* CONTEST * A Flag for the Flying Dragon ~ Free Book Giveaway!

A Flag for the Flying Dragon: A Captain No Beard Story

WIN CAROLE P ROMAN’S CHILDREN’S BOOK
A FLAG FOR THE FLYING DRAGON!

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

REVIEW  TEASER: “It was not what he planned for the flag. He studied his troubled crew and decided that it didn’t matter. As long as they were together, working, playing, and having fun, nothing else mattered,” Captain No Beard admits in Carole P. Roman children’s story, A Flag for the Flying Dragon.

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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).
4. Like at least one of Carole P Roman’s sites on the internet.

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

This is a FAST CONTEST ending MONDAY, APRIL 27th, 2015 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!
Here is my review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/a-flag-for-the-flying-dragon/

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To the Sea

Title: To the Sea
Author: Callie Grant
Illustrator: Jeremy Tugeau
Publisher: Graham Blanchard Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-9897949-4-7

“The sea breeze sings. My tired eyes sting. I’ll remember the gifts that waves of foam bring.
The waves roll on. Beach time is done. God gave a good day in the sun,”
Callie Grant writes in her children’s book, To the Sea.

This twenty-four-page board book targets infants to five-year-old children who enjoy stories about the sea, the human body’s senses, and God. With no scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible is quoted.

Author and founder of Graham Blanchard, Grant has released eleven titles that promote a love of learning about God at an early age. Living in Austin, the writer/editor has a passion for educational publishing and children’s books. Illustrator Tugeau enjoys ocean scenery, painting in oils for another book by Graham Blanchard. His designs are colorful and expressive while being easy to decipher.

One of the Praise books, this short rhyming tale of a boy visiting the sea encourages seeing, hearing, and touching God’s wondrous creations. When the child notices the waves splashing on the shore repeatedly, he observes how they wash over his toes. Playing in the ocean, he tastes its salty spray in his mouth. Although he is not fast enough to catch fish with his net, he wonders where all the water originated.

When the tide rises and overtakes his sandcastle, he rebuilds it on a rock he finds, realizing it is safer on higher ground. Finally at the end of the day, the boy remembers the gifts of the waves that God made. A Bible verse from Genesis 1:31 completes the story.

While a young one looks at the charming illustrations and sees how the waves continually lap on the shore and retreat, he or she may become aware that God created it, and He saw that it was good. Adults can further endorse God in everything, whether visiting the beach or playing with toys in a bathtub full of water.

This simplistic but charming book would make a lovely bedtime story or be acceptable for a trip to the beach, reinforcing what to find, do, and notice when visiting.

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

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A Flag for the Flying Dragon

A Flag for the Flying Dragon: A Captain No Beard StoryTitle: A Flag for the Flying Dragon
Author: Carole P. Roman
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1-5078-2692-8

“It was not what he planned for the flag. He studied his troubled crew and decided that it didn’t matter. As long as they were together, working, playing, and having fun, nothing else mattered,” Captain No Beard admits in Carole P. Roman children’s story, A Flag for the Flying Dragon.

Part of the “A Captain No Beard Story” series, this forty-six-page paperback targets preschool to early elementary school children, especially those who like pirate stories. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers based on some of the complicated wording. The fun, colorful illustrations are easy to decipher and cover the complete page with a nicely sized black font text usually set against white backgrounds.

Award-winning author Roman has written over two dozen children’s books. A former teacher turned businesswoman, she spends time being a grandmother in New York while helping her husband run a successful family business.

This continuing tale has Captain No Beard in command of The Flying Dragon but at a quandary as he cannot find the perfect flag for his boat. The crew keeps busy doing their chores; only newcomer Zachary has nothing to do.

When the toddler tries to help Mongo be a lookout, the trouble starts. Afraid the little boy may get hurt, Captain No Beard struggles to find a viable task for him. Zach tries to help Cayla stuff holes, but that does not work. He offers to help Matie crack coconuts, but he makes a mess. Hallie is concerned her mopping the deck may be disrupted.

With Zach ruining the crew’s responsibilities, the captain has to come up with something quick. Seeing one of Cayla’s burp cloths, he turns it into the ship’s flag and instructs Zach to keep it safe and raise it every time they sail. In the end, everyone is happy that they worked together as a team and included Zach in the process. Soon they are transported back to reality in Alexander’s bedroom.

