Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Escape Under the Forever Sky

Here is a new author that you don't want to miss! For our younger readers (3rd-6th or Junior High), Eve Yohalem has written, Escape Under the Forever Sky. A wonderful story written about a U.S. Ambassador's daughter that goes with her parents to Ethiopia to live while her mother serves as Ambassador there. Lucy, age 13, has many encounters while she is there, not the least of which is being kidnapped and held for ransom. That is when the story takes an exciting turn and you travel with Lucy as she tries to escape and find safety. This really is a fun book - it is a riveting ride that keeps you going right to the very end!

*I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher for review purposes.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Watching the Tree Limbs

Sometimes you read a book and it's painful - to the core painful - that is this book by Mary DeMuth, Watching the Tree Limbs. It made me ache for dear Maranatha (Mara for short - no irony there!) and in her short nine years all of the pain she had to endure. BUT, despite the gut-wrenching story - it was a wonderful read - totally kept me engrossed and wrapped up in Mara's world. I do highly recommend this book - it hits hard on so many levels - and I highlighted my Kindle version all up - for fiction, that's saying something!! There are just some fabulous quotes that remind us how much our God lavishes us with His love - even when it doesn't feel that way here on Earth. Truly inspiring!

Now onto the sequel - Wishing on Dandelions.

Razzle-Dazzle Ruby

If you have not seen this book - then you MUST. Masha D'yans' Razzle-Dazzle Ruby is such a wonderful children's pop-up book! Truly - I have not seen such a fun book in quite some time!! Scholastic has a winner with this one! It is the story of Ruby, who, by the way, is a delightful main character, and the day she goes for a walk with her dog, Rocket. She has wonderful adventures in the snow (OH - maybe that's why I LOVE this book SO much!!) and the illustrations are magnificent!! There are dials to turn, tabs to pull, and even a snowman that twirls - spectacular - and one you will read OVER and OVER!!

*I was sent a review copy by the publisher.

Benny's Angel

Laura Allen Nonemaker's book, Benny's Angel, is a sweet story for our younger kids. I LOVED her allegory of flowers in a garden and how Count Slime can come along and take all of their beauty and make it so we can not see how beautiful they really are. My favorite part of the story is when Marietta, the angel, comes and says:
"The flowers brought you great joy. If you keep praying and act as if they are still growing in the garden, Count Slime will see that he can not steal your joy. He will give up and leave your garden alone. The roots of the plants will grow strong and deep again and your beautiful flowers will return."
And I say a hearty "amen" to that - I've had some Count Slime's in my life too - and what a fabulous picture for our young ones to see as they build their faith in a God who can also help "us to grow strong and deep" as we learn how to counteract our Count Slimes!!

The book also comes with a free audio download making this all the more fun! Enjoy this tender story with your little ones! Also visit the website for Tate Publishing to learn more and see a fun book trailer.

*I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes.

The Christmas Village

I want to introduce you to a book that is sure to be holiday pleaser!! I do not find many chapter books with the Christmas theme so I was pleased when I was sent this book. Melissa Ann Goodwin's The Christmas Village is a book I know our younger readers will enjoy! It is the story of Jamie Reynolds - a boy going through a tough time at home with his family - but when he goes to his Grandma's house for the holidays, he is transported to a new world through the little Christmas Village set up in his grandparent's home. I loved this - it is well-written and keeps you reading to find out what will happen. Life isn't always "wonderful" but I love how this author uses stories to transport the reader to another world and show how sometimes that can be therapy for us all!!

*I was sent a copy for review purposes.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Starfish Project

When I shop for Christmas, I also like to support worthwhile causes when I can! So I was thrilled when I saw this fabulous jewelry line a couple of weekends ago. The Starfish Project is near and dear to me having two daughters born in China. This is a project that helps to support women in Asia that might have been in the sex trade - it teaches them a skill and gets them out of their bad situations. I LOVE that - because it is not an easy life for many women in Asia. I just highly encourage you to look at their beautiful jewelry - and if you'd like to order - just email myself or my consultant, Emily Moret. Here is her Facebook Page.

