Friday, November 21, 2014

Adventure of Nutty and Twittles OH Nuts! I lost my little sister by Dennis Marcoux


Adventures of Nutty and Twittles is a cute story about the forest animals and their adventure playing a game of hide n seek.  When one animal friend comes up missing in the dark forest and the other forest animals set out looking for her.  Marcoux has written this book with  3-8 year olds in mind.  Beginning readers will find this book fun to read on their own.  The illustrations are adorable, big, bold, colorful and cheery.  In the end the reader gets to infer where they think Twittles was hiding out?  The author doesn't come out and tell you in the story where she was.  And the last sentence of the story is....Do you think you know where Twittles was hiding?  Good discussion, infering and opinion use of this book.  On the back of the book cover you'll also find a cute poem on Why read? 

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An ecopy of this book was provided in exchange for my honest review by World of Ink

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

When Calls the Heart: Change of Heart

Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) and Jack s (Daniel Lissing) relationship blossoms into romance in Change of Heart, the fifth installment of the When Calls the Heart series. Finally winning Elizabeth over, Jack is devastated to learn of his Constable reassignment. When Elizabeth s sister, Julie, arrives in Coal Valley with the new Constable, Jack reluctantly tells Elizabeth the news and must leave town. Julie, ever the curious one, stumbles upon a mysterious wounded man and rushes him to Abigail s (Lori Loughlin) for care, unknowingly putting herself, Abigail and Elizabeth in grave danger at the hands of the infamous Tolliver gang. Hearing of their distress, Jack rides back to Coal Valley to save the women in a desperate race against time.

I was so excited to receive the next video of this exciting and romantic series from When Calls the Heart.  Change of Heart is another awesome installment of this Janette Oke book/movie.  This movie has  a compelling story line with great action and mystery.  It also moves at a great pace; isn't too slow or fast.  It is what I would consider a chick flick, but clean and family geared.  Many life lessons are brought out in this series:  faith, friendship and family.  Good old fashion values are seen in these movies.  This is such an amazing series and, again, if you haven't had a chance to see the series, please check it out!  You will not be disappointed!

visit here for more details about the When Calls the Heart movie series. 

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for my review.  All opinions are my own.*
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Year in the Secret Garden Book Blast & Blog Tour

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About the Book

A Year in the Secret Garden - cover Title: A Year in the Life of the Secret Garden
Author: Valarie Budayr
Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters
Publication Date: November, 2014
Publisher: Audrey Press
Pages: 144 
Recommended Ages: 5 to 99  

Book Description: Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book.Over 140 pages, with 200 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. A Year In the Secret Garden is our opportunity to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.

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Oh, I can't say enough about A Year in the Secret Garden.  This is an excellent resource and a beautiful book to compliant the actuall reading edition book.  Each month there are many activities to do and things to explore: paper dolls to build, games to play, recipes to try out and character's from the book to investigate.  I was given the month of MAY  to  EXPLORE for my review. 

Here is a run down of what you'll find for the May activities: 

  • Freezer Strawberry Jam
  • Planting a Rose Bush
  • Wheelbarrow Race
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Spot-Sitting
  • Character Study: Lilias Craven
As a child I remember playing the Wheelbarrow Race.  There is a paper wheelbarrow to make and us as a decoration for this month.  I loved the Spot-Sitting activity.  It brings nature and writing together.  However, in North Dakota it might be hard for me to try this activity outside in the winter time.  ;P  It sounds like a most lovely summer garden activity though.  Just find a favorite beautifully covered journal, writing pen and a spot to sit and observe nature. 

This would make such a nice Christmas gift for a young one to grow up with.  Why not add a copy of the reading book and maybe even the DVD and some supplies to do an activity or two. 

Below you will find a sample of a May page in this lovely book.
A Year in the Secret Garden - Inside Pages 84 85

About the Author: Valarie Budayr

Valarie BudayrValarie Budayr loves reading and bringing books alive. Her popular website,, inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure. She is founder of Audrey Press, an independent publishing house, as well as an Amazon and iTunes best-selling author. She has written The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Valarie is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and encouraging families and schools to pull books off the shelves and stories off the pages.  

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About the Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters

Marilyn Scott-WatersMarilyn Scott-Waters loves making things out of paper. Her popular website,, receives 2,000 to 7,000 visitors each day, who have downloaded more than six million of her easy-to-make paper toys. Her goal is to help parents and children spend time together making things. She is the creator of a paper toy craft book series The Toymakers Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling), and The Toymakers Workshop: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling). She is also the co-creator with J. H. Everett of the middle grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories, (Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt Books for Young Readers). Ms. Scott-Waters illustrated The Search For Vile Things (Scholastic), and created paper engineering for Pop & Sniff Fruit (Piggy Toes Press).

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A Year in the Secret Garden Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

November 1
Coffee Books & Art (Guest Post)
WS Momma Readers Nook (Book Review)
November 2
Hope to Read (Excerpt)
November 3
Eloquent Articulation (Book Review)
November 4
BeachBoundBooks (Excerpt)
November 5
Monique's Musings (Book Review)
November 6
SOS-Supply (Book Review)
November 7
Randomly Reading (Book Review)
November 8
Adalinc to Life (Book Review)
November 9
100 Pages a Day (Book Review)
November 10
Edventures With Kids (Book Review)
November 11
November 12
Girl of 1000 Wonders (Book Review)
November 13
Seraphina Reads (Guest Post)
November 14
Juggling Act Mama (Book Review)
November 15
Pragmatic Mom (Author/Illustrator Interview)
November 16
Stacking Books (Book Review)
November 17
Oh My Bookness (Book Review)
November 18
November 19
The Blended Blog (Book Review)
November 20
All Done Monkey (Book Review)
November 21
Geo Librarian (Book Review)
Grandbooking (Author/Illustrator Interview)
November 22
November 23
Christy's Cozy Corners (Book Review)
November 24
Bookaholic Chick (Excerpt)
November 25
Ninja Librarian (Guest Post)
November 26
Jane Ritz (Book Review)
Rockin' Book Reviews (Book Review)
November 27
November 28
Deal Sharing Aunt (Book Review)
November 29
Mommynificent (Book Review)
November 30
This Kid Reviews Books (Book Review)
Java John Z's (Author/Illustrator Interview)

