Christmas Giveaway!


christmas treeHi Everyone!!!

Today is a really good day because tomorrow kicks off my very first Christmas Santa Giveaway!!

Why am I doing this?

Well, #1 reason is because it’s a Christmas giveaway! Who doesn’t like getting Christmas presents, eh?

#2 reason is to say thanks for tagging along with me this year, commenting on my blog, and just being your super-duper selves!!

#3 reason – it’s fun to give away stuff!

What’s up for grabs?

There are 3 prizes:

3rd Prize:  a $5 Starbucks Gift card

2nd Prize:  $15 of Starbucks Gift cards

Grand Prize:

  • Undisclosed number of YA books signed by the authors (it’s a Christmas Santa surprise, but I can tell you it will be between 3 and 5 books)
  • Swag from several authors
  • a special gift from moi

How can you enter to win?

Simply follow the instructions in the rafflecopter link below.

 

Rafflecopter!

 

Oh, and make sure you share with everyone!!

Who is eligible to win!

The giveaway is only open to residents of the continental United States (sorry folks, but shipping outside the U.S. is expensive.)

Contest begins November 20, 2015 and ends December 10, 2015. Winners to be announced December 11. Prizes to be sent to winners no later than December 14, 2015.

Good luck and

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl


Folks, I stumbled upon this beauty while perusing Month9Book’s blog and OMG!!!  I had to share it with you.  Who else other than me thinks this cover is AMAZING!  Wow!  The author must be over the top happy with this artwork.  I’m stunned.

What is this story about?  Well, if you can get past staring at the cover, here is the blurb as posted on Goodreads:

Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except she suspects she may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family’s steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. But the trip proves more harrowing than she had anticipated, revealing secrets and testing her strength as well as her heart. Love, adventure and restitution await her in Canada, but only if she can survive the voyage.

 

Title: THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF
THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Leigh Statham

Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.

Connect with the Author: Website |Twitter Facebook | Goodreads

And there’s a GIVEAWAY to boot!

Here’s the info for prizes:

· One (1) ebook copy of The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham and a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

· Open Internationally

· Winner will be drawn June 20, 2014

· Winners will receive their book on release day

Rafflecopter Link (Winner will be drawn June 20, 2014):

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Direct Link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YzA4YzllOGVhNjNmZDBjNGRjZjNjYzUwYzFhNDY1OjE5Ng==/

Book Review and Giveaway!


In celebration of 25,000 views of my blog, I’ve decided to give away one hardback copy of Rachel Coker’s debut novel, Interrupted – life beyond words!  You can find my review of the novel below, along with links to the author if you want to read more about her.

Summary (Inside Cover):

Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn’t shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept.

Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie’s heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved.

My Review

After my review of Heather Burch’s Halflings (which was fantastic), Zondervan Publishing (a Christian press) sent me three more books to review for them.  (Sorry, Zondervan, that it’s taken so long).  I looked through the three and after finding out Rachel Coker, the author of Interrupted, life beyond words, was only 15 years old when she wrote the book, I jumped on reading this one first.

I had no idea what to expect.  I very rarely read historical fiction and the Christian genre was far from my normal urban fantasy/paranormal/fantasy reading material, but it did have a nice ring to it and the blurb caught my interest.

The book opens in 1939 and Alcyone (“Allie”) has turned fourteen.  Not long afterwards, her mother dies from a long battle with brain cancer and Allie is ripped away from her home to live in Maine with Beatrice Lovell, a religious woman she doesn’t even know.  She has to leave all her worldly possessions behind, as well as her obnoxious ‘friend’, Sam Carroll.  Allie is bitter and angry and she has every right to be, but she holds on to this anger and bitterness far too long for my liking.  While other characters didn’t seem to care about Allie or the fact she’d just lost her mom, I didn’t think it was justifiable for Allie to carry the anger and hurt for as long as she did or lash out at those who were trying to help her the most.  There was one scene I wanted to jump inside the book and grab Allie and yell at her.  I wanted to know why she had to be so hurtful to Beatrice after everything this woman had done for her.  I don’t know if I should praise Coker for forcing my emotions with Allie or be irritated with the author for dragging on Allie’s anger for far too long.  I think a bit of both is required.

I thought the characterizations in the novel were the author’s strong point.  All of them leapt off the page.  Irene was one of my favorites with her spunky attitude and her bright pink car.  I didn’t even know they had pink cars in the 1940s.  Allie’s friend, Charlie, is vivacious and cute and I love the way they meet, and there are not enough words to say what I feel about Sam.  He’s adorable and he’s always had a thing for Allie, following along behind her like a little puppy dog from the time they were kids.  He made me smile and wish all boys and men could be so charming and wonderful.  He was so patient and loveable and sweet and always had a positive attitude.  The scene where he returns to Allie’s life after her mother’s funeral was handled beautifully and he is the perfect antidote for this withdrawn teen. His patience and forgiveness was admirable and exactly what Allie needed to find her way.

As for Coker’s writing style, I could tell this was a first novel.  Even though the story was enjoyable to read, at times I found it a bit spotty, jumping from scene to scene and place to place.  This may have been due to editorial cuts rather than a lack of writing by the author, but I thought it worth mentioning.  Overall, I felt the story flowed well and the reader gets a real sense of the struggles and internal turmoil Allie faces.  When Allie is taken away and she has to say good-bye to the house and her beloved kitty, I have to admit, Coker pulled at my heartstrings.

The story revolves around World War II and it reminded me of stories my own mom told me of the women who waited patiently to find out if they’d ever see their fiancées or husbands again.  It was a poignant look at what women go through when the men they love are away at war.  There was one tiny mention of a young woman and her engagement ring and I have to admit, it choked me up a bit.

The story does get religious toward the end.  I was expecting it as Allie was not religious in the beginning of the book, and seeing the way the story progressed, I knew religion would play into her self-realization and coming about.  I did feel at times it bordered on ‘preachy’, but only slightly.  After all, this is Allie’s story and her changing.  I thought, however, there was an extreme shift in Allie’s character – going from someone who didn’t believe in God to someone who prays like God’s been in her life from the day she was born.  There wasn’t a transition. There wasn’t’ a moment where it felt like she was uncomfortable praying or questioning whether it would even work of if she was doing it right. I think there needed to be that for her character to be sincere.  Again, this could have been an editorial change.  It seemed slightly abrupt to me.

In spite of the few minor niggles I had, I really enjoyed Interrupted and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a heart-warming, quick read that will lift your spirits.  I will definitely keep my eyes open for more stories from this remarkable young lady.  I give Interrupted 4 stars out of 5.

Links to Rachel Coker

Rachel’s website/blog
Rachel on Facebook
Rachel on Goodreads
Rachel’s author page at Zondervan

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a hardback copy of Interrupted – life beyond words.  Unfortunately, due to tight money belt, the giveaway is only open to residents in the continental United States.

Giveaway rules:

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All entries will be chosen randomly and the winner will be announced on my blog  on June 16.  The winner will have one week to contact me at kford2007@gmail.com with his/her mailing information.  If I do not hear from the winner within seven days, another name will be drawn.

Good luck everyone!  Let the fun begin!!!

Oh, and thank you, all of you, for dropping by my blog!  It makes me really happy.  I’m trying to pass on the goodness.  🙂