Thursday, June 9, 2011

Blog Tour~ "Spring for Susannah" by Catherine Richmond

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Welcome to the blog tour for Catherine Richmond’s Spring for Susannah!

Catherine has a fun KINDLE giveaway and a Facebook party! Please help us spread the word about both! A few ways to do that are:  share the button with other blog readers.
Spring For Susannah Giveaway

Enter to win a KINDLE in Catherine Richmond’s Spring for Susannah KINDLE Giveaway! Find out who won during the Spring for Susannah Book Club Party on June 28th! All the details here:

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"Win a KINDLE from @WriterCatherine, Spring for Susannah Giveaway! Winner announced at FB Party 6/21. Details @litfuse"

About the book: Spring for Susannah

Booklist says, "Inspired by [folk] lyrics, Richmond arrives on the inspirational fiction scene with a moving debut novel. Readers will be filled with hope that Susannah will learn the true meaning of love. Highly recommended where inspiring, romantic historical fiction is in demand."

Hundreds of miles from home, Susannah faces an uncertain future as a mail-order bride on the untamed Dakota prairie.

When her parents die suddenly, and no suitors call, Susannah resigns herself to the only option available: becoming a mail-order bride. Agreeing to marry her pastor's brother, Jesse, Susannah leaves the only home she's ever known for the untamed frontier of the Dakota Territory.

Her new husband is more loving and patient with her than she believes she deserves. Still, there is also a wildness to him that mirrors the wilderness surrounding them. And Susannah finds herself constantly on edge. But Jesse's confidence in her-and his faith in God's perfect plan-slowly begin to chip away at the wall she hides behind.

When she miscarries in the brutal Dakota winter, Susannah's fledgling faith in herself and in God begins to crumble. Still, Jesse's love is unwavering. Just when it seems like winter will never end, Susannah finally sees the first tentative evidence of spring. And with it, the realization that more than the landscape has changed.

She looks to the future with a renewed heart. Yet in her wildest dreams, she couldn't predict all that awaits her.

About Catherine: Catherine Richmond was focused on her career as an occupational therapist till a special song planted a story idea in her mind. That idea would ultimately become Spring for Susannah, her first novel. She is also a founder and moderator of Nebraska Novelist critique group and lives in Nebraska with her husband.

For more about Catherine, please visit

Link to buy the book:

About the giveaway and party:

To celebrate her debut novel, Catherine and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away a Spring For Susannah Prize Package worth over $150!
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One grand prize winner will receive:
* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen
* Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond (for KINDLE)

To enter just click one of the icons below and then tell your friends! But hurry, giveaway ends on June 27th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 28th at 5 PM (6PM MST, 7PM CST, & 8PM EST) during Catherine's Spring for Susannah Book Club Party on Facebook! Catherine is rustling up some fun for the party - she'll be chatting about the story behind her novel, hosting a book club chat, testing your mail-order bride trivia skills, and giving away some GREAT prizes! Don't miss the fun and tell your friends!

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Blog tour schedule:


Crystal at Eclectic Woman

Charlene at Quintessentially Quilly

Mocha with Linda

Sharon at Read Its Fundamental

Holly at 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews

Wendy at Wall-to-wall Books

Jami's Reviews at

Crystal at Created for Home


Diana at Hanging By A Thread

Debra at Footprints in the Butter

Holly at Savey Spender

Jill at Book, Books Everywhere

Chrissy at Lil Baby Booty

Apple Blossom at 4 the LOVE of BOOKS

Billie the Girl


Valentine at Carabosse's Library

Maggie at Tethered Mommy

Glenda at Author’s Book Corner

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews

Renee at Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot

Margaret at Creative Madness Mama

Long at Write to the Heart

Loven at Cindy's Book Reviews

The Ramblings of Miss Aimymichelle


Vida at Sunflower Faith

Christina at Foxy Designs & Reviews

Pamela Readz

Amy at The 160 Acrewoods

Kait at Reviews By Jane

Ruth at This That and the Other Thing

Mindy at A Room without Books is empty

Pamela at Can't Wait...


