February 26, 2016

Book Tour: Room for Hope and Giveaway

Book Title: Room for Hope
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher:  WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: February 16, 2016 (352 pages, Paperback)
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Christian Fiction, 1929-1945 Depression and WWII,
Disclaimer: I received this from a Jessica Lamb from Penguin Random house for free to give my own honesty review
Description: In the midst of the Great Depression, Neva Shilling has her hands full caring for her teenage twins and keeping up the Shilling Mercantile while her husband Warren travels to neighboring communities to sell goods. Then a wagon pulls up one evening, carrying three children and a deputy with news that will change her life forever. Warren and his wife have passed away, requesting on their death beds that their children go to live with “aunt” Neva. Neva’s heart is shattered to learn of her husband’s secret life. How can she care for three children who remind her daily of Warren’s betrayal? But how can she abandon innocent children to an orphanage?
Based on true events from Sawyer’s family history, Room for Hope is a beautiful story of God’s powerful redemptive work in the midst of struggle, betrayal, and heartbreak.

This book is about a woman who finds out something about her husband. Her twins, Bud, and Belle have their parts in this story as well.

Arthur has parts in this story. We see a lot of people have shown their feelings and how it is is hard to hold on to faith. Each member shows their true colors. Or will they show mercy towards the woman?

Will the truth be brought open? To find out you will need to read the story. It's quite a heartfelt story. It made me cry a little bit. Kim Vogel Sawyer has done it once again. She brought the story to life. I have been affected while reading it. I felt like I was in the town of Buffalo Creek. Seeing the struggles Nava went through with her twins Bud, and Belle along with Charley, Cassie, and Adeline.

There are many different secrets that will be revealed. Her husband held many secrets that show up until he has died.

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February 23, 2016

The Mapmakers Children

Author: Sarah McCoy
Genre: Historical Fiction, 1860-1865 Civil War, Mystery, Slavery,
Publisher: Broadway Books (336 Pages, Paperback)
Publish Date: February 9, 2016
Disclaimer: I recieved this book free from +trish collins and their publisher for an honest review.
Description: Have you ever wondered if your decisions could change the course of history? Questioned whether or not bad things happen for a reason? In Sarah McCoy's THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN: A Novel (in paperback February 9, 2016), two women's lives are inextricably linked as they struggle through personal conflicts and wade through mysterious secrets. As the chapters alternate between these two commanding female protagonists, the reader must redefine courage, family, and destiny alongside these two remarkable women.

Sarah Brown, the fiercely independent daughter of abolitionist John Brown, is a talented artist in 1860's West Virginia. When Sarah discovers that she cannot bear children, she turns her skills toward helping others and becomes one of the foremost mapmakers for the Underground Railroad. Taking cues from Slave Quilt codes, she hides maps within her paintings as the United States moves toward a bloody civil war.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Eden Anderson, a modern-day woman struggling to conceive a child, moves into an old house in West Virginia as a last-ditch effort to save her marriage and start a family. When she stumbles across part of an old porcelain doll in the root cellar, Eden slowly uncovers a dramatic connection to the Underground Railroad.

McCoy, whose novel The Baker's Daughter was a nominee for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction, spent three years researching the Brown family history. This research became the basis for her inventive narrative, one in which McCoy honorably portrays the spirit of the real Sarah Brown and imagines her ties to the fictional Eden. Skillfully plotted and magnificently transporting, THE MAPMAKER'S CHILDREN highlights the power of community and legacy, illustrating the ways in which history and destiny are interconnected on one enormous, intricate map.

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I loved this book with each turn of the page. It gave you two stories that went well together. You get a modern mystery. You also learn about history at that time.

This book has you learn about Sarah and her family. We learn about slavery and what it like to be a part of the UGRR? The historical fiction and story go through the past to the future.

What will happen to Sarah and helping other by being so brave? The abolitionist John Brown has a daughter that might really be talented. She and Eden have something in common. Will Eden uncover the secrets of the past to the future?

You do learn about slavery and what our country was going through at that time. Eden may find a story that connects to the Hills from the past to present.

SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction nominee The Baker's Daughter as well as The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico and the novella "The Branch of Hazel" in Grand Central. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She calls Virginia home but presently lives with her husband and their dog, Gilly, in El Paso, Texas.

Sarah enjoys connecting with her readers on Twitter at @SarahMMcCoy, on her Facebook Fan Page or via her website, www.sarahmccoy.com.

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February 22, 2016

Cancelled Vows by Lauren Carr

 Book Title: Cancelled Vows
Author: Lauren Carr
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Pub Date: 2016-01-28 (337 Pages, Paperback)
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime / Detective,
Disclaimer: I received this book free from +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours  for an honest review
Description: Police Chief David O’Callaghan and Chelsea Adams’ wedding day is fast approaching. Unfortunately, at the last minute, David discovers that there is one small problem to be taken care of before he can walk down the aisle—divorce his first wife!

Lauren Carr takes fans of the Mac Faraday mysteries to the Big Apple in this nail biting adventure. In Cancelled Vows, David, Mac, and Gnarly, too, rush to New York City to dissolve David’s marriage to an old girlfriend—and he’s got five days to get it done. When murder throws up a road block, it is up to David’s best man, Mac Faraday, and Gnarly, K9-in-waiting, to sort through the clues to get David to the church in time!
Lauren Carr has done it once again. What book this was? I was again guessing what was happening. So many murders that going on and all starts once Mac and David show up in New York.

We meet new characters in the book. A famous author has disappeared. What has happened to her? Ali is worked at the news center. Who is Ali Huston?

David and Ali Huston seem to be on the run? Who wants her dead and why? You will need to read the book to find out.

I like the book because it makes me keep guessing who the bad guy is. It keeps my attention as well. I can not stop reading this book once you start. This is one great mystery and an adventure.

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday and Lovers in Crime Mysteries and the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real live Gnarly!) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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February 14, 2016

Product Review: Garnier Color Sensation™ 11.3: Extra Light Sun Blonde

Product Title: Garnier Color Sensation
Type: 11.3: Extra Light Sun Blonde
Company: Garnier
Disclaimer: I received this product from +Crowdtap and +Garnier Skin Care  and +GarnierUSA

Description: Garnier Color Sensation™ hair color delivers rich long-lasting color & silky shine from root to tip. Ready to be sensational? Answer the below questions to see if you qualify for a sample pack featuring gorgeous Color Sensations ™ shade.

This is what come in the kit. Color tube, brush, developer, After color conditioner, directions. The back of the box show you how directions.

This is what come in the kit. Color tube, brush, developer, After color conditioner, directions. The front of the box shows what color shade it should look like..

 This product does work. It may not be the color you are looking for. It seems to really sun blonde and could make you think it will be too blonde. It does give you a subtle color. You can put it to a darker blonde and will lighten the color.

This is good for those that have different color blondes and gives you different shades. It blends in colors where it needed.

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February 8, 2016

Spotlight Tour: Voice of the Spirit by Charlotte Raine

Tobias and Lauren have been together for four months since the end of Do You Want to Play. They’ve found rhythm in their relationship, but that rhythm comes to an abrupt stop when a body is found nailed to a cross inside Pious Church.

As they dig through possible suspects—from religious fanatics to resentful Satanists—they also find themselves reexamining their relationship, trying to figure out if two people with opposite beliefs can stay together. As time begins to run out for their kidnapped singer and the murders begin to pile up, they will have to find a way to resurrect what they had doubted and sacrifice what they had believed.​
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Charlotte Raine is a best selling suspense author. Charlotte gets inspiration for her writing from the scenic mountains around her home near Vail, Colorado.

When she is not writing you will find her after a long day of skiing at one of the many lodges in Vail. She will most likely be next to a warm fire, drinking a glass of wine and telling stories.

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February 4, 2016

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Book Title: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Description: All things bright and beautiful; all creatures great and small; all things wise and wonderful, the incredible Ashley Bryan illustrates them all!

 The illustrations are bright and colorful. The pictures represent the words in the book. The author did a really good job with it. It is good for young readers.

Young children can see the pictures while the parent, older brother or sister read the book. I like the fact that it easy poem and meaningful. The story has a moral and explains that God or our Lord created it. It has faith in it and explains it in the best way.

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