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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.

Disclaimer per say

So I’ve made a discovery and a decision. When I’m posting reviews I am going to post what I find in it’s original color, most commonly black and when I add to it, I’m going to write in purple. This way when I look at it, I know what I wrote versus what I found elsewhere. I don’t want to confuse myself or anyone else intentionally as to what are my words or someone else’s. Make sense? I hope so!

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Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing SURRENDER BAY (Thomas Nelson November 6, 2007) by Denise Hunter ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too! In addition to Surrender Bay, the second Nantucket book releases in April 2008. The title is The Convenient Groom and features Kate Lawrence, a relationship advice columnist, whose groom dumps her on her wedding day. Denise is currently at work on the third Nantucket book (Oct 2008) which is untitled so far. ABOUT THE BOOK:When Sam’s estranged step-father dies, she inherits his ocean-front cottage. . .

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The Return by Austin Boyd: an introduction

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing THE RETURN(Navpress Publishing Group July 13, 2007) by Austin Boyd ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Austin Boyd writes from his experience as a decorated Navy pilot, spacecraft engineer and an astronaut candidate finalist. Austin lives with his wife Cindy and four children in America’s “Rocket City”–Huntsville, Alabama, where he directs business development for a large NASA and defense contractor. His creative talents include inspirational fiction and poetry, finely crafted reproduction colonial furniture, archery and long distance cycling. He serves his community as an advocate for a crisis pregnancy center and as a motivational speaker in the area of lifestyle evangelism. THE RETURN is part of the Mars Hill Classified Series with The Evidence and The Proof ABOUT THE BOOK: IS SEEING BELIEVING?Six years after completing a manned mission to the Red Planet, Admiral John Wells is set to make another journey to Mars. But. . .

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Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe

Illuminated(Thomas Nelson August 7, 2007)Matt Bronleewe, you remember the Jars of Clay guy? Yup the same one… He has written this new book Illuminated. At first glance I thought I dunno, there are not many “male” Christian Fiction Writers that I have gotten into, guess I’m a hopeless romantic more than I realized… but just within one chapter of his new book I’m hooked and so excited to keep the pages turning!!! I dunno why, but whenever I read something new, especially from an author that I’m not used to, I always compare it to other things that I liked or disliked to see if I might continue… in the first chapter I have already thought of the National Treasure movie, all sorts of archaeological twist movies, as well as the good parts of the scary movie the 9th Gate. For all people who enjoy basic religious fiction, but are. . .

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Garden Twist class

On Saturday I had a class on Garden Twist. The class was at Sweet Home Quilt Co. in Conyers and the book was from In The Beginning fabrics. The class was 4 hours long and I accomplished a lot, but when I got home I worked until 9pm that night and then another two hours today. The quilt top is completed finished. All it needs now is backing and binding. I’ve decided to go with little blue rosebuds for the backing fabric on white, so hopefully they’ll still have it when I get there next week. Take a peak, what do you think?

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Current projects, etc

Currently I am working on many different things. I have a baby quilt top – Lambs in the Daisy Patch – that I am going to take to a tie & tack class. There is a Beatrix Potter quilt – not yet named – that I will use for my first machine quilting piece, the top is all finished. There is of course, the wall quilt that I’m working on in and out of my beginner’s quilting class. A fall tablerunner that has a finished top and just needs to be quilted. Sally the Scarecrow, a Raggedy-Ann type doll that needs clothing. Three Advent Calendars for Christmas gifts for the nieces and nephews. Many many soft books. A cross stitch for my Daddy’s birthday. A cross stitch for my sister, just in general, maybe for Christmas, maybe for her birthday. The Star of Wonder Shepard’s Flock Quilt. My first Turning. . .

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Visual Value of color Workshop

Today I had a workshop with my new quilt guild. It was my first time meeting these ladies and it was fabulous! Two of them I already knew! I was shocked and amazed at this. So in this workshop we worked hands on learning about shades of color and their value rather than being all about “matching” and more about coordinating with lights, mediums, and darks. It was great! See my gallery to view a photo of my inspiration for colors now on my wall. This Saturday I will be taking a Garden Twist class and I’m very excited to see what turns out. I am pretty unhappy with attempting to use my current board and ruler for rotary cutting… so I’ll need to get a few coupons together and head out to JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby. My current board is a 12×18 and it just doesn’t do it for. . .

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Welcome to Creative Madness that Makes Me Myself! I am a young mama to a darling girl due August 15th, 2009 and so excited about all the new products out for Maternity, Baby and Family. I thoroughly test and review a varying array of products (family-friendly) and will include pictures and perhaps even video when available. My start was with books, but now I am branching out to let other mommies know what I love most! Please email me if you are interested in having a review posted on Creative Madness and we can figure out what comes next. My reviews are guaranteed to be honest with positive thoughts even if my overall view is negative. I will not promise a glowing review for something that does not earn it, but I will always find the good within. As an avid reader, I am happy to hear from authors and. . .

