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Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop

1 May

Thanks to Mary At BookHounds for hosting the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop. Find out all  the great children’s books that bloggers are giving away HERE. The hop runs May 1st — 8th.


I am giving away 2 board books to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment telling who you will be sharing these books with. Thanks!

51gubttfbl-_sy486_bo1204203200_As a follow up to their bestselling Thank You, Lord, for Everything, P.J. Lyons and Tim Warnes have created a sweet and relaxing padded cover board book that tells the story of God’s constant presence around you. Meant to be read at night, when a child is warm and snug in their bed, the rhyming text and adorable illustrations in God Is Watching Over You gently remind us that God is constantly watching over us, protecting us, and caring for us.

61rbumruc4l-_sy498_bo1204203200_As the sun slowly sinks in the nighttime sky, baby farm animals of all shapes and sizes snuggle up with their mamas for a good night’s sleep. Little ones will love the cozy animals and the sweet conclusion-a mother rocking her child to sleep. Patti Eubank’s expressive rhyming text is paired with her finely detailed illustrations to create a board book that is perfect for bedtime reading. It doesn’t get any sweeter than this! Bedtime Snuggles — ages 2-5.

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Children’s Corner + Giveaway! — Baby Wren And The Great Gift

13 Apr

51QlDy0KiDL._SY436_BO1,204,203,200_The Baby Wren and the Great Gift, written by bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jen Corace, is a celebration of all the wonderful gifts God has given us. The tiny wren marvels at the incredible creatures around her, all the while wishing she had a special gift to share. As she takes in the beauty of the world around her, she discovers a unique talent that’s been inside her all along.



B1o09DwBp8S._UX250_Sally Lloyd-Jones is a Brit who came to the US in 1989 “just for a year.” She’s still here.

Born in Kampala, Uganda, raised in East, and West Africa and at a boarding school in the New Forest, the first book she ever remembers reading all the way through was The Complete Nonsense by Edward Lear. Things have not been the same since.

She lives in Manhattan and enjoys dividing her time between the front half of her apartment and the back.

me.about_Jen Corace (illustrator) 

nuts and bolts:

from southern new jersey, graduated from risd with a bfa in illustration in 1996, lives and works in providence, ri, hates sopping wet paper. it makes her gag.

odds and sods:

first dream job was to be a bumper car operator (it could still happen), loves breakfast, loves breakfast for dinner more, loves biking, loves walking more, loves a lot of music but could easily listen to belle and sebastian or the wedding present all day long. non stop.

My Impressions:

Beautiful illustrations accompany the sweet and simple message of one tiny bird with a big, big gift. Baby Wren And The Great Gift explores the wonders of creation and the uniqueness of what God has created. A very small bird wonders what her gift could be as she contemplates all the wonderful things other animals can do. The prose is easy and unhurried with a repeating refrain to divide each scene. Bold illustrations pair well with the narrative. Perfect for family reading, or a larger group story time, this storybook will capture your child’s imagination and open up new ideas of what makes him/her special.


Audience: children ages 4-8

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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


Zonderkidz is very graciously offering a copy of Baby Wren And The Great Gift to one of my readers. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment stating with whom you’ll share this book. The giveaway will run through April 27. (Please note: US only.)

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop!

19 Mar

It’s Spring, let the cleaning begin! Thanks to Mary at Bookhounds, there are lots of bloggers cleaning off their shelves and giving away great books in the Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop! For a list of participants, click HERE.


My shelves are overflowing so I have TWO surprise packages of genre fiction to give away!! (2 boxes = 2 winners!) Just leave me a comment to enter. The giveaway runs from March 20 through March 27.


Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!

14 Mar

Welcome to my stop on the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop hosted by Mary at BookHounds. For a list of all the bloggers giving away books and bookish stuff, click HERE.



For one lucky reader I have a copy of Favorite Flavors of Ireland cookbook. To enter, just leave me a comment. Good luck!

61aFIMOtxyL._SX391_BO1,204,203,200_Favorite Flavors of Ireland invites readers, cooks, and armchair travelers alike on a nostalgic tour of one of Europe’s most beloved destinations. From her first visit in 1984, Margaret Johnson has forged an indelible bond with Ireland and Irish food, and she shares this unique relationship with you in her eleventh cookbook. You’ll find recipes that have become her favorites along with a few recent discoveries that are sure to please. The book brings home all the classics Shepherd’s Pie, Bacon and Cabbage, Seafood Chowder, Bread and Butter Pudding and provides an insightful look into the seasonal ingredients that shape the country’s cooking. With over 100 recipes and evocative photos that transport you to the Irish countryside, this colorful collection will awaken your senses to the delicious food of this warm and welcoming land and keep those Irish eyes smilin’ all through the year.


We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Sylvia M.! Thanks to all who entered.


Leap into Books Giveaway Hop!

27 Feb

Thanks to BookHounds for hosting the Leap into Books Giveaway Hop! Find out all the books and bookish stuff bloggers are giving away HERE. The hop runs from February 28 through March 7, so be sure to visit them soon.


I am giving away a copy of Patrick Carr‘s newest epic fantasy novel, The Shock of Night, book 1 in The Darkwater Saga. To enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment. Thanks and good luck!

51j9dqg7ewl-_sx322_bo1204203200_When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dura is called to investigate. Yet the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers. As Willet begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word.

Willet returns to the city, no closer to answers than before, but his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, a twist seen at the edge of his vision, and it’s as though he can see their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he’s been passed the rarest gift of all: a gift that’s not supposed to exist.

Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he’s pulled into a much more dangerous and epic conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world–a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his own tortured past if he wants to survive.

a1lciw73q9l-_ux250_Patrick Carr saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last eight years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist, and he wrestles with the complexity of improvisation on a daily basis. While Patrick enjoys reading about himself, he thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

Romance Is In The Air Giveaway Hop!

3 Feb

Welcome to my stop on the Romance Is in The Air Giveaway Hop. Thanks so much to Book Hounds for hosting. To find out all about the books and bookish stuff other bloggers are giving away, click HERE.


I am giving away a Surprise Box of Books! You can expect all kinds of romance — historical, contemporary and suspense — and include authors Tamera Alexander, Betsy St, Amant and Lisa Harris. To enter, just leave me a comment. The Hop runs through February 14. Good luck!


Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop!

16 Jan

Thanks to Bookhounds for hosting the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop! You can check out all the bloggers giving away books and bookish stuff HERE. The hop runs January 16 – 28.



I am excited to be giving away two books for this hop — Summer’s List by Anita Higman and My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade. To enter, just leave me a comment. Good luck!


51QNs9xAh8L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_A dying wish alters the course of a young woman’s life.

Life hadn’t been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness—caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother’s bookstore—she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love… didn’t turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something—or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer’s past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?


UnknownKate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When Kate’s grandmother asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Yet, she discovers a different kind of project upon meeting the man hired to renovate the house. Matt Jarreau is attractive and clearly wounded — hiding from people, from God, and from his past. Kate can’t help but set her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light… whether he likes it or not.


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