Friday, November 29, 2013

Shop Black Friday Sales Online!

For the crafters......


Craftsy Class Sale up to 66% off from 11/29-12/2!

Craftsy has brilliant savings for a limited time only! All their online classes are on sale for $19.99 or less. With classes priced up to 66% off, now is a great time to get the classes you've been eyeing all year! Craftsy classes also make a great gift, so do some holiday shopping for the crafter in your life.

For the Children........
Shop Gymboree!

Valid: 11/29
 Black Friday - 50% off entire purchase before 3pm ET / 12pm PT on 11/29 at Gymboree!

 Valid: 11/29
 Black Friday - 40% off entire purchase after 3pm ET / 12pm PT on 11/29 at Gymboree!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Black Friday Starts Early!!!

Black Friday Sales at Craftsy!
Craftsy has brilliant savings on the craft supplies you want! With up to 80% off yarn and 65% off fabric, get the best prices of the year while you can.

....and watch another great sale that begins on Friday!!!

 Love Mod Cloth?...........


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Offer: Shop 100’s new items 50% off
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CFBA: Aloha Rose

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Aloha Rose
Abingdon Press (November 19, 2013)
Lisa Carter


A word from the author:

I am a wife and mother. My husband and I have two daughters and make our home in the beautiful state of North Carolina.

I am a teacher. With a Master’s degree in history, I have taught at the university, high school and middle school levels. After years of church involvement as a soloist, choir member and worship leader, I also teach music.

I am a writer. Delighted by the rhythm and musicality of words, I have been writing since childhood. In 2001, I won the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Story Writing Contest that re-ignited a lifelong love of writing.

I am on a journey of faith. My ultimate desire through my life and my writing is to proclaim the truth of God’s Word, His redeeming love as seen in the life of Jesus Christ and to help others know for themselves this great, awesome God of all comfort and wisdom. He is enough for every need.


When Laney Carrigan sets out to find her birth family, her only clue is the Hawaiian quilt—a red rose snowflake appliquéd on a white background—in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island and battling fears of rejection, Laney begins a painstaking journey toward her true heritage. Kai Barnes, however, is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family. He thinks Laney is nothing more than a gold digger and blocks every move she makes toward her Hawaiian family. As their conflict escalates, it puts at risk the one thing that Kai and Laney both want most—a family.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Aloha Rose, go HERE.

When I first started this book I just couldn't get into it, so I set it down and went back to it a few days must have just been my mood, because I ended up loving the book!  It was a nice treat to read a book in a lovely tropical setting, a nice change of pace.

Laney is rather prickly in the beginning of the book, but then, if you think about her situation you can understand why.  Kai...he's prickly in an entirely different way, when the two of them butt heads.....well, lets just say they're are both looking out for their best interests.

Things get interesting, and then they get more so.....

A great read!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


Friday, November 15, 2013

Book Review: Beloved

Diana is ready to begin a new chapter in her life—until the husband she believed dead reappears at her engagement party.

belovedDiana Brennan came west on the orphan train and was given a home with a loving couple who cherished and spoiled her. At 17, she fell hard for Tyson Applegate, the son of a wealthy mine owner. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage, Tyson took off for adventures around the world, including fighting with the Rough Riders in Cuba. Receiving no word from him in years, Diana’s infatuation with her dashing husband died an ugly death, and she is ready to move past the old pain and marry again, just as soon as Tyson is declared legally dead.

But when Tyson returns, claiming to be a changed man, he wants to reunite with his wife and run for the senate. While Diana suspects the election is his real reason for wanting her by his side, she agrees to maintain his home and to campaign with him, but when it is over, win or lose, she wants her freedom.

He agrees with one condition—she must give him a chance to change her mind about him.

Purchase a copy here.
Learn more at Robin’s website.

Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin is the author of 65+ novels and novellas. Her home is in Idaho, where she spends her time writing stories of faith, courage, and love; pondering the things of God; and loving her family and friends.

Find out more about Robin Lee at

Imagine falling in love again, after presuming your husband dead, only to have him re-appear.  What do you do?  Stay with your new love, go back to your old......

Confused and torn, Diana has some pretty serious decisions to make, but, no worries, this is not a serious, stuffy historical romance, it is full of fun, witty and charming characters.

