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Monday, October 28, 2013

“Beloved” iPad Mini Giveaway from Robin Lee Hatcher!

Robin Lee Hatcher is celebrating the release of her latest novel, Belovedwith an iPad Mini giveaway! 
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  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 15th. Winner will be announced November 16th at Robin's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Robin's blog on the 16th to see if you won. (Or, better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Little Shepherd Review!!!

Hey all!  I'm sure you all figured out that I'm a dunce this month by now! :D  I wasn't supposed to post this until NOVEMBER 27th my actual tour date! :/  Thank you Cheryl SO much for letting me know so I can try and fix it!  So here's my review still, but I'll be posting it again in November along with the giveaway!  So stay tuned for November and maybe I'll have my head on straight by then!  Here's hopin'  Blessings ~ASC

Little Shepherd by Cheryl G. Malandrinos

About the book:
Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem when the angels appear to announce the Savior's birth. Can he trust that the miracle of the first Christmas will keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?

Excerpt:
Off in the distance, a wolf howled. Obed moved closer to his flock, scanning the hills for any sign of a pack that might race in and steal his sheep. His family depended upon the sheep for food and their wool for clothing. No sheep would be lost under his watch.

He shivered inside his cloak. While the days were getting warmer, the nights still chilled him. He walked over to the large fire blazing inside the pit. He rubbed his hands together and held them up to the fire to warm them.

Above him, the sky twinkled with millions of stars. Obed couldn’t remember a night so clear.

Suddenly, a bright light filled the sky.

Obed trembled. “Father, what is happening?”


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About the author:
Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author and editor. Her first children’s book, Little Shepherd, was released in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing. She is a member of the SCBWI, a book reviewer, and blogger. Cheryl also writes under the name of C. C. Gevry. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.

Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com 


and 

the Little Shepherd book blog at http://littleshepherdchildrensbook.blogspot.com/.


My Opinion:
Just in time for Christmas!  :)  I think Little Shepherd will be a good gift for any little one.  I really think they will enjoy the colors of the illustrations and I really like the way Cheryl writes.  This will be a great bed time read for younger kids up to the recommended 4, plus a great discussion starter for the older kids (recommended up to 8), but I do wish that the point was driven home a little bit more.  Actually saying that it's God that takes care of us/everything and that we don't have to worry.  I really love the concept though!  While reading the story of Jesus' birth in the Bible for many years I always wondered what happened to the sheep left behind while the Shepherds went to worship our Savior, and this is a lovely possibility. :)  A sweet story for Christmas (or Christmas eve ;) night.  

Songs: "The First Noel" by Lady Antebellum, "What Child Is This" by Martina McBride, "O Come All Ye Faithful" by Celtic Woman, "Away In A Manger" by Martina McBride, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" by Amy Grant, "Angels We Have Heard on High" by Ella Fitzgerald, "O Holy Night" by Martina McBride, and "Go Tell It On The Mountain" by Little Big Town

In case you didn't know yet I LOVE CHRISTmas carols! :D

Luke 2

~ASC


* I was invited to review this book and was sent a free review copy.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above is my honest view of Little Shepherd. ~ASC

Friday, October 25, 2013

Perfectly Matched Review!!!

Perfectly Matched by Maggie Brendan

Book Description:
Anna Olsen knows it's time to leave her sister's increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters' examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife. Almost immediately it's painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily.

Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount?

Maggie Brendan closes her Blue Willow Brides series with a heartwarming tale of true love despite misunderstanding, showing readers that God's timing is always perfect.

My opinion:
Easy read.  For me this was a relatively easy read.  Maggie depicts married life (especially new married life) realistically.  Sickeningly sweet at times LOL! and fighting like cats and dogs at others; as two people with completely different personalities strive to learn how to cohabitate.  I really enjoyed the mix of the characters hobbies, occupations, and interests.  From painting to watch making it has a broad spectrum of interesting topics.  Especial the addition of the ASPCA.  I really enjoyed the addition of all the animals!  I love to read a book with animals from an author that knows animals!  From their good aspects to their somewhat crazy mishaps, Maggie gets them all when writing about the four legged friends.  I also really like how the characters grow and change throughout the book and how they overcome difficulties.  Plus the setting for me is an added bonus!  I love Colorado and really enjoyed Denver!  After reading this book I long to visit again.  :)  Love is in the air all over Denver in this sweet read!

