Friday, October 28, 2011

Book Tour: Earth by Shauna Granger Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the book tour for Earth by Shauna Granger!

Today I have a review and giveaway.

Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start.

Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it’s only a ploy to draw her out; she can’t let someone die because of her.

This tour is in honor of the second book in this series, Air, which will be released on October 31st. I know I am ready to read the next one for sure!

Check out the review and giveaway details after the break!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monster Mash & Bash Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Monster Mash & Bash Giveaway Hop hosted by A Book Lover's Dream!

I am giving away a $10 giftcard to!

If you do not have an account, then you can get $10 of books from Book Depository (please make sure they deliver to your country).

Enter after the break...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and The Diary of a Bookworm!
There are tons of blogs involved, so let's just get to the important stuff.

I am giving away a $10 giftcard to!
If you do not have an account, then you can get $10 of books from Book Depository (please make sure they deliver to your country).

Enter after the break...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blog Tour- The Wonder of Your Love

Welcome to the blog tour for The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman!

Katie Ann lost the love of her life. Then God offers her a new beginning in Colorado.

Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan for her to be a single parent?

Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He's enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself.

When Katie Ann and Eli meet, there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun.

But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God's plans.

Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God's love?

Beth Wiseman is hailed as a top voice in Amish fiction. She is a Carol-award winner and author of numerous bestsellers including the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. She and her family live in Texas.
Twitter @bethwiseman

Buy the book here


Katie Ann is in an interesting place in her life. She was recently widowed and has a young child. Eli is in the exact opposite place. Having lost his wife years before in childbirth, he has successfully raised 6 children and is now ready to enjoy a retirement of sorts. When Katie Ann and Eli meet at a wedding sparks fly-but not the good kind. They slowly develop into friends. Even if their lives are not converging, they begin to feel an attraction to each other. The two of them must figure out what they truly want in life and decide whether that life is together.

I've never read any Amish fiction before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was a rather interesting book. There a lot more twists and turns in the plot than I expected. Katie Ann and Eli both had very different but equally interesting back stories. I found Katie Ann's struggle with forgiveness to be particularly interesting. She seemed very real and human. As a mother, I also understood her anxiety involving her son. I can't even say how many times a night I would check on my young son. I still sometimes wake up and watch him breathe. These things really let me relate to Katie Ann on a level I didn't expect.

Eli was a very steady man. I liked that he addressed the somewhat selfish seeming nature of his desire to enjoy his new child-less life. He was also very kind and patient. I also greatly enjoyed Martha. In some ways I felt she was a voice for the reader encouraging Katie Ann and Eli along the path to romance. While the book is sweet, it is never too much. There are plenty of conflicts and intrigue within the plot to keep things building to the end. This book managed to hold my interest throughout, and I will be sure to give Amish fiction a chance in the future.

Book provided for review.

Beth is celebrating the release of Book 2 in the Land of Canaan series with a Fabulous Facebook party on November 1st. She'll be giving away one of her OWN paintings, several mini prize packs and a sneak peak at the next book in this heartwarming series.

CLICK the button (below) to RSVP for the party - then join us on November 1st for a book chat, Amish themed trivia contest, and more!

The Wonder of Your Love Facebook Party on 11/1!
Beth Wiseman Party

Be sure to check out all the other blogs on the tour. Thanks for stopping by!


Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Alena at Little Bit Of Wonderful

