Month: November 2010

Nov 30
2011 Nicholas Sparks Challenge

2011 Nicholas Sparks Challenge

I’m at it again! Doing some challenges in 2011. This one is AWESOME though! It’s the Nicholas Sparks challenge hosted by The Book Vixen! ALRIGHT! So excited about this…I LOVE Nicholas Sparks. This means I get to go back and read the ones I really enjoyed and probably some new ones to me that I haven’t read yet . COOL! Here’s the rules: Runs January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011(books read prior to 1/1/11 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime – Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog. The goal is to read or re-read as many Nicholas Sparks novels as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge. Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio). Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine. You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them. It is not required that you review the books you read for this challenge but feel free to do so. Post this reading challenge on your blog so you can keep… Read more »

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Nov 30
[TLC Blog Tour&Review] The Secret Gift by Ted Gup

[TLC Blog Tour&Review] The Secret Gift by Ted Gup

About the Book:• Hardcover: 368 pages• Publisher: The Penguin Press HC (November 1, 2010) An inspiring account of America at its worst-and Americans at their best-woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author’s generous and secretive grandfather. Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a small newspaper ad offered $10, no strings attached, to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author’s grandfather Sam Stone was inspired to place this ad and assist his fellow Cantonians as they prepared for the cruelest Christmas most of them would ever witness. Moved by the tales of suffering and expressions of hope contained in the letters, which he discovered in a suitcase 75 years later, Ted Gup initially set out to unveil the lives behind them, searching for records and relatives all over the country who could help him flesh out the family sagas hinted at in those letters. From these sources, Gup has re-created the impact that Mr B. Virdot’s gift had on each family. Many people yearned for bread, coal, or other necessities, but many others received… Read more »

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Nov 30
[TLC Blog Tour&Review] The Secret Gift by Ted Gup

[TLC Blog Tour&Review] The Secret Gift by Ted Gup

About the Book:• Hardcover: 368 pages• Publisher: The Penguin Press HC (November 1, 2010) An inspiring account of America at its worst-and Americans at their best-woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author’s generous and secretive grandfather. Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a small newspaper ad offered $10, no strings attached, to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author’s grandfather Sam Stone was inspired to place this ad and assist his fellow Cantonians as they prepared for the cruelest Christmas most of them would ever witness. Moved by the tales of suffering and expressions of hope contained in the letters, which he discovered in a suitcase 75 years later, Ted Gup initially set out to unveil the lives behind them, searching for records and relatives all over the country who could help him flesh out the family sagas hinted at in those letters. From these sources, Gup has re-created the impact that Mr B. Virdot’s gift had on each family. Many people yearned for bread, coal, or other necessities, but many others received… Read more »

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Nov 29
[CFBA Tour&Peview] Emily of Deep Valley by Mitali Perkins

[CFBA Tour&Peview] Emily of Deep Valley by Mitali Perkins

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  Emily of Deep Valley  Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition (October 12, 2010)  by  Mitali Perkins   ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A word from Mitali: Who In The World Is Mitali Perkins? That’s a good question. I’ve been trying to figure it out myself, spending most of my life crossing borders. I was born Mitali Bose in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, and always tried to live up to my name—which means “friendly” in the Bangla language. I had to! Because my family moved so much, it was the only way I could make new friends. By the time I was 11, I’d lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York and Mexico before settling in California just in time for middle school. Yep, I was the new kid again, in seventh grade, the year everybody barely makes it through. My biggest lifeline during those early years was story. Books were my rock, my stability, my safe place as I navigated the border between California suburbia and the Bengali culture of my traditional home. After studying political science at Stanford and public policy at U.C. Berkeley, I taught in middle school, high school and college…. Read more »

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Nov 29
[CFBA Tour&Peview] Emily of Deep Valley by Mitali Perkins

[CFBA Tour&Peview] Emily of Deep Valley by Mitali Perkins

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  Emily of Deep Valley  Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition (October 12, 2010)  by  Mitali Perkins   ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A word from Mitali: Who In The World Is Mitali Perkins? That’s a good question. I’ve been trying to figure it out myself, spending most of my life crossing borders. I was born Mitali Bose in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, and always tried to live up to my name—which means “friendly” in the Bangla language. I had to! Because my family moved so much, it was the only way I could make new friends. By the time I was 11, I’d lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York and Mexico before settling in California just in time for middle school. Yep, I was the new kid again, in seventh grade, the year everybody barely makes it through. My biggest lifeline during those early years was story. Books were my rock, my stability, my safe place as I navigated the border between California suburbia and the Bengali culture of my traditional home. After studying political science at Stanford and public policy at U.C. Berkeley, I taught in middle school, high school and college…. Read more »

