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Stasis: Help it Rocket!

StasisAnthology

Will Vullerman’s job isn’t easy. He’s the top operative of the ASP—a secret agent for a new age. Sure, it might be a dangerous job, but he relishes the thrill of a mission accomplished.

But when a mysterious signal is picked up from war-torn North America, it is Will who is sent in—and what he finds there will change the world.

A hidden labyrinth deep beneath the ground—a ring that can alter your sense of reality—the dangerous secret of an illegal genetics facility—all this and more will test Will’s strength and character. The stakes are high, and one wrong step could mean failure…and death for the people he’s trying to protect.

STASIS is an anthology of five action-packed Will Vullerman stories, each one a high-octane adventure.“

If this book has grabbed your attention (as it did mine) then help it rocket to the sky! It just released on kindle for $2.99! For all the ways that you can help Stasis take off, visit this link! (Also, you will just enjoy reading it :-)

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Ice Bucket Challenge

I am sure many of you know about the Ice Bucket Challenge that has been going around for about two years now (It has really taken off just in the last two months) that helps raise awareness about ALS. In case that you do not know what in the world I am talking about, I suggest clicking the link below and watching the video before continuing with this post. If you do know what the Ice Bucket Challenge is and would like to know how it got started and everything, then you will probably like this video as well :-)

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So, now that you have watched the above video, I am pretty sure that you know where the rest of this post is going! Yes, I took the Ice Bucket Challenge, no I cannot post the video :-( WordPress won’t allow me to upload that particular file, but if you are just dying to see me and a few from my youth group (Genuine Youth) get ice water dumped on us then drop a comment below with your email and I will send you the video personally!

Also, in the video, I challenged all of my faithful followers here on my blog! So if you follow my blog, then you are officially challenged to take the Ice Bucket Challenge within the next 24 hours (of reading this post ;-)  ). I was told that I had to actually say someone’s name as well, so Caleb Cowgill was that lucky person because I know that he doesn’t follow my blog ;-) (Marleigh please inform your brother!!!)

Also, Maggie challenged our dear grandma (Melba Weaver) and Hallie Sadler. The others that were specifically challenged that follow my blog are, Megan and Mikayla Burks, Payton Sadler, and Pastor Josh and Alyssa (and Eden and Samuel) Engebretson. I can’t wait to watch the videos!!!!

*My email is ragdogs@hotmail.com*

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

One Chance; Take It

“Go talk to that boy, he needs someone to talk to.” said the voice in my head, like it did every time I saw the geeky Freshman named Lucus. Since becoming a Christian, I quite often get weird urges to do simple, but odd, things. Like picking up a pencil for a girl in the locker room, or writing a quick little “thank you” note to the bus driver. Sure, I can do those, nobody notices those types of things, but talking to Lucus, no way! That’s going way to far. If I get caught taking to that loser, I could lose, like, all of my social status. Not to mention my new friends.

“Just say ‘hi’ then and give him one of your smiles.” argued the persistent voice. I managed a quick glance at the new kid who sat all by himself with back-pack held close and looking as if he would be struck at any moment. I pondered what the Lord was telling me, but then answered, “But he’s way over in the corner. All my friends are here, surely someone will see me if I start walking his way.”

I shook my head to tell the Lord “no” then I walked to the table where my friends all gathered, talking of who liked who, who was going to who’s party, who broke up with who, and all of that kind of stuff. I knew that this was just gossip, and that most of it isn’t even true. The Bible says not to take part in it, and I don’t want to, but this is where I am comfortable, this is where I fit in, this is where I am considered “cool and not just another geek like him.

I follow the rest of my schedule, going from class to class, hall to hall, and room to room. I passed Lucus twice, but I ignored him like everyone else, my heart yearned to speak to him, to obey what the Lord had asked me to do, but I cared to much about me. I didn’t even pick up his notebook when he dropped it as he was shoved to the side.

At the end of the day as I mounted the bus, I glanced to the side and Lucus caught my eye. He was already walking home, carrying his back-pack and books under his arm. His pace was slow with his eyes fastened to the ground, “Please Jessica now! Go talk to him, can’t you see that he is hurting?” screamed the voice in my ears. But I didn’t even bother with a retort, I grabbed my ear-buds and plopped them in my ears.