Don't miss their adorable children's items!! The jewelry is quality - I've seen it in person and LOVE it! Just a few of my favorites!!! SO if you are interested - just email me or Emily and place an order through my show - I am hoping to support a great cause AND Christmas shop too!! (There is no way to order online and it go toward the party so just make sure to email your order!! Thanks!)

joeb382 AT orangecitycomm DOT net or
emily DOT moret AT yahoo DOT com

The Always War

Margaret Peterson Haddix has written some excellent books for our junior high and teen readers - her latest, The Always War, is no exception. Haddix is famous for drawing you in on the first page and that is exactly what she did again. This futuristic novel is set in the war-torn United States - it is very intriguing - you get a glimpse of what war might look like in the future. I had not thought of how the fighting might look in the future - it was interesting - and brought up many questions. This would be a great book discussion book - HIGHLY recommend it!

*I was sent an Advance Review Copy for review purposes.

The Promise of Deer Run

I was sent book two of the Deer Run Saga - The Promise of Deer Run by Elaine Marie Cooper. I was not sure this one would catch me at all - and then I started it - I SO enjoyed this book. It is a calm, easy read - but one that has an endearing storyline - I loved the story of Nathaniel and Sarah and the history of the aftermath of the American Revolution. I would highly recommend this book AND the series - I am off to find Book One and be on the waiting list for Book Three!! I would even recommend this one to our Young Adult readers - I think it spans generations. Watch the book trailer here. The story is just so well written - hmmm, could it be because the author is an Iowan!?!?!

*I was sent a copy for review purposes by the publicist.

Smart Ones

I was given the opportunity to try Weight Watchers new Smart Ones Satisfying Selections. And now I am about to gloat on them for a bit!!! I was VERY pleasantly surprised - I am not usually a fan of prepackaged meals - ESPECIALLY when they are warmed in the microwave. Now these meals do have two options - stovetop or microwave and so I braved it and warmed mine in the microwave. Talk about easy - put the vented bag in the microwave for 4 and a half minutes and then let sit for 2 more minutes. Then pour onto a plate and eat!

So I chose to try the Chicken with Broccoli and Cheese first - and as I put it out onto my plate I knew I was in trouble. My seven year old said, "I would have chosen that if I had known that was a choice!!" Yep - I ended up sharing and she LOVED it. (As did I!!) This is a very filling portion size, large, tender pieces of meat, wonderful cheese sauce (and just ask my husband - I am NOT always a fan of cheese sauces!!), VERY easy to make, and I came away pleasantly full. I was very impressed with this new product - and I am sharing it around and WILL be buying them again - the price is very reasonable for the size of lunch - you can't beat a meal for under $4.00!!

Here is some additional info you might like to know:

New Satisfying Selections™ from Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® offers much deserved satisfaction to your dinnertime occasion with 30% larger portions than traditional tray meals
○ Packaged as a bagged meal, they feature heartier pieces of meat and veggies than what is typically found in a frozen nutritional tray option.

The pre-portioned nutritional meals help you to stay on track – especially at dinnertime.
○ All meals in the new line are portion controlled for dinner
○ And, they all have less than 400 calories, 8-10 Weight Watchers PointsPlus™ and 25 grams or more of protein.

With dual-prep methods you can prepare them just the way you like.
○ Either steam them in the microwave or cook on the stove top and serve on a dinner plate.

The new Smart Ones bagged meals are available in five delicious flavors:
○ Sesame Chicken
○ Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo
○ Ziti with Meatballs & Cheese
○ Chicken with Broccoli & Cheese
○ Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry
Sizes: 1 Package (331 g)

Suggested Retail Price: $3.69

All Satisfying Selections meals are less than 400 calories, have 8-10 Weight Watchers® PointsPlus™ and 25 grams or more of protein.

These new bag meals can be prepared in the microwave or on the stove top, and can be enjoyed at the office or at the dinner table. With five new flavors, Satisfying Selections are sure to suit all taste buds and won’t leave you snacking before bedtime.

Availability: Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® Satisfying Selections is available nationwide. Additionally please use the product locator at

Visit the website to learn more - Eat Your Best

*This post is part of a SocialMoms product evaluation, for which I’ve been selected. I’ve been compensated for my time with 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of SocialMoms or Heinz.

