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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead by Diane Noble

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead
David C. Cook (September 1, 2014)
by
Diane Noble


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award-winning novelist Diane Noble writes stories that tap into the secrets of the heart.

With more than a quarter million books in print, Diane feels incredibly blessed to be doing what she loves best—writing the stories of her heart.

For the last three years Diane has been honored to be lead author for the popular Guideposts series, Mystery and the Minister’s Wife (Through the Fire, Angels Undercover), and has recently returned to writing historical fiction. She recently finished writing book two of her new historical series, The Brides of Gabriel. Book one, The Sister Wife, and book 2, The Betrayal, which are published by Harper Collins/Avon Inspire, are now in bookstores.

Now empty nesters, Diane and her husband live in the Southern California low desert, near a place known for the lush and beautiful gated communities of the rich and famous.

ABOUT THE BOOK

She’s Passionate about Solving the Case ... with the Town’s Life-Long Bachelor

El Littllefield runs The Butler Did It catering. It’s the perfect cover for her to solve “who-done-its” (nothing too dangerous, please!) in this small university town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While catering her most important event yet—a fancy retirement dinner for Dr. Max Haverhill, life-long bachelor and history dean—countless guests fall ill, a 200 year-old relic is stolen, and her best friend vanishes. All in the first hour.

As El and Max race to solve the mystery, they discover there’s more to their relationship than simply solving the case. Welcome to Eden’s Bridge—the perfect small town setting for big intrigue, romance, and humor.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead, go HERE


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Monday, September 15, 2014

My Happy Pumpkin by Crystal Bowman


Book Description

Small children will eagerly open this pumpkin-shaped board book to discover the delightful story and colorful illustrations, by artist Claudine GĂ©vry. Using sing-song rhyme, author Crystal Bowman describes a fun fall tradition - carving a pumpkin face. But she adds a twist that helps preschoolers grasp the concept of God’s life-changing love for them. Just like we scoop out the inside a pumpkin, God makes us clean on the inside too.
My Happy Pumpkin is a cute little fall book for preschool age and beginner readers.  The book is a hard chunky shaped  cardboard just right for little hands to hold.  The pictures are bright, bold and colorful; very beautifully illustrated.  Easy rhyming words for beginner readers to read as well.  I have seen this pumpkin story in adult form.  My Happy Pumpkin is written with the same message only in little tyke terms.  A wonderful tool to teach youngsters how to let God's love shine through.  What I liked is there was no mention of Halloween in the book.


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Guess where I was?

Guess where I went today?  I know, I know.  I'm a sucker for fabric.  I did restrain myself; there was sew much that I wanted to buy.  ;P





Be on the lookout for.... I will be using some fabric from my stash as well.  It's this coming weekend.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/index.html








This coming weekend is also....

Handmade by Heidi

Here is a completed projects that I haven't posted yet...




My old flannel board I used in church. Became....

THIS!!!  my ironing spot....
From this....
To this....
I LOVE IT!!!!



Be watching for.......Coming soon!  YIKES!!!!


Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Princess Nevaeh by Paulette Harper

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Seven Ways to Find Inspiration for Writing 
by Paulette Harper


Every Writer needs Inspiration. No matter how many books one has written, there are times when we need a little inspiration to get us going.
Many times I sit at my computer, starting at the blank screen, waiting for words to start flowing. Sometimes they do, sometimes I need a push.

Here are seven ways you can get inspired:

1. Pictures
Whether you take them yourself, look through an old photo album, or spend some time searching through Google, photographs are a great way to find inspiration for your writing. There is a Facebook group that uses pictures for this purpose.

2. Books
I use this method a lot. Reading what other people have written may be enough to spark a few ideas you wouldn’t have otherwise had. Grab a book and mediate and let the inspiration flow.

3. Eavesdropping
I know it’s not polite to do but it does work. Next time you’re at work, the store or the coffee shop, pay attention to what’s going on around you. Listen to the conversations people are having. Body language says a lot. Watch the movement of the people around you. People live interesting lives and those lives are told in someone’s book, why not yours?  Remember always have a pen and tablet with you.

4. Experience
This is the best teacher. Sitting at home may not be the greatest idea to stir your mind. Go for a walk, sit at the park, run or ride somewhere, go sit at the beach. Keep your eyes and ears open while you do it. Through life experiences we can find plenty of inspiration. We can take what has happened to us or even to others and that alone can trigger an idea which can easily lead to some interesting writing.

5. Music
Some people can write while listening to music. If this is you, grab some of those tunes and go for it. Playing old tunes can sometime jar memories that can be used to get the juices flowing. Try finding music that you’ve never listened to and see what happens.

6. The internet
The internet has proven to be a great source of inspiration filled with knowledge, gossip and information—some truth, some lies. There areplenty of topics that can spark meaningful conversations amongst your friends and family but most importantly amongst the characters in your head. 

7. Interview someone
Talking to someone whose story might be similar to yours is a sure way to get inspired. One word, one idea, one encounter can make all the difference in the world.

