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Friday, May 27, 2011

A Killer Among us by Lynette Eason

I have been extremly busy this week.  I wanted to write this review Monday, but its Friday. I hope you enjoy your long weekend and honor those Millitary heros who have given us the freedoms we enjoy today.

Now for the review:

Kit Kenyon is a first-rate hostage negotiator. Noah Lambert is a good detective with excellent instincts. These new partners have hardly had time to get used to each other when they are thrown into a grisly murder case. As evidence mounts up and more victims are found, Kit and Noah realize they are on the hunt for a serial killer. The problem is, he may be hunting one of them too.




With nail-biting suspense, clever plot twists, and a hint of romance, A Killer Among Us is the latest thriller from Lynette Eason.



A Killer Among Us is book three in Lynette Eason's Women of Justice Series.  I have not read the first two books.  I found that this is book can be read with out reading the others. 
 
The book opens with Kit Kenyon in a hostage negotiating situation.  A great way to get you started!  Her partner, Noah is at a murder scene.  You will find yourself captivated by the story line.  Kit senses that she may have a stalker on her hands to deal with as well as trying to find who wants her or her partner dead.   Not to mention that they need to solve this case before more bodies drop! 
 
 I so enjoyed reading this book.   The trill of the hunt, you can, say kept my reading.  I can say one thing, the ending was a surprise to me, a good surprise by the way.
 
If you feel the need to add some adventure to your reading list this summer, give this book a try!
 
To read an excerpt click here
 
“Available May 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Remembering Dad

With Father's day just a few weeks away, I thought it would be fun to travel back in time.  My Father is still living.  I have a best dad  and grandpa in the world.  As a child, he took special time out of his hectic work schedule to spend time with us girls.  I remember wrestling on the floor with him, (and of course He letting us win!) Dad taught me life lessons that I will never forget. He taught us the value of money and saving money. (Something that many children need today.)  He taught me the value of honoring God in giving of tithes... Dad would say that if I did not pay my tithes that I was robbing God and God would not bless me.  How true it is!  Dad taught me to respect myself... and in looking for a man to marry... LOOK for someone that is in those alters praying! 

He could not have given me any more great advice.  My husband is truly a man of God.  I have heard it said that girls look for boy that mirror her father when she is looking at marriage.  Well, I did not get my dad, but I did marry a man who held those same principles that my dad taught me. 

I see my husband teaching my girls those same valuable lessons that my dad taught me. 

Thank you Dad for being my father and for teaching me those valuable lessons.  Thank you honey for teaching our girls those lessons that will carry them thru out their lives.

Here is a pictue of my dad and mom with my girls.



Revell has a new book out called Project Dad...
Project Dad is a humorous and practical guide book written by a dad to other dads. Todd Cartmell’s warm and engaging style will have fathers laughing from the first few pages, and gives doable hands-on advice for becoming a better dad. This book will make an excellent Father’s Day gift!

I have a copy of this book that I want to give away.  Please post a comment and I will be picking a winner at the end of the week.

Don't forget to honor your Dad this Father's day!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Heart Divided

When fate brings them together, they must choose between family ties and love.



The Caldwells and Wainwrights have been feuding for decades. Still, Sarah Caldwell has misgivings when her father pressures her into distracting a ranch hand while he and her brothers rob the Wainwright place. When it becomes clear that hand is actually Cord Wainwright, heir of the Wainwright holdings, Sarah realizes things have gone too far.

As the feud boils over, Cord and Sarah make a most inconvenient discovery--they just might be falling in love. Can they betray their families to see where this attraction leads? Or will their families betray them?


Against the beautiful and wild backdrop of the Rocky Mountains in 1878 comes this sweeping saga of romance, betrayal, and forgiveness from beloved author Kathleen Morgan.

Check out the website HERE!

I'm a sucker for Romance novels that date back to pioneer days.  I have never read a book with this story line before.  I was so thrilled with it.  A feud between two families.... the fathers so bull headed that they can't see what is happening to there families.  A jealous female in the mix.  You have the making for one great story! 

I just could not bring myself to put this book down.  It has some funny parts in it... for example there is a tomato fight, a rumble in the mud, and more (I just cant think of any right now!).  
A Heart Divided is not just a wholesome love story, but a story about forgetting the past and beginning new friendships.
I can't rave enough about how much I enjoyed reading this.  

