The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life by Erica and Jonathan Catherman

The Girls Guide to Conquering LifeRelease Date: May 15, 2018

Publisher: Revell

Genre: Youth / Non-Fiction

About the Book:

There’s a lot a girl needs to know as she grows up and makes her way in the world. Having a reference guide of practical how-to life skills and character traits can empower her to become a confident and capable woman. Coauthors Erica and Jonathan Catherman offer this collection of step-by-step instructions on 100 things girls need to succeed, including how to Continue reading

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First Line Fridays: The Rancher’s Secret Child by Brenda Minton

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Hello and good morning!

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

How has everyone’s week been? It’s been a bit of a lazy week for me since it’s been storming every day, but I’m not complaining. It’s the perfect weather to cozy up with some good books.

In fact, the book I’m featuring today is one of the books I’m currently reading.

The book I’m featuring is:

The Rancher’s Secret Child by Brenda Minton

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GDPR: Privacy & Subsciptions Update

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Hello there!

Today we need to talk about the GDPR. GDPR∗ is the new an improved data directive which goes into effect on May 25, 2018.

In order to comply with the new regulations, I have to let my followers in the EU know about my privacy policy. This is also a great thing to know for those of you in other areas.

What information do I collect? Continue reading

The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies

The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical StudiesRelease Date: March 20, 2018

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9780801019074

Genre: Non-Fiction / Theology / Bible Study & Reference

About the Book:

When it comes to the realm of biblical studies, students of the Bible are often overwhelmed, both with the sheer volume of information and with all of the unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics. Like any other field of study, the serious study of the Bible has developed a specialized vocabulary. The key terms in this important field are defined in The Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies. It provides clear, concise, and accurate definitions to help students of the Bible make sense of the specialized language of biblical studies. Continue reading

How to be a Perfect Christian by The Babylon Bee

How to be a Perfect ChristanRelease Date: May 1, 2018

Publisher: Multnomah

ISBN:  9780735291522

Genre: Humor / Christianity

About the Book:

With a biting, satirical style reminiscent of The OnionHow to Be a Perfect Christian takes a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the reader to search for more than a cultural faith.

Written in the trademark style of The Babylon Bee, this book humorously satirizes cultural Christianity while peppering in subtle challenges to the reader. Through humor and sarcasm (and a handy meter to rank your “holiness” as you progress through the book), readers will be called to find a more biblical understanding of the Christian faith, all while poking fun at the quirks of the modern, American Christian community. Continue reading

Top Five Tuesdays: Books I Disliked But Am Glad I Read

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Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl!

You’ve picked up that popular book that everyone is raving about, but you thought it was awful. However, you can’t completely hate it because you also found yourself glad that you read it at the same time?

Rarely does this happen to me because I have a habit of choosing books that I know ahead of time that I will enjoy ahead of time. However, this happens from time to time. There are books that my close friends will rave about but I can still have discussions about it even I didn’t like it.

Here are some of the book that I disliked, but I’m glad that I read.

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April Referral

All throughout May, you can earn large bonuses when signing up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here’s how: Continue reading

First Line Fridays: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Hello and good morning!

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

Since Mother’s Day is happening on Sunday, this week’s theme is about mothers.

So I picked a classic that features one, my favorite fictional mothers. In fact, PBS will be airing a new TV show for this book. Unfortunately, I don’t have cable so I won’t be watching it, but I’m still excited about it!

The book I’m featuring is:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Just Read Tours: The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin

Series: The Weaver Trilogy, Book 1

Author: Lindsay A. Franklin

Publisher: Enclave Publishing

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

The Story PeddlerAbout the Book:

Selling stories is a deadly business.
Tanwen doesn’t just tell stories—she weaves them into crystallized sculptures that sell for more than a few bits. But the only way to escape the control of her cruel mentor and claw her way from poverty is to set her sights on something grander: becoming Royal Storyteller to the king.

