Saturday, January 31, 2015

One day, when it's warm...

One day, not too long from now, it's going to get warm. I'm not looking forward to it because I would rather the weather be cool, but when it does happen, you're going to miss these posts.

It was around 80 a few days ago, and since it got warm, a bunch of teenage girls decided to go play sand volleyball at the new Sonic... in their bikinis. 

For crying out loud! Cover it up. It's January! I don't want to see you in middle of the summer out there flaunting your stuff while ordering my Route 44. I sure don't want to see you in January. 

Headband for softball player.

Headband with flowers you can switch out.

My first time doing arm warmers... or wrist warmers, technically.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Strengthen Your Marriage with Deb DeArmond’s New Book

What’s the secret for hanging on to the happily-ever-after feelings from the day you said, “I do”? It could be as simple as four little words: I Choose You Today. Be sure to grab a copy of Deb DeArmond's latest release and find out how you can make the declaration “I Choose You Today” a regular part of your marriage communication.

Deb is celebrating the release of her book with a Facebook author chat party on February 3rd.


Along with the February 3rd author chat party, you're invited to participate in two marriage-strengthening challenges: one beginning February 1 and the other beginning in March. Don't miss out on this opportunity to build your relationship with your spouse and enter to win some prizes along the way!

The Valentine's Challenge: February 1 – 28

Tell your spouse "I Choose You" every day of the month. Sign up online at and receive a free downloadable February calendar to mark off the days of the challenge.

Deb will also be emailing participants 1–2 times throughout the month with giveaway opportunities and "keep going" encouragement.

The "I Choose You" Challenge: March 1 – December 31, 2015

Sign up online at to receive 10 weekly emails, each teaching one of the choices from Deb's book along with practical applications. This challenge is broken up into three different sessions, covering all 31 choices from the book.

There will be giveaways and opportunities to win throughout the year. Participants can decide when to join—it's not required to do all three sessions. do all three sessions.

I Choose You Today


(Abingdon Press, January 2015)
Married for nearly 38 years, author Deborah DeArmond and her husband have made the spoken declaration, “I choose you today” a regular part of their communication. It’s when we least feel like saying it that we need to remind ourselves that love is a choice, not a feeling. I Choose You Today features 31 scriptural principles that support marriage and help couples develop healthy biblically based behavior.
Built on an introductory anecdotal story, each chapter has an inspirational takeaway of not only what to do, but how to begin applying the principles immediately. Thought provoking questions create talking points for couples to explore their own choices and experiences in each area serve to generate open dialogue of discovery. I Choose You Todayis not a book of “shoulds,” but one of clearly identified choices that each individual can make to grow their marriage and align it with the word of God. Every saying ends with a conventional wisdom quote.
Deb DeArmond


Deb DeArmond is an author, a speaker, and relationship coach—helping her clients improve their interactions at work and at home. Her first book, “Related by Chance, Family by Choice: Transforming Mother-in-Law and Daughter-in-Law Relationships,” was released in November 2013 by Kregel Publications.
Find out more about Deb at

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Romance from Kathryn Springer and Kindle Fire Giveaway

Get ready for Valentine's Day with a new story of romance and falling in love in Kathryn Springer's The Dandelion FieldThe handsome firefighter makes a living “coming to the rescue,” but Gin is used to fighting her own battles. Can a woman who doesn't believe in happy endings take a chance on a new beginning? 

Celebrate a second chance at love and family with Kathryn by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Dandelion Field
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 15th. Winner will be announced February 16th on the Litfuse blog.




(Zondervan, January 2015)
This handsome firefighter makes a living coming to the rescue, but Gin doesn’t need a man to fight her battles.
After Raine’s dad walked out, Ginevieve Lightly never lived in one place too long, a rambling lifestyle that defined her daughter’s youth. When their car dies in Banister Falls, Wisconsin, Gin promises Raine they can stay until she finishes her senior year of high school. Gin will do anything to make sure her daughter has a bright future . . . a future that’s compromised when Raine reveals she’s pregnant.
Dan Moretti has only ever called Banister Falls home. After losing his best friend in a tragic accident, Dan devoted himself to responding to fires, rescuing the helpless, and guiding Cody Bennett, his best friend’s son, through life. With Cody being the epitome of the good kid, it was an easy job. Until he says four little words: “The baby is mine.”
Knowing gossip of Raine’s pregnancy will erupt sooner or later in the small town, Gin’s reflex is to grab the suitcase and escape to a new city, a new life. But with each passing day, Gin’s feet stay rooted in Banister Falls, and she falls a little more for this local firefighter who shows her not all men abandon women at the first sign of smoke.
As Gin and Dan do the best they can to guide the two teenagers through their early entry into adulthood, they discover together that romance can bloom in the rockiest of situations. And God can turn the pieces of a broken past into a beautiful new beginning.


Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother’s typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books – which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written nineteen books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Find out more about Kathryn at

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New from Elizabeth Camden | ‘Beyond All Dreams’ Kindle Fire Giveaway and Author Chat Party

Travel back in time to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress in Elizabeth Camden's newest release, Beyond All Dreams. From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?

Elizabeth is celebrating the release of Beyond All Dreams with a Kindle giveaway and Facebook party on February 17.


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • One copy of Beyond All Dreams
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/17. Winner will be announced at Elizabeth's 2/17 Beyond All Dreams Facebook author chat party. RSVP to connect with Elizabeth and historical fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!


RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 17th!



(Bethany House, January 2015)
Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?
Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.
Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.
From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?
Elizabeth Camden


Elizabeth Camden is the author of six books and a RITA and Christy Award winner. With a master’s in history and a master’s in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida.
Find out more about Elizabeth at

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Relief for weary parents of a special needs child

New book delivers hope and encouragement
from someone who’s been there

Some studies report as many as one out of every four families in the U.S. has a child with a special need. Parenting is stressful even when a child doesn’t have a physical, mental or emotional difficulty. One can imagine the stress on special needs families. Laurie Wallin meets these parents right where they are in her new book, Get Your Joy Back: Banishing Resentment and Reclaiming Confidence in Your Special Needs Family (Kregel Publications/January 27, 2015/ISBN: 978-0825443398/$13.99).

Wallin strives every day to live out her message for families: that no matter the challenge, in Jesus they can have joy and confidence. Get Your Joy Back is full of biblical insights and practical strategies to help parents recognize and shed the resentments that leave them spiritually, emotionally and socially drained. Wallin sugar-coats nothing but addresses issues with honesty, humor and — above all — hope.

As special needs parents fight tooth-and-nail for the best life for their child, their mental, emotional and spiritual reserves quickly deplete. Wallin offers replenishment in her book from her own journey. “I’ve been married for 16 years to a man with a wicked sense of humor and an Asperger’s diagnosis,” she reveals. “Two of our four daughters have half a dozen medical, developmental and mental health special needs. Daily we try to balance their care with ‘normal’ family stuff like sports, homework and my desire to lock myself in a closet and watch entire seasons of Downton Abbey in a single night.”

Wallin reminds us while we might think the exhaustion felt by special needs parents is from the mountains of research they conduct or the long days spent monitoring their child's precarious physical or mental health, what truly weighs them down is the eternal wish things were different—for their child and as they relate with care professionals, their communities, and extended family These tentacles of resentment can choke the heart and are the parents’ greatest stressor and source of pain. Wallin makes a bold, audacious claim within the pages of Get Your Joy Back: In the midst of this intense task, having an abundant life, full of joy, is still possible. The key to restoring joy is forgiveness. In her book, Wallin helps parents find that restoration, offering them a lifeline to pull them back to shore even as they feel like they're drowning.

While bookshelves are crammed with parenting books — including some titles for caring for special needs children — Get Your Joy Back is unique in that it is written specifically to teach parents how to care for themselves so they can truly care for their children. “Get Your Joy Back is not about the kids. It’s about the parents — the primary caregivers, specifically,” Wallin says. “There just isn’t much out there for the people who are raising these unique kids. Our lives become about getting our children the best possible care, and we can nearly become invisible. This effects our health, life expectancy, quality of life, relationships, careers . . . and we often feel like that’s just how it is and there’s nothing we can do about it. From one fellow parent in the trenches: ‘You’re still there. I see you. You matter, beyond just your role as Mom or Dad.’”

