Children’s Corner: Night Night, Farm

31 Aug

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Baa baa, sheep!

When the sun sinks low down on the farm, the animals are all tuckered out from the day’s adventures. Join these adorable farm animals in pajamas as they say night night to the farm, to their mommies and daddies, and to God.

Your little ones will sleep until the rooster crows knowing that the God who made them loves them too.

Night night, farm!

 

71ucuLQl-hL._UX250_Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than 800,000 copies including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.

Virginia Allyn lives above a chocolate shop in a beautiful New Hampshire village. She enjoys collecting children’s books, hiking, and eating all her vegetables (except peas).

My Impressions:

Your child’s bedtime just got more fun with Night Night, Farm by Amy Parker and illustrated by Virginia Allyn. With adorable and colorful illustrations — make sure to check out the mice in night shirts and caps! — rhyming verse and farm animals getting ready for bed, this book will appeal to the preschool and early elementary set. Each animal uses his own language to say good night allowing for teachable moments. As I said, the mice are adorable and up to mischief, but eventually the farm settles down for the evening. And at the end your child is reminded of just Who made the animals and him as well! This book is also good for beginning readers to stretch their reading skills.

Another fabulous children’s book from the talented Amy Parker, Night Night, Farm is a recommended read for any family.

Recommended.

Audience: 4-8.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to FlyBy Productions and Tommy Nelson for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday — Back To School!

30 Aug

Thanks to the folks at The Broke And The Bookish for weekly hosting Top 10 Tuesday. This week is the Back To School Top 10. To find out what other bloggers are posting, click HERE.

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School has been back in session since the last week in July here in middle Georgia. So, so glad that I don’t have any more kids in school! Oh wait, I do! My youngest son started his first year of Law School two weeks ago. My other two children have both completed Master’s degrees and on their way to outstanding careers. Yeah, I’m a bit proud!

When I read this week’s theme, I just couldn’t get the classic song Don’t Know Much out of my head. Here’s my list in tribute to that Sam Cooke classic.

The Don’t Know Much, Back To School Top 14

Don’t know much about  . . .

History. I really liked European history in school. American history, not so much. So here are a few books that feature those things I didn’t pay attention to in class.

Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser (pre and post-Revolutionary War)

Burning Sky by Lori Benton (post-Revolutionary War)

The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot (Civil War)

Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin (Civil War, Women’s Suffrage, Prohibition)

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Biology. When I think of biology, I think of the birds and bees. When I think of the birds and bees, I think great romances. Here are some that fit that title.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

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Science Books. Science? Yick! I glazed over in my HS Chemistry class and I didn’t even attempt Physics. Here are four novels that involve science but didn’t make me glaze over!

Bad Ground by Dale Cramer (mining)

Critical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson (nuclear energy)

Maximal Reserve by Sam Batterman (petroleum exploration)

Undetected by Dee Henderson (sonar)

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The French I Took. This may be because I took Spanish. LOL! The only French word I can say with confidence is oui! These books set in France deserve a definite oui, oui!

My Brother’s Crown by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould (17th century)

Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot (WWII)

Two Crosses by Elizabeth Musser (Algerian Civil War)

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What are some of your favorite school books?

Book Review: Service Tails

30 Aug

51Xq6jSY-cL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Not all heroic dogs wildly toss themselves into lifesaving situations. Some save lives simply by their incredible commitment to duty and service. Some lead the way to independence for people whose disabilities were supposed to limit their lives.

In Service Tails: More Stories of Man’s Best Hero, prolific author Ace Collins introduces us to leaders whose entire lives are wrapped in the banner of service. Their stories are remarkable snapshots of the value of vision and teamwork, as well as devotion to duty and unconditional love and acceptance – stretching the way we see both canine and human potential. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.

 

ACollins-382Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children’s works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas.

Find out more about Ace at http://acecollins.com.

