Month: November 2009

Nov 30
Giveaway for Decoding the Lost Symbol by Simon Cox

Giveaway for Decoding the Lost Symbol by Simon Cox

Thanks to Anna at FSB Associates, I am able to give away one copy of this awesome book!!! About the Book: Secret Societies . . . Forgotten History . . . Conspiracies . . . From the bestselling Dan Brown expert, a guide to the fascinating and mysterious world of The Lost Symbol Dan Brown’s new novel once again features Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, this time in the United States, racing to uncover clues and crack codes involving secrets that are perpetuated to this day. But how much of the novel is true and what is pure fiction? Simon Cox, bestselling author of Cracking the Da Vinci Code and Illuminating Angels & Demons, offers the first definitive guide to all the mysteries featured in The Lost Symbol. Based on extensive research, this A-to-Z guide lists the real people, organizations, and themes features in Dan Brown’s latest novel, explains their histories and their meanings, reproduces and analyzes the symbols themselves, and provides insider knowledge gleaned from years of exhaustive study. From the monuments of Washington, D.C., to the secrets of Salt Lake City and the hidden enclaves in Langley, Virginia, Cox knows where the facts are hidden about the Freemasons, Albert… Read more »

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Nov 30
Treasured by Leigh McLeroy Blog Tour

Treasured by Leigh McLeroy Blog Tour

About the Book:Cigar boxes. Refrigerator doors. Scrapbooks and sock drawers and top shelves. These are the places we store our treasures–the keepsakes that tell the story of whom and what we’ve loved, how we’ve lived, and what matters most to us. God is a collector, too, whose treasures are tucked securely into the pages of his book: a golden bell here, an olive leaf there, a scarlet thread, a blood-stained cloth, a few grains of barley. Each of these saved artifacts reveals a facet of his heart and tells the story of a Father whose most precious possession is…us. In Treasured, Leigh McLeroy considers tangible reminders of God’s active presence and guides us in discovering evidence in our own li.ves of his attentive love. About the Author:Leigh McLeroy is the author of The Beautiful Ache and The Sacred Ordinary. An avid collector and recorder of everyday moments, words, and wonders, Leigh’s keen eye for God’s presence in ordinary life infuses her writing and living with a deep, insistent joy. A frequent conference and event speaker, the author makes her home in Houston, Texas, and posts often on www.leighmcleroy.com and www.wednesdaywords.com. My Review:Do you know God’s treasure? If you don’t, you… Read more »

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Nov 30
Special Sneek Peek/Excerpt of Finding Christmas by James Calvin Schaap

Special Sneek Peek/Excerpt of Finding Christmas by James Calvin Schaap

About the Book: Christmas is everywhere . . . even where you least expect it. Join award-winning author and storyteller James Calvin Schaap as he uncovers the grace, joy, and love of the season through seven heartwarming tales of miracle moments in a messy world. This beautiful and inspiring collection of contemporary Christmas stories will remind you what grace looks like–and where to find it. About the Author: James Calvin Schaap, a professor of English at Dordt College and president of the Chrysostom Society, is the award-winning author of twenty-two books. He lives in Sioux Center, Iowa.   Excerpt: Finding Christmas    *Available now at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group* **This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group**

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Nov 30
The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh Blog Tour Excerpt and Review and Interview

The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh Blog Tour Excerpt and Review and Interview

Interview: Thank you, Mr.Walsh, for taking the time to answer a few interview questions for us here at Book Reviews by Buuklvr81!!! BL: What is your favorite type of genre to read? DW:Surprisingly, what I love to write are not the books I usually read (inspirational historical fiction). I will occasionally read an inspirational tale. Just finished Richard Paul Evan’s new book. Mostly though, I weave back and forth between historical novels and non-fiction history books (but here, they’ve got to be really compelling). I also love to read suspense thriller novels, like the series written by Douglass Preston and Lincoln Child. I think books like these indirectly help my writing also, because they provoke me to write in a way that make the pages turn. BL:Do you have a favorite Christmas story or book that has particularly touched your heart? DW:Every year we have to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol” (in recent years, we watch the one with Patrick Stewart as Scrooge). It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen these stories, they still get me. There’s something so powerful in that moment when the lights come on and the main characters’ see themselves honestly and… Read more »