Patricia at It's Time To Read Mamaw

Jenny at Come Meet Ausjenny  


Jill at Book, Books Everywhere

Leila at All Meant To Shine 

Renee at Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot 


Anne at Mommy Has to Work 

Amy at The 160 Acrewoods  

Ruth at This That and the Other Thing 


Danielle The Happy Wife 


Babs Book Bistro      

Rhiana at A Frugal Life

Theresa at Frugal Experiments


Deborah at Books, Movies and Chinese Food

Heather at Mommy Of 1 and Counting

Kate at Fuzzy Black Slippers & a Pink Hoodie 


Lisa at A Casual Reader's Blog

Crystal at Cinnamon Hollow  

Lydia at Overweight Bookshelf

Jennifer at Life Happens


Katie at Legacy of a Writer

Lauri at Knits, Reads and Reviews

Jodie at Mom's Pace 

Julee at Mommy's Memorandum


Pam at Daysong Reflections

Marg at Simply Shop and Save

Tina at Giving N Sharing

Paula at The Phantom Paragrapher

Debra at Footprints in the Butter


Tami at This Mom's Delight

Kemi at Homemaking Organized Blog

Lena  at A Christian Writer's World


Donna at Books and such

Paula at Thrifty Momma’s Brain Food

Carrie at Farming On Faith

Becky at Christian Chick's Thoughts


Sara at Shoopette's Book Reviews

Kat at  Reviews From The Heart 

Tracy's Treasure of Books


Jacque at Good Family Reads

Michelle at Life in Review

Patty at Broken Teepee   


Andi at Radiant  Light

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blog Tour- Baby, It's Cold Outside by Susan May Warren

Welcome to the blog tour for Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Hope finds the hopeless when a storm hits.

It's Christmas weekend 1949, and despite the threat of a storm, the townspeople of Frost are determined to continue their holiday traditions, if only as a means to forget the war that they had all just suffered through. But the suffering hasn't ended for Dottie Morgan who lost her only son in the war. She's preparing to wallow in her isolation for the weekend, when Violet, nearly a spinster at age 29, dares to make a request that will force Dottie to publicly revive the memory of her dead son.

When a storm traps the two women at home with a strange young man who has an unbelievable confession and a neighbor with more to do with Violet's past than she would like, no one can predict how this Christmas will give them all a second chance.

Read an excerpt here and find out the story behind the novel.

Susan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists. After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, Susan returned home to a small town on Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church.

Susan's larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder of, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!)

A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at:

Buy the book here.


Five very different people. One blizzard. Put these things together and you get a recipe for possible disaster. Dottie hasn't been the same since her son died in World War II. She has blamed her neighbor and former flame Gordy for her son's death. Gordy has tried his best to take care of Dottie, but he can't forgive her for running off and marrying someone else. Violet works with Dottie at the library, but she has issues of her home. After going off to Europe to serve in the war, her transition back into the civilian life of a woman has not been easy. Her only hope for happiness has been Alex, who she met in the military. They have been writing for a while, but her last letter came back unopened. When Alex's mysterious friend Jake show up in town looking for Violet, things take an interesting turn. Jake is harboring some secrets about the past and present. The young boy Artie was just looking for his "storm house," a place designated for him to go for safety in times such as these. When these five people find their fates entwined, the spirit of family and Christmas soon make for a few days they will never forget. If they can get past all their issues that is.

Talk about creating an atmosphere! This book takes five people with varying relationships and throws them together for a multi-day blizzard. Naturally, things are going to come to a head while they are all cooped up together. Filled with charm and varying amounts of good cheer, this book is one you'll want to curl up with on a frosty winter day. It's filled with sad moments and sweet moments and some romance too. Individually, I didn't like the characters as much as I did when they were together. They certainly brought out the best in each other. I thought the period aspects of the book were great. They certainly added to the charm of the book.

This book does exactly what is advertised. There's nothing earth-shattering in it, but it is filled with a quiet sweetness. The romances simmer and build to their inevitable conclusion. This book is a relaxing and fast read, and it will be a perfect way to wind down during the hectic holiday season. So if you want a book full of romance and Christmas cheer, definitely check out this book.

Book provided for review.

Warm up to Chrismtas early this year with Susan May Warren's Baby, It's Cold Outside! To celebrate the release of her new Christmas book with Summerside Press, she and the publisher are giving away a Kindle Fire and hosting an early Christmas Party on Facebook!

