Coming soon from the pen, please welcome historical author Jan Watson!

What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? When I was a young girl, I spent my summer vacations with my grandmother who lived in the mountains of Kentucky. Granny and I would sit in the porch swing braking beans or shelling peas for supper, and she would tell me happenings. One event concerned the loss of a baby during a terrible flash flood on Frozen Creek. The baby was never found. I’m sure you can imagine how that story stirred my eight-year-old heart and why I could never forget what Granny told me. About 50 years later, I began to think about that baby yet again. Who would she be if she had grown up? What would she have done with her life? The first words to my first novel, Troublesome Creek, came to me while I was in the drive through. . .

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The 3-Minute Difference by Wayne Nance {Preview}

The 3-Minute Difference is about more than just weight, money, and marriage. With the five insightful steps Nance offers for ALTERing your attitude, you can apply these principles to any area of your life that is out of control. Nance thoroughly explores each step, defining and explaining them in detail. Readers will come away with surprising, perhaps first-time ever insight into their own core attitudes and how they impact their beliefs and choices. The 3 Minute Survey is a valuable tool to use in improving life in the areas of finances, relationships and health. The 3-Minute Difference shows you where to start and then gives you a plan on how to get there.”

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The Story for Little Ones Bible Curriculum {Review}

The Story for Little Ones with DVD: Preschool Educator Kit includes a Getting Started guide, The Story for Little Ones hardcover book, The Story preschool curriculum CDROM, and The Story preschool trading cards.

God’s Love Story for Preschoolers Introduce children to the little stories in God’s big love story with hands-on activities and group participation. The Story for Little Ones uses large, full-color illustrations to bring the Bible to life for its young readers. Thirty-one Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments, including Creation, David and Goliath, the Birth of Jesus, and the Angel at the Tomb, introduce children to some of the most pivotal events and characters in the Bible. Your preschool students will delight in the experience as biblical truths reveal themselves in ways they can easily grasp, while the included CD-ROM provides 31 complete lessons and materials to help them learn God’s great love story. By experiencing the Bible in a new way, they will come to understand how the story of Scripture—God’s great overarching purpose—intersects with the stories of their lives. This kit is designed to be used separately or in conjunction with The Story Church Campaign.

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Kumon First Steps Workbooks + Basic Skills

The First Steps Series is designed for children, ages 2 and up, who have never used a workbook before. The colorful exercises allow toddler to practice motor control skills and develop spatial reasoning and problem-solving abilities. Stickers and paste, scissors, coloring, and folding aren’t just for fun–these activities are a child’s First Steps toward success. Each First Steps Workbook is 5 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches, paperback, 40 pages, and full color.

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Anastasia Forever Deleted Scene and Guest Post!

Today is something different. As part of a Sourcebooks Blog Tour, Anastasia Forever is Joy Preble’s third and final installment in the Dreaming Anastasia series. I have not yet read the series, but I keep seeing the covers and wanting to read them. A magical trilogy blending Russian folklore, mythology and history, in ANASTASIA FOREVER Anne Michaelson, a teenager bound by the witch Baba Yaga, must unlock the secrets of the past, the Romanov dynasty, before they destroy her future. Hailed as “spooky, sassy, sinister and sexy!” by New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, you can get the lowdown on the DREAMING ANASTASIA series and see the book trailer here! Here is a bit of background on the scene from Joy: “The Haunted scene takes place after the Cub’s game. Anne and Ethan go to eat and then see Viktor but before then I had envisioned this sexual. . .

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My Little Pony Phonics Fun by Joanne Mattern

My Little Pony Phonics Fun by Joanne Mattern Illustrated by Carlo Lo Raso Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Beginning Readers – My First I Can Read! Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3 Pages: 12 pages each in 12 little books 5 x 5 Date Published: March 11, 2008 Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Phonics comes to life with My Little Pony! This I Can Read line extension features a box holding 12 little books—covers all the short vowel sounds, and more! As I have said before, teaching a child to read is a long term project and I love the idea of little phonics readers like the Bob Books so it excites me that the HarperCollins I Can Read! series is coming out with Phonics Fun packages that are little boxes full of phonics readers. While these are the same size and similar looking to Bob Books these are not the. . .