Monday, November 21, 2011

One Silent Night

Here is a new Christmas album that I am so excited about!! FFH's One Silent Night - is a Christmas album that has some old holiday favorites, some new songs, traditional tunes, modern and upbeat - it's got a little of it all! I think it's an album that ALL will enjoy this holiday season!

To learn more - visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes.

Here is what has been said about FFH:
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Sept. 30, 2011– Best-selling pop group FFH will usher in the holiday season with its first Christmas album. One Silent Night, available Oct. 18, is a mix of original songs and Christmas classics.
Produced by FFH founding member Jeromy Deibler, One Silent Night has been four years in the making. Giving in to the persistent appeals of loyal fans, FFH has crafted a project worthy of your holiday music collection.
Listeners will recognize favorites like “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” among others, while being introduced to new tracks including “The Birthday of a King,” “Glorious Impossible,” and “One Silent Night.”
Deibler comments, “We just feel blessed to be able to make this record and wanted to do the kind of Christmas music we like to listen to, something that’s not trendy but more of a classic style. For us Christmas is about remembering… slowing down to see what is important. And being reminded of the glorious impossible that was the birth of Christ. We hope this album reflects that desire and inspires others to do the same.”
FFH plans to support the album with singles “One Silent Night” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to radio Oct. 1 as well as select tour dates in November and December.
About FFH - Pop vocal group FFH has released thirteen projects, sold more than two million albums, and garnered 24 radio hits, including seven No. 1 singles and ten Top 5 radio singles. In addition to multiple Dove Award nominations, FFH has been recognized at the Inspirational Life Awards as well as the Billboard Music Video Awards. The group has performed more than 1000 dates since 2000 and continues to be a favorite on the tour circuit. FFH is also known for its work with the “Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Kurt Warner’s “First Things First Foundation,” and for its contributions to national ad campaigns for Coca Cola and IBM.
Just leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas Song!! You are entered!! For extra entries you may tweet, Facebook, or blog this contest - but leave me a separate comment for each that you do!! I will randomly choose a winner next Monday, Nov. 28.

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mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I
only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Helping Others....

Make a Difference in ONE Life!

What is your holy discontent? What is your God-given passion on this earth? You know, that one thing that MOVES you to action, that brings you to tears, and causes you to lose sleep? We have a passion, a yearning to see justice for the fatherless!

"Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow." - Isaiah 1:17

2011 Gifts of Purpose from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.

It's that time of year again. Holiday music rings through your speaker systems. Decorations light up your street corners. Families gather together.It's the season of love, joy and family.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ during this season of giving, we often forget to give to those who NEED it most! This year give differently. Give FAMILY to the 147 million orphans worldwide who dream of belonging. Give HOPE to children living on the streets whose only Christmas wish is survival.
What if, this year, your family gave a gift to those who need it most? A gift that won't fit under the tree?
Would you consider making a difference in ONE LIFE...
  • Help a child break free from gripping poverty.
  • Give the love of Jesus through Christian mentors.
  • Give a future to an orphan's caregiver.
This year join Lifesong for Orphans in giving a gift with purpose. A gift that will speak Jesus to a child. Introducing Lifesong's 2011 Gifts of Purpose Catalog.
NOW, for even more exciting news....

In Ethiopia, children need an education to break free from gripping poverty. Public schools are lacking, so kids are left behind without the HOPE of an education or future. Our current Lifesong school is not only giving by teaching these children about Jesus, but also feeding 350 hungry children 2 meals each day. We currently have a need to build a 12-room expansion to our existing school... please join us to make a difference in a child's life.

As of last night, we have a generous donor that has stepped up to MATCH all donations to the Ziway and Adami Tulu Schools in Ethiopia between now and December 31st... up to $130,000!!!!!! Can you tell I'm excited? What a GENEROUS way to make the most of your giving and bless the children and families in these communities! Let me tell you first hand, these schools NEED to be expanded... these children NEED an education... they NEED to be fed each day... they NEED to hear about Jesus! Lets give HOPE to these precious children in Ethiopia!

Would you join us in prayer as we seek to make the need known?

***You can use the link above to make a matched donation OR select any of the Hope Ethiopia options below.
Gift of $30 cares for 2 children for 1 month.

Gift in Honor of

Gift of $525 cares for 35 children for 1 month.

