Announcing Mother Goose Time Mondays!!!

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I’m so excited to get to team up with Mother Goose Time and be a blog ambassador. I found Mother Goose Time last year through another blog and we have really enjoyed it. But let me back up and tell you more about it. Mother Goose Time is a complete preschool curriculum. It is used a lot by preschools and daycare centers but is so great to use in homeschooling as well. Each month you get sent an awesome school bus box with nearly everything you need to do your preschool. It includes a lesson plan, manipulatives, games, a music CD, and my favorite part all the craft supplies and such you need individually packaged for each day. It’s amazing!!! They have a list that comes with it as well to let you know what extra you need for each day. Most of it is stuff you will already have (scissors, tape, glue, crayons, ect.) and things that couldn’t be packaged in the box.

As part of the program I will be blogging weekly about our experiences and what we are learning. Each month is themed with a different theme and has loads of learning activities.  April’s theme is Ocean Commotion and I will also be sharing with you some of our fun experiences with science this month. But to show you all that comes in the welcome kit and the boxes I have filmed an unboxing video for you as well as a Welcome Kit look through. Enjoy and subscribe for more Mother Goose Time fun!!

 

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Awakening by Shannon Duffy Release Day Book Blitz with Giveaway

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by Shannon Duffy 

Release Date: 04/07/15

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.

Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn’t even think to question when Darien, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.

Then Darien shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree’s help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she’s ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darien be able to escape the Protectorate before it’s too late?

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Interview with the Author

What inspired you to write your first book?

Definitely myy son Gabriel. I wanted to write a story for him that he would love and one where he got to be the hero of the story.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m sort of between a planner and a pantser. I like to do a rough outline and then think it through in my head like a movie, jotting notes as I go. And then when I’m in the writing process I need quiet. Oh, and lots of coffee.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes, it was my high school English teacher Mr. Rowsell. He definitely had a huge impact on me. I really took an interest in creative writing and wanted to impress him. When he read some of my things aloud in class, I was hooked. He was an amazing teacher and influence on me.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Read a lot, make other writer friends who you can exchange your work with, and don’t give up if it’s something you really love.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you sooo much for reading my story and I really hope you enjoyed it! Readers are the best kinds of people, aren’t they?

What genre do you consider your book(s)?

Sci-fi and dystopian mix I would say.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

I always try to put myself straight into the character’s heads. I need to feel what they’re feeling to try to make my words feel authentic.

shannon duffyAbout the Author

Author of MG and YA books full of adventure. I grew up on the east coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland and now live in Ontario. I love writing, reading, fashion, fitness, and traveling.

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Halo Found Hope by Helo Matzelle – Book Review and Blog Tour

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Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room—was there any hope?

A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life… and her family waited.

Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn’t feel half of her face, couldn’t hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn’t even tell anyone that she felt hopeless… or could she?

Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles. Helo’s story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo’s story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn’t need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1EkIiLh

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Helouise “Halo” Matzelle led a charmed life until receiving a shocking diagnosis in 2011 of a rare brain tumor sitting over the main artery in her brain. Matzelle’s passion is helping those who face various challenges and afflictions discover where true hope is found. She resides in Redmond, WA, with her husband and their three children.

Find Helo online: website, Facebook, Twitter

The above is from the publisher.

My Thoughts:

I was so excited to read this book. Helo’s story sounds amazing and it truly is. She writes with such clarity of the events that happened. However, I struggle with anxiety disorder and her descriptions of how she felt before surgery and her fear of leaving her loved ones behind is a huge trigger for my anxiety and I couldn’t continue reading. That being said I do recommend this book if you do not struggle with such things. Like I said it is super well written and a great story of hope. I’m hoping some day I can overcome some of my anxiety so I can enjoy this story of hope from a solid women of God.

Read other blogger’s thoughts here.

I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 


How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck – Blog Tour and Review

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How to Catch a Prince (Zondervan, February 2015)

She caught her prince once. Can she catch him again?

American heiress Corina Del Rey’s life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she’s shed her grave clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.

But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it cost her everything.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.
When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen’s pre war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?

Yet, true love has a destiny all it’s own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must chose to answer the call of love on their hearts.
Or let it be lost forever?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1BD8DVo
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About the author:

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince. She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

Find Rachel online: website, Facebook, Twitter
The above is from the publisher.
My Thoughts:
This is the third book in the Royal Wedding series and the second I’ve read (although i have the other one and will fix that problem shortly). I’m a sucker for a good romance and for a good princess story so these are a great fit for me. I love the whole modern look at princes and princesses that these books take. In How to Catch A Prince I especially enjoyed the secrecy behind the whole thing and the work of trying to fix a marriage. The writing was great as always and the characters were very likeable. Rachel has a great way of making the whole royal scene come to live without it seeming overly done if that makes sense. I loved the setting and could truly picture Cathedral City. The only part of this book I did not enjoy was the whole thing with Stephen thinking he can’t tell her about the war because he thinks she would then hate him forever. I hate when stories do that or even when people in real life do that. Just let the other person decide how they will react. However, we do come to find it isn’t just that he is worried about her reaction but is more so afraid of dealing with his own demons and guilt. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and will continue to look for more from Rachel Hauck.
I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? By Rachael Carman – Book Review and Blog Tour

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How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? (Apologia Educational Ministries, September 2014)You’ve probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to what you’re saying?

