Thursday, October 23, 2014

How Majestic!! Kim Collingsworth Majestic DVD Review & #Giveaway #FCblogger

I have to tell you, music is something that draws me. It speaks to the heart like nothing I know. So when I saw the new DVD by Kim Collingsworth, I just knew it would be a great addition to my music library. And believe me, Majestic is absolutely wonderful!!



As I said above, I am partial to music. It can be soothing and sweet but then turn right around and rouse the mind and body all the while speaking to the heart. And that is exactly why I like Kim Collingsworth. Her style of playing is different from most southern gospel pianists and it almost has a classical sound. Don't get me wrong, she can plunk out a southern tune too, but overall I would say her flair is towards classical. The filming is very well done and we see her fingers flying across the keys or Kim singing along to the playing. I have been at a taping before and there is so much that goes on behind the scenes but I think this turned out superb!!

The songs range from quiet and meditative to rousing military tunes or jazzy southern gospel classics. We also see not only Kim and her family but other well known pianists Tim Parton and Stan Whitmire. And believe me, I love seeing them play. But I also found the lesser known guests to be quite a delightful surprise! This includes Jesse Keep, Brian Keaton and the Keep girls. Boy are those girls little angels! Loved their part in the DVD. But I have to say, one of my favorite parts was hearing Jesse lay Great is Thy Faithfulness. Wow!! His story is amazing but his playing is superb. It was also a joy to hear Tim and Stan battle at the pianos.

I thoroughly enjoyed this but even better is, I will be able to give this as a gift!! I have a younger sister who loves Kim Collingsworth and she has been dying to get the new DVD. Talk about awesome!! Now, one of you will also be able to win your own copy. You can either keep it for yourself or maybe even give it as a gift! USA ONLY. This giveaway will end 11/10. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and they will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CFBA Tour for Finding Mercy W/ #Review




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Finding Mercy

David C. Cook (October 1, 2014)

by

Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include One More Sunrise co-written with Tracie Peterson.


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Cindy Kelley is the co-author of the novel The Silent Gift, and Traces of Mercy. Her career as a screenwriter with long-time writing partner, Michael Landon, Jr., began with the adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit, which had a theatrical release. Several television movies followed, most notably Love Comes Softly, (based on Janette Oke’s novel) which won a CAMIE Award and the Epiphany Prize for Movie Guide’s most inspirational television movie of 2003. Cindy and her husband, Jim, make their home in the Southwest; have three adorable grandchildren and four big dogs who rule the house.



ABOUT THE BOOK



When Mercy abandons Captain Elijah Hale to search for her true identity, he goes after her. With the threat that bounty hunters might be hot on her trail, Mercy does all she can to stay ahead of the danger, frustrating both the bad men who are after her—and Captain Hale who wants to find her and escort her safely home. But when she stumbles upon clues that help her learn who she is and where she's from, the danger escalates and she has to learn to keep her friends close and her enemies even closer—if she can determine which is which!


If you'd like to read the first chapter of Finding Mercy, go HERE.


MY THOUGHTS-I found this historical novel to be quite a delightful read. It reminded me of Gilbert Morris which is saying quite a bit as I am a huge fan of Gilbert Morris. The characters are quite human in their errors and faults but also quite interesting. Captain Hale is one of those southern gentleman that you adore. And Mercy I found to be stubborn, hard headed and yet at the same I also saw a young woman who was scared and determined to find out the truth. I did see at least one swear word just to warn you. Otherwise a great read!!




**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, October 21, 2014

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Sports Chocolates Soccer Stadium Review & #Giveaway!

Today I am so pleased to introduce Sports Chocolates. This company is super neat and I am excited to feature them during my gift guide. Do you have a sports fanatic in your home? Maybe someone who you feel like you constantly buy them the same ole jersey or ball? Well, you don't have to feel that way any more!! Sports Chocolates is my new go-to gift shop for the sports lover in my life.



I received the Soccer Stadium for my review. This came encased in a nice tin that shows the love of soccer:) Love the outside!! But once I opened my tin, I fell even more in love. Look at this!


The top of the stadium. 