V.E. at Duncan Heights

Reviews By Molly

Danita Ellis (review & life)

Diane at That's What I'm Here For

Leah at Love Grows Best Homeschool

Carol’s Corner

Kim at Window To My World

Mollie at The Gandy's Home Base

Danielle at The Happy Wife


Vic's Media Room

Caroline at Happy Four

Splashes Of Joy

Karla at Quiet Quilter

Stacie at HobbitDoor

Casey at Writing for Christ

Laura at Lighthouse Academy

Wendy at Minding Spot

Janet at Along the Way

Jamie at Little Blurbs

Briana at I Can't Decide


Michelle at Our Little Corner of the World

Patricia at Dream a little Dream

Holly at The Bookshelf

Theresa at Frugal Experiments

Elana at The Twinners Reviews & Giveaways

Ruth at Thoughts from a Princess

The Zen of Motherhood

Carlybird's Home

Christina at Kennedy Reviews

Deborah at Books, Movies and Chinese Food


Mystiqua at Pursuit of Titus 2

Shonda at The Knowlton Nest

Laurie here

Scott at LaVigne's Blog

Whitney at Rambles of a SAHM

Erin at Connected2Christ

Cinnamon Hollow Reviews

Haley at The Life and Lies of An Inanimate Flying Object


Lydia at Overweight Bookshelf

Katie's Legacy

Renee at A Path of Joy

Melissa at Bibliophile's Retreat

Lauri at Knits, Reads and Reviews

Courtney at Courtney's Chitter Chatter

Michelle @ Life in Review

Charla at For What It's Worth

Jodie at Mom's Pace


Julee at Mommy's Memorandum

Pamela at Daysong Reflections

Marg at Simply Shop and Save

Kendra at Happily Managing a Household of Boys

Joan at Book Reviews from an Avid Reader

Novella Vialli's Blog

Lizzie at A Dusty Frame

Marissa at The Review Stew

Jendi's Journal

Jettie at Jettie's Ramblings


Stephanie at A Cooking Bookworm

Cara at The Law, Books and Life

Tami at This Mom's Delight

Janet at Home Is Where God Sends You

Tammy at TammyIsBlessed

Kristinia at Loving Heart Mommy

Faye at Labor Not In Vain

Cassidy at Praying Through Chaos

Becky at Christian Chick's Thoughts

Sheila at Showcase Sisters


Simply Stacie

Tammy at Bluerose's Heart

Carrie at Farming On Faith

Sara at Shoopette's Book Reviews

JHS at Colloquium

Jennifer at For Such a Time as This

Kathy at Bags, Books & Bon Jovi

Carol at Books Before Food


Melissa at Book Reviews

Kat at Reviews From The Heart

Melissa at Contemplative Joy

Naasom at Ficção Evangélica - The Christian Fictions's Place in Brazil

Rachelle at Sojourner's Journey

Alexia at The Mommy Rambles

Jen at Happy Little Homemaker

SusieQTpies at Scraps of Life

Megan at The Joys of Life


Maureen's Musings

Lori at Frog's Lilypad

Tracy's Nook

Jenna at Eleven Pages

Lisa at Make Your Own Escape

Ariel at The Librarian's Bookshelf

Dawn at Guiding Light Homeschool

Ashley's Bookshelf


Jodie at Digging For Pearls

Patty at Broken Teepee

Kristie at Family Scrapbooks and Coffee

Michelle at Healing Hearts Book Review Blog

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Blog Tour~ "Branded: Sharing Jesus in a Consumer Culture"

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Welcome to the blog tour for Branded: Sharing Jesus in a Consumer Culture by Tim Sinclair!

Kregel Publications is sponsoring a $50 giveaway open to both you and your blog readers. If you post for the blog tour you’re already entered into the contest.

About the Giveaway!

To enter all you have to do is send a tweet (using #litfuse) about Branded or share about it on Facebook!

If you tweet we'll capture your entry when you use @litfuse. If you share it on Facebook or your blog, just email us and let us know ( Easy. (All Litfuse bloggers who post a review are automatically entered and do NOT need to email us.)

Not sure what to tweet/post? Here's an idea.

TWEET THIS: "Branded by @timsinclair - Jesus is a life-changing product with lousy sales-people! @litfuse :"

FACEBOOK THIS: Branded by Tim Sinclair is a compelling look at what Christians can learn from companies like Apple & Starbucks about sharing their faith! Jesus is a life-changing product with lousy sales-people!

