Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Join Becky Wade for a Facebook Party May 5


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A female bodyguard plus her star NFL client plus danger equals a great recipe for romance! Her One and Only, book four in Becky Wade's Porter Family novels, releases May 3. To celebrate, Becky is hosting an author chat party on her Facebook page on May 5 at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Join Becky for an evening of book chat with other bookworms and prizes.

Plus a portion of all pre-sales and sales the release week of Her One and Only will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. For more details on how to purchase a copy, click here.

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About the Book

After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul by Ruth Soukup

Are you drowning in clutter in your home?  Do find that the pile of things coming into your house creates an overwhelming feeling of being buried?  I know there are times where I definitely feel overwhelmed by all the things, papers, and even digital email that comes into my home.  Ruth Soukup has written a new book called Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul.  I appreciate that her book is not only about getting the clutter out of our houses, but also addressing the real problem of why it piles up in the first place.

Ruth divides her book up into three different areas: Home, Mind and Soul.  She gives some creative advice to address each of these three areas.  In the Home section, Ruth discusses the living area, Storage solutions and how to help with all the stuff kids bring home.  In the Mind section, she address schedules, paperwork and other people's stuff.  And then in the Soul section, she talks about relationships with friends, wellness and balance and letting go of the need to do it yourself.

I enjoyed reading through this book. I have several bookmarks marking all of her sections that have steps to walk you through tackling different problem areas of where clutter seems to take over your life.  Like Ruth says, "...becoming unstuffed is much more than getting rid of the things you no longer want. It's more than getting organized or finally taming that pile of paperwork that's been taunting you.  ...It's changing the way we look at our homes and the stuff we live with.  It's changing the way we look at our schedules and the stuff that fills our time.  It's changing the way we look at our relationships and the stuff they are made of.  It's becoming purposeful about the stuff we let in, because the reality is that nature hates a vacuum, and if we are to become unstuffed, we better spend some time thinking about what that really means before our unstuffed stuffs us with new stuff we don't need or want." (pg. 16-17 in the digital e-book version)  There are many ideas in this book that I think will be helpful in clearing out the clutter.  I seem to have a problem with piles and so this will be a real challenge for me to change my thinking in how I control the clutter.
If you're looking for a helpful book to get you motivated to change how you deal with the never ending piles in your home, pick up Ruth's new book and bring some clutter free living to your life!

***I received this e-book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spy of Richmond by Jocelyn Green (Book 4)

Here it is!  The final book in the Heroines Behind the Lines series.
Spy of Richmond is another spectacular story about a women that gives everything to help the Civil War come to an end with a Union victory.

From the Back Cover:
When living a lie is the right thing to do.
The Confederate capital in the height of the Civil War: no place for a Union loyalist.  But just the place for a spy.  Her father a slaveholder, her suitor a Confederate officer, and herself an abolitionist, Sophie Kent must walk a tightrope of deception in her efforts to end slavery.  As suspicion in Richmond rises, Sophie's espionage becomes more and more dangerous.  If her courage will carry her through, what will be lost along the way--her true love, her father, her life?


My Review:
Jocelyn Green did a great job portraying the history behind this story, and it was interesting to read the story from the perspective of those living in the South.  It really is amazing that they thought they were doing God's will in enslaving the African Americans, and that the slaves needed masters in their lives in order to have a good life.  Unbelievable! Sophie Kent is one adventurous and determined women.  I liked her character and seeing how she transformed through tough circumstances as a child to give her the courage and backbone to do what was right when she was older. It was fun to see characters from earlier books make an appearance in this final book, and the epilogue to this story does a good job in wrapping up all four of the books by tying their stories together and giving updates on all the characters.  Jocelyn Green has done a fabulous job with this series and I look forward to reading more of her works.  Make sure to pick up this series and add it to your library.  You will be glad you did!

Here is a great video of Jocelyn Green discussing this series in her own words.




*** I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Berenstain Bears Mother's Day Blessings by Mike Berenstain

Another new Berenstain Bears book, Mother's Day Blessings, has released under the Living Lights, A Faith story edition.  Since Stan and Jan Berenstain's death, their son, Mike, has continued the Berenstain Bear's story, and has released this new book in time for Mother's Day.