 

My Impressions:

Dogs have long been given the distinction as Man’s (and Woman’s) Best Friend. Nowhere is that better seen than in the relationship between a person and his service dog. Ace Collins has written an eye-opening and inspiring book featuring the selfless dogs that have as their main focus service. Service Tails shares twelve true stories of dogs who have opened doors and restored hope to their owners. The men and women depicted in the stories have a variety of challenges — blindness, deafness, mobility issues — yet all benefitted from the marriage between man and dog. In fact that is one of the major themes running throughout Service Tails. Man and dog become one to break down barriers, relieve loneliness, regain full life and fulfill long held dreams. The first story features Buddy, the first service dog in the United States and the catalyst for the movement here in America. The last story is particularly poignant as it features Salty, a dog whose long service was heartbreakingly ended. But these stories all have great endings in which fierce human determination and canine loyalty and intelligence unite.

My husband is a veterinarian and has seen first hand how the human-dog bond can restore hope. He has several clients with service dogs who have dedicated their lives to their human friends. If you love dogs, dog stories, or just a triumph of spirit, then Service Tails is for you.

Recommended.

Audience: teens to adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to LitFuse and Abingdon for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Giveaway!

Celebrate the release of Service Tails with Ace by entering to win the Take-Your-Dog-to-the-Park Pack!
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One grand prize winner will receive:
A copy of Service Tails
A copy of Man’s Best Hero
A dog blanket
A dog leash
A dog-cape towel
A dog bandana
A dog toy
Dog treats

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Enter today by clicking HERE, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 30. The winner will be announced August 31 on the Litfuse blog.

Book Review: Without Warning

29 Aug

UnknownKatie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he’s not convinced that a bodyguard — and a female one at that — is necessary. A new attack and his niece’s urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who’s behind the intimidation and threats — before a would-be killer strikes again.

 

71Ml9POufuL._UX250_Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason has written/contracted thirty-six books since 2007. She writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. Lynette has been teaching for more than ten years and is very happy to make the transition from teaching school to teaching writing whenever the opportunity presents. She is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.

 

My Impressions:

If you like fast-paced, grab-you-from-the first-sentence romantic suspense, then you really need to check out Lynette Eason’s latest novel, Without Warning. Like the title says, the attacks come out of nowhere for main character Daniel Matthews. This former Marine turned restauranteur can handle himself in any crisis, but to calm his niece’ fears he hires the services of the Elite Guardians, specifically Katie Singleton. With her ATF experience and his Marine know-how, the bad guys don’t stand a chance. As bullets fly and bombs explode, fireworks ignite between the two, making this book a highly recommended read for those who love their romance with the spice of danger!

Without Warning is told in the third person and includes insight into the bad guy’s psyche allowing the reader to get the full picture without giving too much away. The book grabbed me from the beginning, and I found it hard to put down to work or do housework. So hard, that I let other things slide to get this book read. Both main characters suffer from PTSD which was handled in a realistic and credible manner. The action never stops — sniper bullets, bombs, emergency landings — but I never got the sense that it was too much, if you know what I mean. Characters struggle with survivor’s guilt along with anger towards God — also very credible emotions and reactions. Daniel’s teenaged niece had the strongest faith and her character shares some wisdom beyond her years:

“[we] . . . don’t have to understand everything about God to believe in Him.” (p. 133)

“But sometimes He answers our prayers in ways to just say ‘I’m here, I haven’t forgotten you’.” (p. 324)

The ending brought a big surprise, although a happily-ever-after does come at last.

Without Warning is another great book from award-winning author Lynette Eason. A highly recommended read from me.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE

(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

2016 Carol Award Winners!

28 Aug

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Carol Awards — excellence in Christian fiction.

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Contemporary:
The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

Historical:
Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

Historical Romance:
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller:
The Aleppo Code by Terry Brennan

Novella:
A Bride for Bear from The Convenient Bride Collection by Erica Vetsch

Romance:
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

Romantic Suspense:
No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason

Short Novel:
Covert Justice by Lynn Huggins Blackburn

Speculative:
The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

Young Adult:
Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

Debut:
The Calling of Ella McFarland by Linda Brooks Davis

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Which One Would You Read First?

