* CONTEST * If You Were Me and Lived in … the American West ~ 1 Book Set Giveaway!

If You Were Me and Lived in...the American West (Volume 7)

WIN CAROLE P ROMAN’S CHILDREN’S CIVILIZATION BOOK SERIES
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … THE AMERICAN WEST & ALL OTHER BOOKS TO DATE IN THE SERIES

1 WINNER be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released new series.

REVIEW  TEASER: “So you see, if you were me, how life in the American West could really be,” Carole P. Roman ends her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … the American West.

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 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 Tuesday, July 26, 2016, after 6 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: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-the-american-west/

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* CONTEST * If You Were Me and Lived In … the Middle Ages ~ 1 Book Set Giveaway!

If You Were Me and Lived in...the Middle Ages (Volume 6)

WIN CAROLE P ROMAN’S CHILDREN’S CIVILIZATION BOOK SERIES
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … THE MIDDLE AGES & ALL OTHER BOOKS TO DATE IN THE SERIES

1 WINNER be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released new series.

REVIEW  TEASER: “If you were me and lived in the Middle Ages, you would have been born about the year 1072, more than 900 years ago,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived in … The Middle Ages.

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 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 Sunday, July 24th, 2016, after 6 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:https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-the-middle-ages/

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Nourishing Your Whole Self

Nourishing Your Whole Self: A Cookbook with FeelingsTitle: Nourishing Your Whole Self
Author: Marci Izard
Publisher: Pelican
ISBN: 978-1-455620791

“In this book, Izard explains how to organically improve the way you eat and live,” the inside front flap cover states in Marci Izard’s book, Nourishing Your Whole Self: A Cookbook with Feelings.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-eight-page oversized hardbound targets those who want to eat consciously better for their entire well-being. Containing over one-hundred-twenty food recipes, it focuses on “feeling” when eating.

After a preface and introduction, the book covers five sections, ending with an alphabetized index by recipe name. The five areas are related to feeling refreshed, peaceful, comforted, treated, and indulged. Each recipe comes with a full-color photograph of the completed dish. A paragraph regarding the creation is at the top of the page, followed by a list of ingredients in used order and instructions in sentence format. Quotes from famous individuals such as Mel Brooks, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Rita Wilson or a written Bible verse are below the recipes.

The first section on Feel Refreshed has twenty-five listings ranging from Nutty Bean Salad and Shrimp Ceviche to Cherry Jam and Kiddie Smoothie. The part on Feel Peaceful contains twenty-three dishes like Avocado Toast, Sprouted Collard Wraps, and Turkey Chili while there are thirty-six examples in Feel Comforted like Honey-Oat Granola, Fiery Garlic Bread, Zucchini Rice, and Veggie-Roni Quiche. The fourth section on Feeling Treated also has twenty-three recipes including Onion Rings, Mexican Pizza, and Pumpkin Pie to name a few. The last area of sixteen Feel Indulged dishes offers Pepperoni Bread, Grandmommy’s Kentucky Pie, and Chocolate-Lover Cookies.

~ Why ~
This book presents an eclectic arrangement of all types of dishes for morning, noon, and night but in an unusual “mood” manner. I like that the author has separated them to be chosen by how the reader feels, not by their ingredients, mealtime, or caloric content. The photographs are beautiful and well presented.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not into cooking will pass on this book. Others may find some of the recipes too common and generic, but most are easy and quick to make. Some may not like that there are no preparation times or caloric content for those on strict diets.

~ Who ~
With a background as a broadcast journalist, food blogger Izard shares her healthy philosophy online and via a cooking segment on television. As a yoga teacher, fitness instructor, meditation coach, and marathon runner, she promotes spiritual wellness and mental stability.

~ Wish ~
I wish the recipes included the time allotment as well as the caloric or nutritional information. If each section had a list of what dishes were included, it would make it easier to find a recipe quickly instead of having to turn the pages or search by its complete name in the index.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cookbook that is sorted by how you are feeling and what mood are in to eat, this is a viable option.

Thanks to the author for this book to read and review.

This review will be posted on Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, LinkedIn, Godinterest, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.

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Miracle in Music City

Title: Miracle in Music City
Author: Natalie Grant with Naomi Kinsman
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75250-9

“God, please bring the guitar back. Help untangle everything that’s knotted up with the benefit and with Annabeth and Emily, and with me too,” Maddie prays in the children’s book, Glimmer Girls: Miracle in Music City, written by Natalie Grant with Naomi Kingsman.

~ What ~
Third in the Glimmer Girls series, this two-hundred-and-eight-page paperback targets children ages eight to twelve years old, especially girls who like music and mysteries. With no profanity or adult situations, the Christian-based book references the New International Version of the Holy Bible.

In this tale, ten-year-old twins Maddie and Mia along with their younger sister, Lulu, are excited when their famous mother is part of a musical benefit for homeless people at the Grand Ole Opry. With their best friends feeling left out, the twins make matters worse as they learn a lesson in making a difference in society.