Tyson has come back from the dead, he has changed, but can he get Diana to see that?

...and Brook, is he just going to sit quietly and wait for Diana to make her decision?

This is the last book in this series, it is a stand alone story and really quite enjoyable.  An easy, relaxing read!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

12 Days of Christmas blog tour

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas with your hosts Colleen Coble, 
Tricia Goyer, and Beth Wiseman! Learn more about each of their books as well as a host of other titles to ring in the Christmas spirit and warm your heart.


HarperCollins Christian is giving away 10 copies of 12 different books each day between November 1-12th. Then on the 12th join Colleen, Tricia and Beth for a merry Facebook party {5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern} and ring in the holiday season.

ENTER each day’s giveaway here.
RSVP for the Christmas Party here!

Good luck and hope to see you on the evening of the 12th!

Aloha Reef Christmas eNovellas

One sinister phone call has derailed their wedding. Will they let it tear them apart forever?

cobble titles Holy Night:

A Christmas wedding on the beach—what could be more perfect? Poinsettias and fragrant pikake blossoms, soft sand and mistletoe, the gentle sound of the surf and the wedding march played on a ukulele. This wedding has been a long time coming, with Bane’s trust issues and Leia’s worries about her childlike sister, Eva.

Now they can hardly wait for the day to arrive. Thrilled to be a bridesmaid, Eva keeps trying on her ruffled dress. The tent is reserved, the caterers paid. Everything is going as planned—until Leia’s phone rings and her world skids out of control. A muffled voice informs Leia that Eva’s been kidnapped and will be killed unless Leia calls off the wedding without explanation—and no police! If she disobeys instructions and tells Bane, she’ll risk her beloved sister’s life. But how can she ever handle this without his help? And how can he ever trust her if she lies to him now?

Purchase a copy here.

Silent Night:

As Christmas day nears, Bree and her faithful search-and-rescue dog Samson follow the trail of a troubling mystery into the snowy forests of Rock Harbor.

Bree Matthews is preparing for Christmas guests, but her heart is reeling from the recent and tender loss of her unborn child. Her sister-in-law, Lauri, suddenly turns up on the doorstep of the lighthouse home Bree shares with her husband, Kade, in Rock Harbor. Secretive and withdrawn, Lauri seems curiously intent on discovering what happened to a parachuter who disappeared in the North Woods along Lake Superior’s icy shore.

As Bree and Samson, her search-and-rescue dog, plunge into the search, Bree wonders if Lauri may know more than she’s admitted about the parachuter. And then the clues lead them to the trail of a young woman whose family fears the worst about her disappearance.

Will the search on this snowy, silent night lead Bree and Samson to more than clues about the missing girl? And will Bree’s prayer for a baby ever be answered?

Purchase a copy here.
Learn more at Colleen’s website.

About Colleen Coble

Colleen CobleBest-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

Find out more about Colleen at
This is a wonderfully done series, one that I thoroughly enjoyed.  There is nothing better than curling up with a good mystery and although there is kidnapping and death involved in the two books, they are still really quite sweet!  Don't expect a lot of Christmas in these two books, they are more about the time of year than the actual holiday itself.  

I have not read any of the other books in the series, and that did not stop me from enjoying these two books, and while I enjoyed these books it would have been fun to see them more developed.


Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.

A Christmas Gift for Rose, Tricia GoyerBorn in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? And was her intended’s gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?

Don’t miss award-winning author Tricia Goyer’s first Christmas novella.

Purchase a copy here.
Learn more at Tricia’s website.

Tricia Goyer

USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and “Lead Your Family Like Jesus,” (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like and She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children.

Find out more about Tricia at

I loved this book, might be one of my favorite Amish books to date. This is a quick read, but a very good one.  Perfect for a little R and R during the busy holiday season.

Rose goes through some difficult times as she deals with the truth of her past, as well as a bit of confusion over her boyfriend whom everyone has told her to forget.  This story is full of lessons in faith, love and hope.


A Daughters of Promise book.
Anna’s grandfather seems determined to ruin her Rumspringa . . . and any hopes she has of finding a husband.

