Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Treasury Of Bible Stories Review & #Giveaway

My kids and I have a morning and night routine.
Morning routine on our drive to school includes: talking, singing, laughing, seeing, all mixed with good and bad attitudes. After all we are human. But whatever is happening, we always end with prayer as we drive through the school gates.

There after we pray, I"ll remind them to laugh much, pray if they want and help someone when possible.

I do not want to give up this routine. It's good for us since school take them away for such a long time during the days.

Our night routine is almost the same. We will sing, talk about the day, sometimes read the bible , but always end with prayer. We don't do this every single night, but we do it almost 98% of the time.

Now we have something to mix up our routine; The Treasury Of Bible Stories - Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times book.

The kids love the stories. They are the very same stories in the bible. Just with a bit more detail and fun illustrations for children.

I am glad the stories are the exact ones in the bible. Maybe a word change here or there for little ones sake.

For example I love how in the beginning, as in the bible, it says how Adam named all the animals, but this book elaborates on most of the names given to each animals; warthog, donkey, ducks etc.

It's always nice to have a little new surprise in our daily routines and this book is perfect for us.

I've been looking for a devotional for my children that would be just right for their age group, and I'm really so excited to have this book. And most of all, my children love reading the stories over and over again.

The illustrations are so bold and beautiful! I love the creativity!


My bible study group just studied Esther and it was so fun to see the story in this book in the form that my children could understand it better. They were reading the book of Esther along with me and I always had to explain the words :). I'm very thankful that there is a book like this out there for families with young children.

About the book:
Featuring lyrical stories that will make you laugh, this colorful collection is perfect for reading out loud. Magnificent Tales are rhyming Bible stories with clever art and clear lessons the whole family will enjoy. The stories and illustrations are so engaging that you won’t grow tired of reading a Magnificent Tale night after night! From “The Salty Tale of Noah’s Ark” to “The Lasting Story of the Last Supper,” the rhyming tales in this book remind us that God loves His people—in the Bible and today!

About the author:
Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of books in The Beginner’s Bible series and has authored and illustrated several other children’s books, including Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and The Cycling Wangdoos. He enjoys spending time with his four grown children and his beautiful wife, Vickie, in the Nashville area.

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Round The Seasons

When we lived in our apartment, there was this tree that always captivated me.

I didn't live where I could see it all the time. I lived facing the back of the building. Rather boring, but still it's nature.

Whenever I passed the tree, I'd stare and sometimes I got photos.

It is most beautiful at the beginning of Spring.

We no longer live there, but I still have the memory of the ever beautiful tree that brought forth it's beautiful adornment every Spring.

What's your favorite season? 



Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis + $25 Amazon GC

I admit I would love to read this book MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis + $25 Amazon GC Win.


But right now I'm reading a fascinating tale! Ooh the books to read!

MSmadnessbannermscover-halfYvonne deSousa’s diagnosis of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis came with an insightful declaration from a new doctor (“MS Sucks”) and a brother’s helpful advice (“You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now”).

What followed was a year of MS-adventures: “accidentally” kicking an officious male doctor in the crotch, becoming an undercover agent to pay for medication made from Chinese hamster ovary cells, discovering the amazing effects of legal speed, and battling her arch-nemesis, the dreaded food group-vegetables.

Throughout her MS journey, Yvonne learned how to use humor to find acceptance in her diagnosis and how to smile in the face of chronic illness. Life with multiple sclerosis can be daunting, but Yvonne shares her giggles at the bizarre world she has unwittingly entered and the new perspectives it has given her on life. MS Madness! makes us realize that with a sense of humor, we can survive anything.

“MS Madness! A ‘Giggle More, Cry Less’ Story of Multiple Sclerosis combines defiance with humor, the secret weapon of the sick. Laughter has carried me a greater distance than conventional medicine ever will. In the end, attitude drives well being.” -Richard M. Cohen, NY Times best-selling author of Blindsided and Strong at the Broken Places

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Author Bio yvonneYvonne deSousa has worked as a street sweeper, a shell seller, a babysitter, a candy peddler, and a guest house manager, all before the age of sixteen. Later on she worked as a waitress, sales clerk, library assistant, victim’s advocate, and at the front desk of a doctor’s office.

Two years before Yvonne’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a relative volunteered her to write an article for a local newspaper. Little did she know it was the beginning of a writing career. When MS threatened to turn her into a lunatic, she started writing more frequently and quickly discovered that writing about the insanity that is MS was helping to keep her sane. Her work has appeared on CapeWomenOnline.com, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith and Something On Our Minds, Volumes 1 and 2.

