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Review of Home School in the Woods’ Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures

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We love using the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures from Home School in the Woods for more than just our history timeline!  As a homeschooling parent, some companies provide such incredible products that I love going back when I need to find additional resources.  When I am looking for history lapbooks, hands-on history notebooking pages, and more, my first instinct is to go to Home School in the Woods.  So when I had the opportunity for our family to review the timeline collection from Home School in the Woods, I was thrilled.  For this review, we received the downloadable version of this product.  However, it is also available on CD.

Home School in the Woods provides a large variety of products to suit children of all ages. From timelines to U.S. History Studies to World History Studies, to games, to hands-on activities, and more Home School in the Woods has items to please everyone. Click here to read an article from Amy Pak’s blog about using timelines in your homeschool.  Or if you want to read an article about how to add sanity to your school year, click here.

When I received the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Figures, I knew our family would find many ways to use this hands-on resource.  This resource is one resource that everyone in your family can use.  When I received the file to download, the first thing that is important to remember is that it is a zip file, so it is necessary to extract the files first.

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Once the files are extracted, you can pick and choose what time period you need, what size figures you want, and exactly what pages you need to print at a time.  Another great thing about these figures is that the figures can be used no matter what history resource or curriculum you are using.  Once you have selected a page, you can print it out and then use the figures in whatever way suits your family.  Also, you can print only the pages you need for a given year, semester, quarter, month, or even week to make life manageable.  Personally, I like the idea of printing the pages out by the week to ensure we do not misplace any.

I found it interesting that depending on where you choose to print from, the files printed slightly differently.  In the picture below on the left-hand side, I elected to print from the index page, which when clicked on opens the index in a browser window.  It seems to be slightly larger than when I selected to print from the actual file on my computer.  I am not sure why this is the case, but I just found it interesting.

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I appreciate the fact there is an option to either print the figures with additional text or without the additional text.  For younger children, I think printing the ones without additional information would be better.  But for older children and teenagers, I think the ones with text allow for conversations to begin.

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I  love the idea of using the figures to create a self-directed high school history course.  I could easily see giving our 16-year-old daughter free rein to pick and choose what historical figures to study and then allowing her to find resources to utilize for studying those figures.  Whether your family is studying Ancient History, World History, or American History, you will find figures you can use.  Because we are doing this review during the summer, I decided to change things up some and let her start from the most recent figure and start working our way back.  Basically, I had her work three days a week.  I asked her to place half of a page each day. Here are some sample pages.

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One of the most helpful things I found about this program is the Index that allowed me to quickly search for anything I might want or need.  When you select the file labeled Index, a window will open in your browser that looks like the bottom of the picture below, then you can select what you want to print.

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I also found it helpful how the files are broken down into sections including Creation to Christ, Napoleon to Now (World History), Resurrection to Revolution (World History), and America.  So if you are concentrating on a particular time in history, this feature allows you to quickly navigate to the figures you need.

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So if you are looking for hands-on history activities, products, and timeline figures, check out  Home School in the Woods for yourself.  If you would like to read my earlier reviews of products from Home School in the Woods, click here for my review of The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline.  Or you can click here to read my review of the Á La Carte collection.

If you want to read other reviews of Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline or other products being reviewed by Crew Members, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Home School in the Woods’ The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline

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Home School in the Woods is my favorite company for timeline materials, so I was super excited to receive The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline from their À La Carte Timelines projects. Our children tend to enjoy hands-on History studies rather than using a typical textbook.  So I was thrilled for our family to review this product.  I feel Home School in the Woods offers some of the best history studies available.

Home School in the Woods is a hands-on history company, with multiple product lines for all grades from Kindergarten to high school.  These product lines include À La Carte Timeline projects, Hands-on History Lap-Paks, Time Travelers American History, and more.  For this review, we received the digital download of The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline.  I was very excited for our 15-year-old daughter to receive this product.  Moreover, I was excited to work on it as well.

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This scrapbook-style timeline includes artists, historical figures, world leaders, religious leaders and more.  It is recommended for grades 3 to 12th.  I have to say I agree with that recommendation.  For the younger students, they will enjoy cutting and pasting the figures into the timeline. For older students like our daughter who is in high school, this can be a springboard for deeper studies.  My initial plan was to get the timeline completed, which we did.  Now for the upcoming school year, I plan on our daughter researching the events and people included on the timeline in more depth.  I want her to complete notebooking pages on some of the historical people and events on the timeline as well as write some more in-depth reports on others.

 

With this product comes the timeline pages are broken down to time periods and indications on the pages what person or event belongs where.  It includes figures, predated lines, and a teacher’s key, so the only extra supplies needed are glue and scissors.  We simply printed our timeline and figures on normal printer paper.  However, I would recommend using cardstock at least for the timeline pages to make it sturdier.  Also for our purposes right now, we put the completed pages in a Presentation folder.  As I have our daughter do more in-depth studies and she completes more pages, I will probably have her move everything into a binder broken down into the timeline pages, notebooking pages, reports and other items she wishes to include as she completes them.  