Gift in Honor of

Gift of $1,500 furnishes one classroom.

Gift in Honor of

Also, don't forget that you can give a gift in honor of a loved one this holiday season!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Snowman's Revenge

Mark Smythe has written a book that I think kids will find intriguing!! What happens when your snowman comes alive and wants to come inside and join you!?!? The Snowman's Revenge takes that storyline and runs with it! What a fun book - full of rhyme and a romping good time in the snow - and even in the house with a snowman!!! Not your typical snowman story!!

*I was sent a copy for review purposes by the publisher.

Remembering You

Tricia Goyer's latest book, Remembering You, was sent to me to review and I was SO impressed with the book that I want to share it with you! This is a book that really hits home - it makes you stop and think about what is really important in life - work or family?? It is the story of Ava Andrews, a prominent tv personality, and how her life seems to be derailed when she has to take her Grandfather on a tour of the battle sites in Europe to relive his past days in World War II. Ava and her grandfather meet up with Dennis, a friend from Ava's past, and his grandfather and they, as a group, learn more about each other and their two dear grandfathers and ultimately, what is most important in life. This was a heart warming read - and it challenges you to think about what is important to you too!

*I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes.

Win a Kindle Touch for YOU and a Friend from Tricia Goyer!
Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her novel, Remembering You, with a KINDLE Touch Giveaway for you ... and for the friend of your choice. Then on 11/29 she'll be wrapping up the release of Remembering You with a Book Chat Party!

During the first half of the party Tricia will be chatting, sharing a sneak peek of her next book, and giving away a ton of great stuff. Then she'll head over to her website for a Live Chat! Readers will be able to chat with Tricia via video or text.

Don't miss your chance to win a Kindle Touch for yourself ... and to "remember" a friend this holiday with a Kindle Touch for them!

Read what the reviewers are saying here.

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Brand New Kindle Touch and a Kindle Touch for a Friend (winner's choice!)

  • A copy of Remembering You by Tricia Goyer for each
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on November 29th. Winner will be announced at Remembering You Facebook Party on 11/29. Tricia will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from her website) and giving away copies of her other WWII books and gift certificates to Starbucks and So grab your copy of Remembering You and join Tricia on the evening of the 29th for an author chat, a trivia contest (How much do you know about WWII?) and lots of giveaways.

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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Grace Effect

When I first started reading the prologue for this book, The Grace Effect, I thought, "I am going to give this one to my husband - I think it's too deep for me!" But as I got into Chapter 1, I knew I was going to LOVE this book and I didn't put it down (well almost anyway) until I was DONE! It is an exceptional book - it is, at it's core, a wonderful adoption story - the author, Larry Alex Taunton's, story of travelling to the Ukraine and their roller coaster ride to get their 10 year old daughter, Sasha. But interwoven throughout that story, is the story of Taunton's challenge in life - to get people to see that the world IS a better place with Christianity and Christ - How Grace makes life palatable. Taunton travels the world sharing and debating this truth - how we all need Grace. But woven in Sasha's adoption story, this truth is all the more seen and recognized through the life of this little girl.

Visit the Author's Website - Fixed Point

I think you all will WANT to read this book as well - SO - I have a giveaway for you!!! You can leave a comment here and you are entered to receive your own copy! Just leave a comment by Tuesday, Nov. 22 and you are entered!! IF you want additional entries, Tweet, Blog, or Facebook this giveaway and then come back and, in separate comments, tell me you did so!!

Here is what the publisher had to say about this book:
Simply defined, the ‘grace effect’ is an observable phenomenon—that life is demonstrably better where authentic Christianity flourishes.”

What does Christianity give us beyond televangelists, potlucks, and bad basketball leagues? Not much, according to the secular Left. The world, they say, would be a better place without it.

Historian and Christian apologist Larry Taunton has spent much of his career refuting just this sort of thinking, but when he encounters Sasha, a golden-haired orphan girl whose life has been shaped by atheistic theorists, he discovers an unlikely champion for the transforming power of grace.

Through the narrative of Sasha’s redemption, we see the false promises of socialism; the soul-destroying influence of unbelief; and how a society cultivates its own demise when it rejects the ultimate source of grace. We see, in short, the kind of world the atheists would give us: a world without Christianity—cold, pitiless, and graceless.