Soccer Balls Inside



THE INSIDE BASE





The chocolate is smooth and rich but the detail to it was what made my day. Check out how intricate the inside of the stadium is. The balls are cute but the base itself is amazing. The whole stadium is built of chocolate and the balls are total chocolate. I really liked the design. They have different styles for different sports. Golf, hockey, football, soccer, etc.

WHO ARE THESE FOR?
This would make a great gift for sports fans but also for anyone who enjoys a good game. Teenage boys and girls, men and also those women who love sports:)

THE GIVEAWAY
So anyone interested in winning one of these stadiums? Sports Chocolate is giving one winner a stadium. This is USA ONLY. Giveaway ends 11/5. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and they will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten by Goyer, Putnam & Sundin Book #Review

Where Treetops Glisten


The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.
In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.
Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?
In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?


MY REVIEW-I am definitely getting in the mood for Christmas. And this book here helped me feel the cheer of snow and cold:) It also made me fall in love with these authors all over again. With a novel like this, three authors writing about the same people, things can feel forced or like they don't it together. Not with this book though!! I totally loved all three stories, even if I do have a favorite:D

The first story, and my personal favorite, is about Abigail. Her siblings are all doing things to help fight the war but she is working at a candy shop and taking classes at the local college. She feels left out and like she isn't doing anything. But one day she stumbles upon a man, actually a man who rescues her from getting hit by the bus, and they strike up a slight friendship. She sees he is carrying a heavy burden and does her best to lighten the load a little. She has a hard time trusting people but in the end helps Jackson save his family farm, along with falling in love. I loved her giving spirit and how much she wants to assist others in their journey.

The second story is about Abigail's brother, Pete. He is the black sheep of the family who turned his life around after seeing his brother die because of him. When he stumbles upon a little girl one night without her parents, he also stumbles upon one of the only things able to make him feel alive again. Linnie is a real sweetheart and I loved the way she talks to people. A handful for sure! Pete brings the little girl home to her mother, who happens to be a woman he tormented when he was younger. They slowly fall in love but when it comes down to it, Pete finds out that the only way to fill that hole he feels, is to allow the Lord to have control. This one came in as a close second for favorite. I just loved Linnie to death.

And the last story in here was about Meredith, or Merry. The sister of Abigail and Pete, she is a nurse out on the front lines doing what she can to help the soldiers. I enjoyed this one a lot and how Merry was so strong. I only wish I was more like her. And getting some of a back story just made her more brave to be going out amidst the battle. The ending was perfect, as all of Sarah Sundin's novels are. I think she did a great job of writing a smaller story compared to the length of her normal books:)




**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.**

Saturday, October 18, 2014

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide with Becky Wade!! 2 Book #Giveaway!

I am a firm believer in books being given as holiday gifts. Of course, these work as presents for any occasion but since we are in the middle of my holiday guide, you all know what I mean:)  This author today is one of my favorites. Becky Wade is a brilliant writer who takes normal every day people and makes you fall in love with them. These are people with struggles, issues and even some stubbornness but you just gotta love em! Now Becky has so graciously offered a prize for this gift guide that will just make somebodies day;D Check it out below!!

The first book she will be giving away is Undeniably Yours. This is A Porter Family Novel #1. 


When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she becomes the majority shareholder of his oil company and the single inheritor of his fortune. Though Meg is soft-spoken and tenderhearted  -- more interested in art than in oil -- she’s forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of her father’s empire.

The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father’s thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

Bo’s determined to resent the woman who’s decided to rob him of his dream. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them -- her wealth, his unworthiness, her family’s outrage -- and earn the right to love her.

But just when Meg begins to realize that Bo might be the one thing on the ranch worth keeping, their fragile bond is viciously broken by a force from Meg’s past. Can their love, and their belief that God can work through every circumstance, survive?

                Click Here to read an excerpt!

The next one is Meant to Be Mine. This is the second novel in the Porter Family series, and probably my favorite out of all of Becky's books:D



Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school--irresistible. When their paths cross again after college-- still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

     The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia's ready to be Ty's wife, but Ty's not ready to be her husband. He’s a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he’s long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he’s known since childhood.

