Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Defense Of An Other by Grace Mead @fayerogersuk @authoright @gracemead2015 #defenseofanother

Information about the Book

Title: Defense of an Other
Author: Grace Mead
Release Date: 13th November 2018
Genre: Legal Thriller
Page Count: 312
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Synopsis: Defense of an Other begins in the French Quarter with a day in the life of a young lawyer named Matt Durant gone horribly awry. After a few beers, Matt works up the courage to visit a gay bar, where he meets a stranger named Joey Buckner. When Matt and Joey duck into an alley behind the bar to take a leak, three drunks target them for a hate crime and beat up Joey, which forces Matt to attack and kill one of the men. Matt is then arrested for murder, thrown in Orleans Parish Prison and calls his boss for help, forcing him out of the closet. The novel then follows the course of his trial and explores its consequences. 

Review: I agreed to read this book because I enjoy stories about trials/lawyers. However, this turned out to be so much more than that. It was an eye-opening look at how sexual orientation can still be a factor in the justice system. I would suggest that everyone who reads the book also read through the questions at the end and answer them to see what you learn about yourself along the way--and then check out some of the recommended resources as well.

I would have to say this is one of the best books I have read this year.

Rating: Four stars

About the author
Grace-Mead-book-colorGrace is a practicing lawyer born and raised in Louisiana who graduated from Dartmouth College and then became the Editor-in-Chief of The University of Chicago Law Review. Her 17-year career has included a one-year clerkship for the appellate court with jurisdiction over Louisiana federal trial courts and 16 years of civil litigation.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Ellie Claire Art Journal Blog Campaign: Illuminate Your Story, The Illustrated Word, Faith & Lettering


I had the opportunity to review three Ellie Claire Art Journals. They each have a different focus and can be used in different manners.

                   The Illustrated Word: An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal

ISBN: 9781945470196
Trim Size: 7.00in x 9.00in
Page Count: 160
Format: Hardcover

Create your own masterpiece with this journal that has forty glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts that have been recreated as line drawings. Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate inked illustrations in handwritten manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own stunning keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.
My Thoughts
This is my favorite of the three books in this bundle. I like the colorful illustrations as well as the coloring pages. The Bible verses included are good ones for memorization. I am using the journaling pages for my weekly verses, as you can see in the picture above. I am excited about coloring the full-page drawings throughout the book as well. The pages are thick enough that even thick markers do not bleed through so you can color in any way you choose.


Illuminate Your Story Journal
ISBN: 9781945470684
Trim Size: 6 x 8
Page Count: 160
Format: Cloth-Spine Deluxe Journal
Description: Learn to create your own beautiful illuminated letters with this how-to journal.
Use the almost-lost art of illuminating letters to enhance your writing, Bible journaling, or sermon note-taking. Rich illustrated manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible’s collection inspired these gorgeous letters. Easy to follow instructions, practice pages, and encouragements guide you through the creation of amazing start letters, flourishes, and more.

My Thoughts
I love the idea of learning to illuminate letters, but I don't have the level
of creativity for actually accomplishing it. Each lined journaling page
has a Bible verse or inspirational quote at the top. I feel this would make
a good gift for a preteen/teen girl, and have a few ideas for recipients.
The journal also has an elastic band to hold it closed, a pen loop on the
side, and a keepsake folder attached to the back cover.

                                  FAITH & LETTERING JOURNAL

Description: New from professional letterer Krystal Whitten! With guides,
instructions, and tutorials, this is a fun and inspiring way to create beauty 
with words. It is the perfect place for journalers to practice Bible journaling, 
lettering quotes and verses, or decorating a page with original thoughts 
and plans. Exploring your God-given creativity has never been so rewarding.
My thoughts: This journal offers full verses to practice, as seen above, as well as 
several different alphabets. It also includes full colored illustrations/quotes andpages for actual journaling. It has a pen loop on the spine as well.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Into the Deep: Diving Into a Life of Courageous Faith by Lauren Gaskill

Genre: ChristianChristian living, women's issues, spiritual growth, religion and spirituality 
Paperback: 240 pages

  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (November 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1501869744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501869747

Develop enduring faith for the turbulent waters of life.

Following Jesus doesn’t guarantee sunny skies and smooth sailing. In fact, the waters of life are often tumultuous, crashing over us. Sometimes we can feel that we’re drowning in a sea of confusion, division, frustration, complacency, or disillusionment. We need more than a shallow faith to survive these deep waters.