Advance Praise

“The world needs this book. I need this book. Get Your Joy Back is a communion from which all special needs parents should partake. Read it and expect to be validated, encouraged, challenged and spurred on.”
~ Gillian Marchenko, author of Sun Shine Down: A Memoir

“If you need to get your joy back — and what parent of a child with special needs doesn’t at some point in life? — Laurie Wallin’s encouraging book is the place to make it happen.”
~ Jolene Philo, author of Different Dream Parenting

About the Author

Laurie Wallin is a speaker and the author of the book Why Your Weirdness Is Wonderful: Embrace Your Quirks & Live Your Strengths. A certified life coach,  she has helped people for over ten years to get unstuck and live powerfully by discovering and developing their strengths, identifying and releasing resentment and pursuing their God-inspired hopes and dreams.

She blogs at, and contributes to others. At Not Alone, she shares thoughts on thriving in families with special needs, while on God-Sized Dreams she writes on the ups and downs of pursuing our passions. A wife and mother of four, including two foster-adopted children with special needs, Wallin and her family make their home in San Diego.

Learn more about Laurie Wallin and Get Your Joy Back at and on Facebook (LivingPowerLifeCoaching), Pinterest (lauriewallin) or Twitter (mylivingpower). 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Send them home! Send them home! (to the tune of Let it Go!)

I sure hope this week's episode is more interesting than last week's. Last week almost put me to sleep.

There has got to be more than kissy kissy kissy all night long. Great for Chris. Boring for the rest of us. The previews at least offer hope.

The show starts off with a visit from Chris Harrison. This week, Chris is getting help from his three sisters as to who is going on this week's one-on-one date this week. The first date card, however, is a group date card.

"Megan, Kaitlyn, Ashley S., Ashley I., Juelia, Samantha, Mackenzie, and Kelsey. Let's do what feels natural..."

The suspicion is that they have to go without make-up. However, most get all the more fixed up. Four girls pile in a convertible with Chris while Megan drives the other four around. They are all going to be windblown by the time they arrive to their date at a lake. They have a private beach all to themselves.

Another bikini day. Thank goodness Jillian is back home so we don't have to see all that.

Ashley I decides she needs to break out from her shyness by stripping off her top half while Kaitlyn takes off her bottoms.

Kelsey finds it extremely inappropriate to be doing this on a group date. She comments to the camera that it is a date for bimbos.

Back at the mansion, Jillian is snoring next to the pool with a black box over her butt. Carly rushes to the door when the doorbell rings to welcome Chris' sisters.

The women start talking to them, and Carly decides she should go get Jillian. However, Jillian has a hard time finding something to cover herself since the sisters won't have the black boxes to shield their eyes from all that.

Jillian does, to her credit, realize that she is not making the best first impression.

The sisters take Whitney off to talk to first. They quiz her about whether or not she will stay in Chicago, or be willing to move to Iowa. They also want to know about the time they have already spend together, so they may not be too ready to send her off on a date again.

Britt is up next. She says she feels more comfortable with everything.

They rotate everyone through, but we see a longer conversation with Jade who is originally from Nebraska. She's currently in LA working on her organic make-up line and modeling.

Back on the beach... 

The women and Chris are playing Red Rover. Kelsey is not enjoying herself and disses the lake there vs. the ones in Michigan. Then, she gets stung.

The women show their lack of ability in setting up tents. Camping out would be my nightmare.

Mackenzie and Ashley I. (a self-described camping virgin and a virgin camping) aren't very skilled. I can't stand either Ashley.

And back to grilling the girls...

Carly breaks down with the sisters talking about bad relationship in answer to their relationship questions.

Once the sisters talk to everyone, they all say their goodbyes, and head out. A little while later, the date card arrives.

Jade gets the invite to a royal ball that even the prince doesn't know about. 

I'm glad it is a shy and quiet girl we haven't seen much of yet.

That night at the camping date...

There is of course, a date up for grabs. Kaitlyn, in her self-proclaimed element, thinks she should be a front runner. She likes words. He likes touchy feely, but yet, there's some bonding going on.

All the girls start talking smack about how out of her element and phony Kelsey is while she talks to Chris. Kelsey asks if they are really staying out here all night. She tells him she got stung by a bee, so her day has not been great.

Around the camp fire, Ashley S. starts going nutty again. Mackenzie starts asking about everyone's belief in aliens.

Chris shows up with some kind of knight's helmet or something on. I can't even tell in the dark. It seems pointless.

As each woman gets their time with Chris, the night gets stranger and stranger. Kaitlyn tells a scary story about Ashley S.

Ashley S. and her crazy drunk self has Chris puzzled. Not sure why he is so entertained by her. She starts kissing him, but he doesn't seem into the kissing for once.

