Giveaway: Snow Angel by Jamie Carie

This Giveaway is closed.  Thanks to Julie Gwinn of B&H Publishing Group I have a good list of books to giveaway! Keep checking back in the days to come for more titles. Today, up for grabs is one copy of Snow Angel by Jamie Carie. When Noah Wesley heard the faint sound outside the door of his remote Alaskan mountain cabin during a violent nighttime blizzard, it was no less than the voice of God that urged him to take a closer look, soon to discover his snow angel.Unconscious and more than half frozen to death, her name, as Noah would later learn after boldly saving her life, was Elizabeth, a beautiful young woman, fragile yet fierce, and intent on discovering gold like so many others in that region during the late 1800s.But why Elizabeth was so drawn to the gold, and why she would chase it even through a. . .

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Giveaway: Wind Dancer by Jamie Carie

This giveaway is closed.  Thanks to Julie Gwinn of B&H Publishing Group I have a good list of books to giveaway! Keep checking back in the days to come for more titles. Today, up for grabs are two copies of Wind Dancer by Jamie Carie. Raised in a British-held frontier town during the American Revolution, Isabelle Renoir is not like other women around her. A free spirit, she dances in the moonlight as a praise offering to God and is more at home fearlessly taking her long rifle and knife into the woods for adventure and inspiration. But Isabelle’s latest journey may be more than even her strength can handle when a huge storm throws the raven-haired beauty off course and into the path of rugged American spy Samuel Holt. After matching wits and denying their passion for each other, they are attacked by Indians, held prisoner, and forced to. . .

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Giveaway: Love’s First Light by Jamie Carie

Thanks to Julie Gwinn of B&H Publishing Group I have a good list of books to giveaway! Keep checking back in the days to come for more titles. Today, up for grabs are two copies of Love’s First Light by Jamie Carie. New from Jamie Carie, today’s most awarded new Christian romance writer. Christophé, the Count of St. Laurent, has lost his entire family to the blood-soaked French Revolution and must flee to an ancient castle along the southern border of France to survive. But the medieval city of Carcassonne proves more than a hiding place. Here Christophé meets the beautiful widow Scarlett, a complex and lionhearted woman suddenly taken by the undercover aristocrat’s passion for astronomy and its influence upon his faith. Although their acquaintance begins brightly enough, when the Count learns that Scarlett is related to the man who murdered his family, he turns from love and chooses. . .

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Giveaway: The Duchess and the Dragon by Jamie Carie

This Giveaway is closed. Thanks to Julie Gwinn of B&H Publishing Group I have a good list of books to giveaway! Keep checking back in the days to come for more titles. Today, up for grabs are two copies of The Duchess and the Dragon by Jamie Carie.  Rising romance novelist Jamie Carie’s second book, The Duchess and the Dragon, tells the epic story of two unlikely soulmates who live worlds apart but soon meet and turn each other’s world upside down. Drake Weston, Duke of Northumberland, is accustomed to a life of royalty until a tragic mistake followed by murderous rage results in his darkening character and sudden flee from England. With a hoarde of money on which to survive, Drake hops a ship of indentured servants to America but is duly robbed and taken ill by the merciless sea voyage. In Pennsylvania, Serena Winter is a humble, devoted. . .

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Giveaway: Angel’s Den by Jamie Carie

This giveaway is closed.  Thanks to Julie Gwinn of B&H Publishing Group I have a good list of books to giveaway! Keep checking back in the days to come for more titles. Today, up for grabs are two copies of Angel’s Den: a Novel by Jamie Carie that will be published in February 2010. In 1808, when Emma meets and marries Eric Montclaire (the famed “most handsome man west of the Appalachians”), this young daughter of prominent St. Louis citizens believes a fairy tale has just begun. Instead, her husband’s angelic looks quickly prove only to mask a monstrous soul all too capable of possessive emotions and physical abuse. Praying for mercy, she is devastated when Eric insists on her joining his yearlong group expedition to the Pacific Ocean, following the trail Lewis and Clark blazed just a few years earlier. By the time cartographer Luke Bowen realizes Emma’s plight,. . .

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The Husband Tree *Montana Marriages, #2

The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy Hit the trail into the Old West, where a tough lady rancher and a seemingly aimless wrangler attempt to avoid the matrimonial noose. When Belle Tanner hires Silas Harden to help her get her cattle to market, the last thing she’s looking for is romance. So why does she turn into jelly whenever he’s near? Silas wants nothing to do with women, but he can’t seem to resist the pull of love when it comes to Belle. Can they make it through this cattle drive without getting hitched? Or will they steer straight into a commitment neither one counted on? My rating: 5 of 5 stars It is quite a fact that I have yet to come across a book by Mary Connealy that I did not like. I loved the Lassoed in Texas series and I am enamored with the Montana Marriages series.. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas: Celebrate

What Really Mattersby Dawn Meehan In the hustle and bustle and commercialism of Christmas, take time to remember the real reason why we celebrate – the birth of Christ, our Lord and Saviour. May you all have a blessed Christmas! I had a VERY long day with the kids doing little but fighting. By the time we left for church, we were all short tempered, snapping at each other, and not at all in the Christmas spirit. Thankfully, once at church, we calmed down. Things were put in perspective for us. We sang Christmas songs and began to smile at one another again. The kids didn’t fight once while we were there. Well, they did use their battery operated candles as light sabers for a minute, but we’ll forget about that part. I never sent out cards (sorry to all my family and friends). It just didn’t happen this year.. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas: Slow Down, Pray & Give Thanks

