Showing posts from August, 2012

Join the party and win a pearl necklace

Margaret McSweeney's Mother of Pearl Facebook Party! {9/4} RSVP today. A note from Margaret McSweeney: To celebrate the release of Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith  I'm hosting an evening of chat, laughter, and encouragement on Facebook! I've invited the Pearl Girl contributors to join us on the evening of September 4th. I'd be so honored if you'd come too! We'll be giving away a ton of fun stuff {books, gift certificates and a Beautiful Pearl Necklace set }. Mother of Pearl celebrates the collective iridescence of motherhood. We'll gather to connect, be encouraged and make some new friends! So RSVP today and then come back on September 4th (at 5pm Pacific, 6pm Mountain, 7pm Central, and 8pm Eastern) and join us for the "Pearl" party. Let's share our stories and encourage one another. We'll also have an update from the charities involved with Pearl Girls, Wings and Hands of Hope. ( See what oth

Author Sibella Giorello talks about The Stars Shine Bright

An Interview with Sibella Giorello, author of The Stars Shine Bright Q: The Stars Shine Bright takes place at a race track. What drew you to that setting? Here's one key for writing fiction: Don't squash the "weird idea." Sometimes that weird idea is your best friend. Last year, the weird idea was gambling and horses. Aside from driving around Seattle in the rain, I don't gamble. And I'm not a "horse-girl." But this idea kept pulling at me. When I mentioned it to my husband, he said: "I got a guy." Note: My husband is from New York City, he's "got a guy" for everything.  But this guy turned out to be a former jockey, who now owns part of a race horse. He spent weeks showing me the local track, including the back barns. He also introduced me to the track vet, who was invaluable. The vet told me to come on his rounds, starting at 5 A.M. It was all a gift, because it's difficult for strangers to g

Join Austin Gutwein for a webcast and enter the Get and Give contest

Click here to RSVP! Scroll down to find out how you can win a Kindle Fire and $250 donated to your favorite charity! An interview with Austin Gutwein, Author of Live to Give Austin Gutwein has a message to share with his fellow teens: God made each of you unique so that He can use you for a special purpose. In his book “Live to Give: Letting God Turn Your Talents into Miracles ” , Gutwein challenges that regardless of age and talent, God can use you to make a difference. Though He could do it all Himself, God created humankind with a mission: to take care of His creation. Q: You start off Live to Give talking about how God does not need us, but He wants to use us to help others and take care of His creations. It’s a profound thought. How did you come to this realization? To be honest, just reading about the creation of the world in Genesis made me realize just how incredible God is. God is so amazingly powerful, and the Bible shows us this many times. It just

Win an eReader in Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Haven giveaway!

Celebrate the newest book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series with Suzanne by entering Suzanne Woods Fisher's 4 eReader Giveaway. Also RSVP for the Live Facebook Party and Video Chat on 8/30!  See what folks are saying about The Haven ! Four grand prize winners will receive: A Brand new Kindle Fire or Nook Color  $25 or Gift certificate  Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 29th. Winner will be announced at Suzanne's Live Author Chat Party on 8/30 . Suzanne will be hosting an author chat (party will start on Facebook AND then be Live from her website) and giving away books, gift certificates and several Burt's Bees® Nourishing Radiance Kits!! So grab your copy of The Haven and join Suzanne on the evening of the August 30th for a fun chat (both on Facebook and via Live Video), trivia contest and lots of giveaways.  Don't miss a moment of the RSVP today . Tell your frie

The kids' last video of 5th grade

In this last video as 5th graders, the kids share what they've learned this year, a recap of the class rules, and what they are looking forward to in Junior High.  

Their last day as 5th graders

Today marked the last Sunday for my 5th graders before promotion to Jr. High. They start school tomorrow. And yet, they randomly spouted this song this morning singing the opposite parts. I turned the video on, and a couple of the boys that had been singing the Ruth part refused to do it for the camera. I was so entertained. Really, I was. Seriously.

A sad realization

I'm just trying to prepare you. Tomorrow morning marks the last Sunday before the 5th graders promote up. It will be the last video I do with them. And since I am going to take a break from teaching on Sunday mornings, it will be the last Bible class video for a while. I'll leave you with that and we'll take a moment of silence.

Sometimes you have to just do it yourself!

I think it was last Thursday. It was some day last week. Actually, it was last Friday. Anyway, I called my dad and both he and Paige answered at once. I told them that I could do a free scrapbook on Shutterfly if they would find pictures of my mom so that I could put it together for her birthday. I'll say right now, this is the only thing Klout is good for. Ok, two things. It got me hooked on Lipton Tea with Honey (is that good) and it got me a free scrapbook on Shutterfly that I might have could have gotten some other way. A couple of years ago, I had done one of these for my Dad when he had a special birthday. I knew it wasn't going to be big enough or have enough pages for my Seattle trip. His first response was, "I don't know where to look." "Why don't you start with that whole closet down the hall full of photo albums?" Dad, Paige and Peyton started on the project. Then I told Dad more of what I needed. Across her entire life. Pictures

Mary Connealy's "Over the Edge" Nook Color Giveaway

Enjoy the latest release in Mary Connealy's The Kinkade Brides series: Over the Edge See what folks are saying about Over the Edge ! One winner will receive: A Nook Color with GlowLight The entire set of Mary Connealy's The Kincaid Brides series Enter today by clicking one of the icons below . But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 28th. Winner will be announced at the "Over the Edge" Author Chat Facebook Party on 8/29 . Meet Mary, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and more. There will also be gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group.)! So grab your copy of Over the Edge and join Mary on the evening of the August 29th for a chance to connect with her 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 RSVP today . Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER

The Aftermath of Grief

Tonight I'm just keeping you up to date with another new book available, this time, Aftermath by Margaret McSweeney. About the Book:  Growing in Grace Through Grief Loss is a four-letter word that grips our hearts and gridlocks our lives. Grief can hold us captive until we surrender it to God. How do we find the necessary grace to journey through the mourning process? Juxtaposed to the outpouring of her mother’s words about grief, the author shares her parallel journey from the emotional abyss of grief after becoming an adult orphan. With candor, the author shares her own emotions experienced along the spectrum of loss after her parents’ deaths: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—adding interactive options for readers. Five sections cover these common emotions and provide: • comfort Scripture lists • counsel sections from grief experts • chronicling sections with detailed helps • tangible handles on dealing with grief during holidays, capturing

The Stars Shine Bright Kindle Fire Giveaway!

This is the latest book I have finished. Loved. Loved. Loved. Now, I have to go back and read all of Sibella Giorello's previous books.  Win a Kindle Fire from @SibellaGiorello in The Stars Shine Bright  Giveaway!  Novelist Sibella Giorello is celebrating the release of the latest book in her praiseworthy Raleigh Harmon series by giving away a Kindle Fire!  Find out what the reviewers are saying here! One grand prize winner will receive: A brand new Kindle Fire The entire 5-book Raleigh Harmon series. Hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/25/12. The winner will be announced on 8/27/12 on Sibella's blog ! Just click one of the icons below to enter. Tell your friends about Sibella's giveaway on FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. About the Contest: You will be receiving an additional e-mail on Saturday morning (8/4) with the HTML code attached that has more information about the Kindle Fire giveaway. Please use it in y

The Choice - You could win a Nook Color!

Click here to enter! If you've read my blog before, you've read a few reviews of books by Robert Whitlow. You've also heard me say before that I don't ask for a lot of books because I don't have time to commit to reviews on a schedule. And part of the books I read I don't post reviews of because I forget or get busy or whatever.  And you should also look at my office. I mean my library. And now I have a Kindle (as of this week!) and am quickly accumulating free books on it that I've gotten off of the Inspired Reads website. (Check out Inspired Reads and Vessel Project  for free e-books without "must review" strings.) Based on all our blog tours right now, you'll be getting plenty of posts on new books and CONTESTS in the next couple of weeks. There are a lot of new books hitting shelves if you are looking for some great recommendations. Here I am rambling on to say that I set a reminder on my computer to pop up on the morning Book S