Into the Deep is an invitation to dive headfirst into a life of courageous faith. With endearing warmth and authenticity, Lauren Gaskill shares how she and others have learned to swim with Jesus in the deep waters of life—facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, and chronic illness—only to discover a more authentic, enduring faith that cannot be shaken by circumstances. In addition to examining the character of God and the lives of women and men of the Bible who chose to dive deeper with God, she provides practical examples and tools that help us take our faith to the next level by learning to make decisions by faith alone, control our reactions to overwhelming situations, and live a life rooted in love.

Get ready to exchange fear and frustration for the boldness, courage, and holy confidence that lead to a life of deep faith and joy!

Review: This is a fabulously well-written book that you can read on your own or use as a group study. If you want to know how to discover a deeper, more authentic faith in God, this is the book for you. The author uses stories from her own life, as well as the lives of men and women in the Bible to show how deep, courageous unshakable faith is possible. I highly recommend this to everyone!

Rating: Four stars

About the author
Lauren-GaskillLauren Gaskill is an author, speaker and host of the Finding Joy podcast and Finding Joy Ladies Night Out events. After being diagnosed with an incurable connective tissue disorder, Lauren made it her life mission to encourage others to fight for faith and find joy — no matter what life’s circumstances might bring.

Gaskill is a storyteller who believes stories are powerful and loves how God uses them for His good. She writes and speaks to motivate and inspire others to experience abundant life in Christ. She is particularly passionate about encouraging women to fight for faith and go deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Gaskill also writes and speaks about what it looks like to walk with Jesus through pain and suffering.

She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Another Kind Of Magic (Caitlyn #3) by Elizabeth Davies @rararesources @bethsbooks

Another-Kind-of-MagicBOOK INFORMATION
GENRE: Historical fantasy
  • Series: Caitlyn (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 26, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1726390586
  • IBN-13: S978-1726390583

I am a cat. But I am no ordinary cat. I am a witch’s familiar. I am also a woman, with a woman’s heart and a woman’s frailty.”
Nearly two hundred years have passed since Caitlyn was trapped by supernatural forces and black magic, and she has known many mistresses. This time, the witch she is enthralled to is Joan, wife of Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.
At first, this mistress appears no different to any of the others Caitlyn has served – until Llewelyn captures William de Braose, and Joan falls in love, risking everything, including Caitlyn, to fulfill her desire.
Caitlyn, meanwhile, has her own cross to bear in the form of the gallant and reckless Hugh of Pembroke…

Review: This is my favorite book of the series, although I enjoyed all three of them immensely. I've gone back and forth in my feelings toward Caitlyn, but I truly came to love her in this one. However, I think my favorite character in this book was Blod, Hugh's druid grandmother. She is feisty and doesn't care what anyone thinks about her. She speaks her mind, which leads to some very entertaining moments.
The romance between Caitlyn and Hugh adds another level to this book, making it a little less supernatural than the first two. Caitlyn is even more determined to break the spell that binds her to Joan and Blod believes she knows the way to do it. If it doesn't work, however, Caitlyn could end up dead, just as she has realized she has something--someone--to live for.
As with the other two books in the series, the historical element of this one makes it that much more fascinating to read.

Rating: Four stars

Author-Photo-Aug-16About the author
Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavor with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There's usually death...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

@rararesources REVIEW: “Do Bugs Wear Shoes? And Other Silly Questions (Kids Fact Book)” by Addie Broussard, Anthony Puttee

Genre: Children
  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Two Umbrellas Media (October 17, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1949137090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949137095

Synopsis: Do Bugs Wear Shoes?
A colorful, fun-filled book packed with answers to all your silliest bug questions! 
Learn what happens when a bug goes to space, to school, and to the gym. Find out if bugs have feelings like people do. Discover robot bugs, dancing bugs, bugs that poop and so much more!
Filled with illustrations, photographs and interactive videos, Do Bugs Wear Shoes will have kids laughing and learning as they discover awe-inspiring facts about the insect world. This beautifully designed book is organized into colorful two-page spreads that each focus on a different question, making it easy and fun to read for children and big kids alike.

BOOK EXTRAS include videos and printable worksheets for extended learning. Great for educators and at-home learning.

PLUS, vote on the world’s most beautiful bug!

Recommended for ages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and up.

Don't miss out on the chance to bug out!

