Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Fabulous $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!


12 authors have come together to give you some BOOK LOVER'S DELIGHTful READING
and a $200 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

Click on the image to read a summary of each book :)

 



ENTER TO WIN THE 
$200 AMAZON GIFT CARD


GIVEAWAY ends 9/30/14

No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older and legally able to receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. This giveaway is not associated with Rafflecopter, Facebook, Twitter or any other entity unless otherwise specified.
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This giveaway was organized by I Love to Read and Review Books :) 
and sponsored by the participating authors.
Stephanie Fowers
Maria Hoagland
Danyelle Ferguson
Paul Mark Tag
Tara C. Allred
Rachel Rossano
Jaleta Clegg
Virginia Ripple
Tricia Ballad
Lisa Swinton
Victorine E. Lieske
Julie Wright

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fetch! Book Review and Amazon Giveaway

  Fetch 

Fetch by Adam Glendon Sidwell    


Book Summary:

A story for anyone who's ever been loved by a dog or given one a home.

At least nine sunsets away, there is a place where dogs can do what they want. But they are not all the same, and when a special one has the courage to fly, he finds something unexpected beyond the tenth horizon.

My Review

Fetch is an adorable story about a dog and his life, the choice to stay free or be loved by a family. The art work is absolutely gorgeous! My kids love it!


Purchase your copy
 


AdamAuthor Adam Glendon Sidwell:

In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Pacific Rim, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He really enjoyed writing 81,854 less words in his new picture book FETCH than he wrote in his first EVERTASTER novel, and hopes that you will like the ones he picked. Besides, FETCH has pictures.

Adam has also been rightfully accused of writing the upcoming novel CHUM.
Praise for the book:

“If you need & want a book for younger children that does not involve zombies, monsters, or overdone "superhero's", and just want a good old fashioned great story, perfect illustrations, and a captivating experience, then "Fetch" should be ordered quickly.”—Carol Anne Merrill Miller

“Simple, yet engaging, storyline appeals to readers of all ages and the illustrations glue your eyes to pages!” –Doodles

“The art work enchanted, enthralled, and grabbed me in ways paintings can and often do.” –Kindle Customer

 

Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 9/13/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Win A Kindle Fire HDX, a $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Pay Pal Cash!

A bunch of my book reviewer and author friends have teamed up to offer this fabulous giveaway. Just so we can say . . .

THANK YOU FOR READING!


For all those who hate the long Rafflecopters you should appreciate the fact that this one is much shorter. Just liking on facebook, following on twitter, a free entry and 2 options to share the giveaway make this much faster to enter.  


The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (US Only - $229 Value)
  Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)
  Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)
Each of these bloggers/authors are sponsoring this giveaway. How about big thank you for them in the comment section or on their Facebook or Twitter pages?  =)
  1. I Am A Reader
  2. Feed Your Reader
  3. Life of a Writer
  4. Elizabeth Isaacs
  5. Book Lovers Life
  6. Jo Noelle
  7. Pauline Creeden, Author
  8. SFK Books
  9. LeahSay's Views
  10. More Than A Review
  11. Mama Monkey
  12. Dianne Venetta
  13. Bonnie Blythe's Pure Romance
  14. Bella Street Weird Romance
  15. BookBunnyPR
  16. Hope with Q
  17. Danyelle Ferguson
  18. Words Wit and Wisdom
  19. Katie's Clean Book Collection
  20. Jenn's Book Reviews & Giveaways
  21. Start Publishing
  22. True North Publishing
  23. Whiskey Creek Press
 Giveaway Details 1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only - $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International). Ends 9/18/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

One Dirty Bowl: Fast Desserts, Faster Clean Up

Quick desserts and even quicker clean up mean more time with your family and friends, and less time in the kitchen. With One Dirty Bowl, whip up show-stopping desserts like Hazelnut Puffs, Peanut Butter Truffle Bars, and White Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes, all while dirtying just one bowl. Grab your bowl and get ready to bake!











A Mom and Her Teen Review

One Dirty Bowl . . . plus measuring spoons, cups, and general clean up . . . all make for some fabulous and easy baking. Personally, I'm not much of a cooking queen, but my teen daughter is the kitchen queen princess. Here are some things we both liked about One Dirty Bowl.