Soundtrack:  "Star Spangled Banner (The National Anthem)" by US Coast Guard Band, "Holy Holy Holy! Lord God Almighty - Church Organ" by Faithful Fathers, "He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought" by Discovery Singers, and "Onward Christian Soldiers" from Various Artist

Proverbs 31:8

~ASC

*I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it this in no way affected my opinion and the above is my honest opinion. ~ASC

“Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Monday, October 21, 2013

Win a Kindle Fire from Margaret Brownley and RSVP for “Tea with Margaret” on 11/7!

Margaret Brownley's latest release, Gunpowder Tea, is receiving high praise, and she's celebrating with a Kindle Fire giveaway and a "Tea with Margaret" Facebook party!


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  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 7th. Winner will be announced at the "Tea with Margaret" Facebook Author Chat Party on the 7th. Connect with Margaret and friends for an evening of book chat, prizes, and get an exclusive look at Margaret's next book!

So grab your copy of Gunpowder Tea and join Margaret on the evening of November 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)


Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word — tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on 11/7!


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Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Reluctant Courtship Review!!!

A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes

Book Description:
Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family's country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome--what more could a girl ask for? But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French and American prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. For his part, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach, which Honore certainly is not. Amid a political climate that is far from friendly, Honore determines to help Ashmoor prove his innocence--if she can do so and stay alive.

From the rocky cliffs of Devonshire, England, comes the exciting conclusion to the lush Daughters of Bainbridge House series. Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes thrusts her readers into high drama from the very first sentence and keeps them on their toes until the final page.

My Opinion:
Laurie knows how to start a book!  From the very first sentence she grabs you and won't let go.  Filled with interesting characters that come together beautifully, and just enough humor to make scenes light.  She comes up with the most unique and lovely names for her characters and I absolutely love Honore's strength and intelligence.  And the mysteries within the story keeps you intrigued throughout.  Laurie's writing is VERY expressive!!!  Filled with thrilling adventure, great intrigue, and exciting danger scenes!!!  A truly beautiful regency with lots of action!  Some chapters keep you at the edge of your seat and not only does Laurie know how to start a book she knows how to end a chapter also!!!  With shocking endings that keep you reading on and on.  The pace is fast which proved (for me at least) to get a little tangled up and confusing at times but overall I absolutely LOVE the quick pace from scene to scene!  This has made it to My Favorite Books List!  It holds things that I never expected from reading book description, and completely shocked me with revealing certain mysterious goings on! :)  A Must read for those that are looking for a wonderful, exciting adventure mixed with excellent romance!  After reading this one I want to read the first in the series all the more and, I suspect,just about anything else Laurie writes! 

Songs: "Holy Holy Holy! Lord God Almighty - Church Organ" by Faithful Fathers, "For The Beauty Of The Earth (Album Version)" by BarlowGirl, "'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus" by Bluegrass Worship Band, "Trust & Obey" by Chelsea Moon & The Franz Brothers, "Not For A Moment (After All)" by Meredith Andrews "I Surrender All" by Helena, and "English Reel (I958)" by Helen Callus & Robert McDonald

Isaiah 61:1

~ASC

*I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my pinon and the above are my honest feelings about A Reluctant Courtship. ~ASC

“Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Journey of Josephine Cain Review!!!

The Journey of Josephine Cain
by Nancy Moser

Book Description:
About the book: When a socialite from the nation's capital embarks on a journey to the Wild West, her life is changed forever.

A setting populated by hundreds of laborers, outlaws, and Indians is hardly the place for a wealthy general's daughter. But Josephine Cain is determined to visit her father, who supervises the day-to-day work involved in the grandest ambition of post-Civil War America: the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Life with the railroad is far from the proper life Josephine is used to, and she faces deadly gunfights, harsh weather, and vigilante uprisings. She is torn between the West and the East; between her privileged upbringing and the challenges of a new frontier; between the pull of the suitable beau her parents approve of and an attraction to a rough but charming Irish railroad worker. But if Josephine is willing, she just might find a new life, a unique purpose . . . and true love.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/pq47s

Meet Nancy: Nancy Moser is the best-selling author of more than twenty novels. She is a winner and two-time nominee of the Christy Award, and her latest novel was named to Booklist's "Top 10 Romance Novels of 2011." Nancy and her husband have three grown children and three grandchildren, and they live in the Midwest.

Learn more at Nancy at: http://nancymoser.com/.

