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Top 10 Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday #33

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.



Top 10 Fall TBRSeptember 19, 2017Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Well this is super easy. I’m currently participating in the Shattered Worlds Read Along which goes until November 13th, so basically my fall TBR IS the novels in Shattered Worlds (and my $5 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway is still going on so make sure you go to the Shattered Worlds post and follow the instructions there to enter.)

These book are listed in my order of interest in them.

Ten Books from My Fall TBR aka Shattered World Boxed Set

  1. SLAYER by Armitage & Culican
    Destined to slay dragons, Julianna embarks on a war centuries old. With her magic goblin sword in hand and a dragon in her sights, the world as she knows it will never be the same.
  2. PRISON OF STATUES by Ainsley Shay 
    Iris lives in a colorless world… until the nightmares begin.
  3. THE CLOCKWORK WAR by Katy Haye
    Win the war. Go home. If only it were that easy.
  4. THE MAGIC OR THE RULERSHIP by Emily Martha Sorensen 
    Okay, magic’s forbidden. But they’re not serious about that death penalty, are they?
  5. THE PERILOUS IN-BETWEEN by Cortney Pearson 
    Even the sky has secrets.
  6. ARV-3 by Cameo Renae  
    Thirteen years after the government fails to avert a global disaster, Abigail Park and her family emerge from their underground bunker to discover the world isn’t as safe as they had hoped.
  7. CURSE BREAKER by Audrey Grey 
    The mortal kingdoms are falling. An ancient Curse creeps closer. From the shadows, a dark Queen watches, waiting to mobilize her army. And the fate of the realm rests in the hands of one rebellious mortal girl . . .
  8. THE SCOURGE by A.G. Henley
    She always knew this day would come, the day she faced the Scourge alone.
  9. SEA SO BLUE by Nichole Giles 
    Can a human meant for the deep blue sea, and a merman determined to leave his heart ashore find a way to be together?
  10. THE PERILOUS IN-BETWEEN by Cortney Pearson 
    Even the sky has secrets.

 

Top 10 Books of Ten Years Ago

Top Ten Tuesday #32

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.



Top 10 Books of Ten Years AgoSeptember 12, 2017 TopicThrowback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved 10 Years Ago!

I’ve been reviewing books since 2006, and posting those reviews on what ever blog platform I was using at the time (Open Diary or Myspace anyone?) Luckily I have done the work of moving my reviews with me to each new blog. So it’s easy for me to look back at 2007 and see what books I read that year that I really loved. (There might be a few from 2006 too.)

Ten Books I Loved 10 Years Ago!

    1. Wuthering Heights – Still gives me chills. Because of the way it’s written it may be hard for some readers to get into, but this is one of the most haunting stories I’ve ever read.
    2. Dream Thief – My favorite book, pretty much ever. I think I’m close to having read it a dozen times. Science fiction by Stephen R Lawhead, and really good science fiction at that.
    3. The Book of Three – If you like fantasy and YA and haven’t read the Chronicles of Prydain you are missing out. These book are really unsung classics.
    4. The Lathe of Heaven – A very tripy story about a guy whose dreams shape reality. and the force trying to shape those dreams.
    5. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – One of the best Christmas stories (aside from the one with the real baby Jesus.) It’s short enough you could read it every year just for all the feels.
    6. Fahrenheit 451 – Every book lover need to read this book. I feel almost ashamed that it took me until 2006 to read it.
    7. The Witch of Blackbird Pond – A great coming of age/fish out of water tale.
    8. Island of the Blue Dolphins – Having read this as a child I was skeptical of reading it as an adult, but it won me over again.
    9. The Cross and the Switchblade – One of the most powerful true stories I’ve ever read.
    10. Enders Game – Science fiction masterpiece. Skip the movie the wow factor is in the book.

Shattered Worlds Read Along!

Shattered Worlds Read AlongJoin the authors of Shattered Worlds for a read along!

After the authors of the Shattered Worlds Boxed Set hit the USA Today bestseller list and enrolled their compilation of 20+ exclusive stories into Kindle Unlimited, they came up with a wild, never-been-done-before idea: To connect with their readers and fans in a two-month long Facebook Read Along featuring each book in the set. This epic party runs from September 10th to November 13th, 2017.

They kick off the party on September 10th with a day of teasers and fun. Then, starting September 11th, each author will have three whole days in the Read Along to discuss their story and answer fans’ questions, as well as host games and giveaways. On the final day, November 13th, we’ll host an amazing party to celebrate two months of pure bibliophilism, exclusive swag, and shenanigans!

