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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Childhood Favorites (Back to School)


So glad to be back with Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and the Bookish! Today we have a "Back to School" Freebie. My oldest starts school this year and I will be homeschooling...It is all rather intimidating. So, I decided to share with you 10 of my favorite books that I read while I was in school. I don't remember when I first read these books because I have loved books for as long as I can remember. But  was definitely school aged. (In no particular order...Click on the cover to find out more info.)


Between Two Flags Series - This is the cover of book 2 because Goodreads didn't have the cover for book 1 up. Weird. Set during the American Civil War. I remember it being good, sad, and full of adventure!


I loved this series! Still do. This is the first book I ever read that talked about the Potawatomi tribe. Which is MY tribe. So that was fun. 


Dear America is one of the reasons I love Historical Fiction so much. HIGHLY recommend to any and all school aged (and older) haha! This particular one is ONE of my favorites.  


The Royal Diaries are a spin off of Dear America. And yes, I have read every single one of them...


This isn't the first time this series has landed on my blog. I adore this series and was a huge factor in cultivating my love of history.


I have always been fascinated by the classics. When the husband and I first started hanging out together, this is the book I let him borrow....He never read it hahaha! I love it though. And he still won my heart in the end, so it's all good.


My very first introduction to Lewis was at a doctor's office, sitting the waiting room with my siblings while our mom had her appt. I wasn't VERY young, but young enough to not know what Narnia was yet. A father was reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to his daughter....I have been hooked ever since.


Wishbone is another great culprit for my love of classics, history, fiction....I wanted a Jack Russell for YEARS! Even joined the fan club....before it was sadly dismantled.  


This is one of the greatest classics ever written. The movie doesn't do it justice by a long shot (I still love watching it though). So much info, so many plot twists...AHHHH! READ IT! NOW!


And my list would never be complete without Tolkien. He is a brilliant man who created an amazing world and story. I could never do this series justice with my words...

And there it is...Books that left a resounding mark on my heart from my school years. Never underestimate the power of story. Even at a young age, those stories will live with you forever. 



Saturday, August 19, 2017

Books & Things Launch & GIVEAWAY - CFRR 2017 Recap


Pepper Basham EEEEE!
I have been scarce online this week due to the fact that I have been pretending to be alive. CFRR (Christian Fiction Readers Retreat) was held this past weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio. So.Much.Fun! I will get around to posting pictures on social media...eventually. But at least I am posting a recap this year. I still have last year's recap saved as a draft...ya...that didn't happen. 

Me, Jen Turano, and Rachael
This year, Rachael from Rachael's Reads and I teamed up to give you a "brief" (trust me, we could go on ALL DAY if you let us) recap of our adventures AND we have an EXCLUSIVE giveaway going (details below)! So make sure you get your comments in ON THE VIDEO POST BELOW!!!! Below the video you will find author and blogger links for those that we talked about. We absolutely LOVED spending time with each and every person at CFRR! I wish we could tell you all the details of the day, but I guess you will just have to come next year and experience it for yourself! Although a few highlights, that I may or may not have mentioned in the video include...

  • Staying up until 2am with Pepper's daughter Lydia who bunked with me, Rach, and Meghan Gorecki. 
    Me & Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Tim Tams from Mikal Dawn! (Dark Chocolate)
  • Getting to chat with Jen Turano...A LOT! (Who surprised us by showing up! AHHHH)
  • Fangirling over....everyone...#freakingoutandflailingabout
  • Meeting Kat and Charity
  • See that other crazy lady in the pic above...that's Meghan Gorecki....I adore her!
  • Carrie...Annie...Bonnie...Just to be in the same room as all 3 of them blows me away!
  • Being Pepper's REAL assistant...as in, I got to do her hair for the costume segment hehe
  • Flying home with a friend unexpectedly. Becca and I happened to have the same flight out of Cincinnati and were able to switch our seats so we could sit together!
  • Skyline Chili with my sis-in-law who drove FIVE hours to see me!
  • And SO.MUCH.MORE!!!!
If you enjoyed our video, let us know! And PLEASE let us know what kind of topics you would like to see us discuss for future videos! 



**Giveaway**
FOUR winners will be chosen. Anyone who did NOT attend CFRR 2017 is eligible to win. Prizes include:
1. Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig & The Thorn Keeper Lip Balm 
2. Many Sparrows by Lori Benton 
3. Special Agent by Valerie Hansen & The Cowboy's Baby Blessing by Deb Kastner 
4. Plain Retribution by Dana Lynn & The Engagement Charade by Karen Kirst 

Each winner will also receive a variety of bookmarks from the swag bag. We were so blessed by the authors this weekend and ended up with some duplicates/extras and just want to pass on the blessing! 