PlainePeaceWisemanAnna Byler should be enjoying her Rumspringa as allowed by her faith. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather—the bishop—the available suitors in town are afraid to court her. Even Anna’s grandmother is keeping a big secret from Anna’s grandfather in an effort to keep the peace. Under her grandfather’s oppressive watch, Anna begins to feel her faith slipping and wonders if God has forsaken her.
Jacob Hostetler and his family have relocated to Lancaster County following a family tragedy in Ohio. As his family struggles to rebuild their lives, Jacob is forced to act as head of the household when his father is unable to cope with recent events. It’s been a long time since Jacob has felt any joy. Until he meets Anna Byler. But will Anna’s grandfather succeed at keeping them apart? And can Jacob put the past behind him and open his heart?
Purchase a copy here.
Learn more at Beth’s website.


 About Beth Wiseman

Beth WisemanBeth is a Carol Award Winner, Inspirational Readers Choice Winner, INSPY Winner, and the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. All of her books have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller list and the CBA (Christian Book Association) bestseller list. She grew up in Houston, Texas and now resides in a small town west of Houston with a population of around 300. She lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, two pot bellied pigs, two chickens and a pygmy goat. Her two grown sons also live in Texas. Beth has been writing in some capacity for most of her life. She’s a former award-winning journalist with eleven honors, including ‘First Place News Writing’ for The Texas Press Association. However, writing love stories with a spiritual message is where her heart is. When Beth isn’t writing (which is seldom these days) she enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing, reading, or just settling in for a good movie. Her best times are spent with family and friends!

Find out more about Beth at

**I have not yet received my review copy of this book

***All of these titles were received as complimentary copies in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity Group


Book Review: To Know You

Shannon Ethridge is celebrating the release of  To Know You (co-written by Kathryn Mackel), by giving away a $100 gift certificate to Lisa Leonard Designs and a personal coaching session, as well as throwing a Facebook Author Chat Party!


One winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 19th. Winner will be announced at the "To Know You" Facebook Author Chat Party on the 19th. Connect with Shannon and friends for an encouraging evening of fun chat, book club discussion, giveaways, and a chance to win a PERSONAL COACHING SESSION WITH SHANNON!

So grab your copy of To Know You and join Shannon on the evening of November 19th for a chance to connect 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 fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word — tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER or Pinterest and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on 11/19!
To Know YouJulia Whittaker’s rocky past yielded two daughters, both given up for adoption as infants. Now she must find them to try to save her son.

Julia and Matt Whittaker’s son has beaten the odds for thirteen years only to have the odds—and his liver—crash precipitously. The only hope for his survival is a “living liver” transplant, but the transplant list is long and Dillon’s time is short. His two older half-sisters, born eighteen months apart to two different fathers, offer his only hope for survival.

But can Julia ask a young woman—someone she surrendered to strangers long ago and has never spoken with—to make such a sacrifice to save a brother she’s never known? Can she muster the courage to journey back into a shame-filled season of her life, face her choices and their consequences, and find any hope of healing?

And what if she discovers in her own daughters’ lives that a history of foolish choices threatens to repeat itself? Julia knows she’s probably embarking on a fool’s errand—searching for the daughters she abandoned only now that she needs something from them. But love compels Julia to take this journey. Can grace and forgiveness compel her daughters to join her?

In To Know You, Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel explore how the past creates the present . . . and how even the most shattered lives can be redeemed.

Purchase a copy here.
Learn more at Shannon’s website.

Painful pasts are best when you can put them behind you, but when you have to revisit them....
...twists and turns, characters that come alive and tough subjects are what you'll find in this book.  If you like to predict the ending of your books...this one will keep you guessing,  which was refreshing for me.

I really enjoyed this book, not your every day typical romance...this book has 'meat'

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity


Monday, November 11, 2013

CFBA: Derailed

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Worthy Publishing (October 8, 2013)
Dave and Neta Jackson


As a husband/wife writing team, we are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together we are the authors or coauthors of over 120 books. (You can see our Publication Record by clicking HERE.) In addition to writing several books about Christian community, we have been privileged to coauthor numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs.

But over the years the we have especially enjoyed writing for children and young people! This includes our award-winning TRAILBLAZER series, historical fiction about great Christian heroes and heroines for young people ages 8-12, and the four-volume HERO TALES: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Great Christians, and the companion book, Heroes in Black History.