Also, Shattered Worlds is now available FOR FREE on Kindle Unlimited. You can grab a copy here!

I am more excited for this read along than I’ve been for any online event in a long time. That’s why I’m inviting everyone to join me and help make this the biggest group Read Along ever!!!

Synopsis:

Escape into twenty-two epic worlds that will leave you breathless.

From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

This unique Young Adult/New Adult collection, inspired by the creative minds of twenty-two USA Today and international bestselling authors, promises to satisfy your cravings for action and adventure as you experience rune magic and time-travel, overthrow corrupt governments, meet reapers and aliens, battle dragons, fall hopelessly in love, and break ancient curses, right alongside some of the bravest characters in fantasy fiction!

Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can’t be found anywhere else.

Participating Authors & Stories:

LOGAN by Julie Hall
Every warrior has his weakness. His demons. His trials. His story.

CURSE BREAKER by Audrey Grey 
The mortal kingdoms are falling. An ancient Curse creeps closer. From the shadows, a dark Queen watches, waiting to mobilize her army. And the fate of the realm rests in the hands of one rebellious mortal girl . . .

ARV-3 by Cameo Renae  
Thirteen years after the government fails to avert a global disaster, Abigail Park and her family emerge from their underground bunker to discover the world isn’t as safe as they had hoped.

DEATH KNOCKS by Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel
Who knew a knock at the door could tear your world apart? They don’t demand money or possessions…they want much more than that, they want your life.

SLAYER by Armitage & Culican
Destined to slay dragons, Julianna embarks on a war centuries old. With her magic goblin sword in hand and a dragon in her sights, the world as she knows it will never be the same.

RIFT by Elana Johnson 
In this dangerous game with time, someone’s bound to lose.

THE PERILOUS IN-BETWEEN by Cortney Pearson 
Even the sky has secrets.

A REAPER MADE by Liz Long
Even Reapers are prone to humanity.

SOUND OF SILENCE by Ali Winters 
One dance, one touch, one kiss… Is all it took to change the fate of the world.

STARBOUND by J.L. Weil 
FML is becoming Katia’s motto for senior year. Things couldn’t get any worse, or so she thought.

THE SPACE IN BETWEEN by Jen Minkman
What if you really can fall in love with the man of your dreams..?

THE PIRATE EPISODE by Kristy Tate 
Cami finds herself torn between two men, two centuries, and two very different futures. From a modern day New England high school to the Caribbean Islands, The Pirate Episode is a romantic adventure that proves love knows no time.

MISTRESS GRIM by Jane Redd (Heather B. Moore)  
When the Mistress of Death discovers that hearts never truly die.

THE SCOURGE by A.G. Henley
She always knew this day would come, the day she faced the Scourge alone.

PRISON OF STATUES by Ainsley Shay 
Iris lives in a colorless world… until the nightmares begin.

THE CLOCKWORK WAR by Katy Haye
Win the war. Go home. If only it were that easy.

SEA SO BLUE by Nichole Giles 
Can a human meant for the deep blue sea, and a merman determined to leave his heart ashore find a way to be together?

RICHARD’S STORY by Rebecca Rode 
All Rich wanted was a girlfriend and a soccer scholarship. What he got was the apocalypse.

WINGLESS by Cindy Hogan
One girl. One gift. One terrible decision.

THE MAGIC OR THE RULERSHIP by Emily Martha Sorensen 
Okay, magic’s forbidden. But they’re not serious about that death penalty, are they?

THE GUARDIAN by Elizabetta Holcomb

Want a bonus chance to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card? Comment below with “I’m in.” and the story you are most interested in from the boxed set. Giveaway ends 10/1/17 and is sponsored by me, Arwen McGilvra not Shattered Worlds or any affiliated author.

Read A Book Day [Sept 6th] Buy A Book Day [Sept 7th]

Today is National Read A Book Day, #ReadABookDay. Sounds exactly like my kind of holiday. Last year I celebrated by reading Rags and Ruins (read my review here.) It turned out to be my favorite book in 2016.

This year I’ll work on finishing my current read 99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2). It’s one of the more interesting back stories for a fantasy book that I’ve ever come across. The characters are dealing with real moral dilemmas about their world, very deep ones concering the value of life that each character is struggling to understand in their own way and make sense of because life is not valued in their society (unless it’s your own.) I’m very interested to see where this book goes.

