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A SWEET Giveaway!

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Good news! Crown Publishing Group (via Blogging for Books ) is offering a Cover Lover Book Review reader their very own copy of SWEET—for FREE! Cupcakes, Cookies, and Candies—oh my! I ♥ this cookbook. It contains recipes for scrumptious goodies sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. And the ingredients are easy to come by--probably readily available in your home pantry. (See my review here .) The contest runs through November 25 th . One winner will be chosen and mailed a copy of SWEET. Just in time for the holidays. (US residents only.) Enter your name, email, and  http://coverloverbookreview.blogspot.com  in the boxes provided below. Easy peasy. Good luck!

FREE Christian books and Bibles!

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Here are some of the fabulous books I've received from The Tyndale Rewards Program for FREE!   It's easy to join! And if you join by clicking HERE  you instantly get 25 points toward your first book!  I know what you’re thinking . . . not another points program. You’re right! It’s not just another points program. The Tyndale Rewards program is designed to provide you with opportunities to get books and Bibles for zero dollars. That’s right—F. R. E. E. As a member of the Tyndale Rewards program, you’ll have access to inspiring literature, Bibles, special promotional offers, and much more. Other member incentives include a free gift on your birthday, along with opportunities to share your personal recommendations and feedback concerning Tyndale products. The more participation you have with the program, the more points you earn—and points translate into free stuff! The Tyndale Rewards program is a great way to get free books and Bibles that you can keep f

Jewel of Ramstone - Cover Reveal

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The crack of a branch wreaked havoc with her heartbeat. She dove for the dagger, nearly rolling into the hot coals. “Who,”— she cleared her throat—”Who goes there?”  Wowsie! Isn’t this a hot cover? J.M. Powers sure knows how to dream up dreamy heroes and heroines. Doesn’t this beautiful artistry make you want to read Jewel of Ramstone ? Me. Want. If the cover isn’t enough to make you preorder and put on the tippy-top of your Books-I-Wanna-Read waiting list, then I’m sure the following blurb will. Awaking in the forest, a young maiden recalls naught—including her name. Equally conflicting is her desire to both slap and kiss Sir Galeron, the knight who claims to have protected her while she was unconscious. Much to her chagrin, he dubs her "Ruby of the Forest", due to her red hair, and insists she find refuge at his home of Ramstone. Prickling at his demanding ways, but with no other option, she accepts his offer. And altho

The One Year Women In Christian History Devotional

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The One Year Women In Christian History Devotional is more than a historical book of Christian women, but more importantly, it’s a daily reminder to draw near to God. I like how the introduction suggests the authors’ intentions of this creating this book are to make readers think , and perhaps inspire them to commit themselves to God in a new way—whether following the examples of these historical women or avoiding their errors. This rather thick book, with 384 pages, is loaded with remarkable stories of women who’ve been significant in church history (some favorable, some not so favorable) and is organized into 14 meaningful segments: WOMEN OF THE EARLIEST CHURCH WOMEN OF THE PERSECUTED CHURCH WOMEN OF THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED CHURCH WOMEN OF THE MEDIEVAL CHURCH WOMEN IN JESUS’ MINISTRY WOMEN OF THE REFORMATION ERA WOMEN OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT ERA WOMEN OF THE MISSIONARY ERA LESSONS FROM HYMNS PENNED BY WOMEN WOMEN OF THE MODERN ERA (1900-1970) WRIT

Lost In Translation

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“Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t much.” ~Eckhart Tolle Lost In Translation is such a unique, fascinating book, especially for those who characterize themselves as ‘lovers of words.’ This hardback book has a whimsical feel, and the illustrated compendium of untranslatable words from around the world satiates vocabulary-hungry minds. Sometimes we feel something , have experienced something , or want to communicate something , but the right words just don’t exist! Well, fear no more. This book possesses many of those words. There are nouns, adjectives, and verbs that exist in other cultures that explicably express significant things we haven’t (until now!) been able to articulate. Have you ever been given directions but forgot them as soon as you walked away? I akiki, often. Has someone been rude to you and you don’t think of a good comeback until it’s too late? It’s so frustrating when we trepverter . Want to