My Opinion:
A nice read.  For me the Journey of Josephine Cain started with a bang, and then fell into a bit of a lull.  The pace was slower than I usually like, and it didn't progress quit fast enough for me.  But once it did progress boy it had me hooked!  I love the actual journey that the characters (especially the main character) goes on not just physically, but the way she grows up and matures through out the book!  Josephine changes from a some what selfish, anxious, discontent character; into a stronger, mature, and beautiful young woman!  Plus she is only one of the many favorite characters that grow and change in great ways!  With twists and surprises I really enjoyed reading about how they laid the track, as well as all the other historical elements in the story.  And I really like the lessons; that we need to remember that vengeance is not ours, and that even though we grow and change there are times we can make mistakes and fall back into old habits though it's no reason to not get back up and try again.  Overall an enjoyable read!  From mourning to celebration, from death to life, from adventure to danger, all mixed with Faith, humor, and love; The Journey of Josephine Cain is a wonderful adventure that holds true to it's title and takes you on a great journey.

Songs: "He Leadeth Me" by The Cluster Pluckers, "Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 3 - ("Sull'aria...") - 'Che soave zeffiretto' " by Dawn Upshaw, "Polka: Jenny Lind" by Scan Tester, and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Instrumental)" by Mark Howard, John Mock, Stuart Duncan

Exodus 14:14

~ASC


*I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion of The Journey of Josephine Cain and the above is my honest opinion.  ~ASC

Heirs of Rebellion (First Wild Card Tours)

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:


and the book:

Whitaker House (September 2, 2013)

***Special thanks to Cathy Hickling for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Vanessa Miller is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her romance series include Forsaken, Rain and Storm, and with Whitaker House, the Second Chance at Love series:  A Promise of Forever Love, Yesterday’s Promise, and A Love for Tomorrow. Her books, which often depict lost characters in need of redemption, have received countless favorable reviews and numerous awards. Vanessa holds a degree in organizational communication from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She is a dedicated Christian and a devoted mother serves in her church as an ordained exhorter.

Visit the author's website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Heirs of Rebellion contains the first two of five stories chronicling the dramatic lives of Joel Morrison and his adult children. “The Blessed One” kicks off the saga in the Bahamas where Joel has gathered the family to go over changes to his will, but a turn of events sends shock waves through the Morrison family, altering Joel’s plans. “The Wild One,” revolves around daughter Dee Dee Morrison-Milner, a film star living life in the fast lane who adopts an African child -- only because she believes it will benefit her career. When a series of events leads to her adopted daughter’s kidnapping, Dee Dee turns to her estranged husband in hopes of finding the child whose kind nature has captured her heart.


Product Details:
List Price: $13.99
Series: Morrison Family Secrets (Book 1)
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House (September 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603749489
ISBN-13: 978-1603749480


AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:

“Mr. Morrison, I really need to discuss something with you before you leave today.”

Eric’s assistant, Karen, had come into his office just as he was leaning over his desk, putting some files in his briefcase, so he could head home. He straightened up, revealing his full six-foot-two, 178-pound physique. He straightened his buttercream-colored tie and looked at his watch. It was 7:30 pm. He’d promised Linda that he would be home by six. Well, he’d already broken that promise, so he might as well handle this business. He sat back down. “What can I do for you, Karen?”

“I would just like to state for the record,” Karen began as she handed him a stack of bills, “I had no clue that this much money was being spent since you put Mark in charge of marketing for your campaign.”

It was the Corporate America motto: “Cover yourself and blame the other guy.” In truth, Karen’s responsibilities included reviewing the finances of his campaign and letting him know if his contributions were insufficient to cover his spending. He flipped through the bills, and then, with a frustrated sigh, laid the stack on his desk. “Why are all these bills past due?”

Karen plopped down in the chair in front of his desk and let out a long sigh. “We haven’t received as much in contributions as I originally projected. The election is nine months away, and with nothing significant happening, we haven’t given the donors a reason to part with their money.”

Here he was, mayor of Cincinnati, fully intending to make the White House his home within the next decade, and he didn’t even have enough money to run for Governor of Ohio? What did that say about his chances at the presidency? Was he dead in the water before his presidential campaign even marinated in the delegates’ minds? Eric refused to believe that. His father had always told him that God was looking out for him and wanted to see him prosper.