About Branded:

The church spends $1.5 million for every one new follower of Jesus. Apple sells 26 iPads every minute. What is it that makes Apple so exciting and Jesus so boring? What is it that compels someone to bring their iPod everywhere and their Bible nowhere? In a word: marketing. Jesus is a life-changing product with lousy salespeople-people who are intimidated and embarrassed by the word "evangelism" and who show more enthusiasm for their gadgets than their God.

What would life look like if we stopped mass-marketing Jesus and started marketing our faith like Nike and Apple market their products--sharing relationally, from person to person? Using examples from these and other successful companies, author Tim Sinclair challenges Christians to throw out their casual attitudes toward faith and sign on for a marketing campaign for the Savior.

Written with the wit and wisdom of an experienced marketer, Branded peels away the feelings of fear and encourages readers how to share their faith in ways that are honest, authentic, and, most importantly, effective.

Link to buy the book:

About the Tim Sinclair:

Tim Sinclair is a radio personality on one of the top Christian morning shows in the country, Mornings with Tim and Pam. For over a decade, he has been helping radio stations and various other businesses creatively and effectively market themselves. His award-winning productions have been heard on more than 2,000 radio stations worldwide and recent clients include McDonald's, Word Records, Moody Press, and the country's most-listened to Christian nonprofit radio station KSBJ/Houston. Tim has written for CCM Magazine and the Huntsville Times. For more about Tim, please visit his website,

Blog Tour Schedule: :


Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Tarena at Laughing Family

Alena at Little Bit Of Wonderful


Becky at In The Pages

Debra at Footprints in the Butter

Suzanne at Suzannesaphone


Billie the Girl

Melissa at Books R Us

Glenda at Authors Book Corner

Pam at Can't Wait...


Lena at A Christian Writer's World

Tracye at A Heart Poured Out

Danita at (review & life)


Leah at Love Grows Best

Vic's Media Room

Deanna's Corner


Michele at My Blessings From Above

Elizabeth at Count It All Joy

Kaylea at My Scrappy Life


Megan Homeschoolin’ Mama

Theresa at Frugal Experiments

Christina at Kennedy Book Reviews

Brian at Live Generously


Scott at LaVigne's Blog

Elizabeth at Be Joyful Always

Amy at Writing in the Margins


Melissa at Real Heart Prints

Christine at Write to the Heart

Isabelle at Canadianladybug Reviews!

Crystal at Cinnamon Hollow Reviews


Mel's World with Melissa Mashburn

Jodie at Mom's Pace

Kendra at Happily Managing a Household of Boys

Laura at Day by Day in Our World


Michelle at Beyond Silver and Gold

Tammy Is Blessed

Ponderings by Andrea htttp://

Missie at Thirsty


Shannon at Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea

Renee at Doorkeeper

Michelle at A Life Better Than I Deserve

Amy at Backseat Writer


Jacque at Good family reads

Stacy at Mom in Training

Linda at Christian Book Reviews


Lori at Not So Superwoman Homeschool, Reviews, and More

Barb at Country Bookshelf

Norma at Wakela's World

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

review~ the secrets lives of backyard bugs... yuck!

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The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs
Storey Publishing
Judy Burres- Wayne Richards
ISBN 9781603425636
Non Fiction
I had seen this book on Net Galley and thought I have got to see
about reading it as I knew my son who is 3 would Love it as he Loves bugs.
So once I downloaded it he did not even want me on the Computer as he had to
sit and look at all the different bugs and there shapes and colors.
So once we where done on the site we went outside and found some bugs then we
came back inside and looked them up so he would see what is in our area.
I do know this will be one book Iwill be buying him as it is a great book to have to help
teach him with and it gives us something to do as a family.
I can tell you as a past homeschool teacher this would make a nice gift for a teacher.

review~ abc circus

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ABC Is For  Circus
Ammo Books
ISBN 9781934429617
Patrick Hruley    check this I think it is wrong
Non Fiction
This is a nice book to share with my son who is 3.
I am teaching him his ABC's and with this book it allowed
me to show him more words that start with the letters we are learning.
He Loves new and different things and I could tell he liked knowing it
was about the Circus.
I look forward to taking him to the Circus this year and seeing if he remembers
what he learned from the book we shared.
If you have not had a chance to look at this book I would like to suggest you
take a moment and check it out.
The colors really stand out and the pages are easy to read.
It was a fun read for my husband as well as he also read it with him.