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Nov 29
[FIRST WildCard Tour&Review] A Path Less Traveled (Miller Creek Series, bk 2) by Cathy Bryant

[FIRST WildCard Tour&Review] A Path Less Traveled (Miller Creek Series, bk 2) by Cathy Bryant

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Cathy Bryant and the book: A Path Less Traveled (Book 2 in the Miller’s Creek novels) WordVessel Press (October 18, 2010) ***Special thanks to Cathy Bryant for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Texas gal since birth, Cathy Bryant continues the Mayberry RFD–only Texas Style!–stories with Book 2 in the Miller’s Creek series, A Path Less Traveled. Her debut novel Texas Roads was a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist. Cathy lives in a century-old Texas farmhouse with her husband of almost 30 years and a phobia-ridden cat. Visit the author’s… Read more »

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Nov 29
[FIRST WildCard Tour&Review] A Path Less Traveled (Miller Creek Series, bk 2) by Cathy Bryant

[FIRST WildCard Tour&Review] A Path Less Traveled (Miller Creek Series, bk 2) by Cathy Bryant

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Cathy Bryant and the book: A Path Less Traveled (Book 2 in the Miller’s Creek novels) WordVessel Press (October 18, 2010) ***Special thanks to Cathy Bryant for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Texas gal since birth, Cathy Bryant continues the Mayberry RFD–only Texas Style!–stories with Book 2 in the Miller’s Creek series, A Path Less Traveled. Her debut novel Texas Roads was a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist. Cathy lives in a century-old Texas farmhouse with her husband of almost 30 years and a phobia-ridden cat. Visit the author’s… Read more »

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Nov 29
[Book AND Earrings Giveaway] Orphaned Hearts by Shawna K. Williams

[Book AND Earrings Giveaway] Orphaned Hearts by Shawna K. Williams

This weeks Holiday Book Bash giveaway is a bonus! Shawna K. Williams has graciously offered to giveaway an e-book and a beautiful, beautiful set of handmade earrings to “match” the cover of the e-book. This e-book is titled Orphaned Hearts. Here’s the blurb: Pastor David Langley understands six-year old Caleb Holsheyer — what it feels like to be damaged and alone. His family killed in a fire, and his body severely burned, David grew up in an orphanage, ridiculed and shunned. He couldn’t let that be Caleb’s fate. When adoption plans fall through, David is desperate to find Caleb a new home. But in the midst of the Great Depression, most families are barely getting by. No one seems willing to take on the responsibility of an extra mouth, especially one belonging to a crippled child. Except for Sadie Miller, the town spinster. In Sadie, David sees the answer to Caleb’s needs. But Child Welfare doesn’t agree, and demands other arrangements be found, or the boy be returned to the orphanage.  David and Sadie team up, determined to find a home for an orphaned child, but while searching, might they find a family instead. Now. For the rules of THIS… Read more »

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Nov 28
WINNERS!

WINNERS!

And thetwo winners of Margaret Daley’s books are…… Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 9 Mark!!!2 Fredamans!!! Both winners have been notified and have confirmed their winnings. Congrats! Stay tuned to my blog, for Monday there will be yet another Holiday Book Bash giveaway!!! :o) 

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Nov 27
[Book Review] Nightingale by Susan May Warren

[Book Review] Nightingale by Susan May Warren

About the Book: Esther Lange doesn’t love her fiancé—she’s trapped in an engagement after a mistaken night of passion. Still, she grieves him when he’s lost in battle, the letters sent to her by the medic at his side giving her a strange comfort, so much that she strikes up a correspondence with Peter Hess, an Iowa farmboy. Or is he?· Peter Hess is not who he seems. Indeed, he’s hiding a secret, something that could cost them both their lives, especially when the past comes back to life. A bittersweet love song of the home front war between duty and the heart…a battle where only one will survive. Don’t miss book 1 in this stand-alone collection, Sons of Thunder. About the Author: Susan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists. After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, Susan returned home to a small town on Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church. Susan’s larger than life… Read more »

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