Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Cross To Kill by Andrew Huff-Spotlight/Giveaway

About the book 
John Cross is a small-town pastor, bent on leading his flock to follow God's calling. He's not the sort of man one would expect to have a checkered past.

But the truth is that the man behind the pulpit preaching to his sheep was once a wolf--an assassin for the CIA. When John decided to follow Christ, he put that work behind him, determined to pay penance for all the lives he took. He vowed never to kill again.

Now someone wants the peaceful pastor to pay for his sins with his own life. And when a terrorist out for revenge walks into the church, John's secrets are laid bare. Confronted with his past, he must face his demons and discover whether a man can truly change. Can he keep his vow--even when the people he loves are in mortal danger? Will his congregation and the brave woman he's learning to care for be caught in the cross fire? In the end, his death may be the only sacrifice he has left to offer . . .

Andrew Huff's thrilling debut is not only a riveting story of suspense, it's also a deep exploration of the moral quandaries that face those who choose to follow the Prince of Peace in a violent world.

Read an excerpt
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And others are saying 
"An action-packed nail-biter from beginning to end, filled with enough twists and turns to put 24 and Jack Bauer to shame! I couldn’t put it down. Many thanks to Andrew for hours of entertainment and frantic page turning."
Lynette Eason, best-selling, award-winning author of the Blue Justice series

“What a ride! A Cross to Kill had a lot of amazing action (right from the beginning!) but an even better story to tell. I was amazed at the amount of detail Andrew was able to write into the scenes to bring them alive in my mind.”
Rob Thomas, Founder & CEO of Igniter Media

“Huff has written a fast paced novel which draws the readers into the adventure from the opening pages. An intriguing story with suspense, action, and danger. The major characters wrestle with faith, forgiveness, and redemption in a believable plot line that holds the readers’ attention to the end.”
Glenn Kreider, author of God With Us

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls-Review/Giveaway

About the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls
Created especially for girls ages 8 to 12, this beautiful Bible provides ample space for young artists to express themselves through coloring and journaling.

Girls can get creative with the detailed, ready-to-color line art surrounding the hundreds of inspiring verses in the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls. This Bible is a perfect gift for a special young girl in your life and will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.
Features include:

  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Complete text of the accurate, readable and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker
  • Beautifully designed Leathersoft-over-board cover featuring screen-printing and other cover embellishments
  • 8-point type size
Using the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) text makes the Bible accessible and easy-to-read for kids. The NIV is the result of over 50 years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, who oversee the efforts of many contributing scholars. Representing the spectrum of evangelicalism, the translators come from a wide range of denominations and various countries and continually review new research to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance, and authority.

A look inside

Download a coloring page
Click here for a sample. 

Something special  
 Every NIV Bible that is purchased helps Biblica translate and give Bibles to people in need around the world.

And I thought
I was super excited for a chance to see this Bible and to get a copy to review. 
I love the opportunity that publishers and authors give bloggers to
see, touch and read their books!

I am writing this review from the perspective of a Grand Mama. 
I know that my 10 year old grand daughter would love this very pretty and girl Bible.  It is made just perfect for girly girls!
The polka dot cover is fun and girly and would make any young girl pick it up and see what is inside.  

I was very pleased with the paper that the Bible was printed on. 
Although I did not test it.  I can see that the paper is thick enough for coloring. However, the illustrations can be seen through the pages.   Since I didn't test because I wanted to keep my copy clean I cannot make a comment about 'bleed'.  Below you'll find a list of other bloggers reviewing that might address the topic.

There are lots of pages with coloring pictures that illustrate
stories and God's promises.  Every page has space for writing 
and journaling.  There are  no actual spaces or pages for drawing or coloring except at the end of books where the text ends before the end of the page.  

I thought that this edition is put together well and I loved the cover.  It appears to be well made and will be durable.  

It is a large Bible.  And it is rather heavy making me question whether young girls will want to carry it with them to church. 

The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls is great for the young girl that wants to color and journal in her Bible 'like' mom!  

Add this one to your Christmas list!  A great gift for your daughter or maybe an Angel Tree gift.  

“I received a copy of the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls from Zondervan (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) for this review. This post is sponsored by Zondervan.”

