Monday, March 28, 2011

False Pretenses, by Kathy Herman

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
False Pretenses
David C. Cook (March 1, 2011)
Kathy Herman


Suspense novelist Kathy Herman is very much at home in the Christian book industry, having worked five years on staff at the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and eleven years at Better Books Christian Center in Tyler, Texas, as product buyer/manager for the children’s department, and eventually as director of human resources.

She has conducted numerous educational seminars on children’s books at CBA Conventions in the U.S. and Canada, served a preliminary judge for the Gold Medallion Book Awards of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association , and worked as an independent product/marketing consultant to the CBA market.

Since her first novel, Tested by Fire, debuted in 2001 as a CBA national bestseller, she's added sixteen more titles to her credit, including four bestsellers: All Things Hidden, The Real Enemy, The Last Word, and The Right Call.

Kathy's husband Paul is her manager and most ardent supporter, and the former manager of the LifeWay Christian Store in Tyler, Texas. They have three grown children, five almost-perfect grandchildren, a cat named Samantha. They enjoy cruising, deep sea fishing, and birdwatching—sometimes incorporating these hobbies into one big adventure.


Zoe Broussard loves the life she and her husband Pierce have built in her beloved Louisiana hometown. She owns a thriving Cajun eatery in South Louisiana and is married to the love of her life.

But it’s about to become hell. One day, out of the blue, she receives a series of anonymous notes that sends her life into a tail spin. Five simple words, “I know what you did.” Zoe has a secret so terrible it could leave the business in shambles and tear her marriage apart. Unbeknownst to anyone, even Zoe’s husband, Pierce, she has a past—a past she had covered so well she never thought she would have to confront. How could anyone know what she did? Can she find the courage to face her past?

If you would like to read the first chapter of False Pretenses, go HERE.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My mailbox surprises

I love it when my mailbox brings me surprises. This week I received a few items that I've won on blogs. They are crafting and education items WooHoo. Just thought I'd show them off today.

from the CSN online stores be watching for my review.

won at Trinity Rose's Garden blog

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Aloha Friday ~ Mar. 25, 2011

OK time for an Aloha Friday meme.  I haven't done one of these since Nov.  so it is time.  You can get all the details about this meme At An Island Life

This week's question:
What is the Tooth Fairy payout either at your home or when you were a kid?

When I was a kid the going rate was $0.25.  My dad (oops the tooth fairy)  had a lot of kids so couldn't give alot out.  My girls it depended on the tooth fairy's mood I guess it was generally $0.50 but if they pulled it themselves it was $1.00.  However, if the tooth fairy forgot to come the first night they generally got more.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WWW ~ Mar. 23, 2011

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

Recently Finished:

Read Next:

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday with Rancher's chili

Rancher's Chili

1 lb. ground beef, browned 
1 small onion
2 garlic cloves
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
2 cans of tomatoes
1 can corn
2 cups diced cooked potatoes
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 can chili beans
3 small jalapenoes
1 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 Tablespoon vinegar

Brown ground beef along with onion and garlic in a skillet.  In a large soup pot mix all ingredients.  Simmer 45 min. to an hour.  This would also be easy to through into the crockpot to simmer for several hours or all day.  Serve with crackers, or corn chips. 

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Post Note Tuesday ~ Spring Cleaning

Only Parent Chronicles

Now I've never seen this meme before, but I thought it looked cute. Thanks to The Rheindlanders for introducing this meme to me today. It is ever so cute.

How it works visit the site at Only Parent Chronicles and click on the link to make your own post notes.  Make your own and download them to your computer and presto post them  on your blog it is super easy.  Especially if I can figure out how to do it.

The theme for post notes today is Spring Cleaning.  Here are three I made.  Read mine then head over to Only Parent Chronicles here and read others' post notes and be sure to make your own and link up.

I just had to try each background color.  hehehehehe.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop Winner

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No Safe Haven by Kimberly and Kayla Woodhouse

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
No Safe Haven
B&H Books (March 15, 2011)
Kimberly and Kayla Woodhouse


A devoted wife and mother, Kimberley Woodhouse is a third generation Liszt student, she has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students over the years.

About fifteen years ago, Kimberley began writing seriously. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters - you name it - she's written it. It wasn't until a dear friend challenged her to "do something with it", that she pursued publication.

