** CONTEST ** SWEET PROMOTION by Blogging for Books – 1 Free Giveaway!

I absolutely LOVED this book so BLOGGING FOR BOOKS is offering a FREE GIVEAWAY to one person who follows my blog! All you have to do is go to this link & type in the required info:

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The contest starts on October 29, 2014 at 11:59pm ET and ends on November 25, 2014 at 11:59pm ET. One winner will be chosen and mailed a copy of SWEET. This contest is for United States residents only.

Here is a teaser from my 5 STAR review: “These fake-out cakes are only a small part of our dessert collection, but when we sat down to put this book together we realized that all the sweets in the magazine have something in common: They’re fun, not frilly,” the introduction explains in Food Network Magazine’s book, Sweet: Our Best Cupcakes, Cookies, Candy and More. http://connywithay.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/sweet-our-best-cupcakes-cookies-candy-and-more/

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** CONTEST ** I LOVE YOU VERY MUCHLY … by Rick Marino ~ 1 Free Giveaway plus Toy Dog!

 

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WIN RICK MARINO’S CHILDREN’S BOOK
I LOVE YOU VERY MUCHLY…
PLUS A STUFFED TOY NIKA!

ONE WINNER will be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released book and its matching toy puppy.

REVIEW  TEASER: “She thought the most important thing was that she was loved very muchly and she muchly very loved in return,” Rick Marino writes about Nika in his children’s story, I Love You Very Muchly….

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest

1.  Follow my blog if you do not do so already.
2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Like this social media site on the internet.

TWITTER:  Rick Marino@verymuchly

5. If you are the winner, please consider posting a review regarding what you thought of the book on at least 2 websites.

This is a FAST CONTEST ending SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST after 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the publisher directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 4 star!
Here is my review: http://connywithay.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/i-love-you-very-muchly/

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Bread Revolution

Title: Bread Revolution
Author: Peter Reinhart
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-1-60774-651-5

“Advanced bakers will relish Reinhart’s inventive techniques and exacting scientific explanations, while beginner bakers will rejoice in the demystification of ingredients and methods – and all will come away thrilled by bread’s new frontier,” the inside jacket cover touts in Peter Reinhart’s cookbook, Bread Revolution.

This two hundred and fifty-six page hardbound targets those looking for a new way to make bread using more naturalistic and gluten-free flours. After a five page introduction, the book is divided into six chapters, followed by an epilogue, resources, acknowledgements, and index. The back inside jacket contains the author’s biography.

This is not a bread book of recipe after recipe; it is a collection of a new way to make bread using different than the standard flours or grains. With fifty recipes, small to full-page colored photographs as well as ingredient charts and variations are included.

The first chapter is a twenty-five page tutorial covering tools, ingredients, and a glossary, along with how to work with the dough by stretching, folding, shaping, proofing, and scoring it. There are several question and answer highlighted boxes for more detailed information.

The short second chapter involves making a sourdough primer by explaining starters and the science of sourdough. Using a sprouted grain flour, directions are given on how to make a seed culture. Four phases covering five days can produce the mother starter.

With the bulk of the book being the third section regarding using sprouted flour, twenty-five recipes are given from wheat pancakes, breakfast focaccia, sandwich bread, volkornbrot, challah, and crackers to corn bread, biscuits, sweet potato brioche, cinnamon buns, sweet rolls, and croissants. All ingredients are in chart format having volume, ounces, grams, and percentages, followed by numbered instructions.

The fourth chapter has four recipes involving sprouted pulp breads and bagels while the fifth concentrates on whole grains and whole milling, offering nine concoctions, including a few gluten-free ones.

The last chapter views the next wave of experiencing sprouted grains with six options ranging from gluten-free focaccia to Cascara Seca and ProBiotein lean breads. For the experienced baker, the epilogue includes three complicated starts containing peach, Parmesan, or coffee bean “traps.”

