Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giveaway - The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren

I gave myself an early Christmas present, The Great Christmas Bowl, by one of my favorite authors, Susan May Warren. I'm so happy I did. It was delightful. I giggled through the heroine's antics to hold her family close and serve up the perfect Christmas.
The ending was so lovely I found myself sniffling. This book reminded me that I need to savor my wild boys for the few years I'm blessed to be with them. Someday I'll have to graciously share them with in-laws and other demands. The thought makes me sick. But today, they're all mine and I'm going to take advantage of their captivity.
I enjoyed this book so much I wanted to give it to one of my readers. Here's how you can win.
1 entry for posting a comment below (make sure to include your e-mail address)
1 extra entry for posting a link to the contest on Twitter or Facebook.
2 extra entries for posting a link to the contest on your personal blog.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Savor the food, the break from work, and most importantly your loved ones.
The contest will close on December 12th at midnight.
All my best,
Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright

My mom gave me a lovely book last week, Christmas Jars. It's a touching novella about a young woman who is orphaned twice. I cried. This is definitely a story I will read to my boys every year.
The idea of the Christmas Jar is ideal for our family. We're definitely participating this year. I'd recommend you read the book, buy a couple extra copies for family members and neighbors and add your own star to Jason Wright's list:
Many blessings to all of you as we embark on this Christmas season,
Monday, November 16, 2009

What makes you buy a book?

A few weeks ago I was browsing through books at Seagull Bookstore. I picked up Soul Searching by Shannon Guymon and found myself smiling and even chuckling as I read the first few pages. The book wasn't my typical read, but the voice captured me enough that I plunked down my money on an author I'd never read before. This should be a huge compliment to Ms. Guymon because I spend a lot of time in bookstores reading the first couple pages of any book that catches my eye. I never read the back cover blurb, just the first few pages. I've gone through thirty books before without wanting to buy a one.
What about a book captures your attention? The back cover blurb? The cover? A referral by a friend or reviewer? The first few pages? The clever author bio?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Ball's in Her Court - Book Review

She's got a great job, a loving group of family and friends and basketball skills like you wouldn't believe, but Denise DeWalt's life is far from perfect, and she's about to come face-to-face with a past she hoped to leave behind forever.
Twenty-six-year-old Denise thinks she's come to terms with her childhood in the foster care system, but when her old nightmares return, Denise realizes that she must deal with her past once and for all if she ever wants to move on to a brighter future with Rich, the only man who can see past her former life. As Denise's search leads her closer and closer to the one person she hoped she'd never have to face again, she begins to realize that her future depends on just one person--herself.
This emotional and inspirational love story proves that life is full of unexpected twists and turns--especially when it comes to facing your demons, fighting for love, and finding happiness for the future.
My thoughts:
I enjoyed this book, but it was heart-wrenching. Denise's childhood abuse and journey through the foster care system would be obstacles to happiness most couldn't overcome. Throughout the book I rooted for Denise and hoped that the hero, Rich, wouldn't give up on her. I think most men would have.
The Ball's in Her Court was interesting and well-written but you need to plan on being frustrated and even depressed at times as you immerse yourself in the story. I laughed and cried and felt immensely relieved when Denise finally accepted love, peace, and family.
A month-long book tour will run in conjunction with this book's release. Heather will be doing giveaways on her blog throughout the month and has just informed me that The Sister Pact will be included.
You can find a link to the book trailer here:
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Great Quote

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
Calvin Coolidge
Love this quote. Don't give up on your dreams, my friends. Press on, even if your only success is knowing you've given your best.

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