changes taking place in Tamsen’s character as she navigates her challenging—and often unsafe—circumstances. Clothing is a joy to Tamsen, yet when the reader first meets her she feels imprisoned in the beautiful gown she’s forced to don to win a wealthy husband—and a life that deep down she doesn’t want. A life God doesn’t plan for her.
In an outward rejection of that unwanted life, she burns the gown. Tamsen will go through several more changes of garments before all is said and done. Each outward change presents a picture of Tamsen’s attempt to hear God’s voice leading her ever further into a life radically different from anything she’s known. At the end of that path is the woman she desires to be. To reach it, she has to trust in a God who often seems less than safe in His handling. Yet step by step (gown by gown) He’s transforming her, giving her revelation of herself as she pursues Him, until, having reached a place so far beyond the boundaries others once set for her, she joyfully creates a set of clothes unlike any she ever imagined wearing.
God invites His sons and daughters to take His hand and trust Him to lead them through challenge, uncertainty, blessing, hardship, and triumph, embracing the individual adventure He has in store. Not reluctantly, or fretfully, but with the joy that comes in knowing that though He may not be an altogether safe God, He is Good, forever weaving the brilliant hues of mercy and grace through each life’s tapestry.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned… in a strange country…
Hebrews 11: 8-9

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…

Romans 8:28


THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN

Frontier dangers cannot hold a candle to the risks one woman takes by falling in love 

In an act of brave defiance, Tamsen Littlejohn escapes the life her harsh stepfather has forced upon her. Forsaking security and an arranged marriage, she enlists frontiersman Jesse Bird to guide her to the Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. But shedding her old life doesn’t come without cost. As the two cross a vast mountain wilderness, Tamsen faces hardships that test the limits of her faith and endurance. 

Convinced that Tamsen has been kidnapped, wealthy suitor Ambrose Kincaid follows after her, in company with her equally determined stepfather. With trouble in pursuit, Tamsen and Jesse find themselves thrust into the conflict of a divided community of Overmountain settlers. The State of Franklin has been declared, but many remain loyal to North Carolina. With one life left behind and chaos on the horizon, Tamsen struggles to adapt to a life for which she was never prepared. But could this challenging frontier life be what her soul has longed for, what God has been leading her toward? As pursuit draws ever nearer, will her faith see her through the greatest danger of all—loving a man who has risked everything for her?

READ THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS

The Pursuit of Tamsen LittlejohnBehind the Scenes  

YOU CAN PURCHASE LORI'S BOOKS ON THE FOLLOWING SITES

WHO ARE THESE FOR?
These books are great for women who like good historicals. The ones that draw you in and don't let go until the very end. Excellent gifts for any woman!!

THE GIVEAWAY!
Lori Benton has offered to giveaway two copies of her newest book, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn. Two winners will receive one book each. USA ONLY!! Giveaway will end 12/2. Winners will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Special Deal on Mrs Cavanaugh's Chocolates!!


Time was when Marie Cavanaugh spent hours in her South Dakota farmhouse each Christmas season making pecan rolls and homemade chocolates for holiday gifting.

"It started when my aunt sent her pecan-rolls recipe," Mrs. Cavanaugh recalled. "I gave the recipe my own touch and started making the yummy specialties. Then I began dipping chocolates. Our friends and neighbors loved these treats, encouraging me to start a candy business. Finally, I decided it might be a good idea.'"

Her husband George and children Carla, Lorraine, Calvin, Colene and Genise rallied, helping Mrs. Cavanaugh fill demands for her homemade sweets.

...In 1972, the family moved to Utah, leaving good friends and their beloved cattle ranch. 

"It was a difficult decision, especially for George," Mrs. Cavanaugh said. "He was excited about making our new venture, which we chose to call Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies, a great success. We felt Utah was blessed with good chocolates and that we would enjoy - and could compete with - those who pride themselves on making excellent chocolates."




Millions of pounds of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh's candies have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence....


Ask chocolate aficionados. They will direct those seeking the best chocolates to the popular Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies. 