All Decked Out For Christmasby Maureen Lang One of the reasons so many of us love the holiday season is that it’s just so…pretty! Twinkling lights, shiny ornaments, packages that glisten with bows and fancy wrapping. Our houses are trimmed with wreaths and glowing trees, and the neighborhood lights up the night with strands of icicles and glimmering reindeer. Even we get decked out for the holidays! Chances are most of us will attend at least one party this season, and if we don’t usually don clothing or jewelry with a bit of sparkle, now’s the time to take a chance with something that reflects the holiday. Smiles are another reason this season is such a popular one. They accompany that familiar greeting-Merry Christmas! Smiles go with the gifts we give and with the gifts we receive. Smiles go with the old Christmas carols and classic movies we watch every. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas: Wondrous Mystery

Magnificatby Anna Joujan Holy. Holy. Holy is the Lord. The familiar catch of breath. The sting in the eyes. And the tears begin to flow with the falling rain. Or do the tears fall with the flowing rain. What is it in these words that I whisper that wrenches at my heart so? Why does Mary’s prayer touch the core of my being, so many centuries after it was spoken? I think it must be because I know that she was just a girl, just a human being, with a woman’s heart like my own. And so, when I hear her wondering words, I can feel with her the emotion she must have felt. To bear the son of God-what wondrous mystery, what glorious honour! And she was, like me, just a young woman-much younger, in fact, than I am now. And so, no matter how often I hear the. . .

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Really Woolly Bedtime Prayers

Really Woolly Bedtime Prayers by Dayspring The perfect way to introduce children to the joy of having a special time with God at night right before they close their sleepy eyes.A case-bound padded board book from the Really Woolly® brand by DaySpring® with devotions and prayers that center on various aspects of God’s shepherd-like love for us with themes of The Shepherd . . .  listens, cares, loves, promises, watches, rescues, sings, smiles, guides, teaches, blesses, encourages, understands, shines, forgives, comforts, chooses, plans, and creates. Little ones will love the charming Really Woolly® illustrations, engaging verse, and Scripture that show how much God loves and cares for them. Prayer starters encourage children to talk to God. My rating: 5 of 5 stars Very quickly and easily this has become my go-to goodnight book. I can see this book being so valuable through out the years to come. Once my AppleBlossom. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas: Perspective

A Soggy, Jolly, Holly Christmasby Melody Carlson One of my most memorable Christmases started out as a natural disaster. But isn’t that a bit how a pearl is formed? An oyster’s soft easy life is disrupted by the invasion of sand, but something good comes out of it. When I was eight, we experienced the worst flood in recorded Oregon history. It was only a few days before Christmas when our streets became shallow rivers and the governor proclaimed a state of emergency. My sister and I assumed the flood was simply our new water-world playground and didn’t understand the seriousness of washed out bridges and downed power lines and submerged homes. But when we realized this flood was about to nix our usual three-hour trek to our grandparents’ home near the coast, we were not happy. Naturally, our mom, a single parent, protested the sensibility of holiday travel (most. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas: Help & Support

Calling Elizabeth … HELP! by Tricia Goyer Mary, the mother of Jesus is one of the most well-known women of all time. She was also a teen mom facing an unplanned pregnancy. This Christmas we will see evidence of Mary’s story all around us. And as you hear it through Christmas songs and Christmas shows think of three things: 1. Mary was signed up for a big task she wasn’t prepared for.2. Mary no doubt faced criticism from people around her.3. Mary found someone to turn to – a friend who could help Mary to succeed in her new role. It was Mary’s older cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth played an important part in Mary’s life. We know this because the book of Luke begins by telling us Elizabeth’s story first. Elizabeth was the wife of a priest. She was very old and had no children, but God blessed her in her. . .

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The Three Little Pigs – Nico & Zoe Classic Reproduction

A classic reproduction – The wily wolf outwits two of the pig brothers, but the third brother triumphs through his cleverness and hard work. The illustrations for this version are by the American illustrator Milo Winter. 8.5″ X 12.75″, 16 pages. Thanks to Stacy Harbour-Von Hoy from Nico & Zoe, I was able to review a classic reproduction from their line of children’s books. It was great! As a matter of fact, it was the first book that AppleBlossom let me read through the whole thing before she got squirmy. The story was much more involved and in depth than I remember from my childhood. We loved it!  DH was in the room while I was reading it to AppleBlossom and even he enjoyed it. The size is incredible, it is really huge. The pictures are so colorful and there is a lot to look at going on in queue. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas: God Intervenes

The Answerby Susan May Warren Whos, Here, we are Whos here, smaller than the eye can see. Whos here, we are Whos here, I’m a Who and so is she… I’ve always wanted to live in a musical. When I was a kid, I loved Oklahoma, Sound of Music, West Side Story. I seriously thought that, if the moment was right, maybe the stars aligned, people would break out into song and dance. I was sorta right. Because in my house, one needs to be able to talk in movie lines and song lyrics to effectively communicate. At any moment, someone might break out with a quip from the Princess Bride, or Finding Nemo. They might sing Tomorrow from Annie, or My Favorite Things like Julie Andrews. But, most recently we’ve found ourselves speaking in “Suess”… It’s suppertime, son, and the time is near To call far and wide the. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas: He is Always Enough

Christmas in a Barnby Mary DeMuth The Christmas of 2006 we were homeless. We didn’t have keys. Not to a car, not to a home. We’d flown halfway around the world, leaving behind a ministry we toiled over. Much, particularly in our hearts, lay in ruins. Some friends had a camp, and on that camp stood a barn. In the corner of the barn was a tiny apartment, flanked by this caboose and hundreds of acres of Texas pasture. We’d never been there before, so we followed directions at night, making plenty of wrong turns. When we found the place, we drove a borrowed car over the cattle guard toward what would be our home for a month. String lights illuminated a small porch, a window and a door in the corner of an aluminum-sided barn. We hefted large pieces of luggage to the apartment. And when we opened the. . .

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