Somewhere along the way, our own children grew up! Son Julian is Director of Experience Design for the Alder Planetarium in Chicago where he “provides the experience of exploring space” for visitors. He has two sons, Liam Isaac and Elijah David. Daughter Rachel graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and after working in the field of rape-crisis prevention went on to earn a Masters Degree in counseling from the University of Illinois. She is now a counselor at “Uni High School” in Champaign, Illinois. She is the loving mother of Havah Noelle (our first grandchild!) and Noah Zion, our youngest grandchild. The Jackson family also includes a Cambodian foster daughter, Samen Sang, who has four children.

We live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years we were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. We are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area.


Forced to give up his hard-earned retirement, Harry Bentley goes back to work as a detective. Receiving a bizarre undercover assignment that sends him across the country by train. Things suddenly go awry when it appears one of his new neighbors may be part of a smuggling ring and suspicion rises about his own son’s involvement in a major drug cartel. The second in the Windy City Neighbors series, Derailed is a contemporary, and often humorous, tale in an urban setting, featuring ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of real life. Intersecting with Grounded (book one), the Jacksons employ their innovative storytelling technique of “parallel novels.” Though each book follows its own drama and story arc, the characters’ lives become intertwined and affect one another. Derailed transports you to Beecham Street—a typical, isolated American neighborhood . . . until hope moves in.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Derailed, go HERE.

This is the 2nd book in the Windy City Neighbors series, and every bit as fun and exciting as the first!  If you read the first book, Grounded, you may have been left with some'll find the answers in Derailed, if you didn't read the 1st book, you'll be fine!

Derailed is kind of like reading the flip side of Grounded, you get to 'hear' the other side of the story, this is a parallel book, I've never before read a series like this, but I found myself really enjoying it, it's not often that you get a chance to see the other side of the story!

A great book with a unique twist!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


Thursday, November 7, 2013

CFBA: Paige Rewritten

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Paige Rewritten
NavPress (October 8, 2013)
Erynn Mangum


A few things about her:

So, if we were having this conversation in person, we would probably be hanging out at Starbucks or one of the cute coffeehouses in town. I’m nuts about all things coffee, I’m crazy about all things pink and girly, and I love, love, love the Food Network! I’m married to my best friend and the most amazing guy ever, Jon. He is amiable toward coffee, does not like anything pink or girly and tolerates the Food Network. So, we make a good match! In July 2010, we became parents to one of the funniest, cutest, sweetest little guys in the whole world (and nope, we aren’t biased at all!), our Nater-Tot, who is legally known as Nathan. Most days, I’m cleaning up messes, making goofy faces, trying to fit some writing in, and just LOVING the life that God has given me!


Paige Alder is in a really good place. She’s dating nice guy Tyler. Her boss has offered her a raise. Her walk with God is strong. Life is great—and that’s when things start to change.

First, the youth pastor at church keeps asking Paige to work with him full-time. Then her sister shows up newly engaged and wanting to reconnect, even though they haven’t spoken in years. And now former boyfriend Luke has come back into her life. How is Paige supposed to know what the right decisions are?

This warm and humorous second book in the Paige Alder series will help young girls work through important issues, such as forgiving others and obeying God.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Paige Rewritten, go HERE

This is a quick, easy read.....but don't let that fool you, it's a great book!

This is the 2nd book in the series, I didn't read the first, but now I want to because Paige Rewritten is so good.  The end leaves you hanging...waiting for the next book.

Paige has good days, bad days, blah days, has to make decisions and muddle through life like any 20+ year old...what keeps the book fun is her sense of humor.  Not too deep of a story line but it holds true to Christian Fiction, good clean fun!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Review: Just One More Thing

This is the book we wish our parents gave us. 

Just One More Thing: Before You Leave HomeJust One More Thing: Before You Leave Home is a packed guide to help young adults enter life on their own. In the book, the Gudgels use stories, perspectives, and dialogues to discuss 30 indispensable topics to help teens survive, including: worldview, financial challenges, use of time, career moves, moral dilemmas, sex, painful experiences, and spiritual life, among others. Written from a Biblical perspective, the book is more of a guide to making good decisions than a lecture on how to live., It’s perfect for a parent and teen to go over together or to give as a thoughtful gift. This is a book they’ll reference for years to come.

