Monthly Archives: February 2013

Review: Lord, I Give You This Day

Lord, I Give you This DayPublisher: WaterBrook Press
Author: Kay Arthur
Genre: Christian/Devotional

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

Summary: (Goodreads)
Do you long for intimate communion with God?
Are you tired of struggling through life?
Are you eager to experience the abundant life offered by Jesus?

Discover the Joy of Taking God at His Word!
In this power-packed daily devotional, Kay Arthur beckons you to a deeper relationship with God, helping you discover for yourself the life-changing power of His unshakeable love. As each brief reading draws you into the Bible and leads you into purposeful prayer, you’ll be equipped to greet each day with bold faith, confident in God’s faithfulness, strength, and transforming grace.
Discover the joy and peace that come with daily surrender, with joyfully declaring each morning: Lord, I Give You This Day!

My Review:I usually enjoy devotionals, but this one did not step up to me. The cover is pretty, the ribbon adds style, but the writing just did not flow, I guess. If this book is, suppose to be about Giving the Lord this day, then why does she mention Satan repeatedly? Another thing she will bold her writing and I do not know, it just threw me off. Usually I am all up for devotionals; however, I will keep the book around, because she does have great influence points. Some topics she covers are anger, disappointment, serving, weakness, bitterness, feeling inadequate, standards, grace, sincerity, sorrow, & faith. Her points are also easy to understand and remember.

I did like the fact that each devotional ended with prayer. The verses she used for the devotionals did speak of life, but again, she did not have to “yell” at me. Ha! I do like how she is positive, and upbeat at the beginning of each day, because we do need a pick me up in the mornings, along with our morning coffee.

About the Author:
Kay Arthur is one of America’s best-known and most-beloved Bible teachers and authors. With her husband, Jack, she is the co founder and co-CEO of Precept Ministries International. She is known around the world as a Bible teacher, author, conference speaker, and host of the nationally broadcast Precepts for Life radio and television programs. Kay is the author of more than 120 books and inductive studies, including As Silver Refined and the best-selling Lord series, from which this devotional is adapted.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Teaser Tuesday

tteTeaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the Author & Title too, so that other TT participants can add the book to the TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

FlyAway Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

There’s one thing about your best friend. She knows you. Inside and out, down to the studs, as they say. Even worse, you see your own life through her eyes. It has always been true: Kate’s is the voice in head. My Jimmy Cricket.

Almost have completed this book, and I have to say Come on Tully!

Summary: (Goodreads)
Once, a long time ago, I walked down a night-darkened road called Firefly Lane, all alone, on the worst night of my life, and I found a kindred spirit. That was our beginning. More than thirty years ago. TullyandKate. You and me against the world. Best friends forever. But stories end, don’t they? You lose the people you love and you have to find a way to go on. . . .

Review: Starring Jules #1: Starring Jules (As Herself)

Starring JulesPublisher: Scholastic Press
Author: Beth Ain
Genre: Children/Realistic Fiction/Grades 3 – 5
Series: Starring Jules
Review Source:  NetGalley/Scholastic

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary: (Goodreads)
Lights! Camera! Action! A hilarious chapter book debut from a fabulous new talent!
Things to Know About Me by Jules Bloom
1. I am a scrambled-eggs-and-chocolate-milk type person.
2. I have an audition for a TV commercial (which would be great if I were a tall-icy-drink type person.)
3. I am in between best friends right now.
4. I am worried that the audition will be a disaster. (See #1 and #3!)
Jules doesn’t want to ruin THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, and she’s willing to turn to anyone for help–even her know-it-all ex-best friend! If only that lovely new girl in class would turn out to be the new best friend of her dreams, maybe, just maybe, Jules will be ready for her close-up…

My Review:
This is such a cute read. It reminds me a lot of my daughter, and I know she will enjoy this series, not only now but later. I love the fact that Jules keeps lists, as even being an adult I keep lists too. I thought this was normal? No?
Starring Jules reminds me of Junie B with a mix of Fancy Nancy. I absolutely adore it.
I loved it when Beth wrote out how the new student sounds with her accent, brilliant! I can not wait for the rest of this series, I mean, who could totally pass up on a sparking, dancy, imagination little girl? Jules even learns words like: pizzazz, snazzy, and improvise. I love adding vocabulary to my daughter’s world, and with this book it is easily done!

