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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Grand Design Review!

A Grand Design by Amber Stockton

Book Description:
About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition
 and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love seriesfocuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs---if only she can let go of her past.

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa's grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.

As the quilt's story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother's life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa's fractured heart---and bring healing to her entire family?

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Lovewebsite.

About the Author: 

Amber Stockton is an award-winning author, a national speaker, and a direct-sales brand partner with Nerium International. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader's choice awards.

Connect with Amber: websiteFacebookTwitter

My Opinion:
Easy read.  I found the island aspects and the whole hunting down quilt squares to be fascinating.  The pace was a little too slow for me at times and I did feel there were times when the plot lagged because of it.  It kind of left me with a feeling of "where's the rest of it"?  There were many things about the way Amber writes that I loved and some that I didn't really like.  I do LOVE her use of "it's a God-thing", I always use and love the statement because there are just things that happen and fall so perfectly together you know that only God could have made it happen! :)  I LOVE those moments when God's care and orchestration are so evident in life! <3  I really enjoyed the characters mainly Alyssa's grandmother and some of the other ladies Alyssa comes into contact with while gathering the squares.  Mainly there are two things that I think would have made this book better: 1.) a faster pace and 2.) if it had been longer.  There are just some things that could have been fleshed out like with the making of the quilt, the girls learning to quilt, or each visit with the ladies with the quilt squares.  There were times when certain scenes seemed to be rushed and other's dragged.  As you have probably ascertained I'm a little torn with this one! LOL!  If this book did one thing it made me want to visit this island and hotel!  It sounds really neat!
Track list that I feel fit with the book: "
Somewhere In Time (Somewhere In Time/Soundtrack Version)" by John Barry, "Steady My Heart" by Kari Jobe, and "God Is So Good" by John JonesSongs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

~ASC

*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about A Grand Design. ~ASC

Monday, August 25, 2014

Quilts of Love | A GRAND DESIGN – Kindle HDX Giveaway & “Fall into Fall” Facebook Party!

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Grand Design by Amber Stockton. Who hasn't struggled to let painful memories go and move into God's healing? You’ll be sure to love this heartfelt and encouraging tale set on historic Mackinac Island.

Celebrate August’s release by entering to win a Kindle from Quilts of Love and RSVPing for the "Fall into Fall" Facebook author chat party.


Quilts of Love Kindle HDX Giveaway, Amber Stockton, A Grand Design

  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 16th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog. Plus make sure you RSVP to the October 7th author chat party with Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on October 7th!

Quilts of Love A Grand Design Amber Stockton

Friday, August 22, 2014

And the Winner is...

DIANE BUIE

Congratulations!!!

Thank you all for entering!  
I am just blown away by the response to this giveaway and I am SO thankful you all enjoyed it!!!!

I'll have to try and do another one sometime, but I'll wait and see if inspiration strikes again! :)

If you would like to vote on some items you might like to enter for crochet or knit wise there is a poll on the right of this post that is running for a few more days.

Again THANK YOU all SO much!!!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In Perfect Time Review!!!

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

Book Description:
Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.
Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer to where they don't want to go.
Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings in their pasts?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/zt6iH 

About the author: Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

Find Sarah online: websiteFacebookTwitter

My Opinion:
Such a FABULOUS BOOK!!!!!  After reading On Distant Shores and being introduced to Kay and Coop I WANTED to read their story SO bad!!!  So when I got the chance to I JUMPED on it! :D  I was not disappointed!  God inspired and really touched my heart with this story time and time again!  There were many reasons why I wanted to read it; the most being I was looking forward to Kay coming to Salvation!  And I LOVE how it all comes about!  In Perfect Time is FILLED with high suspense scenes that grow bigger as the story goes on, and AMAZING messages and characters!!!!  Though beautifully frustrating at times and wonderfully spiritual in others the journey within these pages takes you to many different places as the war begins to wind down and come to a close!  The history that Sarah ties in is awesome and I LOVE the different and interesting things from history that she mixes into her stories especially the donkeys! LOL!  And I'll leave it at that and let you see what I'm talking about when you read this fabulous book ;)  This is my favorite of the two that I've read in Wings of the Nightingale series and now that I know, and love, how it ends I really want to go back and read and review where it all started in With Every Letter!  Both Kay and Coop turn out to be very deep and multi-dimensional characters with families that neither understand them nor respect them.  So working through the pain and struggles of this life together becomes part of their dynamic.  Twist after twist, there are some high suspense scenes that I never saw coming as you fall in love with all these characters along the way.  I absolutely LOVE where this book ends at the same time I don't want it to end because all of these characters are so amazing.  I LOVE how Sarah wraps everything up and shows how each on these characters has gone through great journeys and changes both together and of their own.  Their are SO many things that I could say about this book, but they all can be summed up with I LOVE it and I highly recommend you read it. :)

Songs: "God-Shaped Hole" by Plumb, "Redeemed" by Big Daddy Weave, and "Forgiven" by Sanctus Real; P.S. More songs maybe coming as I track down and search for ones out of the book!Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

~ASC

*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about In Perfect Time. ~ASC

And don't forget to enter the In Perfect Time Giveaway!!!
http://ascphotosanddesigns.blogspot.com/2014/08/in-perfect-time-inspired-bookless.html


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In Perfect Time Giveaway!

While I was reading In Perfect Time (review coming Aug. 20th) I received a great idea for some crocheted items that go with the time and/or theme of the book and I thought I'd hold a giveaway for them and Sarah Sundin in her awesomeness and graciousness has offered a copy of In Perfect Time as well!

There is and 1 book and 3 crocheted items!:
 

1 snood like, hair accessory!  This snood is a lovely white acrylic that will go with any outfit and helps to keep long hair captured away from your face! :)  After making this one I now know I need one for myself!  Here's a picture of the back of it.  It gathers around the ears beautifully and should reach all the way to the top of your head.  You can add a ribbon (not included) to the top if you want to or just wear it like so (if it doesn't feel secure enough you can always add bobby pins to). 

1 pair of light slippers made from 100% Peruvian Highland Wool hand dyed by me!  Measuring long and wide, and made with extra stretchy soles to maybe fit other sizes [that's the idea anyway ;) ]!  Ribbons are not included, but you could add them later if desired also. :)

And last but certainly not least my rendition of a 1940's style fan bag converted into an over the shoulder book bag; made in acrylic yarn from the olive drab and brown that reflect military colors and completed with a Cross and Nightingales wings to tie in with the series name and the Salvation found in the stories. 
 And of course a copy of In Perfect Time to put in your new book bag...what else! ;) 

{Here I have my copy standing up to peek out during photographing, but it lays down on it's side and fits nicely in the bag}
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Monday, August 4, 2014

In Perfect Time by @SarahSundin | Enter to win a Kindle HDX and a set of books!

Don't miss Sarah Sundin's hot-off-the-press novel, In Perfect Time. Publishers Weekly gives it an enthusiastic thumbs up: “Sundin excels at well-researched historical detail . . . with such accurate depictions of culture and setting that we are fully immersed in the times as well as in the story. The strength of relationships forged in war and the apprehension of God in times of trouble infuse this well-crafted novel with substance and light.” Sarah is celebrating the release of her book with a fun 
giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Wings of the Nightingale Series (With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and In Perfect Time)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. Winner will be announced August 25th at Sarah's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Sarah's blog on the 25th to see if you won! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

Sarah Sundin In Perfect Time

And I may be holding a special giveaway!!!!  Details coming soon stay tuned!!!!! 

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