 

I feel this product is an excellent springboard for more in-depth studies of historical events and people.  Our family definitely recommends this product line.

One of Home School in the Woods’ newest products is their Project Passport World History Studies.  This series includes hands-on activities.  Students receive a passport and a luggage folder in order to prepare for their journey.  According to their website, students will “Take a trip through history and discover cultures at another era of time with hands-on projects and activities that drive the lessons home in a fun way”  These studies are designed to take approximately 8-12 weeks and are meant for grades 3-8.  Students will learn about everyday life, agriculture, trade, education,  writing, medicine, government, the Bible and more.  So click here if you want to learn more about the Project Passport World History Studies.

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Check out Home School in the Woods for yourself.  If you want to read other reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew of the À La Carte Timeline or other product lines, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Home School in the Woods’ Á La Carte Collection

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Sometimes run of the mill textbooks and worksheets do not make the grade and some creativity and variety are needed.  Home School in the Woods offers products that meet that requirement. Because my youngest child is fifteen-years-old finding products that meet her needs are more challenging.  Fortunately, Home School in the Woods now offers many of their hands-on history projects Á La Carte.

Because all our children, as well as my husband and myself, are participating in our area’s homeschool band and/or strings programs, I decided that items focusing on music would definitely meet the bill.  So we selected “Composers through History Timeline” and “The Orchestra”, which is a File Folder Display of the Orchestra across 4 different periods of history in music.  I like doing hands-on crafts such as scrapbooking and crocheting.  So I decided to select “The Art of Quilling A Renaissance & Colonial Craft” for myself.

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Our family found all these products to be fun and interesting to use.  “The Art of Quilling A Renaissance & Colonial Craft” involves paper art that uses the 3-dimensional art of rolled paper.  This product was originally created as part of “Time Travelers: Colonial Life”.  This particular product required the purchase of a quilling tool, quilling paper, and an adhesive to attach the paper rolls to the paper.  The instructions were clearly stated, but I did find the quilling tool somewhat difficult to use.  Also, the adhesive is exceptionally sticky which meant my fingers managed to get and stay sticky.  But all in all, I really enjoyed making my one project.  Here are some of the pictures while I was working on it and a picture of my completed picture.

Here is the picture of the finished product.

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Next, I would like to talk about “The Orchestra A File Folder Display of the Orchestra Across 4 Periods in the History of Music“.  This product was originally created for the “Composers Activity Pack”.  It examines the way musical instruments were introduced over time and how the orchestra grew to include many of them.  It takes the student through The Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods and includes over 25 instruments along with the conductor.

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This product requires a file folder, card stock, an adhesive and scissors.  The most involved part of this product is cutting out and attaching the pockets to the file folder and the cutting out the instrument descriptions and information about the period.  I love how this product is interactive and can allow for multiple periods to be displayed using the same file folder.  Here are some pictures of me creating the file folder and then set up the arrangement of instruments for the Classical Period.

Finally, I want to talk about “Composers through History Timeline” product.  This involves the use of card stock or other paper, scissors and an adhesive.  Students learn about periods of music and the various composers that belong to each period.  It allows for parents and students to go into as much depth as desired for each composer and period.

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 Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods also offers selections such as Timeline of the American Revolution and the Renaissance Reporter Newspaper.  So check these out for yourself.  Click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews of the Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods.

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Review and Giveaway for Stitches in Time

About the Book

Book: Stitches in Time

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Contemporary Amish fiction

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Detachment had worked well as a life strategy for horse trainer Sam Schrock. Until he met Mollie Graber . . .

New to Stoney Ridge, schoolteacher Mollie has come to town for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she’s the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child’s heart and knit them back together.

Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What the 11-year-old twins bring to her home is anything but. Visits from the sheriff at midnight. Phone calls from the school truancy officer. And then the most humiliating moment of all: the girls accuse Mollie of drug addiction.

There’s only one thing that breaks through the girls’ hard shell–an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie’s chaotic life. What he didn’t expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.

Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish church of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.

 

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Having read Mending Fences that told the story of Izzey and Luke, I was interested in reading Stitches in Time.  I looked forward to revisiting them and the others in Stoney Ridge.  I enjoyed meeting Mollie and reading her adventures of being a foster parent to the twin girls.  I do not believe having the girls in her home as a single young woman was anything like what she expected it to be.

From the very first moment, I was sure Mollie was in for a difficult time with girls.  I wanted Sam and Mollie to realize they were made for each other.  This book also dealt quite a bit with Luke and his newfound responsibilities as being selected as a deacon for their church.

I was intrigued by the idea of an Amish community stepping up to become foster parents for 11 “English” girls.  Suzanne Woods Fisher did a remarkable job weaving in the story of Izzey and her feelings about foster parents having grown up in foster care, and her need for love from her own mother who abandoned her.