     Five and a half years pass. Celia's buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty's achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn't forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had. 

     How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia’s trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?

Click Here to read an excerpt!

All of Becky's books are available on the following sites. Please click through if you would like to purchase one, or maybe all of them! 


WHO ARE THESE FOR? 
These would be great for any woman, especially those who like contemporary stories that have subtle lessons in them. 

THE GIVEAWAY-
Becky has graciously offered to give one of my readers both books in the Porter Family Series. That would be Undeniably Yours and Meant to Be Mine. USA ONLY! This giveaway will end 11/1, Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Thanks for entering and most of all, have fun!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sentimental Season by Wayne Haun with #Giveaway! #‎FCblogger‬

I personally love Christmas music. It is a special time of year for many people and I am no exception. The greenery, the baking and most importantly, the music. Okay, maybe I am a little biased. I am a huge fan of music and this new CD from Wayne Haun is an excellent one. Sentimental Season makes me long for those cold snowy nights where you bundle up on the couch in front of a warm fire. Not that I have a fireplace but you get the idea:)



This CD comes with 10 beautiful songs that will brighten your day and remind you of Christmas cheer all year long. I have had the honor of hearing Wayne Haun perform live on stage and let me tell you, he is a very talented pianist. And I heard him sing before with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound but I never realized what a voice Mr Haun has. One that lends itself quite nicely to the sentimental songs on this album. There are also guests on here including the well known TaRanda Green, Leif Shires, Jaimee Paul, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and the one song that includes Mary Fox, Shelby Fox Haun and April Haun Wise.

The song list includes some old and well known ones but also features a few that I hadn't heard before. My favorites would be Sentimental Season, On A Snow Covered Street, Tender Tennessee Christmas and Light A Candle but these are just a few of the tunes you will hear. Some of the songs are jazzy and make you think of the blues era, some are fast paced and make you tap your toe while all of them cater to the sentimental aspect. I took a trip to Pigeon Forge, TN last month and I just have to say, Tender Tennessee Christmas makes me want to go back and spend my holidays there.



If you are looking for a holiday CD that is tender and sweet, this is one you will want to pick up. Maybe even give as a gift for the person who likes this style of music. I will be offering a copy of this CD for giveaway but if you are interested in purchasing your own copy, it can be found at the link above. I am sure you will be blessed by this beautiful album! One winner will receive a copy of Sentimental Season by Wayne Haun. USA ONLY. This giveaway will end 11/3. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CFBA Tour for Thunder by Bonnie Calhoun




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles)

Revell (October 7, 2014)


by

Bonnie S. Calhoun


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and the ACFW ‘2011 Mentor of the Year.”


She loves to write, but it doesn't make her happy unless there are the three B's...body count, blood, and blowing things up. She also has mad skills at coding HTML, and website design. And she lives in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass, though she'd rather buy fish at the grocery store. Bonnie shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think she’s waitstaff!


Her sites are:
http://bonniescalhoun.com
https://www.facebook.com/bscalhoun
https://www.facebook.com/bonniescalhoun
https://www.goodreads.com/BonnieSCalhoun
http://www.pinterest.com/bonniecalhoun/
https://www.youtube.com/user/BonnieCalhoun



ABOUT THE BOOK



In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah's really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.


Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.




With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of scientific advances, political intrigue, and wilderness survival, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a world more like our own than we may want to admit.


You can read Tremors, the prequel to the series for FREE on Amazon HERE.


If you'd like to read the first chapter of Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles), go HERE




MY REVIEW WILL BE POSTED ONCE I GET THE BOOK READ. JUST CAME IN ON MONDAY SO RACING THROUGH IT:)



**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, October 14, 2014

KEEPERS OF THE COVENANT Kindle Giveaway and Live Author Chat with Lynn Austin!