  1. The way the recipes were organized - and the section titles were so cute! They include: Small & Scrumptious; Beautiful Brownies & Bars; Decadent Dessert Breads; Enticing Cookies; Divine Sweets; and Charming Cakes, Cupcakes, Cobblers & Pies. There's also a section with measurement equivalents and an index in the back.
  2. Easy to find ingredient lists. Each recipe has a banner to the side that lists all the ingredients and measurements. It makes the grocery list so much easier to compile!
  3. Gorgeous pictures! There should be a warning attached to this book. When you flip through it, you'll see so many delicious treats, you won't know which recipe to start with!
What did we make? Paper Bag Cookies. It name doesn't sound impressive, but can I just say YUM!!!

I'm looking forward to my daughter making many more treats from One Dirty Bowl!



For more yumminess by Christina Dymock, check out her website The Hungry Family. It has gobs of fabulous recipes and tips!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: Ring on Her Finger by Lisa Swinton

What happened in Vegas should stay there . . . 
Not follow Amanda home wedded to the man who broke her heart.


After celebrating college graduation with her friends in Las Vegas, Amanda St. Claire wakes up with a terrible hangover and a ring on her finger. Her day gets worse when she finds out she's married to rich playboy Blake Worthington - the guy she has loathed the past four years. Amanda convinces Blake to legally terminate the marriage and they both return home like nothing ever happened. That is, until Blake shows up on her doorstep and Amanda has to come clean with her family.
           
Together for better or worse while the legalities are cleared, Amanda reluctantly plays along, but then the unthinkable happens - she finds herself falling in love with Blake.

Can they overcome the past?  Or will it end their future before it even starts?

Ring on Her Finger is available for purchase on Sept. 3rd!  Learn more about Ring on Her Finger on Lisa Swinton's website.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Hubby & Wife Book Review: The Two Minute Marriage Project

Marry the one you love and love the one you marry. It sounds simple enough. But staying in love turns out to be a whole lot different than falling in love. In a world of constant distraction, marriage experts agree that the little things matter—a lot. The Two-Minute Marriage Project explores the little things couples think, say, and do to stay in love for the long haul. Supported by expert studies, interviews with happily married couples, and years of personal experience, author Heidi Poelman shares the simple secrets that keep love alive. Whether it’s choosing an attitude of gratitude, leaving a love note, giving a welcome-home hug at the door, or calling just to say “hello,” The Two-Minute Marriage Project is full of simple ways to love the one you married, two minutes at a time.  

John and Danyelle's Review

The Two Minute Marriage Project kicked off with assuming the couple has a traditional life - hubby goes off to work, wife stays at home to take care of the kids, etc. Of course, John and I are not at all like that couple. We both work from home and have gobs of fun together. One thing we enjoy is reading books together. In the past, we've read several "make your marriage better" books. We typically find a few tidbits of wisdom that we apply to our relationship.

What we did find was that almost everything in the preface is repeated in the first chapter. We spent ten minutes reading the preface, then seventeen minutes reading the first chapter, just to get to the first "2 minute" action step!

Here are our thoughts as we went through the first "project" of the book - which definitely took longer than 2 minutes.

Our favorite quote: John Jacobs, professor at NYU’s School of Medicine. "The only glue holding couples together now is the glue created by the two of you—the glue of mutual satisfaction, gratification, appreciation, and respect. The glue of mature love.”


#1 - Look back on how you met your spouse and what it felt like to fall in love. Make a commitment to do what is required to stay in love.

J: What did it feel like to fall in love?
D: Gooey - like melted Starbursts. All soft, but tangy.
J: Starbursts aren't gooey. When I think gooey, I think of roasted marshmallows - sweet on the inside, burned to a crisp on the outside.

D: What did it feel like to fall in love?
J: Exciting. Now I look back on it and I think it was exhausting. I'm so glad I don't have to do that at this age.
D: (Not sure what to think about that . . . .)

J: I commit to do what it takes to stay in love. What are the minimum requirements???
D: *sidelong glance at hubby, contemplating a to-do list*
J: (whispers) Did you know I give you a kiss every morning? Before I get out of bed, I lean over and gently kiss your cheek.
 D: Ahhh. *gooey girly heart*


#2 - Consider what feelings you want in the space between you and your spouse. Do you want to feel loved? Respected? Cherished? How do you want your spouse to feel?