Although the font is small, the book has a plethora of information regarding how to make healthy, full-grain bread using a new way to keep the nutrients in and the chemicals and preservatives out. Due to the in-depth approach, this book would be an ideal gift for the serious baker who is emphatic about making something unique and wholesome, but it may intimidate the beginner bread maker.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

 

This review will be posted on Blogging for Books, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

 

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The First Christmas Ever

Title: The First Christmas Ever
Illustrator: Dennis Jones
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74083-4

“On the first Christmas ever, there wasn’t a Christmas tree or stockings by the fire. There was only a stable, some animals and shepherds, and a manger filled with hay. But on that special night when Jesus was born, the world changed forever,” the back jacket cover states in Zonderkidz’s book, The First Christmas Ever.

This small thirty-two page paperback targets preschool to early elementary school aged children who enjoy reading the Biblical story of Christ’s birth. With no scary or violent scenes, the topic of the virgin birth is innocuously treated as her being pregnant, visited by an angel nine months previously, and then married to Joseph. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

With colorful quarter-size to more than full page illustrations by Dennis Jones, the easy-to-read font of black wording is set against a white background. Most of the designs of people and animals contain expressive facial features showing fear (when Joseph is unable to find somewhere to sleep), wonder (witnessing Jesus’s birth), and happiness (Mary holding her Child). The ending has one page dedicated to eight other children’s books by the artist.

In this well-known story copied from the Read with Me Bible, it begins with Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem to be counted for the required census. As Joseph knocks on many doors of inns and is turned away, the innkeeper at the last one offers them a place to stay in the barn behind his location. When going to bed that night, Mary gives birth to baby Jesus.

A manly angel with an over-sized jawline tells the shepherds to follow the star in the sky to see Jesus. When they visit the new Babe, the animals look happy. Later the wise men offer gifts when they see the Child. There are two pages showing Jesus growing up to do God’s work.

As a Christmas story that follows the Bible accurately, the engaging pictures in this children’s book help explain to a four to eight year old the blessed event of our Savior’s birth. Although in paperback format, it would make a nice gift this holiday for any young reader.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

 

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** CONTEST ** SUNRISE SUNSET by Kim Weiss ~ Book Giveaway!

WIN SUNRISE SUNSET:

52 WEEKS OF AWE & GRATITUDE
by Kim Weiss

** GIVING AWAY 1 FREE BOOK! **
Enter to win a free book!
One winner will be randomly chosen to win this book.

REVIEW TEASER:

“Sometimes it feels the sun is performing its magic just for me, sending me a message about life – a reminder that each day is unique and special,” Kim Weiss writes in the introduction to her book, Sunrise Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude.

TO ENTER CONTEST:
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2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
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If you are the winner, please consider posting a review regarding what you thought of the book on at least one website.

This is a FAST CONTEST ending THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30th, 2014 @ 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win the book that is mailed from the author directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I have read this book and it is a 4 STAR!
Complete review: http://connywithay.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/sunrise-sunset-52-weeks-of-awe-gratitude/

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2015 Daily Planner

Title: 2015 Daily Planner
Author: Sue Hooley
Publisher: Vision Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-932676-84-6

“We measure time by years, months, weeks, and days. Likewise, events, projects, and normal duties can be categorized in the same orderly way,” Sue Hooley writes in the introduction to her book, 2015 Daily Planner.

This six-by-nine inch spiral bound paperback contains two hundred and thirty-six pages and targets women who are pressed for time, need to stay organized, and like using daily planners. A thicker cardstock is used for the front and back of the book for protection and extended use.

After an ownership and important phone number page, small four year calendar, and formatting instructions, it is divided into seven yellow-tabbed sections: year, month, week, tasks, projects, information, and shopping. Famous short quotes by Ten Boom, Judson, Moody, Nicolas, and Gruden are written on each cardstock tab with Bible verses written out on the weekly pages. Information on 2016’s book and order form with a pocket holder complete the package.

Having a mini calendar for two years and dates-to-remember pages, the Year tab is simple and direct. The Month tab begins in December 2014 and ends January 2016, having over one-inch white square daily boxes with noted holidays. A sidebar for notes is on the left side of each page with the prior and future month as small icons on the top right.

