Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shelley Shepard Gray is heading back to Sugarcreek in JOYFUL! {Book giveaway}

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for review, and the opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK

A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray's final book in her Return to Sugarcreek series.
Randall Beiler is doing his best to put his family and the farm's needs first, even forsaking love. But though he tries, Randall knows he needs help caring for his younger siblings and keeping the house together.
When his brother offers pretty Elizabeth Nolt a job taking care of the house and cooking for the family, Randall is furious---and guilty about the way he once broke Elizabeth's heart. But when he learns that Elizabeth and her grandmother are struggling to make ends meet, he knows the offer, no matter how painful, is the right thing for everyone.
Elizabeth wants to refuse---to stay far away from the man who hurt her---but she needs the money. Though she vows to protect her heart, spending time in the Beiler household makes Elizabeth realize that, while she's older and wiser, her love for Randall still burns strong.
Randal, too, seems to want something more. But does he want Elizabeth because he truly loves her---or because he needs a housekeeper? If Randall sincerely wants something more, he must find a way to show Elizabeth---or risk losing his chance at love forever.

Purchase a copy:  http://ow.ly/BeIYd 

About the author: Shelley Shepard Gray
is a two-time New York Timesbestseller, a two-time USA Todaybestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.


Find Shelley online: websiteFacebook

My Review:_____________________________________________________ 

This is the 3rd installment from the Sugarcreek series and sadly the last one, we will be saying goodbye to Sugarcreek and all the beautiful characters we all fell in love with.  

It's a beautiful story about second chances.  And when starting this book I was not to sure I wanted Elizabeth back with Randal. I thought he was a first-class, selfish, arrogant jerk.  The way he ended their 2-year relationship was cold and heartless.  I felt like crying for her. The humiliation she experienced, excruciating.

And then circumstances brings Elizabeth to Randal's home.  To be close proximity of the man she loved, was so painful to just read, you could feel her discomfort and despair. But she takes the higher road and comes to help out the whole family, including Randal, who, may still have strong feelings for Elizabeth.  There are some ups and downs and wondering when these two were finally going to get it together.

Its a great tale of love, and trusting in God. Farewell... Sugarcreek.

Don't miss Shelley Shepard Gray's newest book in the Return to Sugarcreek series, Joyful. USA Today raved: "A sweet, straightforward story about how love can be tested by family, faith, and personal insecurity. Enjoyable and heartwarming."


Click the banner for a chance to win books 1-3 in Shelley's Return to Sugarcreek series! 
Winner announced on Shelley's blog on 9/30.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Announcement...........


















After long and thoughtful consideration, I have decided that I will be shutting down my blog, permanently. I did not come to this decision lightly but I just don't have the time to really focus on it and really give the attention that you all deserve. I work two part-time jobs and have my duties at home that keep me so busy.  I hate letting this go, but right now I just cannot manage it. :(

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for being lively and forthcoming in your comments, even when we disagreed. :)  You made blogging a blast!  You all have touched my heart and I'm ever so grateful that I got to know some of the most wonderful and fascinating people ever.  You make the world go round. :)

I'll still be around in the blogsphere, that's a promise, just not here. Who knows I might be back?  It all depends if I get some free time.

NOTE:


I have two obligatory book blogs that I must post, due to the fact I was given free copies to review them and than that will be it.

On second thought, I may just keep it up to post book reviews, because I do love reading and introducing new authors.  That's an idea. Yeah!



If you would like to keep in contact with me, I am on Facebook.  Here is my email address:  shadowbear04 @gmail.com.  Just let me know who you are and we can connect.

I truly am going to miss all of you so very much, including my liberal commentators, yup!  You are very special to me, too.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Book blog....In Perfect Time | Kindle HDX Giveaway from Sarah Sundin

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for review, and the opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK
About the book: Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.
Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer to where they don't want to go.
Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings in their pasts?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/zt6iH 

About the author: Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

Find Sarah online: websiteFacebookTwitter

MY REVIEW:  Loved, loved this novel!  This is book 3 in the trilogy of the Wings of the Nightingale series, and I was not disappointed.

I have to admit that Kay was a character that I, at first, did not like, considering how she would string men along and then let them go without a thought. During the first chapter she admits to dating at least six men at a time!  Whoa...  instant dislike!

However my opinion quickly changed when I learned of how rejected she felt and unworthy due to circumstances in her past, that continued to haunt her. Her only outlet, I felt, was to be this carefree person who was full of life and fun and her treatment of her boyfriends was just a way of protecting herself. Discard before she is discarded.  She was known as a tease and for good reason.