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PR Media Information

Welcome to Creative Madness that Makes Me Myself! I am a young mama to a darling girl born in the summer of 2009 and so excited about all the new products out for Maternity, Baby and Family. I thoroughly test and review a varying array of products (family-friendly) and will include pictures and perhaps even video when available. My start was with books, but now I am branching out to let other mommies know what I love most! Please email me if you are interested in having a review posted on Creative Madness and we can figure out what comes next. My reviews are guaranteed to be honest with positive thoughts even if my overall view is negative. I will not promise a glowing review for something that does not earn it, but I will always find the good within. As an avid reader, I am happy to hear from. . .

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Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and other Speculative Reads

Publisher: Author: Title:*Review pending Berkley Publishing GroupLisa Tawn Bergren – Novels of the GiftedThe Begotten NavPressSharon Hinck – Sword of LyricThe RestorerThe Restorer’s Son*The Restorer’s Journey* Thomas NelsonStephen R. Lawhead – King Raven SeriesHoodScarletTuck WaterbrookDonita K. Paul – DragonKeeper ChroniclesDragonSpellDragonQuestDragonKnightDragonFireDragonLight Jeffrey Overstreet – Auralia Thread SeriesAuralia’s ColorsCyndere’s Midnight ZondervanBryan DavisBeyond the Reflection’s Edge Eternity’s EdgeNightmare’s Edge

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Contemporary Christian Reads

Publisher: Author: Title:*Review pending (Amish Novels on the bottom of this post) Abingdon PressAriel Allisoneye of the godAvon InspireKristin BillerbeckThe Trophy Wives Club*Back to Life Linda WindsorWedding Bell Blues For Pete’s Sake* B&H James David JordanForsakenDouble Cross Rebeca Seitz – Sisters, Ink SeriesSisters, InkComing UngluedScrapping Plans Perfect Piece* Barbour BooksKaye Dacus – Brides of BonneterreStand-In GroomMenu for RomanceA Case for Love Bethany HouseDeeanne Gist & J. Mark BertrandBeguiled  Karen HancockThe Enclave* Kristen HeitzmannThe Edge of Recall Stephanie Grace WhitsonA Garden in ParisA Hilltop in Tuscany (sequel) Tom MorriseyPirate Hunter David C. CookChris CoppernollScreen Play  Harvest HouseCraig ParshallThe Rose Conspiracy Howard BooksDavis BunnGold of Kings Paul McCusker & Walt Larimore, M. D.Time Scene Investigators: The Gabon Virus Kregel Virginia SmithJust As I Am Sincerely, Mayla (sequel) Moody Travis ThrasherAdmission Multnomah Amy WallaceRansomed Dreams Jill Elizabeth Nelson – To Catch a Thief SeriesReluctant Burglar*Reluctant Runaway*Reluctant Smuggler Karen Ball – Family Honor SeriesShattered. . .

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Suspense and Adventure Reads

Publisher: Author: Title:*Review pending Abingdon PressAriel Allisoneye of the god B&HJames David JordanForsakenDouble Cross Bethany HouseDeeanne Gist & J. Mark BertrandBeguiled Karen HancockThe Enclave* Kristen HeitzmannThe Edge of Recall Tom MorriseyPirate Hunter Harvest HouseCraig ParshallThe Rose Conspiracy Howard BooksDavis BunnGold of Kings Paul McCusker & Walt Larimore, M. D.Time Scene Investigators: The Gabon Virus MultnomahAmy WallaceRansomed Dreams Jill Elizabeth Nelson – To Catch a Thief SeriesReluctant Burglar*Reluctant Runaway*Reluctant Smuggler Karen Ball – Family Honor SeriesShattered JusticeKaleidoscope EyesWhat Lies Within Melanie Wells – Day of Evil SeriesWhen the Day of Evil Comes*The Soul Hunter*My Soul to KeepRevell Melanie JeschkeJillian Dare Steeple Hill – Love Inspired SuspenseCamy TangDeadly Intent Lynnette EasonHoliday Illusion Virginia SmithBluegrass PerilA Taste of Murder* Thomas Nelson Matt Bronleewe – August Adams AdventuresIlluminatedHouse of Wolves Tyndale House C.J. DarlingtonThicker than Blood  DiAnn Mills – Call of Duty SeriesBreach of Trust Sworn to Protect*  Waterbrook PressPeggy Darty – Cozy Mystery SeriesWhen. . .

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