Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Uppercase Box May 2016 Unboxing & Review


NOTE: Even though I purchased this subscription myself, this post may have referral or affiliate links. Thank you. 

YES - It arrived!!!


And very well packaged too! Here we go!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book Spotlight: Hope in My Heart + Giveaway



Title:  Hope in My Heart
Author: Alexis A. Goring
Publisher:  WestBow
Release Date:  November 25, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance



Hope in My Heart is a collection of short, heartwarming stories with characters in need of hope.

In Love Unexpected,a car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up unexpectedly.


Christmastime is the setting for the middle story, The Best Gift. Christina desires to lose ten pounds so she can fit into her dress for her sister's wedding. Jordan wishes her mom would stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually learns that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God.

In Peace and Love, three characters living in a metropolitan area are desperately searching. Elle, a starving artist, aspires to become a paid professional. Eric, a divorce attorney, wants to resolve his issues concerning his parents' divorce. Kristine anticipates finding her birth mom before she marries Derek. All characters pray their searches will conclude this holiday season and fill their hearts with peace and love.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Book Spotlight: Hold Me Like A Breath



Title:  Hold Me Like a Breath
Series: Once Upon a Crime Family Series, Book 2
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA
Release Date:  May 17, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Suspense/Thriller




In Penelope Landlow's world, almost anything can be bought or sold. She's the daughter of one of the three crime families controlling the black market for organ transplants. Because of an autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise easily, Penny is considered too "delicate" to handle the family business, or even to step foot outside their estate.

All Penelope has ever wanted is independence--until she's suddenly thrust into the dangerous world all alone, forced to stay one step ahead of her family's enemies. As she struggles to survive the power plays of rival crime families, she learns dreams come with casualties, betrayal hurts worse than bruises, and there's nothing she won't risk for the people she loves.


Perfect for fans of Holly Black and Kimberly Derting, this first book in the stunning new Once Upon a Crime Family series from acclaimed author Tiffany Schmidt will leave readers breathless.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Long May She Wave - Memorabilia Postcard Collection



"And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; 
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave 
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"


- Star Spangled Banner 

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Title:  Long May She Wave
Collection: 100 Stars & Stripes Collectible Postcards
Author/Designer: Kit Hindrichs
Publisher:  Potterstyle
Release Date:  May 3, 2016
Format: Postcards (in bookstyle box)




From one of the world's leading graphic designers comes a stunning tribute to America's most enduring icon-the Stars and Stripes.The Revolutionary Congress resolved in 1777 that "the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white, that the Union be 13 white stars in a blue field representing a new constellation." Since that time, the American flag has been raised high in wartime triumph and peacetime celebration; burned in fervent protest; sewn lovingly onto quilts, caps, pillows, and bags; appropriated by the commercial sphere to sell goods as varied as cigars, and designer clothing, and rock-and-roll albums; and faithfully honored every 4th of July to celebrate America's independence.


This collection of more than 3,000 Stars and Stripes artifacts ranges from Civil War-era banners and Native American braided moccasins to an early 20th-century "friendship" kimono and original flag art by several of the world's leading designers. In its deluxe format with over 500 illustrations, LONG MAY SHE WAVE gives wide berth to the flag in all its manifestations, and the result is a stunning visual history of America's most treasured symbol. Full-color throughout, with over 500 illustrations in a deluxe 11 x 14-inch volume-LONG MAY SHE WAVE is the perfect gift for folk-art appreciators, history buffs, and collectors. Features the 3,000-piece exhibit that was displayed at the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the San Jose Museum of Art in 2000. From toy soldiers to collectable spoons, cigar blankets to historic flags—the breadth of the collection is unrivaled. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

They Were Christians: The Inspiring Faith of Men & Women who Changed the World


Title:  They Were Christians
Author: Cristóbal Krusen 
Publisher:  Baker Books
Release Date:  May 3, 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction Biography




"I dare you to read this book and not be inspired to make your mark on the world."--Josh McDowell, author and speaker

What do Abraham Lincoln, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Louis Pasteur, Frederick Douglass, Florence Nightingale, and John D. Rockefeller Sr. have in common? They all changed the world--and they were all Christians. With passion and precision, Cristóbal Krusen brings to light the little-known stories of faith behind twelve influential people of history.

They Were Christians reveals the faith-filled motivations of these important world figures who made some of the most outstanding political, scientific, and humanitarian contributions in history. Discover the true stories behind

· the founding of the Red Cross
· the family crisis that drove America's favorite president to his knees
· the supernatural call that led a beautiful English socialite to save thousands of soldiers
· and more

The fascinating profiles of these faithful history makers will encourage, entertain, and inspire you to deepen your faith, pursue excellence in your vocation, and serve others.

Remember my Beauties



Title:  Remember My Beauties
Author: Lynne Hugo
Publisher:  Switchgrass Books
Release Date:  April 18, 2016
Genre: Literary Fiction




Imagine a hawk’s view of the magnificent bluegrass pastures of Kentucky horse country. Circle around the remnants of a breeding farm, four beautiful horses grazing just beyond the paddock. Inside the ramshackle house, a family is falling apart.

Hack, the patriarch breeder and trainer, is aged and blind, and his wife, Louetta, is confined by rheumatoid arthritis. Their daughter, Jewel, struggles to care for them and the horses while dealing with her own home and job—not to mention her lackluster second husband, Eddie, and Carley, her drug-addicted daughter. Many days, Jewel is only sure she loves the horses. But she holds it all together. Until her brother, Cal, shows up again. Jewel already has reason to hate Cal, and when he meets up with Carley, he throws the family into crisis—and gives Jewel reason to pick up a gun.