J: Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of -
D: The crazy Ferguson's.
*crickets are heard outside as we both contemplate the concept of the space between each of us and what it should be like*

D: This might take longer than 2 minutes.
J: There's gotta be a song for this.
*continue contemplation*

J: If you had to choose between loved, respected or cherished, which would you choose?
D: Cherished
J: There's definitely a song for that.
D: Yep, Madonna rocked it.
J: Um, I was thinking of the other one.
D: The one from Pretty in Pink *sings tune*
J: Yep, that's the one.





D: What would you choose?
J: Is there a D - all of the above?
D: I'm the D. =)
J: I think I would choose loved.
D: Why???
J: I didn't ask you why!
D: Too bad. I am. You had your turn. Now it's mine. Why?
J: When I think of cherished, I think of something held very carefully, something fragile, something special. So I just don't connect with that word personally. I see it for you, but I think loved is a much more practical word. It's more me.
J: Now it's my turn! Why cherished? Because there are songs about it? There are more songs about love!
D: Like What's Love Got to Do with It?
J: (head banging, singing Tina style)
D: (laughing)
J: I don't have long enough hair to do the song justice. But if we're talking songs, let's go for the ultimate, hands-down winning song. Aretha, give me a little RESPECT, baby
*cue song and singing from JnD*





Getting back on topic.

#3 - Where do you want your marriage to be in five years? Ten years?

J: I have a hard time with the whole 5/10 year questions.
D: I have an answer. Still in sanity land with all our teens!
J: Shooting a little high here, aren't we? Sanity isn't all it's cracked up to be.
D: But I don't want to crack. This is why we need glue - marital glue!

*cue the glue song and our night is done*

Monday, July 21, 2014

Attitude and Gratitude

Have you ever noticed how your attitude effects your level of gratitude?

You may not know this, but I'm one of those people who - put in the right situation - easily gets frustrated. It quickly escalates into mega-frustration and anger. Then it's a serious YIKES! situation. When in this mode, my bad attitude rolls right over into my interactions with my family - who generally isn't even part of the situation. Times when I'm normally super patient (reminding kids three times to brush their teeth) suddenly becomes a major shouting fest - all of the shouting coming from me while my kids scramble away. 

Do I want to be this mom? This wife? This friend?

No, I don't.

About eight years ago, after being in a long, frustrating situation, something finally clicked. I realized just how much my attitude effects my ability to be grateful for my family and the many, many blessings in my life.

Then the purge began. If it was optional, stressful, frustrating - it was eliminated. I resigned from committees that were more about who had a better idea, was right, and competition than it was about helping the organization we were supposed to be supporting. I let some relationships go because I realized the only joy the other person received in our friendship was pointing out all the things I didn't do well enough.

It was super difficult at first. Mostly because I felt guilty, like I was letting everyone else down. But it didn't take long before I realized the most important relationships (my family and with Heavenly Father) were growing stronger. The best bonus - I was so much happier! All those knots in my shoulders, the gut-wrenching twists and worrying that kept me up at night - all gone!

For the first time in a long time, I stopped, looked at my life, and was grateful for every little thing.

I've changed a lot since then. I'm definitely more "go with the flow" and a lot more patient. I'm certainly not perfect, but I'm not trying to be perfect. I just want more gratitude, happiness, and lots of laughter in my home.

Sometimes those frustrating situations pop up - ones that are specially designed traps for me to fall into. And occasionally I do. The difference is that after a day or two, I make myself stop, evaluate my feelings and how I'm treating my family - then force myself to let whatever is causing the frustration go. There are times when that's not an easy thing to do, but when I accomplish the 'letting go', life is better.

My life is infinitely better my attitude is one that allows me to be happy and grateful each day.
Review Disclaimer: Sometimes a book I review has been sent to me for free by a publisher or an author. This in no way effects my review, which is my own opinion about whether the book was a good read for me, fit my tastes, and if I would recommend it to others. Other than possibly a free book, I am not compensated in any way for posting a review.