Being the eldest child, Eric had always been called upon to solve problems, starting with his own siblings. If he heard someone say, “Give it back; I had it first,” Eric would suggest something along the lines of, “Why don’t you play with the truck first, Isaiah, and then, in a little while, you can let Shawn see it, okay?” or, “Look, Dee Dee, there’s a prettier doll on your bed. Why don’t you let Elaine have this old doll, so you can play with the prettier one?”

Problem solving was in his genes. So, before his pity party got started, Eric decided to search for a solution. He grabbed his calculator and began adding up his debts. He turned to Karen. “It looks like we owe almost five million for various items, including my radio and television ads. How much money do we have right now?”

Karen glanced at the spreadsheet in her hand. “We have about two million in liquid assets.”

His father could cover these bills without even blinking an eye. But Eric hadn’t asked his father for anything since he’d graduated from college. Sure, he gladly accepted the $50,000 his father sent through his accountant to each of his children every year. His father had also bought him and his siblings their first homes. Everyone but Elaine, that is; she was still too busy saving the world to plant roots anywhere. But Eric hadn’t asked his father for anything else since he’d bought the house for Linda and him. When their daughter was born, Eric sold that house and used the proceeds to buy the 6,000-square-foot home they now shared. He wanted to be his own man and make his father proud of his accomplishments. The last thing Eric wanted to do as he neared forty was to beg his father for money. Besides, his father knew that it took money to run for public office; and if he wasn’t offering, Eric wasn’t asking.

“Okay, then,” Eric finally said. “Call all of our creditors and offer them a third of what we owe, and then tell them we will pay the rest over the next three months.” Eric had no clue where the money would come from to pay the remaining balances. But in the political arena, you never knew—a scandal could develop surrounding his opponent, prompting more voters to want to oust the incumbent and perhaps even pledge money to Eric’s campaign. He hoped he wouldn’t have to hire investigators to dig up dirt on Governor McDaniel, but he wasn’t opposed to it if the need arose.

He finished his meeting and left the office. Linda was going to kill him. This was the third night this week that he’d arrived home after eight o’clock. She didn’t understand how much public service meant to him, how much joy he received from setting policies in place that would help communities for generations to come. Being in public service allowed him to use the peacemaking finesse and problem-solving skills he’d developed as a child. But Linda was always complaining that he was more dedicated to the City of Cincinnati than to his own family.

Eric didn’t understand his wife. She had everything a woman could want, and yet she was still unhappy. He had bought her a nice home, and she had a hefty clothing allowance. Yes, he was often late, but at least he came home to his wife every night. Not every woman could say that. But Eric Morrison, the next governor of the great state of Ohio, didn’t cheat on his wife. Mention the name Bill Clinton to any politician—enough said. No, sir. Eric wasn’t trying to build a legacy just to have it torn down by infidelity. His father had taught him that. Joel Morrison used to tell his sons every chance he got: A man’s name is only as good as his wife says it is.

Eric had met Linda after college, while he was serving as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Linda’s father was a colonel in the army, so she’d grown up as an army brat.

Now she’s just a brat, Eric thought as he pulled into the driveway. She was never satisfied, no matter what he did for her. And if she didn’t get her way, she fell apart.

He walked into the house, took off his hat and coat, and put them in the closet. “I’m home,” he yelled.

No one answered back. He looked at his watch and walked out of the foyer in search of his wife. He found her asleep in the living room, stretched out on their beige sofa with a half-empty bottle of scotch by her side. Eric rolled his eyes and turned to walk away. Then he noticed a letter typed on his father’s stationery, sitting on the coffee table. He crossed the room and sat down on the edge of the couch next to his wife, catching a whiff of her alcohol-laden breath as she snored.

Shaking his head, he picked up the letter and read.

Son,

I hope all is going well for you and your family. It has been way too long since I broke bread with you and your lovely wife. Just thinking about how much I miss my grandchildren brings tears to my eyes. So, I’ve decided to invite you all to our vacation home in the Bahamas for a week of fun and family.

I know you’ll need time to get things in order at your office, so I’ve scheduled the vacation for the end of the month. How about it? Can you bring your family to the Bahamas on March 25? I really hope you will be there, because I will be going over some changes to my will.

Love, your father,

Joel

Eric held his breath and leaned back on the sofa. What changes could his father be making to his will? As far back as he could remember, his father had said they would split his fortune five ways when he died. Had something changed?

***

“What did you say to me?” Dee Dee Morrison-Milner glared across the table at her Bible-toting husband. Actually, she preferred thinking of him as her soon-to-be ex-husband.

