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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Celebrating 101 Book Reviews - Giveaway - And Special Guest Post!


I did it! I made it to (and passed) 100 book reviews on Bookworm Mama! I was trying to decide how best to count and calculate how many book reviews I have posted, I just decided to count the individual book review posts that I have published. Because there are a few posts with multiple books...I figured this would be the easiest way! And as I was getting this post ready, thinking I still had 2 more books to review to hit 100, and I realised that I am at 101 book reviews! Yay!

In celebration of this HUGE milemarker for me I am having a fun giveaway...But FIRST. I have a special guest with us today. Carrie from Reading is my SuperPower is here to share with us about an AMAZING adventure taking place next month. Christian Fiction Readers Retreat (or CFRR) is a one day event in Nashville. It is for readers, bloggers, authors...FRIENDS! I am so excited to be going with my dear friend...We are both ready for a little vacation!

Christian Fiction Readers Retreat
Oh my GOODNESS, y’all. 
I can’t even really put into words how excited I am for August 24th.  What started as a whisper of an idea in a couple of hearts, a long-held prayer in another, has turned into something far beyond anything we ever imagined. 
But that’s kinda God’s thing, isn’t it? Exceeding what we can dream up. 
And at this point in the CFRR planning, He’s really just showing off ;-)
I and the other two stewards of the CFRR – Bonnie & Annie – want most of all to honor Him through this event.  In creating an intimate gathering of Christian fiction authors and readers, we also want to honor our love for these books and foster “real life” friendships that have begun on timelines and social media feeds – and on the pages of our favorite novels. 
Discussion panels. Speed chats. Book signings. LUNCH WITH YOUR FAVE AUTHORS! I mean… the only way it could get better is if we were able to worship Jesus together too.
Oh wait! 
We’ll be doing that too :-) 
And in case we needed even more wondrousness, our generous authors and sponsors have provided fantastic giveaways that will be up for grabs throughout the day as well as a swag bag full of goodies that will go home with each attendee. 
But what I’m most looking forward to? Sitting down with the authors I’ve been emailing back and forth for the past few months, tackle-hugging the blogging & reading friends that are so dear to me, hearing their voices, laughing with them, maybe even crying with them a little (but mostly laughing), celebrating BOOKS and Christian fiction and Jesus, and just having a refreshing and uplifting break from the everyday with some of my favorite people in the world. 
I. Cannot. Wait.
(And you need to join us too if you haven’t already. This is going to be AWESOME!)  

Thank you Carrie! I can't wait for your "tackle-hug"! 

If you want to learn more about CFRR head HERE to the website!

My "Top Five"

This was an excruciating task! Out of 101+ books, to choose only FIVE of my favorites! Oi! Not an easy task. In all fairness, all of the books I have read by the above authors are on my "Top Favorite Books of ALL Time List". Which is why I decided to only list the first book of the series' by Jen Turano and Rachel McMillan. Jody's Beacons of Hope series is INCREDIBLE! As well as For Such a Time by Kate Breslin. And I have yet to read more by Kristy Cambron. Links to my reviews are below.
Luther & Katharina
The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder
The Ringmaster's Wife
After a Fashion
Not by Sight

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!! This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone. It is a simple "Thank you" to my readers for coming on this journey with me! I am giving ONE lucky winner a $5 gift card to either Starbucks or Amazon (winners choice and it will be delivered electronically) as well as ONE book from my "Top Five List" winner's choice of title and either print or eBook. OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! ***Please note: If the winner resides outside the US, I will be issuing an eBook****Giveaway begins Saturday July 9, 2016 at 12:00am PT and ends Friday July 15, 2016 at 11:59pm***
a Rafflecopter giveaway

45 comments:

  1. I wish I were able to attend. Hopefully this will be an annual event and I will make it sometime

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    1. The giveaway is open until Friday!

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    2. And I am hoping that this will be our "first annual" event hehe

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  2. Yay! 100! What a milestone! Funny me. When I did my blog, I didn't even celebrate any milestones! I should count. I really didn't want to find out how many reviews I did. It might scare me! Lol. Congratulations girlfriend!

    Hi Carrie! Nice blurb there! 😉 can't wait to see you both in August!

