Saturday, December 8, 2018

Searching for You (Orphan Train Series book #3) by Jody Hedlund [Giveaway - USA]

About the book: Despite years on the run, Sophie Neumann is determined to care for two young children. She won't abandon them the way she thinks her older sisters abandoned her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing 1850s New York is her only option.

Disappearing with her two young charges into a group of orphans heading west by train, Sophie hopes to find safety and a happy life. When the train stops in Illinois for the first placement of orphans, Sophie faces the most difficult choice of her life.

Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm. With mounting debts, a harvest to bring in, and past scars that haunt him, he's in no position to give his heart away . . . but can he say no when his long-lost friend shows up on a nearby train pleading for his help?

~~ Read a preview ~~

My reviews of Orphan Train Series:  With You Always #1     Together Forever #2
My review of "Searching For You" soon to come.

Begins December 8
Ends January 5 at 8:00 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses only.
Disclosure: Prize for giveaway is provided by author and/or publisher who will send the book directly to the winner.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Nature's Paradise Natural Organic Baby Products brought to you by Good Earth Beauty online natural beauty shop [10% discount code]

Your baby is tiny, near perfect with beauty and tenderness on a grand scale. Now protect their skin with natural organic products from Nature's Paradise

Good Earth Beauty carries the Nature's Paradise
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My thoughts:  I know when my babies were tiny we used the best soap that we could find in the stores that was gentle . That was a long time ago. There are many products on the market today. This Nature's Paradise organic baby shampoo and body wash with coconut is fascinating and just chock full of simple organic ingredients derived from nature itself. I am quite impressed with this.

Product Information: 

Baby Organic 2 in 1 Foam Shampoo & Body  Wash is enriched with Natures most gentle Certified Organic  Coconut Oil that moisturizes and cleans baby's skin the natural way.   Protecting baby's skin from common skin irritations while leaving the skin and scalp rich with nutrients. Great Lathering properties especially as a body wash. We believe that when it comes to ingredients less is more. Using good natural ingredients is the best way to nourish and clean your little one.

8 oz pump - Made by Natures Paradise Organics - Ingredients: 
Organic chamomile Tea, Organic Coconut oil Soap, Organic Coconut Extract, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother Price: $14.99 Buy it at (don't forget the HOLIDAY10 discount code for 10% and FREE SHIPPING.)


My thoughts:  Many folks use baby oil regularly on their wee ones. Mine couldn't tolerate the baby oil that was then available. Again, that was a long time ago. Using a baby oil that is plant based and made from organically derived oils can certainly be good for the skin. So if your baby needs oil for his or her skin, this product seems to be exceptional!

Product information:
Baby Organic Baby Oil is made with skin regenerating Sunflower Oil which is rich in vitamins A,B, D & E which heals and protects the skin from irritation and allowing the skin to be nourished with vitamins in their purest state found organically in our oil. Safflower oil keeps skin hydrated giving relief from dry flaky skin and also has protection properties from environmental exposures. Great for dry skin, eczema and cradle cap when directly applied or added to the bath water.

4 oz - Made by Natures Paradise - Ingredients: Organic Sunflower oil Organic Coconut Extract, Organic Safflower oil, Price: $12.99 Buy it at  (Don't forget the HOLIDAY10 discount code for 10% and FREE SHIPPING.)

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided these two products by to facilitate this review and product information post. Opinions expressed are mine alone and are freely given. While I have no baby in my household, I will share these products with a family member.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bring God to the core of your child's thinking: GOD COUNTS and GOD MADE ME AND YOU from New Growth Press

GOD COUNTS by Irene Sun

ISBN: 9781945270796
Purchase on Amazon
My thoughts: This is NOT your typical counting book for the little ones. This book presents deep, theological ideas wrapped up in the beauty of numbers. It doesn't entail mathematics, yet states that the Maker of the Universe, God, created numbers and that they declare His glory. Yes, all of creation declares the glory of the Creator, God.

Information that is usually gleaned from sermons or Bible studies such as their being four rivers in the Garden of Eden, four wings on every butterfly, and four creatures before God's throne saying, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!" will enrich the parents reading aloud this interesting children's book.

