Friday, January 28, 2011

The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy ~ Book Review and a Nook Prize Giveaway!

Stages of life give way to change who we are, we learn and grow from our experiences as we walk through life much like Sheila Franklin in Patti Lacy’s latest book.

Sheila Franklin, the wife of a pastor, receives the phone call she’d been waiting for over 20 years. As Sheila accepts the phone call, she realizes that her secret past could be unveiled, and may risk the career of her husband, as well as the future of her marriage. As Sheila’s story unwinds her tangled past of her life in the South during 1940s, and her move to the Mid-Western state of Minnesota, as it intertwines through the present during the Vietnam Era showing how she became the person known as Sheila Franklin, a women of music, faith, love, and God. With knowledge of struggles that she faced through with her life, Sheila steps up to help someone she loves and a stranger, even at the cost of her own marriage, or maybe even her life.

When I first signed up for this book review, I thought for sure that it would be a cheesy Christian romance novel, which I really don’t care for, but to my surprise it was a fascinating story of how a girl grew up in times of war in the South. Mistakes that were made and hardships peppered her life in ways that transformed her into beautiful women. Sheila’s story also shows struggles with her faith of Christianity and how she longs to know the loving Jesus that her mother’s friend, and that her mother had talked about. I really enjoyed this historical fiction book and found that it was a bit difficult to set down, however I felt that the ending of the book was a bit stretched, and less like that memoir style that I tend to enjoy.

Where can you find the book to purchase it for yourself; Click here.

Blog Tour Schedule: Want to read what others have to say about this book, click here.

About Patti: Baylor graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her novels, An Irishwoman's Tale and What the Bayou Saw. She has two grown children and a dog named Laura. She and her husband can be seen jog-walking the streets of Normal, Illinois, an amazing place to live for a woman born in a car. For more information, visit Patti's website at, her blog at, and her Facebook daily Artbites. Want to know more about Patti, check her out here.

About the Rhythm of Secrets NOOK Giveaway & Facebook Party

Enter the Rhythm of Secrets NOOK eReader Giveaway:

Patti and her publisher, Kregel, are giving away a NOOK prize package worth over $150 to one lucky winner!!!!

Enter the Nook eReader Giveaway and you could win:

* A brand new Nook eReader with Wi-Fi

* $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble

To enter, simply click here to enter, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest. Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on February 16th at Patti's Rhythm of Secrets Facebook Party.

But, wait there’s more! Come to the Rhythm of Secrets Facebook Party on February 16th!

Patti will be announcing the winner of The Rhythm of Secrets NOOK giveaway at her Party on FB February 16th! She’ll be hosting a book club discussion of The Rhythm of Secrets and giving away other fun prizes! (signed copies of her books and gift certificates to Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, & iTunes!). Don’t miss the fun at Patti’s FB Author Page on February 16th at 5pm PST ( 6 pm MST, 7 pm CST, & 8 pm EST)!

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity group’s blog for books program in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Dragon and the Turtle ~ "Go on Safari" Giveway!

Remeber the book review that I did on the book The Dragon and the Turtle by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark . Well now a great prize give away is being offered that I'd like to share with you.

 The Dragon and the Turtle Go On Safari is hosting a "Go on Safari" giveaway, so your child/children can experiance a backyard Safari.

The grand prize winner will win a "go on safari" kit complete with:

1.A child-size tent

2.Sleeping bags (2)

3.Campfire treats

4.Essential safari tools (a compass, a flashlight, and a spy glass)

5.Stuffed animals

6.Copies of The Dragon and the Turtle and The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari

Two runner-up winners: will receive a copy of The Dragon and the Turtle and The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari and a stuffed animal.

To find  out how to Enter the contest go to "Go on Safari" with your child - Enter to Win!  

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Let's Get This Party Started!

 Happy Birthday to Me....Happy Birthday to Me...Happy Birthday to Me...