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Life is Story12/2/2019
Finding Peace in God's Word12/3/2019
My Reading Journeys12/4/2019
A Mom's Quest to Teach12/5/2019
A Beautiful Inheritance12/6/2019
Bergers Book Reviews12/6/2019
Carpool Conversations12/6/2019
Christian Chick's Thoughts12/6/2019
Poems for Warriors12/6/2019
Radiant Light12/6/2019
Tangled Up In Writing12/6/2019
More Than Just Coffee12/7/2019
Reviews by Kris12/7/2019
Savings in Seconds12/7/2019
The Christian Fiction Girl12/8/2019
Entrusted By God12/9/2019
A Modern Day Fairy Tale12/10/2019
A Peace of Mind12/10/2019
Day to Day Life12/10/2019
For Him and My Family12/10/2019
Inklings and Notions12/10/2019
Lighthouse Academy12/10/2019
My Table of Three12/10/2019
Natalie Walters Writer12/10/2019
Older & Smarter?12/10/2019
The Forgiven Former Feminist12/10/2019
Among the Reads12/11/2019
Genesis 502012/11/2019
At Home: where life happens12/12/2019
Beauty in the Binding12/12/2019
Bringing Jesus Home (from Church)12/12/2019
Christen Krumm12/12/2019
Peaceful Pastime12/12/2019
She Lives to Read12/12/2019
Vicky Slutier12/12/2019
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Cara Putman12/13/2019
Heck Of A Bunch12/13/2019
It's Story Time With Van Daniker12/13/2019
Roads to Everywhere12/13/2019
The Ginger Librarian12/13/2019
The Livy Updater12/13/2019
This Is Me12/13/2019
Chat With Vera12/14/2019
SK Bell12/14/2019
Edits and Reviews by Leslie12/15/2019
Texas Book-aholic12/15/2019
Book Referees12/16/2019
I am believing God12/16/2019
Little Homeschool on the Prairie12/16/2019
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Happy Homemaker in Texas

Welcome back to a new week
The 1st week of December!
The weather (Sandra's)
Rain or cloudy for a few days.  Temps low to mid 40's and low to mid 60's for the week.  It is supposed to be 73 on Thursday!

What I am wearing (Sandra's)
Warm black fleece leggings and a bedraggled Old Navy Christmas t-shirt from 2014.  I am staying in today.

On the breakfast plate (Sandra's)
Pancake's, Bacon and Strawberries

On my reading pile (Sandra's)
My pile is overflowing.  Even have books already to 
review for January.  It seems so far but it really isn't!
Here are a few Cozy Mysteries I'll review on my Book Blog . . .
Death by Proxy: A DIY Diva Mystery       
You'll find my reviews over here for The Great Escapes Tours

I am reading now
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My 'Ta Da' moment 
Fall is put away.  And Christmas is coming out of the closet(s).
The Mantle is done.  I still want to buy new stockings.  I hope I get that done today before the ones I want are all gone.
I got the tree in the room but still need to decorate. 

On the menu
New menu plans.  Many things have happened in the last few weeks.  My head is still spinning.  My Cowboy has been in the hospital.  He has liver disease.  So all the Menu's will be sodium free.   Still working on figuring all this out. 

A few plans for the New Year
Getting my blog back. This last year I have been distracted to much illness and death in the family. 
Also I have signed up for more reviews and spotlights and interviews here than I normally prefer.  There have been weeks this blog has been more 'bookish' than blog.  
I am getting my blog back.  
I hope you'll still around!

My 'To Do' list
Navigate a Sodium Free diet
Finish Christmas decor/decide what is being donated and what to keep. 
Cleaning closets and garage to be ready when we downsize or move in a few months. 

In the craft room
Finished my first round of Christmas cards.  I few more on the crafting table. 
The snippet rolls are almost done.  I have to finish in the next couple of days to get them mailed. 

From the camera 
From the archives
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies begin afresh each morning! Lamentations 3:21#hisdearlyloveddaughter #godinthehardplaces #hisgracegirls #bible #biblestudy #scripture #wordofgod #bibleverse

Linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday
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Mosaic Monday

Welcome to my first Mosaic Monday 
of 2019

This was a weekly party I enjoyed a few years ago. 
I am glad to be back. 