During her final story peddling tour, a tale of treason spills from her hands, threatening the king himself. Tanwen goes from peddler to prey as the king’s guard hunts her down . . . and they’re not known for their mercy. As Tanwen flees for her life, she unearths long-buried secrets and discovers she’s not the only outlaw in the empire. There’s a rebel group of weavers . . . and they’re after her too.

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WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wendesdays

Good morning!

WWW Wednesdays are hosted by Sam of Taking on a World of Words.

I personally think this is a fun meme because I love seeing how everyone answers the three W’s. It’s also a fun way to see what might be appearing on the blog next.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Continue reading

A Twist of Faith by Pepper D. Basham

A Twist of FaithRelease Date: April 6, 2016

Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction

ISBN: 9781941103883

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Romance

Series: Mitchell’s Crossroads, Book One

About the Book:

Love does not have an accent …”
Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position.  Continue reading

Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Release Date: March 20, 2018

Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah

ISBN: 9780735290051

Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance

About the Book:

Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to Kim Vogel Sawyer’s prairie-set heartwarmer of a pair of opposites destined for love.

Estelle Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness? Continue reading

Courageous Women of the Bible by LaTan Roland Murphy

Courageous Women of the Bible

Release Date: February 20, 2018

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 978-0764230523

Genre: Non-Fiction / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

About the Book:

Learn to live, love, and lead courageously–as you boldly choose to trust God.

Whether you’re facing struggles with singleness, the mounting challenges of marriage and motherhood, health issues, a financial crisis–God has equipped you to walk in freedom and confidence as you abide in Him, strengthened by His power and provision. Through the stories of eleven brave women of the Bible who made faith-filled choices that positioned them for success, LaTan Roland Murphy exhorts, encourages, and empowers women of all ages. With warmth and wit, she illustrates how you, like Deborah, Jael, Mary, and others, can look beyond your circumstances and lay hold of the courage needed to  Continue reading

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wendesdays

Good morning!

WWW Wednesdays are hosted by Sam of Taking on a World of Words.

I personally think this is a fun meme because I love seeing how everyone answers the three W’s. It’s also a fun way to see what might be appearing on the blog next.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading

The Prayer Map for Women by Barbour Publishing

The Prayer Map for Women

Release Date: April 1, 2018

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

ISBN: 978-1683225577

Genre: Non-Fiction / Christian Living / Prayer

About the Book:

What Does Prayer Look Like? . . .
Find out in The Prayer Map for Women.

This engaging prayer journal is a fun and creative way for you to more fully experience the power of prayer. Each page features a lovely 2-color design that guides you to write out specific thoughts, ideas, and lists. . .which then creates a specific “map” for you to follow as you talk to God. Each map includes a spot to record the date, so you can look back on your prayers and see how God has worked in your life. The Prayer Map for Women will not only encourage you to spend time talking with God about the things that matter most. . .it will also help you build a healthy spiritual habit of continual prayer for life! Continue reading

April 2018 Book Haul

 

April 2018 Book HaulSo much has happened this April. We celebrated both Easter and April Fool’s Day on the same day. Spring has finally arrived, although it feels like summer here in Florida. April is now officially over. Where has the time gone?!

Which means it’s time to reveal the April 2018 Book Haul! Are you ready to see which books I got this month?

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The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional by Sandra Byrd

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Release Date: October 3, 2017

Publisher: Tyndale

ISBN: 9781496413185

Genre: Non-Fiction / Devotional / Spiritual Growth

About the Book:

When was the last time you took a break to experience God’s love?
To experience something is to live it, to encounter it, to understand it, to explore with our hearts, minds, and souls as well as with the five physical senses and our God-given spiritual ones. Every action we do with and for God, every good day and bad day, we walk hand-in-hand with God, experiencing Him. Continue reading

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WWW Wendesdays

Good morning!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Sam of Taking on a World of Words.

