Friday, September 19, 2014

Litfuse Review: Treasury of Bible Stories by:Kelly Pulley

 The Magnificent Tales Bible Story Collection
About the Book:
Children ages 4 to 8 will be delighted by these rhyming Bible stories pairing spiritual truths with playful illustrations. Featuring lyrical stories full of lighthearted moments, this colorful collection of Magnificent Tales is perfect for reading out loud. As families read these stories night after night, they will make memories together while learning about the Bible.

About the Author:
Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of books in The Beginner's Bible series and has authored and illustrated several other children's books, including Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and The Cycling Wangdoos. He enjoys spending time with his four grown children and his beautiful wife, Vickie, in the Nashville area.

My Review:
 The first thing that I noticed about this book was how well the rhythmical rhyming was completed. This was an awesome feat done by the author. I thought to myself, she's good! Complete with some of the Bible stories that we all grew up reading, this book is 351 pages of very intense rhyming that I'm sure took the author a long time to complete. This book isn't your standard beginning reader it is geared towards 4-8 yr olds but I'm positive my four year old wouldn't be able to completely understand it.

 My 9 year old on the other hand was able to read it with no problem and actually enjoyed it. And he thought that some of the authors wording was hilarious. I like a book that my children can enjoy and it is an added bonus if it is Bible related. The illustrations are very colorful and drawn very similar to the other books included in the Magnificent Tales series. If you are interested in purchasing this book, you can do so at this link. Perfect for rainy day reading or for a bedtime story, these will take you some time to read through, but so worth it!

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles #1) by:Bonnie S. Calhoun

 Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles, #1)
About the Book:
In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah’s really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.
Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers–and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander’s distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her–Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.


About the Author:
I love to write, but it doesn't make me happy unless there are the three B's...body count, blood, and blowing things up. I also have mad skills at coding HTML, and website design. I live in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass, though I'd rather buy fish at the grocery store. I share my domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think I'm waitstaff!

My Review:
 Selah Rishon Chavez has finally done it, she has captured a Lander---although she is quite proud of herself, her brother has presented her with a problem. He decides to take her prize catch and get the bio-coin for himself. As her brothers leave her to go sell the Lander, Selah finds herself in a bit of a pickle. She finds out that she herself is now marked, the only one that can come to her aide is Bohdi Locke. Bohdi Locke is the Lander that her brothers just took from her. With her things packed and a lot of knowledge that came in the form of told secrets Selah starts in their direction.

 The Company has a secret deep within it's doors. With Landers being of good use to them, especially one's that carry a mark on their face. The Company will give a good amount of bio-coin to the lucky hunters that bring the Landers in. Selah continues on her brothers' path in the hopes to retrieve the prisoner back. But she gets more than she has bargained for when she gets an extra tag a long.

 The author was able to create a great start to this series. She was able to describe a believable plot and gave a strong character line. She is very good with her structured writing and full of life characters! She could most definitely get a movie deal for this story!

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

Lola Granola Bars Giveaway Sponsored by Lola Granola Bar Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Lola Granola Bars Giveaway Sponsored by Lola Granola Bar

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Lola Granola Bars Giveaway
Lola Granola Bars are delicious gluten-free snack bars, packed with natural proteins and omega 3’s, but low in sodium and contains no GMOs. Most of their ingredients are sourced in the USA, and some come from there in the North East like Massachusetts Cranberries, Jersey Blueberries, New York Honey and Gluten Free Oats. Emilee at Pea of Sweetness had a chance to try these delicious gluten-free granola bars.
One winner will receive an assortment of Lola Granola Bars. This giveaway begins on 9/18 at and ends on 10/2 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to Continental US residents ages 18+. 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: 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.

Review: A View from the Buggy by:Eicher/Miller

 A View from the Buggy
About the Book:
Most of us want a simpler life, and there's no better example of the simple life than found among the Amish. But what is it really like to be Amish?

In this delightful compilation of stories by more than 30 Amish men and women, you'll get the inside story on the daily life of Amish families. With humor, grace, and charm, these "plain" people tell their stories; bringing tears, laughter, and an occasional dose of Amish wisdom to your heart. 


You'll learn...how the Amish love their animals the joys of a community-wide barn-raising the ways the Amish handle great tragedy how the Amish find happiness in giving more than receiving.This unforgettable book is compiled by two men who know the Amish. Author Jerry S. Eicher was raised as an Amish boy and Nathan Miller is a member of the Old Order Amish. 

About the Author:
Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

Nathan Miller is an Amish family man and business owner. He's the author of one previous book, Out of Deception. Nathan makes his home in Michigan.

My Review:
 Amish ways are so simple but I enjoy reading and learning about them. They give us time to reflect and to hopefully turn into a better person because of just the simple act of hearing all about them. I for one living in Alabama have never had an encounter with someone from the Amish faith but I know that I would love to and would thoroughly enjoy it. In A View from the Buggy, we get a chance to look into the lives of these extraordinary people and hopefully learn a little more about their lives and what makes them tick.

 You will soon start reading about some of the experiences these individuals had growing up Amish and leading a life very different than those around them that are not the Amish way. These people are ones that have grown to accept our ways without being in full agreement. I find them to be loyal, diligent, and hard working and that in itself is hard to come by in today's society.

 I think my favorite story was the one entitled, "Those Lemon Bars". Delores, the author of the story told a tale similar to something that could of happened to any of us. We think of Amish people being so perfect and for the most part they are but this book will show you a side of them that maybe you didn't expect.