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    1. Haha! You and Carrie post so many, I know I will never catch up to you! But seeing as I am hitting my 2 year blogiversary next month I think 100 is pretty good haha! ;) Thank you for all of your encouragement! <3

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  3. Congratulations my friend! So excited for you! AND the tackle hug thing had me giggling (just a little scared!!) LOL

    Here's to another 101 blog posts! whoot whoot!

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    1. Hehe tackle hugs are my favorite! <3 Thank you so much Melony!

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  4. Congrats on the book reviews! That is quite an accomplishment!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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  5. I've never even heard of this event until this yeas but man does that sound awesome!!

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  6. I keep praying for a miracle so I could attend.

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  7. Congratulations! What a great accomplishment!

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  8. Congratulations! I really appreciate all the book reviews (and giveaways) you bloggers do. This Christian Fiction Readers Retreat sounds like so much fun. Quite a few of my favorite authors will be there. I would love to go, but it is not possible. You can tell us all about it, please!

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    1. You will be missed Pam! And thank you, I LOVE what I do...So much fun! And I will definitely write a post about CFRR when I get home! Thanks for the idea. :)

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  9. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    1. You are most welcome Dianne! Thank you for reading my blog! ;)

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  10. Congrats! This is a great idea. I wish I could come. I love Christian fiction.

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    1. Thank you! It is going to be a blast!!!

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  11. Congrats on your 101, Rachel, and here's to many more 100's!! Thank you for featuring Carrie and CFRR, and your support of it!! CFRR is so dear to my heart, just reading Carrie's comments brings on the tears, lol!! We are beyond excited and overwhelmed at all the authors support and seeing God's hand at work in the planning of CFRR!! There is a prayer group for CFRR, one of our prayers is for those readers who would like to attend and don't yet see a way. I'm so looking forward to meeting you at CFRR!!

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    1. Oh I am thrilled beyond belief that the Lord opened the doors for not only myself, but my best friend to tag along hehe! Praying for more open doors for people to be there!! And yes, I can't wait to meet you too! *hugs*

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  12. RACHEL, congratulations on 101! How exciting. Thank you for supporting amazing authors. Blessings.

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    1. Awe, thank you Caryl! And thank YOU for reading my blog! Love connecting and "seeing" you around at fb parties and showing youe support of authors as well!

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  13. 101 books reviewed....you go girl!!!! You've "met" some amazing authors through their book, and now you'll get to meet some of them for real...can I say jealous?? ;-)

    MAN....I would SO love to attend :-( But, it's too far and too costly for me, maybe someday. It's been my dream to meet at least ONE author I know of and love and I'm asking God to open that door to me someday! I hope ya'll that are going will just have an absolute blast...I mean how can you NOT with the list of authors, fellow readers & bloggers?

    Thanks for the giveaway Rachel & congrats on the book reviews again!

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    1. Thank you so much Trixi! Your support has been so encouraging!!! You never know, God has opened some crazy doors for me to be able to go! And if not this year, perhaps we will make this an annual event! Wouldn't that be exciting???

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  14. Congratulations on your review numbers! I love to read, and have enjoyed seeing your posts.
    Dianna

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  15. congrats on 101 book reviews. fun giveaway! hope i win. and why aren't you taking me to nashville?

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  16. Now you are making me want to see how many reviews I have blogged! Great job reaching 101! Are you on goodreads?

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    1. Thank you! It is so much fun! And yes I am: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/33731734-rachel-dixon

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  17. My mom gave me the love of Christian books. I just love them and teach me Godly character.!
    Thank you so much for this giveaway!

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    1. My pleasure! Thank you for stopping by! And I couldn't agree more.

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  18. Fun giveaway! So excited to go with you��

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    1. Um YES!!! So excited I get to steal you!

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  19. I love it when you see God's hand moving in your life. One of the things I always tell myself follow God's plan because you know water happens when you follow your own plan.

    Congrats on your 101!

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  20. Congrats on topping 100 reviews! I would love to read Luther & Katharina.

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  21. Congrats on all the reviews! Loved the blurb by Carrie. I corralled a friend and we are going to attend the CFRR next month. Looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Woohoo!!!! Ahhh so excited!!! And thank you ;)

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  22. Congrats to Kay Moorhouse!!! Rafflecopter selected you as our winner! Keep an eye on your inbox! Thank you all for celebrating with me!!!

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