“I remember the day you were born.”

“Turn down the music!”

“This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.”

“Hold my hand.”

Your heavenly Father wants to tell you many of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when you’re raising children—she has seven! But this lovely devotional book will help you to hear God’s still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools, cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You’ll learn how to recognize God’s instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.

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About the author:

Rachael Carman is an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart’s desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.

Find Rachael online: website, Twitter, Facebook
The above is from the publisher.
My Thoughts:
This book is a reformatting and renaming of an older book by Rachael. The book goes through different things that we say to our children and what God may be trying to say to us through that same sort of thing as our heavenly Father. Rachael adds in many stories for her life raising her seven children. I have really enjoyed other books from Rachael and really enjoyed them so I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately it fell flat for me. I just found it mediocre. I was lost a lot of them time with how these all tied together. I wouldn’t say the book is bad but it wasn’t amazing either. There are good thoughts and messages in the book I just feel like I’ve read so many like this and it just didn’t have the punch I was looking for if that makes sense. I gave the book three stars on goodreads. I’m sure there are lots of people out there who loved this book. Make sure to check out my fellow bloggers thoughts on it.
I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 


Book Review – Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma

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Cover of Remember the Lilies by Liz TolsmaAbout the book:

Remember the Lilies (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)

Can Irene and Rand stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom?

Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s drawn into a web of secrets and danger.

Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till—and has news that could threaten Rand’s reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.
When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1EDGVJJ
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About the author:

New York Times best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author of Daisies are Forever, Snow on the Tulips, and the contributing author of A Log Cabin Christmas. When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, all adopted internationally.

Find Liz online: website, Facebook, Twitter
The above is from the publisher.
My Thoughts:
I have read other books from Liz Tolsma and loved them. She is fantastic at writing historical fiction and this was no exception. Remember the Lilies takes place in the Philippines and explains a part of World War 2 that I was not aware of.  Irene and Rand live in a Japanese interment camp. Irene is a missionary child and Rand used to own extremely lucrative night clubs. There are about as different as two people can be. But through crisis lots can change and happen.
This story contains heartache, loss, love, betrayal, all sorts of human emotions. Looking back on the book it is hard to believe that so much story was shoved into this length of book but while I was reading it it didn’t rushed or like too much at all. It is a fantastic look at what life would have been like and the joy that would have come with the freedom the American forces brought. I truly enjoyed this book and if you love Christian historical fiction like I do then you need to check out this book and Liz Tolsma in general.
I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 

Book Review – The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn

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A1qVqbUWrxL._SL1500_The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn is a book about three different main characters. Nick Hennessey is an American journalist stationed in France. He is looking for his big journalist break and is approached by a contact about researching some thefts of ancient artifacts. And he knows the perfect person to help with that. His friend from high school Carey Matthers. Carey is an archaeologist with a degree in forensic archaeology who goes to her dream job in Greece only to find out that the institution has closed down. What she doesn’t know is that Nick will be calling her up and she will be working with and figuring out what happened to close that institution down as well as figure out why artifacts keep coming up missing. The third main character is Dimitri Rubinos. He is a Greek living on the Island of Patmos and has been living there most of his life. Island life is all he knows and he grew up as the son of a fisherman. When he takes over the business, however, he switches to doing tourism tours. But when the tourism business isn’t doing so well he turns to less than ideal ways of making ends meet.

This story has adventure, mystery, history, and lots of great descriptions of many historical places in Greece. I loved all the time spent immersing in that culture. The scene was set beautifully and the story had me intrigued most of the way. But then came the end of the story. It was all getting set up for catching the crooks but it sort of felt rushed, like the author was running out of pages or time to thoroughly flesh it all out. And then the book essentially ends with the cop saying “you are all under arrest”. I mean that was it. It was the worst ending to a book I have ever read. And for the ending alone a book that might have gotten five stars from me went down to a three. Bummer! I will, however, try something else from this author as I have read that some of his other books are fantastic.

I received a free copy of this product from Bethany House Publisheres in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 


Book Review – Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most by Amy Julia Becker

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91E+FXBxKsL._SL1500_Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker is a nonfiction book about Amy’s experiences with her children and what she has learned from them. She shares candidly the questions and situations that arise with having two young children in the house with a third one the way. Not only do these conversations help her develop a closer relationship with her children but also causes her to think about her relationship with God and refine what she believes.

This book is such a breath of fresh air to read. She writes so honestly and shares from her real life. The ugly parts as well as the beautiful parts. I loved reading it. It was so encouraging and made me think more about changing how I look at the many, many questions my children ask and the many, many hard times that come having three small children. Amy really has a knack at bringing the deep things of God into the everyday of her life and this encouraged me to try to do the same with my life.

I highly recommend this book to any mother. It is a great quick read and very inspirational. This is one I will definitely go to again and again.

I received a free copy of this product from FlyBy Promotions in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 


Liz Tolsma’s ‘Remember the Lilies’ Author Chat Party and Kindle Giveaway

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This gripping new tale from Liz Tolsma, Remember the Lilies, is a must-read for fans of WWII-era fiction. When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, she and Rand must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

Help Liz celebrate the release of Remember the Lilies with a Kindle Fire giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • One copy of Remember the Lilies
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/19. Winner will be announced at Liz’s Remember the Lilies Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Liz and WWII fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!
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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 19th!