All the women start yelling for him to join them, possibly in an attempt to rescue him from the crazy.

Ashley I., who is becoming just as crazy in my opinion, gets her time. Ashley is going to try earn her rose during their make-out session. However, she does not succeed. Kaitlyn, Queen of the Campfire, snags it.

Ashley I. decides to go into Chris' tent to share more about the real her, the her she would never believe. Ashley proclaims her "innocence" to him. Poor Chris, awoken from sleep isn't sure what to think. He thinks he gets her, but I think he isn't catching on.

The next day, the ladies women who didn't go on the camping date fill the ones who did on what went down with the sister and what the date card said. 

Ashley I. is very unhappy because she considers herself to be a Disney princess. And, oh we hear about it at every turn. Her dream date... but someone else gets it.

A very whimsical Fairy Godmother arrives to transform Jade into a princess for her date. The Fairy Godmother helps her try on several fancy ballgowns until she finds her fit. She picks out a pair of very expensive earrings she will get to keep. And, there's also a preview of an upcoming live action Cinderella movie.

All of the other women are in jealous awe of Jade who gets to go on this date.

Coming back from commercial, we see Chris practicing his box step. He still doesn't know who is date will be.

He seems to be nervous, but seems quite pleased that Jade descends down the staircase. He tells Jade that his sisters hit it out of the park.

When they get their chance to talk, they exchange stories of broken engagements. She seems extremely uncomfortable just because she is so shy.

Back at the house, Ashley I. puts on her dress that she brought for a princess date and struts around. Evidently, they all ate corn on the cob that night, because she sits around sulking with her corn on the cob. 

Chris believes he can really relate to Jade and where they come from. Though she is really quiet, she opened up and gets her date rose.

He has one more surprise for her! An orchestra plays so that they can dance. They get a movie preview, of course. As the clock strikes midnight, she must scurry off to her limo. She had an awful lot of stairs to go down in some really high heels.

When morning breaks, we immediately get the next date card. "Nikki, Jillian, Whitney, Carly, Britt, Becca - Let's get dirty. ~ Chris."

Outside, there are six big boxes with their names on them. They lift off the lids to find wedding dresses inside. Once they get dressed, they take a limo to a private jet.

Jillian is as disappointed being in a wedding dress as Kelsey was camping out.

After another limo ride, they arrive at a mud run, I mean Muck Fest MS. Jillian can change her tune now. The winner will win a one-on-one evening with Chris.

The first obstacle involves water, so the women have a hard time with the obstacles given their water soaked dresses. Jillian was given a short dress, so has an easier time breezing right through the course.

Chris helps Becca make her way through to the obstacles. They get some personal time while Jillian is far ahead.

Jillian and Chris head off while the other women have to hose off and take their wet, muddy selves back home.

Chris admits to the camera that physical attractiveness and such, Jillian was in his top 3 from the start. Not sure what he thinks after asking about her 5 year plan. She's as loud and talkative as Jade was quiet. She's really dominating the conversation, and he gets overwhelmed. All the conversation goes over his head and he starts to think about unicorns. What are these people smoking?

They are in a romantic setting, but Chris doesn't find it very romantic. After a very, very odd would you rather question, Chris picks up the rose. He loves her energy, but he is looking for his wife, and doesn't feel like they are really aligned. All of a sudden she breaks into his speech and says, "hold on, I've been nervous. She starts crying about not being able to share her heart."

Will he cave? Chris gives her a hug and walks her to the elevator. YES! She and her black boxes are headed home.

What will the cocktail party hold?

Megan is first up. She pulls a blindfold out of her cleavage. She comes back with some fruit and chocolate. Can you say awkward? She says it will involve three senses... taste, smell, and she doesn't know what the other one is. She hopes he isn't allergic to anything.

Ashley I. realizes that Chris may not have realized what she was hinting at the other night. She decides to be more clear tonight. She asked what it was he gathered from their tent conversation. It puts him on the spot because all he can say is it was intriguing. He guesses that she's supposedly more conservative than she seems. He was not expecting to hear that from her. Chris tells her that he respects that about her. Ashley thinks it freaked him because he didn't kiss her this time. She starts crying and carrying on. MacKenzie can't handle it.

Ashley S. does get her kiss on though.

Ashley I. tells everyone her news. Blows Kaitlyn's mind. Carly says her mouth is not a virgin. Becca also says she is.