About the Author:
A Pennsylvania girl at heart, Beth Ain fell in love with life in New York City, and she loves trying to capture the essence of family life there. Thankfully, she now has the benefits of both city and small-town life, having settled in Port Washington, New York, where she lives very happily with her husband and their two kids.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley/Scholastic Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Versatile Blogger Award

I woke up this morning with two awesome Awards. The Versatile Blogger Award from Danielle and from Le Vanity Victorienne Thank you both so much for thinking about me! Such a pleasant surprise!

Versatile Blogger Award!

Versatile Blogger Rules

  • Display the Award on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  • Present 15  awards to deserving bloggers
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  • Post 7  interesting things about yourself.

7 Interesting Things About We’re Jumpin’
1. I am an adventure reader: I like to step out of my comfort zone to give a book a shot, if I would have never done this I would have never found the Stephanie Plum Series, which I love!
2. I am living my dream job: Being a stay-at-home-mom of a beautiful 5-year-old
3. I am currently pregnant, baby is due in 6-7 weeks! (so if I fall off the blogging world for a few days that is why)
4. I love coke & pepsi! Sometimes Sweet Tea, just depends on the sweetness of it. I don’t like it being like syrup. That’s kinda gross.
5. I have my own personal blog that has my pregnancy updates: We’re Jumpin
6. I love physical books. I love being able to hold them, and look at them on a shelf and remember the life that was in the book. Once you connect with a book, or fall in love with them, you tend to like them to be around, right?
7. My lucky number is 7

My Nominees!
1. The Book Owl
2. Gypsy Reviews
3. Lose Time Reading
4. Total Teen Fiction
5. Reflections of a Bibliophilic Barista
6. Book Maven Picks
7. Sugarpeach
8. Buried Under Books 9. Book-a-Day Challenge
10. Spontaneous Literary Awareness
11. Chrissi Reads
12. Read, Rinse, Repeat
13. Le Vanity Victorienne
14. Reviewing Wonderland
15. Teen Blurb

Review: Hair Spray, High Heels, & Second Hand Smoke

Hair Spray, High Heels and Second Hand SmokePublisher: CreateSpace
Author: Frank Meyner
Genre: Humor, Memoir

★ ☆★ – 3 Stars

Hair Spray, High Heels, & Second Hand Smoke:
When twenty-year-old cosmetologist Frank Meyner moved from a tiny West Texas town to the big city of Fort Worth, he had no inkling of the places his cutting shears would take him. Now, his warmhearted, colorful retelling, Hair Spray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke, shares his journey from a small-town boy to the founder of one of the city’s leading salons. With its wealth of big hearts and great hair, Meyner’s captivating tale follows him from humble Hamlin to Fort Worth for his first job at the exclusive Neiman Marcus, where he served as assistant to the legendary stylist Phillip Trotter. There, he was initiated into the upper echelons of Fort Worth society,giving audience to their colorful lifestyle, myriad eccentricities, and graceful charm. After he leaves the salon for his own chair elsewhere, Meyner eventually grabs the brass curling iron and opens his own salon, in which he styles a high spirited who’s who list of always-entertaining patrons for the next thirty years. Amid these “Steel Magnolias” of Fort Worth, Meyner wields his scissors and humor with grace, wit, and humanity. His heartwarming success story turns the salon chair to reveal the generosity, selflessness, and boundless love of this delightful community of customers and colleagues. It’s a must for anyone looking for a fabulous lift that’s sure to produce a permanent smile.

My Review:
I have to say, I was looking forward to this book. I was ecstatic to receive it, but when I started reading it was like I was having to force myself to turn the page. I am not saying the writing is bad, because it is not. I am saying I just couldn’t get the “connect” to the book/author.
I will say that it brought back a lot of memories with my Grandparents, as they helped raise me too, with being raised by Grandparents you learn the value of money, respect, and love. You would understand if  you read even the first chapter of Hair Spray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke.
I loved the fact that he went back and wrote about the times he spent with his Grandparents, he will always have those memories in his book, and in everyday life.
The book is about Frank’s journey to become a hairdresser/beauty operator, from a life-changing move to the big city of Forth Worth to his funny tales of what happens behind the beauty chair, and he is still going strong thirty years later.
If you want to find out what it is like looking in on a life of a hairdresser, I would suggest this book! It is funny, and I did laugh through some of it. I just couldn’t keep turning the pages.
This book may not have been for me, but it could be for you. Don’t let my review turn your nose, at least give it a try!

