Thursday, July 28, 2016

the HCSB Illustrator Notetaking Bible

The Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible combines two hot trends: Bible journaling and adult coloring. Through unique illustrations included on every page spread, readers, illustrator’s, and notetakers alike learn to engage the biblical text in a new way. The exceptional design offers a unique balance for everyone from seasoned artists to the creatively challenged, allowing for guided creativity and meaningful personalization of the Bible reading experience. From filigree, Scripture quotes, and unique images, these line-drawn illustrations are waiting to be brought to life.

Features include:
Over 600 images, including text designs, images, and filigree
Unique illustrations on every page spread

Open margin space for creating new, personalized images
Light grey illustrations allowing readers to add color to each image
Lined margins for note taking

Monday, July 25, 2016

How Do I Love Thee: A devotional journal for women-- by Jennifer Flanders

Happiness in marriage is not so much a matter of chance as it is a matter of choice. Choosing to be happy means choosing to think on things that are good and noble and right and lovely and pure—including your spouse’s most positive, admirable, and endearing qualities. Our marriages can’t help but benefit when we discipline ourselves to do this. That’s the purpose of this journal in a nutshell. Whether you’re writing, drawing, pasting, or coloring in it, each page, prompt, and verse is designed to help you recall and record the things you love most about your husband, to reflect on your most cherished memories, and to recognize God’s hand at work in your relationship. I pray you will be richly blessed as you meditate on God’s Word and allow it to shape your life and marriage.

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Cup of Dust by Susie Finkbeiner

Ten-year-old Pearl Spence is a daydreamer, playing make-believe to escape life in Oklahoma's Dust Bowl in 1935. The Spences have their share of misfortune, but as the sheriff's family, they've got more than most in this dry, desolate place. They're who the town turns to when there's a crisis or a need―and during these desperate times, there are plenty of both, even if half the town stands empty as people have packed up and moved on.
Pearl is proud of her loving, strong family, though she often wearies of tracking down her mentally impaired older sister or wrestling with her grandmother's unshakable belief in a God who Pearl just isn't sure she likes.
Then a mysterious man bent on revenge tramps into her town of Red River. Eddie is dangerous and he seems fixated on Pearl. When he reveals why he's really there and shares a shocking secret involving the whole town, dust won't be the only thing darkening Pearl's world.
While the tone is suspenseful and often poignant, the subtle humor of Pearl's voice keeps A Cup of Dust from becoming heavy-handed. Finkbeiner deftly paints a story of a family unit coming together despite fractures of distress threatening to pull them apart.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt by Catherine F. Olen Book Spotlight

See the enchantment of the Disneyland resort in a whole new way with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt." From Main Street U.S.A. to New Orleans Square, Walt Disney lovingly designed every detail to immerse guests in the magic of his theme parks.

See Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure through new eyes when you discover fantasy, thrills, and dreams around every turn. Whether you’re perusing the shops, waiting in line, or riding attractions, there’s plenty to uncover for even the most knowledgeable Disney fan.

If this is your first visit or your five hundredth, you will discover something new with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt."

Meet the Author:Catherine Olen has enjoyed a love affair with the magic of the Disney theme parks for as long as she can remember, counting herself among Disneyland passholders for the last twenty-five years. Previously, Olen owned and operated Hollywood Grave Hunter and is the proud author of The Final Curtain: Celebrity Deaths and The Upside of Undertaking, chronicling her previous career experiences. She has been a correspondent to Entertainment Tonight (US and France), The Biography Channel, Reelz Network, and the Mark & Brian radio show. 

Connect with the author: Website  Twitter  Facebook  Pinterest  Instagram

Author Interview
1. What was your favorite part of writing The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt?

What I love most about writing this book was seeing Disneyland again and again in different ways.
While I have been an annual pass holder for over twenty-five years, I saw the theme parks through new eyes and I have come to appreciate the details the Imagineers have put into the planning of Disneyland resort on a whole new level.

2. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you during your time at Disneyland?

One of the things I love to do when I am at Disneyland is entertain myself by interacting with guests and cast members. Many times I will stand in line for pictures with the characters. When I get have my time with Mickey Mouse or Cinderella I like to run to them, get a hug and then say, “I am so excited! I didn’t know we were see celebrities today.” The cast members laugh and the characters will react with surprise or play along with my silliness. I also love interacting with guests on the parks for the first time. It has been said that everyone is my best friend and one of my joys is to gab with people while standing in line, pointing out something they perhaps did not know or just finding out a little bit about their time in the parks.