Every family has heartbreaks, failures, a black sheep or two. And some families end in tatters. But some stumble on the secret of survival: if the leader breaks down, others step up and step in. In this lyrical novel, when the inept, the addict, and the ex-con join to weave the family story back together, either the barn will burn to the ground or something bigger than any of them will emerge, shining with hope. Remember My Beauties grows large and wide as it reveals what may save us.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fading Starlight + Giveaway



Title:  Fading Starlight
Author: Kathryn Cushman
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:  May 3, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance




When Her Big Shot Blows Up on Her, 
How Far Will One Woman Go to Regain Her Dream?

Lauren Summers is in hiding. Her fashion house internship was supposed to launch her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she can find comes with little pay, but at least it offers a free place to live--a rundown cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Planning to live on savings until she figures out what's next, she's unprepared to be contacted by a reporter.

Kendall Joiner is researching Charlotte Montgomery, a former Hollywood ingénue who lives a reclusive life in the cliff-side mansion. Rumors have swirled for decades about Charlotte, and now Kendall wants to find the real story. In return, she may just have the key to getting Lauren back into the fashion world. Desperate to get her life back on track, Lauren's not sure she can turn down the offer--but as she and Miss Montgomery get to know more about each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Quieting (Bishop's Family Book 2) + Giveaway





Title:  The Quieting
Series: The Bishop Family, Book 2
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  May 3, 2016
Genre: Amish Fiction, Contemporary



It was a well-laid plan--but it wasn't her plan . . . 

It's all her grandmother's fault. For the last few months, Abigail Stoltzfus has helped her father with his genealogical research, hoping that breaking through a client's brick wall would also break his melancholy. But now her intrusive grandmother has set her sights on marrying off Abigail and insists she come to Stoney Ridge, where there is a plethora of eligible bachelors.  
 
Except that Mammi is mistaken. There are no eligible bachelors in Stoney Ridge, barring one, and he's all wrong. Dane Glick has the wrong last name and the wrong relatives--including the bishop who is at odds over a church matter with Abigail's uncle, minister David Stoltzfus.  
 
As the conflict grows, setting family against family, it's becoming clear that the path to a solution may lead to a Quieting--a removal of a church leader. But for which one? And when Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem--but will it create another?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Her One and Only + Giveaway


"Love rescues...that's what love does."



Title:  Her One and Only
Series: The Porter Family Novels, Book 4
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  May 3, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance



After ten years in the NFL, superstar Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself? 

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt--none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she's determined to find Gray's stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they'll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives--and their hearts--to one another.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Book of the Month May 2016 Unboxing Reveal + Coupon


NOTE: Even though I purchased this subscription myself, this post may have referral or affiliate links. Thank you. 


A little about Book of the Month:

Book of the Month (BOTM) is a subscription service in which on the 1st of every month, they announce 5 selections by their guest curators. By the 6th of each month, you select the one you want and they'll ship it out on the 7th. You are also allowed to select up to 2 books for the additional price of $9.99 each. Each book also comes with a note from the corresponding curators.



For my first month with Book of the Month, I've selected 2 books from their list of 5.  It arrived in a simple brown box with its logo on the front, along with a simple print of their website on the side. And depending on the number of books you've selected, I'm sure the box size will accommodate. The one I received was perfect for the 2 books plus the little something extra. 

Sins of the Past Review + Giveaway



Title:  Sins of the Past
Author: Dee Hendersen, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  May 3, 2016
Genre:  Christian Fiction /Romantic Suspense






Three Novellas from Bestselling Authors

In Dee Henderson's "Missing," a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.

Dani Pettrey returns to Alaska with "Shadowed," introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan. Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of an open-water swimming competitor who may actually be a possible Russian defector.

Lynette Eason's "Blackout" delivers the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found--but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The NKJV Study Bible: Full Color Personal Size Edition


Title:  NKJV Study Bible Personal Size
Edition: Full Color
Version: New King James Version
Author: God
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  May 17, 2016


The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now available in a handy personal size with words of Christ in red! The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God’s Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Nelson's skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God’s Word is the goal.

Features include:
  • NEW attractive new full-color page design
  • NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics
  • NEW in-text maps and charts
  • Full cross-references with textual notes
  • Word studies and indexes
  • Bible Times and Culture Notes
  • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
  • Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study
  • Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Book Spotlight: God's Will by Meghan Gorecki + Giveaway





Title:  God's Will
Author: Meghan M. Gorecki
Publisher:  Meghan M. Gorecki
Release Date:  May, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction




Kathy Andrews is good at goodbyes. Her mother is sent to a sanatorium, her sister, left behind in Chicago, and her father, forced to roam looking for work. So she holds close to the only one she has left, her brother Danny. When the two go to live with the Marshalls in the sleepy town of Brighton, she doesn't let anyone past hello. Elliott Russell frowns at his aunt and uncle's generosity--even though he and his sister are on the receiving end. He frowns, too, at the uppity city girl with a chip on her shoulder whom he can't get out of his head. When a tragedy rips apart what tenuous existence they manage to forge, will they find the sweetest place to be is in God's will--or will they turn their backs on faith that fails to protect against pain?