About the Author:
A cosmetologist for the past 37 years, Frank Meyner earned his certification at the Glen and Lottie’s Pivot Point School of Cosmetology. He has owned his own salon, Frank Meyner’s Mane Event, for 28 years in Fort Worth, where he lives.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews,  is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

For Review: NetGalley/BFB/Author
Starring Jules #1: Starring Jules (As Herself) by Beth Ain
Entangled by Nikki Jefford
Lord, I Give You This Day: 366 Appointments with God by Kay Arthur
Hair Spray, High Heels & Second Hand Smoke by Frank Meyner

An Offer He Can’t Refuse by Theresa Ragan
Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett

Ten Days of Perfect by Andrea Randall
Snow Angels by James Thompson
The Wisdom of Hair by Kim Boykin
Rush by Maya Banks
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

Past Week In Review:
With All My Heart by Brian Rock
Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience by Carole Roman
Meme: Friday Finds
The Spinsterlicious Life by Eleanore Wells

What are you adding to your shelf this week!? Either comment or leave your link so I can check out your list, too.
Thanks for stopping by!

Review: The Spinsterlicious Life

The Spinsterlicious LifePublisher: CreateSpace
Author: Eleanore Wells
Genre: Self-Help/Memoir

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

The Spinsterlicious Life:
The Chronicles of life is about adventures, joys, and realities of a happy single woman in a “married-is-normal” world. It is a funny, clever, and insightful read for any woman who is single… for the time being or for a lifetime.

My Review:
I love the authors writing style, and humor within the book. You can totally relate to her (even with being married), and become understanding of the reason to be single & child-free life that she has chosen to lead.
She is honest through the entire book, and lays out her everyday life just for the reader. While you read you will discover 20 lessons, or chapters, as to why she has chosen this life style and she has simple made it her own. Twenty lessons are shared personal experiences, not only the good side of things, but some potential bumps in the road as well.
Potential bumps are like; if she would have a husband, then he would change the light bulb, catch the mouse in the house, and fix the tenants water problems, but instead everything is up to her.

About the Author:
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Eleanore Wells now lives in and loves New York City. Her very popular blog –The Spinsterlicious Life—celebrates the joys and realities of life as a happily single woman. Due to its widespread popularity, the obvious next step was a book by the same name. Funny, insightful, and wise, The Spinsterlicious Life: Twenty Life Lessons for Living Happily Single and Child-free, is part memoir, part-self help. It chronicles Eleanore’s life and lessons, and enlightens us all that there’s a lot that’s really good about being single, free, and unencumbered. When she’s not writing about “the single life”, Eleanore runs her own consumer research and strategy firm, Golden Door Consulting.

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Friday Finds

fridayfinds_bringontheink FRIDAY FINDS is hosted over at Should Be Reading and showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).
So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

thekeeperofdawnGroomed for greatness, 15-year-old Jacob Hawthorne is sent to boarding school against his will. With a self-absorbed mother, an estranged father, and an older brother on the other side of the world, only the unlikely friendship with his grandfather can lure Jacob back home. But home feels like a distant memory from the shore of Raker Island, the isolated campus of one of the Northeast’s elite boarding schools. As the surrogate bonds of a cloistered all-boys school fall into place, Jacob finds himself among other sons of privilege who suffer the same affliction-growing up in their fathers’ shadow. But when tragedy strikes, Jacob is forced to journey into the past to reclaim a well-guarded family secret.

Hometown Girl Returns…With A Secret aplaceforfamily
One suitcase is all Amanda Gardner has to her name when she ends up back in Harland, North Carolina. No one knows how the high-powered ad exec, the girl who couldn’t leave town fast enough after high school, lost her glamorous life in California. Everyone’s curious-except John Sawyer. He’s done enough wondering about his childhood best friend over the years. Why she never called…or wrote…or visited. But John’s instinct is to protect Amanda, and something tells him she’s in deep trouble. Will she feel safe enough to trust him-and lean on his strength?