Are You Inspired Yet?
We are surrounded by information, people, by stories. Things we see, people we hear, any person you meet can bring the inspiration for your next best seller.

Be Inspired!
Paulette Harper is from Northern California who enjoys the beautiful weather, shopping and spoiling her two adorable granddaughters.  A multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes both Christian fiction, Christian nonfiction and children’s books. She is a blogger and entrepreneur who owns Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours.
 

Princess Nevaeh: Lessons on Self- Discovery 
by Paulette Harper
Paperback: 34 pages
Publisher: Thy Word Publishing (August 27, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0989969147
front cover 8 x 5
About The Book
Six year old Nevaeh wants to be something she already is. She will soon learn that her wish to be a princess takes a little more than just asking. Lessons on self-discovery are taught by her Mimi who makes her understand that being a princess takes work.

Being a princess is all about what is on the inside not the outside.  This is a wonderful book to use as a teaching tool.  You couldn't ask for a better topic to teach you little princess than getting along with others, treating them rightly, listen and do as you are told.  If you want a book to teach about bullying then this is the book you need.  It is so right on the topic.   

About The Author
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Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008. Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole, Living Separate Lives and The Sanctuary. She resides in Northern, Ca.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Thief of Glory
WaterBrook Press (August 19, 2014)
by
Sigmund Brouwer


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sigmund Brouwer is the best-selling author of nearly thirty novels, with close to 4 million books in print. Based on his inspiration for Thief of Glory, which Sigmund wrote as a way to learn and honor the his parent’s stories, especially of his father’s boyhood in a Japanese concentration camp, Sigmund leads The Chapters of Our Lives memoir seminars across the United States and Canada. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two daughters.



ABOUT THE BOOK

A boy coming of age in a time of war…
the love that inspires him to survive.


For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.

Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.

When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Thief of Glory, go HERE.




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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Long Way Off movie

ABOUT A LONG WAY OFF

“A BIBLICAL STORY FOR MODERN AUDIENCES”- Dove
“A Long Way Off”
RELEASING TO DVD August 19th
 BEST PICTURE WINNER- 2014 INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER BEST OF SHOW- SEDONA FAITH AND FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL

Nashville , Tennessee- A LONG WAY OFF is a spirited, modern day retelling of the classic biblical Story of the Prodigal Son – a story about father-son relationships and about the mercy and forgiveness of both his heavenly Father and his earthly father.  Jake Abraham (JASON BURKEY/October Baby) works for his father (JOHN DIEHL/Stargate), a successful produce farmer in North Carolina.   Jake doesn’t like agri-business very much and he’s desperate to leave for the excitement and faster life of the big city. To his shock and delight, his father suddenly agrees to give Jake his inheritance so he can strike out on his own. Bidding farewell to his dad, his brother, Seth (DAVE BLAMY/Army Wives), their loyal secretary, Mrs. Grey (EDIE MCCLURG/ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/Frozen) and their ranch hand, Jose (ROBERT AMAYA/Courageous), Jake heads to the city where he meets a new friend, Summer (ZOE MYERS/ Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) at the local coffee shop. But Jake is all too eager to sow his oats and make his fortune in a series of sharp stock market moves. He soon runs afoul of an opportunistic temptress (JOANNA JOWETT/Destiny Road) and her mysterious boyfriend, Frank (ROBERT DAVI/ License to Kill/Goonies/Diehard), and in the process, loses everything and finds his life on the line.
Written by Jon Macy and co-directed by Michael Davis (Destiny Road) and John Errington (A Box for Rob). Davis also serves as producer; Gerald McGlothlin and Christy McGlothlin are the executive producers for ProdigalFilm LLC. Word Films releases A LONG WAY OFF on DVD and digitally August 19th.  For more information or to see the trailer go to www.alongwayoffthemovie.com.
Synopsis-  Retelling the timeless parable of a father’s unconditional love, tempestuous young Jake tries to escape the duties of the family business by leaving his home and taking his dreams to the big city. Far from the wise words of his father, Abraham, Jake is finally free to live the high life that he’s always wanted, trading the traditional values of his upbringing to revel in every temptation that money can buy. Just when Jake thinks the world is his playground and every day offers another enticing opportunity, he must come face to face with the consequences of the life he’s chosen. Jake must learn that sometimes it takes losing everything to realize/appreciate what he left behind, and if his mistakes can ever outweigh the grace of a father’s forgiveness.

Actors: Jason Burkey, Robert Davi
Directors: Not Provided
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Word Films
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2014
Run Time: 100 minutes

A Long way Off is a modern day spin of the prodigal son.  It is a very good movie getting the message out about a son who leaves home, spends his money foolishly and returns home.  However, depending on what you allow your younger children to see there might me a few questionable scenes.  There are some drinking scenes, bar room and a party scene where drinking and fondling is shown.  As far as language there wasn't any cursing, bad words, there was one spot in the script that an actor said shut up.  I know in some homes that it isn't acceptable to say shut up. 

About Word Entertainment:  A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

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A copy of this dvd was provided in exchange for my honest review by Edify Media

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