After 99 Days it will be on to the Shattered Worlds Read Along which I am soooo excited about. Pick up a copy of Shattered Worlds here. “Escape into twenty-two epic worlds that will leave you breathless.” The read along starts Sept 10th, and promises to be a great event with giveaways and lots of author participation.

Also tomorrow Sept 7th is buy a book day. I haven’t decided on what book I’m going to pick up tomorrow, but it may be one of these from my wishlist:

So what about you how will you be celebrating Read A Book Day and Buy A Book Day?

Summer Wrap Up and September Goals

What is it?Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in staygoldautumn.com's linkup on the first day of the month!

Two different link ups one at Writes like a Girl called Small Goals, and another one at Stay Gold Autumn.

My Rating System:

Forgot to do it most days.

Somewhat met this goal (did at least 1/2 of the days.)

Mostly met this goal (did at least 2/3 of the days.)

Accomplished this goal.

July Goals

Finish Empty Threat (because my review is due before July 30th.)

Stay in the top 100 on Goodreads. Write an average of 3 reviews a day from here on out or 69 total reviews.

Continue creating new pages for my Bullet Journal at least one a week.

Sit down and review my week every Monday.

Summer Reading Wrap Up

What I read in July:
The Thirteenth Gate (Read my review)
Roger is Going Fishing (Read my review)
Empty Threat (Read my review)
The Devil’s Feast (Avery & Blake, #3)

Doctor Seuss Reading Challenge
Daisy-Head Mayzie
Hunches in Bunches
The Kings Stilts
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

What I read in August:
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Doctor Seuss Reading Challenge
I Want to Be Somebody New!
The Butter Battle Book
On beyond zebra
Scrambled eggs super!
I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew

What I’m reading now: 99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2)

Up Next:

Shattered World Read Along

Pocket:

I use the Pocket app to read internet articles and blogs (a lot, I use Pocket a lot.) So I thought that with my monthly wrap up I’d share a couple of the best articles I read in the last month.

Summer Stuff

What a fun, crazy, busy, blessed summer we had! Here are just a few highlights:

Soccer Camp Crazy Hair Day.
Soccer Camp Crazy Hair Day.
My Grandmother and I both had quilts our Grandmother's made for us on display at the Brownsville Pioneer Picnic.
My Grandmother and I both had quilts our Grandmother’s made for us on display at the Brownsville Pioneer Picnic.
I had a great time leading crafts and science during Operation Arctic VBS.
I had a great time leading crafts and science during Operation Arctic VBS.
I volunteered for Mid Summer Arts, reading a story and doing yoga with kids at the Story Tree.
I volunteered for Mid Summer Arts, reading a story and doing yoga with kids at the Story Tree.
Little Bug Turned 7! We had a great Pokemon/ Pool party for her.
Little Bug Turned 7! We had a great Pokemon/ Pool party for her.
We went to the Opening Day at the new Carousel in town.
We went to the Opening Day at the new Carousel in town.
We were right in the totality for the Solar Eclipse!
We were right in the totality for the Solar Eclipse!
At the Oregon State Fair volunteering for Oregon Women for Agriculture.
At the Oregon State Fair volunteering for Oregon Women for Agriculture.

What an amazing summer! And that’s just the highlights. I hope you had an amazing summer too. Let me know the favorite thing you did this summer in the comments.

September Goals

Sit down and review my week every Monday.
Why? When I do this my weeks seem to go better and I get more accomplished (or at least I know what I accomplished.)

Blog for The Shattered Worlds Read Along, and Read A Book/Buy A Book day
Why? Over the summer I didn’t do a very good job of keeping up with my blog. Time to get back to work. Plus these are both great events to be celebrated in the reading world.

Log my meals for 1 week.
Why? I need to be doing this all the time, but it’s such a difficult habit to stay on top of. So my goal for this month is just to do it for 1 week, and then to build from there.

Do you have any goals for September? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!

August 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate Reader

My TBR is a little out of control thanks to author freebies, and these .99 collections that offer pre-order bonus books. The latest one is Fire and Fantasy, which of course I pre-ordered and then got a ton of extra books tacked on.

Two collections that I’ve been waiting on were released in August. Dominion Rising (which had a link in it for bonus swag) and Shattered Worlds. Shattered Worlds is having a huge read along later this month. I’ll be posting about that later, but if you want to see what’s happening check it out here.

