Feb 18
Thank you Shelly, for the Splash!!!

Thank you Shelly, for the Splash!!!

I just received this cool new award from Shelly @ The Attic Girl. Thank you, Shelly!!! Here are the rules: -Put the logo on your blog/post.-Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.-Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.-Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash Award. I am passing this award onto: Michelle @ Michelle V’s Blog(Life in Review) Cathy @ Word Vessel Vicki @ Reading at the Beach Tammy @ Tammy’s Book Parlor Emily/Elyssa @ Daughters of the King Thanks again to Shelly for this cool award!!

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Feb 18
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Home to Heather Creek:All Things Hidden by Tricia Goyer

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Home to Heather Creek:All Things Hidden by Tricia Goyer

About the Book:The past is brought to light… Charlotte is cleaning out the basement of Bedford Community Church when she comes across a tattered and yellowed newspaper article. The clipping, published more than a century ago, implicates her great-great-grandfather in the loss of funds intended to help finish building the church. Charlotte has heard stories about the incident through the years, but now it seems the past has come back to haunt her. Is it just her imagination or are people treating her differently now that they think she’s descended from a crook? Will Charlotte be able to clear her family’s name once and for all? Meanwhile, Sam is spending time with a new girl in town-and is keeping secrets from his grandparents about where they go. Christopher is trying to get an article published in the local paper, and Emily reluctantly partners with a foreign exchange student on a class project and eventually comes to see that they’re not that different after all. As old secrets are brought to light, the whole family is reminded that the truth is often more complicated than it seems. Come home to Heather Creek. Get to know Charlotte Stevenson, who is raising her… Read more »

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Feb 17
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Life Lessons of a Horse Whisperer by Dr. Lew Sterrett

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Life Lessons of a Horse Whisperer by Dr. Lew Sterrett

About the Book:A champion trainer and true horse whisperer, Dr. Lew Sterrett has used patience and a firm but gentle hand to earn the trust of more than 3,500 horses. In this book, Lew tells the stories of his work with these horses and the lessons each one has taught him. Sometimes heartbreaking and often uplifting, Lew has condensed his lifetime of learning into messages for the Christian life. Today, Lew shares these messages with more than 50,000 people each year through horse training presentations at Miracle Mountain Ranch and nationally through his Sermon on the Mount Ministry. The author’s engaging style and adroit mixture of well-tested anecdotes and thoughtful instruction make this a winning read-and not just for horse lovers. About the Author:A champion trainer and true horse whisperer, Dr. Lew Sterrett has used patience and a firm but gentle hand to earn the trust of more than 3,500 horses. Dr. Lew Sterrett (Ph. D) had little idea that his boyhood interest in horses would open doors internationally for speaking and training. During his years in 4-H, he savored many opportunities to train and show horses and earn national recognition. As a student leader at Penn State University he… Read more »

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Feb 17
Review of Amish Snow by Roger Rheinheimer

Review of Amish Snow by Roger Rheinheimer

About the Book:At the tender age of sixteen, Amish youngsters can choose to partake of the world’s pleasures during their infamous Rumspringa (literally, “running around”); fast cars, drugs and wild sex. About half of these naive, sheltered kids recklessly fling themselves into this church-sanctioned wildness, but almost ninety percent give it up and rejoin the comfort and security of the rigid Amish way of life. The rest never look back. The vast majority of Amish are hard-working, God-fearing, family-loving citizens. But within the closed Amish community there are abusers, virtually unknown to the outside world. In this Über-Religious, ‘husband-is-the-head-of-everything’ secretive sect, they usually go unchallenged and unpunished. Fifteen-year-old Ezra Neuenschwander finally reaches his breaking point. He strikes back at his violent, alcoholic father, knocking him down to the ground, an unforgivable sin. Ezra flees to Philadelphia on the midnight bus, totally unprepared for the chaotic streets of 1964 Philadelphia. Smart, young, now ex-Amish, he must learn fast or perish. About the Author:Roger spent the first eighteen years of his life in northern Indiana. His father was the only doctor for a small town of 1200, and had a hitching rail on a side street by his office for the Amish… Read more »

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Feb 16
8th Confession Winners!!!