Kimberley and her family's story have been on the front page of newspapers, in magazines, articles, medical journals, and most recently her family was chosen for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. They were also asked to share their story on The Montel Williams Show and Discovery Health Channel's Mystery ER. She has recorded three albums, and has appeared at over 700 venues. Kimberley lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly "Extreme" home.

Thirteen-year-old Kayla Woodhouse’s zest for writing comes not only from her natural ability, but also from her love of the written word as witnessed by her voracious reading appetite. One of only a few dozen cases in the world, Kayla was born with HSAN, Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy, an extremely rare nerve disorder. Unable to sweat, or feel pain, she’s also been through brain surgery. But even through a life of extreme hardships, her ever-present smile encourages others to pursue their dreams, no matter the obstacles. In addition to being homeschooled and writing with her mom, she’s an amazing swimmer, and spends up to thirty hours a week in training. No Safe Haven, her first release from B&H Publishers in 2011, written with mother, Kimberley, makes her the youngest author to have a full-length novel published by a royalty paying publisher.


Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start. Though twelve year-old Andi has long struggled with a rare medical disorder, she and her mother have finally received good news from out-of-town specialists. It's news they desperately needed, especially after the recent death of Jenna's husband (Andi's dad) in a car accident.

But as they are flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes into Sultana, one of the most remote and dangerous mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Even worse, a winter storm is headed their way along with someone who doesn't want to save them, but to kill them.

Only one man can keep them alive: Cole Maddox, the mysterious last-minute passenger who joined them on their flight. But trust doesn't come easy to Jenna or AndiÑand they both sense Cole is hiding something.

A relentless tale of survival and suspense unfolds, involving military technology designed by Jenna's late husband that some would do anything to possess.

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If you would like to read the first chapter of No Safe Haven, go HERE.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

FNSi done for the month

Little more was accomplished on my cross stitch last night. 

cross-stitch before FNSI
cross-stitch after FNSI

One more thing I wanted to post about this giveaway that The Quilt ladies collection is having.  She is giving away a lapel stick.  Ever heard of it?  well, check out her giveaway here. She has several bonus ways to win too.

Also don't forget about the....

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Friday, March 18, 2011

UGH!! Sometimes they flop...

I tried a new recipe last night...  but sometimes they just flop...

The new jelly roll style cake.. hehehehe...The crumbs taste good, but if it was judged for looks it would get an "F" big time.  Doesn't even have any resemblance of a jelly roll cake.  Think maybe I'll try a different recipe next time.  Don't know what went wrong.

Don't forget about the monthly sew in tonight.  Don't know what the Friday Night Sew in is all about check details out at Handmade by Heidi.  I can't wait to get sewing.  My daughter and I did a little last night since she has to work tonight, but I'll be cross-stitching for a little while tonight.  

Don't forget about the Lucky Leprechaun Book Hop Giveaway this weekend.  Enter here. 

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Caregiver by Shelley Shepard Gray

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Caregiver
Avon Inspire; Original edition (March 8, 2011)
Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray is the beloved author of the Sisters of the Heart series, including Hidden, Wanted, and Forgiven. Before writing, she was a teacher in both Texas and Colorado. She now writes full time and lives in southern Ohio with her husband and two children. When not writing, Shelley volunteers at church, reads, and enjoys walking her miniature dachshund on her town's scenic bike trail.


Two lives converge one stormy night on a train headed to cleveland

Lucy is traveling by herself via train to Jacob's Crossing to help care for her cousin Mattie, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Trying to overcome the sudden death of her husband, she's glad to get away and focus on someone else for a while.

The only other Amish people on the train are Calvin Weaver and his little sister, Katie. When their train breaks down outside of Cleveland, Calvin and Lucy band together to face the outside world. But Calvin also carries the weight of past hurts. When an altercation brings both their wounds to light, they question whether they can trust each other.

Once in Jacob's Crossing, Lucy is occupied with caring for Mattie, while Calvin does his best to run his family's farm. But they can't stop thinking about those special hours spent together. Will the bond they formed last? And will Lucy and Calvin be able to put away the pain in their pasts to recognize the happiness that is suddenly in their grasp?

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