Keepers of the Covenant, Book Two in the Restoration Chronicles


The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king’s palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet Jewish scholar and teacher, is suddenly called upon to lead the community as they seek God for a reason for this catastrophe. When a second decree arrives, authorizing them to fight back, Ezra is thrust into the role of military leader as they defend themselves against their enemies.
When the battles come to an end, Ezra’s brother Jude is dead and Ezra is required by the Law he so diligently studies to marry Jude’s widow, Devorah, and provide an heir. Fatherhood changes Ezra, and he asks God to make a way for him and the other exiles to leave Babylon for good and return to Jerusalem. His prayers are answered and the exiles move to Judea to revitalize worship at the temple–but the fight to keep God’s Law is never easy. As more and more of his community are tempted, a new battle emerges…this one for the survival of God’s covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful.


MY REVIEW-Lynn Austin is one of those authors that brings stories to life in ways I never thought possible. Especially Biblical accounts like this one. The Covenant Keepers starts out around the time of Esther. The Jewish race is about to be obliterated by a decree. Reading it in Scripture you know what happens and how things turn out, but after reading this book, I don't think I will ever look at that passage the same again.

Many of the names in here you will recognize. Ezra, Mordecai, Judah, and so on. Some of them are people who aren't named in Scripture, but it fleshes the story out so much to have names for them. I have to tell you, I found myself frightened, worried and then cheering and tears in my eyes as you see the hand of God move in their lives. Seriously I found myself re-reading the Bible account to see things through new eyes and the true lessons that are shown. I am very thankful to have read this book and will be finding the first one and watching for the last one. An excellent novel!!


THE KINDLE GIVEAWAY DETAILS-


Lynn Austin is back with the next book in The Restoration Chronicles series, Keepers of the Covenant. Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God's unwavering love for His people.

Lynn is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and a live author chat webcast on October 21st.


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One winner will receive:


  • A Kindle HDX

  • Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin


  • Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 21st. Winner will be announced at the Keepers of the Covenant LIVE webcast event on October 21st. Connect with Lynn for a fascinating evening centered around God's unwavering love for His people. She'll be hosting a Biblical fiction book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in The Restoration Chronicles, and much more!






    So grab your copy of Keepers of the Covenant and join Lynn and friends on the evening of October 21st for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)


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    Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 21st!

    **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.**

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Pit Bull Calendars R& #Giveaway!

    Good morning dear readers!! Today is the start of my 2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide!! I can't believe it is finally here. I have so many wonderful and interesting products for you. Many of these are giveaways where you will not only learn about this item, but also be able to win one for yourself to use as a gift. Either way, these are all products that would be great gifts for someone. Take a look at this first one!!



    Up today I have a company that I was overjoyed to work with. I love pets. Dogs, cats, and even some of the more exotic animals. And this first product from Dog Park Publishing is one that comes close to the heart. I often hear about how bad some breeds of dogs are and what harm they have done, but I also know these animals here are some of the biggest babies at heart. Yes, I am talking about Pit Bulls. I know people who own them and they are very sweet dogs. But a lot of people don't believe they are like this.



    Dog Park Publishing is working to helpPit Bulls who have been abused, abandoned or left to care for themselves. And believe me, after seeing the pictures of these cuties, you just might want to donate to their cause. My favorite calendar was the Itty Pitties. Sorry, but these are adorable!! The colors and pictures just bring these little guys to life.



    The next calendar is For the Love of Pit Bulls. This one shows the amazing love of these dogs. I am serious! They are such sweethearts and the looks on their faces is just that, sweet. Love them!



    The last calendar I received was the Painted Pit Bulls. It was my least favorite of the three, probably because of the colors. I like mine vibrant and life like but hey, if that is your style, you will enjoy it. I also enjoy that the proceeds from these calendars go to different charities and rescues for Pit Bulls. There is nothing like being able to give some of them the love they deserve.

    These calendars have not been used yet, obviously since they are for 2015, but I can't wait to give them as gifts!! And I am sure you all can't wait to win a calendar yourself! The company has graciously offered to give three of my readers one calendar each. That means you can keep it as a gift for yourself or maybe even give it to someone for the holidays. Either way, you want to get in on this giveaway! It will end 10/31. Winners will be chosen through Random.org and they will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. USA ONLY!