And yet, as Sasha shows us, it is a world that is not beyond the healing power of “the grace effect.” Occasionally infuriating, often amusing, but always inspiring, The Grace Effect will have you cheering for the courageous little girl who shamed the academic elitists of our day.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

How Digital are our Kids??

Monday, November 14, 2011

The House of Hope

Elisabeth Gifford's The House of Hope is quite a story - one that I won't soon forget. It is the story of Robin and Joyce Hill, how they give up a wealthy lifestyle to instead, live frugally and minister to "the least of these." They choose to open a home for orphans needing urgent care and terminally ill orphans in China rather than live for themselves. This is one of those books that I just could not stop reading - it tore at my heart - but it made me smile too. The Hills are making a difference - they are pouring into lives that are sometimes looked at as "minor" or "unimportant" - they are LIVING Matthew 25:40, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

I highly recommend this book that will challenge you - and at the very least - encourage you to remember the Hills when you pray.

100% of the proceeds from this book go to fund the work at Hope Foster Home - another wonderful reason to purchase and read this inspiring book! To see others that are blogging about this book - visit the blog tour schedule.

Help spread the word! TWEET THIS or Share about the book on Twitter or Facebook and be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a $50 donation to Hope Foster Name in your name!

TWEET THIS: Couple gives all to rescue babies in China! 100% proceeds go to #HopeFosterHome RT 4 $50 to @amazon & $50 to #HFH

(must use hashtage #HFH to be entered)

FACEBOOK THIS: The House of Hope: One couple abandons a comfortable life to rescue abandoned children. Robin and Joyce Hill have helped over 1300 Chinese orphans with severe medical problems. Purchase a copy for everyone you know - the book is a gift that gives a gift. 100% proceeds to help support the work at Hope Foster Home! Learn more here: Share this for a chance to get a $50 GC and $50 in your name to Hope Foster Home! Click For Details.

*I was sent a copy for review purposes.

My Salon Doll

I am on the lookout for Christmas over here and I ran across this!! My Salon Doll is a newer doll out on the market, much like the American Girl counterpart, BUT you can actually wash, style, and dry her hair!! Oh yes, my girls are thinking this is SOMETHING!! Watch this short video to see how the hair is assembled on the dolls.

There are three different dolls to choose from - and because they are 18 inches - any clothes you might have that fit other 18 inch dolls will work on them as well! Make sure to go check them out on Facebook too! Just don't let your daughters see the girls styling, curling, and washing these dolls' hair - if they are anything like my girls - you won't hear about anything else for awhile!!! :)

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Three Trees

You've probably heard this great story - but you haven't SEEN this beautiful version, I am sure!! It is brand new and such a wonderful retelling of the touching story of The Three Trees. Each tree wants to be something magnificent - and we see how each will accomplish that - how they each play a part in the life of THE KING. Elena Pasquali has given the story such a wonderful feel and Sophie Windham has illustrated it so tenderly that you feel like you need to turn the pages carefully - so as not to disturb the beauty of this children's story. I highly recommend this updated version of a very touching story - and as if you needed more encouragement to read it - I finished reading it with my girls and they both said, "Can I take it to bed and look at it?!" There is so much to see and appreciate in this fabulous story!

Here is what the publisher says about the book:
Three forest trees dream of what they will one day become. One dreams of becoming a royal throne; one of being a ship that can withstand any storm; and one longs to stay in the forest and grow as tall as tall can be. When they are felled, it seems their dreams are over. But as each tree is crafted into a new item—a manger, a fishing boat, and a rugged cross—it becomes clear that through the role they play in one important life their hopes are more than fulfilled.
This traditional folktale is accompanied by stylish artwork from a highly soughtafter children’s book illustrator, and will help set the Christmas and Easter stories into the overall context of the Christian faith.

*I was sent a copy for review purposes.


You NEED to be familiar with Sigrid Weidenweber!!! She is a fabulous author that has written a novel called Catherine and tells the story of the great monarch of Russia. She brings this interesting time in history alive with her story line of Catherine the Great. It is a strong story - well-written and one that is FULL of history. You see how the people lived, feel the violence and terror in the times, and also feel like you are witnessing the great tragedies as well. I found it very interesting and refreshing. It wasn't typical for me - it was fresh and full of energy. I WILL be back for the second in this trilogy! This is part of a trilogy - the Volga Flows Forever Trilogy.