Have a good week 

Friday, November 29, 2019

A Week Of Christmas Romance-Feat. Hazel's Mail Order Joy by Annie Boone

Welcome back to A Week of Christmas Romances
If you've missed the other posts scroll down to find links.

Hazel's Mail Order Joy (Home for Christmas Book 4) by [Boone, Annie]

About the book 
Twists. Turns. Disappointments. Unexpected Christmas joy.

For beautiful, blonde-haired Hazel Ellis, the trip west as a mail-order bride is fraught with uncertainty. She and her sisters have decided that they must leave Boston, where their father’s financial downfall has left them with no marriage prospects in elite Beacon Hill society. Their husbands await them in Colorado so they must go there. 
Wealthy rancher Harley Wyatt is a man whose cattle and acres mark him as someone of importance in the growing town of Newton. Aloof and used to getting his own way, Harley has secrets he’s unwilling to share with a woman he doesn’t even know. It doesn’t matter she’ll be his wife, she’ll have to earn his trust.
He expects her to fulfill her role as Mrs. Wyatt, the wife of the area’s most prosperous rancher. But he offers little insight into what that position entails and timid Hazel is reluctant to ask him. She is equally reluctant to ask him about the identity of the ten-year old girl named Oakley who lives at the ranch. 
Colorado will prove to be a challenge of the heart for sweet and na├»ve Hazel. Will the bonds of her new life be powerful enough to overcome the beloved memories of her home back East, particularly as the Christmas season arrives? 

Home for Christmas… a sweet, romantic journey spanning decades - even centuries - of holiday cheer.

There’s no better season than Christmas to look back with gratitude for all the family blessings and forward with anticipation to all the joy to come. A holiday romance or a surprise Christmas wedding that leads to a lifetime of happiness is an irresistible story for a true romantic. Add some snow, hot chocolate, and carols at the piano and you’ll fall in love again and again.

Second chances, mail order brides, marriages of convenience – this clean and wholesome series brings all this and so much more. Join our heroes and heroines from proper Regency England to the majestic Rocky Mountains as they find peace, true love, and inspiring Christmas spirit.

This multi-author Christmas series is brought to you by these best-selling authors:

Joyce Alec
Rose Pearson
Natalie Dean
Bethany Rose
Annie Boone
Hanna Hart
Sophie Mays

Buy the book 
Meet the author
Hi!  I’m Annie.
I grew up going to museums and watching historical movies. My dad was a history buff and we got a steady dose of it in our home. I declared I’d never watch another John Wayne western or Civil War movie again when I moved out of my dad’s house. Then I married a history lover. Oh my!
I love to write romance and have been doing that since I was in high school.  I’ve come to love writing Western Christian Romance stories.  I love the rugged adventures of people looking for love in the Wild West!
History is an important part of who we are as individuals and as a society. I recognize and appreciate this now! Someone asked me not long ago how I name my characters and I use history to help me. Many of the characters in my books are named after people who have been important to me in my life. For example, Viola in Don’t Fence Him In is named after my paternal grandmother and Frederick is named after my father-in-law who passed away at the end of 2014. Neither character is based on their personalities, but I used their names as a tiny tribute.
My stories are clean with a Christian thread.  I won’t pound you with scriptures, but my characters – at least most of them! – are God fearing people.  They trust in God to help them through life’s twists and turns.
I really hope you’ll enjoy what I write and find a little entertainment along with a little inspiration!

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

From Wild to MIld 'A Dog in Two Worlds' by Sunny Weber- I Read Book Tour Review/Giveaway

From Wild to Mild by Sunny Weber

About the book 
Eight-week-old Australian Shepherd Kaya is kidnapped by a nasty coyote to be food for his mate and puppies. Instead, the loving mother raises Kaya with her own pups. But as hard as she tries, Kaya can’t completely fit in—she can’t kill prey or stay awake for night hunts. Why can’t she make herself a true coyote? Constantly criticized by her coyote father, Kaya finds support in her new mother and siblings. She also figures out how to contribute through teamwork with her brother and sister. Trapped by a dog rescue, Kaya re-enters the human world and learns the differences between how dogs and coyotes live. When freed to roam again, does she return to her forest freedom—or remain with her farm family? Can Kaya forever straddle between the Wild and the Mild?