    Saturday, October 11, 2014

    Enchanting Scents of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy! Review & 3 Winner #Giveaway


    In our household, laundry is an every day chore. I run at least two loads a day, and many times it is more than that. Believe me, it can get very tiring! That is why I love Purex. Do they come in and do my laundry for me? I only wish:) But in all reality they do help lighten the load. And I am just loving their new product, Purex Crystals Aromatherapy!! This will help your mood as you do the laundry and the scents will relax and invigorate you.


    I received the Well Being scent for my review. I could smell this from outside the box when it was dropped at my door but this isn't an annoying overpowering smell. It is very bright and floral with a hint of citrus. When I opened the package I was surprised to see that the crystals actually contain essential oils! So this isn't just about scents folks. I immediately headed down to start a load of laundry.



    The crystals themselves are a lovely pink. I believe each scent has a different color. Basically you toss some in directly with the laundry. It is up to you how much you put in but I went with a cap full. Our washer can take a lot of laundry in it and I love when the clothing comes out smelling great.


    That is why I use laundry enhancers such as softener, the crystals and dryer sheets:) I also want to say, we have one in our family that is allergic to many laundry detergents, softeners, etc. But I have yet to see a Purex product make her breakout or have an allergic reaction. I try one piece of her clothing in with the rest to give it a trial run first just to be safe. But she is just fine with their products!



    Now, these crystals are not just for the laundry in my opinion. I also took some and put about a cap full into this jar I have on my bookcase. It has been sitting here with nothing in it so I decided to use it for aromatherapy potpourri! It has been smelling up my room ever since and I love it!! This scent is very refreshing and bright. Hopefully Purex keeps it available for a while.



    In my package I also received three coupons for a free bottle of the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy. So three winners will receive one coupon each. This is USA ONLY. Giveaway will end 10/27. Winners will be chosen through Random.org and they will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

    Friday, October 10, 2014

    Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg Book #Review

    About the book:


    Blake Hunziker has played nomad for five years and landed in his fair share of trouble too. But now he’s finally returning to his hometown–the Lake Michigan tourist town of Whisper Shore. Counting on a not-so-warm welcome, he’s surprised at not only a positive reception but also a job offer. Determined to settle down and prove himself responsible, he agrees to the catch that comes with the job offer–coordinating the annual Christmas festival–even though he has no idea how he’ll pull it off.
    Autumn Kingsley, inn owner and experienced organizer of the Christmas festival, has always dreamed of traveling the world. Now she has a job opportunity in Paris and a surprise potential investor coming to town who just might take on her family’s inn and finally leave her free to go. The only problem is that she has just two weeks to whip the inn into shape.
    Their families have a long history of not getting along, but when Blake comes to Autumn for help with the festival, she actually agrees…in exchange for his help with the repairs to her inn. They may have struck a simple deal, but complications are quick to pile on when the guy who’s had enough of running away and the woman who can’t wait to leave join forces.


    MY REVIEW-I became a fan of Melissa Tagg while reading her first book, Made to Last. Her writing style is fun and witty while also teaching lessons. This author has by far one of my favorites! Sometimes an author changes her style or something but this one is still great.

    If you have read the first book you will recognize Blake Hunziker as the phony husband of Miranda Woodruff. Blake, also known as Blaze, has been traveling around for years trying to escape the guilt and reminders of home. So when he finally decides to return, he is surprised when his parents welcome him with love. The heroine is Autumn Kingsley. When her father died her mother gave her the Kingsley Inn. Only problem is, Autumn didn't want the shackles of staying in Whisper Shores. She wants to travel and see the world, instead of being chained to a dying hotel.

    This novel is funny, entertaining and the author knows how to write her scenes. I felt pulled along with the story and didn't want to put it down. Blake has just the right amount of tenderness and vulnerability mixed in with that male cockiness. You gotta love a guy like that! His spirit with Lucy and Fletcher was just sweet!! And Autumn is so feisty and stubborn. I had to laugh over and over as I devoured this novel. I am soo waiting for the next one. Don't keep us in suspense too long Melissa!!!




    **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.**

    The Holy Ghost DVD Review & #Giveaway! #‎FCblogger‬

    I received a copy of this film in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% mine. 


    The documentary Holy Ghost follows filmmaker Darren Wilson as he travels the world attempting to make a movie that is completely led by the Holy Spirit. At times challenging, but always uplifting, Holy Ghost reveals a God far bigger and more active than previously thought. 