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

Rhyme to Read Giveaway Sponsored by Rhyme to Read Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Rhyme to Read Giveaway Sponsored by Rhyme to Read

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Rhyme to Read - Reading App Giveaway
Rhyme to Read is an effective program for beginning readers available on iOS (Apple). The program emphasizes word families (e.g., cat, rat, sat) which are color-coded to assist children in discriminating the different patterns. It's a great way to learn to read.
Are you homeschooling and have beginning readers that need additional encouragement? Or are you a teacher with a classroom of beginning readers? Whether you are a homeschooler, teacher, or a parent that wants to encourage reading, you can appreciate Rhyme to Read!
Emilee at Pea of Sweetness uses the Rhyme to Read app with their three children. Their preschooler just recently showed interest in reading and their 6 and 8 year old are are both homeschooled in the 2nd grade level except in reading. Both have had struggles with reading due to their special needs. See how Rhyme to Read has helped them in her Rhyme to Read reading app review.
Three winners will receive each receive the full version of Rhyme to Read for iPad. This giveaway begins on 9/17 at and ends on 10/1 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open worldwide ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received a free app download in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness recently celebrated her birthday as well as her 20K Facebook Fan Milestone on Pea of Sweetness and 5K Facebook Fan Milestone on Deals of Sweetness! So many reasons to celebrate! To spread the excitement and celebration, she has partnered with some amazing sponsors to put together a prize pack any woman would love to receive for their birthday (or any occasion!). To learn more about each sponsor and prize be sure to visit the product links as well as the reviews on Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness!  

Anna Naturals

Anna Naturals ReviewAnna Naturals offers all natural products for women from every day to pregnancy and postpartum. They are products you can enjoy without all the questionable ingredients! Anna Naturals is graciously offering all of the products Emilee reviewed on Pea of Sweetness: Energize Tea, Cycle-Ease Tea, Goat's Milk Soap, and Glowing Mama Face & Body Scrub. Total Value: $44.96 See what Emilee thought of Anna Naturals all natural products on Pea of Sweetness!  

Stylegirl

Stylegirl DressStylegirl offers gorgeous apparel hand-selected from around the globe. They add new products daily! This Ribbed Sleeveless Maxi Dress must-have for your wardrobe, this maxi dress transitions beautifully from casual to dressy events. Throw on to lounge around the house or dress up with a pretty kimono, chunky wedge sandals and jewelry! Winner will get to choose size and color! Total Value: $24.99 See what Emilee thought of the Ribbed Sleeveless Maxi Dress on Deals of Sweetness!  

Alisha Dunsford’s South Hill Designs Lockets

Gold LocketSouth Hill Designs offers a variety of jewelry that can be personalized to fit your style! They offer a variety of lockets you can customize with screens, coins, and charms! The winner will receive a Gold Locket! Total Value: $20.00 See what Emilee thought of her Gold Locket on Pea of Sweetness!    

The Green Daisy

The Green Daisy PrizeThe Green Daisy is one of the only online retailers where eco-conscious consumers can find exclusively eco-friendly gift wrap, gift wrapping supplies and stationery all in one place! They have a variety of beautiful products! The winner will receive the following: Peach Berries Gift Wrap, Kraft Paper Ribbon, and Gold Dot Washi Tape. Total Value: $11.00 See what Emilee thought of The Green Daisy eco-friendly products on Pea of Sweetness!  

*Giveaway!!*

On to the giveaway! One winner will receive all the prizes listed above - a retail value of over $100! This giveaway begins on 9/16 and ends on 9/30 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. 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 from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness did receive a sample of products in exchange for honest reviews and posts. I received no compensation for this post. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  

Review: Love Letters from God:Bible Stories by:Glenys Nellist

 Love Letters from God: Bible Stories
About the Book:
What child does not love to receive mail? What if that child could receive, open and read his or her own personal mail from God? The Love Letters from God will invite them to do just that! Accompanying each story in this unique children s Bible is a very special and encouraging letter, each tucked away in its own lift-the-flap envelope, just for them. Written for children ages four to eight, the Love Letters from God includes eighteen of the most popular Bible stories nine from the Old Testament and nine from the New Testament.

 Following each story the child will find his or her own letter from God. Children will love the excitement of opening the letters and parents will love how each letter elaborates on the Bible story being told. A very special Bible verse, entitled God s Wonderful Words To You will accompany each story and letter. Much more than a mere memory verse, each carefully chosen promise will be God s very own personal words of love, encouragement, and hope. This book will culminate in an invitation for the children to write their own RSVP to God."

About the Author:
Glenys Nellist was born and raised in a little village in northern England. Her stories and poems have been published in children's magazines where her writing reflects a deep passion for bringing the Bible to life for young children. Glenys lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, David.

My Review:
 First of all, I love the premise of this book! This book is a collection of 18 Bible stories that illuminate God's word and creates a sensation in young children to know their Father more intimately. Included with each story is a love letter from God written to each child that is reading the book. There is a place in the letter for the parent to fill in the child's name, so the child will feel even more special.

 My favorite story in the book was that of Samuel's call. It is the epitome of the verse, "I will send for you by name. You belong to me." Isaiah 43:1. The love letter that accompanies this story is such a sweet reminder to the child that God will call to them one day as well. It's just a sweet sentiment that will bring each child who reads from the book or that is read to that they are truly unique and special in God's eyes and that, that will never change. To top it all off there is an invitation to the child from God in the back of the book and a place for the child to write a love letter to God as well.

 The author has written such a sweet book to help any child from the ages of 4-8 very loved! I loved the book and you will too! If you would like to purchase the book you can at this link.

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