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Marley: The Dog Who Ate My Homework (I Can Read!)

Who knew homework could be so delicious?

Oh, no! Marley, that irrepressible puppy with a big appetite for trouble, eats Cassie’s homework in this funny Marley I Can Read! Cassie has worked hard on her very first science project-a solar system mobile made out of fruit. She wakes up before school to find herself without her homework and in need of a quick fix. Can Marley somehow make up for his cosmic mistake and help Cassie get her project in on time?

Marley’s newest beginning reader is filled with out-of-this-world laughs, perfect for anyone who’s ever suffered from a case of disappearing homework.

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Perfectly Ridiculous by Kristin Billerbeck

Daisy’s ready for summer fun–but it seems summer has something else in store.

High school is over, and Daisy Crispin is happy to leave it in her past and look forward to a bright new future at college. In the meantime, she is planning an all-expenses-paid trip with her best friend Claire to Argentina–home of exotic food, the tango, and her handsome sort-of boyfriend Max.

When Daisy discovers she needs to do missions work to fulfill the requirements of her scholarship, she chalks it up to her monumental bad luck in life and kisses her vacation goodbye. What was supposed to be a relaxing time in the lap of luxury turns into hard work, sleeping on a cot, avoiding scorpions, and stressing about where she stands with Max. Daisy wonders if anything in her life will ever go according to plan . . .

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Biscuit Phonics Fun by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Phonics is fun with Biscuit! Based on the lastest research about how children learn to read, these twelve full-color books feature repeated examples of short vowel sounds and common sight words. The simple stories about the little yellow puppy will make the process of learning to read fun.

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Mia and the Daisy Dance by Robin Farley (I Can Read!)

Mia and the Daisy Dance by Robin Farley Illustrated by Olga Ivanov, Aleksey Ivanov Level My First I Can Read! – Ballet Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Readers Pages: 32 Jacketed Hardcover Date Published: April 3, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Mia links arms with a friend for a special spring dance in her third I Can Read book. Mia’s dance class is putting on their first show! Each dancer will perform her own special part, and Mia can’t wait to practice. The dance is going to be perfect! But when Mia’s friend Anna leaves class early without learning her part, Mia begins to worry. Will Anna be able to dance at the show? Together, Mia and Anna learn that sometimes it’s not about the end result, but the fun of learning with a friend that’s important. Now as a fan, I look forward to read about Mia and her dance class again.. . .

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Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan by Melanie Dobson

As the Gilded Age comes to a close, Elena Bissette’s once-wealthy family has nearly lost its fortune. The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, where they will spend one last summer in the hope of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. But Elena is repulsed by the idea of marrying for money.

Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls, Elena spends most evenings escaping back into Mackinac’s rugged forest. There she meets Chase, a handsome laborer who shares her love for the night sky. The two begin to meet in secret at an abandoned lighthouse, where they work together to solve a mystery buried in the pages of a tattered diary.

As Elena falls in love with Chase, her mother relentlessly contrives to introduce her to Chester Darrington, the island’s most eligible bachelor. Marriage to the elusive millionaire would solve the Bissettes’ financial woes, and Elena is torn between duty and love.

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Mia and the Big Sister Ballet by Robin Farley (I Can Read!)

When Mia grows up, she wants to be just like her big sister, Ava!

Ava is a ballerina in a real show, and Mia’s class is taking a trip to visit her. Mia and her friends watch Ava dance in the ballet, and then Ava shows them how to do some new moves. Mia tries to dance her best so that Ava will watch, but Ava is too busy helping Mia’s friends to notice. How can Mia show her big sister what a great ballerina she is?

Mia and the Big Sister Ballet is Mia’s fourth My First I Can Read book, perfect for all beginning readers and aspiring ballerinas everywhere.

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