    The director of Finger of GodFurious Love and Father of Lights, Darren Wilson sets out to make a movie that is completely led by the Holy Spirit. No plan, no script, no safety net - he just goes wherever he feels the Spirit leading him to try and discover the adventure God has for him. Whether it's the riches of Monte Carlo, a heavy metal concert, or the oldest city in the world, the result is a film that not only challenges and excites, but also reveals a God who is far more alive and active than you ever imagined. 

    MY THOUGHTS-When I signed up to review this DVD, The Holy Ghost, I thought it sounded interesting. A crew of people who basically go wherever they feel the Lord leading them, no plans ahead of time and just setting out to film things. I figured we would see poverty, people who needed help, the Holy Ghost working in ways most people don't see, and so on. I didn't really realize what this was. Needless to say, I did find it intriguing but not quite my cup of tea.

    The film is actually about Christians who go about the world(yes, all over the place, not just the US) and present the Lord in different ways. Mainly through what I would call prayerful healings. The movie opens with quotes from various people including the leader of Korn, a famous metal rock group, Michael W. Smith, evangelists, ministers, leaders, etc. They are all about one topic, the Holy Ghost. How they met the Holy Ghost, the high feeling, and so forth. It then goes to the crew, I believe there were three of them, who go to Salt Lake City, Utah and converse with people. But they don't only converse and talk with them about the Lord, they pray over these people which gives them a burning sensation, they feel the Holy Ghost up their arms and across their chest, etc.

    We see as one preacher who doesn't agree with their method and says that the Holy Ghost doesn't work in that manner anymore since we have the Scriptures. The film then cuts to a teacher who rebukes or argues with this man. And at this point I had a problem. See, I believe like the preacher who said that the sign gifts and such are not for today. And I watched this film where the teacher basically cuts him down(not while talking to him, they added these parts afterwards) and I didn't care for the way in which it was done Biblically. And believe me, I understand difference of opinion and such so I continued watching. In my mind I knew the verses and what was being said.

    The film goes on as the crew talks to various people in different walks of life. Including people from Korn, people in a temple in India, etc. This was definitely not my type of movie. I have a hard time sitting there watching a man play in a hard rock group and then turn around and talk about how the Holy Ghost gave him a high he never wanted to come down from. Sorry but I had a hard time finishing the movie. But I did. I think it gave me a different look at how people feel about their relationship with the Holy Ghost and that we don't need to be ashamed or nervous to talk about Him. It was just not something I felt comfortable watching. Others could probably watch this with no problem at all and enjoy it. This would be great for a gift over the holidays, or to enjoy as a family. Make sure to enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter form!

    Giveaway is for one copy of the Holy Ghost DVD. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. USA ONLY! Giveaway will end 10/25.

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    CFBA Tour for A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall




    This week, the

    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

    is introducing

    A Love Undone

    WaterBrook Press (September 9, 2014)

    by

    Cindy Woodsmall


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




    Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written fifteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three Amish fiction writers.


    She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.


    Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

    (Since that last line sounds sad and bare, I thought I’d add an “epilogue” of sorts. Our two oldest sons are married and live only a couple of miles from my empty nest, and below are my three adorable grandchildren! ♥)


    ABOUT THE BOOK



    A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.
    A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.
    How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?


    At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.


    Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.


    As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God's guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?


    If you would like to read the first chapter of A Love Undone, go HERE.





    **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, October 7, 2014

    Ragu Recipe Sampling! #NEWTRADISH

    Just wanted to give you a heads up. I was chosen by Crowdtap to review Ragu and I will be making a recipe this week to feature their wonderful sauce!! I can't wait to show you all my recipe and how it comes out. Be sure to watch!!





    **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.**

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    Upcoming Holiday Gift Guide!!