I apologize for not having been consistent with this meme the last couple weeks. I’ve been in a bit of reading slump.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading

Creative Writing Through Literature: Adventures in Novel Writing by Carol Kinsey

Creative Writing Through Literature Advetures in Novel Writing

Release Date: March 13, 2018

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-10: 1986504271

ISBN-13: 978-1986504270

Genre: Homeschool Curriculum / Writing / Non-Fiction

About the Book:

Creative Writing Through Literature: Adventures in Novel Writing is a writing and literature curriculum that will challenge your teen to write their own short story. It is a complete literature and writing course for high school students that focuses on writing techniques, literature comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and scripture. Students will learn the fundamentals of fiction writing, write their own short story, strengthen their MLA essay writing skills, as well as many other skills that will make them excellent writers. Students will read Witness Protection, by Carol Kinsey, and four other novels of their choice. Students are also encouraged to purchase a Spiritual Circle Journal, available from Spiritualcirclejournal.com for their Bible journaling portion of the curriculum. Continue reading

The Revisionary by Kristen Hogrefe

The Revisionary by Kristen Hogrefe

Release Date: June 6, 2017

Publisher: White Integrity Press

ISBN: 9781944120290

Genre: Young Adult / Dystopian

Series: The Rogues, Book One

Be sure to check out my review for the sequel, The Revolutionary.

About the Book:

A Revisionary rewrites the rules. A Rogue breaks them. Which one is she?

Nineteen-year-old Portia Abernathy accepts her Revisionary draft to the Crystal Globe with one goal: earn a Dome seat so she can amend the satellite rules and rescue her brother. Her plan derails when Head Gage Eliab brands her as a suspect in a campus Rogue attack, and in a quest to clear her name, she questions if the vigilante Brotherhood responsible might be fighting for a cause greater than itself, a cause championed by the last civilization. But the current leaders have obscured history’s pages, and if she dares to engage the past through her training technology, they might wipe her own memory as well. Continue reading

The Revolutionary by Kristen Hogrefe

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About the Book

The Revolutionary by Kristen Hogrefe

Title: The Revolutionary: Liberate the Captives

Author: Kristen Hogrefe

Genre: Young Adult, Action, Adventure

Release Date: March, 2018

Freedom costs more than Portia wants to pay, but revolutions run on sacrifice … and blood.

Three months a satellite prisoner, Portia wonders if the Brotherhood has left her to die—until she plunges into the domain of an underground smuggler contacted by her brother. But her rescue comes with a price tag only she can pay, and now, she must forfeit her identity to act as a spy back in the dizzying politics of Crystal. There, she learns that her enemies want the Dome to approve mass satellite executions. No one knows why. Worse, they’re using her friend Luther, now a Court Citizen intern, to sign the short-term orders. She desperately wants to confide in Luther, but can she still trust him with the company he keeps? Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read Again

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Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl!

Today’s topic is about books that I loved but will never re-read again. This is probably a bad thing to say as a reader, but I almost never re-read books. I always keep the books I love on the shelf because I love looking at them, running my fingers along the cover, and looking back on fond memories with hopes that I will return to them again. There are so many books out there in the world and so little time so I never manage to re-read them. Well, sometimes I do if it’s an absolute favorite and I’m in one of those awful reading slumps. So I thought for today’s topic that I would mostly focus on favorite childhood books that I loved, but now as an adult, unless I end up getting married and having kids, will probably never re-visit again. Continue reading

Starting from Scratch by Kate Lloyd

Starting from Scratch

Release Date: March 21, 2018

Publisher: Harvest House

ISBN: 9780736970235

Genre: Amish Fiction / Romance

Series: Lancaster Discoveries, Book Two

About the Book:

An Old Flame Brings a Spark of New Hope

En Alt Maedel—an old maid.

At age twenty-nine, that’s what Eva Lapp considers herself. And who could argue with her? Finding a good Amish husband at her age will be next to impossible. Plus, Eva’s unwarranted bad reputation in Lancaster County precedes her. Maybe living the Englisch life would be better. Continue reading

First Line Fridays: Courageous Women of the Bible by Latan Roland Murphy

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Hello and good morning!