3. What were some of the unexpected hurdles you faced while writing The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt?

After writing the first draft of The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt, I found that I had included too
much information and had to make the difficult decision what to share with my readers. This is a
tremendous challenge for me since I wanted to include everything about Disneyland and Disney’s
California Adventure but at the same time did not want to overwhelm someone visiting the Disney
resort for the first time. I feel now that I have done the theme park justice with this version but I look
forward to sharing much more with fans in the future.

4. If there were one thing you would want readers to remember about The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt, what would that be?

My goal in writing this book was to allow guests of Disneyland to see the magic created by Walt
Disney and his Imagineers. If my book brings the readers more joy to their time at the theme parks, I
have succeeded in my goal for writing this book. Walt Disney wanted parents and children to interact
together and I had the same goal with The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt. Readers will notice the
questions are broken down into one two or three stars. The one star questions are for first time visitors or families with small children. I want the kids to participate and feel like they are succeeding in finding the items within the book along with mom and dad.

Friday, July 8, 2016

If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Casey knows the truth. But it won’t set her free.
Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.
But what is the truthThat’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up.
Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?
Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Newsmakers by Lis Wheil

TV reporter Erica Sparks has become a superstar overnight. Is it due to her hard work and talent, or is she at the center of a spiraling conspiracy?

Erica Sparks is a beautiful and ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job at Global News Network in New York. And while it was hard to leave Jenny, her cherished eight-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband, Erica is determined to succeed in the cutthroat world of big-time broadcasting. She can only hope her troubled past won’t come back to sabotage her dreams.

Although the wounds from her divorce are still fresh, Erica can’t deny the chemistry between her and her new producer, the handsome and empathic Greg Underwood. But a relationship is the last thing she wants right now.

On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes—again, right in front of Erica and her cameras. Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. Deeply. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it?

Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. But she has to make sure disaster—and her troubled past—don’t catch up with her first.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits--Rating System

Hey Y'all! I have decided to do a rating system on the books I read. So, starting this week, you will see at the bottom of each post:

1. a star rating
2. a letter rating (ie. G/PG)
3. Teen approved rating
4. explicit/adult content rating

I wanted to add a little something different to the blog. We will see how this goes.
Thanks for reading. Feel free to let me know which rating idea you like. I'd also love to hear any of your ideas on how to make the blog a fun to visit place.

This week I'm reading....

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If I run is being read with a blogger friend of mine. We will each share how we felt about this book. I will be posting both of these within the next week.
Happy Reading!!!

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston

After losing her fiancĂ© in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother’s hope chest—and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand to purchase her old-fashioned raspberry pies.
Veronica Fisher knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend. Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome—but most importantly, he loves Veronica.
When an accident on the job steals Seth away from her, a heartbroken Veronica is certain she will never love—or be loved—again. Yet when she discovers a batch of forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her Mammi’s raspberry pies, Veronica picks up a regular customer  who gives her heart pause.
Jason Huyard was with Seth when he lost his life—a memory that haunts him still. So when he seeks out the grieving fiancĂ©e to convey his condolences, the last thing he expects—or wants—is to fall in love. Nonetheless, Jason soon finds himself visiting Veronica’s bake stand every week . . . and it’s for more than the raspberry pies.
Now, as Veronica’s heart thaws, Jason can’t bring himself to tell her he was there when Seth died. Can he ever reveal where he was on the day her life derailed? Or will his secret rob them of the second chance at love they both want?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah determines to unlock the secrets of her mother’s mysterious past and is shocked to discover a grandfather living in Germany.

Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s father is quickly ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, and a proper marriage for his daughter could help advance his career. Lieselotte is in love―but her beloved Lukas is far from an ideal match, as he secretly works against the Reich. Yet Lieselotte never imagined how far her father would go to ensure her cooperation.

Both Hannah’s and Lieselotte’s stories unfold as Hannah travels to Germany to meet her grandfather, who is hiding wartimes secrets of his own. Longing for connection, yet shaken by all she uncovers, Hannah must decide if she can atone for her family’s tragic past and how their legacy will shape her future.