For Kindle:

Muse (Tales of Silver Downs Book 1)
Why I got it:  Author freebie.  I’m really trying to cut down on these author freebies, but this one grabbed my attention with, “He’s a melancholy bard. She’s expecting to settle into a boring and predictable life. They’re the world’s only hope against a nightmare…”

Song of Edmon (The Fracture Worlds Book 1)
Why I got it: Kindle First selection for August. Sounded intriguing, and had good reviews. The idea of a planet divided by those who live in perpetual day or perpetual night sounds like a great backdrop for a sci-fi story.

Dominion Rising Bonus Swag
Why I got it: You had to know this was in the back of the book and go click on the link to it in the first week after release. Thankfully I follow a lot of authors and was given the heads up.

Fire and Fantasy Freebies:

Here are all the freebies that came for pre-ordering the collection.

Strain of Resistance by Michelle Bryan

Games of Fate by Kris Austen Radcliffe

Cloak of Echoes by CK Dawn

Fire and Fantasy Coloring Book

We Thought We Were Invincible by Michelle Lynn

Veona by Steve Turnbull

Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay

Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades

Grave Mistake by Izzy Shows

A Coronation of Kings by Samuel Stokes

Kids Books:

Invisible Lizard
Why I got it: Kurt Cyrus is a local author, and had a table at the Oregon State Fair. They always have a section for Oregon Authors. The seven year old picked this one out, turns out it had only been released the week before. He had his illustrator already sign the books and then he signed it for us.

From The Library:

Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love
Why I got it: I like the whole idea of up-cycling and reusing objects for crafts. I’ve been doing this forever. I’m hoping this book will have some interesting and fresh ideas.

DK Readers L1: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: New Adventures
Why I got it: The seven year old picked this one out to read, because it has Rey on the cover and she loves Rey! Unfortunately DK Readers Level one is a little bit more difficult than we imagined and she abandoned it.

Dr Seuss Books – I Want to Be Somebody New!, The Butter Battle Book, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, Yertle the Turtle
Why I got them: We are working through the Doctor Seuss library this summer.

 

What I’m Reading Now:  99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2) by Keith Ward

 

July 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate Reader

Well I tried not to buy too many books this month, but well then I found out that for pre-ordering Shattered Worlds I could get some additional free books from the authors of the collection. And then there was Prime day and I had to pick up a couple of books.

For Kindle:


Coilhunter – A Science Fiction Western Adventure
Why I got it:  Author freebie. Dean F. Wilson is an author I follow because he write really interesting stuff. So since he offered his newsletter subscribers this one for free I jumped at the chance to get my hands on it.

Bright Minds Empty Souls
Why I got it: Each year I try to fit in at least one poetry book. This sounded interesting so I borrowed it from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

City of Skies (THE VIKING ASSASSIN SERIES Book 1)
Why I got it: Author freebie. A dystopian series with Vikings!?! Well I have to at least check that out.

Dying for a Living
Why I got it: Author freebie. I’ve been pretty upfront about the fact that Urban Fantasy isn’t really my cup of tea, but this book with it’s twist (and zero mention of vampires, sexy or not) caught my attention.

A Beautiful Poison
Why I got it: Kindle First Selection for July. I like the setting of the Gilded age right after WWI, and throwing in the Spanish Influenza really caught my attention too. Flu or Poison is the question and I enjoy historical fiction that includes emerging science.

Shattered Worlds Authors:

Possession by Elana Johnson

Hinges of Broams Eld by Jennifer Cano

Delicate Thorns by Miranda Hardy

Descendant by Nichole Giles

Fairy Eyeglasses by Emily Martha Sorensen

Gifted, A Donovan Circus Novel by Liz Long

In My Dreams by Cameo Renae

Ruby’s Story by Rebecca Rode

Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Solstice by Jane Redd

Sound of Sirens (Tales Of Skylge, #1) by Jen Minkman

Such a Secret Place by Cortney Pearson

The Keeper: A Brilliant Darkness Story by A.G. Henley

The Last Gatekeeper by Katy Haye

The Golden Dragon by J. A. Culican (An exclusive? Amazon doesn’t seem to have this one.)

WHITE RAVEN: The Raven Series, Book 1 by J. L. Weil

Watched by Cindy M. Hogan

The Reapers by Ali Winters

Kids Books:

Wake Up, Sun!
Why I got it: I bought several cute kids books during Prime Day. This one is right at the stage our 6 year old is reading, and new material is always good.

The Berenstain Bears’ Bedtime Battle
Why I got it: Another one I got during Prime Day. The ending on this one is almost too good, and it certainly made me smile.