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Review: This is a fun informative book about bugs. All the scientific terms are clearly explained in ways children can understand, and the photographs and illustrations are beautifully presented.
At the back of this book is a section for resources with a link to additional material on the TwoUmbrellasPlease.com website. Here, you will find the two videos referenced inside this book, and there is also a free downloadable Bug Book Art Pack to accompany this book, available from the resource library page.
I would highly recommend this book as a classroom teaching resource, as well as an at home read for any child with an interest in bugs.
Rating: Five stars
About the author
addie-anthony-pic-01Two Umbrellas is an educational publishing company that fuses education and storytelling. We offer books and activities to help parents and educators empower tomorrow’s leaders.
Our founders, Anthony Puttee and Addie Broussard, love to travel. Anthony’s favorite trip was to Antarctica and he has included some of his personal photos in this book. Addie has traveled solo around the world. While in Portugal, she encountered a unique insect, which inspired a children’s book called The Beedog, which was published in 2018. The idea for Do Bugs Wear Shoes came from a playful team meeting on a rooftop in Mexico.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

REVIEW: Olga's Egg by Sophie Law #Olgasegg @fayerogersuk @authoright @sophieatbonhams

Title: Olga’s Egg

Author: Sophie Law
Release Date: 25th October 2018
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Synopsis: When FabergĂ© specialist Assia Wynfield learns of the discovery of a long-lost FabergĂ© egg made for the Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, she appears to be the only person with misgivings. On traveling to St. Petersburg to see the egg, Assia moves among Russia’s new rich but finds herself pulled back into a family past she would rather forget. With news that a friend is missing, Assia starts to dig deeper. But does she really want the answers to the questions she is asking? Set in today’s glamorous world of Russian art with glimpses into the lives of the last Romanovs as their empire crumbled in the wake of the Russian Revolution, Olga’s Egg is an enthralling tale of love, family secrets and the artistic treasures that conceal them.

Review: Sophie Law’s debut novel offers every narrative jewel possible to enthrall the reader.  We travel from London to St. Petersburg and back again in search of the lost Faberge egg made for Grand Duchess Olga Nikolayevna, the eldest daughter of  Tsar Nicholas II.
The heroine of the novel has a less than stellar relationship with her father and her twin sister that is worked into the storyline from beginning to end. My heart nearly broke when the heroine, Anastasia, told her sister, Tatiana, that the reason she is so obsessed with the Tsar and his family is that unlike her own family, they were so full of love for each other.
I enjoyed the mixture of history and present day in this novel, as well as the mystery/conspiracy surrounding the newly discovered egg. I would highly recommend this to everyone.

Rating: Four stars 

About the author
Sophie-LSophie Law was born in London in 1981 and studied at Oxford University and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. She began her career as a Russian art expert at Bonhams in 2006. After a number of years heading the Russian department and as a UK Board Director at Bonhams, she now acts as a consultant specialist. She lives with her husband and daughter in Oxford.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

MOVIE REVIEW AND TICKET GIVEAWAY: Indivisible #indivisiblemovie #flyby

Indivisible is the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather: one marriage … one family … under God. In theaters October 26. 44461444-554876081619066-8361294859855724544-n
Release date: October 26, 2018 (USA)
Director: David G. Evans
Producer: Darren Moorman
Production company: Pure Flix
Executive producer: Sarah Drew
Screenplay: Cheryl McKay, David G. Evans, Peter White
Cast: Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Jason George, Tia Mowry, Madeline Carroll

INDIVISIBLE is based on the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather. With a strong, faith-filled marriage, the Turners are ready to follow their calling: serving God, family, and country.

Fresh from seminary and basic training, Chaplain Turner and his family arrive at Fort Stewart. Yet before the Turners can even unpack their new house, Darren is deployed to Iraq. Heather is left taking care of their three young children alone … as well as serving the families of the other deployed soldiers.

Despite a desire to stay connected with their loved ones, the harsh realities of war take a daily toll over the course of the Battalion’s extended deployment. Meanwhile back home, babies are born, kids keep growing, and nerves are frayed with every late-night knock on the door.

With deeply etched battle scars, the soldiers’ long-awaited homecoming is much different than any of their families anticipated. Carrying burdens the other can’t comprehend, the Turners must decide if they’re willing to face one more battle: the fight to save their marriage.

From the director of The Grace Card and the studio that brought you Fireproof and War Room comes INDIVISIBLE, the story of one marriage … one family … under God. In theaters beginning October 26, the movie stars Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Jason George, Tia Mowry, and Madeline Carroll.

Review: This is definitely a film which will tug at your heartstrings. It explores Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its effects on an entire family, as well as looking at many of the challenges faced by those left behind when service members are deployed. Each of the actors does a wonderful job of bringing their complex characters to life on the screen. 

There are so many touching scenes in this film I wouldn't know where to begin to choose my favorite. There are realistic scenes from combat, including civilian injuries (one of the scenes that made me cry!). There are discussions about faith and friendship as well. 

I would classify this as a must see movie for all couples. Enter below for a chance to win a pair of tickets from Fandango. 