Playful and charming, this additional book offers readers a fantasy of fun while looking at the creative, expressive designs promoting working as a team and helping others.

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

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* CONTEST * Hope During Heartbreak ~ 1 FREE E-Book Giveaway!

Hope During Heartache: True Stories of Emotional Healing from Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Death of a Child

Win Cheri Swalwell’s e-book, HOPE DURING HEARTBREAK!
ENTER TO WIN THE E-BOOK.

ONE WINNER will be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this e-book.

Review Teaser: “When a child dies, no matter the circumstances, it’s important to have the freedom to share your feelings with others who understand instead of locking them up inside, pretending they don’t exist,” Cheri Swalwell writes in the introduction to her book, Hope During Heartache: True Stories of Emotional Healing from Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Death of a Child.

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This is a FAST CONTEST ending SATURDAY, APRIL 25th @ 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win an e-book that is emailed by the author directly to you! 

I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 5 STAR.
Here is my review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/hope-during-heartbreak/

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Tiffany Girl

Title: Tiffany Girl
Author: Deeanne Gist
Publisher: Howard Books
ISBN: 978-1-4767-3853-6

“Being a New Woman isn’t exactly how I’d pictured it. Don’t misunderstand, I love the independence and I love working at Tiffany’s, absolutely love it, but things just aren’t what I expected,” Flossie explains in Deeanne Gist’s novel, Tiffany Girl.

At five hundred and forty-four pages, this thick hardbound targets those who enjoy Christian historical fiction during America’s late nineteenth century concerning women’s rights. With no profanity, sexual scenes, or extreme violence, topics of physical, mental, and verbal abuse of women may not be appropriate for immature readers. With acknowledgements, a note to the reader, and prologue at the beginning of the book, an author’s note regarding facts versus fiction, credits, a reading group guide with enhancements and a conversation with the writer complete the book.

Having received several writing awards, author Gist has sold three-quarters of a million books, mainly geared toward fun historical romances. Living in Texas with her husband, she has four grown children.

In this tale based loosely on a true story, twenty-one-year-old Flossie Jayne detests sewing alongside her mother to make ends meet. Deciding she wants to become a New Woman who can make her decisions and money, she moves to a New York boarding house and lands a job with the famous Tiffany stained glass maker because the men working there went on strike.

Loving her newly found freedom, the naïve young adult who loves to paint is fascinated with her life of employment although it involves endless hours preparing glass windows for the chapel Tiffany plans to display at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair.

Fellow boarder Reeve Wilder, a shy and awkward newspaper reporter, is captivated by the outgoing chatterbox, wanting to protect her from the bustle pinchers that want to have their way with women. Initially finding her obnoxious, he is asked to write a fictional series about the life of New Women and uses her as his model.

As the two slowly morph from their sheltered cocoons, they start noticing each other and their attraction. As entertaining Flossie works her way into Reeve’s chauvinistic heart, both are forced to change their feelings about women working.

While learning about the colorful stained glass procedures and the women’s revolutionary movement, readers get caught up in how love alters one’s perspective when it comes to happiness and contentment.

Mentioning little Christianity, Gist does an excellent job keeping her characters engaged, whether it be a widow yearning for a son, the sensitive Tiffany owner, or the several women known as Tiffany Girls who would only be allowed to work if they stayed unmarried.

Thanks to Howard Books for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.

This review will be posted on Bookpleasures, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links of Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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Hope During Heartbreak

Hope During Heartache: True Stories of Emotional Healing from Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Death of a ChildTitle: Hope During Heartache
Author: Cheri Swalwell
Publisher: Spoken From the Heart
ASIN: B00NYD0Y7Y

“When a child dies, no matter the circumstances, it’s important to have the freedom to share your feelings with others who understand instead of locking them up inside, pretending they don’t exist,” Cheri Swalwell writes in the introduction to her book, Hope During Heartache: True Stories of Emotional Healing from Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Death of a Child.

At two hundred and sixteen pages, this e-book targets those who have lost a child or knows of someone that has recently dealt with the death of an unborn. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, The Message is also referenced. Due to topics of menstruation, blood loss, and death, it would not be appropriate for immature readers.