If you enjoy stories about the Amish, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

Carol-award winner Suzanne Woods Fisher writes untold stories about inspiring people. With over one million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction, ranging from Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World to the historical novel Anna’s Crossing.

 

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Have you ever felt the tug to become a foster parent?

On any given day, there are nearly 438,000 children in foster care in the United States. Most states have a critical need for more foster parents, and the number of children placed in foster care increases yearly.

There are plenty of assumptions about having foster children, but most are incorrect. The media has a tendency to focus on the negative, but from all the research I conducted to write this book, for every bad news story, there were two good ones. Good stories just don’t make the news.

Below are some of the most common assumptions about foster care, with corrected information that is applicable across the United States (but keep in mind that each state has their own requirements).

 

Myth: Kids in foster care are bad or troubled.

Truth: Children in foster care are good kids taken out of a troubled situation. They need a caring foster parent who is patient and understanding. When given the opportunity, most of these children begin to thrive.

 

Myth: To be a foster parent, you need to be married and own a home and be a college graduate.

Truth: You don’t need to be married or to own a home or even be a college graduate. That means if you’re single or renting, you can be a foster parent.

 

Myth: I can’t afford to be a foster parent.

Truth: There are monthly reimbursement rates for children in foster care based on the level of care you provide. Medical and dental care is paid through state Medicaid programs.

 

Myth: Most kids in foster care are teenagers.

Truth: The average age of a child entering foster care is seven years old.

 

Myth: Most kids are in foster care because their parents have abused drugs.

Truth: Now, this one is not a myth. It’s true. There are fifteen categories that can be responsible for a child’s removal from a home. Drug abuse from a parent has had the largest percentage increase.

 

Myth: Fostering could require a commitment until the child turns eighteen.

Truth: Generally, children remain in state care for less than two years. Only six percent spend five or more years in foster care.

 

Myth: It’s too hard to give a child up to his biological family.

Truth: Most children are in foster care for a short time, returning to their biological families. Reuniting a child to his family is the ideal situation. Foster families provide a safe haven for a child. Healthy grieving is to be expected, but it’s for the right reasons. It’s healthy.

 

Myth: You can’t adopt foster children.

Truth: In 2016, more than 65,000 children—whose mothers and fathers parental rights were legally terminated—waiting to be adopted. Also in 2016, more than 20,000 children “aged out” of foster care without permanent families. Research has shown that those who leave care without being linked to a “forever family” have a higher likelihood than the general youth population to experience homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration as adults.

 

Is there room in your heart and family for a child in need? There are many ways to get involved, some that do not even require foster care. One recommendation: volunteer with The National CASA Association (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children. You can find out more information here: www.casaforchildren.org.

Or consider small ways to connect to children in need—after school tutoring at your public library. Volunteering at a community center. Buy Christmas gifts for a family in need through an Adopt-a-Family program with a local church. Support a family who does provide foster care with respites—babysitting or meals. There’s many ways to get involved to care for children in need. And every little bit makes a difference.

Blog Stops

The Power of Words, September 26

The Becca Files, September 26

SusanLovesBooks, September 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 26

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 27

Through the Fire Blogs, September 27

Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife, September 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 28

Inspiration Clothesline, September 28

Texas Book-aholic, September 28

Book bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 29

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 29

Blogging With Carol , September 29

Hookmeinabook , September 29

The Avid Reader, September 30

Mia Reads, September 30

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 30

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My Devotional Thoughts, October 1

Maureen’s Musings, October 1

CarpeDiem, October 1

For Him and My Family, October 2

Stories By Gina, October 2

Activating Faith, October 2

A Reader’s Brain, October 3

EmpowerMoms, October 3

Wishful Endings, October 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 3

Carla Loves To Read, October 4

Pause for Tales, October 4

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 4

Inklings and notions , October 5

Quiet Quilter, October 5

Vicky Sluiter, October 5

Hallie Reads, October 5

Blossoms and Blessings, October 6

For The Love of Books , October 6

For the Love of Literature, October 6

Bigreadersite, October 7

By The Book, October 7

She Lives to Read, October 7

Moments, October 8

Southern Gal Loves to Read, October 8

Girls in White Dresses, October 8

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, October 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 9

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of her book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Review and Giveaway for Texas Tears

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About the Book

Book: Texas Tears

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: September 2, 2019

Texas TearsJust like Mexico and the U.S. wanted the Republic of Texas; best friends Charity and Arlene want the same man. Who will Texas choose? Who will the man? Will Eberhart de Priest, the object of the young ladies’ desires, follow his heart or his mother’s advice? And what of the interloper from New Orleans who knows exactly whom he loves? Can a Christian find happiness with a non-believer? Only the Lord knows the future, but He does give the desires of the heart to those who delight in Him.

 

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Caryl McAdoo has become one of my favorite authors recently.  She writes a story with believable characters, interesting storylines, and wonderful settings.  With living in Texas currently, I appreciate these storylines.

 

I found Charity and Arlene to be interesting characters who carried out a believable plot.  So if you enjoy historical fiction check out this book for yourself.