Rating: Five stars 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Gathering Of Sisters by Darla Weaver

 Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Herald Press (September 25, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1513803379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1513803371

Synopsis: Spend a day with sisters.
Once a week Darla Weaver bundles her children into the buggy, hitches up her spirited mare, and drives six miles to the farm where she grew up. There she gathers with her four sisters and their children for a day with their mother. In Gathering of Sisters, Weaver writes about her horse-and-buggy Mennonite family and the weekly women’s gatherings that keep them connected. On warm days, the children play and fish and build houses of hay in the barn. In the winter, everyone stays close to the woodstove, with puzzles and games and crocheting. No matter the weather, the Tuesday get-togethers of this Old Order Mennonite family keep them grounded and centered in their love for God and for each other, even when raising an occasional loving but knowing eyebrow at each other.
The rest of the week is full of laundry, and errands, and work that never ends. But Tuesday is about being sisters, daughters, and mothers.
Hear straight from Amish and Mennonite people themselves as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book includes “A Day in the Life of the Author” and the author’s answers to FAQs about the Amish and Mennonites.

Review: This is a lovely book. While it offers a peek inside a Mennonite family, it also just shares the love of family, period. It brought back memories of my own childhood in southeastern Ohio, spending time at my grandparents home with aunts, uncles, and cousins--sharing meals, playing, talking, and knowing everyone there truly cared about you.

Thanks to the publisher for sharing a copy of this book with me, and thanks to Darla Weaver for sharing her family with all of us.

Rating: Four stars

About the author
Darla Weaver is a homemaker, gardener, writer and Old Order Mennonite living in the hills of southern Ohio. She is the author of Water My Soul, Many Lighted Windows, and Gathering of Sisters. Weaver has written for Family Life, Ladies Journal, Young Companion, and other magazines for Amish and Old Order Mennonite groups. Before her three children were born she also taught school. Her hobbies are gardening and writing.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Too Blessed To Be Stressed For Moms by Debora M.Coty

Genre: Christian living, motherhood, women's issues
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (September 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781683224105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683224105
  • ASIN: 1683224108

Synopsis: Do you feel like you’re drowning in the everyday stress-pool? . . .

Wish you could make busy-ness a business so you’d be a millionaire? . . .

Welcome to the maternal order of slightly sagging sisters of the 'hood. The motherhood. 

With her own offbeat brand of wit and near-wisdom, popular inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of moms drowning in the churning stress-pool of busyness. In her beloved mom-to-mom, grin-provoking style, Coty offers empathy, laughs, real-life stories, practical parenting survival tips, and fresh biblical insights to help you hear Papa God’s still, small voice through life’s chaos. 

Whether you're struggling with stress related to attitude, time-management, guilt trips, patience, or something in between...this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the peace we all crave—the peace that passes all understanding.

Take this quiz to discover just how stressed you are!
My results: Orange Alert! Look out—you’re at toxic stress levels.
Woah, mama, you are about to break! You're almost ready to pull your hair out. You need help now before you lose it.

Review: This is a must-read book for Christian mothers of all ages. It is entertaining and inspiring on every page. The cover is adorable and draws attention to the book immediately. 

There are verses, quotes, and discussion questions, making this a perfect book for small groups (of Moms), Mom's Time Out groups, or even your own personal study. It also has a beautiful cover and a ribbon marker to make it a perfect gift for a mom for Christmas, for Mother's Day or just because. 

Motherhood is a blessing and this book gently reminds you of that fact, helps you to find the blessings in the mundane, and is a reminder that God is walking right there with you.

Rating: Five stars

About the author
Deb_CotyDebora M. Coty is a popular humorist, speaker, and award-winning author of numerous inspirational books, including the bestselling Too Blessed to be Stressed line. Deb considers herself a tennis junkie and choco-athlete (meaning she exercises just so she can eat more chocolate). A retired piano teacher and orthopedic occupational therapist, Debora currently lives, loves, and laughs in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and three grandbuddies and one grandprincess. 

Readers can connect with Debora M. Coty via her website, deboracoty.com, or on Facebook (AuthorDeboraCoty)Twitter (DeboraCoty) and Instagram (DeboraCoty)

No one is immune to stress, least of all moms. That’s why Debora M. Coty, author of the best-selling Too Blessed to be Stressed series decided it was time to write an edition specifically addressing the stresses and needs in the daily life of moms. In Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms (Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing), Deb offers empathy, laughs, real-life stories, practical parenting survival tips, and fresh biblical insights to help frazzled moms of all ages hear God’s still, small voice through life’s chaos.

To celebrate the release of Too Blessed to Be Stressed for Moms and to bless a mom that needs to de-stress, Deb is giving away a “Take a Day for Mom” $75 VISA Cash Card. The card can be used by a mom for a day of pampering or just getting away and enjoying a day to herself. Do you need a day away or know a mom that does? (Is that a trick question?) Then, enter the giveaway and share it with all your friends. (Another little secret… You don’t have to prove you are a mom in order to win!)

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