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 Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)
 Contest ends: December 7, 11:59 pm, 2014  
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Noah by Mark Ludy with giveaway

A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible?
This lavish reimagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy’s world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring noah’s relationship with his family, the natural world, God - and a formidable engineering challenge.
Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you’ll never read this story in the same way again.
Bonus: Find Squeakers the mouse on every page!

Noah is a beautifully, detailed illustrated wordless book.  A book with no words must make up for it in detail and this book has.  The illustrations are awesome.  The fun part about it is not only looking at the detail, but also looking for the hidden mouse, Squeakers, on every page.  You can get so caught up in looking for the mouse that you have to relook at the book many times to finally read the story.  ;P  A wonderful way to just have open discussion and dialogue.  A book that take one's mind in all sorts of directions. 

I have just the oppotunity for you to win a copy of your own.  This would make an awesome Christmas gift.  So just leave a coment telling me your favorite Bible story.  On Dec. 1st I'll draw a winner from all those that leave a comment.  Please this is open to US & Canada residents only. 


Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books including The FarmerThe Flower Man, The GrumpWhen I Was  a Boy I DreamedWhen I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Mark’s website:

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 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.”

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten by Goyer, Putman, and Sundin

Where Treetops Glisten

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime

Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas

Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?

In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?

Where Treetops Glisten is 3-in-1 romances that can't be beat.  Three wonderful authors have come together to write this awesome Christian romance. What a wonderful time to spend just snuggled by the fire this winter season with these excellent authors.  Theme:  Christmas, romance, WWII -need I say more.... what better book.  They have you turning the page from beginning to end and forgetting about all else (like my wallpaper that needs removed. UGH!).  You just get lost in the pages of Where Treetops Glisten

TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including "Chasing Mona Lisa," and a speaker and blogger.

CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books including "Shadowed by Grace." She is the winner of the 2008 Carol Award for historical fiction.

SARAH SUNDIN is the critically-acclaimed author of the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Wings of Glory series, and the forthcoming Waves of Freedom novels.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Saving Christmas DVD, with giveaway

About the movie:

This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the joy, dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true “reason for the season.” KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is an engaging story that provides a biblical basis for our time-honored traditions and celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season. So take in the splendor; take in the majesty; take in the story. Take it all in… and let’s put Christ back in Christmas! KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is in theaters for a limited

It seems that these days many people want to just give Jesus a small corner display.  Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas more of an expository, documentary or narrative on how Christmas can put Christ back into the Christmas season.  Kirk uses the Bible to help his scrooge brother-in-law see Christmas for what it really is suppose to be.  Christian Christmas traditions are rich and full we just have to see them in the right prespective Cameron explains.  Christinas are the first that should take in all the glory of Christmas because of what it truly stands for.  After watching this exposition you'll see Christmas with new eyes, finding things you've missed all these years. 

Saving Christmas website here.

A SIGNED Saving Christmas movie poster (by Kirk Cameron), the soundtrack to the film, and a car air freshener (it smells like Christmas trees). 

Tell me in the comment section what is your favorite thing about Christmas.  Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you.  This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only please.  I will draw a winner Sat. Nov. 22nd. 

 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.”
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I, James by Mike Hartner

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I JamesTitle: I, James
Author: Mike Hartner
Publisher: Eternity4Popsicle Publishing
Pages: 293
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Format: Kindle

James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.

Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.

Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?  

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Mike HartnerMike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

Mike won first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction and first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Dante Rosetti Award in the YA category for I, Walter.

His latest book is the historical fiction/romance, I, James.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Let's Give Thanks by Dennis Marcoux

Today I'd like to welcome author Dennis Marcoux.  Mr. Marcoux has been writing children stories and poems for many years and is passionate about children reading to expand their imagination.  You may visit the book spotlight here to learn more about Mr. Marcoux and his book, Adventures of Nutty and Twittles, Oh Nuts! I LostMy Little Sister.
Giving Thanks
by Dennis Marcoux

Giving thanks encompasses the many ways we can express our feelings of gratitude, appreciation and recognition.  Life is a cycle of events, always changing.  How people express their feelings also changes depending on the events.
In the story book "Adventures of Nutty and Twittles Oh Nuts I Lost My Little Sister", a fun game of hide "n" seek appears to be heading towards a disastrous conclusion.  In the end, Nutty was thankful his sister was found safe and sound.  He was thankful for his friends reassuring words "stay calm we will help you". He was thankful to Mrs. Hoot his teacher for bringing Twittles home.  He expressed his feelings of gratitude by saying he was sorry for not listening to her warnings and promised it would never happen again.


During our life, we can be lost and caught up in a circle of doubt.  Especially when we think about what we do not have and believe, we need.  To me giving thanks everyday to God for my family, my friends and my pet dog is the simplest of truths.  This is what gives my life meaning and purpose.

 An ecopy of this book was provided in exchange for this post by World of Ink

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