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Nov 30
The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson Blog Tour Inteview with the author, Excerpts, Review

The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson Blog Tour Inteview with the author, Excerpts, Review

Interview with the Author: Hi Ms. Carlson! Thank you for taking the time to “stop by” Book Reviews by Buuklvr81, and answering some questions for us! BL:Do you have a favorite Christmas story or book that has particularly touched your heart? MC:I’ve always been an O. Henry fan and The Gift of the Magi is a poignant Christmas tale that I’ve loved for years. In fact, it was the inspiration for one of my own Christmas novellas (All I Have to Give). O. Henry (a pseudonym) had some interesting life challenges (including doing some prison time) which might explain his unique ability to write so realistically and movingly about human behavior and problems—and yet his stories were always laced with hope. BL:You have written numerous Christmas novellas – what do you like best about writing this type of story? MC:There’s something about a Christmas story that invites “magic,” creativity and the unexpected. Because I never outline, writing is an exploratory journey for me, but it’s especially so with a Christmas tale. So I always look forward to when it’s time to write another one. Ironically I end up writing my Christmas stories right in the middle of summer—it might be… Read more »

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Nov 30
100 Followers Giveaway!!!

100 Followers Giveaway!!!

Okay…so it’s here. The 100 Followers Giveaway! I am offering 5 books…1 book to 5 lucky winners. They are all different books, and the first place winner will get to pick the book of their choosing first…then the second place winner will choose from what’s left…and so forth. The books are: Debbie Macomber’s Small Town Christmas Cheryl Wyatt’s Ready Made Family Clyde Edgerton’s The Bible Salesman Beth Wiseman’s Plain Promise Robin Lee Hatcher’s When Love Blooms All of the books are brand new/never read books. Rules of the entry:Leave a comment with your email address.Open to everyone! Deadline to enter is 6pm on December 24th!!! Bonus entries:THESE MUST BE IN SEPERATE POSTINGS FOR THIS GIVEAWAY! +1 entry if you retweet/blog about this giveaway.+1 entry following me on twitter.+1 entry for recommending my blog to someone and they become a follower. Good luck and thank you for being loyal to my blog as followers! It is truly appreciated!

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Nov 29

100 Followers!!!!!!!!

I DID IT!!!! All thanks to you-great friends and followers of my blog!!!! I HAVE REACHED 100 FOLLOWERS!!! You know what I promised if I reached 100 right? I will have a 100 followers contest this coming week, so look for more details on that soon! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ALL again for being such loyal followers!

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Nov 28
Preview and Giveaway of The Magician’s Book by Laura Miller

Preview and Giveaway of The Magician’s Book by Laura Miller

About the Book:THE MAGICIAN’S BOOK is the story of one reader’s long, tumultuous relationship with C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. As a child, Laura Miller read and re-read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and its sequels countless times, and wanted nothing more that to find her own way to Narnia. In her skeptical teens, a casual reference to the Chronicles’s Christian themes left her feeling betrayed and alienated from the stories she had come to know and trust. Years later, convinced that “the first book we fall in love with shapes us every bit as much as the first person we fall in love with,” Miller returns to Lewis’s classic fantasies to see what mysteries Narnia still holds for adult eyes–and is captured in an entirely new way. In her search to uncover the source of these small books’ mysterious power, Miller looks to their creator, Clive Staples Lewis. What she discovers is not the familiar, idealized image of the author, but a man who stands in stark contrast to his whimsical creation-scarred by a tragic and troubled childhood, Oxford educated, a staunch Christian, and a social conservative, armed with deep prejudices. THE MAGICIAN’S BOOK is an… Read more »

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Nov 27
In My Mailbox Today….

In My Mailbox Today….

What a treat to have books the day after a holiday! Mr. Mailbox brought me goodies today! They are: From the Publishers for Review/Blog Tours: Mass Casualties by Michael Anthony Decoding the Lost Symbol by Simon Cox From the Author: Critical Care by Candace Calvert *Reviews to Follow!*

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