My readers receive Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates use promo code: usfamily2014 @http://www.mrscavanaughs.com/



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Granny's Dessert Candles Review and #Giveaway!

For me candles are a must have essential in the house. They are in the bedroom, kitchen, dining room, study and even in the bathroom:) I love candles!! There are so many scents out there and different designs that I thought I had seen them all. Until I was contacted by Granny's Dessert Candles asking to be included in my holiday gift guide. That my friends, is when I found I was wrong. Check them out for yourselves!



My package arrived at the post office and I could smell the candles while I carried them home. Needless to say, when I opened the box at home is when I totally fell in love!! I am seriously talking over the deep edge, hopelessly completely in love:) To start off with, these are 100% soy candles. Secondly, they smell awesome!! Thirdly, they look absolutely adorable!! These arrive in mason jars with tin lids that have holes in them. And on top of each candle is a piece of something in relation to the scent. Take a look at what I mean.

THE PUMPKIN PIE

THE PUMPKIN PIE TOP

THE PUMPKIN PIE BURNING

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

TOP OF STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

THE PEACH PIE

THE PEACH PIE LID

PEACH PIE TOP



See what I mean? Are these adorable or what!! I practically have half the family drooling over them and they all put them on their wish list. Absolutely love these candles!!!

WHO ARE THESE FOR?
These candles would be great for anyone!! Granny's Dessert Candles not only carries these jar candles but also cookie and cupcake melts. Yep:) You can get a chocolate chip cookie melt for your warmer! Again, anyone who likes their house smelling like baked goods without all the calories will enjoy these candles.
THE GIVEAWAY!!
Now I was sent three of them for review and might be receiving another one in the mail. I was soo very tempted to keep them all for myself but I decided to give one away to one of my readers. So one of you will be winning the Peach Pie Candle from Granny's Dessert Candles. I will be shipping this myself so USA ONLY! Giveaway will end 12/1 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

An Inspiring Christmas at Rose Hill Farm!!

Join bestselling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember.



Billy Lapp is far away from his Amish roots working as a rose rustler for Penn State and wants nothing to do with Stoney Ridge. And that suits Bess Riehl just fine. Why should she think twice about a man who left without a word of explanation? It's time she moved on with her life, and that meant saying yes when Billy's cousin Amos proposed--for the third time--and beginning to plan for her Christmas wedding.

When a "lost" rose is discovered in a forgotten corner of the greenhouse at Rose Hill Farm, Billy is sent to track down its origins. His plan is to get in, identify the rose, and get out. The only catch is that he's having a hard time narrowing down the identity of the lost rose--and he can't get Bess Riehl out of his mind.

As the history of the lost rose is pieced together, it reminds Bess and Billy--and Amos too--that Christmas truly is the season of miracles.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Suchmagazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

MY REVIEW-Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of the few Amish authors I read. I am not fond of many plots found in the horse and buggy novels but hers somehow always take a turn and surprise me. This one was a perfect example of a sweet romance that has me thinking of rose petals and delicious bakery treats!

This book is tied in with the Stoney Ridge Seasons series so if you have read those you will see many familiar faces. Bess is the daughter of Jonah Reihl, owner at Rose Hill Farm. She loves helping tend the roses but she is engaged to be married and will be leaving the roses behind. The man she is marrying is Amos Lapp. He is steady and true, always having loved Bess even when she was in love with another man. Only problem is, she may still be attracted to Billy Lapp after all this time.

I had somewhat of a hard time with the whole love triangle thing. Amos loves Bess and while she has agreed to finally marry him, she still loves Billy. And Billy has left the Amish community and works at a university now, even though he still has feelings for Bess. I felt bad for this young man who put up with a harsh childhood and family who turned on him.

Overall a very interesting read. There are two parts that deal with relationships after marriage that are very small but somewhat in detail. This is a smaller novel than usual but really sweet. Now I have to go back and re-read the Stoney Ridge Seasons series:)




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Thursday, November 6, 2014

An Addicting App, Light in the Dark & 2 Winner Giveaway!