"Six tells us God hates sin..... 'Here are six things that the Lord hates. unkind eyes, a lying tongue, hands that hurt, a wicked heart, disobedient feet, and lies that separate people.' Proverbs 6:16-19

The book is definitely for those who wish to give their children deeper ideas to think about. It goes far beyond the typical kiddie counting book. While it is a "picture book" the text, scope of thoughts, and theology don't fit a picture book pattern.

I can highly recommend the book. That recommendation is, however given with the caveat that the book is not to be skimmed over, quickly read and tossed in the book heap. It is to be delved into thoroughly and with each reading pursue further discussions about the implications of these ideas.

Product Description

In this engaging, illustrated children's book by Irene Sun, young readers learn how numbers declare the glory of God, discovering Bible stories and the truth, beauty, and goodness of our sovereign God through numbers and patterns. With countable illustrations and an easy-to-learn structure, children who are always seeking, finding, tracing, and counting numbers will be captivated by God Counts.

Through simple language kids will understand, God Counts shares theological truths and helps children become familiar with Scripture, exploring the patterns of creation, numbers in the plan of redemption, and the intimacy of a personal relationship with God. This children's book explores how God counts every fish in the sea, every star in the sky, every hair on their heads, and every tear in their eyes.

By discovering numbers in God's world and in his Word, parents help their children foster a deeper love and knowledge of who God is and how he counts them as his. Families will be enriched as they learn together how numbers magnify God - just as a telescope magnifies the stars - and each numbered lesson points to a larger redemptive story of Scripture. On each page, the illustrations engage readers, displaying not only a picture but a mosaic of patterns.

This playful children's book serves as a beginner's theology book for young readers who love numbers and patterns, introducing the Trinity, the God of order, the holiness of God, the problem of sin, the rescue and love of Jesus, and much more. Children who love to count will be filled with wonder, leading them to understand deeper truths about God, themselves, and the world around them.


ISBN: 9781948130134
Purchase on Amazon

My thoughts:  First of all, the concept of this book is much needed and children - and adults - need to acknowledge that God is the Creator of each and everyone. And He designed just how each of us is made. And that we are all equal in His eyes.

In God Made Me and You the setting is obviously a Christian school classroom. That, therefore, limits readers to a smaller demographic. Homeschooling and public school families won't be able to internalize the concept of such a classroom, the Biblical quotes and lesson for the day. Secular books abound with the subject of diversity education and that is a good thing. It is also a good thing for children from Christian families to understand diversity acceptance and to understand it from a Biblical point of view.

All that being said, the book nicely addresses children learning to accept people of diverse complexities - dark skin, yellow skin, white skin, and disabilities in body, vision, hearing.

The book is lengthy and includes the origin of sin in the Garden of Eden. The story further relates that the behavior of hatred of others based on race or ethnicity as sin. The story continues with the solution of the sin as being provided when God sent Jesus to die for the sins of mankind.

This is heavy information for the young listener and the extent of material covered broad. Although a picture book, it is probably best as a read-aloud. All the concepts are good and Biblical.

I can recommend the book but that recommendation is based on parent use with the child or children.

Product Description

This beautifully illustrated children's book invites kids to explore God's design for ethnic diversity and challenges readers---both parents and children---to learn and live out counter-cultural, biblical views, fostering a lifelong celebration of diversity for the glory of God. Designed for four- to eleven-year-olds, God Made Me and You by Shai Linne is the second book in the God Made Me series, starting with God Made All of Me by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb.
Because Scripture teaches that ethnic diversity is not something that should be tolerated but rather enthusiastically embraced, Christian hip hop artist Shai Linne helps children, parents, and caregivers to celebrate this biblical truth through a lyrical, rhyming style and colorful illustrations.

God Made Me and You is an approachable guide for families to begin conversations about cultivating a God's perspective on ethnic diversity, confronting the sins of racism, bigotry, and ethnic pride.

DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies to facilitate a review from New Growth Press. Opinions are my own and are freely given.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hana Ylang Ylang Essential Oil - 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade for Aromatherapy Diffuser #sponsored #review

My thoughts: Hana Ylang Ylang Essential Oil - 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade for Aromatherapy Diffuser works nicely in my diffuser. The first use, I put about four drops into the diffuser. Nice, but a mite strong.

Next time, I used about three drops and a couple of sweetorange. Better. I enjoyed it.

Next time, I used about two drops Hana Ylang Ylang, a drop of sweetorange, and a drop of Rose Geranium. This was very nice. I also enjoy combining it with just Rose Geranium for a relaxing scent.