28 Aug
Clash of the Titles

Hot! Hot! Hot!
Vote for your Fave!

 
Scroll through these FOUR new releases and cast your vote for the one you’d pick up first to read.
I know it’s hard!

Fight for Liberty by Theresa Linden

Prompted by the inner voice that has guided her for years, Liberty is compelled to bring the freedom she now possesses to others suppressed by the all-controlling government. While unsure of how to carry out this mission, she is willing to risk all to accomplish it.
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An Elegant Facade by Krisit Ann Hunter

Lady Georgina Hawthorne has worked tirelessly to seal her place as the Incomparable for her debut season; with money and business connections, but without impeccable bloodlines, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. As their paths continue to cross, they both must decide if the realization of their dreams is worth the sacrifices they must make.
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Defying Shadows by Ashley TownsendSarah travels back to the twelfth century and discovers that a ghost from her past has returned to Serimone, intent on changing the future. Time is quickly running out to stop him, and her life is put on the line as she must decide between returning to the safety of her world, and entrusting her future with a hero of the past as they attempt to save history.

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One Thursday Morning by T.K. Chapin
Running not only for her own life, but that of her unborn baby, Serenah moves across the country to a little town outside of Spokane Washington called Newport. It’s here she’ll begin to build a new life and go by a different name in the hopes of staying hidden from her abusive husband John.
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Click August 2016 Clash Survey  to vote.

Book Review: Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook

25 Aug

51cEUq9FYcL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Overloaded with garden produce, CSA shares, or farmers’ market finds? Now you’ll know what the Amish do with these seasonal fruits and vegetables and how they preserve some of them for future use. Bring the wisdom of Amish gardeners and cooks into your own home with dozens of recipes and tips from the heart of Amish country in Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook. This well-organized book is sure to become a treasured resource.

 

 

 

 

 

WandaBrunstetter2016Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of nearly 70 books with more than 9 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, and Country Woman. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.

Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sisters-in-law caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “English’s”. Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too.

rebeccagermanyRebecca Germany is the senior editor of fiction Barbour Publishing who has been with the company for 15 years. In 2004, she was honored as the Golden Scroll fiction editor of the year by ASWA. Over 100 novels and story collections go through her department yearly, but she has found time to have five of her own novellas, numerous small gift books, and a cookbook series published in the Barbour Books line.

 

 

My Impressions: 

I love reviewing cookbooks! And my family reaps the benefits with tasty dishes that grace our table. Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook is a pure delight. Beautiful photographs of food, produce and scenic countryside accompany mouth-watering recipes that are not only easy to follow, but use everyday ingredients — ingredients that can come from your own garden or farmer’s market. Designed to help use and preserve the bounty of a harvest, this cookbook is perfect for anyone who 14088574_1130416330338101_1958811029683205891_nloves good food. It also contains advice from Amish gardeners who are experts on getting the most out of their gardens. I loved the recipes for planting, fertilizing and dealing with pests. These tips will come in handy next year when we plant our garden. There are also great recipes for preserving when you have an overabundance of fruit and veggies. Recipes were compiled from real-life cooks in the Amish and Mennonite communities, too. This year we had a bumper crop of blueberries, so I made Blueberry Cream Pie from the Dessert section. Quick and easy, this pie was a big hit with my husband and daughter — 2 slices a piece! (Excuse the crust; it is hot and humid here in Georgia and it didn’t want to cooperate. My problem, not the cookbook’s!) With its crumb topping and delicious filling, it reminded us of lemon squares, but with bursting-blueberry flavor instead.

For those who love to garden or would like to, or for those who can’t stay away from the farmer’s market, Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook is a winner!

Recommended.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Barbour Publishing for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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