Friday, September 9, 2016

i've moved!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Don't go to bed angry: Stay up and fight by Deb & Ron DeArmond

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Book info
About the book: 

Don't Go to Bed Angry: Stay Up and Fight(Abingdon Press, June 2016)

A practical handbook on how to fight better---together---for your marriage.

In every marriage, there is conflict. And with every conflict, there is a choice for resolution. Will you ignore the issue until it seemingly goes away? Or will you work together to find peace?

In Don't Go to Bed Angry, Deb and Ron DeArmond give you permission to fight. Conflict isn't the problem, after all; the real issue is how we deal with the conflict. Deb and Ron demonstrate how communication through conflict can safeguard---and even strengthen---your relationship. Immensely practical features including worksheets and discussion questions make this a definitive go-to resource to help you start fighting---together---for your marriage.

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About the authors:

Deb DeArmond
 is an author, speaker, and coach with a focus on communication, relationships, and conflict resolution. Her writing explores marriage, parenting, in-law and extended family relationships. She is the author of Related By Chance, Family By Choice and I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last. Deb is the founder of Living-Write, where she coaches aspiring authors. She's monthly columnist and feature writer for Lifeway's Mature LivingMagazine, and has published more than 120 articles online and in print publications.

Ron DeArmond has a hungry heart for the Word, and has studied the Bible for 45+ years. Ron's call to serve men is evident in his previous ministry positions with Christian Men's Network under Dr. Edwin Lewis Cole and Faithful Men Ministry. Ron is currently the Associate Pastor of men's ministry at Catch the Fire/ DFW and has ministered around the world. The DeArmonds live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

My thoughts: this is one of those books that is one to have around to look upon whenever you need it. Fighting well doesn't  always work so well. So with these tips it really helps out a lot. Would definitely work for newly married couples.

I was provided this book for review and I wasn't  compensated in any way

Friday, May 27, 2016

Someone Like you by Victoria Bylin blog tour and giveaway

About the book: 

Someone Like You (Bethany House, May 2016)

Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate.

A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father's less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort's general manager and her college sweetheart.

With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can't ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

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My Thoughts: This novel had everything i'd look for in a novel. it was fast paced, easy to connect to and at times it really made me mad with some of the characters (thats not bad i swear) it made me want to keep going and going and going. the only thing i didn't like was the ending, for me it felt way too abrupt. probably cause i would have kept reading more and more if it had it. Victoria had such a great writing style for me to keep interested and still couldn't guess what would happen next. thats awesome cause its kind of a bummer when you can totally guess what happens every single point in a novel. i can't wait for her to write more books!
About the author:

Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cynthia Ruchti’s ‘Song of Silence’ Music-Themed Giveaway

As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, will Lucy's faith song go silent, too? Find out in Cynthia Ruchti's new book, Song of Silence. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes. When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.

Celebrate the release of Song of Silence with a blog tour and giveaway. Two winners will be chosen!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Song of Silence

  • A $150 Visa cash card

  • One second place winner will receive:

    • A copy of Song of Silence

    • A music-themed prize pack filled with goodies hand-picked by Cynthia

    • Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 9th. The winners will be announced May 10th on Cynthia's blog.


      My Thoughts:
      i've only recently been introduced to Cythia Ruchti's books. and  it makes me wish i knew about her sooner. this book instantly caught my attention and it never stopped. though at times i got kinda frustrated with it. and i honestly didn't like the ending all that much. but regardless the writing kept me guessing and wanting to see what happened next. i finished it super quick which was pretty good considering i haven't actually finished a book in a long while.  i wouldn't necessarily call this a super romantic book but it was nice nonetheless. check this out if you like music or a story about a person who is just at a crossroads in life. 

      i was provided this book in exchange for my review i wasn't compensated in any way.

      About the book: 

      Song of Silence (Abingdon, April 2016)

      Music taught Lucy love and beauty. Could silence teach her hope?

      Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they're committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. Charlie retired early, but Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.

      Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her form the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith's song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.

      When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees---and hears---everything.

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      About the author:

      Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She's the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women's ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.

      Wednesday, April 27, 2016

      It has been a long time

      where do i begin? life is just a hot hot mess.

      everything and anything is going wrong all at once. but in the midst i'm back into finding myself.

      i've decided to blog again, i've started to read more and i've discovered a love for a paper planner/stamping in it! i'm so excited to journey through life like this and i'm SO excited to blog again. and reading is literally so awesome.

      i've been doing a lot of crocheting lately i'll share some pictures later on.

      but other than that there have been family injuries, car wrecks, cancer, just plain drama and other health crisis'. such a mess. but we'll get through it and we always do.

      i just lost my nanny job of two years so i'm trying to pick up all the pieces, life wise and health wise. i will get through and i'm just so blessed in other ways so it will carry me through.

      i'm not sure if anyone else reads this anymore or is subscribed but i'm happy to have you!!

      until later!

      Friday, February 12, 2016

      Keeper of the stars by Robin Lee hatcher

      About the book: 

      Keeper of the Stars (Thomas Nelson, January 2016)

      Because it's not always love at first sight!

      When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny's mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain---but that's exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.

      Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can't get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn't behind the wheel, but he still blames himself . . . and so does Brad's sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.

      Still feeling the pain of Brad's death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

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      My thoughts:
      This novel was one that intrigued me from the start. That didn't stop at all through the novel. I am for sure a fan of of Robins writing now it's just one of those you just have to read and won't stop.

      About the author: 

      Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.
      Connect with Robin: websiteTwitterFacebook

      Enter a contest to win a Kindle here!

      I was provided this book in exchange for my review I wasn't compensated in any way.

      Wednesday, November 11, 2015

      Litfuse Book Tour Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney

      About the book:
      Another Way Home
      (Abingdon Press, October 2015)

      Sometimes God's ways are not at all what we expect . . . and exactly what we need.

      Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight.

      Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it. Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women's shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there. She's finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil-and leave them all forever changed.

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      My Thoughts:
      Litfuse was kind enough to send me this book for review. and honestly this series is a hit for me no matter which book it is. i always go through Deborah Raneys books at lightening speed. the writing just keeps you interested from the very start and Dallas and Danae's story was one of those. it was honestly kind of heart wrenching at times and at other times it was something where i wanted to cheer! you do get put on a rollercoaster ride of emotions but i love that in a book it keeps it interesting. if you like a series about a family that has all sorts of different and entertaining stories. then this is the one for you.
      thanks to litfuse and abingdon for providing me with a copy of this for review. i wasn't compensated in any way. 
       About the author:

      Deborah Raney's books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas-the setting of many of Deborah's novels---for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

      Find Deborah online: website, Twitter, Facebook