When a musician’s guitar that is to be auctioned off cannot be found, the Glimmer Girls are challenged not only to help find the musical instrument, but also they befriend a young girl who is homeless. With the three sisters performing at the Opry, all learn about enjoying the moment, having passion not perfection, and it is not all about you.

~ Why ~
Noting the background of the Grand Ole Opry with its stage, dressing rooms, greenroom, and history, the story incorporates how children can make a difference by giving back to others. I like how the author easily incorporates mentioning God in the conversations between adults and children.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Christ as their Savior may not approve of the inferences and praying to God. Others may find the book predictable with a happily-ever-after ending, but it does convey hope and making a difference.

~ Who ~
Grant is a four-time Grammy nominee and top-selling Christian and Gospel artist who lives in Tennessee with her husband and children. No information is provided on Kingsman or the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. Including a book discussion section at the back would be helpful for reminding readers about the Biblical highlights mentioned in the book.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a current-day Christian series that has both educational and spiritual values, this may be a good one. With the musical history included, it may be enjoyed by young girls who love to sing, dance, and perform.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book to read and review.

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

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* CONTEST * If You Were Me and Lived In … Ancient China ~ 1 Book Set Giveaway!

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient China: The Han Dynasty

WIN CAROLE P ROMAN’S CHILDREN’S CIVILIZATION BOOK SERIES
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … ANCIENT CHINA & ALL OTHER BOOKS TO DATE IN THE SERIES

1 WINNER be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released new series.

REVIEW  TEASER: “If you were me and lived in Ancient China, you would have been born almost nineteen hundred years ago in the year 150 AD,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In …Ancient China.

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 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 Friday, July 22nd, 2016, after 6 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:https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-ancient-china/

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If You Were Me and Lived in … the American West

If You Were Me and Lived in...the American West (Volume 7)Title: If You Were Me and Lived In … The American West
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Paula Tabor
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1-532877841

“So you see, if you were me, how life in the American West could really be,” Carole P. Roman ends her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … the American West.

~ What ~
Part of the international series, this fifty-four-page numbered paperback targets early elementary school-aged children and readers who like learning about civilizations and cultures in other countries. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words that usually include pronunciation. Colorful illustrations cover one side of the pages with white wording against a black background on the opposite sides. The ending includes two pages about famous people during the period as well as a seven-page glossary with pronunciations.

In this book dedicated to traveling on the Oregon Trail during the 19th century, the history, religion, culture, clothing, and activities are explained. Readers can learn what their names would be, employment, town and home environment, food choices, necessary attire, monetary values, education, hobbies, and important people and what they accomplished.

~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational and detailed account is a way for children to learn about another period in history and how it changed the world. I appreciated the information gleaned about conastogas and what was taken when traveling the many miles, how butter was churned when milk was hung on a moving wagon, using grass to release wheels stuck in the mud, building a homestead, and cowboys who made $25 a month.

~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words. Some may think its contents may be too advanced for young children, but the pictures are understandable and with details. Others may find it challenging to read white words against black backgrounds.

~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written complete series for children of books based on counties and pirate genre. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Illustrator Tabor is also a portraitist, caricaturist, and art show award winner who lives in Texas.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were more extensive books like this on every civilization so children could see and learn about the vast array of differences throughout the world. It is my understanding the book’s grammar and punctuation errors are being corrected.

~ Want ~
With so many civilizations on the planet, one looks forward to future books in the series to learn more about a particular era.

Thanks to the author for this book to read and review.

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

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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If You Were Me and Lived in … the Middle Ages

If You Were Me and Lived in...the Middle Ages (Volume 6)Title: If You Were Me and Lived in … the Middle Ages
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1-533673244

“If you were me and lived in the Middle Ages, you would have been born about the year 1072, more than 900 years ago,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived in … The Middle Ages.

~ What ~
Part of An Introduction to Civilizations throughout Time series, this ninety-eight-page paperback targets elementary to middle school-aged children and readers who like learning about historical eras. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Colorful illustrations cover the pages with a nicely sized font wording, usually against a solid white background. At the ending, four pages are dedicated to important people of the period, followed by a fourteen-page glossary that also includes pronunciation for each word.

In this book dedicated to England during the Middle Ages, the history, religion, culture, clothing, and activities are explained. Readers can learn what their names would be, employment, town and home environment, food choices, necessary attire, monetary values, education, hobbies, and important people and what they accomplished.

~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational and detailed account is a way for children to learn about another period in history and how it changed the world. I appreciated the information gleaned on peasants versus the nobility, motte and bailey castles with crenallates, raised platforms while eating meals, clothing that included cowls, cloaks, and brooches, serfs or villeins, doctors who relied on blood-letting and the four humors, and the church’s role in society.

~ Why Not ~
While the book contains long paragraphs and three- to four-syllable words, it would have to be read out loud to new readers. Some may think its contents may be too advanced for young children, but the pictures are understandable and simplistic.

~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written several series for children of books based on countries, eras, and the pirate genre. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Illustrator Arkova lives in Bulgaria and enjoys drawing bright pastels in funny cartoonish format.