 

 

 

About the Author

Caryl McAdooCaryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory—what she lives to do. Her award-winning, best-selling novels enjoy a lion’s share of 5-Star ratings from Christian readers around the world. With forty-five titles, it’s obvious she loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs the Lord gives her—listen to a few at YouTube. ‘Golden husband Ron shares four children and eighteen grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

 

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TEXAS TEARS includes the vote to enter the Union or remain a Republic in 1845. Though it ended in an overwhelming approval to become a state, believe you me, tears fell all over Texas and have been falling since for some.

As a semi-closet secessionist, it wouldn’t bother me if the Texas Legislature voted tomorrow to become the Second Republic of Texas! There are plenty of true radicals living today in the Lone Star State who work diligently daily toward that end!

 

Anyway, tears also fell in the new Texas community where the four families first met in GONE TO TEXAS—the O’Neals, Van Zandts, Worleys, and Harrells—have been settling in five years. One of their own, Thomas Baldwin (introduced in book two, TEXAS MY TEXAS) represented them in the Texas Congress, going to Washington on the Brazos to vote!

Not all the tears that fell in that growing community were over the vote, but rather a man who came riding in on a magnificent black stallion. Eberhart de Vecchi was tall, handsome, and a perfect Prince Charming who swept the two young coming-of-age women there right off their high-topped shoes!

Friends their whole lives, the older, Charity O’Neal, claimed him right off, but Arlene Van Zandt the younger—only by six months and three days—who’s always given in before isn’t ready to acquiesce so quickly in this instance, smitten as she is.

 

And so, thar’s trouble in them thar hills! To thicken the sludge, enters the hard-working Landry Humble, Monroe’s (also introduced in book two TEXAS MY TEXAS) nephew. This young man, able to pick more than twice his weight in cotton in a day, knows immediately which lovely he wants.

My, my, my . . . the tears do fall in Texas, and not everyone can have a happy ending. Or can they?

Blog Stops

For Him and My Family, September 16

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 17

Moments With Mercy, September 18

Sara Jane Jacobs – Blog, September 19

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 21

KarenSueHadley, September 22

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 24

Texas Book-aholic, September 25

janicesbookreviews, September 26

Emily Yager, September 27

A Reader’s Brain, September 28

Inklings and notions, September 29

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Review and Giveaway for Jewel’s Gold

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About the Book

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Book: Jewel’s Gold

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: July 20, 2019

Can a tangled web snare two hearts and point them true north?

A Papa’s girl from the start, Jewel Jones remembers all the things he told her. Wealthy, but far from being a snob, she finds Boaz Branson both irritating and intriguing. How can she know if the handsome confidence man truly turns from his wicked ways, or if his interest only in her gold? Papa said let God’s peace lead her.

Only by God’s grace can Boaz escape the deceptions he plans to perpetrate on the beautiful heiress. While his head wants to flee the entanglement, his heart bids him stay.

Are Jewel and Boaz building on sinking sand, or have they found the golden nugget they seek?

 

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From the very first paragraph of this book, I was hooked.  Jewel is a strong, determined, and devout Christian.  She seeks to continue her earthly father’s work even though he died years ago, while also working to do the work of her Heavenly Father’s Kingdom.

This book is full of adventure, faith, and more.  I could not stop reading it.  I found it worth reading.  This historical Christian fiction book takes place primarily in the goldfields of Alaska.

Boaz’s salvation is one of the high points of the book, while the murder of Ned broke my heart, The way Jewel and Boaz come together despite initial intentions of Boaz’ parents makes the book more real. So check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review,

About the Author

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Award-winning, hybrid author Caryl McAdoo prays her story gives God glory! That is why she writes, why she breathes. Her forty-fourth novel has just launched, joining her best-selling title list! Besides writing, she loves singing the new songs the Lord gives her. (Listen to a few at YouTube.) Ron, her husband of 50+ years shares four children and eighteen grandsugars—life’s best blessings, Caryl says. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

 

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Jewel’s Gold, my July release and book four in the Gold Diggers Collection, begins in San Francisco in 1895 and moves quickly north to Alaska on Troublesome Creek where Jewel’s papa has a gold mine. My husband Ron was on Troublesome Creek in 1993 seeking the Lord. While there, he also did a little prospecting.

To mention gold is to speak of wealth as gold is the most sought-after metal in the world. It’s found on every continent, and I’ve discovered it can be located our bodies as well! Mostly in our blood! Small traces have also been extracted from eucalyptus leaves, a favorite snack of Koala bears!

Jewel Jones is the daughter of Joshua Jones, son of Moses and Lanell introduced in SINS OF THE MOTHERS, book three in the Texas Romance Family Saga. Truth be known, little Joshua was in fact a Wheeler, not as Jones, though Moses reared him as his own son.

His real father was Caleb who married Mary Rachael Buckmeyer and talked her into running off to California. So, this book may also be classified as a ‘Companion Book’ to that highly acclaimed historical romance series.