Yvonne also writes a weekly blog on www.yvonnedesousa.com the website that uses a giggle stick to beat up on MS. Since finishing MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis, she has started presenting programs designed to help others use humor to help cope with chronic illness. Yvonne enjoys writing, laughing, and resting. She lives by her personal mottos, “how you deal affects how you feel” and “my MS is not your MS and your MS is weird!” Contact her at Yvonne@yvonnedesousa.com
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Chronicles Of Steele Raven Cover Reveal + #Giveaway

Ooh what an interesting cover!
Gosh I need book audio around me when I can't be reading! So that I"m always reading :)

Anyone want to help out here :)

Chronicles Of Steele Raven Cover Reveal + Giveaway looks quite fun! Hop in y'all!

RavelCoverReveal Raven_ebookPromoThis is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume! Human life has value. The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed. Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.

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Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Run Wild - Live Free - Love Strong - #Music

And follow the King.

It's been a wonderful week. Busy yes, making friends yes, my kids making friends, bills being paid and groceries bought under $100. I am thankful. I am blessed in so many ways.

Joy abounds and I share with you today. I'll come visit everyone, even if late.
Have a fantastic day dancing!
Besos

Hit rewind, click delete
Stand face to face with the younger me
All of the mistakes
All of the heartbreak
Here's what I'd do differently, I'd



(Chorus)
Love like I'm not scared
Give when it's not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on You
On You

I learned the lines and talked the talk
(Everybody knows it, everybody knows it)
But the road less traveled is hard to walk
(Everybody knows it, everybody knows)
It takes a soldier
Who knows his orders
To walk the walk I'm supposed to walk, and

(Chorus)

The things of earth are dimming
In the light of Your glory and grace
I'll set my sights upon Heaven
I'm fixing my eyes on You, on You
I'm fixing my eyes on You, on You
I'm fixing my eyes

(Chorus)

I'll fix my eyes on You, on You
I'll fix my eyes on You, on You

Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer!
Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn. 
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Colette @JamericanSpice
Marie @XmasDolly
And welcoming our New Co-host Becca! Yay!

Honorary Co-host: Thank you Becca and Welcome Danielle - Royalegacy

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 
Bill Cosby on mothers and grandmothers


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset + Sunrise

Lot's of books this summer and fall for the cuddling by the fireplace coming in winter! Do you have some reads lined up?

Come share in the Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset + Sunrise book giveaway.
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Return to Annie Crow Knoll. . . a place where people come to restore their spirits, heal their pain and reclaim their lives. Nate Bidwell blamed his mother Annie for his parents' divorce. Buried hurts and resentments between mother and son make Nate reluctant to risk his heart when his childhood friend Beth Ann offers him her own. Instead, he allows himself to fall in love with the fragile and dependent June, and Annie's opposition to their marriage reignites years of unresolved conflict with her only child. Nate swears that he will never return to Annie Crow Knoll, his family home on the Chesapeake Bay. Instead, he opens his dream restaurant in Manhattan and tirelessly works to build his career as a chef.

When near-tragedy strikes their lives, though, Nate is forced to return to the one place he hopes may save his wife: Anne Crow Knoll. There, surrounded by the love and support of his mother, their friend Packard and Beth Ann, Nate and June face their doubts and fears about themselves, their marriage and their future. In the beauty of this Chesapeake community, they find hope and healing.  

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Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Rylee Adamson Novels #Book Blast + $75 Amazon GC

Ooh I think I'm back into my reading groove. I never left, I think I just needed  a break that came naturally as book grief :)

So here are some new ones. Check them out and enter for a chance to Win one of 3 $25 Amazon Gift Cards in The Rylee Adamson Novels #book Blast.

What are you checking out to read next?
​​woundedbookblastPageflex Persona "My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker." When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot. The clock is ticking and I can feel the weight of the final battle with the demon hordes looming over my head. The puzzle pieces are becoming clearer, but the casualty list is growing. And with each name that is added to those we've lost, my confidence cracks a little more. Yet there is hope. A child saved. A life lost. A prophecy fulfilled.

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All of the books in The Rylee Adamson Novels series will be on sale from September 9-15th at $0.99 down from $3.99 regular price.

Rylee_banner_Slider_Five_Books Books 1-7 will be on sale for $0.99 at the following links September 9th- 15th Buy on: Priceless: Amazon | iTunes | Smashwords | B&N | Kobo Immune: Amazon | iTunes | Smashwords | B&N | Kobo Raising Innocence: Amazon | iTunes | Smashwords | B&N | Kobo Shadowed Threads: Amazon Blind Savage: Amazon Alex (A Rylee Adamson Novella): Amazon Tracker (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 6): Amazon | iTunes | Smashwords | B&N Guardian (A Rylee Adamson Novella, Book 6.5): Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Smashwords | B&N | Kobo Veiled Threat (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 7): Amazon  

For the first time EVER Shannon's books will be on multiple platforms!!


About the author:

ShannonMayer (2)Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her. She is the author of the The Rylee Adamson Novels, The Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series and several contemporary romances. Please visit her website at http://www.shannonmayer.com for more information on her novels.

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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