“I said I love you, Dee Dee. Please, let’s just go home and talk this over,” Drake Milner pleaded, his dark brown eyes filled with liquid sadness.

Dee Dee didn’t care. She rolled her eyes and turned to face her lawyer, who was seated on her left. She ran her fingers through her fifteen-hundred-dollar weave. “William, can you please tell Drake how much alimony he will receive from me when this is all over?”

While Dee Dee’s attorney flipped through his files, Drake said, “What if I don’t want alimony? What if I just want you?”

Drake’s attorney, Mark Winters, elbowed him and spoke up. “Actually, my client has given up a great deal for this three-year marriage. Alimony is the least Mrs. Milner can do.”

“Don’t call me that.” Dee Dee scowled. “I am Dee Dee Morrison. I insist that you refer to me in that manner during these proceedings.” Actually, her name was Dee Dee Morrison-Wilcox-Johnson-Sooner-Milner, but Dee Dee didn’t want to think about all her failed marriages. She’d rather just be Morrison again and start over. The only reason she’d even entered into marital mistake number four was because her father had thought Drake was a great catch. According to Joel Morrison, Mr. Drake Milner was one in a million. Well, her daddy didn’t have to live with Drake. He wasn’t around when Drake opened his Bible and dared to read it to her. He wasn’t dragged to Sunday morning worship service when all he wanted to do was sleep in. Dee Dee had been through all that madness when she’d lived with her father. That’s why she’d thought she could handle a clone of Joel Morrison. But she’d had enough.

“What did I do that was so wrong, Dee Dee?” Drake protested. “I didn’t cheat on you, didn’t abuse you. I honored the vows that I made to you.”

Dee Dee turned to William. “Can you please tell him how much I’m willing to give him in alimony?”

William cleared his throat and announced, “Ms. Morrison is willing to give you fifty thousand a year for the next three years.”

Mark laughed. “How generous you are, Mrs. Milner, but it’s going to take much more than Daddy’s annual allowance to help my client retain his standard of living.”

Glaring across the table at Drake again, Dee Dee said, “Did you tell him all my business?”

“The bottom line is this,” Mark began. “My client gave up his career to move to LA and become your houseboy.”

“I never told him he couldn’t work,” Dee Dee insisted.

“Oh, really? Is that why you got him fired from the last two jobs he acquired since moving here?” Mark asked.

Dee Dee harrumphed. “That’s a lie. Drake didn’t like any of those jobs. He wanted to travel with me. I did him a favor by calling his employers. If anything, he should be thanking me, rather than trying to extort more money.” She stood up and extended her manicured index finger in Drake’s direction. “You’re getting out of my house today. Do you hear me? Your days of freeloading are over.” She turned and stormed out of her attorney’s office, jumped in her red Ferrari 575M Maranello, and sped off. She had no time to waste. She intended to put Drake out of her ten-million-dollar Bel Air mansion that day. She lived thirty minutes away from her lawyer’s office. Nonetheless, in less than twenty minutes, she was punching in the access code to her gated home. She parked her car in front of the house and ran inside.

Dee Dee stood in the foyer for a moment with her back against the door. She detested the stale white walls, the white marble floor, and the circular staircase. It was all too calm and drab for her taste. She still didn’t understand why she had purchased this house. Maybe she had been on some kind of calm-and-drab kick the year she’d married Drake, but she was way over it now.

She went upstairs to Drake’s room, gathered a handful of his shoes and clothes, then opened his bedroom window and threw the stuff out onto the well-manicured lawn. On her third trip to the window, she saw her assistant, Marcia, coming up the walkway.

As Dee Dee dumped Drake’s underclothes on the lawn, Marcia waved some envelopes in the air with no acknowledgment of the garments. “I have your mail.”

“Just leave it on the table in the foyer. I’m busy right now.”

Marcia pulled one of the envelopes out of the stack. “This one is from your father.”

Dee Dee was tempted to continue with her work, but her daddy was a peculiar kind of man. You never knew when he might just add an extra check to one of his letters. And she could use some extra money right now. God only knew how much it was going to cost her to get rid of Drake, since he was telling everyone it was her fault he didn’t have a job.