Read what the reviewers are saying here.

One festive winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside by Susan May Warren
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. Giveaway ends on 10/26!

But, wait there’s more! Join Susan May Warren on 10/27 for merriment and a few early Christmas presents at her Baby, It's Cold Outside Christmas party! Grab your Christmas sweaters, socks and pj’s and join Susan and a few friends for a fireside chat about her recent books (Heiress & Baby, It’s Cold Outside), holiday traditions, favorite Christmas recipes, a trivia contest and more! Invite your friends and don’t miss the fun!

RSVP here and we'll see you on October 27th at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST!

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Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour! Thanks for stopping by!

Charlene at Quintessentially Quilly
Ruth at Booktalk & More   
Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
Holly at 2 Kids and Tired Books  
Wendy at Wall-to-wall Books
Tina’s Book Reviews   
Pamela at Life As A Mom n' Wife   
Book Reviews By Jenny  
Diana at Hanging By A Thread 
Leila at All Meant To Shine
Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer 
Mark at Thoughts of a Sojourner
Laurie Here Reading and Writing Reviews  
Nise' at Under the Boardwalk 
Maggie at Tethered Mommy   
Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews  
Renee at Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot
Margaret at Creative Madness Mama  
Rachelle at Land of My Sojourn 
Karla at Ramblin' Roads   
Kari at Alas 3 Lads     
Amy at The 160 Acrewoods
Cup of Joe with Jeanie    
Tanya at In the Dailies
Kimberly at Living On Limited Income  
Mary Ann at A Mom With A Blog 
Thou Art Jules   
Trish at In So Many Words
Faith Hope & Cherry Tea 
Reviews By Molly 
Christine at The IE Mommy  
Kim at Window To My World   
Crystal at My Reading Room  
Kat at Reviews From The Heart 
Danielle at The Happy Wife   
Virginia at My Full Cup 
Caroline at Happy Four   
Athena at Our Crazy Life 
Krista at Welcome to Married Life
Elizabeth at Count It All Joy 
Janet at Along the Way  
Kaylea at My Scrappy Life     
Christy at Southern Sassy Things     
Celena at The Traveling Sisterhood   
Briana at I can't decide   
Deborah at Books, Movies and Chinese Food 
Dina at 4 Lettre Words
Mel at MamaBuzz  
Cindy's Book Reviews  
Chrystal at Self Employed Writer  
Lisa at A Casual Reader's Blog 
Jennifer at Life Happens   
Lauri at Knits, Reads and Reviews   
Stacy at A Novel Source  
Jodie at Mom's Pace  
Pam at Daysong Reflections   
Andi at  Radiant Light
Marissa at The Review Stew
Laura at Day by Day in Our World  
Jill at Frugal Plus    
Kristina at Seizing Life by the Wristlet  
Cara at the Law, Books & Life    
Heather at Faith, Family and Fun  
Tammy at Tammy Is Blessed    
Pattie at Fresh-Brewed Writer   
Amy at My Friend Amy 
Becky at Christian Chick's Thoughts  
Angela at All Grown Up?   
Donna at Books and Such
Staci at 7 on a Shoestring  
Suzanne at Clicking Her Heels 
Tiffany at A Cozy Reader's Corner Reviews 
Ponderings by Andrea http://
Sara at Shoopette's Book Reviews
Debra at Footprints in the Butter at
JHS at  Colloquium
Kelli at The Zen of Motherhood 
Lynetta at Open Book
Tracy's Treasure of Books
Amber at Seasons of Humility    
Claire at Country Mouse In The City
Robin at Scribbles of the Heart   
Michelle at Life in Review     
Lena at A Christian Writer's World        
Beth at MBT Ponderers    
Patty at In the Hills of Tennessee  
Preslaysa at The Literary Mama 
Anna at The Cross Is All 
Lisa at Life Full of Laughter  
Kristie at Family, Scrapbooks and Coffee