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While you are there, I posted a book review over the weekend....
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A Grand Design A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs—if only she can let go of her past.
When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two
on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree
best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden
treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece
together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the
homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that
are otherwise off limits to tourists.
As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into
her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome
Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation.
Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest
to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured
heart—and bring healing to her entire family?
Amber Stockton isn't a new author to me. Her book A Grand Design is just another of her excellent books. She's a wonderful Christian author. It is so nice to have Christian books that you can get lost in and forget about the worries of the day for awhile. A Grand Design is a wonderfully sweet romance and a nice addition to the Quilts of Love series. The Quilts of Love series books are wonderful stand alone books with a quilt as a center theme and written by various authors.
Amber Stockton is an award‑winning author, a national
speaker, and a direct‑sales brand partner with Nerium International. She
lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in
Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix
named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards.
Find out why readers love her by visiting her website
Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Grand Design by Amber Stockton. Who hasn't struggled to let painful memories go and move into God's healing? You’ll be sure to love this heartfelt and encouraging tale set on historic Mackinac Island. Celebrate August’s release by entering to win a Kindle from Quilts of Love and RSVPing for the "Fall into Fall" Facebook author chat party.
One winner will receive:
A Kindle HDX
A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 16th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog. Plus make sure you RSVP to the October 7th author chat party with Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!
RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on October 7th!
A copy of this book was provided for in exchange for my review and hosting this tour by...
Sheila is in hospital – and she hates the hospital food.
The monkeys decide that something simply has to be done…
When their first attempt at delivering bananas to Sheila is
thwarted the monkeys decide to form The Banana Bunch, a secret society
dedicated to the delivery of delicious, health-giving bananas to Sheila and all
the other unwell people at the hospital. Banana delivery proves, however, a
little trickier than they had expected…
Dawn Carroll was born in London, to a family who loved to
read – and who also moved house with great regularity. One of the first tasks
on arrival at each new home would be to find the nearest lending library, with
the result that Dawn grew up with a great love of books. Encouraged by family
and teachers, Dawn also started to write short stories.
In adulthood, Dawn’s busy life as a hospital doctor left
little time for leisure writing. Indeed, The Banana Bunch stories would
probably never have been written had Dawn not, one fateful day, discovered that
falling from even a very small tightrope can have devastating consequences… but
that’s another story!
Unable to return to her chosen profession, things seemed
very black for a while. And then The Banana Bunch monkeys bounced into Dawn’s
Since then the monkeys (and Dawn) have been having a great
time – telling the stories of their adventures in print and online, and also traveling far and wide to source new story ideas and to meet new friends. Find
out more about Dawn and the Banana Bunch at here.
If you love the antics of monkeys then you'll love reading The Banana Bunch. It's a crazy, fun and hilarious bunch of monkeys. The Banana Bunch is a tight family line that sticks together through thick and thin, good and bad. They are there for each other. Encouraging each other and helping out where they are needed, and not needed. ;P It's a fun society and you'll chuckle with every stunt they pull as you turn the pages of this book.
Though posted as a
children's book, young and old alike will love this beautiful book of
friendship. It's a whimsy, nostalgic collection of sayings, poems and
Bible verses centered around of all things friendship. It is a
beautiful book Engelbreit is staying true to her unique style. It is a
must for all ages and even more so if you are an Engelbreit fan. It is
truly a book you could leave setting on the coffee table for guest to
pick up and read a leisure. People of all ages need reminded about the
value of true friends. The illustrations are bright, colorful and cheery
and right in line with Mary Engelbreit style. This is definitely a
book I'll keep on hand and in the open for all to read.
The Blessings of Friendship, created by New York Times
bestselling author and artist Mary Engelbreit, is a playful and
poignant treasury of poetry, Bible verses, and quotes that celebrate the
joy of friendship. Children will learn from timeless sayings and poems
what it means to be a friend - helping, encouraging, listening, sharing
with, and loving one another. Colorful and whimsical illustrations bring
these words to life, as children learn the value of friendship. Verses
from the Bible give us instruction on putting others above ourselves,
loving each other, and being kind to one another. This book will make
you smile with each turn of the page, remembering old friends and new
Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d
vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with
a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from
her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a
Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but
he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the
three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being
paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to
her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to
dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.
Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart
to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold,
Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart
truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after,
Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.
Contemporary, realistic, modern-day romance, that is what When I Fall in Love is. The third book in the Christiansen Family Saga; the third family romance. Each book in the series highlights a different Chistiansen family member; Each with either own stories to tell. If you are looking for charming and unique romance novels then Susan May Warren may be your author, she'll pull you in with the first word and you'll be wanting more as you read the last word. It's an unforgettable family and you'll keep turning the pages to learn more.
Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award–winning author of more
than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters
have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her
husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years
before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes
full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern
Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy
hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of
her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were
chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's
Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction
Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy
Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and
speak at women's events about God's amazing grace in our lives. She also
runs a writing community for authors. Visit MyBookTherapy.com to learn
more. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and
more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.co
A Christiansen Family Novel | When I Fall in Love
Susan May Warren's newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love, has won over readers' and critics' hearts alike.
With critical reviews like, ". . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly
touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem," and
more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please. Susan has teamed up with some amazing food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!
Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Love website to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan
is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut,
mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get
extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on
the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you're not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry. Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan's blog.
Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Susan's blog on the 13th to see if you won!
A copy of this book was provided for in exchange for my review and hosting this tour by...
Sweet & Simple Moments with God Devotional is an excellent choice for those that want to start their busy day off with a moment of meditation. The devotions in this book are just that: sweet and simple. They relate to women of all walks. If you lead a busy, active life then this is just the book to help start your day off with God. You will draw near to God and grow spiritually each day of the year as you read and meditate daily on each short devotional. Newlen is a delightful writer and can relate to women in more ways than one. The author writes from her experience and her heart.
Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for "Jack the Boogey is My Real Name" by Davon Washington & Chase Washington, a delightful bedtime picture book for children who are afraid of the dark.
About the Book
Title: Jack the Boogey is my Real Name: The Truth about "The Boogeyman" | Authors: Davon Washington & Chase Washington | Illustrator: Ana-Gabriela Stroe | Publication Date: January 1, 2014 | Publisher: Bedford House Books | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8Summary: Have a child that's afraid of the dark? Are you a little curious about what happens when the lights go out? This delightful children's picture book will not only enhance the night time reading experience but bedtime in itself will never be the same. Jack The Boogey encourages kids to push through their fears, persevere and always do the right thing. One of the world's most feared creatures may have just become the most loved.
Receive a FREE "Monster Repellent" Sticker with the purchase of "Jack the Boogey is my Real Name". Just click the image below for more information.
"I highly recommend this adorable tale to children who don't want to go to sleep at night because they are afraid the Boogeyman will get them! They just might discover that this isn't true. " ~ 5 Star Review, Amy G., Amazon
"My little one and I thoroughly enjoyed the story (he made me read it twice as soon as I took it out of the package and I had to distract him with Monsters University to get away to write a review), but the real treat to me was stashed in the cover blurb hidden away in the back of the book. It's written by Davon Washington and his son, Chase. Davon wanted to help young Chase understand how much work and effort went into providing the nice things he had, so he let Chase make this a project in which they could collaborate and Chase could get an idea of the value of hard work. To me, that's the best part of the story! " ~ 5 Star Review, Breeni B., Amazon
"I loved this book! The illustrations were such a big pull for me. It almost felt like watching a tv show in the sense that you are brought into the world of Jack the Boogey instead of trying to imagine the scariest non-monster possible. I do think that this is a great read for Young Readers because of the conflict and resolution. I enjoyed that Jack showed vulnerability (being upset over the children's misunderstanding that he was actually a helpful GOOD monster) and that it was OK to show emotion. This is a great lesson for all young readers. Sometimes when they see life lessons happening via forms of entertainment (books, movies, tv, et al) vs. just hearing about it from their parents, it sinks in a bit more." ~ 5 Star Review, LaToya, Amazon
About the Authors: Davon & Chase Washington
Davon Washington is an entertainment executive who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Davon has made a career out of helping people bring their artistic dreams to fruition. The same people who more often than not do very little to enhance the tender minds of the culture that supports them. Creative thinking isn't a skill that you learn as an adult. It starts with that same imagination that we let run wild after we've mastered harder tasks like walking, talking and using the bathroom ourselves. It's Davon's mission to build a nation of creative thinkers one book at a time.
Davon and his six-year old son, Chase collaborated to bring Jack the Boogey is My Real Name to life. This is their first book.
Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)
Contest ends: August 12, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Davon Washington and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." -C.S. Lewis