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Friday, March 27, 2015

Review: Nashville - Part One, Two, Three and Four by:Inglath Cooper

Nashville - Part One, Two, Three and Four
About the Book:
Part One - Ready to Reach
Ever thought a dream might pass you by?

Nineteen-year old CeCe Mackenzie is determined to make her dreams come true. She heads for Nashville with not much more to her name than a guitar, a Walker Hound named Hank Junior and an old car she'd inherited from her grandma called Gertrude. But when Gertrude ends up on the side of I-40 in flames, Nashville has never seemed farther away. Help arrives in the form of two Georgia football players headed for the Nashville dream as well. When Holden Ashford and Thomas Franklin stop to offer CeCe and Hank Junior a ride, fate may just give a nod to serendipity and meant to be. Because while CeCe is chasing after her dream, she might find love as well.

Part Two - Hammer and a Song
CeCe McKenzie grew up dreaming of a life doing what she loves - singing in Nashville. When she and her Hound dog Hank Junior set out to make her dream come true, life takes some twists she hadn't counted on. Like falling for Holden Ashford, a songwriter with a gift. And also a girlfriend. Can a country music star's hunky son help her forget about Holden? Or is that even possible when her heart insists on writing the song?

Part Three - What We Feel
Hunky musicians Holden Ashford and Thomas Franklin rescue Nashville bound CeCe MacKenzie and her Walker Hound Hank Junior from the side of the road when her car catches on fire. A less determined girl might have let her dreams go up in smoke as well, but not CeCe. She’s been singing all her life, and she just wants a chance to do the thing she loves in a place where music is part of the fabric of life. As it turns out, Holden and Thomas want the same thing, and it isn’t long before they’re all chasing after the dream together.

Falling in love hasn’t figured in to CeCe’s plans, but the moment she sets eyes on Holden, her heart is asking why not? Holden is drawn to her as well, but he already has someone in his life, Sarah who still lives in Atlanta, Sarah who loves him. Who he thought he loved back until CeCe makes him realize he hadn’t really known that love could turn him inside out.

But an unexpected visit from Sarah brings to light a terrible truth and Holden is faced with a choice between doing the right thing or permanently defining himself as a guy he never thought he would be.

It is only in letting each other go that both Holden and CeCe will come to understand that in life and love, the part that’s real is what we feel.

Part Four - Pleasure in the Rain
Just as Barefoot Outlook begins to hit the big time, tragedy strikes when a rage-filled Nashville musician who hasn’t found the success he’s hoped for crashes an after-concert party and begins shooting. Among the victims are band members CeCe MacKenzie, Holden Ashford, Thomas Franklin, Beck Phillips and his country music star dad, Case.

With each of them gravely injured, one will not survive, forever changing the lives of everyone involved. Will one man’s hatred and contempt demolish all of their dreams, or will they eventually reach a place where they can even take pleasure in the rain?


About the Author:
RITA AWARD WINNING AUTHOR INGLATH COOPER writes books that aim to give her readers a mini-vacation. A stretch of time during which they can visit other places and other people's lives. Her books have reached the top 100 Amazon Kindle Bestseller list, with Truths and Roses hitting #11. Inglath Cooper's Nashville series became a reality after she spent time in Music City, writing lyrics with other songwriters. She fell in love with the community and gets to revisit regularly through her characters.
 
My Review:
Ready to Reach:
CeCe MacKenzie's one and only dream is to make it big in country music. But with all her problems she is not sure she will ever see that dream realized. Soon her luck is about to change though when Franklin and Holden Ashford are able to give her a ride to Nashville because they are headed that way, as well. Before she knows it she and these two guys could of been pinned as family with all the singing and carrying taking place.

Hammer and a Song:
After CeCe's dog Hank Jr. is put into a pound, she and Holden wait up all night for someone to let them in. Arriving back at the apartment with Hank Jr. and a sweet companion by the name of Patsy, Holden and CeCe arrive to a visitor. With all the extra people hanging around CeCe doesn't feel too much like singing especially if that means she has to sing with Sarah.

What We Feel:
Holden has been gone exactly 19 months helping Sarah with her cancer treatments. CeCe is going strong with Beck, all the while singing gigs with Thomas. When they are offered both a tour and a recording, Holden arrives back in Nashville within days. But he doesn't arrive empty handed, he brings his problems back with him. When he arrives and sees CeCe with Brock he gets very upset so much so that it threatens the integrity of the tour. Just when you think everything is going to pan out, tragedy strikes.

Pleasure in the Rain:
After the shooting, everyone is in the hospital fighting for their lives. CeCe is the first to recover and the first one to grieve herself into depression. As life seems to be going on all around her, she doesn't seem to know how to stop what she is feeling. As each one leave the hospital they each try to help coax CeCe out of her depressed state, but none of them have any luck.