Several hours later, I sat cross-legged on my bed, watching some dumb TV show that I can’t stand. But if I watch this next episode that is full of bad language and sexuality, I will be cool and get more friends. In the middle of the show, a friend from church sent me a text that cracked my heart and left me dumbfounded in tears.

“OMG, pray for the Johnsons’. Lucus was hit by a car on the way home today, he died in the ambulance. We are getting together meals, will you make something?”

“NO!” I screamed into the silence of my room, “Why God? Why? Why didn’t you save him? You were the One who told me he was hurting, you knew what he was going through! Why? Why?”

Tears streamed down my face as I heard the small, sad answer, “I tried my dear Jessica. I tried to use you. If you would have gone over to talk to him, I would have told you to invite him for dinner, he would have been safe on the bus with you. But when you refused that, I decided to save him in a different way, should you have simply said ‘hi’ and waved, I would have given him the focus to stay on the sidewalk and out of the road. But again, you refused even a small task such as that. He has never met me, Jessica, never even heard my name. That is why I pleaded with you on the bus, begging you to walk his way! But, you didn’t.”

I sobbed there on my bed, soaking my shirt and even my pants. I couldn’t breathe. “God, please,” I began praying, “please let me have another chance. You are the Creator of time, please, please, reverse it so I can save Lucus. Please, give me another chance.”

He was silent for a minute, and all I could hear was the fizz on the screen where the TV show had ended, my beating heart, and the beep of my cell phone telling me that I had a text message. Again I said “please”, waiting for God’s answer when all of a sudden, His answer was spoken very clear.

“This is just a dream, my dear, sweet Jessica, of what will happen tomorrow should you ignore my voice. I know that it will be hard to lose the acceptance that you have worked so hard to gain, but they really aren’t accepting you for who you are. They will only accept you for who they want you to become, and I do not want that for you. I have accepted you for you. I have accepted your flaws, your dreams, your beauty, your imperfections, your everything, and I am proud, Jessica, very, very proud, to call you My child.

I know that you are scared, but you need not have any fear, I am with you always. I will speak for you when you cannot find the words to say, I will listen to the cries for you that you cannot hear, I will see the things that you cannot see, and, my sweet Jessica, I will be your friend, your real friend, when no one else will.”

The next morning I awoke with a start, tear stains evident on my cheeks and pillows, but I lept out of bed and checked my phone for the date. Sure enough, yesterday’s date showed boldly on the screen and I danced around the room screaming and praising the Lord. I quickly dressed and bolted down the hall, kissed my parents on the cheek and told them that I was leaving early. I ran and I ran all the way to Lucus’s house, 4 blocks away, and nearly plowed into him as he walked out his front gate. I threw my arms around him and I thought that I scared him to death, but I began telling him about my “dream” anyways and was very surprised when he just smiled and said, “I know.”

I offered to carry some of his books and then we walked to school just like the best of friends.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

A Tot’s Review: My Happy Pumpkin by Chrystal Bowman

My Happy Pumpkin by Chrystal Bowman

The Synopsis:

“Young children delight in picking out and carving their first pumpkins. Now help them learn about God’s love by comparing the experience to God’s choosing us and shaping us to His delight. Just as the candle we put in a pumpkin glows, so does God’s light shine in us.

My Review:

UPS: My Happy Pumpkin is full of colorful pages, fun rhyming sentences that engage youngsters’ attention, and excellent description that is fun to learn. My little brother (aged 2) absolutely loved flipping through the pages and pointing to the little mouse in each page, telling us all about it in his own little language. The way Chrystal used Jack-O-Lanterns (no, she did not use that actual name, she called it simply a pumpkin, but a Jack-O-Lantern is a Jack-O-Lantern despite what you call it) as an illustration to how God chooses us and takes time to perfect us for his enjoyment was very sweet, and the way she worded it was wonderful. Especially tying in that God’s light shines through us as the candle shines through the pumpkin.

DOWNS: However, my family has never participated in anything having to do with Halloween. Not even the church’s version of Halloween that they call “Fall Festival”. We do not believe that Jack-O-Lanterns or anything having to do with Halloween, can help or illustrate anything about our Lord, for the holiday of Halloween celebrates everything God tells us not to do, fear for example. So, though Chrystal did an excellent job in displaying her heart for children and showing God’s love to them through this neat little book, I believe that this book would be better had she chosen to carve the pumpkin into something other than the tell-tale face of a Jack-O-Lantern, like maybe a cross or something that was not originally designed to scare someone. My mom even mentioned that turning the pumpkin into a delicious pumpkin pie would have made this book better.