Ron has always wanted to go back and show me Alaska, and one day we most likely will go north . . . but only in the summer! Who doesn’t love leaving Texas for northern, cooler temperatures in the summer?
This story has a little mystery along with the romance and history. When we drove the Oregon/California Trail last December, we visited the site of Sutter’s Mill where the gold rush of 1849 was born. That last place we went before turning south and east back to Texas was an unexpected stop.

On the American River, the park and museum offered an amazing place to visit, and knowing this book was on the schedule made it all the more interesting! I also believe that place will add to the genuine feel of Jewel’s Gold.

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 13

Power of Words, August 14 (Spotlight)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 15

Emily Yager, August 16

For Him and My Family, August 17

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, August 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 19

Simple Harvest Reads, August 20 (Spotlight)

Blossoms and Blessings, August 21

Texas Book-aholic, August 22

janicesbookreviews, August 23

Artistic Nobody, August 24 (Spotlight)

A Reader’s Brain, August 25

Inklings and notions , August 26

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter the giveaway.

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Review and Giveaway for “Bipartisan Love”

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About the Book

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Book: Bipartisan Love

Author: Caryl MacAdoo

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Release date: June 20, 2019

Don’t lean to your own understanding. Acknowledge God in all your ways, and He will direct your path.

Does time truly heal a broken heart?

Cody thought it had until she walked into the diner like she owned the world and back into his life as if she owned him.

Can betrayal ever be completely forgiven?

Cindy thought it could until she saw him with the bleached blonde. Her Cody!

Separated eighteen years, Cody Wayne Buckmeyer and Cindy think they can put the past behind them and work toward a common goal, a congressional seat . . . but is that possible?

 

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Bipartisan Love, set in 1969, tells the story of what happens when life takes individuals down different paths but then provides an opportunity for the two to come together again.  At first, I found this story slow and found it difficult to like or concentrate on the plot. But as the story went on, I found myself caught up in finding out the outcome of the story.  As stories go, one that takes a Democrat and a Republican and pushes them together first for a political campaign and then allows them to find love, the story eventually caught my interest.

Cody and Cindy belong together, but they both have secrets from the time they were apart.  Cody’s mother and sister both want Cody and Cindy to marry, however, Cody’s sense of honor forces him to honor the commitment he made to Amy.

Initially, I found Cindy to be pushy and overbearing.  I have to say, I did like Cody from the beginning, but I disliked Amy from the beginning.  Amy, the fiancee of Cody seems to be artificial and a money hunter.  All she wants is the money, power, and prestige that would come from marrying Cody.  While engaged to Cody, she chases after Bill, a Marine whom she actually loves.  When she winds up pregnant by Bill, she attempts to rush a wedding with Cody.  When that attempt fails, she moves on to the idea of having an abortion.  But I have to say I am glad Cody’s father intervenes and gets Bill to rush to her side before the abortion could take place.

This story includes mentions of rape and abortion, so if these are triggers for you, you may want to avoid this story.

However, if you enjoy reading about small-town life, politics, family, and love, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Praying her story gives God glory, award-winning, best-selling author Caryl McAdoo loves revisiting beloved characters in her novels. And her readers are glad she does! She’s blessed that her titles earned over fifty-percent 5-Star ratings and eighty-five to ninety percent 4 & 5-Stars! With forty-four novels (thirty-four in the last four-and-a-half years), it’s obvious she loves writing, but singing the new songs the Lord gives her also rates high. (Listen to a few at YouTube.)

Married to Ron, her high school sweetheart, she counts their four children and eighteen grandsugars life’s best blessings. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

 

More from Caryl

I totally enjoy revisiting characters from previous stories! That’s one reason I love writing ‘Family Sagas” like the Texas Romances that has ten full-length novels and Cross Timbers Romances with two books and counting! The third launches this coming September.

In BIPARTISAN LOVE, we get to spend time again with the Buckmeyers—Travis and Emma Lee from Texas Romance Book Ten CHIEF OF SINNERS. My heart could barely leave these dear people after book ten, so I’ve written a few “Companion Books” (five and counting 😊) that go with the Texas Romance series—either going back to meet ancestors or forward for their descendants or just more stories with the characters you already love.

Readers first met Cody Buckmeyer and his kissing cousin (by marriage) best friend Cynthia Kramer as pre-teens in SON OF PROMISE. In that story, Emma Lee, so longing to be a mom, gets her heart’s desire in Cody, her husband’s son she’s never known about. The two youngsters became fast friends, but Cindy went overseas when LBJ gave her father an ambassadorship.

It’s been eighteen years, and Cody’s engaged to another. After her letters stopped, he gave up all hope. A liberal Democrat, Cynthia comes home after working in Hubert Humphries’ losing bid for the presidency, and wants Cody, a conservative Republican, to run for a Congressional seat with her as his campaign manager!

How’s this supposed to work?

 

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 24

Godly Book Reviews, June 25

Simple Harvest Reads, June 26 (Spotlight)

For Him and My Family, June 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 28

Connect in Fiction, June 29

Power of Words, June 30 (Spotlight)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, July 1

Just the Write Escape, July 2

Texas Book-aholic, July 3

Artistic Nobody, July 4 (Spotlight)

janicesbookreviews, July 5

A Reader’s Brain, July 6

Inklings and notions, July 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away

Grand Prize – $50 Gift Amazon Card

1st Prize – Signed, Paperback copy of CHOICE of all my books

2nd Prize – Signed copy of Bipartisan Love

3rd Prize – eBook copy of Bipartisan Love

and

4th Prize – eBook copy of CHOICE of all my books!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e4f6/bipartisan-love-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for The Famine of the Human Dream

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About the Book

Book: This Famine of the Human Dream

Author: Benjamin Mester

Genre: Christian Inspiration; Essays and Poems

Release date: May 2015

An uplifting and thought-provoking look at life from a poet’s perspective. The Famine of the Human Dream will challenge you to live with greater passion, to throw off those trifling ambitions that ever grope for our attention, and learn fight for things worth fighting for. The great theologian, CS Lewis, once said:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

The ultimate goal of life isn’t a search for happiness. The ultimate goal of life is learning how to fight for things worth fighting for. All of life is a battle. But the battle that defines each one of us isn’t primarily between right and wrong, as you would think. Rather, it’s something much more surprising. Find out what in the inspiring pages of The Famine of the Human Dream.

Click here to purchase your copy.
MY THOUGHTS (1)
The Famine of the Human Dream is a compilation of essays and poems designed to inspire the reader.  The first part of the book is a collection of essays that include Scripture references designed to make the reader think and connect with God on a deeper level.  It also encourages the reader to delve deeper into the material for themselves while drawing their own conclusions.
The second part of the book is a compilation of poems including some by himself as well as masters like Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edna St. Vincent Millay and more.  The poems contained such powerful words and dramatic imagery, it was impossible to put this book down.
Of the two sections, I have to say both stood out in very different ways.  The essays were thought-provoking on a research-based level, while the poetry spoke more directly to my soul and spirit.
So if you are looking for a book to make you think and research while also diving into poetry, check out this book for yourself.
I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Benjamin Mester is an author and poet, with a passion for seeing people break away from small and shallow living and to step into the full measure of what the Lord has prepared for them. The destiny prepared for each one of us is to live a life of love and deep gladness. Benjamin Mester was born and raised in sunny San Diego, but can often be found wandering the woods of northern Minnesota, pen and paper in hand. His lifetime goal is to one day build a house in the woods, expanding it over time into a retreat center for authors, artists and others bursting with creativity. God is the most creative being in the entire universe, and as children made in His image, Mester hopes to inspire His people to explore the wonderful gift of creativity placed in each one of us.

More from Benjamin

The Famine of the Human dream was written as a response to something…a quote from a great theologian, CS Lewis.
It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
When I read that, my heart began to burn. For though, as a younger man, I had often felt a passionate stirring to live my life to the full, though I didn’t quite know how and always felt myself slipping back into the mundane of mere survival. And so, I voraciously began to explore the many facets of life. I studied art, poetry, philosophy, beauty, and theology, prompted by Solomon’s declaration in the Proverbs, Whatever else you get, get understanding! I desperately wanted understanding of a very particular sort. I wanted to understand how to live my life to the full…this precious, brief slice of life we so often take for granted. I wanted true wisdom.
Contained within the pages of the Famine of the Human Dream are a poet’s reflections on life and the struggle to suck the marrow out of life, as Thoreau put it. This book is also an attempt to give the reader a passion for the study of poetry, which has dwindled much in modern society. The second portion of the book is a collection of my own poetry and poetry from other lovers of life that has touched me deeply. My biggest hope is that the reader will come away from this book with a renewed passion for life and an eager desire to dive deeper into poetry, beauty, and the heart of the Father.

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Ben is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e515/the-famine-of-the-human-dream-celebration-tour-giveaway
Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Christian Fiction

Review and Giveaway for On a Summer Tide

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About the Book

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Book: On a Summer Tide

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Christian Fiction Romance

Release Date: April 30, 2019

Sometimes love hurts—and sometimes it can heal in the most unexpected way.

Camden Grayson loves her challenging career, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. “Moving on” is Cam’s mantra. But there’s a difference, her two sisters insist, between one who moves on . . . and one who keeps moving.

Cam’s full-throttle life skids to a stop when her father buys a remote island off the coast of Maine. Paul Grayson has a dream to breathe new life into the island—a dream that includes reuniting his estranged daughters. Certain Dad has lost his mind, the three sisters rush to the island. To Cam’s surprise, the slow pace of island life appeals to her, along with the locals—and one in particular. Seth Walker, the scruffy island schoolteacher harbors more than a few surprises.

With On a Summer Tide, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher begins a brand-new contemporary romance series that is sure to delight her fans and draw new ones.