And I thought 
An amazing book that most likely will have the adult reader wiping a few tears.  This is an a emotional story.  But a great read!

Adults and children will both swept away while turning the pages
anxiously to the end.

As with the other books in the The Pups and Purrs series author
Sunny Weber does a great job of telling a story that feels real.  

I have enjoyed each of the books in this series and can recommend them to parents, teachers and librarians.  

I received a complimentary copy. 
My review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads.  

The Pups and Purrs  series is on my Christmas suggestions list and will be featured in my 2019 Christmas Books week. 

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Nov 11 – ROCKIN' Book Reviews – book review From Wild to Mild / guest post / giveaway
Nov 12 – My Journey Back – book review The Dog at the Gate / giveaway
Nov 13 – Locks, Hooks, and Books – book review The Dog at the Gate / giveaway
Nov 13 - Blooming with Books – book review Hurricane Dog / giveaway
Nov 14 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of From Wild to Mild / giveaway
Nov 15 - Svetlana's reads and views – book review From Wild to Mild
Nov 15 - Rosepoint Publishing – book review From Wild to Mild
Nov 15 – Jypsylynn – book review The Dog at the Gate
Nov 18 - ROCKIN' Book Reviews – book review Hurricane Dog / guest post / giveaway
Nov 19 – FUONLYKNEW – book review The Dog at the Gate / giveaway
Nov 19 - Blooming with Books – book review From Wild to Mild / guest post / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks, and Books – book review Hurricane Dog / giveaway
Nov 20 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review The Dog at the Gate / giveaway
Nov 21 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of The Dog at the Gate / giveaway
Nov 21 - Svetlana's reads and views – book review Hurricane Dog
Nov 21 - Books for Books – book review The Dog at the Gate
Nov 22 - FUONLYKNEW – book review of Hurricane Dog / giveaway
Nov 22 – My Journey Back – book review Hurricane Dog / giveaway
Nov 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Hurricane Dog / giveaway
Nov 25 - Blooming with Books – book review The Dog at the Gate / giveaway
Nov 26 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of From Wild to Mild / giveaway
Nov 26 - Books for Books – book review Hurricane Dog
Nov 26 – Jypsylynn – book review of Hurricane Dog
Nov 27 – Locks, Hooks, and Books – book review From Wild to Mild / giveaway
Nov 27 - Svetlana's reads and views – book review The Dog at the Gate
Nov 28 – My Journey Back – book review From Wild to Mild / giveaway
Nov 29 - Jypsylynn – book review of From Wild to Mild
Dec 2 - Books for Books – book review From Wild to Mild
Dec 2 - Mystery Suspense Reviews – book review of From Wild to Mild

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Christmas Romance Week-Feat. A Cat Burglar Christmas by Pamela Gossiaux

Welcome to Christmas Romance Week!  
If you've missed the previous posts you can find links at the bottom of this post!

Merry Christmas!

About the book 
Angels, an old song, and a love letter. The perfect mix for a Christmas miracle!
Reformed cat burglar Tony Russo is looking forward to spending this first Christmas together with the love of his life, Abigail. He’s hoping for jingle bells, goodwill towards all, and lots of kisses under the mistletoe. Then, he and Abigail find a Christmas angel tree topper in the church’s donation box with a secret of its own, and their lives suddenly become intertwined with others as they search for clues.
Their days before Christmas are taken up with solving a mystery, helping those in their community, and saving a wayward kitten. When a lonely, homeless man shows up in their lives, Tony and Abigail realize that things aren’t always as they seem, and that God may be using the stories of others to bring about the couple’s own Christmas miracle. 
Buy the book 
Meet the author
Pamela Gossiaux is a humorist, inspirational speaker, and the author of the books Good Enough,Why Is There a Lemon in My Fruit Salad? How to Stay Sweet When Life Turns Sour, and A Kid at Heart: Becoming a Child of Our Heavenly Father, as well as the highly anticipated inspirational romance, Mrs. Chartwell and the Cat Burglar.
Pamela has been writing and working with writers for several decades. She has a dual BA degree from the University of Michigan in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature, and over 20 years of journalism writing experience. She teaches writing workshops and has been the editor for published books in a wide variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, including best sellers. She has self-published a book on writing called Six Steps to Successful Publication.
An avid horse enthusiast, she enjoys being outdoors and working in her garden. She also loves chocolate, and prefers to curl up with a good book in her downtime. Pamela lives in Michigan with her husband, two sons, and three cats.
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Taming Scrooge: Sweet Holiday Romance (Love for the Holidays Book 1) by [Summers, Sophia]
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Sophia's Christmas Wish: A Royal Billionaires of Mondrag├│n Novella by [Allen, Jewel]
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Welcome To Christmas Romance Week-Day 2-Feat. Sophia's Christmas Wish by Jewell Allen