Dear Mr. Knightley

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I was surprised to learn this was a debut novel. The Characters are fleshed out nicely and the plot is strong. I really enjoyed how the story opened with correspondence through letters. It allowed me to fall into the characters and  feel of the times. I also like how it isn’t a re-telling, but embodies Mr. Knightley’s character in subtle ways. Samantha is far from flawless, which is what makes her easy to relate to. I sank into my easy chair and lived through her while reading this book. Katherine Reay is a stunning debut novelist, writing with emotive prose, strong imagery, and unique structure. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that it ended. A must read for Austen fans. Cover: Love it Title: Love it Publisher: Thomas Nelson Pages: 328 Pace: Steady First Lines: Dear Sir, It has been a year since I turned down your offer. Father John warned me at the time that I was making a terrible mistake, but I wouldn’t listen.

The Littlest Christmas Kitten

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Purchase The Littlest Christmas Kitten at AMAZON "There was a feeling of great expectation in the air." The Littlest Christmas Kitten is a charming, hardcover children’s book, with adorable illustrations to help deliver the story. It tells of the birth of Christ from a mother cat’s perspective. Mother cat searches for, and finds, her missing kitten in a manger, moments before Joseph and Mary enter the stable. This story is delightful and meaningful. It’s not only entertaining and unique (incorporating the animals into a major role) but shows reverence to the Christ Child, and has a cute little twist at the end. The author’s compassionate heart is evident on the dedication page: “This story is dedicated to all God’s children and His wonderful world of animals.” A valuable bonus section in the back of the book, illustrates and explains the meaning of the following Christmas Symbols: Stable, Manger, Nativity Scene or CrΓ¨che,

Forever Christmas

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“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” ~Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi Forever Christmas is a magical holiday tale, reminiscent of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life , and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol , where divine intervention makes second chances possible. Andrew and Beth Farmer are childhood sweethearts who’ve slowly become a boring married couple. Andrew is wrapped up in his career and living a selfish life. Beth feels her life is lacking, and wishes their marriage could regain the magic of earlier years. On Christmas Eve, an argument sets off a chain of events that take them down a devastating path. Nothing short of a Christmas miracle can turn things around. I really enjoyed this short read. It’s a remarkable, unpredictable story. With that said, I wasn’t immediately drawn in. The first few chapters included more telling than showing , and contained scant dialogue. But—and that’s a big but—I’m del

Eight Twenty Eight - Audiobook

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Purchase EIGHT TWENTY EIGHT at AMAZON Eight Twenty Eight displays not only Ian and Larissa Murphy’s enduring love for each other, but also their growing love for God and His ways. Beginning during their early friendship-to-dating years to post-accident marriage, their love for each other, especially Larissa’s unconditional acceptance of their unexpected future, is heartening, moving and memorable. Through easy times or tragedies, God sees us through and His love is evident if we trust in Him. We can build our lives, love, and strength when Christ is our foundation. There are many touching moments in this book. Simple sentiments, such as Larissa mentioning how Ian would use his hands and arms when he spoke (before the accident.) Poignant quotes from the book: “…something was shifting in my heart toward God, a desire I hadn’t known since my high school days or even earlier. Things that I had known in my head were starting to take root in my heart. ... Faith came alive

The Story Keeper

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Purchase THE STORY KEEPER at AMAZON The Story Keeper is one of my favorite books of 2014! I was invested from page one, and fell in love with the characters, time periods, and storyline. Wow. What a fabulous read. Absolutely spectacular! Jennia Beth Gibbs, an editor at Vida House Publishing, finds a mysterious manila envelope on her desk. It likely came from the legendary slush pile mountain anyone other than George Vida is forbidden to touch. She should put it back—it could be a trap—but what harm would it do to just take a peek inside? What she finds are three chapters of a twenty-year-old submission. She must have more. On a hunch, in search of the author, she leaves for Appalachia—a place she planned to keep in her past… This book is two stories in one—contemporary and historical. They’re both intriguing and memorable. In the contemporary part of this book, Jennia (Jen) is a likeable character with believable emotions and concerns. Her growth is evident thr