She went downstairs, took the letter from Marcia, and opened it. As she read it, her world fell apart. Daddy’s changing his will? Was her father disinheriting her because of her four failed marriages? Could the old man really give away her birthright just because she didn’t measure up to his high standards? Dee Dee didn’t really know if this was bad news for her or not, but she knew one thing for sure. There was no way that she could go to the Bahamas without Drake. Not when her share of six hundred million was at stake.



*Review to Come!!! ~ASC

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Salvaged Webisodes Review!!!

FABULOUS!!!  First let me share with you a little.  God is Awesome!!!  I received the invite for this blog tour in my SPAM folder.  I usually don't read my SPAM messages but I looked up the book series and seeing it was Young Adult (which is not a genre I usually read and review) I didn't think it was for me and without thinking anything else of it I went ahead and emptied my SPAM.  Then I felt a tug like I shouldn't have done it!  So I started praying and praying and praying.  I asked God that if I made a mistake and I should join the tour, for Him to PLEASE make the message come back (because of coarse after deleting SPAM the message is gone and not retrievable).  The next morning I'm going through my Inbox and guess what was there!?  Yup!  The same invite that had been in my SPAM was just sitting there waiting for me.  So I got my answer! :D  I watched the first sample episode after signing up and was hooked, and I am SO happy The Lord intervened!  Our God is an AWESOME GOD!!!  

Now on to my review...
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This is a GREAT show and I hope they make it big and I REALLY would LOVE for it to be sold on DVD so I can get it and watch it again and again!  I personally felt that some of the acting was a bit strained at times but a lot of it is wonderful, and I really like how it's filmed.  The look of it is nice.  The actors interact with each other beautifully and the writing is FANTASTIC!!!  Lovably silly at times and beautifully deep at others.  Plus the message of healing is expressed nicely!!!  The whole cast is great especially Bret Green and Jayna Sweet!  And while Jesus didn't look the way I personally picture Him (we all have our own picture though I think) Marc Yellin does a fantastic job with his delivery and presence and I LOVED his scenes.  In short... I WANT MORE!!! :D

And I couldn't resist adding a couple of my own song choices! "Oh, Good Grief (Album Version)" Vince Guaraldi Trio and "Charlie Brown Theme (Album Version)" Vince Guaraldi Trio

This show is FANTASTIC!!!  If you need more info and you missed my previous post with Stefne Miller's Interview you can find it HERE!!!  

As always thank you, thank you, thank you to my readers! :)  Hugs and God Bless ~ASC

Interview with Stefne Miller and her web series Salvaged

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AUTHOR'S INTERVIEW: STEFNE MILLER

How did the Salvaged web series come about?
I was working with Director, Paul Morrell on a movie adaptation of my third novel, Collision. We had just completed the screenplay and were about to move in to the next phase, when I told him about an idea I had for Salvaged. I'd always believed that it would make a great teen drama series - either on television, straight to DVD or web streaming. He loved the idea and was interested in doing it. Within days, a friend that I mentioned it to, offered to pay to have a pilot/proof of concept reel developed. Less than a month later, I was in LA holding a casting call. Two weeks later, a cast and crew of 25 were in a rented house, shooting for five days. We decided to take the pilot episode and also release it as a web series so that we could introduce people to the story, characters and our quality of work. We believe that this can only help both the Salvaged and Collision projects.

What is the big goal?
The big picture goal is that a network or distributor would pick up the series. I've already written the scripts for eight 45 minute episodes or what could easily be turned in to a mini-series.

Who are you hoping to reach with this series?
Salvaged, the web series is based on my first novel by the same name. It is a young adult Christian fiction novel that was able to transcend the lines of Christian fiction and also move into the secular market. Salvaged was first picked up in the mainstream young adult fiction blogging world and the reviews and ratings landed me on the Goodreads.com Reader's Choice Awards finalist list for Debut Author of 2010. I am hoping that Salvaged will continue to reach out into various audiences and present them with a powerful story that has the ability to impact lives - no matter the way in which they receive it (book, web series, tv show, etc).

When does the series come out?
There are six episodes. The first was released on September 25th. The remaining episodes will release every Wednesday at 8 am (CST) through October 30th.

Where can viewers find the episodes?
Salvaged has it's own YouTube channel at: youtube.com/salvagedseries. The episodes will stay on the Salvaged YouTube channel for viewers to watch far into the future.

Where can we find out more about the series and the book? 

You can also learn more about the series on the official Salvaged web site at salvagedseries.com. You can read an except of the first chapter ofSalvaged, the book, at my web site, stefnemiller.com, or purchase a copy online or at your local bookstores.