This series is awesome! I loved reading about each of the characters, my favorite was CeCe, she reminded me a lot of my daughter. She is very sassy and nothing seems to stop her. The plotline and characters are fully formed and full of life. I really enjoyed this series!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Review: Green Gooey Goop by:Anna C. Morrison

Green Gooey Goop
About the Book:
A little girl is presented with a different sort of a meal when her mom serves her green gooey goop. Interesting and icky ingredients appear one by one as the little girl decides what's in this noxious-smelling concoction. The little girl creates a flood, and her dog's fur turns green. Suggested age range for readers: 0-8

My Review:
 Trying to get our children to eat better, eat healthier, and to eat nutritiously green food isn't the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. After reading Green Gooey Goop, I doubt it will get any easier but as you read this book to your little ones, you will definitely get a good laugh out of them though. This book is an entertaining one that tells of a young girl that doesn't really care much for the "green" stuff and you can really tell as she describes it all for us.

 As the little girl describes the terrible tasting, yucky feeling foods it turns heads as well as stomachs as you tells us--her audience what she thinks of all this "green" business.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Pump Up Your Book.

Review: Why Christmas? by:Barbara Reaoch

Why Christmas? by Barbara Reaoch
About the Book:
Why do we celebrate Christmas? Most children do not know the true answer to that question or why God sent Jesus to live on earth. Why Christmas? is a helpful devotional with Scripture reading, memory verse, Christmas carol and questions to direct your child’s heart towards God. The readings, which begin on the first day of December, are Biblical, short, and effective. Colorful illustrations illuminate the events of the incarnation. This book will provide parents with the assistance they desire for leading their child to the Christ of Christmas.

About the Author:
Barbara Reaoch is Bible Study Fellowship International's Director of children's programs. For nearly twenty years, she taught women s BSF classes in the U.S. and South Africa. Barbara also worked at the Rafiki Girl s Center in South Africa, teaching the Bible and life skills to young women. She has been married to Ron for 40 years; they have three grown children and four grandchildren.

My Review:
The perfect teaching tool for children, is something that can teach them again and again. Why Christmas? and Why Easter? are devotionals for children but it doesn't stop there. You can literally teach your children or Sunday school class from either text. Both are very easy to use. There are 7 items listed on each lesson that are used to apply these devotionals or lessons. These include Pray, Read, Listen, Truth, Discuss, Memorize, and Sing. Why Christmas/ has 25 different lessons to be used 24 days before Christmas and Why Easter? is to be used 4 weeks before Easter Sunday.

 Each lesson or devotion is short, simple, and straight to the point. My boys are enjoying the Easter lessons already and I plan on using these very helpful books to teach my preschool Sunday school class, as well. Gone is the time in our household where we commercialize these holidays, my children need to know what these two holidays stand for and my husband and I intend on sharing that with them and emphasizing it each and every holiday. We are blessed to live in a country where we can freely worship our Savior and this is something I plan to teach my children as long as I can. These books are perfect for this!

**Disclosure** These books were sent to me free of charge for my honest review Cross Focused Reviews.

Review: Why Easter? by:Barbara Reaoch

Why Easter?
About the Books:
Easter is a celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But how many children know why Jesus died and came to life again? This illustrated devotional contains 28 lessons—one for each day of the four weeks leading up to Easter—in a short, focused format designed to help parents show the Christ of Easter to their children.

Why do we celebrate Christmas? Most children do not know the true answer to that question or why God sent Jesus to live on earth. Why Christmas? is a helpful devotional with Scripture reading, memory verse, Christmas carol and questions to direct your child’s heart towards God. The readings, which begin on the first day of December, are Biblical, short, and effective. Colorful illustrations illuminate the events of the incarnation. This book will provide parents with the assistance they desire for leading their child to the Christ of Christmas.

About the Author:
Barbara Reaoch is Bible Study Fellowship International's Director of children's programs. For nearly twenty years, she taught women s BSF classes in the U.S. and South Africa. Barbara also worked at the Rafiki Girl s Center in South Africa, teaching the Bible and life skills to young women. She has been married to Ron for 40 years; they have three grown children and four grandchildren.

My Review:
 The perfect teaching tool for children, is something that can teach them again and again. Why Christmas? and Why Easter? are devotionals for children but it doesn't stop there. You can literally teach your children or Sunday school class from either text. Both are very easy to use. There are 7 items listed on each lesson that are used to apply these devotionals or lessons. These include Pray, Read, Listen, Truth, Discuss, Memorize, and Sing. Why Christmas/ has 25 different lessons to be used 24 days before Christmas and Why Easter? is to be used 4 weeks before Easter Sunday.

 Each lesson or devotion is short, simple, and straight to the point. My boys are enjoying the Easter lessons already and I plan on using these very helpful books to teach my preschool Sunday school class, as well. Gone is the time in our household where we commercialize these holidays, my children need to know what these two holidays stand for and my husband and I intend on sharing that with them and emphasizing it each and every holiday. We are blessed to live in a country where we can freely worship our Savior and this is something I plan to teach my children as long as I can. These books are perfect for this!