Author Swalwell is joyously a wife, mother, and writer as she focuses on God and His grace in her life, family, and writing. Whether writing her series and magazine articles or as a contributing author, her Christian love for others is her focal point.

Having an unexpected pregnancy in 2006, the author and her husband were devastated when she miscarried the child. God’s working in mysterious ways gave Swalwell the courage to publish a collection of thirteen parents’ viewpoints having experienced losing a dear one.

Whether facing infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of an infant or older child, eleven mothers and two fathers write their personal experiences of finding hope through God when they faced unimaginable heartbreaks.

Meet Addie, who had to trust God and let go to get pregnant, or Josh and his wife tenderly holding the body of their little girl. While Sheila shuts down her emotions for forty years, a grief-stricken woman in Jerusalem tries to overcome being labeled a habitual aborter.

What makes this book so special to those that wrote it is each understands how God is in control and has plans we do not understand. Through their pain, guilt, and embarrassment, they acknowledge there is no return “back to normal” or “after grief” but that God is holding their hands, promising them to be reunited in Heaven with their deeply-missed loved one. Often including Bible verses or poem, the parents shed their tears as they find hope through Christ.

This book may be a soothing balm for someone who recently has lost a child or miscarried and needs compassion and support from those who have lived through the heart-breaking tragedy.

Thanks to The Book Club Network and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinion.

This review will be posted on The Book Club Network, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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Only God Can Make a Kitten

Only God Can Make a KittenTitle: Only God Can Make a Kitten
Author: Rhonda Gowler Greene
Illustrator: Laura J. Bryant
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-73170-2

“God makes seeds to grow and grow.
He paints the flowers, blows winter’s snow.
God fashions fish. Kittens too.
Yes, God makes wondrous things, it’s true.
But best of all, God made … YOU!”
Rhonda Gowler Greene writes in her children’s book, Only God Can Make a Kitten.

This thirty-two page hardbound targets four to eight-year-old children who enjoy stories about nature and God. With no scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

Award-winning author Greene has written over twenty picture books. As a prior elementary school teacher, she is a speaker living in Michigan with her husband. Illustrator Bryant has illustrated a half dozen books and lives in North Carolina. Her whimsical watercolor designs cover the full pages with expressive emotions and easy-to-understand depictions of animals and nature.

In this short rhyming tale that starts with a verse from Genesis taken from the New International Version of the Holy Bible, a young boy, his baby sister, and his mother are outside playing. When the boy notices a tiny sprout and shows it to his mother, he learns that only God can make a seed. As the three travel along, they see eggs in a bird’s nest, a field of flowers in bloom, fish swimming in water, plums growing, trees with branches to climb, rocks to walk on, a little cat asleep on a chair, snowflakes falling, and stars in the dark sky.

After each object, the boy is reminded that it is only the Almighty Who can make it. While showing the three playing on a couch in their pajamas, the ending lists all items, stating that the most important thing God made was the little boy.

Although there is no addition of a male father figure in the story, the cute rhyme shows how God makes everything, but, most importantly, He created the young one reading or viewing the book. With the charming artwork and the many suggestions of God’s creations, adults can engage the child to consider other things He made including parents, grandparents, and pets.

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

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The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Sunset Cove Novel)Title: The Inn at Ocean’s Edge
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-07180-3122-0

“I didn’t live on my own in the woods for a solid year when I was only four. Someone had me while the entire state was searching for me. Why did they keep me? I have to wonder if there’s something bigger going on,” Claire ponders in Colleen Coble’s novel, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge.

Book one of the Sunset Cove series, this three hundred and thirty-six page hardbound targets those who enjoy Christian mystery with romance. Using one slang word and no overtly sexual scenes or graphic violence, the topics of marital infidelity and murder may be inappropriate for immature readers. The ending includes eight discussion questions, a note from the author, acknowledgments, advertisements, and the author’s biography.

With over two million of her books in print, award-winning author Coble has written dozens of romantic suspense novels and mystery series. Living in Indiana with her husband, she is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers.

In this current-day story set on the Folly Shoals island of Maine, twenty-nine-year-old Claire Dellamare is at odds with her wealthy parents when they meet at the Hotel Tourmaline to complete a significant business merger. Accidentally learning she was lost at the same hotel when she was four years old, she is mystified to uncover she was missing and unexpectedly returned one year later, yet she has no recollection of the past.