Greekgirl Harriet Manners knows a lot of things. She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

Jane Stiles is successful in business but bored Mybodywith her socially mundane existence. One night at a party, she meets an intense and compelling stranger named Luke. This fateful encounter prompts her predictable life path to veer into uncharted territory, sweeping her along on a frightening erotic journey into the world of bondage, domination and submission. Jane had never experienced genuine desire, and now passion consumes her life, robbing her of free will. Her new lifestyle creates an emotional chasm between her and her old friends. Will they understand why she has abandoned her high ideals and long-term plans for a traditional wedding? What society considers right or wrong no longer matters. Prepared to surrender everything to Luke, she wonders if her everything will be enough. She now needs his discipline as much as she craves his love and approval. How far down this dark path is she willing to go? Jane’s pilgrimage into domination and discipline has created a war between her mind and her body, and her body is claiming victory.

tooldtobe An erotic romantic novel.
A novel inspired by true events is a racy fantasia. It s a vivid portrait of April Moon, the charismatic Jewish American temptress born and bred in Beverly Hills, seduced by the lure of Laurel Canyon. Join the original flower child and her extra wannabe starlet party princesses on their journey of dangerous liaisons with the bold, the buffed and the beautiful. Antonio, the cross-dressing, Eurotrash mambo king from Madrid, a combination of a stallion and a pit bull; Diva Boy, an outrageous disco dolly; her certifiable rich mother; Christopher, the eccentric artistic director perv whose family tree is soaked in gin; Lust, a bizarre porn star and a jock named Patrick, hot, hung, eye candy from Orange County. You’ll share April’s bizarre adventures as a stunt girl, her experiences inside of a trendy drug and alcohol rehab center in Malibu, a psyche ward, and a Mexican jail. After a startling revelation April Moon emerges from her cocoon of multifaceted personalities bursting upon the literary scene. Can she reinvent herself one last time?

The Keeper of the Dawn by J.B. Hickman
A Place for Family by Mia Ross
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
My Body – His by Blakely Bennett
Too Old to be a Hooker, Too Young to be a Madam by Elissa Eaton

What books have you added to your TBR list this week?
PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog
). Thanks!

Review: Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience

Pepper ParrotPublisher: CreateSpace
Age: 2+
Author: Carole Roman

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life by Carole Roman has decided to continue her series with Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience. This time, new crew member, Pepper Parrot is having a hard time keeping up with the drills. Captain No Beard and his mates join together to help Pepper achieve her goals with patience and tolerance.

The main characters from the first outing: Alexander, Captain No Beard, his cousin Hallie, his first mate, and the stuffed animals Mongo the monkey, Linus the lion and Fribbet the frog, who quite amazingly become animated crew members once Alexander’s bed is transformed in a prate ship, The Flying Dragon.

We loved reading about Captain No Beard again! My daughter yelled “Yay Yay Yay” through the hallway when we was getting ready for a bed time read! Even when Pepper Parrot gets confused on which side of the desk to go, my daughter was smiling and saying, “nooo this way!” It is always a  great thing to know which is right/left and I loved Carole’s approach to this! Again, another awesome book!

About the Author:
Award-winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman who has successfully run a family business with her husband for more than 40 years. Her first book, “Captain No Beard: An imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life,” has been named to the Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well as garnered the star of remarkable merit. She currently lives on Long Island near all her children and grandchildren and strives to sees them as much as she can.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review: With All My Heart

withallmyheartPublisher: Tiger Tales
Age: 2+
Author: Brian Rock

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

With All My Heart:
Momma, who do you love best? This is what Momma Bear two cubs want to know. Momma’s thoughtful answer will both reassure and delight young readers. This book provides a wonderful way for parents to remind their own little ones how much they are loved.

This book is very sweet, and the illustration is colorful and delightful. I love that it was in Hardback too! It will be around for awhile, especially with kids. It will definitely be read again, and again, especially since we have another bundle of joy arriving soon. I like how Momma Bear explained what she loved about both of the cubs, including how they are a part of her.

I can see being a perfect bedtime read, but also enjoyed in a classroom. I would Highly Recommend this book!

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I received this book through a giveaway: International Give a Book Day. I did not have to do the review, and this review is my honest opinion.