One of the best additions to our homeschool repertoire in the past few years is the inclusion of audio dramatization adventures especially The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty from the amazing creative of Heirloom Audio Productions. Most recently we have journeyed to the far west in the United States of young America during the gold rush era in Captain Bayley’s Heir. Over the last several months, we have joined and enjoyed the community of the Live the Adventure Club which has given us immediate access to bonuses that enhance our Captain Bayley’s Heir study. For the purposes of this review, we received a physical Audio two-CD set and access to digital components added to our online account. Audio Adventure We love having a physical CD collection of Heirloom Audio Productions adventures. Through our experiences with The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty, we’ve journeyed back in time in the car on. . .
We are one entertained family! Heirloom Audio Productions has done it again with their latest adventure CD: In the Reign of Terror! We have listed to this story over and over again, as well as our other Henty adventures and are enjoying the journey. I definitely need to add more of this thematic education or unit study way of learning to our school days. My stash This makes the fourth disc added to my collection of Heirloom Audio Productions’ G.A. Henty novel dramatizations and we plan to keep adding to it. For the purposes of this review, we received a physical audio CD set and access to download digital components. One of my favorite bits of the digital components is the Study Guide and as my daughter is getting a little bit older, I definitely plan to take more advantage of these components. Radio drama was a big part of my childhood and. . .
On December 6th, a brand new Christmas story releases retelling the story of the founding family of a town known as Little Falls in Minnesota taking place around the year 1854. This is a time period that I love to read and immerse myself in, because it varies so much from location to location, from frontier wilderness to Victorian opalescence to Southern Antebellum. This is my first Christmas read of the year and it was an excellent choice for me and I enjoyed every minute in my reading this story. I cried, I sighed, I giggled, and I got mad. This is my first read from Gabrielle Meyer and it will not be my last. I was blessed to meet Gabrielle in person in August and loved her as a person and couldn’t wait to read her writing. I will definitely have to go back to read her other. . .
Within the last few years, a really amazing company I discovered is Heirloom Audio Productions. Right now, they are designing an audio theatre series based on the adventures of G.A. Henty novels. We love using audio books, and audio theatre to enhance our studies and this years option for review was perfect timing as we are wrapping up our Egyptian study series. I was absolutely blessed to receive for review an Audio CD copy of The Cat of Bubastes and a download of extras including a Study Guide, Soundtrack, MP3 of the material from the CD and more. At home, we have listened to the CD in our living room while working on other activities. We have added it to our three hour Wednesday drive and listened more than once. We have also listened to it again while headed to Ballet & Lyrical lessons as well as to the library when checking out. . .
It is hard to believe that it was actually a few years ago when I first read Born of Persuasion, the first in the Price of Privilege Trilogy by Jessica Dotta. I craved every page turn and enjoyed the entire novel from beginning to end. While it happened into my reading scheduled during a tough season in my life, I adored the novel. Being transported back to 1838 I was able to spend a few days captivated into a story filled with mystery of the past and secrets. This is completely an Austin meets Bronte novel that would appeal to many readers and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it and dive into the rest of the series. The next novel in the trilogy is the Mark of Distinction. I read part of this one and listened to the rest as an audiobook and it was again enchanting and entertaining with each new. . .
A story about sisters for sisters Three Magic Balloons is a picture book story reminiscent of vintage classics that I enjoy to read again and again to my children, be it bedtime, nap-time, or any story-time. This is the type of picture book that I am glad to reach for again and again. In January, I had the privilege of glimpsing a digital advanced reader copy of this book and I can without a doubt tell you that I would love to add a physical book to our library shelves when this book releases in May! Paul Margulies, storyteller and father to award winning actress Julianna Margulies and her sisters Rachel Mara Smith and Alexandra Margulies shared more than one tale with his daughters during their childhood. Now, after his death the sisters have discovered a forgotten treasure that has been brought to life in the artistic talents of Grant. . .
The Land of Silence starts off during a beautiful day of joy and playfulness… Tessa Afshar’s prose is witty and the personality of our main character Elianna comes right off the page as she interacts with her brother Joseph. However, quite quickly things change for Elianna and the story takes off. Following family tragedy, she has to find distraction, they all do just to continue to go on in everyday life. Things need to be done, and Elianna wants to make up for a debt she thinks that is her fault and throws herself into any task and finds some solace there.