To enter you must post a comment on the ORIGINAL Facebook post found above. Make sure you ANSWER THE QUESTION WE ASK IN THE VIDEO TO BE ELIGIBLE. 

Giveaway will be open until Monday 8/21/17 12:00am PDT. Random.org will choose a winner from those who entered to win. Winner will be contacted via Facebook. So check your inbox and the comments thread!

Giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or its affiliates. Void where prohibited. If the winner does not claim their prize within 48 hours of being notified, they risk forfeiture of prize and a new winner will be selected. Thanks everyone and good luck!

Links

Bloggers
Reading is my SuperPower

I KNOW I am going to forget someone! Please know it wasn't intentional...we will blame it on the "pretending to be alive" factor. Oh my goodness, it was INCREDIBLE getting to see everyone! 



Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!

DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS? HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?

Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!


Parents!

David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).


The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST. Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.

{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}

Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action! Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings-for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index-the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Favorite Line Friday - The Illusionist's Apprentice - Kristy Cambron


Happy Friday!

Welcome to the next edition of FAVORITE Line Friday! This week's featured author is Kristy Cambron. You can read the spotlight HERE, where you can find a full excerpt from The Illusionist's Apprentice. But today I am going to share with you ONE of my favorite lines from this book with you! Don't forget to enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form below! It is open until 9/1/17 12:00am PDT! 








I have collaborated with all of these authors and I am so excited for this giveaway! I am giving away a box of FIVE books...All signed (one signed bookplate sticker) by the authors! I will also be including some bookish/reading items in the box of books, bookmarks, tea, chocolate, etc. Each "Blogiversary" post will have MORE options to enter to win, so make sure you check back. Today we are kicking it off pretty easy! Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below. If you are having difficulties please email me and we will get your name entered.

Kristy's Book Included in the Giveaway is a SIGNED copy  of The Illusionist's Apprentice.


**ONE (1) Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter at the end of the giveaway**
Books provided for giveaway by the individual authors and myself. Books included: Just the Way You Are, The Lady and the Lionheart, The Illusionist's Apprentice, Newton & Polly, Behind the Scenes. I am not compensated for any portion of this giveaway. Some of the books were donated for the giveaway. Giveaway will run 8/1/17 - 9/1/17 at 12:00am PDT. Open internationally. Void where prohibited. Please see Policies and Disclosures for more information. *Bookish swag items subject to change*

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Author Spotlight + Giveaway - Kristy Cambron




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KRISTY CAMBRON has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists for 2014 & 2015, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. The Lost Castle (HarperCollins, series debut in 2018) is her fifth novel. Her first Bible studies (DVD + study guides), The Verse Mapping series, will release in 2018.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation. She loves storytelling from the stage and travels to teach about the intersection of story roads, faith-following Jesus, and her affection for Bible Verse-Mapping. Kristy laughs daily with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.
The last and most important thing? Jesus Christ is everything — let her tell you about Him sometime.

Click on the cover to learn more.

Hidden Masterpiece Series


Jazz Age Entertainers Books


Coming Soon!


Launching a brand-new series, Kristy Cambron explores the collision of past and present as she discovers the ruins of a French castle, long lost to history.
A thirteenth century castle, Château de Doux Rêves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France’s picturesque Loire Valley. It survived a sacking in the French Revolution, was brought back to life and fashioned into a storybook chateau in the Gilded Age, and was eventually felled and deserted after a disastrous fire in the 1930s.
As Ellie Carver sits by her grandmother’s bedside, she hears stories of a castle… of lost love and a hidden chapel that played host to a secret fight in the World War II French resistance. But her grandmother is quickly slipping into the locked-down world of Alzheimer’s, and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history.
Sparked by the discovery of a long forgotten family heirloom, Ellie embarks on a journey to French wine country to uncover the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty— the castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale— and unearth its secrets before they’re finally silenced by time.
Set in three different time periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged, and an enchanted castle that inspired the epic fairy tales time left behind.
THE LOST CASTLE— Book #1 in this new three-book series, will debut in February, 2018.




THE VERSE-MAPPING SERIES— DVD + study guide materials verse-mapping through the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts—will release in early 2018.
You can learn more about verse mapping HERE.

