iPad Mini Giveaway & A SENSIBLE ARRANGEMENT Live Webcast Event with Tracie Peterson

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Apr 292014
 

I received the book A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson for the purposes of this review and promotion. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson takes you back in time to the days of cattle ranching in Texas and banking in Denver in the late 1800s. After facing a massive loss, Marty Dandridge Olson decides to answer an ad in her paper to become a mail order bride up in Denver. She sees no other way to escape the memories of her ranch and to perhaps move on with her life. So she packs up and takes off for a marriage of convenience to Jake Wythe. Jake has to marry to satisfy his boss as a person high up in Morgan Bank, he isn’t seen as responsible unless he has a wife.

Adventure abounds on the trip to Denver and Jake learns that Marty is more than she seems at first glance. Can Jake’s position at the bank be saved by this marriage, or will his marriage cause him to lose his job? Will Marty fit in with the society she is expected to keep? Will Jake and Marty learn to love each other?

Tracie Peterson weaves a tale of two strangers trying to fit into roles they don’t belong in. You get drawn into the story and find yourself rooting for Jake and Marty to succeed not just together, but that they find where they belong.

Welcome to the campaign launch for Tracie Peterson’s 100th book! A Sensible Arrangement launches Tracie’s new Texas-based series, Lone Star Brides, that’s sure to please. As a special treat, devoted fans will be able to catch a glimpse of several popular characters from previous series.


Tracie is celebrating by giving away an iPad Mini and hosting a LIVE webcast event on 4/29.

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One winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the A Sensible Arrangement Live Webcast Event on April 29th. Connect with Tracie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tracie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.


So grab your copy of A Sensible Arrangement and join Tracie and friends on the evening of April 29th 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!)


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 29th!

Balanced by Tricia Goyer, a Review

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Mar 112014
 

In accordance with the FTC, I was given a copy of Balanced by Tricia Goyer for review as part of her launch team. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

I am a stay at home mom. My days are spent homeschooling the girls, keeping up the house and wondering how in the world it is the end of the day already and it seems I have gotten nothing accomplished. I have dreams of several big projects that have been swimming in my head for several years now. This blog being one of them. Yet, it seems that when I sit and work on my dreams, the house falls apart, the girls need something right that minute, and the doubts come creeping in that maybe my dreams really don’t matter. Then things seem to settle down in our lives (can we say the last year and a half has been super chaotic at times?) and I make plans to start working on my dreams and another surprise comes down the pike at full speed.

Tricia Goyer wrote Balanced to show that it is possible to live out the dreams that God has placed in your life while being a mom (and homeschooling), a wife, volunteer and living the life we are called to. She makes no bones about it being easy, but lays out the foundations for us women who work at home in any capacity to show us that with the proper attitude and priority we can get more done. This book is centered on faith and being grounded in God and how everything else stems from there.

Be encouraged, you can work from home successfully as a super busy wife and mother. It isn’t some elusive dream that is unattainable until you finally drop your last child off at college. My girls are 7 and 6 now, they are in the super hands-on stage of homeschooling for me, I have a house to take care of, meals to cook, groceries to buy, and in October a new baby to add to the mix. I know the journey towards the fulfillment of the dreams God has given me will never be easy. It will always be easier to just put it off until later. But later never comes. Balanced has given me the hope that even though life keeps happening, there is still time for dreams I have in my heart.

Grab yourself a copy of this book if you are wondering how in the world you can get anything done with your life. You will be so glad you did. This book blessed me beyond words and it will do the same for you.

The A-Z of C.S. Lewis, a Litfuse Review

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Feb 222014
 

The following is a review of The A-Z of C.S. Lewis. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

Are you a fan of C.S. Lewis? Think you know everything there is to know about him? Wish you had an encyclopedia of sorts to reference while you are reading his books or are talking about him to other people?

Look no further than The A-Z of C.S. Lewis. This book is exactly what you may be looking for.

Arranged like a dictionary, Colin Duriez (a C.S. Lewis scholar and author) has put together quite the reference tool for any C.S. Lewis novice or expert.

In this book, expect to find references to all of his writings, places he visited, friends, nearly anything you could think of to reference about C.S. Lewis. It is laid out easy to use like a small encyclopedia. In the back of the book is quite an impressive bibliography for your further reading and research.

This is a terrific book for anyone who loves C.S. Lewis. Colin Duriez took a ton of time and care in putting this wonderful resource together.

About the book:

A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts and Writings

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death, this complete guide covers all of Lewis’ works, from his literary criticism to Narnia.

C. S. Lewis’s work is widely known and regarded, but enthusiasts are often only aware of one part of his work-his children’s stories and his popular theology; and yet he wrote so much more, including science fiction and literary criticism. This volume brings together all aspects of C S Lewis’s life and thought. Arranged in alphabetical order, it begins with The Abolition of Man-written in 1943 and described as “almost my favorite”-to Wormwood, a character in The Screwtape Letters. This book will delight anyone who is interested in C. S. Lewis and wants to learn more about him, his thought, his works, and his life.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/tzmgH

About the Author:

Colin Duriez was for many years a commissioning editor at Inter-Varsity Press UK. He has subsequently appeared as a commentator on DVDs of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, and BBC television’s The Worlds of Fantasy. He is also the author of The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship, and Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, and has contributed to definitive reference works relating to Tolkien such as The Tolkien Encyclopedia (Routledge).

Where Courage Calls, a Litfuse Review

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Feb 192014
 

The following is a book review of Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan and was provided through Litfuse. I received a copy of the book for the purposes of this review, all opinions are mine and mine alone and no other compensation was received.

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Janette Oke Where Courage Calls

Beth Thatcher is trying to find out what God’s will is for her life. She accepts the call to go teach in a remote mining village that is days away from all she knows. The trip there is punctuated with disasters and rain and when she finally arrives, all she has left is the clothes on her back. She steps into a place that is years behind in modern conveniences, full of prejudice and is nothing that she had prepared herself for.

Can Beth last for the duration of her teaching contract? Will she learn to listen to God’s direction for her life? Will she even survive the year?

Where Courage Calls takes you on a trip back in time to the far Western mining communities in Canada to what nearly amounts to another world. You are drawn into the community of Coal Valley with the grief of the widows from the recent mining accident that took nearly all of the town’s husbands and fathers, to the abject poverty of life out in the mountains with ladies who have nearly no way to support themselves in the economy of the company town. It is a story of grief, acceptance, hope and ultimately perseverance and triumph. You journey with the town of Coal Valley as they are picking up the remaining shards of their lives to move on into the future and hopefully teach their children that there is more than a destiny in the mines when they become adults.

This book was a fun read and I can highly recommend it. It is by Janette Oke, who is basically the Grandmother of Christian historical romance fiction, so you know it is well written.

Janette Oke’s newest book, Where Courage Calls (co-written with her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan), is receiving rave reviews. It is the companion story to Hallmark Channel’s TV series When Calls the Heart, set in the Canadian west.

Janette and Laurel are celebrating with an iPad Mini giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on March 4th.

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One winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 4th. Winner will be announced at the Where Courage Calls Facebook Party on March 4th. Connect with Janette and Laurel for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more!


So grab your copy of Where Courage Calls and join Janette and Laurel on the evening of March 4th 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!)


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

Feb 042014
 

I received the book, Seams Unlikely by Nancy Zieman with Marjorie L. Russell through Glass Road Media for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

Have you ever had a dream but felt like due to circumstances beyond your control, they were totally unattainable? That no one would care, they would be put off by whatever limitation you had, that it wasn’t worth the effort?

What if you could dream big dreams and live them out?

Nancy Zieman did just that with her life. Born a dairy farmer’s daughter, ending up afflicted with Bell’s Palsy as an infant that never straightened itself out, she went on with her love of sewing and teaching to not only run her own business (Nancy’s Notions) but also as the host of Sewing with Nancy which has been on air on PBS stations for decades.

Seams Unlikely is a look at Nancy’s life, how she didn’t let limitations hold her back and shows how she built Nancy’s Notions from home while balancing her marriage and family. The personal stories and pictures are a great way to get to know the person who is America’s sewing instructor. You can feel the love Nancy has for her family, friends and work through the pages of the book, along with the love her family and friends have for her. She never admits that living her life was easy, nothing was handed to her on a silver platter and freely acknowledges how much work and faith it took to get to where she did over the coarse of her career.

Nancy is an inspiration to not just those who enjoy the art of sewing, but for all of us who may have obstacles standing in the way of our dreams, no matter what they are. If you love sewing, then this book will delight you. If you have a dream you don’t think you will ever achieve, this book will show you that it can happen if you work hard for it.

I personally haven’t used a my sewing machine in a very long time. I enjoyed learning in Home Ec in high school (one of the last generations to take home ec in my high school) and I cut out my wedding dress (my mother-in-law sewed it for me), but I haven’t had much time to sit and actually sew in the last several years. This book makes me want to get my sewing machine out of hibernation and at least make some new curtains and skirts for the girls.

Visit Seams Unlikely for more information about the book and locations on where to purchase it. You can also follow Nancy on FACEBOOK