OVERALL: So, my overall opinion is that, because not all Christian families believe the way mine does, I will still be giving My Happy Pumpkin 4 stars for all of the ups and only taking away 1 star for what my family believes. So, My Happy Pumpkin is rated 4 out of 5 stars, thank you all for reading!

Author Bio/Website

Chrystal Bowman

Crystal Bowman is a former preschool teacher, author, and speaker. She graduated from Calvin College with a degree in elementary education and studied early childhood development at the University of Michigan. Her writing career began in 1990 as a lyricist for children’s piano music. She began writing children’s books in 1993 and has since written more than 70 books for children and 3 for women. She has written books for many popular children’s series, such as Little Blessings, BOZ the Bear, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and I Can Read! She has also written two books of humorous poetry for children, three books for women, numerous magazine articles, Bible study materials, and educational resource books. As a speaker, Crystal enjoys sharing her stories and poetry with students in the classroom and also with adults at teachers’ conventions, writers’ conferences, and women’s seminars. “Writing and speaking can be intimidating because in order to connect with your audience you need to be personal and transparent, exposing what’s in your heart and soul. But when readers or conference attendees respond positively to something I’ve said or written, it is humbling and rewarding all at the same time!” Crystal and her husband, Bob, have enjoyed 38 years of marriage and are the parents of 3 grown children and 1 grandchild. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Top Ten Tuesday: YOU NEED TO READ!!!

toptentuesdayThis is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week’s list is Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read (whether because they think it is a “you” book or it’s just been generally recommended so often).

So, here are the books that other people think I should read:

Cloak of the Light

Yes, I own this book, but I have yet to actually read it. My sister read this and provided me with a review a little while back, and since then, she (and my cousin…..and my friend Marleigh….and lots of others who have read it!) have never ceased telling me to read it! My only problem…I attempted reading other books written by Chuck Black and was not very impressed with them, but this one may be different. So, eventually, I will pick it up and give it a try…….eventually :-)

The Lord of the Rings I know, many of you just passed out seeing this on my list, but hey, I plan to read it! Again, I have many, many friends telling me that I need to read this, I only hope that I will finally be able to pick it up in the near future. I haven’t read The Hobbit either….

Percy Jackson and The Lightning ThiefI have mixed emotions about this series, but I have had so many people tell me that I would love it, so I am still thinking about it. But it’s not really on my top priority list at this moment.

CinderI have heard nothing but good things about this book and honestly cannot wait to find myself a copy! I mean a Sci-Fi retelling of Cinderella, bring it on!

The Swiss CourierAgain, my cousin and and sister are responsible for this one. I read Chasing the Mona Lisa a few years ago and, though it’s not my favorite, I did enjoy reading at the time. Apparently, this is the prequel and I just “MUST” read it, according to Payton and MaKenzie…..

OutlawAfter reading The Outlaw Chronicles, imagine my horror when I found out that there is a prequel to the entire series! So, I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this book, and can almost promise you that this will be the next book that I buy….

Gunpowder TeaThis entire series (The Brides of Last Chance Ranch) has been on my TBR for quite some time now, but this book specifically has been recommended to me more than once. It looks soooooo good!!!

RekindledAfter reading A Beauty So Rare (and loving it!), Rekindled has been recommended by some of my blogging friends who have also read A Beauty So Rare, saying that this one is just as good! I currently have it in ebook form, but because I always forget that I have books in an app on my phone, I haven’t gotten to start it yet :-(

As for books 9 and 10… I cannot think of any more that have been recommended over and over, so if any of you, dear readers, have any book recommendations, please leave a comment! I would love to hear of some more books that I “MUST” read!!!!

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Rayleigh’s Review: A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson

A Bouquet of Love

The Synopsis:

Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her huge Greek family–especially her father–has other ideas. They’ve all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location on the Strand– directly across the street from the Rossis’ popular pizza place–and they want Cassia’s full participation.
To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston’s premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family’s faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into Bella’s good graces!
Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .
Fan favorite Janice Thompson gives readers one more romp with Bella, Galveston, and the bustling wedding biz in the final installment of her popular series. Anyone who loves quirky families, loads of laughter, and tender romance will find themselves hooked
.”

