Monday, May 2, 2016

Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti + Giveaway


"Only when you drink from the river of silence 
shall you indeed sing." (303) 
- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet 


Title:  Song of Silence
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Publisher:  Abingdon
Release Date:  April 19, 2016
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction


Music taught Lucy love and beauty. Could silence teach her hope?

Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they're committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. Charlie retired early, but Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.

Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her form the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith's song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.

When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees---and hears---everything.

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop - #CHILDRENSBOOKWEEKGIVEAWAY


Welcome to my stop on the Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop, 
hosted by Wishful Endings!




About Children's Book Week:

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes – wherever young readers and books connect!

For more information visit: http://www.bookweekonline.com.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Kickstart with the Africa Study Bible Campaign - Help Spread God's Words


God’s Word Through African Eyes

Hundreds of millions of Africans know and love Christ. However, most Bible resources come from a Western perspective—cultures far removed from the reality of life in Africa. In order to help meet this urgent need, the Africa Study Bible was created.

Millions of English-speaking Africans know and love Christ, but for many, God’s word is hard to grasp. With nearly every full evangelical study Bible written from the viewpoint of the United States and United Kingdom, Africans have lacked a resource that connects with their unique experience, hindering discipleship. But that is about to change as major Christian organizations, led by Oasis International, are joining together to launch the Africa Study Bible (ASB), a six-year, cross-continental effort that has produced the first study Bible developed by Africans for Africans.


To support the effort, Oasis is partnering with Tyndale House Publishers to create the study Bible. Other participants include Campus Crusade for Christ, International, Willow Creek and Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), Scripture Union, Africa Leadership, TransWorld Radio, Moody Broadcasting, Center for Early African Christianity, PJA (Publications pour la Jeunesse Africane), MMD Global, The Livingstone Corporation, InSight Books, Urban Ministries Inc., and the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, with additional participants being added on a regular basis.  

With the editorial nearly complete, Oasis, with the support of its partners, is inviting fellow Christians to join with them in helping get the ASB into the hands of Africans. With a goal of raising one million dollars to print the first 100,000 copies, Oasis is seeking private donors as well as launching a Kickstarter campaign, which begins April 18 and runs through June 16. Contributors to the Kickstarter campaign have the opportunity to receive incentives ranging from artwork prints to limited Italian leather editions of the ASB as well as all-expense paid trips to the launch of the ASB in the United States and in Africa.


Now let's get right to it! Click on the image below to take you to the Kickstarter campaign. With as little as $5, you can contribute to this campaign to help get the ASB published and distributed. 


Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Pediatrician's Guide to Feeding Babies & Toddlers


"Practical Answers to Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating & More" (front cover)


Title:  The Pediatrician's Guide to Feeding Babies & Toddlers
Authors: Anthony F. Porto, MD MPH & Dina M. DiMaggio, MD
Publisher:  Ten Speed Press
Release Date:  April 5, 2016
Genre: Children Nutrition / Parenting




A comprehensive manual for feeding babies and toddlers during the crucial first years of life, written by a team of medical experts who are also parents.

All Your Questions about Feeding, Answered.

The choices of when, how, and what to feed your baby can be overwhelming. With The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers, you have the expertise of a team of pediatric medical and nutritional experts—who also happen to be parents—in a comprehensive manual that takes the guesswork out of feeding. This first-of-its-kind guide provides practical, easy-to-follow advice to help you navigate the nutrition issues, medical conditions, and parenting concerns that accompany feeding. With recipes, parenting stories, and recommendations based on the latest pediatric guidelines, this book will allow you to approach mealtime with confidence so you can spend more time enjoying your new family.

Another Way Home


"Sometimes God’s ways are not at all what we expect … and exactly what we need."  (back cover)


Title:  Another Way Home
Series: Chicory Inn, Book 3
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Release Date:  October 20, 2015


ABOUT THE BOOK


Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight.


Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it. Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women’s shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there. She’s finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bride of a Distant Isle by Sandra Byrd


"All will be well in the end; if it's not well, then it's not the end."


Title:  Bride of a Distant Isle
Series: The Daughters of Hampshire Book 2
Author: Sandra Byrd
Publisher:  Howard Books
Release Date:  March 22, 2016
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction


ABOUT THE BOOK


An unforgettable romance set in Victorian England, Bride of A Distant Isle is the engrossing story of Annabel Ashton, who fights to save her family home and her mother's honor while trying to figure out if the man she loves wants her—or just wants to use her to achieve his own ambitions.

Miss Annabel Ashton is a teacher at the Rogers School for Young Ladies in Winchester when she takes a brief visit to her family home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea. She believes her stay will be short but soon learns that she will not be returning to the safety of the school. Instead, she remains at Highcliffe, at the mercy of her cousin, Edward Everedge.