The story is set in the WWII era and I am amazed at how accurate Sarah Sundin's description is of that time, right down to the controls on the airplanes.  Truly a great epic novel.

The story is wonderfully written with Roger and Kay as they embark in on  
an uncharted territory.  I love how fiction meets non-fiction. Fantastic book!  I highly recommend the entire series, would make a wonderful gift to anyone that loves, romance, suspense and being in the middle of the action in WWII.


Don't miss Sarah Sundin's hot-off-the-press novel, In Perfect Time. Publishers Weekly gives it an enthusiastic thumbs up: “Sundin excels at well-researched historical detail . . . with such accurate depictions of culture and setting that we are fully immersed in the times as well as in the story. The strength of relationships forged in war and the apprehension of God in times of trouble infuse this well-crafted novel with substance and light.”


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Sarah is celebrating the release of her book with a fun giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Wings of the Nightingale Series (With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and In Perfect Time)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. Winner will be announced August 25th at Sarah's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Sarah's blog on the 25th to see if you won! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Unbelievable: Look at where Obama was during the funeral of Major General Greene

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The highest-ranking U.S. military officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War was buried with full honors Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony attended by his family and platoons of fellow warriors.
Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was killed Aug. 5 when a gunman believed to be an Afghan soldier opened fire at a military academy near Kabul.
During the ceremony, Greene's adult son tightly clasped the hands of his mother and sister as soldiers folded the flag that had draped his father's casket. While the U.S. Army Band played "America the Beautiful," Army First Lt. Matthew Greene handed a tissue to his mother, who dabbed at her eyes.
The 55-year-old two-star general went to Afghanistan in January. It was his first deployment to a war zone.
His burial included several ceremonial touches in deference to his rank. A riderless horse accompanied the caisson that carried Greene's casket to his gravesite. The hundreds of people who gathered on a mild, breezy afternoon at Arlington were startled by a 13-cannon salute and again, later, by three rifle volleys.


What was so important that kept Obama from the funeral? Golf at Martha’s Vineyard, of course.  

Monday, August 11, 2014

RIP Robin Williams...



What are some of your favorite Robin Williams moments?
It surprises me just how Very sad this is, but instead of morning his death, let us celebrate the life of a man who brought untold happiness to millions of people around the world.

It's true we've never had a friend like him and we never will again, but can all take comfort in knowing he'll always be in here 

R.I.P.

Whom I my kidding, my heart is broken, so saddened by this tragic loss.

My top movies, in no particular order:
  1. Nine Months
  2. Jumanji
  3. Mrs. Doubtfire
  4. Jack
  5. Dead Poet's Society
  6. Robots
  7. Patch Adams


I know there are so much more, but I just can't think of them all. 

 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Unbelievable: Iraqi Christian Spokesman says ISIS beheading children, putting heads on display in Mosul park

I had to share what my best-friend and fellow conservative, Amy, had to say about the atrocities happening in Iraq.

May God have mercy
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WARNING:  GRAPHIC PHOTOS.



"First, I implore my friends and readers to please pray for the suffering Christians in Iraq. Not only are Christians being tortured and killed in in the most unimaginable ways.... the ways that only Satan himself could implement..., but one of Iraq's chief allies is deserting her. That is, the United States.

The direct correlation between Obama's anti-war stance and the immoral way in which he left Iraq... without a SOFA and without protection... is the most shameful act by a Commander in Chief that I have ever witnessed in my 47 years. I am at a loss to find a worse president even as I look back throughout all American history, and we've had some awful ones.

But the cold, callus, indifferent manner in which this president stands aside and allows women and children to be molested and tortured is inexcusable. He has ice water in his veins and I believe is a full-fledged narcissist incapable of real empathy. He is disgusting and deplorable. As is his entire party.

So Democrats are always in favor of helping the "kids"...... and what of the children in Iraq being beheaded? The administration tells us Iraq will just have to pull it together and man up. Where are the feminists? Why are they not defending the women who are being given as sex slaves to these sub-human terrorists? The administration tells us Iraq just needs to stop being victims and pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Where is the basic human compassion of this disgusting Democratic party?