My Review:

UPS: A Bouquet of Love is written in first person by the lovely 23-year-old girl named Cassia. Cassia is a fun character that is full of humor and is very dedicated to her family, to the point of sacrificing her own wants in order to keep her father happy. All of the characters are very well developed and described so perfectly that I could see each one without much concentration. The plot-line was so funny and I loved finding out what would happen next. The Christian morals in this book were very clear as well, “You should love your neighbor as yourself” is quoted more than once and a few characters even expound on this in greater detail.

DOWNS: *SMALL SPOILER* There is quite a bit of kissing between Cassia and Alex that might be disturbing to some, however no inappropriate scenes took place and Alex always asked Cassia’s father for permission before taking her out. *END OF SMALL SPOILER* Other than the above, I cannot think of any other Downs so rest assured!

OVERALL: I give A Bouquet of Love 5 out 5 stars for a very light read and lots of entertainment!

“I received this book from Revell books for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

Author Bio/Website

Janice Thompson

My name is Janice Thompson. (You will find me published under Janice Hanna, Janice Hanna Thompson, Janice A. Thompson as well.)

I’m a Christian freelance author of novels, non-fiction books, magazine articles and musical comedies for the stage. I live in the Houston area, where the heat and humidity tend to reign, regardless of the season.

I’m the mother of four beautiful daughters, (Randi, Courtney Rae, Megan and Courtney Elizabeth. Yes, I really do have two daughters named Courtney! Long story…) I also have the three prettiest granddaughters any Nana could hope for – Madysen Lynae, Avery Rae and Peyton Renae. Grandbaby #4, Ethan Ames, was just born in the winter of ‘09 and baby Boston Craig just arrived in the spring of ‘10. Another baby girl is on the way – baby Brooke!

Our family is extremely active in local ministry. My oldest daughter, Randi, leads worship in the Houston area, Courtney Rae leads worship at her church in Montana, Megan works with children at our local church and Courtney Elizabeth sings on the worship team at her church in Michigan. I’m thrilled to have four grown daughters who love the Lord (and several granddaughters who one day will)!

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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Rayleigh’s Review: A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

A Match of Wits

The Synopsis:

After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancee, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes–by hook or by crook–she’ll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home.

Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home . . . until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha’s determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they’ll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics.

Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth–until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?“

My Review:

UPS: A Match of Wits brings back the glorious characters from The Ladies of Distinction yet again and gives light to my personal favorite characters in the series, Agatha and Zayne. In the books that I have read of this series (Gentleman of Her Dreams and A Talent For Trouble), these two characters were involved in many a fiasco as background characters but were sort of “the brains” of the operations. So, having them in the spotlight was very fun and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. The writing is very smooth and understandable, the description is excellent, and the dialogue is spectacular.

DOWNS: Because Agatha is a journalist who seeks uniqueness amongst others, she often finds herself searching for stories in shady businesses, such as opium dens, pubs, and brothels. Though there are no scenes of what goes on in the brothels (aside from one female kissing a man as he walks in), there are a few fights and drinks taken in the pubs that need to be taken into consideration when purchasing for younger audiences. There are also a few gun fights/wounds that are mildly descriptive.

OVERALL: I absolutely loved this book and give it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. If you love Historical Fiction/Romance then I highly suggest you pick up this book, as well as the entire series, you will not regret it!

“I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

Author Bio/Website

JenTurano

“Jen Turano is the critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction Series, published through Bethany House.  Her novel, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Romance for 2013.

Jen grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio, a small city bordering Wheeling, WVA.  Her childhood was idyllic and she spent many an hour ice-skating on a little pond, playing with friends in her treehouse, boating at the lake, and reading under the shade of numerous trees.  High School, surprisingly enough, was fabulous.  She roamed the halls with eight wonderful girls, all of whom she’s still friends with to this day.  Student Council took up much of her time as she was Secretary of her class all four years, Vice-President of Student Council her junior year and President her senior year.  After High School, she began her next great adventure – College.  Pursuing a degree in Clothing & Textiles, Jen was a member of Alpha Phi sorority.  She left college after the required four years and set out to take the fashion world by storm, finding out that fashion wasn’t nearly as glamorous as she’d been led to believe…..

You can read the rest of her bio here, at her blog.

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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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