From The Library:

Dr Seuss – Please try to remember the first of Octember!,  And to think that I saw it on Mulberry street, The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Hunches in bunches,  Daisy-head Mayzie, The king’s stilts, On beyond zebra, Scrambled eggs super!, I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew
Why I got them: We are working through the Doctor Seuss library this summer. I will have to say that so far Gerald McBoing Boing has been the big hit.

The Devil’s feast
Why I got it: It’s the next book in the Blake and Avery series. While I’m not real into serial mysteries, these ones are not half bad.

Crooked kingdom
Why I got it: I plan on reading this book right after I finish The Wise Man’s Fear. I loved Six of Crow’s so much and I just can’t stand to leave Inej hanging any longer.

The big fat surprise : why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet
Why I got it: I’m tired of all the buzz of the latest -CleanEating-Whole30-Paleo-Atkins fad diet is going to get. Plus I’m tired of all the looking down their nose and poo-pooing the vegan do. So I heard of this book and it seems to be the furthest thing from veganism and fad diets there is.

Dominion Rising Out Now!

Dominion RisingFind all the Sci-Fi and Fantasy reads you’ve been craving in one fantastic set!

Whether it’s alien invasion or dark fairytales, heart-pounding galactic adventures or cyberpunk romance, Dominion Rising will satisfy with a thrilling mix of 23 BRAND NEW novels set in fantastical realms. Sword and sorcery, far-flung galactic empires, alternative history, epic magic, slipstream futures: this collection of carefully selected, exclusive novels is sure to please and delight readers of speculative fiction.

Over five thousand pages packed with aliens, faeries, vampires, gargoyles, warriors, telepaths, space pirates, starship captains, hapless mercenaries, street urchins, robots, cyber-enhanced humans, badass heroines, and lost princesses.

Dominion Rising brings you a galaxy of talented authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Gwynn White, Margo Bond Collins, Tom Shutt, Felix R. Savage and Erin St Pierre; USA Todaybestselling authors P.K. Tyler, Anthea Sharp, S.M. Schmitz, K.J. Colt, Dean F. Wilson, Lisa Blackwood, Marilyn Peake, JC Andrijeski and Erin Hayes; and award-winning and Amazon bestselling authors S.M. Blooding, Melanie Karsak, Timothy C. Ward, Daniel Arthur Smith, Tony Bertauski, Rebecca Rode, Cheri Lasota, Ann Christy, Becca Andre, Logan Snyder, Ella Summers, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy notable Samuel Peralta.

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The set includes:

Reign of Steel and Bone by Erin St Pierre and Gwynn White
A stolen weapon. A forbidden romance. One chance to save the world…

Mind Raider by S.M. Blooding & P.K. Tyler
One weapon to re-write everything. One team to stop it all.

Sorcery & Science by Ella Summers
Urban fantasy. Galactic consequences. Sorcery & Science is a new urban fantasy novel set in the rebooted Sorcery & Science universe.

Spectral Shift by Daniel Arthur Smith
We were never alone.
A prescient rendering of a dark cyberpunk future, a Neon Dystopia with a Lovecraftian flair.

Petra: Immortal Codex, Book 1 by Cheri Lasota
The darker the gift, the higher the blood price. And I have paid it all.

Infinite Waste by Dean F. Wilson
An epic space opera adventure.

Girard The Guardian by Ann Christy
True Vampire… They’re not what you think. True Vampire… All Will Be Revealed.

Flicker by Rebecca Rode
Even the best weapons can backfire.

Star Compass by Anthea Sharp
Charles Dickens meets Firefly in this SF Steampunk tale of an orphan destined for the stars.

Vengeance: Warships of the Spire by S. M. Schmitz & Lisa Blackwood
When rogue AIs steal everything that matters most, the only thing left is vengeance.

Touching Infinity by Erin Hayes
These space pirates thought they were prepared for anything. They were so wrong.

Death Plague by K. J. Colt
Faced with a disease that could wipe out the nation of Senya, King Cevznik decreed that healers were the property of the country, and belonged to all men. They were beaten, ravished, and enslaved like animals, depriving them of purity and holiness.

Curiouser and Curiouser: Steampunk Alice in Wonderland by Melanie Karsak
Sometimes love is mad.

Ultras by Timothy C. Ward
Forbidden Memories. Ancient Powers. Galactic Uprising.

Maze: The Waking of Grey Grimm by Tony Bertauski
Awareness leaping is all the rage.