Purchase it on Amazon - CLICK HERE

Product information: 
What is Ylang Ylang Essential Oil? Ylang Ylang essential oil serves as a natural health booster against severe stress and tension issues. An effective solution for both oily scalp and dry skin. Apply a few drops to shampoo, bath, massage oil and diffuser.

Key Benefits:

  • Induce relaxation
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Balance sebum on both scalp and skin

Blending: Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium, Vetiver, Chamomile, Clary sage, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Neroli and Jasmine essential oil.

Quality: 100% PURE & THERAPEUTIC - undiluted, no fillers, bases or additives. Distillation facility is GMP, ISO9001 & FDA registered.

DISCLOSURE: This is a #sponsored #review which means I received the product either at no cost to me or highly discounted. I was not compensated for this review. Opinions are mine alone and given after personal use of product.

Monday, December 3, 2018

New Growth Press’ Spirit of Giving Family Devotionals [7-book Giveaway with 3 winners - USA/CANADA]

New Growth Press’ Spirit of Giving Family Devotionals Giveaway
For active families, reading the Bible together can feel overwhelming. However, family Bible study doesn’t have to be complicated! With just ten minutes a day, parents have enough time to pass on the most valuable treasure the world has ever known.

Start off the new year resolved to study the Bible together. New Growth Press has you covered and is giving away a family devotional package every family will want to win!

In this third and final Spirit of Giving giveaway of the Christmas season, New Growth Press is giving away THREE gift boxes of family devotionals (retail value of $148 each). From December 3-8, you can enter to win one of family devotional boxes.

Each gift box includes one copy of the following family devotionals written by Marty Machowski:

Children love stories, and the parables provide a wonderful opportunity to engage their imagination and help them understand and live out the good news of the kingdom of God. After teaching a parable, Jesus often said, “Whoever has ears, let him hear.” In other words, “This is important, so you better listen up,” and what could be more important than the good news of the kingdom of God? This family devotional provides a unique opportunity for parents to help their children “listen up” and hear the gospel as Jesus himself shared it.

Wise Up is designed to connect the teaching of Proverbs to God’s larger story of salvation. Children will learn that Solomon’s wisdom, life, and failures all point to “something greater than Solomon”—they point to Jesus. The goal of this devotional is to present the wisdom of Proverbs against the backdrop of the gospel to show children that real wisdom comes only as we depend on Jesus for daily help and forgiveness.

Long Story Short guides families through the Old Testament stories and is designed to cultivate honest and powerful discussion about the Bible, which is the catalyst for change in children’s lives. Through 78 Old Testament stories, Long Story Short explains God’s plan of salvation through the Old Testament, focusing on the hero of Scripture and important biblical truths without being corny, confusing, or condescending.

Suited for children from preschool through high school, this gospel-focused book is full of ten-minute devotions to continue the gospel story that began in Long Story Short. The consistent and short structure helps children walk through the life-changing truths of the Christian faith in the New Testament—without overwhelming them. Through 78 New Testament stories, Old Story New does the hard work for moms and dads. Simple discussion questions (and answers!) for each day’s devotion help children understand and connect with Jesus’s life, death, resurrection, and the birth of the Christian church.
This beautifully illustrated storybook captivates young readers with the heart of the gospel. The Gospel Story Bible points to Jesus, helping families and kids identify Christ as the hero of every story. While it’s easy to forget Jesus in the midst of frantic schedules, family squabbles, and conflicting priorities, Machowski reminds families of God’s plan of salvation in Christ, which is continually on display throughout the Bible. Ideal as a storybook for your preschooler, a devotional for your grade school student, a refresher for the adult believer, or an introduction for the new one, The Gospel Story Bible is also a companion to Long Story Short and Old Story New.

In addition to these books for the entire family, the winners will also receive a new book of devotionals just for parents, and New Growth Press’ latest parenting book.

In this uplifting and faith-strengthening devotional book for parents, Marty Machowski encourages parents in the midst of trials. Full of Scripture, testimonies of faithful parents, and insightful meditations, Parenting First Aid equips moms and dads to run to God and trust his ability to do what they can’t. The easy-to-use format provides encouragement to turn to God in the midst of family difficulty. While God does not promise happiness and ease in parenting, all can find comfort in God and peace beyond understanding through the Scriptures and meditations found in Parenting First Aid.