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

I pray that everyone had a wonderful time celebrating Easter with their families and friends. I spent mine walking around John’s Pass with my parents. If you’re ever in Florida, it’s worth checking out.

Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.

The book I’m featuring is:

Courageous Women of the Bible by Latan Roland Murphy

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Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in April

April Referral

All throughout April, you can earn large bonuses when signing up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. Continue reading

The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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Release Date: February 18, 2018

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

ISBN: 9781624167461

Genre: Fiction / Amish

Series: Amish Cooking Class, Book One

About the Book:

Return to Holmes County, Ohio, for Amish style cooking class. 

Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult—and that is where the trouble arises. Continue reading

March 2018 Book Haul Part 2

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Whoops! I totally forgot to add a few more books to the list when I made the last book. Here’s part two of the March 2018 book haul! Many of the books are books I received free in exchange to review or are books I purchased. Any personal comments/thoughts will be found in bold italics. Continue reading

March 2018 Wrap Up

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Happy Saturday friends! Are you curious to know which books I read and reviewed this month? You’ve come to the right place because it’s time to reveal the March 2018 wrap up!

Any personal comments and thoughts will be found in bold italics.

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March 2018 Book Haul

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Hello loves! March is officially over. Where did the time go?!

It’s time to reveal the books that I received this month. Many of the books are books I received free in exchange to review or are books I purchased. Any personal comments/thoughts will be found in bold italics.

Ready to see which books arrived in my mailbox this month?

Let’s get started! Continue reading

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Release Date: March 13, 2018

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780553499193

Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / Science-Fiction

Series: The Illuminae Files, Book Three

Be sure to check out my reviews of the books in the series: Illuminae and Gemina.

About the Book:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?  Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesdays: Books Set in Another Country

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Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme that was started by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and has been moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hey friends! I completely forgot to post this yesterday. Better late than never, right? One of the best things about reading is how one can be transported anywhere in the world without ever actually ever physically been there. Today we’re talking about books set in a different country. Continue reading

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wendesdays

Good morning!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Sam of Taking on a World of Words.

I apologize for not having been consistent with this meme the last couple weeks. I’ve been in a bit of reading slump.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

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Release Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 9780800727970

Genre: Historical Fiction / World War II / Romance

Series: Sunrise at Normandy, Book One

About the Book:

In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France–including those of her own family’s summer home–in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.
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First Line Fridays: Risen by Angela Hunt

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Hello and welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Fridays are my favorite day of the week because I get to see the first lines of all your books! I love seeing some books that I’ve personally enjoyed and even some new ones to add to my TBR.

Since Easter weekend is coming up, I’m featuring an Easter themed book about the resurrection this week.

The book I’m featuring is:

Risen by Angela Hunt

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Timeless Love Cover Reveal

Guys! I’m so excited because one of the books that I been anticipating to release has officially revealed their cover!

This anthology includes seven novellas from seven fabulous authors.

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I’m most excited for “Enchanting Nicholette” by Dawn Crandall. Nicholette is a side character that we meet in the Everstone Chronicles and now we get to learn more about her character.

The paperback officially releases on October 9, 2018, but if you’re like me and cannot wait, you snag the e-book copy by June 19th!

It’s only $0.99 and all proceeds go to a wonderful charity. So when you order a copy, you’re helping out someone else in need. How neat is that?!

And now what you’ve been waiting for. The big cover reveal!

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Books On My Spring TBR (Anticipated Spring Releases)

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Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme that was started by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and has been moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Happy Tuesday friends! Can you believe that today is the first day of spring? Where did the time go?

Today’s topic is about the books that are on my spring TBR. I’m a mood reader and books are constantly being added to my TBR so I decided to focus on the books that I’m most excited to release this spring. There are so many more books that I can add to this list. Continue reading

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wendesdays

Good morning!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Sam of Taking on a World of Words.

I apologize for not having been consistent with this meme the last couple weeks. I’ve been in a bit of reading slump.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading