Friday, December 2, 2016

$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway Just in Time for Christmas Shopping

Are you finished with your Christmas shopping? No? Me either, but I have something that might help you get motivated! How about a $300 Holiday cash giveaway? These are fun and if you've been following me, you'll already have a few entries. Scroll down to thee very bottom of the rafflecopter and you'll see where you can sign up for my newsletter, receive a free book and get an extra entry!
So read the deets and enter to win!

Holiday Cash Giveaway
$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway – December 1st to 21st
Enter for your chance to win a $300 Amazon Gift Code or $300 in Paypal Cash!! Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!!

  Sponsor List I Am A Reader Kimber Leigh Wheaton Heather Gray Author Dorothy Dreyer Lori's Reading Corner Simple Wyrdings Every Free Chance Books Jennifer Bardsley Author Melissa Wright Coupons and Freebies Mom Author Crystal Marcos Laurie Here - Cont Fiction and MORE B. Kristin McMichael Author Inger Iversen Rockin' Book Reviews Julie Coulter Bellon Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance Helen Smith Talia Jager Everly Frost, YA author Rachelle J. Christensen Books R Us Author Deb Atwood Leora Krygier Author The Lovely Books MagicalCoolCatsMysteries Maureen's Musings Jo Noelle Why Not? Because I Said So! (Sheila Staley) Kelly's Lucky You Savings in Seconds Glistering: B's Blog Raquel @ The Babbling Reader

  Giveaway Details $300 in Paypal Cash or a $300 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 12/21/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Different Look at WWII in Winter Sky by Chris Stewart

I love reading historical fiction written with strong plot lines that pull me into the story and help me feel how it might have been to live through actual events. I especially love reading about World War II and in his new book, Winter Sky, Chris Stewart has opened a door to shed light on an aspect of WWII that isn't as well-known. The Polish resistance fighters were an incredible facet to a horrible war and I'd never heard about their efforts before this book. This book is a work of fiction, but Stewart knows his stuff and interweaves fact with his fiction to create a compelling setting and storyline.
Rachelle's thoughts on this book:
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read at only 177 pages but it pulled me in and had me rooting for the main characters. I enjoyed the suspense of the story as Lucas struggled to recover from injuries and make tough choices as well as the connections to family that comes full-circle in this story. If you've read Chris Stewart before then you'll recognize his writing style of moving quickly from different viewpoints and how his scenes sometimes appear as snippets that push the throttle of the book forward. He doesn't dwell too long in one place and you'll likely finish the book hoping for a sequel just like me. If you haven't read Chris Stewart, then this is an excellent place to start and I'd highly recommend the Great and Terrible Series.
For Winter Sky, I would have liked to see some author notes in the back of the book with details about his research and how he chose this story, mostly because I'd never heard of the Polish resistance fighters before this book. If this book is a stand-alone, then an epilogue would have been nice because the ending is abrupt while still providing closure.

More about the book:
In a bombed-out Polish village during World War II, a young resistance fighter finds that he is suddenly alone and trapped between two opposing armies. He is one of Poland’s “Devil’s Rebels” fighting desperately to save his homeland, but an injury has erased his memory and his only possession is a torn photograph of a couple he assumes are his parents. The woman appears to be holding the hand of a young child whose image has been ripped off. Could this be him?

Caught in the crosshairs of the retreating German army and the advancing Russian forces, the village holds nothing but destruction and despair until a mysterious young woman offers a small glimmer of hope that may represent his last chance – news of a refugee train departing from a nearby town, headed for American installations at the border.

But complications arise when the resistance fighter is betrayed by his own countryman and hunted by German SS officers who are determined to kill him before they retreat. Desperately searching for a home and family he can’t remember, he is persuaded to rescue two children who are doomed to die without his help. But as time runs out, the former rebel is faced with an impossible choice. Standing at the crossroads of saving himself or risking his life for strangers, what would motivate a young man at the brink of salvation to make one more sacrifice?

New York Times Best-selling author Chris Stewart has created a powerful, soul-moving story of compassion and hope against all odds, set against the true-life backdrop of Eastern Poland and the courageous efforts of the “Devil’s Rebels” in the waning months of World War II.

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fablehaven Book of Imagination by Brandon Mull Just in time for Christmas

Have you read the Fablehaven series? No, okay, we'll pause and take a deep breath while you go check them out NOW! Okay, but seriously, I LOVE this series. My kids LOVE this series. There are 5 books to be devoured and now, just in time for Christmas, Brandon Mull has created an interactive book with all kinds of games, puzzles, even recipes (for slime and such) that will be perfect for the kiddos. The new Fablehaven Book of Imagination  is a hit for boys and girls in my house from ages 5-13 so if you're looking for something unique to add to that pile of presents, check out this new book!


I loved the design of this book made for those little wizards with large font, lots of interactive ways to create and play, and fun illustrations!
Here's a little more about this book:
Learn how to make Wizard Slime, create fairy fashions, and solve the Dreamstone maze in this first-ever interactive book of Fablehaven awesomeness. And that s just the beginning: *Make your own origami model of Raxtus the dragon *Draw a map of your own magical preserve *Practice withstanding a distracter spell *Solve riddles from the sphinx *Learn how to play a game of Shadow Tag *Learn how to draw a dragon *Color detailed coloring pages of Fablehaven creatures *Make an enchanted rain stick *Learn to cook Ogre Stew *And much, much more . .
And within the pages of this book are secret codes that will help readers discover a secret message from Brandon Mull about Dragonwatch, the sequel series to Fablehaven.
This book even has a recipe for wizard slime and here's a cool video

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Book Release Party for Clean Romance with 3 New Books & $75 Giveaway!

It's so fun to be part of the release party for these three fabulous clean romance books. Please enter to win $75 prize money and a gift basket from Suite 716 through the Rafflecopter below.
Happy reading!



When Everly Watson goes on a Hawaiian holiday, she never expects to fall head-over-heels for movie star Christian Ross. But her life is fraught with betrayal and deceit. Will Everly find the courage to love again? Or will her complicated past lead to her undoing?
Buy Love on the Rebound here.

Hyde Metcalf, wide receiver for the Denver Storm, needs a fabulous personal trainer to help him recover from pneumonia. He is more than intrigued by the beautiful Lily Udy, who seems to idolize him … until the media and his competition get involved.  

Buy Pass Interference here.

When billionaire, Nathan Sterling, decides to spend a relaxing week before Christmas in Park City, he never imagined he'd meet a hot ex-Olympian skier and he really never imagined ... she'd be getting married in three days.
Buy The Christmas Groom here. 


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