Tessa, I’m delighted you’re here to share about your new book, Land of Silence. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you have written. I was born in the Middle East and spent the first thirteen years of my life there. When I read the Bible, it comes to life through the web of my memories. Growing up in the land that the Bible calls Persia influences the way I read the Scriptures. I know the quality of the sun, the dryness of the air, the love for the rains when they come, the deep sense of hospitality, the profound affection for children and family, the commitment to friendship by the people of the Middle East. I have been touched by that world in a very personal way. I suppose it is inevitable that I write biblical fiction. My first four novels, including Harvest of Gold, which won. . .
Last year, I found myself captivated by the writing in ‘s first book in the new Daughter of Hampshire series. I knew from reading that one as well as others in the past of Sandra’s historicals that I needed to plan some time. When I read Sandra’s books I’m not satisfied with a few minutes and done. I want to sit and pour in the details and get enveloped within the story. I have found that to be completely true once again with this latest book, Bride of a Distant Isle. Intrigue, friendship, romance, hardship, pride, adventure, feminist independence, and gentlemanly flirtations all reside within these pages. In addition to these first two books, a third in the series, A Lady in Disguise is tentatively scheduled to publish in 2017 and I can already tell you that I eagerly await that next release as well!
We haven’t spent a whole lot of time on volcanoes. But they have come up as an interest piece that we have researched a little bit. I mean AppleBlossom has read Pompeii: Buried Alive! many a time. The Enginerd has made a few baking soda and vinegar eruptions on demand. We also have been known to be found on the floor immersed in reading Magic School Bus Presents: Volcanoes and Earthquakes as well as National Geographic Readers: Volcanoes and others. This level four early reader is one that I’ve seen on nearly all the lists for a recommended read. As soon as AppleBlossom was set free on an adventure of self-reading this was one that she read again and again recounting the adventure and fear that those people must have endured! This reader didn’t scare her with the tale, but filled her with a thirst for more. While mamas can definitely enjoy books. . .
Bestselling Author Tracie Peterson Launches Exciting New Series Set in 1890s Montana Who is ready to head back to Montana in the 1890s in a new historical series with the fabulous storytelling imagination of Tracie Peterson? I know I am! Tracie Peterson was one of my first introductions to Christian Historical Fiction with a series set in Montana, so I’ve always been fond and thus I’m delighted to head back to a similar place and time period for a new story.
From the popular Princess Parables series, an Easter story perfect for girls 4-8. My 4-year-old Princess loves the Princess Parables series. She doesn’t have a favorite, but she loves to read the books featuring each sister again and again. We love the picture books and the I Can Read! early readers also. Thus, this year, we are very thrilled to add another book to this series with A Royal Easter Story that tells a tale of tradition, of those lost that can be found on Easter and of how Jesus is available for all who Ask, Seek, and Knock. Featuring teaching of Luke 11:9-13 this is a perfect princess themed story to get even the Princess child involved. Gotta love that glittery cover! The most recent in the Princess Parables is in out Easter Book List! Check the blog for a review. #princess #easter #book A photo posted by. . .
Keep reading for a giveaway opportunity! I love meeting authors that will bring new stories and new imaginings to my story time, don’tcha know it?! Today is fun, because I have a debut author, well debut in this genre and name to welcome today to Creative Madness Mama and the Christian Historical Fiction Gathering Place. I’ve downloaded her novel, Where We Belong, the first in the Midwest Maidens series and it is next on my reading list! *This post has been in my drafts and has meant to post!! But alas, finally I am here to share… I apologize for the delay!! Please welcome, Miranda Shisler! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I started reading Christian historical romance when I was eleven with Janette Oke’s “Canadian West” series. I was also affected greatly by “The Russians” series by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella. . .
Ashleigh must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all. Last fall you may have seen other bloggers on the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance participate in a blog tour for the first in a long-awaited novel from author Pepper D. Basham. I signed up for the tour, but through a glitch it was an extended period of time before I got my hands on a copy of the book, but at long last it arrived. (You can also get it on Kindle for less than $4 last I checked!) If you would like to read the first chapter of Thornbearer, go HERE. and Coming Soon!
I’m not familiar with Kimberley Woodhouse, but I know and love Tracie Peterson so I definitely think I’ll be wanting to give this novel a try. Apparently it is a second story written by this pair. What a great way to start out your reading this year with a new historical.
In this new novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life, two women working in Hollywood during its Golden Age discover the joy and heartbreak of true friendship.