Click here to purchase your copy.

 

About the Author

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

For quite a while I have enjoyed reading books by Suzanne Woods Fisher, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review On a Summer Tide.  As someone who is estranged from her own sister, the message of this book resonated with me.  I loved watching how the sisters and their relationships developed in the story.  I also loved the idea of buying, restoring, and renovating a camp for both children and families.

With a father who was obsessed with his job, I could relate to the girls’ thoughts about their father being gone while they were growing up. Cam’s obsession with her job and trying to juggle the care of Cooper, the son she received when her best friend died, pulled me into her story. From juggling teaching in a public school and trying to raise three children with the help of my husband, I cannot imagine trying to do it on my own.  I really wanted Cam to wake up and put her son first as well as her family by helping to develop her father’s vision for the island.

Maddie’s obsession with protecting Cooper among other things made her my least favorite character.  I felt like she was causing many of the issues Cooper suffered from throughout the story.  I also intensely disliked her “fiance” and his mother for trying to dictate their wedding plans.  I felt like they were overbearing and irritating on many levels, even though they were not in the story that much.

The so-called “quirks” of Cooper intrigued me.  As a teacher and now a homeschool mom, I loved the approaches and methods Seth Walker used to teach the students.  Those methods truly followed the ideas of Charlotte Mason to have students explore nature for themselves.  Blaine’s abilities and skills in both organizing and in the kitchen helping Peg with the lunch counter brought a tremendous amount to the story.  As the younger sister, I could relate to the reactions and responses she received from her sister.

I have to say, I truly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend reading it.  So check it out for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

More from Suzanne

Oh-So-Maine Blueberry Buckle

 

Summer in Maine means plump, tart blueberries are everywhere. Here’s a family recipe that is nearly fool-proof….and so delicious! Especially with a scoop or two with vanilla ice cream.

 

Ever wonder how it got the name Blueberry Buckle? While the batter rises as it bakes, but the blueberries and crumb topping weigh it down. This causes the surface of the cake to buckle…hence the name.

 

 

Batter:

¾ cup sugar

¼ cup soft butter

1 egg

½ cup milk

2 cups sifted flour

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups drained blueberries

 

Crumb Topping:

½ cup sugar

½ cup flour

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup softened butter

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

 

Mix sugar and butter with egg. Stir in milk Sift together and stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Carefully blend in blueberries. Put on topping before baking. Pour in a greased and floured 9” square pan.

 

Bake 45-50 minutes.

 

 

 

Blog Stops

Just the Write Escape, May 23

The Avid Reader, May 23

The Power of Words, May 23

Blessed & Bookish, May 23

The Morning Chapter, May 24

Blogging With Carol, May 24

Carpe Diem, May 24

Cultivating Us, May 24

Godly Book Reviews, May 25

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, May 25

Mary Hake, May 25

For Him and my Family, May 25

C Jane Read, May 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 26

Blossoms and Blessings, May 26

Daysong Reflections, May 26

Lighthouse Academy, May 27

Reader’s Cozy Corner, May 27

Empower Moms, May 27

Remembrancy, May 27

Wishful Endings, May 28

Simple Harvest Reads, May 28

Spoken from the Heart, May 28

SusanLovesBooks, May 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 29

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 29

Chas Ray’ Book Nerd Corner, May 29

Hallie Reads, May 29

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 30

Maureen’s Musings, May 30

Library Lady’s Kit Lit, May 30

Inspiration Clothesline, May 30

Living Life Free in Christ, May 31

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 31

Pause for Tales, May 31

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 1

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 1

A Reader’s Brain, June 1

Through the Fire Blogs, June 2

Have A Wonderful Day, June 2

Southern Gal Loves to Read, June 2

Quiet Quilter, June 3

2014 and Beyond, June 3

By The Book, June 3

She Lives to Read, June 4

Texas Book-aholic, June 4

janicesbookreviews, June 4

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 4

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, June 5

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, June 5

Inklings and notions, June 5

 

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e540/on-a-summer-tide-celebration-tour-giveaway

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

Review and Giveaway for Remi

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About the Book

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Book: Remi

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: May 3, 2019

It isn’t within man to guide his own steps—or a woman. Caught between a wagon train and the deep blue sea, Agnes Remington Dalrumple, Remi for short, chooses the overland journey west over crossing the Atlantic with her mother and step-father. She decides to go to California and try to fine the father she’s never known though she’s never been on her own. Thwarted at every turn, almost every effort is dashed until a widower’s thirteen-year-old daughter intervenes on her behalf. How can the headstrong woman place herself under the responsibility of the young girl’s father, a perfect stranger? But if she doesn’t, her journey ends right there in Saint Joseph, Missouri. On the Oregon/California trail, will her pride and independence deter her from the destiny God has prepared for her?

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

Remi is the second book of the Prairie Roses collection, and I have to say I enjoyed reading this book as much as I did reading the first book, Uniquely Common. The brief glimpse of Remi in this book captured my imagination and made me want to read more.