Blood for Stone by Logan T. Snyder
Meridia’s most notorious investigators meet their match, and nothing will ever be the same again.

The Incurables by Felix R. Savage
A Game of Thrones… set in 1980s Belfast.

Ferromancer by Becca Andre
Solutions aren’t always black and white–sometimes they come in shades of iron gray.

The Other by Marilyn Peake
Fear can blind you to the truth.

New York by J.C. Andrijeski
Born in a cyber world. Hunted by an ancient cult.

Rift Cursed by Margo Bond Collins
Madness isn’t the worst that can happen.

The Zoo at the End of the World by Samuel Peralta
A young girl, one of the caretakers at a private zoo, looks after her charges in the weeks before a comet destroys humanity.

Iron Tamer by Tom Shutt
This is not a completed novel. Tom Shutt passed away during the production of this book. The authors of Dominion Rising have included it in honor of his contribution.

Buy this epic Science Fiction & Fantasy boxed set to read them all for 99c!

Giveaway

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The authors of Dominion Rising are bringing you brand new 23 science and fantasy stories for just $0.99—and you could win big just by reposting this post and talking about the giveaway with the hashtag #DominionRising. Ends August 15, account must be public.

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Celebrate Dominion Rising and win an iPad Mini, over 20 PAPERBACK books, a Dominion Rising bonus content paperback, or custom Swag! All winners will receive a free copy of the Dominion Rising extra content!

Book Blitz: A Spoonful of Grace

A Spoonful of Grace: Mealtime Blessings in Bite-sized Pieces
by Annette Hubbell
Release date: Feb 2017
Genre: Family devotional, Children’s devotional

Meet A New Book

A book that sounds like a great way to connect with your family, in bite sized pieces. (Sorry I just couldn’t resist the pun.) A special grace/blessing/prayer for each meal sounds like a great idea, and I’m glad that they are kept intentionally short enough for a kids attention span.

Just 2 minutes each day can change your family meal time for a lifetime.

A Spoonful of Grace is a collection of 366 evening meal graces taken from all 66 books of the Bible and designed to provide meaningful exposure to prayer and the Bible at a most opportune time: the family evening meal.

The Scripture/grace devotions are inviting, can be grasped at several levels, and are brief enough (about two minutes) to hold the attention of hungry kids.

Here’s why:

  • Each day has an application section called Grace Notes: ideas and quotes to further illustrate the message and stimulate conversation.
  • Sundays are for Story Graces. These 52 devotions are a bit longer to afford the suspenseful, engrossing reading of stories such as David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, and Jonah and the big fish.
  • Special Graces are celebrations such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays.
  • Each grace:
    • Supports discussions of God’s attributes and of faith-based values, offering moral examples like forgiveness, friendship, honesty, trust, even table manners.
    • Creates curiosity about the Bible and ways in which Scripture can be applied to today’s issues.
    • Demonstrates how the act of praying together lifts one’s own spirit; fosters praise; and increases mutual feelings of appreciation, gratefulness, and accountability.
    • Teaches without overt instruction, similar to hiding extra veggies in the spaghetti sauce.
    • Remind us that our food, as well as God’s countless other daily blessings, is a gift.

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Ends Sept 2.

Book Blitz: Sink

Sink
by M.E. Rhines
(Mermaid Royalty #1)
Publication date: July 31st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Meet A New Book

I am a HUGE fan of the Little Mermaid, and mermaids in general, and this book look too good to pass up. And if it’s from Clean Teen Publishing that is always a plus. Sink looks like it’s win-win. I can’t wait to get my teeth into this one. 😉

Obedience has always been a matter of survival for sixteen-year-old mermaid princess Pauline. Her mother is the tyrannical Queen Calypso, who rules the kingdom of Atargatis with an iron trident. To utter one word against her would mean banishment—or worse—so Pauline bites her tongue and minds her manners. But on the eve of her sister’s merling-shower, all of that is about to change. Confronted with the truth about what happens to the human men who are betrothed to the mermaids of Atargatis, Pauline realizes she can stay silent no more.

Determined to end the queen’s dark tradition, Pauline goes along on a search for shipwreck survivors, secretly planning to free them. But things get complicated when she finds herself inexplicably drawn to one of the men. Before she realizes what’s happening, she has kissed him—and a kiss from a mermaid is not without consequences. Now Pauline will have to risk everything if she is to save the young man and thwart the queen’s dark plans…

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