1/12/20

Amber Hollow - Edgar Swamp - GIVEAWAY!


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4 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK - 
On July 15, 1991, an isolated village in Northern Wisconsin is ground zero for an unprecedented, fiery tragedy. Of the community's 600 residents, there are only five survivors. Detailed accounts by the victims contradict each other; the only link is a man named Anthony Guntram, but because he is presumed to be dead, this claim can't be verified. Further investigations reveal a culture enshrouded in mystery. What are the survivors hiding? Only the villagers know the secret of Amber Hollow, a place where sanity is checked at the town line and the parameters of reality become blurred. An unconventional horror story by design, Edgar Swamp delivers an action-driven page-turner that will keep readers guessing until the calamitous ending.


About the Author

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Edgar Swamp is the author of the “Gyre Mission,” “Glitch in the Machine,” and “Blackout.” His short stories have appeared in Alienskin, Macabre Cadaver, and Urban Reinventors. When he isn’t holed up in his office playing online poker, he likes to dig up the recently deceased and make furniture out of their skin. He lives and works in San Diego, California.



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MY THOUGHTS -
Whoa cree-py!!! But just the right amount of creepiness for me. 

This story takes you deeper and deeper into the strangeness of this creepy town. A few moments there is reminded me of Roanoke. Hey maybe that is what happened to that town! You never know.

How I can read and love a whole story without liking either main character is beyond me. The story had a mind of its own and didn't need for the characters to be likable. I love the mixture of suspense, paranormal/Sci-fi, and historical. They all really worked well with each other.

The ending, for me was really not the best. It seemed way over done and not like the rest of the story at all. It was almost like two different books. But I do think that some people probably do like those crazy Sci-fi endings. I would rather it been a little calmer and ... normal-ish. But that's just my own preference.


All-in-all this was a really fun, spooky, suspenseful read. Enough suspense to keep it interesting and on the edge of your seat but not too much blood and guts stuff to scare away you light weights (up until the end, then it gets a little crazy). 

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from RABT Book Tours & PR -  Thank You!!





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1/1/20

Herbalism st Home, 125 Recipes for everyday health - Kristine Brown


4.5 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Natural remedies made easy―an at-home guide to herbalism
A growing number of people have turned to herbalism as an affordable, natural alternative to conventional medicine―and with a rich landscape of resources, those new to herbalism may wonder where to start. Herbalism at Home gives you the down-to-earth guidance and simple recipes you need to introduce plant-based remedies into your daily life.
Start your path with an overview of the types of herbalism remedies, like teas, tinctures, salves, creams, and poultices. Discover in-depth profiles on 40 healing plants, including their medicinal properties, health benefits, and appropriate dosage―as well as 125 recipes for common physical ailments, mental health, personal care, childhood conditions, and even aging.
Herbalism at Home includes:
  • Herbal pantry―Take a look at the evolution of herbalism, the tools and ingredients you’ll need, and tips on growing your own herbs.
  • Plan ahead―Get to know techniques, like infusion, diffusion, and syrup―each with easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations.
  • Everyday healing―Ease everyday ailments with step-by-step recipes for Cuts and Scrapes Salve, Laryngitis Relief Honey, Memory Support Tonic, and more.
Take healing into your own hands with Herbalism at Home, the all-in-one recipe and reference guide.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Kristine Brown, RH(AHG) is a practicing traditional community herbalist and mother four children and two step children, two of which she homeschooled for 11 years. She studied with Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain and has spent countless hours of research and study through her own pursuit with herbalists such as jim mcdonald, Leslie Alexander, Leslie Williams, Isla Burgess, Gail Faith Edwards, and Kat Maier. She has taught classes locally since 2004, has presented at many herbal conferences around the country, has run numerous herbal kids’ camps both locally and nationally, and assists Leslie Alexander, Ph.D., RH(AHG) with the American Herbalist Guild Symposium’s Herbal Activity Hub. Kristine is president of her local AHG chapter and is very active in her local herbal community. She is the writer and illustrator of the online children’s publication Herbal Roots zine which has been in publication since 2009. Teaching others about herbs is her focus with a passion of sharing her knowledge with children as they are our future!

MY THOUGHTS -
This is a great simple basic book for beginners. I am a very experienced user of alternative medicine and home remedies and I have written quite a few reviews for books like this.

A couple things I really like about this book -
~ The first part of the book is a kind of encyclopedia of medicinal plants. It has a picture of the plant or the part of the plant you would use (berries etc), it has a paragraph explaining the medicinal properties, then how to use the plant and the preparation, the dosage, and finally a tip.
They do all this for every single one and I love that!
~ Then the next section is how to prepare. It tells how to make decoctions, infusions, tinctures, poultices etc. I took a couple classes on how to do all this and I tell you - they were the best classes I ever took! The directions in this book are very clear and easy to follow.

~ The next section is the recipes, specific recipes for specific needs.
~ First common ailments - Sore muscle salve, nausea relief, headache relief, , and lots more
~ Emotional well-being - stress relief, depression, etc.
~ Common childhood conditions - fevers, ear aches, chicken pox, etc.
~ Women's health - hot flashes (that's what I need!), weight loss, cramps, etc.
~ Men's health - hair loss, chafing, etc.
~ Aging - age spots, hearing loss, varicose veins, etc.
~ Personal care - and this section is really neat! face cleansers, hair treatments, bath oils, its kind of like the spa section!
And finally a glossary.

All-in-all its a pretty comprehensive, well put together book. There is a lot of ailments missing, but if it had everything it would be huge (I have one of those books and it is fat). If you are thinking of getting this book keep in mind most of these "herbs" etc. are not items that you will have around the house. These are items you will have to get from a local store that carries fresh or dried herbs. I think now you can even order them online. I used to have a nice herb garden and grew most of my own.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Callisto Publisher's Club
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Don't Blame the Mud - Marty Machowski, illustrator - Craig MacIntosh


5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK-
For young readers and families, Don’t Blame the Mud gives a vivid way of helping children see where wrong choices come from and how to turn to Jesus for change from the inside out. Written by best-selling children’s author Marty Machowski, this beautifully illustrated picture book teaches children how to recognize the lure of temptation and the truth that bad choices lead to bad consequences. 

One day, Max takes the muddy path along the creek home, disregarding his mother’s reminder to keep his school clothes clean. After crashing into a mud puddle, he tries to hide his mistake and discovers the stain of his sin goes deeper than the mud he can wash away. In this lovable, relatable, and heartwarming tale, Max learns his heart needs to be cleaned, and Jesus is the only one who can wash away his sin. 

By clearly articulating the gospel, Don’t Blame the Mud helps parents create an environment of confession so kids can own up to their own mistakes—in the freedom of Christ—rather than place the blame elsewhere. Parents, teachers, and caretakers can help children identify with the real-life draw of temptation and the real-life consequences of sin, understanding the value of God’s salvation through the cross. Instead of teaching kids how to deal with a problem, Machowski uncovers the real issue of sin and provides a gospel answer.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of The Gospel Story BibleLong Story ShortOld Story New, the Gospel Story Curriculum, the Prepare Him Room advent devotional and curriculum, Wise Up family devotional and curriculum, Listen Up family devotional and curriculum, Dragon SeedThe OlogyDon't Blame the MudParenting First Aid, and Parenting First Aid Study Guide. He and his wife, Lois, have six children and two grandchildren, and they reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR - 
Craig MacIntosh was a newspaper political cartoonist and illustrator for over twenty years and was the artist for the widely published cartoon strip Sally Forth. He and his wife, Linda, live in Minnesota and have two grown children.  

MY THOUGHTS -
Great teaching tool! If you have been wanting to teach your child about salvation but wasn't sure how to go about it or where to start, this is the book to use. 

I run an after school program at our church and do a weekly Bible lesson. We have talked many times about Jesus dying for our sins so that we could be forgiven. But besides reading it right from the 
bible (which we do and it is confusing for a child) I try to teach them the best I can about salvation. That everyone sins, but we all can have the gift of forgiveness.  I feel like I sound like a broken record that they stop listening to LOL.

I love that everything I want to say is right here in story form. I can read a few pages and talk about it and explain what it means. There is the Bible verse - John 3:16 in the front of the book and in the back is a two page spread of how to teach and help your child understand. I will be using this book with them and honestly, I think they will love it and be able to relate to it.


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12/17/19

Large Print Bible Word Search Book: 100 Challenging and Fun Puzzles for Adults - Cristina Smith


5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Deepen your spiritual connection and sharpen your mind with Biblical word searches.

Boost your brainpower―and spirituality―with these divine word searches. This word search book for adults features 100 puzzles that draw on the Good Book to keep your brain active and engaged. Both Faith and fun meet here in one large-print package!

This word search book for adults includes:
The Lord’s word―Each puzzle in this word search book for adults draws from specific Books and Verses, allowing you to follow along in your Bible as you complete each puzzle.
Challenging puzzles―Put your puzzle solving skills to the test with word searches that feature plenty of crossovers, diagonals, and shared letters.
Easy-to-use―High-quality, large-print pages in a compact and lightweight binding make it simple to complete these puzzles wherever and whenever you want.

Combine your Faith with enjoyable brain-bending puzzles in this incredible word search book for adults.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
A curious introvert, Cristina Smith has learned to be an award-winning extrovert author through years of practice. Her idea of fun is to write best selling books about the puzzle of life and its mystery, magic and science.

Cristina is the founder and CEO of the Subtle Energy Center and award-winning author of the Yoga for the Brain series. Her research, discoveries and teachings have helped thousands of people bring more health and happiness into their lives.

She served as founding president of the San Diego Holistic Chamber of Commerce and adjunct faculty for Holos University Graduate Seminary. Cristina is devoted to cultivating community, cooperation and communication among us to make the world a kinder place.

She lives in two lovely places, spending time in the wonderful communities of both San Diego on a boat docked in the bay and in the forests of Nevada City, CA.

As puzzling as life is, it's wise to stay sharp, have fun and play often! And...curiosity is the difference between being a grown up and continually growing.


MY THOUGHTS -
Well I never thought I would be this impressed by a puzzle book! LOL
I am really impressed! I have to say this is probably the best wordsearch book I have seen.
The pages are simple and easy to read.
I love the color on the side of the page.
I love the nice big writing.
I love that it tells you what book of the Bible and sometimes what verses the words are from.
And best of all - I love the quality! Usually in any puzzle book you have these thin newsprint type pages that rip and tear if you even write to hard. These pages are a really nice good quality paper, much thicker than most. And the cover has that nice waxy feel. And you can see the size compared top my hand.

There is also an answer key that is also easy to read (but I didn't want to show a pic of that - it would give away the answers!!!).

This is definitely a giftable book! Get one for yourself or get one for a friend, your mother or grandmother, an elder at the church, a volunteer, a teacher - so many ideas!!! I love it.





I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Callisto Publisher's Club
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12/13/19

A Christmas Hamster - Stephanie Dagg - GIVEAWAY!


3 STARS

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Cam’s career and romantic prospects take a nose dive once she becomes guardian to her young nephew. She leaves a bustling Dutch city to move to a small, dull country town in England, and where once she restored magnificent old paintings to their former glory, now she operates the paint-mixing machine at a soulless hardware store. As much as she adores little Rowan, life has lost some of its sparkle.

However, a handsome and charming customer causes her heart to flutter once more. Fate, alas, seems determined to hamper any possibility of them getting together. So what chance does a tiny, naughty hamster have of bringing happiness this Christmas?

This is a festive, light-hearted and uplifting rom-com novella.

 Purchase Links -
Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0817TSD58
Kindle link -  https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Hamster-Stephanie-Dagg-ebook/dp/B0817TSD58/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1576174113&refinements=p_27%3AStephanie+Dagg&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&text=Stephanie+Dagg
Universal link - getbook.at/XmasHamster



ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
I'm an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovelsand one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie, makes for exciting times. The current array of animals ranges from alpacas to zebra finches, with most letters of the alphabet represented. And of course there are hamsters!

I'm a traditionally-published author of many children's books, and have been self-publishing fiction and non-fiction for adults for the last seven years. I combine freelance work as an editor with running carp fishing lakes with husband Chris. When time allows I enjoy cycling, geocaching, knitting and gardening.

Social Media Links –
@llamamum
@penandfinch
https://www.facebook.com/StephanieDaggBooks/www.booksarecool

MY THOUGHTS -
Ha! I get it now. Finally!
There were parts of the story that I just didn’t understand why they were in there. They were cute, they were amusing, well… Actually they were my favorite parts. But I just didn’t get how they fit with the rest of the story. Then finally at 51% I had an aha moment and it all fit together.


It was kind of slow for me in the beginning, but it did end up being a really cute and fun little romance. I loved the Hamster parts and really loved the cat "Interlude" parts, especially once I figured what they had to do with the story and who the cat belonged to. - Fun!
“We have visitors. There’s a female human. I like her, I really do. You can tell at once she’s an animal person. She smells divinely of Kat and various edible rodents. There’s a whiff of dog to, but it’s only faint so I can tolerate it. She’s homed in on my super ticklish spot straight away. It takes someone very special to do that. This one’s a keeper. I hope my human realizes that.”
A very quick and clean holiday read to get you in the mood.

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12/12/19

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls from Zondervan - GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Absolutely 5 STARS (and more)!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Created especially for girls ages 8 to 12, this beautiful Bible provides ample space for young artists to express themselves through coloring and journaling.

Girls can get creative with the detailed, ready-to-color line art surrounding the hundreds of inspiring verses in the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls. This Bible is a perfect gift for a special young girl in your life and will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.
Features include:

  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Complete text of the accurate, readable and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker
  • Beautifully designed Leathersoft-over-board cover featuring screen-printing and other cover embellishments
  • 8-point type size
Using the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) text makes the Bible accessible and easy-to-read for kids. The NIV is the result of over 50 years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, who oversee the efforts of many contributing scholars. Representing the spectrum of evangelicalism, the translators come from a wide range of denominations and various countries and continually review new research to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance, and authority. Every NIV Bible that is purchased helps Biblica translate and give Bibles to people in need around the world.

MY THOUGHTS -
A little bit of background about myself - I am a devoted Christian. I love reading the Bible and studying His word. And... I love Bible journaling! I started Bible Journaling a couple years ago and love it! I own a couple of Journaling Bibles myself. When I saw that this was up for review I nearly jumped for joy!

When I received this in the mail and took it out of the package I was blown away! This Bible is absolutely gorgeous. I cannot say enough good things about it!

Its an NIV, which is my favorite version. It’s a great size. I absolutely love the pink hard leather cover. Isn't it beautiful? It will make any young girl squeal with delight. There are enough coloring pages, and enough blank pages to keep everyone happy.

When opened it does lie flat quite nicely and doesn’t want to close all the time, which I feel is an important feature.
It does have lines on the wide margins but they are faint. You can use the lines to write on or just paint or “art” over them.
The pages seem pretty thick for a Bible. When I compare the pages to my other two journaling Bibles - these pages are actually thicker! And I use watercolor paints and acrylics in my Bibles, So I think this will work quite nicely for a young girl to do her Bible journaling in. If I didn’t already have plans to give this one to my granddaughter, I think I would definitely keep it for myself!

I very highly recommend this as a journaling Bible for a young girl, a teen, or even an adult. I honestly could not find anything negative about this Bible. It is a wonderful, beautiful, and very well constructed Bible. It says targeted for ages 8 to 12, but I really feel like it could be for any age from 4 or 5 on up! A great gift or buy it for yourself! Or, you could try to win one!

 I took a lot of pictures of this because this is definitely a Bible that is picture worthy.
 This picture does not do it justice. It really is a beautiful bright hot pink.
 There are pages without pictures for journaling or "arting".
 There are full page coloring pages.
 There are margin coloring pages.

 As a special bonus here is a link to download lots of free coloring pages -
 https://www.zondervan.com/p/beautiful-word-bible-for-girls/coloring/#freebies

Here is the link to buy it from Amazon -  https://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Coloring-Bible-Girls-Leathersoft/dp/031076355X/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=NIV+Beautiful+Word+Coloring+Bible+for+Girls&qid=1576157443&sr=8-3

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