It's my birthday month, and anyone who knows me knows I like to celebrate all month long, so I thought I'd like to host a party and invite everyone I knew! I hope that you all can make it.

What: An invite for my Scentsy Party in honor of my Birthday!
When: This whole week, until Sunday noon
Where: Online -- of course
How: Go visit my Scentsy Consultant Angelie Shrader at her Scenty Page (click here for the link) then Click Buy, and Join Little Bird Seed's Party, or click the buy from party link on the right side of her page.

and of course there is a FREE Party Favor: Everyone who puts in an order under my party will receive a Free Scentsy Circle Car Air freshener!

Scentsy Product can make great gifts for any occasion; birthdays, weddings, baby shower gifts, and lets not forget Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day is coming up, or how about a great wedding gift.

These Guys would surely be great gifts for those you love on Valentine's Day, young and old.

So lets celebrate, come on over to my party.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Birthday Wishes, with a CSN $35 Giveaway WINNER!

Thank you all who participated in my CSN giveaway. I'm happy to announce the winner today.
...and the winner is... Laura Franklin from A Place For Every-Thing!
Congratulations, Laura.

* An email has been sent out to the winner. The winner has 48hrs to respond, or a new winner will be selected.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Truth of the Matter by Andrew Klavan ~ Book Review

Teenager and ex-convict and possible terrorist, Charlie West is on the run, in book three of The HomeLanders Series by Andrew Klavan, and not remembering a whole lot from the past year. With a bit of help from a police officer who told him to find someone by the name of Watermen he escapes. Watermen, maybe his only hope to regain his memory, and find out who he truly is. Once he finds Watermen, the action just doesn't stop!

The youth based book, The Truth of the Matter, seems like a good book for those who like action adventure. It has a good message of perseverance that is intertwined within the pages of the book, along with the theme of patriotism and loyalty.

Although this book was action packed a fast paced, I found it easy to guess what would happen next, which took out the element of suspense for me because of this I found that I really didn’t have a desire to read it. I did try to keep in mind that this was a book geared toward a young male audience, which I’m not, with that said I think that it is worthy of suggesting this book to others such as teenage boys, or someone who likes action adventure books. With three sons of my own and one that likes stories of adventure, I know just whom I’m passing this book onto, Royce.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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The Dragon and the Turtle ~ Book Review

When I was offered the chance to do a book review for the book The Dragon and the Turtle written by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark, I jumped on it because I'm working on bringing Giovonnie into the world of reading. I know I've said it before, but I really want all my boys to harbor a love for reading. This book looked like one Giovonnie might like because of the love he has for animals; it seems he is a bit more drawn to books that have animal personification.

When the book came in the mail, I allowed him to open the package. His eyes lit up in delight, as he asked, "Is this book for me?" I said, "Well, yes. Would you like to read it with me?" Giovonnie bounced up and down in delight, and then headed toward the living room couch saying, "Come on." I took a seat next to him and we began to read, me reading one page then him the next page. Soon he was reading every page forgetting to give me a turn. I smiled knowing that he was enjoying the story of Padraig the dragon as he helped his friend Roger the turtle.

Padraig was out looking for bugs to eat when he found Roger who had lost his home. Roger became lost while he was out adventuring as a pirate. Padraig took the time to help a stranger, and became fast friends with Roger as he tried to help him find his way home. Along the way they use the five senses (taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing) to aid them in finding Roger’s home, as well as chat about their likenesses and differences. The illustrations by Vincent Nguyen were dynamic helping to create that personification of the animals giving them a true sense of life and adventure.

In the back of the book there is a quick little book discussion guide that you can go over with your child, which I found to be a nice way to end the story.

We were also surprised to find a recipe in the back of the book. This was great because Giovonnie likes to pretend to be "Chef Giovonnie" when we do a bit of baking or cooking together. It will be a nice way for us to spend some more one on one time together creating a tasty treat for the family.

Giovonnie later reading the book on his own.

*Disclaimer: Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.


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