Friday, June 27, 2014

Quote of the Week



“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”

~ Mother Theresa

Freebie Friday! Seeking Him

Freebie Friday

This week at Lies Women Believe they are giving away Seeking Him by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Tim Grissom. I'm so excited to get it into your hands, because it's a Bible study that has had a huge personal impact on my own walk with Christ.

This is a study that will take you DEEP into God's Word—no coasting allowed! But the end result is a heart revived by God's truth.

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The Sense of Touch


PUYB Inside the Book
Old friends uncomfortably reunited and lovers who cling to their distance from one another; disappearing fathers, fiercely loving grandfathers, and strangers who pass through and radically change lives…These are among the characters who populate the rugged Midwestern landscapes of the mesmerizing fiction world of Ron Parsons. In his debut collection, THE SENSE OF TOUCH (Aqueous Books; May 1, 2013), Parsons captures people of various ages in the act of searching for meaning and connection and themselves. Firmly set in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan, the lush but often brutally cold heartland of America, the eight stories explore universal themes–loneliness, betrayal, transformation, hope–in fresh, sometimes fanciful, sometimes comical, sometimes jarring, and always moving and memorable ways.

The Sense of Touch

In THE SENSE OF TOUCH, readers will meet:
* Naseem Sayem, the brilliant, troubled, and mystifying young man at the center of “Hezekiah Number Three.” A native of Bangladesh abruptly transplanted to the stark white suburbs of Rapid City at age nine, Naseem never fit in and eventually moved on to study physics at MIT–where, shortly before graduation and after shocking news of his father’s infidelity and abandonment, he apparently unraveled and vanished. Three months later, he reappeared out of the blue on his stepmom’s doorstep, holding a three-legged cat. Naseem’s long search for belonging reaches its apex in a hot air balloon floating over the Crazy Horse Monument.

* Waylon Baker, wheat farmer from birth, and Evie Lund, his wife of twenty-four years and counting, even though she had chosen to live far away–in the alien world of the Twin Cities–for eight years. The odd couple at the heart of “Beginning with Minneapolis,” Waylon and Evie can’t bear to live together or to divorce because they still love each other with a passion, reignited when they find themselves deep in the dirt, in a hole Waylon dug in his wheat field to serve as Evie’s grave.

* The nameless narrator of “The Sense of Touch,” a serious, young freshman at the University of Minnesota, fleeing yet still attached to his youth in Texas, haunted both by its predatory demons and its romantic dreams. His liberation comes through an alluring muse: his fiction-writing teacher. A ravishing, wild-haired, Memphis-born African-American graduate student, Vonda speaks directly to him when she makes her dramatic pronouncements. Like, “Our masks are not worn, people. They’re grown, day by day.” And “Never trust anything, not until you can touch it. With touch, you know you know.”

The old friends in “The Black Hills,” long separated by distance and tragedy, who unexpectedly compete for the affections of a lovely, vulnerable, and married Lakota woman…the young woman who, in the midst of a Halloween blizzard, stumbles into saving an elderly piano teacher’s life and faces hard facts about her own snow-bound relationships and emotions in “As Her Heart Is Navigated”…the exceptional grandfather in “Big Blue” and the playboy reformed by someone else’s grandson in “Moonlight Bowling”…and the professor of dead languages facing the mysteries of mortality in “Be Not Afraid of the Universe”… Through Ron Parsons, they all come to life, vividly and with emotional resonance, and work their way into the minds and hearts of readers.
MY IMPRESSIONS
I really enjoyed "The Sense of Touch", Ron Parsons' first collection of short stories. Inside these eight short stories, centering on our longing for human connections, Ron dives deep to show the ways that these connections are missed, such as difficulty fitting into a new culture,  trouble making friend feeling overly eccentric, etc.
 I was drawn quickly into each story with the wonderful imagery. The only one I really felt disconnected from was Big Blue that seemed rushed and not very well put together. Other than that one, I found Ron's writings very interesting, complex, well thought out with great characters that were interesting, realistic and well developed.

What appealed most to me was the central theme of hope. How our desire for human connection is so great, that even in the worst of times we hold out for hope that we will connect to another soul. Although some of these stories I really did not fully connect with I loved the poetic writings. I can recommend these short stories to a more mature audience that can appreciate them for all they are.


PUYB Book Excerpt 2
They were relaxing at the top of a waterfall, in a small, still pool where the mountain waters hit an upward slope of folded granite. It was sort of a rounded bathtub, carved out of the rock throughout the centuries by the rushing river, a river so hidden that it was without a name. Just below were the falls, about a 30-foot drop into another, much larger pool of clearest water that was gathered for a respite, a compromise in the river’s relentless schedule downward, between split-level decks of flat rock. Further on, the river reanimated and released into a sharp ravine, pulling westward, down through the rugged mountains and faceless forest–the Black Hills National Forest–gaining force until it joined with the rush of the Castle River, near the old Custer Trail, and was swallowed into the Deerfield Reservoir to collect and prepare for the touch of man.

PUYB Meet the Author
RON PARSONS is a writer living in Sioux Falls. Born in Michigan and raised in South Dakota, he was inspired to begin writing fiction in Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota. His short stories have appeared in many literary magazines and venues, including The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, Storyville App, The Briar Cliff Review, Flyway, and The Onion. His debut collection of stories, THE SENSE OF TOUCH, was released by Aqueous Books in 2013.

You can visit his website at http://ronparsonswriter.com/ or  http://www.aqueousbooks.com/author_pages/24_parsons.htm.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of Pump Up Your Books Review Crew. : Pump Up Your Book

Thursday, June 26, 2014

What I Love About Drake June 2014

I adore this little daily ritual or habit we have... 
As soon as I walk into the door you want to make sure you get your mommy alone time. You need about 30 minutes of completely 100% uninterrupted time with me or it sets the rest of your day off bad. In the summer this is pretty easy since your the only one around during the week, but its challenging during the rest of the year.  You normally want to play games, wrestle, talk about your day or what we are doing later on, basically it just comes down to you wanting time alone to bond after we have been a part all day and for me to show you I have time set aside for you. When I skip it we go into tears of how I don't love you  and etc.


Scripture Verse... Philippians 4:8 " Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things".

Favorite Photo...





You made me giggle when... You told Larka (our cat) " Larka, you better let mom have her privacy or she will strangle you like a pig."  I was taking a bath and the cat kept trying to come in to sit on the toilet. Since you are not allowed in when I bathe, you did not think it was right for Larka either. 

One of your most irresistible physical features is...
your smile. You have a great, infectious smile that I cannot help but love. It lights up the room. you can tell when you are lying, cranky, over joyed or being sneaky all from the smile you are wearing on that adorable little constantly dirty face.

I missed you when....
You went off to play paintball this month with the big kids and was 100% ok that I was not going. You told me you are 7 and can do things on your own now without me. Made me proud and broke my heart at the same time so see you growing up so young. You did tell me you had alot of fun and only came back with one mark on your left side. I thought I would find more, but I was told you were too fast for anyone to hit you and you were one of the last to get out in all three games that you played! Pretty awesome.


5 Words/Phrases that come to mind when I think about you:  prayerful, goofy, sensitive, caring, and gentleman. You are learning to give all to God through prayer. From the simple things in life to more complicated matters. Great example is last night you prayed for those who felt unloved to know love through God then on the way to daycare you prayed to God that he would turn all the lights green so you could be there first to get a computer. Oddly enough we only hit one red light out of close to 20. So I guess God is listening to you. You are goofy and caring because you love to make people laugh and smile. You try hard to help those that are feeling sad or sick by making them laugh. You are also goofy when you do all these insane dances others are teaching you. You are learning to be a gentleman by holding and opening doors for me and your sister and others when we are out. You offer to carry the "heavy" things for us, even if you need help with it as well.


Some of our favorite songs we both love...

Turn Down For What- DJ Snake & Lil Jon- they play this at the baseball games all the time. 

All of Me-John Legend

Not a Bad Thing- Justin Timberlake

I Wanna Get Better- Bleachers

I Got a Car- George Strait

Yeah- Joe Nochols

My Eyes-Blake Shelton 


Special Occasions...This month we made several trips to Six Flags. Some days we did nothing but the shows, some just the water rides and on others a little taste of everything Six Flags has to offer. You rode the Acme Rocket this month. This is a scary ride, even by my standards. It goes all the way in a complete circle, upside down, backwards and forwards. I do not even ride this ride and you went on it all by yourself! You also got to hang out with me at the Vans Warped Tour for a little while when we went to pick up Mason and Delaney. You loved all the events going on. We talked about going vegan, you participated in an anti-smoker campaign and got to listen some really cool bands while we were there. My absolute favorite thing was on June 8th you asked me how you get Christ into your heart. I explained the Holy Spirit and that when you ask god with a prayer from a true heart He comes into your life at that moment. So you prayed" God come into my heart so you will know I love you and I will be good always for you. I wont steal no more because you will help me and I wont get in as much trouble too. In Jesus Christ name Amen!" I was overjoyed for you to be a part of this very special prayer between you and God and to know that your heart belongs to Christ. At the end of the month we went swimming. You had been waiting all summer to go and I finally broke down and bought you.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Trust Me




Trust Me
by Nora LeDuc

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BLURB:

Ela Danforth seeks sanctuary in the small town of Rockypoint, New Hampshire, where she believes her days will return to normal, until a mysterious stalker threatens her refuge, just as a charming lawyer, Nash McCain, enters her life.

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~My Impressions~
Wonderful romantic suspense that draws you in from the get go and wont let you go. Once I picked this book up I had to finish it the same day. The writing style made this book an easy one to read and the characters were well developed with spirit and emotions that flew from the pages as you read.

I adored the story surrounding Nash and Ela. Nash, a lawyer and single father caring for his young daughter, and Ela, financial adviser and caretaker for her teenage sister. Ela has been burned in the past and is distrusting of men, but when a stalker put her life in danger Ela makes the decision to take a chance on Nash to protect her.

The creepy and mysterious stalker that is tracking them kept the book filled with non stop action and suspense. I really thought I knew who was behind everything, but was surprised to find out that things are not always what they appear to be. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Nora LeDuc lives in New England with her family. TRUST ME is her 12th published book.  She loves to watch the daily Headline News Channel with all the latest on crimes. Currently she is working away on her next novel of murder and love. Please visit her website nora Leduc.com or visit her on Facebook. She loves to meet new friends.

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Excerpt :

Lanie tugged on his sleeve. “Dad. Dad. Look at those cars!”

She pointed behind her. Her fingers tightened with urgency on his arm. Four advancing headlights side by side sped up the hill.

“They’re headed for Dead Man’s Curve. They’re going too fast and going to crash.”

“I’ve gotta go, Mother.” Nash dropped the phone in the cup holder.

The two vehicles flew towards them, neck and neck on the two-way road. Micro inches separated them. They shot past Nash. Their red rear lights burned through the dark, slashing
rain. He narrowed his eyes and distinguished the shape of a pickup’s bed on one vehicle, now attempting to pass the other.

Sure enough, it smacked against the driver’s side of what looked like an early sixties car. The screech of metal against metal broke through the rain pounding on his sports car’s roof. The vintage car swerved onto the shoulder, and for a split second, it balanced on the edge of the winding pavement before it plummeted over the side of the nine-hundred-foot drop.

With a shot of backfire, the white truck roared off.

“Dad! Can you believe that? He drove someone off the road and left! What’s going to happen? Are they dead?”

Lanie’s hoarse whisper broke the silence. She unsnapped her seatbelt and bent forward to wipe the fog off the window with the cuff of her aqua fleece jacket and stared after the pinpoint of crimson taillight disappearing around the peak’s curve.

“We’ll get the driver help.”

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sonrise Stable: Tender Mercies ( Book 4 in the Sonrise Stable Series.)






ISBN: 978-0-9847242-3-9| List Price: $8.95 from Vicki's website or $9.86 on Amazon | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 127

Sonrise Stable: Tender Mercies
This is Book 4  in the Sonrise Stable Series.
When Rosie, Carrie, and Grandma are asked to help out at Last Chance Corral, a nursemare foal rescue, Rosie is shocked when she experiences firsthand how cruel some people can be to animals. During the week at Last Chance, the girls learn that the God who knows when a sparrow falls to the ground works through the kindness of others to provide for the animals He created. For the foals, and the girls, Last Chance Corral is a life-changing experience.

Tender Mercies is the fourth book in the Sonrise Stable series, heartwarming stories of an extended homeschooling family as they live, learn, and love together. Mixing adventure, life lessons, and realistic horse experiences, the series is a must for readers who enjoy family values, Christian faith, and, of course, horses!
  



My Impressions:  


This is the fourth book in the Sonrise Stable series that follows a small newborn foal from its first breath to adoption.  Written from the prospective of the foul you follow along as he learns to walk, eat, play and bond. This is just an amazing book for young elementary children. 

I originally picked this book simply because my 7 year old son wanted a book he could read and it was available.In the end it was one of the best decisions I made. My son begged to read this book with me, wanted to watch the videos on horses and it opened him up to a whole new world and perspective of animal rescue. He got such a giggle from the horse and was mesmerized at the same time.


I loved the opening quote from Proverbs 12:10 "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel".  Biblical footnotes like this are spread throughout the book allowing you to discuss them at the end or after each chapter should you choose to do so with your kids to add an extra element to this wonderful story. MY son adored the sketches throughout especially the one that matched the front cover! Easy book to recommend for boys and girls alike in elementary school.

About the Author: Vicki Watson

My love of horses began when a teenage neighbor offered me my first ride, on the back of her horse. From my 8-year-old perspective, it seemed like the biggest horse in the world. From that moment on, I was addicted. Horses were to become a very important part of my life, although I never could have imagined, at the time, how much God would teach me about Himself and my relationship to Him through these wonderful animals.

The Sonrise Stable series combines my love of God and horses in stories that I hope will help children learn more about both. I have a vision for ten initial books in the series, taking the main characters through one year. Beyond that I'll see where God leads me.

I have been blessed with three daughters and homeschooled each of them through high school. I enjoy trail riding my Rocky Mountain mare, Nikki, hiking, photography, and playing guitar. I work from home as a  and computer programmer and enjoy the variety and flexibility that allows.

Link to Main Websitehttp://www.sonrisestable.com/
Purchasing Product directly from Vicki or on Amazon
Subscribe to Vicki's Youtube channel which features great horse-related videos.


Disclaimer:I received a free print copy of this book from Christian Cowgirl Publishing via the CWA Review Crew in exchange for my honest review and opinion which I have given.