Every family is unique, which is why Child Proof explores the need for parents to cultivate personal and intimate care for their children as modeled in God’s individual, personal, and fatherly care to his children. This child-rearing book lays a foundation of parenting by faith and progresses by teaching readers how they can know their own kids well and raise them accordingly. By discussing particular issues moms and dads might have in family life, Lowe demonstrates how formulas aren’t the answer, and parenting with biblical wisdom is best for a proactive rather than reactive approach to parenting.

NOTE: In case you don’t win the prize pack, sign-up for New Growth Press’ e-news at to receive information about their Countdown to Christmas discounts so that you can order copies. Be sure to follow them on social media as well where they will be sharing daily deals throughout the Christmas season ( | |

DISCLOSURE: The information and material for this post was provided by Read With Audra. I received no compensation to share this information.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Liberty Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower series #6) by Mary Lu Tyndall [Review & 2-winner Giveaway]

ISBN: 9781683226178
Barbour Publishing
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Kindle Version
My thoughts: A bit of light historical fiction set on the high seas. Piracy ship captured. British naval superiority. Spies on both sides of the conflict.

The female protagonist, Emeline, is a bit of frivolous fluff and somewhat wishy washy in characteristics. I truly like her maid or companion, Hannah. She seemed to help keep Emeline grounded. Emeline was foolhardy and risk taking. She put herself in questionable situations which really went against the mores of the times.

The story is good. The history interesting. Parts of the story were really attention grabbing. I really like that Emeline had a strong, compassionate, and caring personality. It overrode her weaker character traits.

The "Daughters of the Mayflower series" of books from Barbour Publishing are all interesting and feature momentous events in American history. In The Liberty Bride the historic event is the ending of the War of 1812 - often called America's Second War for Independence.

A good, clean read with lots of history, a liberal sprinkling of romance, and enough action to satisfy most readers. Recommended!
About the Book:  Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?

A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him and her love for her country.

2 Winners Each Receive a Copy
Begins December 3
Ends December 27 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Barbour Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given. Winner's copies are provided and shipped to winners by publisher.

Nature's Paradise Shya Monet Skin Care at Good Earth Beauty - Natural & Organic

Nature's Paradise Skin Care and specifically the SHYA MONET COLLECTION is a featured brand on the all natural, organic Good Earth Beauty products website.


My thoughts: This Shya Monet foaming cleanser  is quite mild in feel and fragrance. It leaves skin squeaky clean and soft feeling. It has coveted Argon Oil as an ingredient but has NO OILY feel to it.

From time to time I have an "allergy attack" that really wreaks havoc on the sensitivity of my eyes and the area of my upper face. Just weepy eyes, much itching, etc. You know the drill. You're miserable. Hot or very warm wet washcloths held to the area help. But so does cleansing my face. But the cleansing agent can't be harsh or cause further irritation.

Reading the label is an encouragement
because you can see it is natural and organic!

The past few days have been those miserable, itchy eye, allergy days. I found that a nice wash with this Shya Monet Foaming Cleanser is quite soothing. A cure? No. A relief? Yes

So in addition to cleaning my face and removing environmental "skin-clutter" and makeup, the foaming cleanser actually helps my face to feel better.

Directions instruct the user to shake bottle prior to using, pump once (gives a liberal amount with one pump), and apply to wet face with rotating motions for 30 seconds. Do this twice daily.

It is such a relief to see natural, organic ingredients listed for this product. It gives me an assurance that I'm doing the best I can for my skin. As a lady-of-a-certain-age, I need to make each moment count and each product used a quality, safe, effective product. The Shya Monet line of products is for any age. Start young and take care of your skin for beautiful skin when you are older. Getting a late start on caring for your skin? Never mind, use that which will benefit you, apply generously and regularly, park a smile on your face and be beautiful!


Product information (from Good Earth Beauty vendor)  

Foaming Cleanser is enriched with Organic Coconut Oil soap which cleans deep within the pores eliminating bacteria and build up. Yet, is a non irritating formula free of chemicals making it gentle to the skin which is important to limit future breakouts. In keeping acne and blemishes away, you must be gentle to the skin. Irritating the skin will cause more breakouts.  7 ounce bottle. Made by Natures Paradise Organics -  Price: $29.00

A light foamy cleanser and one "pump" is definitely enough to do the job!

This and other Nature's Paradise Skin Care products may be found on Good Earth Beauty's shopping site. Feel free to cruise the site and find something you can love. Also, feel free to use the HOLIDAY10 discount code for a 1% discount on this line of products and any other items on the Good Earth Beauty website. Natures Paradise Organics on

Buy it and try it for yourself. See if you don't think this is a #natural #organic product just right for you. Use the Discount Code HOLIDAY10 UNTIL 12/31/18 and save yourself 10% and it SHIPS FREE IN USA.

DISCLAIMER: I received complimentary products to examine and evaluate to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given.

You Are: A Book of Declarations by Emily Assell and illustrated by Lauren Copple

ISBN: 9781496436191
Board Book $7.99
Tyndale Publishing
Buy on Amazon - click here
My thoughts: The author's introductory comments (to parents) say.... "Speak out loud the Word of God over your children, and together we can claim this generation of children for the Lord!"

This is not a "story book" it is a book of declarations pictured and fashioned in a format that captures the attention of the littlest ones. A board book with simple illustrations and colored with muted tones speak to a settled methodology and careful plan of presentation.

"Dearest one, thou are a child and an heir of the most high God. .... 'Since we are his children, we are his heirs'. Romans 8:17 NLT"

"Most cherished gift, you are a delight..... 'You will be named My Delight.. The LORD is delighted with you.' Isaiah 62:4 GW"

Obviously, the parent will be spiritually and emotionally enriched by sharing this concise "Bible study" with their little one. as they lay the foundation for their child's future spiritual health.

I highly recommend. (Note. My personal Bible translation is the KJV. Author uses a variety.)

About the book: Speak the Word of God out loud over your children and claim this generation for the Lord!

You Are is designed to speak life over the youngest generation. Each page includes a loving term of endearment, an encouraging spiritual affirmation, and a verse from Scripture to help imprint the Lord's promises and truths on their hearts. You Are will teach your kids that they are cherished by you and by their heavenly Father. Purchase

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the Tyndale Blog Network program on behalf of the author and publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Voibella Neck and Chest Firming Cream (awarded “#1 New Release” on Amazon in the “Neck & Décolleté Moisturizers”)

How many types of lotions and creams have you rubbed into the skin of your neck and chest hoping to keep it soft and lovely?

Before you drape your lovely pearls around your throat, be sure your throat is lovely!

If you're like me, you've used hand lotions (cheap and expensive), face creams, face lotions, face serums, hand creams, body lotions, body butters, body balms. Well, they all can help. You know just about anything helps. But not all of it feels good on the skin or helps as much as you'd like.

Why do skin care companies create specific products for specific parts of your body? It's simple. The skin, while made up of cells pretty much the same all over your body (and this information is from me, a non-authority on things biology or medical), the skin on various parts of your body acts dfferently and it roughens, sags, ages differently. Since they are exposed to various types of environmental and life-activities causing them to roughen up or age differently, it just seems plain ordinary common sense to use products made of different ingredients, composed in a variety of different methods, and with varying consistencies.

Hence, the need for a product specifically for that thin skin under your chin, on your neck, and on your chest. It is NEVER to early to start taking care of this thin skin.

The cream is light and absorbs into the skin nicely. I don't feel like it will transfer to my clothing since it absorbs so nicely and doesn't have a greasy feel. This is one of those products you can use more than once a day. The more frequently you moisturize your skin, the softer and yet tighter it should be.

I highly recommend this as a product you want in your home, with you on your travels, and perhaps tucked away at the office for a quick freshen-up moment.

About the product - You may purchase it on Amazon - click here and here's a sweet DISCOUNT CODE worth 20% - 20FORBELLA


  • Jojoba Oil - moisturizes from within, keeping skin supple
  • Vitamin C – Fights Blemishes and fine lines on face, neck and chest area
  • Peptides - support collagen and elastin, preventing sagging & loss of firmness.
  • Retinol - helps with cell turnover, firming, tightening and toning of skin on neck and chest
  • Vitamin E – helps with skin cell regeneration and prevents free radical damage.
  • Green Tea Extract - repairs skin and helps with fine lines and wrinkles.
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Read my review of another Voibella product: Voibella Advanced Anti-Aging Vitamin C Facial Serum -- click here and my Voibella Hydrating Toning Mist - click here

DISCLOSURE: This is a #sponsored review and my opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review, though I received reimbursement for the product. I only recommend products I have used or that are used by my family. This is an exceptionally refreshing product that I recommend. Purchase on Amazon

The Silent Noisy Night by Jill Roman Lord [A quick, quick #GIVEAWAY]

ISBN: 9781535923736
Padded Board Book $12.99
Buy on Amazon
My thoughts:  Look out! This is not your regular run-of-the-mill Christmas nativity kiddie book. This tells the same beloved story but has lots of different animals and a host of sounds or rather noises telling forth the joy of the birth of the Christ Child.

A bit different? Yep! A lot of fun? Absolutely! Reverent? It is! Yet, it is fun and easy-going, and the wonderful story is told with a beautifully joyful and jolly rhyme that rollicks noisily through the age old story of our Saviour's birth. He is our Savior and this fun, sweet book makes no excuses but tells it right out.....

Yes, Jesus is our Savior and
a gift from God above.
He brings us hope and peace and joy
and everlasting love!

It's hard to stay so silent when
we've heard the greatest news.
Let's celebrate our Savior's birth
with neighs and chirps and moos!

So this delightful book is a joy. It is also a sturdy board book that the young hands can handle without Mommy or Daddy worrying about its self-destructing. It is also lightly padded to make it a pleasure to grasp or hug within the little one's arms.

Don't miss it! Buy it on Amazon to have throughout the season - click here

About the book: The night Jesus was born is frequently referred to as a silent night. But how could it possibly have been silent if Jesus was born in a manger, with cows and sheep and donkeys and probably chickens and mice and birds all celebrating His birth? How could these creatures keep quiet?

It may have been a silent night
when Jesus came to earth. OR…
It may have been a NOISY night
to celebrate His birth.

The Silent Noisy Night takes on a new twist to the Christmas story by exploring what the night may have been like if all the creatures and people celebrated the birth of Jesus in their own God-given, special ways. With cows mooing and donkeys braying, it may have been a very noisy night.


Begins December 1 
Ends December 10 @ 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses only
Author/publisher will try to get winner's copy to them by Christmas!
DISCLOSURE: I received a copy from the author to facilitate this review and giveaway. Prize of giveaway will be provided and sent by the author or publisher directly to the winner.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Mind Games by Nancy Mehl [Giveaway]

ISBN: 9780764231841
Paperback $15.99
Purchase here
About the book: Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else--including Kaely herself--is killed.

Read an excerpt - click here

Nancy Mehl ( is the author of more than thirty books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. She is part of The Suspense Sisters:, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

Begins December 1
Ends December 30 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Purchase it now at Amazon - click here

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a copy by Bethany House Publishing to facilitate a review. Any opinions expressed will be mine alone and freely given. The winner's copy is to be provided by and mailed by the author or publisher.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Who Sang the First Song? by Ellie Holcomb and illustrated by Kayla Harren

ISBN: 9781535940627  $14.99
Find it here on sale $8.99
Hardcover ~ B&H Kids
My thoughts:  Do you ever ask yourself off-the-wall questions like "Was there sound when God created the universe?" or "How big is God?"? Well, the author, Ellie Holcomb seems to be one who contemplates such questions and she brings that thought concept to the very young child - a picture-book-age child.

In Who Sang the First Song? the author drifts through parts of the creation asking if someone or something sang.

"...was the first song when the thumder went BOOM?"

"Did the sun sing a song as it colored the sky?"

But at the end the reader learns that all guesses are incorrect because.... "It was God, our Maker who sang the first song!   ... every heart and every thing was born with a song it was made to sing."

Beautifully illustrated by Kayla Harren with art that will delight the young and adults who enjoy the book. The detail is absolutely fabulous. Designed for the preschool age child, the concept of such theoretical thinking goes beyond that age group.

But just imagine if you will..... God singing at the creation of His Universe.

About the book: In this engaging board book with whimsical art, singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb asks a childlike question and answers with a lovely lyrical tale that shows young readers that God our Maker sang the first song, and He created us all with a song to sing.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy hardcover copy from B&H Blogger program to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given. Book is also available in "board book" and "eBook" formats.

Monday, November 26, 2018

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New Growth Press’ Spirit of Giving "Youth Book Giveaway" 7 books in prize pack [Nov.26-Dec. 2 USA/CANADA]

Last week, I shared about books from New Growth Press for the youngest members of the family. Maybe your kids have outgrown that stage and are now preteens or teens.

Books are a great gift for those members of the family who need a break from all the electronics in the house. Actually, that may apply to everyone in the house! Books are a great gift for everyone in the family, by the way!

Even if there aren’t kids in your own house, I’m sure you know some young people who would enjoy these books. Maybe you are a youth leader or teacher with young people on your Christmas list.

This week, New Growth Press is giving away THREE gift boxes of books for tweens and teens. From November 26-December 2, you can enter to win one of three gift boxes of books (retail value of $114).

Each gift box includes the following titles for youth:

The complete Rwendigo Tales series by J. A. Myhre:

Written by J. A. Myhre, a doctor living and working in East Africa, this adventure series teaches readers of all ages important truths about justice, overcoming evil, and the courage to make a difference. The latest release is A Fever, a Flight, and a Fight for the World, a compelling African adventure story that will enthrall eight- to fourteen-year-old youth who love adventure and learning about faraway places. In the exciting fourth and final book in the Rwendigo Tales Series, readers will be inspired by ordinary people who make the extraordinary choice to stand against great evil.

Dragon Seed by Marty Machowski

An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background. Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. Tempted to run away after yet another argument with his mom, Nick receives a handwritten, leather-bound copy of an old book—a family legend passed down to him from his great grandfather. The book, called Dragon Seed, leads Nick deep into his family’s history and introduces him to another angry young man who lived in the shadows (the shadows of the tombs). Like Nick, you’ll be shocked to discover where he fits in this story of epic proportions!

The Biggest Win: Pro Football Players Tackle Faith by Joshua Cooley

The Biggest Win gives athletes and sports fans of all ages a unique, insider's look into the lives and faith of six Christian NFL players from the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl team. Through the ups and downs of their experiences, author Joshua Cooley shows how these high-profile athletes remain committed to God's Word, genuine Christian discipleship, and sharing their faith. Using their voices and stories, The Biggest Win gives sports-minded readers hope and direction for living out their faith while competing. See your youth athletes' faith grow as they hear and learn from the amazing stories of these Super Bowl Champions.

Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms and Daughters by Trish Donohue

Between Us Girls was written for mothers with daughters between the ages of seven and fourteen. These twenty-six gospel-driven talks are a fun and easy guide for mothers who want to disciple their daughters but don’t know where to start. In each short chapter, moms and daughters read God’s Word, ask one another questions about their thoughts and experiences, get honest about their struggles with sin, brainstorm ways to live out their faith, and build genuine fellowship into their relationship.

(Between Us Guys for dads and sons will be available in May 2019!)

In case you don’t win the prize pack, sign-up for New Growth Press’ e-news at to receive information about their Countdown to Christmas discounts so that you can order copies. Be sure to follow them on social media as well where they will be sharing daily deals throughout the Christmas season ( | |

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Poetry of US edited by former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis [Giveaway US/CANADA]

Welcome to The Poetry of US Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of The Poetry of US edited by former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, blogs across the web are featuring selected poems from The Poetry of US plus 8 chances to win a copy! Follow along on this road trip across the U.S. through poems and pictures!

by J. Patrick Lewis, former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate and editor of The Poetry of US

Have you ever traveled across the United States but not in a car, bus, plane, or train? If you have, you know what it’s like to play a true “mind game.” Because your brain is the best and fastest vehicle to get you from Alaska to Florida, New Mexico to Maine, and everywhere in between. Well, it helps, of course, if you have the comfort of a chair and this book, The Poetry of Us, sitting squarely in your lap.

It’s true, you know, as the great poet Robert Frost once said, “All poetry begins with Geography.” Some people call such writing “the poetry of place.” I call it a ticket to ride, a road atlas of words, or perhaps a word atlas of roads. Here you will find the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day suddenly turned green, the Montana State Fair’s hog-calling contest, colorful Native American celebrations, Los Angeles traffic jams, the wealth of America as well as its inner city poverty and despair.

So open this book to find out about places you might know or places you’ve never been. You may even be encouraged to write a poem about your own hometown or somewhere that exists only on the map of your imagination.   