Dealing with panic attacks, Claire’s life is in jeopardy more than once after she witnesses a murder. In circumspect, she begins to have flashbacks as she tries to put the pieces together from when she was a child.

After meeting Luke and his sister by helping them nurture an ailing orca back to health, Claire wonders about her strange family history and how the siblings’ mother plays a part in it. With other witnesses living in the area after twenty-five years, each prompts her to dig deeper into her childhood whereabouts.

Grabbing hold to her new relationship with the unpretentious Luke, Claire must find out who she is and how her family and others were involved in her upbringing. Luke, yearning to move away again, is forced to refocus on what and who is important to him.

By carefully reading, the ending scenario could be guessed although there are many unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Coble promotes how God brings together a family by genes or happenstance for His purpose.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and Litfuse Publicity for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

This review will be posted on Bookpleasures, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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The Creative Process Diet

The Creative Process DietTitle: The Creative Process Diet
Author: Ben G. Adams, PhD
Publisher: Unboxing Press
ISBN: 978-0-9960824-0-2

“In the ritual of bindling, the individual focuses simply on deliberately creating the powerful psychospiritual condition of self-mastery, and thereby turns over the task of releasing excess weight and permanently maintaining one’s desired bodily form to the creative process as it is manifested in the deeper levels of the psyche,” Ben G. Adams writes in his book, The Creative Process Diet.

At three hundred and seventy-eight pages, this paperback targets those interested in a more psychological approach of mind over matter when it comes to dieting. With no table of contents, chapter delineations, index, glossary, or examples, it is up to the reader to decipher the book’s format. Also included was a one-hundred-and-eight page Basic Forms book that is a duplication of the last hundred pages of this book’s forms.

Author Adams is a post-traumatic stress disorder researcher, artist, and game enthusiast who has a clinical psychology degree from Columbia University and works at its Mailman School of Public Health in its epidemiology department.

Set up more like a graduate thesis, the book is written with a plethora of psychological and creative terms that promotes dieting is an art form. By “bindling” one can obtain self-mastery that leads to transformation, a condition of inevitability, and finally, the desired outcome.

To find one’s creative process to lose weight, an ongoing three-day initiation cycle is followed that involves the pre-liminal day, liminal day, and initiation day. One hundred forms with sections titled Unlimited, Obtained, and Ritualized are tracked as well as Ws for drinking water and date codes. Added are OBT and DOC boxes to check when lists have been mastered or eating plans followed.

Topics of releasing shame and guilt, exploring the ecstasy of eating, or deliberately ignoring the judging part of the brain are mentioned as well as reworking the Biblical quote, “I AM that I AM.”

Having no suggested meal lists, eating examples, or samples of filled out sheets, the book forces the reader to devise his or her personal meals and keep notes on what is eaten, how often, and when.

If one can look past the hard-to-understand and lengthy sentences such as stated in the above quote, the dieter might follow Adams simplified plan of documenting what to eat the next day and follow through, checking it constantly until weight is lost. Geared to the person that makes lists or keeps extensive notes, the writing book may, no doubt, alter a person’s eating habits due to the time involved documenting.

Rating: 2.5 stars of 5 – This subjective reviewer did not care for this book, but it may be a helpful source for someone who needs to write down every food consumed or enjoys anticipating upcoming meals.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for furnishing these complimentary books in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.

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* CONTEST * Chance of Loving You ~ 1 Free Book Giveaway!

Chance of Loving You

Win this Romance Collection by Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert, and Susan May Warren ~
CHANCE OF LOVING YOU!
ENTER TO WIN THE BOOK.

ONE WINNER will be randomly selected to win FREE from the blogger this just-released book from Tyndale.

Review Teaser: Chance of Loving You is a romance collection of three novellas by well-known Christian writers. With no profanity, violence, or overly sexual content, the three hundred and eighty-four page paperback targets mostly adult women who enjoy reading about clean, romantic relationships. Each tale ends with a food recipe, the author’s biography, and a list of other books written by the author.

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I read & reviewed this book – it’s a 4 STAR.
Here is my review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/chance-of-loving-you/

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