Want to read an expert..... CLICK HERE!

"A Heart Divided by Kathleen Morgan is Available May 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

Monday, May 16, 2011

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Psalms 19:1

This is a sunflower that was growing at the edge of our driveway.

My days have been so busy lately that I have not been able to blog, but I thought you might
enjoy this picture.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Leaving.......

Leaving by Karen Kingsbury

The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City.


She’s determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive. In order to be closer to his mother in jail, Cody takes a coaching job in a small community outside Indianapolis. New friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in his relationship with Bailey Flanigan. Love, loneliness, big opportunities, and even bigger decisions highlight the first book in the new Bailey Flanigan series that features members of the popular Baxter family and finally completes the Bailey Flanigan/Cody Coleman story.

For more details click HERE!

I love Karen Kingsbury's books!  I have only one problem... they make me cry! lol...... 

If you have never read one of her books, than make sure you keep lots of tissues on hand.  I guarantee  that you will shed a tear or two.

When I receive the book, I found a  "Family Newsletter" tucked inside the front cover.  It was very helpful in faniliarizing myself with the characters of the book.  You may get confused during the first chapter, but hold on all will come to light soon enough.

This book is great.... but it will leave you hanging.  So if you don't like books that continue, than think about the anticipation you will feel until the next one is published. 
A wonderful book... I can't wait to see what will happen next with the Bailey Clan.

Want to read an expert... Click Here!


Leaving was provided free of charge to read and review by Zondervan's book blogging  blog.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Blood Covenant by Lisa Harris

Paige Ryan and Nick Gilbert are trapped in an overpopulated African refugee camp where an outbreak of measles erupts and renegade soldiers block their only way out. Desperate for vaccines, they must put their own lives in the hands of God as they fight for the safety of the refugees under their protection. 

Click here for more info!

I was so excited to receive this book to review.  I was captivated by the first chapter!  It is a fast action novel.  I want to compare it to a James Bond story, but really it is so much better.  As I read, I found myself captivated so much that I started placing myself  in the characters place. So much happens in the book that you start to wonder if  it will ever end.   It does and on a happy note at that.  I loved the book.  I like how all the pieces of the story tied together.  

You can find an expert of the story HERE.

Blood Covenant is available at local bookstores!  If you like action packed books that are very family friendly (meaning that is appropriate for teens and reading as a family)  check this book out!

(disclaimer:  this book was given to me free of charge to read and review as part of Zondervan's book blog tour. )

Happy reading everyone,
Shelby

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I came across this...

 I am working on some home ec. units for my oldest next year. I was looking for facts and things that I need to make sure to  cover.  Well, I came across this:


The following is from an actual 1950's Home Economics textbook intended for High School girls, teaching them how to prepare for married life:

1. Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal - on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.


2. Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.

3. Clear away clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too.


4. Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces if they are small, comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.


5. Minimize the noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.

6. Some DON'TS: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day.

7. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lay down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.


8. Listen to him: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.


9. Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment; instead try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his need to be home and relax.


10. The Goal: try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can relax.

Food for thought!  I just don't know how to keep the girls quiet.... nope won't work for us.

What "rules" would work for your house?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Shelby

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Very disappointed

I received the book THE DOPPLE GANGER CHRONICLES: THE FIRST ESCAPE, from Tyndale to read and review.    When the book arrived I noticed that the cover was very dark and eerie looking.  The pages have a black trim on them and some are black. 
The book is about sisters that live in a home for children.  One sister is very mean, and is removed from the home. 
This book was written for children, but it is very inappropriate for them.  There is a whole lot of violence, a scene with a spirit. (which I can tell if it an angel or devil), and there is a scene with a gun in which some one is shot.

What happened to writing books that are kid friendly!  This book is very dark for a child.  Don't let them read it.
I am very disappointed with it.

Well, until next time,

Shelby

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Scripture of the Month

1 Thessalonians 5:24
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

He is faithful to do all He has promised in his Word. I'm so glad that he is faithful to meet our needs and to give us our wants. There is no one Greater than OUR LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!