Annabel protests, but as the illegitimate daughter of a woman who died in an insane asylum, she has little say. Edward is running out of money and puts the house up for sale to avoid financial ruin. He insists that Annabel marry, promising her to a sinister, frightening man. But as the house gets packed for sale, it begins to reveal disquieting secrets. Jewelry, artifacts, and portraits mysteriously appear, suggesting that Annabel may be the true heir of Highcliffe.

The Inheritance by Michael Phillips + Giveaway


"...dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace." (back cover)

Title:  The Inheritance
Series: Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 1
Author: Michael Phillips
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Genre:  Christian Contemporary Fiction 


ABOUT THE BOOK


The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale's Reef into turmoil.

Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch's heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David's grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island's land. And while Hardy doesn't enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate's assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island-and its traditional way of life-hangs in the balance.

Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .

Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips's dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Owlcrate vs Uppercase April 2016 Review



My April 2016 Owlcrate vs Uppercase is here!!! 

If you've seen my instagram photos, you know what's in there, but I still want to share my thoughts and comparison on the two.

A little about each service:


Image from Owlcrate Facebook
OWLCRATE:  A monthly subscription box service. Every month, a theme is chosen (for the month of April, it's 'Dystopia'), and a carefully selected brand new Young Adult novel (new or soon to be released), along with 3-5 bookish items to keep. Many times, they will work with designers to custom design something exclusively for Owlcrate to tie into the month's theme. You can order personal or gift subscriptions starting with 1, 3 or 6 months at $29.99 + shipping for one month. Subscribing to several months at a time will save you a little more money. More plan options are available online.





UPPERCASE:  A monthly subscription box service. Every month a carefully selected brand new Young Adult novel (new or soon to be released) that includes a signed bookplate (or signed in the book) by the author.  Along with the book,  1-2 "high quality" custom and exclusive bookish items to keep.  There's also a bookmark/card with exclusive content and special reading experience related to the month's book that you can check out online (link and password provided on said bookmark/card). A special handwritten and personalized note about the book or the items.  Typically there is no theme, but this month, a little teaser was out for Harry Potter fans. Now that is one good spoiler! Like Owlcrate, it is available in a various quantity of months you choose. The difference is that with Uppercase, you are able to choose a subscription of just the book (Book Exclusive Plan - $17 + sh) or the book with the goodies (Expert Plan - $23 + sh).

The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom + Giveaway



Title:  The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom
Author: Alison Love
Publisher:  Broadway Books, Imprint of Crown Publishing
Release Date:  April 19, 2016
Genre: Literary Fiction


ABOUT THE BOOK


The first meeting between Antonio and Olivia at the Paradise Ballroom is brief, but electric.

Years later, on the dawn of World War II, when struggling Italian singer Antonio meets the wife of his wealthy new patron, he recognizes her instantly: it is Olivia, the captivating dance hostess he once encountered in the seedy Paradise Ballroom. Olivia fears Antonio will betray the secrets of her past, but little by little they are drawn together, outsiders in a glittering world to which they do not belong. At last, with conflict looming across Europe, the attraction between them becomes impossible to resist--but when Italy declares war on England, the impact threatens to separate them forever.

The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom is a story of forbidden love and family loyalties amid the most devastating war in human history.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Mother Letters: Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope


"Each day brings its own small delights." - Katie (106)


Title:  The Mother Letters: Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope
Author: Amber C. Haines & Seth Haines
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  April 19, 2016


ABOUT THE BOOK


We are all in this together.

Mothering isn't easy. Some days you second-guess every decision. Some nights you fall into bed in a haze of exhaustion. Yet even if you feel alone in the struggle, there are mothers who have been there--right where you are now--and they want you to know you are not alone. That's where The Mother Letters comes in.

The Mother Letters began as a gift of encouragement. After Amber Haines had given birth to three boys in three years, her husband Seth realized the day-to-day details and drama of child rearing were overwhelming her. He secretly began collecting letters from other mothers across the world and gave these "mother letters" to her as a gift.

Amber and Seth have compiled these wise, honest, and sometimes hilarious letters into a beautiful book of hope and encouragement for moms everywhere. Their desire is that these words speak to you as they did to Amber, and that you hear "Me too. We can do this."

Book Spotlight: The Secrets We Keep PB Release + Giveaway


I am so excited to help spread the word that THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Trisha Leaver is now out in paperback!

If you haven’t yet added this awesome book to your shelf, now’s the perfect time. Just scroll down to learn more about the book and author, to read an excerpt, and to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Book Spotlight: The Rose & The Dagger + Giveaway


I am so excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from TheMelting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Title: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks 

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.


A Dream of Miracles + Giveaway



Title:  A Dream of Miracles
Series: The Amish Wonders, Book 3
Author: Ruth Reid
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  April 12, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Amish Fiction


ABOUT THE BOOK

Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son's mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won't rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo's worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible---not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo's dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?