    Hey all, just wanted to mention a few things about my upcoming holiday gift guide. I am super excited about some of the companies I am featuring and the authors who have wanted to join in!!! I am going to give you a little glimpse of the products I will be reviewing and giving away. Many of these are giveaways so you all will get in on the fun:)

    Family Christian Stores
    PenGems
    Ryan's/Old Country Buffet & Crayola
    Pit Bull Calendars
    Ripley's Books
    Chocolate Stadiums
    Becky Wade
    Richard Mabry
    DeAnna Dodson
    Jerusha Agen
    Carrie Fancet Pagels
    Barbara Harrison
    Aflac/Macy's
    Sharlene MacLaren
    Terri Reed
    VioSlim Toothbrush
    Sock Panda
    Trim Healthy Mama
    Lori Benton



    There are many more that are in line as well but I thought you all might be interested in seeing a few of them:) If there are any companies you would like to see included, please comment and let me know. Not promising anything, but I will do the best I can to get them featured. Love all my readers and can't wait to start the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!!

    Companies, if you would like to be featured, please send me an email with the title, Holiday Gift Guide Inclusion. I am more than happy to work with you and to get your product in front of my readers. Use the contact me button above and lets get started!



    **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.**

    Mom's Night Out DVD #Review & 2 Winner #Giveaway!!



    All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun - a long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours ... what could go wrong?

    MY REVIEW-I watched this movie expecting something comedy but also filled with lessons. I was somewhat disappointed in a few areas but let me get to that later. The movie deals mainly with one woman, Allyson, but also concerns two other women. Izzy(her best friend) and Sondra(the Pastor's wife). Allyson feels like her life is out of control, she never gets time away from the kids and isn't able to have time by herself. She views the other women as having the perfect life and doesn't see they all have their own problems. So finally these moms decide to have a night out. It is one night and the men will be watching the children. It couldn't be that bad, right???

    I have to admit, I laughed through a lot of this. It is filled with funny humor and comedy bits. The characters are bright at what they do. The plot and story line was interesting and several parts were laugh out loud hilarious!! I did have a few problems with it. One is that there was very little Christianity in it. During one spot there is a minor talk about God but it is somewhat vague and very minor. The other problem I had was the whole aspect of the mother not being able to teach her children to obey, her life is a mess without her being able to control things. The kids just needed some discipline and teaching. This just kind of irked me a little. I understand bad days and all but this was just chaotic. I wish it had been shown a little bit better.

    Overall a funny movie that makes you think of your mom more and what she goes through every day. Take a few minutes and thank your mother today, maybe even give her some flowers or something:) Or purchase her this movie for fun!!



    THE GIVEAWAY-
    Two of my readers will be winning their own copy of Mom's Night Out. This is the Blu-Ray/DVD combo. US ONLY AS I AM SHIPPING!! Giveaway will end 10/21. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

    Saturday, October 4, 2014

    Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot Book #Review


    An awkward young woman. A haunted young man. A forbidden instrument. Can the love of music bring them together . . . or will it tear them apart? Bath, England---1810 At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician. In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal. But when a thief’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument . . . with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick. Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul. Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .

    MY REVIEW-Wow! Just wow! I delved into this book expecting a somewhat dry novel about music and women who aren't allowed to play, etc but I got soo much more! Camille Elliot(also known as Camy Tang) pens a beautiful novel that pulled me into the pages. I read this in two days but I had such a hard time putting it down for anything.

    The main female character is Alethea. She has had a hard life and the men in it have been pretty much jerks. No respect for females and they expect the women to bow to their wishes. She is also one of the few women in this time period who plays the violin. Not respectable for ladies at all, but she has fallen in love with the music. Dommick Bayard is the hero. He is a troubled man who went to war and came back a changed person. But his reputation is now ruined since people call him mad.

    I absolutely enjoyed the characters in this novel. Not only the main ones but the secondary people who thoroughly add realism to the book. The whole quartet is just really wonderful. The author shows how straight-minded and narrow thinking people were back then. The gossip of the females who think if someone is different than they are not normal.

    There is also a good deal of mystery surrounding the violin that Alethea plays. I went back and forth on who I thought the bad guy was but it is kept a secret quite well. Played out very well. I like how Camille paints pictures. The thrilling music played, the emotions, etc. I am just hoping that we get more in this series, maybe about Raven and Ian?? Loved it!!




    **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.**
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