The majority of the pages are in the Week section that includes a Tasks List, each day and date of the month with lines for writing, and a section titled Menu for meals to prepare. Saturday and Sunday areas are shared in one day’s spacing.

Each of the next two tabs contains twenty-four lined pages for writing Tasks or Projects, with the first using the full page and the second containing two areas. The Information tab is for names, phone numbers, and addresses while the final tab, Shopping, offers three columns on eighteen pages to write in needed items on both sides.

As the author recommends using the book to write down future appointments, have an at-a-glance idea how the month is set up, or plan meals for the week, there is plenty of writing space and room to take notes.

Knowing each woman charts, categorizes, and organizes her time differently, having so many options in this book is a helpful tool that will, no doubt, keep women organized and more structured in their busy lives.

Thanks to the Christian Review Crew for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinion.

 

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The Littlest Christmas Kitten

Title: The Littlest Christmas Kitten
Author: Leona Novy Jackson
Illustrator: Kelly Dupre
Publisher: Snaptail Press
ISBN: 978-0-930643-18-6

“So, whenever you hear a kitten purring on Christmas Eve, you know it is remembering that Holy Night, long long ago,” Leona Novy Jackson writes in her children’s book, The Littlest Christmas Kitten.

At thirty-two pages, this over-sized hardbound targets children four to eight years old. Having no scary scenes, it is about a little kitten hiding in the manger where Christ is born later. Due to more complicated wording, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers. After the story, there are three pages dedicated to describing Christmas symbols.

With illustrator Dupre’s full-page colored artworks on almost every page, the large depictions are easy to understand and follow the storyline. Small drawings are on the pages that contain black wording, usually set against tan or lightly colored backgrounds.

In this fictional tale taken from the Bible of Christ’s birth, a mother cat frantically searches for her missing kitten in the stable where Jesus is soon to be born. She has found its two siblings, but the wee one is not up in the high rafters of the stable, under the mangers, or in a dark corner where the mice play.

The mama cat is interrupted when Joseph and Mary enter the shelter, seeking a warm place to spend the night. Startled, the mother cat jumps up into the manger and finds her missing kitten. She quickly takes her baby and scampers away.

When Mary has Baby Jesus, she places Him in the same manger that the kitten had slept. As angels appear, the animals realize that this Baby is special and bow down to Him. Down through the ages, supposedly cats tell the story of a baby kitten sleeping in the same manger Jesus did.

The Christmas Symbols section includes a paragraph each on the stable, manger, nativity scene or crèche, Christmas star, tree, candles, and lights, holly, candy cane, Advent wreath, gifts, and Christmas cats. It mentions kittens should not be given as Christmas gifts due to their commitment and needed attention.

This would make a nice seasonal book to have out during the holiday that focuses on Christ’s birth, especially if the household has a pet cat, even though the tale is fictional and untrue.

Thanks to BookCrash for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

 

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Engergize Your Retirement

Title: Energize Your Retirement: Stories of Passionate Pursuits
Author: Christine Sparacino
Publisher: Via Verde Press
ISBN: 978-0-9905669-2-2

“This book is a collection of stories that shares what some people decided to do when they retired and asked themselves, Now what? It narrates how they designed a lifestyle to include activities that bring meaning to their lives,” Christine Sparacino writes in the author’s note of her book, Energize Your Retirement: Stories of Passionate Pursuits.

At four hundred and two pages, this paperback targets those interested in options to consider when facing retirement or semi-retirement from employment. Keeping the fifty to eighty year old age bracket in mind, it offers twenty-nine suggestions to stay busy when a job no longer is the focal point in life.

With the author experiencing retirement, Sparacino realizes that as we age, we need to maintain a physically active lifestyle, have good mental health that is stimulating and challenging, and keep emotional connections through personal relationships. Her eclectic collection of interviewing retirees shows how differently the subject is approached.