I hope it's true. We need better examples on this show. I believe Becca a whole not more than I believe Ashley though.

Britt asks Chris what was really going on with the camping date and why Kaitlyn got a rose after stripping on the date. Britt wants to know where he's coming from. Chris doesn't take it well coming from someone he respected. He stumbles through an answer. Britt says that she really likes him, so she's just trying to understand. He says he is glad to have had the conversation, but walks off.

When Harrison comes in to clank the glass, Chris comes in the room and tells everyone that if they don't think he has the right intentions, they can go home, because he is there to find a wife. It doesn't look good for Britt.

Time for the roses! He thinks things are working, even though emotions have start to really come into play. Kaitlyn and Jade already have theirs. Who is staying and who is going?

  1. Whitney
  2. Carly
  3. Megan
  4. Samantha
  5. Mackenzie
  6. Kelsey
  7. Becca
  8. Ashley I. (SNAP!)
  9. Britt (who has been half convinced she was leaving all night)
Going home:
  1. Ashley S. (Thank goodness!)
  2. Nikki
  3. Juelia 
He felt bad letting Juelia go, but knowing all the feelings weren't there, he wanted to let her go home to her daughter. 

Ashley S. had no feelings when it came to going home. Just a lot of crazy noises.

Thankfully, two out of three that I wanted to go home tonight are going home. It was too much for me to ask to get rid of both Ashleys and Jillian. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Awesome God

Live from the Red Sea, it's "Awesome God!"

Awesome God

By Rich Mullins
Used by permission. CCLI # 1132191

Our God is an awesome God;
He reigns from Heaven above
With wisdom, pow’r, and love.
Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God;
He reigns from Heaven above
With wisdom, pow’r, and love.
Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I can!

In between the other things I had going on today, I got this order made!

I thought painting was going to be somewhat therapeutic since I had not lettered anything in a while. It would have been if my markers were participating.

Something else I can do... texture better than the guy who "fixed" the hole in the wall. That was yet another ordeal -- getting the wall fixed before I needed to head out to Peyton's basketball game out of town.

The guy left to let the wall dry before texturing it. He said he would be back in 45 minutes. I finally had to leave. Two hours and 45 minutes later I hear from him while I am in a gym with no phone reception.

I'm so ready for all this mess to be straightened out. I can do it! But I hear a drip in the bathroom again.

Friday, January 23, 2015

I wouldn't mind going into hibernation

I don't think I have talked about the debacle at my house over the past few weeks.

The week of Christmas I noticed a wet spot in the carpet behind the shelf that holds my TV in my bedroom. It sits at an angle, so I saw behind it one morning while straightening my hair.

I didn't see anything wet in the bathroom on the other side of the wall, so I kept an eye, and a towel, on it.

I had been watching it, and feeling around my dresser to make sure no other carpet was wet. By Sunday, there was wet carpet alongside my dresser. I pulled the dresser out and it had been wet behind it.

It took days to track down a plumber who would come out. Finally, on Friday (the day after New Year's) a plumber came out and determined it was a leak in the toilet seal. However, they didn't have a wax ring and had to come back the next morning. (So much for sleeping in.)

Meanwhile during that week, we had to get the dresser out of there. It had started to mildew on the bottom and the fake wood veneer was peeling off on the ends. It set for several days upside down in my dining room until I finally dragged it out to the sunroom until I can do something with it. I think Dad is going to spray paint over some of the mold or something. I really don't know. You can see water damage on both ends and all along the front and it irks me.

What that means is that I have six drawers from the dresser spread around. One drawer sits atop my chest of drawers, two in my closet, and three stuck under/tucked around the edges of the bed in my guest room. Two are in the closet because they had been in the floor, and I almost broke my foot one night in the dark after getting up to go to the bathroom.

So back to the plumbers. They came out. Fixed the seal, and went on their merry way.

I called and scheduled the carpet cleaners to come out and clean the floor.

Two days later, I noticed my carpet was wet again. There was also water coming up from underneath a tile in the bathroom. That was something I'd only seen once before they had come out.

I had to cancel the carpet cleaners because I still had a problem.

When the plumbers came back out again, they didn't think it was trapped water from before though they assured me there had been a ring leak. (I think the ring got loosened for another reason - not that Dad hadn't set it right when he fixed the time.)

They really started looking for the leak, and pulled back my carpet. They then realized there has also been a leak in the wall for who knows how long. So, they said they had some jobs to finish and would come back.

I heard not a word for two weeks. I had to keep the carpet partially pulled back to keep it dry.

It wasn't until they finally came back earlier this week that I turned by bed a different direction, up close to the wall so they'd have room to work. Tuesday they came over and put the hole you see in the picture above in the wall to fix it.

I've had to lean folded tables against the wall to try to block out cold air this week. There's a guy coming by 9:30 tomorrow morning to fix the hole. (So much for sleeping in.)

I think I'm just going to have to keep my bed turned until the carpet cleaners come on Thursday. I'm going to make sure my wall gets patched, and I have a chance to paint it after the texture dries, before they come out.

Who knows what I'm going to do about the dresser, and when I'm going to do it. I'm so ready to put my house back in order.

And let me tell you, the crazies have been out in full force at work this week. I can't even share all of that. I'm so very glad it is Friday.  I'm ready to go into hibernation, but don't know when I'm going to get around to that.

It's all a matter of perspective though. Hole in the wall, moldy furniture, the need for a vacation... None of that compares to the horrible week a friend of mine has had. She's had to deal with far worse than I have. Far worse.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thank goodness I find it relaxing

This week has been on the nuts end of the spectrum, so I sure am glad I find crocheting to be stress relieving.

Of these projects here though, I made three of them while on the youth retreat last weekend. One item had been on the list to make for a while, and my mom claimed one for herself. She asks all dramatic about, "oh, you finally made one for me." All she had to do was ask.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cindy Vincent’s The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues

Will Buckley and Bogey, cat detectives, be able to crack the case of the stolen statues? Find out in Cindy Vincent’s The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues, the third book in The Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers series.

Join Cindy, Buckley, and Bogey in celebrating with a “jewel” of a giveaway!

Click here to enter!

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Sentiments bracelet
One runner-up will receive:
  • A Bella Perlina charm bracelet
One runner-up will receive:
  • A complete set of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers
Enter today by clicking the graphic above. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/8. Winner will be announced February 9th here.


{More about The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues}

Buckley and Bogey, Cat Detectives, find their next big case with the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Agency to be their most complicated ever! It all starts when someone hides a mysterious package in their Mom's antique store - in the middle of the night! Of course, the boys find it, and put it in a nice, safe place, until they can open it . . . and, find the rightful owner. But that's when a whole bunch of suspicious people show up in St. Gertrude, and every single one of them seems to be after that package! Holy Catnip! Plus, everything happens just when a priceless, jeweled statue collection goes on display at the St. Gertrude Museum. Missing from that collection are two jewel covered cat statues that disappeared almost a hundred and fifty years ago. But soon Buckley and Bogey wonder how long those statues will stay missing. Because this is one case that really keeps them on their paws! From a trip to the Museum, and to an old church for the Blessing of the Animals; and from dinosaurs to diamonds, they end up dodging shady suspects the whole time. It sure helps to have their friends with them, especially when the bad guys make a beeline for boys. That's because it becomes very clear, very quick -- the priceless cat statues aren't the only cats those crooks are after! Holy Mackerel! 

{More About Cindy Vincent}

Cindy Vincent was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has lived all around the US and Canada. She holds an M.A.Ed, and is the creator of the Mysteries by Vincent murder mystery party games and the Daisy Diamond Detective Series games for girls. She is also the award-winning author of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper books, the Daisy Diamond Detective book series, and the "Cats are Part of His Kingdom, Too: 33 Daily Devotions to Understanding God’s Love." She lives with her husband and the real, live Buckley and Bogey, who run surveillance on her house each and every night. 

Find out more about Cindy at

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New from Quilts of Love | A Stitch in Crime Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott. Thea's first quilt show begins to fall apart at the seams. Will she be able to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before another attack happens... with far worse results.


Enter to win a Kindle HDX!

One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
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ASIC ElliottNew from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series
Thea’s first quilt show is coming apart at the seams!
Thea James has accepted an assignment as co‑chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.
Mary‑Alice Wentworth, a much‑loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick‑off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds?
When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary‑Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.


Author and speaker Cathy Elliot nourishes her night‑owl habit by creating cozy mysteries and more on her trusty laptop in Anderson, California. Like the protagonist in her new mystery, Cathy is an avid quilter. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antique treasures.
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