Please pray, friends, for our suffering saints in Iraq. I pray that the IEDs they plant will blow up in their faces and that they will suffer strokes and aneurysms as they plot to steal the purity of these little girls and women. I pray they will turn on each other and be struck down by St. Michael the Archangel and his army. Death to the enemy... may their bones be ground into powder.
First, I implore my friends and readers to please pray for the suffering Christians in Iraq. Not only are Christians being tortured and killed in in the most unimaginable ways.... the ways that only Satan himself could implement..., but one of Iraq's chief allies is deserting her. That is, the United States.


The direct correlation between Obama's anti-war stance and the immoral way in which he left Iraq... without a SOFA and without protection... is the most shameful act by a Commander in Chief that I have ever witnessed in my 47 years. I am at a loss to find a worse president even as I look back throughout all American history, and we've had some awful ones. 

But the cold, callus, indifferent manner in which this president stands aside and allows women and children to be molested and tortured is inexcusable. He has ice water in his veins and I believe is a full-fledged narcissist incapable of real empathy. He is disgusting and deplorable. As is his entire party.

So Democrats are always in favor of helping the "kids"...... and what of the children in Iraq being beheaded? The administration tells us Iraq will just have to pull it together and man up. Where are the feminists? Why are they not defending the women who are being given as sex slaves to these sub-human terrorists? The administration tells us Iraq just needs to stop being victims and pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Where is the basic human compassion of this disgusting Democratic party?

Please pray, friends, for our suffering saints in Iraq. I pray that the IEDs they plant will blow up in their faces and that they will suffer strokes and aneurysms as they plot to steal the purity of these little girls and women. I pray they will turn on each other and be struck down by St. Michael the Archangel and his army. Death to the enemy... may their bones be ground into powder."

Amen, Amy!

Not convinced here's proof:





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I love muffins!!! A few recipes to enjoy...

Strawberry + Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins
INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping cup mashed bananas (about 2 to 3 large very ripe bananas)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup diced strawberries
  • 12 thin slices of strawberries (about 3-4 strawberries) for topping, if desired
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray or line the insides of the muffin tins with paper liners and spray with cooking spray so the muffins do not stick to the liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the oat-flour mixture and toss with your diced strawberries. Set aside for later.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed banana, olive oil, honey and vanilla. Add in egg and the egg white and beat until combined. Next add in greek yogurt and almond milk and and beat on low until smooth in consistency, about 1 minute. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and combine until moist — It’s important to not over mix! Next gently fold in the diced strawberries and chocolate chips into the batter with a wooden spoon to evenly distribute.
  4. Spoon the batter evenly into muffin cups. Place a thin strawberry slice on each muffin if desired.
  5. Bake for 18-23 minutes or until a tester inserted into middle of the muffin comes out clean. The length of time will vary based on your oven. Once a tester inserted into the muffin comes out clean, cool for 10 minutes in muffin tins on wire rack, then remove from pan gently and cool completely on wire rack. Muffins are perfect served a bit warm and spread with nut butter.
  6. The muffins can be frozen. Once completely cool, simply individually wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer. To reheat simply heat in microwave. Muffins should be stored in refrigerator or frozen after two days.

Whole-Wheat Banana Nut Muffins
SERVES: 12 OVERSIZED MUFFINS (OR 36 MINI MUFFINS)
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 1½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 very ripe bananas, peeled (the riper they are the sweeter they'll be)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Banana Nut Muffins on 100 Days of #RealFood
Brown bananas like these are perfect for banana muffins (or bread or pancakes!)
    INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper or silicone liners and set aside.
    2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Make a well (hole) in the center of the flour mixture and drop in the eggs, butter, and syrup. Mix with a fork until it just comes together and set aside.
    3. In a small bowl mash the two bananas together with the back of a fork. Carefully fold the bananas and walnuts (if using) into the muffin batter and distribute evenly into the 12 muffin cups (or 36 mini muffin cups). Bake until they begin to brown on top and a toothpick comes clean when inserted in the center, about 20 to 22 minutes for regular sized muffins or 12 to 14 minutes for mini muffins.

    muffins_chocolatebananaTriple Chocolate Muffins
    1 boxed chocolate cake mix
    2 cups prepared chocolate pudding; I used Jell-O cook and serve
    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1 tablespoon extra dark coco
    2 tablespoons melted butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
     Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 muffin pans with paper liners.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl just until combined.  Fill muffin cups 2/3 of the way full with batter.  Bake for 19 minutes. Yields 20 muffins. (I prefer using the over-sized muffin pans, for bigger muffins.... YUM!)

    Please feel free to share any recipes you have and love.  Muffins are awesome with a nice hot cup of Joe.