~ Wish ~
I wish more creative books like this one were available that promoted historical events to be used as educational tools for teaching children. I felt the book was too long with the extensive glossary, but some may appreciate its content for school reports. It is my understanding the book’s grammar and punctuation errors are being corrected.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a new series that covers a gambit of historical places and people, this one will inspire and educate your children about the way a life during the Middle Ages.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book to read and review.

This review will be posted on Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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If You Were Me and Lived in … Ancient China

If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient China: The Han DynastyTitle: If You Were Me and Lived In … Ancient China
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1-523234271

“If you were me and lived in Ancient China, you would have been born almost nineteen hundred years ago in the year 150 AD,” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s book, If You Were Me and Lived In … Ancient China.

~ What ~
Part of  An Introduction to Civilizations throughout Time series, this seventy-six-page paperback targets elementary to middle school-aged children and readers who like learning about historical eras. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Colorful illustrations cover the pages with a nicely sized font wording, usually against a solid white background. At the ending, four pages are dedicated to important people of the period, followed by a seven-page glossary that also includes pronunciation for each word.

In this book dedicated to China in ancient times, the history, religion, culture, clothing, and activities are explained. Readers can learn what their names would be, employment, town and home environment, food choices, necessary attire, monetary values, education, hobbies, and important people and what they accomplished.

~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this educational and detailed account is a way for children to learn about another period in history and how it changed the world. As an adult, I appreciated the information on the Silk Road, the emperor being served thirty dishes twice a day, the meaning of colors and numbers, how silk and paper are made, and the Lantern Festival.

~ Why Not ~
While the book contains long paragraphs and three- to four-syllable words, it would have to be read out loud to new readers. Some may think its contents may be too advanced for young children, but the pictures are understandable and simplistic.

~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written several series for children of books based on countries, eras, and the pirate genre. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren. Illustrator Arkova lives in Bulgaria and enjoys drawing bright pastels in funny cartoonish format.

~ Wish ~
I wish more creative books like this one were available that promoted historical events to be used as educational tools for teaching children.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a new series that covers a gambit of historical places and people, this one will inspire and educate your children about the way a life during Ancient China.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book to read and review.

This review will be posted on Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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* CONTEST * Relaxing Coloring Book for Pregnant Women – 2 Giveaway Copies!

Adult Coloring Books: Relaxing Coloring Book For Pregnant Women - Inner Soul Journey

WIN SHIRA KIDRON’S COLORING BOOK
RELAXING COLORING BOOK FOR PREGNANT WOMEN!

TWO WINNERS will be randomly selected to win FREE from the author this recently released book.

REVIEW  TEASER: “Choosing colors intuitively without thought, you enter a realm that is sacred for you and your embryo,” Shira Kidron writes in the preface of her book, Relaxing Coloring Book for Pregnant Women: Inner Soul Journey.”

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. 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 WEDNESDAY, JULY 20th, 2016 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 physical shipping address (no P.O. Box) must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this book & it’s a 4 STAR!
Here is my review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/relaxing-coloring-book-for-pregnant-women/

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What Matters Most

What Matters Most (Texas Gold Collection)Title: What Matters Most
Author: Kellie Coates Gilbert
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2275-3

“Her mother always said that if you did what was right, God would do the rest,” Kellie Coates Gilbert writes about Leta in her novel, What Matters Most.

~ What ~
Part of the Texas Gold series, this three-hundred-twenty-page paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary Christian romance surrounding Texas and politics. Using the words “schmuck” and “crap,” topics of dementia and aging may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes acknowledgments, an excerpt of the first book in the series, author’s biography, and advertisements.

In this stand-alone tale, twenty-six-year-old Leta Breckenridge never got the chance to complete her college education due to taking care of her mother with dementia. Struggling to keep her parent in a memory care facility, she accepts a high-paying job at a public relations company that is paid to find the dirt on thirty-seven-year-old Nathan Emerson, an up-and-coming senator running for governor.

When Leta and Nathan meet, sparks fly, but both rein in their friendship because of Leta’s employment situation and Nathan’s current girlfriend. Although Leta initially thinks she has landed a dream job, she has to choose what is right and allow God to show her the way.

~ Why ~
Having a parent with ongoing memory issues is heartbreaking and costly. I like how the book conveyed not only the political back-room dealings of a public relation firm but also the problems dealing with loved ones with dementia. The book reminds the reader to do what is right and let it go, knowing God is in control.

~ Why Not ~
As the heroine becomes an unknowingly political pawn, she breaks confidentiality with at least three individuals and is never challenged for doing so. There are many stereotypical characters such as Nathan’s mom, Leta’s boss, and her roommate. The romance between Leta and Nathan is predictable of a financially struggling Cinderella meeting her Prince Charming.

~ Who ~ As a formal legal investigator and trial paralegal, author Gilbert has written other novels in the series. She and her husband live in Texas.

~ Wish ~ I wish Leta’s indiscretions of telling others about her job findings were brought to fruition as she should have been held accountable for disregarding company policy.

~ Want ~ If you like a simple and predictable romance that involves politics and Texas, this one dealing with dementia may interest you.

Thanks to Baker Books for this book to read and review for my honest opinion.

This review will be posted on Baker Books, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Pinterest, Godinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+.

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