review~bull riders secret

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The Bull Riders Secret
Harlequin American Romance
ISBN 9780373753688
Marvin Thomas
As a young lady it seems like I have been reading Harlequin for years and
that they just keep getting better and better.
I Love the new series I have seen coming out lately such as the ones on the
Military and now these fine Cowboys I have gotten to read about.
My question is how do we read all of them because they seem to print so many
that I know I could never keep up with them.
Now I would like to share my thoughts with you on the latest book I read from them
which is called The Bull riders Secret.
First of all let me say Man Oh Man what a fox.
I would not mind going to the Rodeo if I had a chance of meeting him.
I also enjoyed getting to know Kat and her son.
Its so nice to see a women can do a mans job just as well as they can.
I wanted to kick the ex husband though for the way he treated them but there
was no need of this as Brody took care of that.
If you have not had a time to check out these wonderful books in a while I would
suggest you take the time to do it.
I do know there is another book coming out and I can tell you I can not wait to read it.

Review~ world without fish.

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World Without Fish
Mark Kurlansky
ISBN 978-0-7611-5607-9
I choose this book as my son is 3 and Loves fish.
My husband Loves to fish and also likes to have
fish tanks when possible so I thought this would
make a book we could all enjoy and I am glad I did
as we all had fun sharing the stories and seeing his
daughter was a big part of it made it even more special
to us as family is so important to me and always trying
to include my son it was nice to see someone else also
does this.
I think this book is good as a science book and I would
like to see it in schools.
The illustrations are so wonderful and the colors are so perfect.
I liked that it is not only a story book but that it has a story to teach us.
This book is good for both adults as well as children.

chicken soup for the soul

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I have two books to giveaway of this one
Valued at $14.95

Chicken Soup For The Soul
Grieving and The Recovery Process
Jack Canfield
Mark Victor Hanson and
Amy Newmark
370 pages

I have been a fan of Chicken Soup for The Soul for forever it seems.
There is so many different books that they fit every sitution someone
wishes to read about at any given time.
From book on families to pets to Entrpreneurs which is my favorite
When I was approached by Chick Soup and asked to review there
books and that I would be alloweed to give 2 away I was so happy as
this alloweed me to read and share my favorite books with my readers.
The book I was given has double meaning for me as I have lost so many
people I Love but none as important to me as my daughter Suzzane who
would have been 23 this Mothers Day but you see I do not get to share her
Birthday or Mothers Day with her as she passed away in 2004 but there is one
poem in this book that I plan on taking and reading to her on Sunday as it will
show her how much she is missed.
I am blessed though as I can share these books with my son as he gets older
and with my husband who knows how important they are too.
So know I would like to share one with you as well as a poem from this one.

How To Help

Please be gentle with this new person
That I was forced to become.
I need understanding and patience.,
So Please administer some.

I often find myself floundering
in my daily activitesnow,
And some of the things I used to do
Are harder to do somehow

There are certain songs I can not bear to hear
And places where I can not dwell
And just folding laundry may make me cry:
{Shopping for groceries as well}

If the smell of a grilled cheese sandwich
Has me suddnley weeping tears:
Please understand that he Loved them for lunch
And I made them for him for years.

And don't be afraid to mention his name.
I need that more than you know.
Your not the reason I am hurting so much-
The loss of my son made that so
(Only for me it was my daughter)

Just offer your shoulder if I need to cry.
And listen if I need to talk.
This road I am on is SO difficult-
The hardest I will ever walk.

Mabey someday I will show you his pictures
(Ask me I would Love to show you Suzzanes)
And not fall aprat at the seams.
Just tell me that you know I am hurting so-
I can't tell you how much that means.

I know that the pain will get softer
So be patient with me till it does
I will never be the same person again,
For, I am not the ME I Was.

Beverly F Walker

Let me tell you she and I could be friends as I fell the same way she does.

Happy Mothers Day to everyone and I hope it is a wonderful day for you

I Love you Suzzane and I miss you
5/8/88 to 11/28/07

Charles Wiggles Cates
If you ever wanted to see a Angel reincarnated look at my son as he
looks just like his sister.

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