Do any of you play games? How about those fun addicting puzzle games? I have to admit, I was not really the type of person to play video games. I enjoy games that make you think and take time to get through. That is why I was so interested in reviewing this game here, Light in the Dark. It is fun, you can spend endless hours enjoying it and at the same time you have got to think!!



This cute and endearing app from Dreamgate Studios is fun and simple yet at the same time very addicting! These little creatures have had their young ones kidnapped! And to get them back they need, you guessed it, light!! To get them light, you have to move your creatures different ways and also shine on the stars. It sounds hard but it is really quite fun. The only problem is, it gets harder! Then you have mirrors to play with and mummies that you can't awaken, pits you can't cross and corners to get around. I know, it sounds so easy but the first time I tried it I found myself playing it for 20 minutes. The next time it was 30 minutes.



There are at least 40 levels in just Egypt and more to be unlocked. You also ave the ability to get hints if you are not sure where something should be placed. The more stars you get the higher you can progress. It is a fun little game that I find myself playing when I have a few minutes in the vehicle or I am sitting somewhere bored:) And I have had to take it back from the girls who wanted to play it as well. Actually I think they may be further ahead than I am.



This can be purchased for Android, iPhone/iPad, or Windows phone.

Is anyone interested in your own code to play this entertaining game? Two winners will win a code to download the game for yourselves. This is open to anyone who has an iTunes/Apple account. The giveaway will end 11/24. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Forever with You by Robin Jones Gunn Book #Review

About the Book:

Now that they have been married for almost two years, Christy and Todd are facing challenges neither of them expected. Everything that felt familiar in their relationship is being shaken. All they had hoped for in their future together is about to change.
When Christy shares her life-altering news with Todd, she doesn't receive the joyful response she was expecting. Aunt Marti inserts a few strong opinions about how the young couple should navigate this difficult season and when Todd's dad asks for help renovating his Newport Beach home it's clear that nothing will ever be the same for them again. 
As Christy and Todd's relationship is radically altered will they continue to drift apart? Or will they come through the major shifts with a deeper love each for other and the One who brought them together in the first place?


MY THOUGHTS-It has been quite a while since I read a book by Robin Jones Gunn. For some reason in my mind I always think of them as as being geared towards young adults. But her newest one, Forever With You, is about Todd and Christy as married adults so I was interested in seeing how it would be. Needless to say, I found my thinking challenged and some very sweet thoughts in this novel. I will include a few quotes below so please make sure to read through.

This novel is another installment in the Christy Miller series but when her and Todd are married. We see them growing together and going through trials and struggles as any married couple does. The book opens with an exciting announcement that Christy wants to tell Todd about but someone kills the party. I felt that the characters are very well fleshed out. I see realistic circumstances and feelings that made me see them as normal human beings that might be friends in real life. The secondary characters are good as well and I enjoyed reading about their parents and friends. This would be an excellent book for young and old alike. It is a sweet story that I loved! Please read the quotes below as I found them to be eye opening and marked them in my copy.

Todd speaking to Christy, "I like what you said. About the tapestry. That's a great picture. I think we should be more confident that every single thread is being hand-selected by God in this prolonged season of waiting. He's weaving them together. When the time is right, we'll be able to see the pattern of what He's doing.... You know, to us, it looks like a colorful mess... Think of all those threads. All those pieces that God is connecting. It's like we're only able to see the underside with all the cross overs and knots. When the time is right, God will turn the tapestry over and we'll see the design on the top side."

Todd again speaking to Christy: "God doesn't drop His babies on their heads. It's true. He doesn't. He takes care of His children. I know that. I believe that. And now I'm having a chance to trust Him and start living as if I believe everything I've ever told anyone else when they were going through deep waters."



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wanna Win A Christmas Tree??

Hey readers, I know this is a little bit early for Christmas trees, but I wanted to tell you about this great company I found recently. We all know that no Christmas is complete without a tree, right? But I also know that not everybody can get one. Have you ever lived in the south?? Where we used to live they didn't even have any:) That is where companies like this one come in handy. King of Christmas sells beautiful artificial Christmas trees and right now they are having a giveaway that would be great to win!