This book tells the story of Remi – Agnes Remington Dalrumple.  As a book that chronicles the difficulties of traveling on the Oregon Trail, it also includes the element of finding love.  As someone who gets terribly seasick,  Remi decides to not sail with her mother and stepfather, but instead to go across the Oregon Trail so she can find her father.

Because no self-respecting woman travels alone Remi engages Edwina Blaine as a traveling companion.  Unfortunately, the Wagon Master has a policy of not allowing any women to travel alone, so they have to find a male to travel with or be forced to stay behind.  Fortunately, the daughter of one the male volunteers on the wagon train becomes involved in convincing her father to help the two women.  The book is definitely worth reading to find out how the story turns out.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Caryl McAdoo

For research in December, Caryl McAdoo hit the trail—literally, the Oregon / California Trail—beginning in St. Jo, Missouri with the Napa Valley being her destiny. No wonder readers enjoy her novels so well! She prays her story brings God glory, and He blesses the award-winning, best-selling novels with a lion’s share of 5-Star ratings! With forty-three titles (thirty-three in the last four-and-a-half years), it’s obvious she loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs the Lord gives her. (Listen to a few at YouTube.) Celebrating fifty years being married to Ron, her high school sweetheart, she counts their four children and eighteen grandsugars life’s best blessings. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

 

More from Caryl

Remi, my May ‘Prairie Roses Collection’ story, picks up where Uniquely Common, my April ‘Lockets and Lace Collection’ story ends! Well, actually it backs up a bit to Remi’s decision to go west! In Uniquely Common, you meet her after she’s already in Saint Jo, trying to join the wagon train.

I fell in love with this semi-introvert, lover of literature, highly intelligent young lady, and felt the cover captured her exactly! (Thank you, Chautona Having, my new amazing cover designer! I am so blessed!)

Remi, short for Remington—her middle name as she hates her first name Agnus—is an only child reared by a single mother. Her father left years ago; she’s never met him and decides to go to California where his last letter was postmarked to do just that. It’s a long way from New York City, but better than sailing across the Atlantic.

And she can’t stay there with nowhere to live since her newest stepfather is whisking her mother overseas to his villa in Southern France. They invite her of course, but she hates boats and gets frightfully seasick! It seems the perfect time to go west and meet her Daddy. Riding in a prairie schooner would be a lark!

Researching for the covered wagons heading west led my dear husband to ask if I wanted to drive the Oregon / California Trail. Yes, yes, yes, I assured him! What could be better than seeing the rivers my wagon train had to cross, the amazing sights my characters would experience, and the terrain they navigated for ourselves?

What an opportunity God put before me!

Two weeks and forty-three hundred-plus miles later, we got back home to Clarksville, enthralled with our journey. That trip has made this story so much better for me! I hope it will make it all the better for you, too! I praise and give glory to the Lord for His many blessings and high favor.

I’m so grateful for the stories He gives us, His divine appointments—like with Sandy Barela, the founder of Celebrate Lit, all her amazing bloggers and reviewers—the doors He opens, my new cover designer Chautona Havig and all the fictional characters He introduces me to and allows me to share with you!

♫♪*`•. I’m just so excited.•*♪¨*about what the Lord is doing!•♪♫*`•. I’m just so excited Lord!! ♪♫•*¨♪ for what I know♪♫¸¸.•*♪ He will do!!*•.¸ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ¸♫♪*`•. I’m just so excited!!•.¸.• ✿And He is delighted ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿♫♪*with my anticipation ♪♫•* ♫♪ of what I know He will do. •*♪♫•!♪♫¸•*♪ And I get to be a part ♫♪*`of what the Lord is doing!•♪♫*`•. I get to be a part! ♫•*♪¨♥ •♪♫ of what I know♪♫¸.•*♪ He will do!!*•.♫♪ I get to be a part ♫♪*♫•*♥ and He has a good plan!♪*•.✿♫♪*`•. He’s called me for His purpose!.•*♪¨ ✿♫♪*`• I have a role to play! ♪♫•*¨♪ (hear this new song on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKnU8JWXRlU )

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 20

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, May 20

Blessed & Bookish, May 21

Quiet Workings, May 21

Retrospective Spines, May 22

For HIm and My Family, May 22

Maureen’s Musiings, May 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 24

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 25

KarenSueHadley , May 26

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 26

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, May 27

Through the Fire Blogs, May 28

Emily Yager, May 29

Inklings and notions, May 29

Bigreadersite, May 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 31

janicesbookreviews, May 31

Texas Book-aholic, June 1

A Reader’s Brain, June 2

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away

Grand Prize – $50 Gift Amazon Card

1st Prize – Signed, Paperback copy of CHOICE of all my books

2nd Prize – Signed copy of Remi

3rd Prize – eBook copy of Remi

4th Prize – eBook copy of CHOICE of all my books!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e516/remi-celebration-tour-giveaway