Visit this webpage to see the full tour information on this great title!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Kisses From Katie

I am an avid book lover and reader - that is a "Bibliophile" for you that like big words!!! :) So I read a lot - and I enjoy many different types of books. BUT this one hooked me and has given me food to mull around in my mind for days - even after I have finished. It is the story of Katie Davis and her choice to move to Uganda after high school - leave her family, her friends, her youth, her home in Tennessee, and her boyfriend and live in Uganda and just be "Jesus" to all around her. She is amazing in my mind - but she would not want me to say that - she is humble and she spills her life story in her book, Kisses From Katie. While she is in Uganda, Katie adopts (yes, she is a single mom under 20 years old) 14 (yep, you read that right too!!) dear Ugandan children. They become her new family and her triumphs and trials will totally encourage you. I do not want you to miss her story - she is being used mightily in Uganda and around the world with her ministry, Amazima, that feeds and sends hundreds of children to school while teaching them about Jesus. You DO need to read the book -but also follow her story on her blog - Kisses from Katie.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Tribute Books

I had a fun interview today with Nicole at Tribute Books. This is a great publishing company - do NOT miss their titles!!

1. How long has Tribute Books been in business?

We started in 2004.

2. I see you publish young adult books, tell us what you're looking for in submissions.

We're looking to work with authors who are savvy with social media - those who blog, tweet and update their Facebook status on a daily basis. Our preference is for authors who already have a book(s) published through a royalty-paying press. We want to work with those who are familiar with the ins and outs of the publishing process. We seek those who have experience having their work edited and know the effort required for successful book promotion.

3. Tell us about your publishing process. From start to finish or from acceptance to publishing.
How long once an author is accepted to the publishing date?

From acceptance to publishing, we try to shoot for a 90 day time frame. We edit the manuscript and prepare files that are ready for the Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.

4. How many authors does Tribute Books have?

At this time, we have published about 35 authors, illustrators, photographers and editors.

5. Is there a specific genre you're looking for?

We are looking to concentrate on the young adult genre.

Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, or at their blog!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Love All the Way

Remember Jump5??? Well Brittany Hargest, formerly of Jump5, has now gone out on her own to create a very fun, upbeat album - Love All the Way. All you have to do is play this CD and you catch yourself wanting to dance and smile. It is really a fun album - with catchy songs and great lyrics that remind us of God's great love for us. This is an album full of charisma and you will not want to miss it!
Also check out her Facebook page, Twitter Page, iTunes Page, and Youtube channel.

**If you would like to own your own copy of this very fun album - then you came to the right place!! I have one copy to use as a giveaway!! Just leave a comment below or Tweet, Facebook This, or Blog about it for yet another entry in the contest. Leave a separate comment for each entry below. I will choose a winner on Wednesday, November 9!!!

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Dewey's Nine Lives

There is a new Dewey on the loose!! The new paperback version of Dewey's Nine Lives: The legacy of the Small-Town Cat who Inspired Millions by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter has been re-issued. Just like the first one, this is a heart-warming read - one that makes you laugh and cry as you share the life of Dewey the library cat and see all of the lives he touches.

I enjoyed this book from the very first time I read it - it is "local news" here in northwest Iowa so that is a fun tie, but it's also just a very endearing story of a cat AND libraries and those are two of my favorite things!!

This new version includes "two new stories about Dewey himself as well as seven new real-life tales of friendship including the story of a Vietnam veteran whose heart was opened by his relationship with a rescued cat and the story of Barbara Lajiness, the daughter of a “crazy cat lady” who vows she will never love another cat until a special one unexpectedly comes into her life. The book also shares the amazing love story of author Vicki Myron and Glen Alberton, and their unexpected connection through Dewey himself!"

And here's the BIG news - I have a copy for a giveaway!!! For you to enter just leave a comment on this post. For extra entries - Tweet or Facebook this contest or leave it as a post on your blog and let me know, in separate comments, which of these you did! I will post a winner Tuesday, November 8.

*I was sent a copy for review purposes.

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