IT HAD TO BE YOU $100 Visa Giveaway from @SusanMayWarren!

Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of her newest Christiansen Family novel, It Had To Be You, with a $100 Visa cash card giveaway and offering readers a free book club kit.

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One winner will receive:

  • $100 Visa cash card
  • Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 29th. Winner will be announced April 1st on Susan’s blog. Also, visit her website to learn more about the It Had To Be You backstory and Susan’s free book club kit.


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Susan’s blog on April 1st to see if you won.

My Review

Love. Love. Love. This story. Susan May Warren writes emotion like no other.

Review of “Distortion” by Terri Blackstock

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Juliet Cole’s life has been dismantled by the murder of her husband. She doesn’t know who—or what—to trust when everything she has believed to be true about her marriage has been a lie.

A husband’s lies can have deadly consequences.

When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack.

Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers’ demands. But as she and her sisters untangle the clues, her husband’s dark secrets come to light. The more she learns, the more of her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal?

Pre-order a copy for just $4.99 on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, or the eBook version on CBD until March 10th.

Learn more at Terri’s website.

Terri Blackstock

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Terri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of “Intervention,” “Vicious Cycle,” and “Downfall,” as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters.

Find out more about Terri at www.terriblackstock.com

My Review

Wow. This was an awesome read. This was a great thriller and kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next.

Open Spaces of Time

For the past seven months or so, my life has been way too full. I haven’t devoted my time to things that keep me sane: reading good books and writing drivel in my journal.

I’m a natural introvert which means I derive my energy from being alone. Interacting with people ALL. THE. TIME. can drain me. This is a considerable challenge since I have small children at home. However, I can honestly say God has graced me with an inordinate amount of patience and staying power when the house feels a little to crazy for my introverted ways.

He’s also recently opened up space in my time to do those things I love, things I crave. What did I do with this freed up space in my schedule? I hopped on over to the library and checked out a bazillion books to read. I spent more time at the computer wrestling with nouns and verbs. I hung out at the park and slid down the slide with my two year old. I read “Curious George Takes A Job” with my four year old a thousand times!

I’d like to spend less time feeding my Facebook addiction and spend more time in literary/writerly pursuits. I also want to spend more time with my kids. You may think it odd I say this because I spend all day with them already, but I haven’t been intentional about my interactions. I haven’t taken the time to see the world as they see it, or really listen.

As spring approaches, I am also approaching a new season in my life. A season where I’m learning to embrace what God has already placed in my hands, instead of fretting and worrying over what I don’t have. (The grass may not always be greener.) A season where I’m accepting of how He has created me and the experiences, both good and bad, which He has allowed in my life.

In this new season, I want to learn how to live life as it happens, moment by moment. I don’t want to look back with regret on what could have been or worry about what could be in the future.

A daunting task, but a worthy one.

My Review of the Modern Life Study Bible

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About the Bible:

As members of the modern age, we sometimes feel disconnected from the world of the Bible. But if we look closely, we can see that although cultures change, our basic challenges stay the same. We still struggle with issues like community, justice, economic stress, political tensions, and cultural and ethnic differences. We still wonder who God is, how to discern His will, and how we fit into His plan.

Using historical context and fresh insights backed by biblical scholars, The Modern Life Study Bibleexplores the timeless truths that connect the people and stories of the Bible to the opportunities and demands we face today. God is at work in our world, inviting us to experience His presence.

With innovative, full-color illustrations, maps, and diagrams, along with special information on occupations of the Bible, profiles of people and places, theme indexes, and inspirational biographies of believers who put their faith to work, The Modern Life Study Bible will draw you in, helping you to know and embrace what it means to follow Christ in today’s world.

Features include:

  • More than 2,400 concise articles and book introductions
  • More than 220 full-color maps
  • Hundreds of  diagrams, tables, and illustrations
  • 66 inspirational biographies
  • Indexes to aid navigation and study
My Thoughts on the Modern Life Study Bible:

I liked the colorful format and font size of the Modern Life Study Bible. It made the text very easy to read. There are many sidebars peppered throughout the actual text which expanded on different topics. I personally prefer to read Bibles which have the text alone (no footnotes or sidebars) because I find the extra commentary distracting, but since this is a study Bible, sidebars are expected. Overall, this format was very visually appealing and I plan to use it whenever I want to research specific topics in the Bible.

Disclaimer: I received the Modern Life Study Bible from Shelton Interactive in exchange for an honest review.

Enter Cara Putman’s SHADOWED BY GRACE “Past & Present” Camera Prize Pack Giveaway!

Enter Today | 1/21 – 2/8!
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Cara Putman is celebrating her latest historical suspense novel, Shadowed by Grace with a fun “Past & Present” giveaway! 

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One winner will receive:

  • A Polaroid Instant Camera
  • A beautiful antique AFGRA camera (learn more here)
  • Movie passes to see The Monuments Men movie (with George Clooney and Matt Damon)
  • Shadowed By Grace by Cara Putman

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th. Winner will be announced February 10th on Cara’s blog.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Cara’s blog on the 10th to see if you won.

About the Book:

She found peace in a time of war.

Desperate to save her dying mother, an American woman accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy where she takes photographs dangerously close to the front lines during World War II. But Rachel’s real motive in this journey is to find the father she never knew, an artist she hopes can offer the comfort and support both she and her mother need to survive at such a desperate time.

In her quest, Rachel becomes involved with what will become the Monuments Men effort to save great monuments and works of art from the Third Reich. Soon enough she will find more than she ever imagined—in war, in love, and in God.

My Review:

I am a secret history buff, and this story was very captivating especially against the backdrop of history. Cara Putman did an excellent job laying out the characters. They are three dimensional and pulled me right into the story world.