**Disclosure** These books were sent to me free of charge for my honest review Cross Focused Reviews.

Easter Stories Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Easter Stories Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Easter Stories Giveaway
Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.
Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard before. Illustrated with original woodcuts. See what Emilee at Pea of Sweetness thought in her Easter Stories review.
Would you like to win the Easter Stories paperback book? This giveaway runs through 4/3/15 at 11:00pm Eastern Time and is open to US and Canada ages 18+. Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee at Pea of Sweetness received complimentary products in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Disney's Hop to the Music CD Set



I received the Hop To The Music pack as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network.  No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

My Review:
 As always Disney does it up right in their latest releases. And here to ring in spring are some great choices to let our little ones dance right through this beautiful weather that is on tap for us this season. Each of these CDs will give the entire family hours of music pleasure and fun, each coming from one of your favorite movies. My family's favorite is from Guardians of the Galaxy. I love the Disney Junior D J Shuffle 2. Each of these sweet CDs are full of catchy tunes that will be perfect for the Easter season!

 Each one has many, many songs from the movies or shows listed. You can find your favorite or listen to them all. There is something in them all for every one in the family. The largest song collection will be Into the Woods because it is compiled with 50 different songs and is a 2 Disc Deluxe Edition Soundtrack. And many of the songs are preformed from some of your favorite actors as well. These CDs are great and they are taken from some of the most popular movies and television shows created by Disney.  You can find all the Disney music in their new Disney Music Emporium. Our family loved them!

I received the Hop To The Music pack as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network.  No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

CFBA Review: The Tomb by:Stephanie Landsem

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Tomb
Howard Books (March 17, 2015)
by
Stephanie Landsem


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A word from the author:
I write historical fiction because I love adventure in far-off times and places. I’ve traveled since I was a teenager—backpacking through Germany and Eastern Europe, studying German in Salzburg, eating gelato in Italy, and riding camels in Morocco were some of the highlights. Travel kindles my imagination, fuels my love of history, and introduces me to one-of-a-kind characters. It’s the best kind of research.

When I can’t travel, I read. I love fiction, of course, but I’m often found behind a stack of history books or searching the web for historical tidbits. How people lived together, worked, and what they ate (I love food!) is usually what catches my imagination. No matter where or when we live, people are more alike than they are different. I love to find the similarities between our lives and those of the men and women of the ancient world.

I make my home in Minnesota with my husband of 22 years, four children, three fat cats, and a tortoise named Moe. When I’m not writing Biblical fiction, I’m feeding the ravenous horde of kids and their friends, volunteering at church and school, battling dandelions, and dreaming about my next adventure – whether it be in person or on the page.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus’s resurrection from the dead, leading Martha—a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past—to hope and a new life.

Everyone in Bethany admires Martha—the perfect Jewish woman. She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees’ strict laws. But Martha is hiding a secret. At her sister’s marriage feast, she gave her heart and her innocence to a young musician who promised to return and marry her, but instead betrayed her love and abandoned her.

Seven years later, only two people in Bethany know of Martha’s secret sin: her brother, Lazarus, and Simon, the righteous Pharisee to whom Martha is betrothed. When Lazarus falls ill, Martha is faced with a choice: send for Jesus to save her dying brother—risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray her—or deny Jesus’ healing power and remain trapped in her tomb of secrecy and lies.

Meanwhile, on the shores of Galilee, Isa roams the wilderness, tortured by demons and knowing only that someone is waiting for him. When he is healed by Jesus, he finds that seven years have passed since his descent into madness. Isa journeys home to Bethany only to find he is too late to win back Martha’s love.

When Martha risks all to heal Lazarus, will Jesus arrive in time, or will he—like Isa—come too late?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Tomb, go HERE.


My Review:
 Martha worries more than anyone around. After life continues to go on without her she is stuck in her Abba's home. Her sister, Mary will soon be wed and starting her family. And her brother Lazarus wishes to follow his friend, Jesus on His many travels. But poor Martha sits at home and waits on the man she loves to return. Soon seven long, tiring years pass her by as she waits and that is enough for her brother--he soon will marry her off to another.

 Little does Martha know, that her love Isa is plagued by demons  and resides on the shores of Galilee. Each day proves to be harder and harder to control his mind. So when Jesus arrives in Galilee, Isa finally gets the chance to be relieved from these demons that plagued him all these years. Isa hurries back to Martha and with every step he hopes she has not moved on with her life.

 When Lazarus gets sick and Martha's terrible secret is risking being exposed, she must make a choice. Martha sends for Jesus but she is so worried of what He may think of her.

This book is a very interesting fictional account of the same characters named above that we also learn about in the Bible. The author has done her part fairly well and the plotline as well as the characters are very well rounded and the book was a huge page turner!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.