After an introduction, the book is divided into five sections: animals and nature, arts and letters, civic and social participation, mechanics and technology, and physical activity and sports. With five to six examples in each, ten pages are devoted to a specific topic.

Each activity is explained, examined, and discussed in interview format of a person who has found personal pleasure doing the task, hobby, or part-time job. A black and white photograph of the interviewed is also included along with potential pitfalls, highlights, and accomplishments. Each chapter ends with a bullet-point list of fascinating facts as well as resources on the internet and in apps, videos, and reading materials.

Suggestions range from a mushroom hunter, service-dog trainer, crossword-puzzle constructor, stone sculptor, Medicare counselor, and youth mentor to a craft-beer homebrewer, woodturner, dancer, and triathlete. The end of the book contains notes, sources, acknowledgements, and an index.

With information on cost, amount of time involved, and personal experiences, soon-to-be retirees can glimpse what activity may interest them when they have gone through the emotional and mental changes of retirement.

Although the book is missing several options such as golfing, drawing, or volunteering at thrift shops such as this reviewer’s mother-in-law did up to her late eighties, it recognizes retired people can find a sense of well being later in life. Having experienced semi-retirement since turning fifty, I can attest the part-time business, tax school, jewelry and candle making, mystery shopping, reading to the elderly, and book reviewing and editing have kept boredom at bay.

Thanks to Via Verde Press and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

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** CONTEST ** CAPTAIN NO BEARD AND THE AURORA BOREALIS ~ Book Giveaway!

WIN CAROLE P ROMAN’S CHILDREN’S BOOK
CAPTAIN NO BEARD AND THE AURORA BOREALIS!

ONE WINNER will be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released book.

REVIEW  TEASER: “We are going to take something away from its home in the north and bring it to our place,” Captain No Beard adamantly declares in Carole P. Roman children’s story, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest

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3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Like at least one of Carole P Roman’s sites on the internet.

5. If you are the winner, please consider posting a review regarding what you thought of the book on at least 2 websites.

This is a FAST CONTEST ending TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28th after 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the publisher directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 5 STAR! It is the best on in the series so far!
Here is my review: http://connywithay.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/captain-no-beard-and-the-aurora-borealis/

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I Love You Very Muchly …

Title: I Love You Very Muchly…
Author: Rick Marino
Illustrator: Dindo Contento
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 978-163306-563-5

“She thought the most important thing was that she was loved very muchly and she muchly very loved in return,” Rick Marino writes about Nika in his children’s story, I Love You Very Muchly….

Targeted toward preschool to early elementary school aged children, this small paperback contains twenty-eight pages and includes a free audio download. With no scary or violent scenes, it is ideal to be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated words. Although the use of “muchly” may teach poor English, it is noted the main character does not understand human language.

With full-page cartoon-style colored pictures by illustrator Contento on almost every left side of the page, the right side contains the wording, each page a different colored font. The designs show enough detail and expressions to follow the storyline.

In this wordy tale based on a real story about a shih-tzu, Mom and Dad have a puppy named Nika that is precarious, sneaky, and loveable. Although the dog does not fully understand her charges’ explanations, she needs surgery to repair her liver.

On the day before she goes to the veterinarian, she is told how much she is loved. The next morning, though, she does not get her usual breakfast like her other dog siblings. Instead, she gets a ride in the car.

When she is at the pet hospital, Mommy and Daddy tell her they love her “very muchly” or “muchly very,” which she has trouble translating. She anticipates receiving a marvelous meal but is taken to a white room to have surgery. After she wakes, she has a big scar and is tired, but knows the ordeal is over.

Two days later, Nika starts eating again. By the third day, she misses her mommy and daddy and wants to go home. When she finally is home, her parents tell her that night as she goes to bed how much they love her, which makes her happy and contented.

With the focus being on telling someone he or she is deeply loved, the story may be helpful for those who need or have pets that need surgery by reiterating they are being carefully cared for and loved. As a first book by the author, this one shows how much a family is devoted to their pets.

Thanks to the publisher and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

 

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