What are more ways we can get involved in the Salvaged Series blog tour? 

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Under a Blackberry Moon Review!!!

Under a Blackberry Moon
 by Serena B. Miller 

Book Description:
Just a few days after she gives birth alone in the Northwoods, a recently widowed young Chippewa woman stumbles into a nearby lumber camp in search of refuge and sustenance. Come summer, the camp owner sends Skypilot, his most trusted friend, to accompany Moon Song and her baby on the long and treacherous journey back to her people. But when tragedy strikes off the shore of Michigan's Upper Peninsula wilderness, Moon Song and Skypilot must depend on each other for survival. With every step they take into the forbidding woods, they are drawn closer together, until the tough questions must be asked. Will she leave her culture to enter his? Will he leave his world to enter hers? Or will they walk away from a love that seems too complicated to last?

With evocative descriptions of a breathtaking landscape, Under a Blackberry Moon will sweep readers into a wild realm where beauty masks danger and only the truly courageous survive, even as the sweet love story along the way tightly grips their hearts.


My Opinion:
Absolutely amazing!!!  When I read the book description I thought that I'd give it a shot.  It sounded pretty interesting.  I WAS blown away with how amazing this story turned out to be, and I'm not sure the description really does it justice!!!  I laughed SO hard at some of the dialogue and the pages are filled with surprise after surprise.  This story is SO great that I can read it again and again.  I enjoyed it so much I didn't want it to end!  The pace is excellent, blending one great scene after another, and I absolutely love the scenes where the characters must survive in the wilderness!  Serena made it all so realistic with the way Moon Song had to find food and shelter.  I love when an author has to come up with ways for their characters to survive with little to no tools and Serena knocks it out of the ball park.  The messages of strength in body, mind, and faith are expressed beautifully in this rugged background.  From "civilization", to Lake Superior, to the deep forest, Under a Blackberry Moon takes you through it all!  Serena has also captured the sad devastation the Indian tribes faced through history.  From losing the old ways to having everything stolen from them, to the prejudices against them; these characters must find a way to survive not just the harshness of the wilderness but also from the changing times.  After reading this book I would LOVE to go back and read where Moon Song was first introduced in The Measure of Katie Calloway.  This is a MUST READ!!!  Entertaining, beautiful, humorous, lovable, surprising, and heartwarming!  

And a shout out to Koechel Peterson & Associates and Bryan Hansel!  They out did themselves on this beautiful cover!!!   

Songs: "Loon - Bird Call Song" by Sound Affection, "For The Beauty Of The Earth (Album Version)" by BarlowGirl, "Believer" by Kutless, "How Can I Not Love You (Anna and the King) [Karaoke Instrumental Track] [In the Style of Joy Enriquez]" by ProSound Karaoke Band, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Rock Of Ages, Victory In Jesus, Because He Lives (Medley) (LP Version)" by Sandi Patty,
and when I found what I think is the strange French lullaby from the book I couldn't resist adding it's instrumental: "La petite poule grise" by The Kiboomers

Joshua 1:5

~ASC

*I received this book free from Revell in exchange for my honest review.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above is what I truly think about Under a Blackberry Moon.  ~ASC

“Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell,
 a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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The Journey of Josephine Cain by Nancy Moser follows the adventures of a D.C. socialite as she gets involved with the building of the Transcontinental Railroad right after the Civil War. Be sure to check out Nancy's fun Pinterest board for the book!

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Courier of Caswell Hall (American tapestries) Review!!!

The Courier of Caswell Hall 

by Melanie Dobson


Book Description:
About the book: An unlikely spy discovers freedom and love in the midst of the American Revolution.

As the British and Continental armies wage war in 1781, the daughter of a wealthy Virginia plantation owner feels conflict raging in her own heart. Lydia Caswell comes from a family of staunch Loyalists, but she cares only about peace. Her friend Sarah Hammond, however, longs to join the fight. Both women's families have already been divided by a costly war that sets father against son and neighbor against neighbor; a war that makes it impossible to guess who can be trusted.

One snowy night Lydia discovers a wounded man on the riverbank near Caswell Hall, and her decision to save him will change her life. Nathan introduces her to a secret network of spies, couriers, disguises, and coded messages---a network that may be the Patriots' only hope for winning the war. When British officers take over Caswell Hall and wreak havoc on neighboring plantations, Lydia will have to choose between loyalty and freedom; between her family's protection and her own heart's desires.