My familiarity with Kristy's writing is of an unusual sort. Kristy became one of my very favorite authors...BEFORE I even read a single word from one of her books. I follow Kristy's blog and read her posts on a regular basis. I don't know how many times by the end of the post I was bawling because her words hit such a deep level of my heart. Her convictions and her faith transfer to her books and it is beautiful. The first thing that stood out to me in Kristy's books was the unabashed faith that she has infused into her stories. I wish I could say that I have read all of her books, but I still haven't read her World War II books. However, Kristy's Jazz Age Entertainers books are superb. Kristy writes from the heart and, I believe, by the prompting of God's voice. To have such moving books that resonate in your heart for weeks and months after reading them. THANK YOU Kristy for everything that you contribute to Christian Fiction. Thank you for standing for what you believe and speaking the truth on so many levels.





The Illusionist's Apprentice

Agent Elliot Matthews stared down a firing squad. The potential executioners held firm in their stance with camera lenses and pencils cocked, all ready to fire. And fire they would, splashing sensational bulletins across the next day’s newspaper headlines. A slew of brash young journalists assembled in the famed Mount Auburn Cemetery, focused on the job at hand. They stood in formation at the front of the crowd, photographers tinkering with cameras and reporters tapping pencils against notepads, all with the itchiness of glorious anticipation. Elliot hated feeling hemmed in, with the press and scores of onlookers closing ranks. He wanted a full view in the event something erupted without warning, so he and his partner melted along the side of the gathering, opting for a perch along the old stone fence bordering Bigelow Chapel. They were still surrounded by the overhang of trees, but at least they would have a clear view of the front row. The faces in the crowd weren’t morose like one would expect to find in a cemetery on such a frigid day. They smiled and chatted, their curiosity piqued as they waited for the show to begin. Police stood by too, poised to arrest anyone who dared to cause a stir. And that’s all Elliot could think it was. A stir. A media frenzy in what should have been a place for mourners and grave diggers. Instead, a crowd of onlookers—spiritualists and press—had shown up at the public invitation printed in the Boston Globe the previous Monday: Famed Medium Horace Stapleton to Defy Death in Public Ceremony on New Year’s Eve. What a terrible waste. Elliot had seen a crowd of mourners fill a cemetery before—one too many times—and didn’t want to be haunted by the host of memories the current setting dared trigger. Not wishing to think back on things he couldn’t change, Elliot turned away and settled his attention on the landscape. If his objective was to forget, staring down lifeless trees seemed safer than watching a bunch of nail-biters in trench coats and fedoras. The canopy of trees formed a bower on all sides. Mist invaded, curling around the trunks of aged sycamores and maples. An icy drizzle coated the leafless limbs, making the scene look like a fragile glass world. “See that?”Elliot elbowed his partner. Agent Connor Finnegan responded with a full-body turn and a squint in Elliot’s direction. “Noticing something, Boss?”He coughed into his palm, a puff of breath on air. “Besides the zoo in front of us?”“The trees.”Elliot motioned to the line of sycamores and the only spot broken in the row of trees shadowing the chapel’s stone border. “Odd. In a well-known and meticulously manicured cemetery like this, the groundskeepers leave a spot untended in full view of the chapel. It’s just there. Barren. Lifeless. Like a tree fell and they neglected to replace it.” (Used with permission)



I have collaborated with all of these authors and I am so excited for this giveaway! I am giving away a box of FIVE books...All signed (one signed bookplate sticker) by the authors! I will also be including some bookish/reading items in the box of books, bookmarks, tea, chocolate, etc. Each "Blogiversary" post will have MORE options to enter to win, so make sure you check back. Today we are kicking it off pretty easy! Please enter via the Rafflecopter form below. If you are having difficulties please email me and we will get your name entered.

Kristy Cambron has contributed a SIGNED copy of The Illusionist's Apprentice for the giveaway!

**ONE (1) Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter at the end of the giveaway**
Books provided for giveaway by the individual authors and myself. Books included: Just the Way You Are, The Lady and the Lionheart, The Illusionist's Apprentice, Newton & Polly, Behind the Scenes. I am not compensated for any portion of this giveaway. Some of the books were donated for the giveaway. Giveaway will run 8/1/17 - 9/1/17 at 12:00am PDT. Open internationally. Void where prohibited. Please see Policies and Disclosures for more information. *Bookish swag items subject to change*