Purchase a copy here.
Learn more at David and Bernice’s website.

David and Bernice GudgelDave & Bernice Gudgel are committed to walking intentionally with God and helping others do the same. Bernice has a degree in Psychology and has focused her adult life on raising three kids and leading various ministries in the church where people can connect with God and each other. Dave is a pastor and teaches for Walk Thru the Bible.
As a parent of a teen leaving home, and another not far behind, I knew I had to read this book.

The book is very nicely arranged for future referencing and takes your through different steps to help your child, different ways to talk to your child and covers pretty much everything.  From choices, roommates and love, spending money and debt, religion and more!

Scripture is added throughout the book and this truly is a family friendly book, I wish I had this book when I was leaving excellent resource.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse


Book Review: Snow on Tulips

Snow on the TulipsA stranger’s life hangs in the balance. But to save him is to risk everything.

The war is drawing to a close, but the Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands. After the losses she’s endured, war widow Cornelia is only a shadow of the woman she once was. She fights now to protect her younger brother, Johan, who lives in hiding.

When Johan brings Gerrit Laninga, a wounded Dutch Resistance member, to Cornelia’s doorstep, their  lives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelia’s faith won’t let her turn him out.

As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she is drawn to his fierce passion and ideals, and notices a shift within herself. Gerrit’s intensity challenges her, making her want to live fully, despite the fear that constrains her. When the opportunity to join him in the Resistance presents itself, Cornelia must summon every ounce of courage imaginable.

She is as terrified of loving Gerrit as she is of losing him. But as the winter landscape thaws, so too does her heart. Will she get a second chance at true love? She fears their story will end before it even begins.

Purchase a copy here.
Learn more at Liz’s website.

This book is every bit as beautiful as the cover, beautiful, dangerous and hopeful.

I truly loved this book, I felt the trembling and the fear of the characters, I felt their hope and their love.

Cornelia has lost her husband to the war, her brother, thought gone has appeared and she is hiding him, a rebel, left for dead in the Nazi shooting line survives and is brought to her door, how much can a woman take?

As the story goes on, Cornelia has to face her fears, she finds strength, but what will she do....she has choices to make, choices that mean life or death not only to her, but to those she loves.

This story will evoke fear and you'll be able to hear the Nazi's footsteps, their gunshots and you'll be able to smell the fear of the survivors.  This story is 'real' and heartfelt, an excellent read.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

CFBA: Traces of Mercy

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Traces of Mercy
David C. Cook (October 1, 2013)
Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley

Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include One More Sunrise co-written with Tracie Peterson.
Cindy Kelley is the co-author of the novel The Silent Gift, and Traces of Mercy. Her career as a screenwriter with long-time writing partner, Michael Landon, Jr., began with the adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit, which had a theatrical release. Several television movies followed, most notably Love Comes Softly, (based on Janette Oke’s novel) which won a CAMIE Award and the Epiphany Prize for Movie Guide’s most inspirational television movie of 2003. Cindy and her husband, Jim, make their home in the Southwest; have three adorable grandchildren and four big dogs who rule the house.

From Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, authors of The Silent Gift and creators of the hit television film Love Comes Softly, comes an exciting historical romance set in post-Civil War, and filled with suspense and faith-building values.
At the war’s end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. Waking with amnesia, she takes the name Mercy and wants more than anything to find out the truth of her past. But then a handsome stranger arrives, who may hold the key to everything she has forgotten. What he knows could devastate her future, and even end her life.

Written by two proven storytellers, Traces of Mercy is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.
If you'd like to read the first chapter of Traces of Mercy, go HERE.

This is a post-civil war Historical Romance.

Mercy has a past...a past that leaves her as she is found dressed in men's clothing and left with no memories.

This is a book that you won't be able to put down, you just have to keep turning the pages in the hope that Mercy will remember.

A beautiful story, not only filled with drama but with love as well!

Sometimes when a book is written by two authors it becomes stilted and difficult to follow, not this book, it was a joy to read and you just can't help falling in love with the characters, rooting for them as the story unfolds!

* I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA