Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday ~ Tea Party Culture War

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, so I thought I would play for fun! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

As I have stated, this is not a question of which political party will win the next political election.  It is not an issue of whether there will be a Republican, Democrat, or Independent in the White House.  this is a a war of worldviews.  The entire Western world is in a life-and-death war over truth, and if America is to remain free, those in the Tea Party must understand that we are in a spiritual battle....The Tea Party Movement is locked in a war against an enemy who wants to destroy the foundation on which this nation was built.  This is not a momentary trend but is part of the end game.  However, if those in the Tea Party Movement do not educate themselves and realize that they are up against more than merely an economic battle, they will become an irrelevant speed bump in the path to "progress." 

~taken from p. 32 of Tea Party Culture War by Stephen Johnston


Monday, July 30, 2012

Mailbox Monday ~ July 30,2012

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Mrs.Q:  Book Addict & Avid Reader
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Fiction & Nonfiction 


Remember Me by Penelope Wilcock

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Remember Me
Crossway Books (July 31, 2012)
Penelope Wilcock


PENELOPE WILCOCK is a full-time author living in Hastings, Sussex, on the southeast coast of England. Her blog, Kindred of the Quiet Way, is about a simple and spiritual Christian lifestyle. Her other books in The Hawk and the Dove series are The Hawk and the Dove, The Wounds of God, and The Long Fall.


Remember Me is the third of a trilogy of books focusing on the character of William de Bulmer, his conversion of life and heart, and the flowering of his ability to love. After the brothers of St. Alcuin take William into the abbey (in The Hardest Thing to Do), he falls in love with Abbot John’s sister (in The Hour Before Dawn) and now has accidentally lost all of the abbey’s money (Remember Me). Seasoned author Penelope Wilcock unlocks the story of one man’s struggles, mistakes, and heart’s longings, and traces the possibility of what it means to get things wrong and begin again. As with each novel in this series, the reader is encouraged to explore a universal aspect of the Christian faith—in this case, the cost of allowing God to do what is necessary to make one whole.

If you would like to read a chapter excerpt of Remember Me, go HERE.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Giants in the Land by Clark Rich Burbidge

More about the book:

There are giants in the land.

And it has always been so as far as anyone can remember. They work side-by-side with the people, and whenever there is a job too difficult or a threat too great they are there to step in. The giants’ presence gives the townspeople a special confidence about life. But they have become much more dependant on the giants than they realize. One morning the people discover the giants have mysteriously disappeared. Fear and panic grip the town. Someone must find them and bring them back! 

Thomas, a young farmer, volunteers and sets out alone on a great journey of danger and discovery. Thomas learns the true nature of giants and what it means for him and his people. Join Thomas in his timeless rite of passage and learn what it means to become something more than you have been, why it is necessary in life, and how to do it.

Learn more about Giants in the Land by visiting: http://www.

Tweenies will love this book about giants.  Full of action and adventure. The book is all about finding the giant in us all; having hope, courage and faith to be all you can be. 

Meet Clark Burbidge:

Clark Burbidge's path to becoming an award winning author had distant beginnings. He received an MBA degree from the University of Southern California and a BS Degree in finance from the University of Utah. His career spans 31 years in banking, project finance, investment banking and more recently as Chief Financial Officer of three separate companies. He has been actively involved in community and church service, including lay youth and adult ministry, for over 35 years. 

It has been his long-term dream to write and publish several works that have been kicking around in his mind for many years. His first book, "Life on the Narrow Path: A Mountain Biker's Guide to Spiritual Growth in Troubled Times" was released nationally in March 2011. His second book "A Piece of Silver" was published in July 2011 and is currently entering its 2nd edition. Clark enjoys life in the foothills of the Rockies with his wife, children and three grandchildren. He looks forward to this next phase of life's wonderful adventures.

Learn more about Clark by visiting www.clarkrburbidge.com.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Wedded to War
• River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2012)
Jocelyn Green


Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed...Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.


When war erupted, she gave up a life of privilege for a life of significance.
Tending to the army's sick and wounded meant leading a life her mother does not understand and giving up a handsome and approved suitor. Yet Charlotte chooses a life of service over privilege, just as her childhood friend had done when he became a military doctor. She soon discovers that she's combatting more than just the rebellion by becoming a nurse. Will the two men who love her simply stand by and watch as she fights her own battles? Or will their desire for her wage war on her desire to serve God?

Wedded to War is a work of fiction, but the story is inspired by the true life of Civil War nurse Georgeanna Woolsey. Woolsey's letters and journals, written over 150 years ago, offer a thorough look of what pioneering nurses endured. This is the first in the series "Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War," a collection of novels that highlights the crucial contributions made by women during times of war.

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


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

News update....

Well, I got the first one watched.... AWESOME 


Teaser Tuesday ~ Giants in the Land

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, so I thought I would play for fun! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Thomas was tired of being the rodent in this game of cat and mouse.

~taken from p. 54 of  Giants in the Land by Clark Rich Burbidge


Monday, July 23, 2012

Talk about the Book....

Fantastic and delightful fun filled new chapter book for kids

Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare by Sands Hetherington is an after lights-out adventure story that will delight young readers and middle graders who relish roller coaster fantasy and fun, filled with unforgettable characters and an astonishing and inventive collection of magical whatchamacallits.

The book is all about the nighttime adventures of a young boy named John, who is not ready to go to sleep, and his friend, a bright red crocodile named Crosley who turns up under John’s bed.

They sneak out of John’s house using Crosley’s “I-ain’t-here-doodad” which makes them invisible to John’s parents. They then embark on an adventure chasing down enemies and cleaning up one mess after another as they solve the earthshaking mystery: who stole all the pineapple cheesecakes from the only factory in the world that makes them!

John, Crosley, and the amazing get-anything-free card.

The investigation starts out fine but things get a little crazy when Crosley, who is allergic to water, gets wet.  Hilarious things happen when Crosley’s allergy to water kicks in, and when they get to the pineapple cheesecake factory and meet Big Foot Mae, the investigation gets more complicated and zany than either of them bargained for.

Night Buddies is an astonishing and inventive adventure with unforgettable cast of characters that will make you laugh and win over your heart. The book has lots of thoughtful, multi-layered twists, giggles, and perils -- things kids can relate to and enjoy. 

What People Are Saying

“This little book is a winner!”
 —Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer

“Hetherington seems to have the right ingredients for a classic children’s whodunit—talking animals, an unsolved mystery and a brave hero willing to face unforeseen foes…”

“Stating that Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare is a creative, imaginative and delightful tale is simply giving it its just desserts. Yerk! Yerk! Yerk!”
— Drew Aquilina, International award-winning cartoonist and author, Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up

“Night Buddies is a terrific story my second and third-graders would love to have read to them, complete with its colorful dialect. Thanks for the sneak peek!”
— Lorie Thompson, Principal, Haskell Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District

“Two unlikely friends-one human and one crocodilian-embark on an adventure to solve a mystery: where did all the pineapple cheesecakes go? Have fun reading this lively story.”
— Diane Witt, Retired Public Elementary School Teacher (30 years), Boulder, Colorado

“Night Buddies is visionary, conceptual, and a forecast of fun for children and schoolteachers alike. Author Sands Hetherington with mastery unveils creativity with purpose, inventions in language, and makes reading fun.”
— Al Carrozza, author of Universal Enzyme

“Don’t miss this wonderful new children’s book, Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare. Your children will thank you!”
— Kathi Macias, award-winning author of more than 30 books including Special Delivery (Freedom Series)

This fast-paced, warm-hearted story is written in several amusing dialects and will appeal to kids from 8 to 10 or 11. Boys who are reluctant readers will especially enjoy it.”
— P. Joy Webster, school librarian and author of Don’t come here, Julie! chosen as Book of the Year 2010 (Young Adult Science Fiction category)

Quotes from Second, Third and Fourth Graders

“I liked all the things Crosley had, like the I-ain’t-here-doo-dads, whatchamacallits, and the way he laughed: Yerk! Yerk! Yerk!” — Maria B.

“I loved Night Buddies. It was a great book. To tell you the truth, you read better than Mrs. Hunt.” — Mandy W.

“The story was great, and I’m not lying to you. I loved the whole thing.” — Your friend, Rick

“I normally think books are boring, but yours was great!” — Rocky

“I liked the word excelsior. How did you think it up?” — Aaron

“I want one of your books. How much does is cost?” — Jaime

“I thought it was the best story in the world. My favorite part was the part when Crosley started doing the Black Bottom. I really loved it.” — Mary D.

“Night Buddies is a good story. I like it a lot, especially when Crosley looks at the pineapple cheesecakes and starts drooling everywhere and when the salamanders get in the room and can’t get out. Then they start getting sick and some of them throw up.” — Noni M.

“I like when Crosley locked the iguanas in the spider wire.” — Sara T.

“I think if you draw a picture of a pineapple cheesecake, the next morning it will be gone! Oh, next time you go somewhere, like to the publishing building, don’t forget your I.D. gimcrack for a special author!” — Maria B.

This information was provided by A World of Ink Network.


Mailbox Monday ~ July 23, 2012

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

author interview: Sands Hetherington

Please share your bio with us and anything else you would like readers to know. 
I was born in New York City in 1939 and moved to Greensboro, NC, two years later. Except for schools and some months in California, I never left. I didn't finish tenth grade, but got into our state university by the back door. I have two advanced degrees, two children and two Saint Bernards. 

Can you share some writing experiences with us? 
Gosh, I wish I could, but do you really want to hear about the old chaise and the green clipboard I use? And the Cross ballpoint pens? 

Can you share with us a little about your current book? 
It's called Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare. Young John Degraffenreidt isn't ready to go to sleep yet, and Crosley, a zany red crocodile, crawls out from under the bed to take him on an adventure. Crosley is a complete fanatic for pineapple cheesecakes, and it seems the world's supply of this item is vanishing. Something definitely needs to be done, so the two Night Buddies sneak out of the house and take the subway to the great (and only) pineapple cheesecake factory. Crosley discovers who's behind the business, and that's when the scare and the excitement start. 

What inspired you to write? 
It was in tenth grade. I handed in a sappy poetical piece in English class and this very cute student teacher gushed over it. Her name was Ellen and she was spoken for, but that did it for me right there. 

 Do you consider yourself a born writer? 
 No. I was put together step by step from spare parts. 

Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite genre to read? 
That's like asking me my favorite movie. There must be thirty-five movies in my top ten. My list of favorite writers is eclectic and includes a lot of the usual suspects, starting with Homer, skipping two millennia to Shakespeare, then Fielding, and then a whole bunch of 19th and 20th Century Brits and Americans. 

But I'm old now and rarely even read fiction. I like ancient history these days, and the American Civil War. 

When they write your obituary, what do you hope they will say about your books and writing? What do you hope they will say about you? 

 That he made little folks merry. 

Tell us about your writing space? 
It's an old chaise in my living room with a little table on one side. I prop my knees up and use an old green clipboard that I found thrown out on the ground when I was at college. 

Is there anything you'd go back and do differently now that you have been published, in regards to your writing career? 
Get there sooner. 

 My book website is www.dunebuggypress.com. Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare is available on Amazon.com. There are some generous reviews there. Also BN.com. Night Buddies, Imposters, and One Far-Out Flying Machine will appear this fall and is a much longer book. 

 Thanks for having me! Sands Hetherington 

Read my review here.
Read what others are saying about this book here.

Check out the blog hop for a chance to win a copy of Night Buddies

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World of Ink Tour Schedule for Sands Hetherington
July 1st
World of Ink Network – Spotlight

July 2nd
Families Matter Blog Book Review

July 3rd
Sweeping the USA—Spotlight

July 4th
Pete Abela Interview

July 5th
The Writing Mama – Spotlight

July 6th
Home School Blogger - Book Review

July 8th
Utah Children's Writer Blog – Spotlight

July 9th
BTR’s World of Ink Network: Stories for Children Show
Live Radio Interview at 2pm EST at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork
You can also listen on demand after the show airs!

July 10th
It’s About Time Mamaw – Book Review & Giveaway

July 11th
Tidbits From A Mom – Author Spotlight & Review Book Giveaway http://tidbitsfromamom.blogspot.com

Writers On The Move – Spotlight/Interview
July 12th
Teresa Nordheim Interview

July 13th
Bond With Karla—Book Review & Giveaway

July 16th
Writing to the Hearts of Children – Book Review & Giveaway

Strands of Thought Interview

July 17th
Families Matter Blog Interview

July 18th
Roth’s Inspiring Books & Products – Spotlight

July 20th
Sweeping the USA—Book Review & Giveaway

July 21st
4 the LOVE of BOOKS Interview

July 23rd
Open Mic Monday—Guest Post

July 24th
Write What Inspires You – Spotlight/Interview & Giveaway

July 25th
Roth’s Inspiring Books & Products – Interview

July 26th
The Bumpy Road—Book Review & Giveaway 

July 30th
Stories for Children Magazine FG Interview

August 1st
MomnBaby Network – Book Review & Giveaway

August 2nd
World of Ink Network – Reviews from Fans/Mini Interview

August 3rd
The Writing Mama Interview

August 5th
Families Matter Blog – Guest Post

August 6th
BlogCritics: Mom (or dad) Prefers - Author Spotlight

August 7th
Brand Buzz Network—Book Spotlight & Giveaway

August 9th
BlogCritics Book Review

Writers and Authors – Guest Post

August 10th
It’s About Time Mamaw Interview

August 11th
Rambling of a Coffee Addicted Writer - Review

August 12th
Utah Children's Writer Blog – Mini Interview

August 13th
1st Time Mums – Spotlight

August 14th
Tacoma Book Review

August 16th
Writing to the Hearts of Children Interview

August 18th
Blog Talk Radio Show – Stories from Unknown Authors
Live show starts at 10am EST – Listen on Demand after the show airs at

The Crypto-Capers Review

August 20th
American Chronicle Spotlight

August 21st
The New Book Review

August 25th
It’s Story Time Gather Round show
Listen live on Blog Talk Radio at 10am EST

This interview by the author and A World of Ink Network.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare by Sands Hetherington

A totally nocturnal story full of adventure of a boy, who can't sleep, and a bright red crocodile that is a detective.  There is all kinds of antics and gadgets they use to solve the mystery of the stolen pineapple cheesecake and get back home while time stands still.  Their adventure brings them into the path of many odd but fascinating characters.  Anyone interested in adventure, fantasy and wild and crazy antics will love to take the case with John and Cros.  Be on the look out for Hetherington's second book Night Buddies, Imposters, and One Far-Out Flying Machine. It’s a lot bigger than the first book and has a lot of new characters and adventures.  learn more about it here

Visit an interview with the author here.   Be sure to check out this book tour giveaway  @ World of Ink also. 

Read what others are saying about this book here.

Sands Hetherington and his young son John developed the Crosley character over months of bedtime story give-and-take. Sands has been a resident of Greensboro, North Carolina, since 1941. He majored in history at the University of North Carolina(Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro.

Click here for more information about this book.

A copy of this book was provided by the author and Bostick Communications for the purpose of this review.