Power to the People: Signs of Our Democracy
(A Found Poem)

You Are on Stolen Land.
Your Backwards Views Are Older Than the Dinosaurs.
We Can’t Feed the Poor But We Can Fund a War.
Jim Crow Must Go.
End Segregated Rules. Put Prayer Back in Schools.
Stop the H8. The World Can’t Wait.
Don’t tread on me. Stop Police Brutality. We Demand Equality.
From Adam’s Rib to Women’s Lib.
Pro-Life. Women’s Choice.
Your Vote Is Your Voice.
No More! Outrage! Consumers Crave a Living Wage.
Occupy Wall Street. No More Pollution.
Government Is the Problem, Not the Solution.
Clenched fist. Peace sign. Flying dove.
We are America . Love and Let Love.
Activism is not a crime.
I’m tired of marching for what should already be mine.
-Carole Boston Weatherford


Blog Tour Schedule:

November 26th — Chat with Vera
November 27th — Beach Bound Books
November 28th — Christy's Cozy Corners
November 29th — Bookhounds
November 30th — YA and Kids Books Central

December 3rd — Java John Z's
December 4th — Word Spelunking
December 5th — A Dream Within a Dream

“ expansive gathering, with dazzling visuals” - Kirkus

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It's all about us! Join former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis on a lyrical journey through the United States to experience the wonders of America's people and places through 200+ inspiring poems and stunning photographs.

Celebrate the gift of language and the vibrant culture of the United States with this collection of classic and never-before-published poetry. Poems are arranged by region, from coast to coast, and among them you'll find works by Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker, Robert Frost, Naomi Shihab Nye, Walt Whitman, and more. From the familiar to the surprising, subjects include people, places, landmarks, monuments, nature, and celebrations. Designed for sharing, but geared to younger readers, this beautifully illustrated treasury is a must-have for the whole family.

About the Author: J. PATRICK LEWIS is a former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate. He earned a B.A. at Saint Joseph's College, an M.A. at Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in economics at the Ohio State University. Lewis taught in the department of Business, Accounting and Economics at Otterbein College until 1998, when he became a full-time writer. He is the author of more than 50 books of poetry for children, including Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles (2009, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger); New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Last Resort (2002); The Shoe Tree of Chagrin (2001) which won the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators' Golden Kite Award; A Hippopotamusn't: And Other Animal Poems (1990); and he has collaborated with other poets on several collections.

His children's poetry has been widely anthologized, and his contributions to children's literature have been recognized with the 2011 Poetry Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the Ohioana Awards' 2004 Alice Louise Wood Memorial Prize. His poetry for adults includes the collection Gulls Hold Up the Sky: Poems 1983-2010.


  • One (1) winner will receive a copy of The Poetry of Us
  • US/Canada only
  • Begins Nov. 26 and Ends December 10 at 12:01 a.m. EST
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of the book as a token of appreciation for posting this prepared material about the book and author. Opinions are not mine but those of author and publicist. Giveaway copy is provided by publicist or publisher and sent directly to the winner by them. NOTE: I can not personally endorse some of the content of this book of poetry. While some is that which I can endorse, there is some which I find strident, divisive, and that which condones or applauds ill speaking either societal or grammatically. Simply not "Vera's style."

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Enclave by Thomas Locke

My thoughts:  Science Fiction is not a genre into which I typically delve nor do I find it pleasurable to read. I do, however, enjoy the writings of Davis Bunn and thought I would venture into this story by his pseudonym, Thomas Locke.

Venturing into the future by 50 years into an American society deplete of rule of law, defined states, and society completely rife of any sense of fairness or democracy, the story presented a plethora of characters who venture out of their geographically defined area called an Enclave to cross boundaries prohibited in an effort to transact business.

The story evolves to the point of conflict where good overcomes evil and this is, of course, the outcome that we all enjoy seeing. But what seems to begin as an adventuresome business venture becomes a battle for rule of law and democracy.

Definitely dystopian, science fiction, post-tech period story with characters with weird abilities and who seemed as befuddled by their abilities as this reader was by the story. 

About the book: It's been 50 years since the Great Crash and what was once America is now a collection of enclaves, governed on the local level and only loosely tied together by the farce of a federal government. Catawba, one of the largest and most affluent enclaves in the southern states, is relatively stable and maintains a successful business of trade with nearby enclaves, including the one at Charlotte Township. But when a new vein of gold is found beneath the feet of those in Catawba, it's only a matter of time before trouble finds them.

Now the future of Catawba may be in the hands of an untried 21-year-old trader named Caleb. And Caleb knows that if his secret were ever to come out, he would never see another dawn.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the Revell Publishing review program to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given.