In this latest book, Brother and Sister Bear are excited to celebrate Mother's Day, but were having trouble coming up with the perfect surprise for their mom.  With a little help from Papa Bear, Brother and Sister settle on a gift that is not only perfect for Mama Bear, but also for Grizzly Gran too. Throughout the book, Mama Bear helps the cubs to see that there are mothers everywhere and that every cub thinks their mom is the best!

I thought that the book was carried out in the tradition that is expected when you pick up a Berenstain Bears book. The pictures were colorful, and interesting.  The story helps kids to remember that many of the people in their lives are not just their doctor, policewoman, store clerk, etc.  But these people have families of their own and are also mothers.  It's a good reminder for the kids to think about others and not just themselves or their own situations. Mother's Day Blessings is a fun addition to this line of books.

***I received this book free from BookLook Blogger in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green (book 3)

Do you enjoy reading historical fiction novels about the Civil War era?  Then this is the series for you!  Jocelyn Green has a series called Heroines Behind the Lines that is just fabulous.  I just finished her third book, Yankee in Atlanta, and enjoyed every bit of it!  Find out why I think this is a book that need to be a part of your library!

From the Back Cover:
 She hid from her past to find a future--and landed on enemy soil.
When Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta, the Georgian doctor believed Caitlin's only secret was that she had been fighting for the South disguised as a man.  In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta as a governess for the daughter of Noah Becker--on the brink of his enlistment with the Rebel army. Though starvation ruled and Sherman raged, could she keep her vow not to run again?

My Review:
 Much like the other books in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this third book. Jocelyn does a great job weaving together a believable story that will draw you in and keep you captivated. I liked the characters in her book, and thought that they each demonstrated growth throughout the story. The way Jocelyn portrays all that people went through during the war helped me really understand and imagine what it would of been like to live during that awful time of history. I enjoyed reading her additional notes included at the end of her book stating what was fiction and what was actually from history.  You can tell she does a lot of preparation with the history of her novels, and I really appreciate that. If you're looking for a great series to add to your library, pick up the Heroines Behind the Lines series. You can read my reviews of her other two books by clicking on the titles, Wedded to War (book 1), and Widow of Gettysburg (book 2). Be sure to check back to read my review of her Fourth book in this series, Spy of Richmond!

***I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Nourish Your Family's Spiritual Health this Easter


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If your family is like most, breakfast is rushed to get everyone out the door. Lunch is spent at school or work. So where does that leave dinner? Nourish your family's spiritual health as you eat supper together. Adventures in Odyssey and Odyssey Adventure Club want to give you a free resource to help you begin your new dinner tradition of making the most of your family mealtime, beginning this Easter season. Simply head to this page and fill out the form to receive a free sample of Whit's End Mealtime Devotions.

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Want new resources to continue to build your family's faith, even after Easter is over? Consider signing your family up for the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:
  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.
To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter. and Pinterest.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Behold the Man (book 3) by Bodie & Brock Thoene

The third book of the Jerusalem Chronicles series by Bodie and  Brock Thoene is out!  Behold the Man continues the story of Jesus as He lives out his last days on the Earth. This story is told from the viewpoint of the Romans rather than the Jews.  When Pilate makes a mistake, he is given another chance to further his career by being made the Governor over Judea.  But when the prophet from Nazareth becomes a problem for the High Priest and other religious rulers, Pilate may have more problems that could derail his quest to redeem his career.

Like Bodie and Brock's other books in this series, I thoroughly
enjoyed reading through this book.   The story takes a view of how things would of been seen through the Roman's eyes as the events unfold surrounding this prophet from Nazareth called Jesus.  It was so enlightening to feel through the author's words the political turmoil that was brewing among the people during this time of history.  It makes the scene of Jesus' triumphal entry much more vivid in my mind as I can understand the enormous expectation of the people to have someone save them from Rome.  Many times while reading through these stories we just read the facts of what happened, and forget that these were real people just like us living out their lives.  I enjoyed imagining what it would of been like to live as Jesus was walking the Earth. This novel certainly will make you think twice as you read through the story of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection for the Easter season.  

You can read my review of the the first two book in this series by clicking on the following titles: When Jesus Wept, and Take This Cup.

***I received this free book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.



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