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.


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!

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).

A Valentine’s Inspired Giveaway!

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Feb 132014

As a part of the team for the launch of Hal and Melanie Young’s My Beloved and My Friend, I get to give away an e-copy of the book, AND an audio copy to one person! Head over HERE TO READ MY REVIEW of this amazing book!

Cover of My Beloved and My Friend

Just use the handy Giveaway Tools form below, and enter today! Winner will be selected Saturday night!

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

Reading Eggs, a Mosaics Review!

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Feb 042014



I have two very different  children. One who fights me on phonics work. And I mean it can be a knock out, dragged kicking and screaming fight some days. I think part of the issues we have is because I let myself get pressured into trying to teach her how to read when she was still a toddler and wasn’t ready for it. Me pushing her to fast has come back and bitten us in the rear end numerous times. She has herself convinced she can’t read, so if she doesn’t get something right the first time, she gives up.

My other child is very laid back towards reading. She likes things to be fun. At least her version of fun. She loves computer games and movies.


I was very excited to get to try Reading Eggs with both of my children. And they were both super excited to try a fun computer game. Reading Eggs was designed for children ages 3-13.

I had them each take the placement test so they could start where they were ready. I do need to warn you, the youngest didn’t want to take the placement test, so she did purposefully miss enough to get it over with. She was started on a level about 15/20 below where she should have been. She was claimed she was bored taking the test and wanted to go play (she’s 5). She then breezed through many levels of Reading Eggs in one day and is now to where it is starting to be a bit more of a challenge. The eldest started at about where she really is in her phonics journey due to test placement. She didn’t try to get it over with like her sister did.

They both enjoy playing the games on Reading Eggs. It presents new concepts in a fun and playful way, and at the end of each lesson (various activities through each stop on the map) they get a new character to hatch who says a rhyme. They get so excited to see who is being hatched next.

Since we started with our trial of Reading Eggs, I have noticed both girls just reading things in public way more than they used to. In fact, it is more organic with their reading signs, boxes at the grocery store, seeing random things out in public. They just blurt out the words they see and think nothing of their new skill. When asked how they knew what it was they just blurted out, they say amazed, I just read that! They don’t even realize they are reading things, just going ahead and doing it (which is a HUGE thing for my eldest who always even resisted trying to read things because she knew she would fail. She just is doing it now without the pressure she was putting on herself, and the transformation has been wonderful.)

I like how fun they think Reading Eggs is. I also like how after we got through the very simple assessment, and after I sat with them for a few lessons to make sure they understood what to do, I can walk off and make a cup of tea or work on another subject with the child not on the computer. It has helped me to balance my time between the girls and their very different educational needs. And I will also admit, having them do some school work online has also allowed me to get the housework done a bit better through the day (dusting in the living room, quickly cleaning the toilet) as I do not have to sit there coaching them through the whole process. It has given me some time for other tasks (even taking a shower, which us homeschool moms know can be quite a treat to get during the day) while not ignoring their education. I’m not advocating leaving them to their devices on this, but it doesn’t take as much supervision to use this program after they get acclimated so you can get a few other things done, yet still being available to help. It is fostering their independence which is a big thing, especially for our youngest.

I love how it emails me with a child report after a child gets through certain markers in the program so I know where each child is in their learning without having to go digging around in the program itself.

Reading Eggs Read to Cure Challenge Badge

Right now, Reading Eggs is partnering with the National Children’s Cancer Society for a Read to a Cure. Each person who signs up for a free trial of Reading Eggs (a 5 week trial) will have a dollar donated to the NCCS. The trial is risk-free and you don’t need a payment method for it either, so you have nothing to lose if you want to try it. Children can also earn prizes during the Read to a Cure event. Check it out!  (new customers only for the trial)

You can find Reading Eggs on their:






and their BLOG

To see what others had to say about their experience with Reading Eggs, check out the REVIEWS at Home and School Mosaics!