8th Confession Winners!!!

The 4 lucky people who will be getting a copy of the 8th Confession are…… Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 8            Mark!!! 4            scottsgal!!! 19         I Heart Book Gossip!!! 9            Michelle!!! Congratulations to these lucky four! I have emailed them and they will have 48 hours to reply or I will draw a new winner(s)!

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Feb 16
Review of Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania by Cerella D. Sechrist

Review of Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania by Cerella D. Sechrist

*Bonus entry for the giveaway of an autographed copy: Leave another comment to this post of my review!*About the Book:Sadie Spencer has learned that in life, as well as in food, sour balances sweet. Returning to her hometown of Hershey with a five-year-old daughter, she manages to rise from the ashes following the death of her husband, the passing of her mother, and the dissolution of her career as a TV chef. With the help and encouragement of her best friend, Jasper, she opens a restaurant and looks forward to savoring the sweet side of life. That is, until a handsome Russian entrepreneur arrives in town, apparently intent on opening up his own restaurant in direct competition to hers. Sadie becomes obsessed with honing the one skill she’s never had—creating desserts—to keep up with her adversary, and in the process, she finds a love that’s simply icing on the cake. About the Author:Cerella D. Sechrist is the author of nonfiction devotionals, several full-length dramas, and a historical short story. This is her first novel. Cerella makes her home in York, Pennsylvania. My Review:This book was absolutely delicious! I loved everything about this book: it’s cover, it’s characters, it’s themes….all of… Read more »

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Feb 16
Blog Tour Review: Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monniger

Blog Tour Review: Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monniger

About the Book:From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine’s Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river’s treacherous rapids. But rivers do not let go so easily…and neither does their love. So when Mary’s life takes the cruelest turn, she vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey. Set against the rugged wilderness of Maine, the exotic islands of Indonesia, the sweeping panoramas of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil villages of rural New England, Eternal on the Water is at once heartbreaking and uplifting — a timeless, beautifully rendered story of true love’s power. About the Author: Joseph Monninger has published several award-winning YA novels and three books of nonfiction, including the memoir Home Waters, and has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He lives and teaches in New Hampshire, where he also runs a dog sled team. My Review:I loved this book. It is a raw, emotional love story. As it is described, it… Read more »

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Feb 16
FIRST Wild Card Tour & Review: Raven’s Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet

FIRST Wild Card Tour & Review: Raven’s Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet

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: Jeffrey Overstreet and the book: Raven’s Ladder WaterBrook Press (February 16, 2010) ***Special thanks to Staci Carmichael of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeffrey Overstreet is the skilled author of Auralia’s Colors, twice-nominated for a Christy Award, and Cyndere’s Midnight. His award-winning film reviews have appeared in Image, Books and Culture, Paste, and Christianity Today, and his “moviegoer’s memoir” Through a Screen Darkly is a popular exploration of faith and film in the U.S. and Europe. His website––LookingCloser.org––draws many thousands of readers each month…. Read more »

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Feb 16
FIRST Wild Card Tour & Review: Raven’s Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet

FIRST Wild Card Tour & Review: Raven’s Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet

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: Jeffrey Overstreet and the book: Raven’s Ladder WaterBrook Press (February 16, 2010) ***Special thanks to Staci Carmichael of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeffrey Overstreet is the skilled author of Auralia’s Colors, twice-nominated for a Christy Award, and Cyndere’s Midnight. His award-winning film reviews have appeared in Image, Books and Culture, Paste, and Christianity Today, and his “moviegoer’s memoir” Through a Screen Darkly is a popular exploration of faith and film in the U.S. and Europe. His website––LookingCloser.org––draws many thousands of readers each month…. Read more »

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Feb 16
The Valentine’s Winners have been drawn!!

The Valentine’s Winners have been drawn!!

And the two lucky winners are…… Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 45        Carman!!! 4          Michelle!!! Thank you to all who entered!! Please know that I appreciate all of you who follow my blogs and I will have another special giveaway like this in the future!!! Congratulations to the winners….they have been notified and will have 48 hours to reply or I will draw a new winner(s)!

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