As both armies gather near Williamsburg for a pivotal battle, both Lydia and Sarah must decide how high a price they are willing to pay to help the men they love.

Part of the American Tapestries™ series: Each standalone novel in this line sets a heart-stirring love story against the backdrop of an epic moment in American history. This is the fifth book in the series.

Purchase a copy: http://amzn.to/1aLxC9s

About the author: Melanie Dobson is the author of twelve novels; her writing has received numerous accolades including two Carol Awards. Melanie worked in public relations for fifteen years before she began writing fiction full-time. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides with her husband and two daughters in Oregon.

Connect with Melanie at:http://melaniedobson.com

My Opinion:
It's made My Favorite Books List!!!  I never really enjoyed history in school.  It just wasn't my thing, but The Courier of Caswell Hall takes historical events and fictional characters, and marries them to bring out a beautiful adventure.  I learned SO much that I never realized or knew about the Revolutionary War!  And I felt the pains, frustrations, and anger from the time are expressed nicely.  The past and future wrap together as I read the events that transpired in the lives of these characters, and see how they are formed into the people God created them to be.  Surprise after surprise and sorrow in the midst of joy fill the pages as the characters lives intertwined.  This is one of those books that is awesome to look back and remember how it all began, and maybe even to read again and again!  Bouncing from one lead character to the next they all meet and mix at some point as they try to live in a world turned upside down by war.  Melanie does something that I've always LOVED an author to do; she wraps up every character and ties up every end.  After I finished I never felt like I didn't know where a character ended up.  Though I feel the ending is sweetly sad I highly recommend reading this book.  From the tobacco fields, to a captured ship, to a ball Courier of Caswell Hall leads you through it all!  Happiness, sadness, romance, courage, and triumph are just the beginning!  

Songs that I think fit: "Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, BWV 1044: II. Adagio ma non tanto e dolce" by Murray Perahia, 
"When All Thy Mercies, O My God" by Choir Of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 
"Minuet" by Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), 
"First of May (Jig)" by Rob Hobkirk, 
"Trio for Flute, Violin and Harp: III. Polo (de Falla)" by Southwest Chamber Music, members, 
"He Leadeth Me" by The Cluster Pluckers, 
"In The Sweet By And By" by The Cluster Pluckers, 
"Rock Of Ages" by Chris Rice, 
and I personally think in a few ways this last hymn fits "O Freedom" by Chris Rice

Matthew 25:35-40

~ASC

* I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above is how I honestly feel about The Courier of Caswell Hall. ~ASC

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Christmas Gift for Rose Review!!!

A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer


Book Description:

Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II---only to discover she's an Englischer herself. Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind---Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/pfhBl

About Tricia: 
TGoyer
USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and "Lead Your Family Like Jesus," (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com andMomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children. 

You can find out more about Tricia at www.TriciaGoyer.com.

My Opinion:
Beautiful!  A Christmas Gift for Rose officially kicks off this years Christmas reads for me!  And what a great novella to do so.  I'm beginning to think that Christmas Novellas are my favorite things to read!  Top 5 at least! :)  This one starts out around, and in, Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas day with a beautiful gift.  Hence the title.  Tricia's way of writing is wonderful.  Her characters are lovable, at times frustrating, and beautiful all wrapped into one.  There are certain tid-bits that Tricia adds that made be laugh and some that nearly brought tears and it's these things that make me love her writing the most.  This book is filled with the message of Hope and God's plans.  Some of the feelings were frustrating but realistically so. LOL!  And the turmoils that continued to affect our veterans after the war are expressed realistically as well.  I loved learning how the Amish responded to World War II, and the historical origins of this story.  Based on a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose was all the more touching.  A secret, hope, family, finding where one belongs, love, God's provisions, and sacrifice are just the beginning.  This is an excellent way to kick off the season and will make a wonderful Thanksgiving/Christmas read!  I highly recommend it.

Soundtrack: "Doxology (Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow)" by Heidi Nadine,"Just Say Jesus" by 7eventh Time Down, "Christmas Rose" by Randy Yoder, "O Holy Night" by Celine Dion, and "Trust And Obey" by The Joslin Grove Choral Society

Exodus 14:14

~ASC

*I received this book for the purpose of reviewing as a member of the Liftuse group.  This in no way affected my opinion of the book and the above is my honest opinion. ~ASC

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