For many people on the holidays they want the fun of the tree but not necessarily the clean up and the trouble of dragging in a fresh tree. That is where an artificial tree comes in handy. They have everything, even up to a 7 foot artificial Christmas tree. I don't think that would even fit in our house!! In all reality, the only thing I would hate about getting an artificial tree would be the scent. And with the sprays they have out now, you can actually spray your tree so that you still have the smell of evergreen. If you want a tree fit for a king, I am thinking that King of Christmas is the way to go. Even if you are looking for unlit artificial Christmas trees.

Oh, and don't forget to enter the giveaway over at King of Christmas! Enter at this link here. There are two prizes including a Cypress Spruce Christmas Tree including LED lights!!




**DISCLOSURE:  Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide with Julianna Deering Book #Giveaway!

Today I have another book giveaway for your holiday gifts. And this is an author who for me was a new one earlier this year, Julianna Deering. I was able to review her first novel, Rules of Murder, and it drew me right in. I am a sucker for a good mystery and these books bring to mind the well known Agatha Christie novels. So if you like a who-dun-it set in the English countryside, take a look at these here. Oh, and make sure you enter for your very own copy of Rules of Murder at the bottom!!

THE BOOK BEING GIVEN AWAY, RULES OF MURDER!



Introducing Drew Farthering 

From The Tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his stylish cheviot trousers, he's the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. 

Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate. 

With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he's learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Before long, he realizes this is no lark, and no one at Farthering Place is who he or she appears to be--not the butler nor blackmailer, the chauffeur nor embezzler. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer--and trying harder to impress Madeline--Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

YOU CAN FIND JULIANNA'S BOOKS ON THE FOLLOWING SITES.


WHO IS THIS GEARED TOWARDS?
This is for anyone who enjoys a good mystery. I think women will prefer it but any guys who like an English cozy mystery. It is about a dashing English chap;D

THE GIVEAWAY!!!
One winner will receive a copy of Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering. This is USA ONLY! Giveaway will end 11/20 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Saturday Night Game Night!! With $25 Family Christian Certificate #Giveaway! @FamilyChristian



At least once a week we have what is known around our house as family night. This means for a couple hours we have fun, play games, read books together, play volleyball, etc. It is just a night to relax and enjoy each other. This past Saturday we had the fun of trying out a new game. And ever since then we have been playing it at night and even took it on a trip:) The American Bible Challenge Board Game is our new go to game for family night!!



We always have an assortment of snacks so this night we had ice cream sundaes. Yep, we love our ice cream:) Even in the cold weather! It took us a few minutes to figure out what all the categories were but once we learned them, we spent an hour playing it.



We often play Bible trivia games but with the younger ones it is harder to do. We end up doing teams and they normally just sit there while the older person on the team answers the questions. So I was really hoping that this game would not be that way. Let me show you what I found!

The board itself is bright and colorful and draws the eye. There are two sets of cards, one with books of the Bible on it and the other set is question cards. These are broken down into different categories such as Bible or Bogus(a personal favorite in the family), Godspell, Where in the Word, The Chosen Two(another favorite), and Acts Together.


These are not all of them but just so you get the feel of it. The whole game is very family oriented. Not just the level of questions, but the categories themselves. Take the Acts Together. In this one the team has to do charades. One person acts while the other one guesses. The Godspell is spelling with easy and hard options. Bible or Bogus was a favorite and there is a quote that may or may not be in the Bible.



The game is so fun!! We were expecting a Bible game that would be good for the whole family but not entertaining. We were soo wrong! This is definitely one I would urge families to pick up. Play it for family night, use it for school as we have done or just for fun. Oh, and this was the winning team:)



Is anyone interested in winning an appreciation gift certificate to Family Christian Stores? I personally love this store! Their values and the way they handle business makes me stand behind them. And one of you will win this $25 certificate!! US ONLY!! Giveaway will end 11/19. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
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