Sophia's Christmas Wish: A Royal Billionaires of Mondrag├│n Novella by [Allen, Jewel]

About the book 
There’s nothing more magical than Christmas in Mondrag├│n. 

Princess Sophia has resisted going back because of bittersweet memories…and Leo Valle. But when she and Leo cross paths again as they work together on the Christmas Royal Horse Regalia, she realizes that they both have changed in the last two years. Maybe, just maybe, they could have a second chance. Could Sophia get her Christmas wish?

This is a sweet novella in the Royal Billionaires of Mondrag├│n series. Each is a standalone with an HEA but it is recommended you read them in this order.

1. The Untamed Prince
2. The Secret Prince
2.5 Sophia’s Christmas Wish
3. The Broken Prince
4. The Reckless Prince
5. The Rebel Prince

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Meet the author

For the first decade and a half of her life, Jewel Allen lived in the Philippines. When she was 15, her mom got sent to Utah State University for a summer training and brought Jewel along. At 16, Jewel began attending USU, where she roomed with her mom. Jewel switched her major from business to English because she thought reading novels was a lot more fun than taking Econ classes.
After joining the LDS Church and graduating from USU with a degree in English, Jewel married Drew. They settled in Utah, where he is from. When their three children were younger, she worked as a freelance journalist for newspapers (like theDeseret News) and magazines so she could keep working from home in a field she loved.
In 2011, she started writing feature articles and an award-winning opinion column for the Transcript Bulletin. A year later, she started a memoir publishing company called Treasured Stories, where she helps her clients preserve their life stories and photos into beautiful archival books. As she ushered her clients’ book babies into the world, she decided it was time to live her own dream. In 2014, she began her adventure as a published author. Check out her Amazon author page here.
She’s been a lead singer of a rock band and loves anything that reminds her of the tropics.
Merry Christmas Romance Week 

Christmas Romance Week-Feat. Sophia Summers Love for the Holidays Sale

Click here to read my post featuring Taming Scrooge
Stop by the blog everyday this week for a different featured 

Merry Christmas Romance Week!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Christmas Romance Week- Featuring Taming Scrooge by Sopia Summers

Taming Scrooge: Sweet Holiday Romance (Love for the Holidays Book 1) by [Summers, Sophia]

About the book 
Ezra Stone wishes Christmas would go away.
Star Henley wants to save it.

When a desperate city council, panicked about losing their iconic main street, urges Star Henley to charm her way into developer Ezra Stone’s life, they hope to change his mind, unaware they could break his heart.

If the small town, Sanders Corners, can’t save its tree festival and protect their Main Street festivities, her father’s tree business and her Christmas shop will go out of business along with the rest of the town. She can’t let that happen, even if it means ingratiating herself into the cold, hard life of their town’s one and only billionaire nemesis. When a conniving city council forces them to work together on the festival of trees, the two clash as often as they connect, but everything could change on December 25.

Look for other books in this series:
It's a Wonderful Date
Miracle on the 34th Floor
Invited Home for the Holidays

Buy the book 

Meet the author

Love and Inspiration

Meet Sophia.
Billionaires, Royals, Marriages of convenience, Cowboys, and Spies. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
Sophia Summers is an award winning author who just wants to relax a little and enjoy a great beach read. She lives in a quiet southern town brimming with an extra dose of hospitality and a whole lot of charm.
She writes historical romance under a different name. She has two contemporary romance series out so far and many more to come. 
The Billionaire Royals Series
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Billionaire Cowboys
Texas Ranch Romance

Love and Marriage Series
Love and Marriage

The Vacation Billionaires

Vacation billionaires

Belltown Sixpack Series
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