Saturday, June 25, 2016

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S WEEK-IN-REVIEW!




Ship's Log

June 18th-June 24th



Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard, find yerself a nice spot on the deck and enjoy.


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BOOKS

Have you ever went through your books and come across some that you know that you will never read. Well, that happened to me this week. I was going through my books and I came across Books 1 and 2 of a series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I know that I will not be reading these books, so I figured I would give them away here on my blog. Check the GIVEAWAY section below on how to enter to win.



Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.


ABOUT THE BOOKS:

GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY:

Book 1 of an exclusive 6-consecutive-month release Amish serial novel. In "Goodbye to Yesterday," part one of New York Times Bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunsetter's The Discovery--A Lancaster County Saga, Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple, are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. Financial struggles. Arguments. A suspected pregnancy. A last-minute trip to Middlebury, Indiana. A deadly encounter at a Philadelphia bus station. Will their love and faith be enough to bring them back together again, against all odds? Follow their story in this exclusive 6-consecutive-month serial novel.

THE SILENCE OF WINTER:

Book 2 of an exclusive 6-consecutive-month release Amish serial novel.  In The Silence of Winter, part two of New York Times Bestselling  author, Wanda E. Brunstetter's The Discovery--A Lancaster County Saga, Meredith anxiously waits to hear that Luke has arrived safely in Indiana for a new job opportunity. . .but Luke’s call never comes. Instead, Meredith receives news that tears her heart to shreds and leaves her just barely living—and only for the sake of the little one growing within her. How will Meredith ever go on without Luke?


READ MORE ABOUT WANDA AND ALL OF HER BOOKS, INCLUDING THE REST OF THIS SERIES OVER ON AMAZON.....HERE

****AND MAKE SURE AND CHECK OUT THE GIVEAWAY SECTION ABOUT WINNING THESE TWO BOOKS****

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MOVIES & TV




I recently watched an old Keanu Reeves movie, HARDBALL. Honestly, I almost turned it off about 5 minutes into the movie because of the profanity. But, I pushed through and ended up truly enjoying this story. Here is the synopsis of the movie:

An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.

This movie has some predictability in it, but it also has a few unexpected moments. It was light-hearted at times and touching at other times. Whenever you have a movie with a group of misfit kids in it, you know it is worth watching. 

You can read more about it HERE.


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NEWS WORTH SHARING

This week there is going to be a party on Facebook.

Christian fiction authors with European settings celebrate their novels with readers!

You won't want to miss this.....look at the authors who will be attending:

Carrie Fancett Pagels
Debbie Lynne Costello
Melanie Dickerson
Sarah Sundin
Roseanna White
Suzanne Woods

Join in on the fun:

Thursday, June 30th, from 5pm-8pm EDT

Just follow this link to go to the party's Facebook page:




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BLOGS TO SHARE




This week I'd like to introduce you to the blog of Sarah Ruut. This seems like a nice blog...I've just recently found it. 


About the blog: (taken from the blog)

I’m Sarah, an avid reader and writer. I’m so glad you’re here! I discovered a couple of years ago that not only do I enjoy reading, but I love sharing great books with other readers, and I really love visiting with amazing authors!
Each week you’ll find author interviews of traditionally and independently published Christian fiction authors, giveaways of amazing Christian fiction books, reviews of a variety of Christian fiction novels and novellas, and devotionals to encourage you in your day-to-day life.

Hop on over and check it out   HERE


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SHIP'S GALLEY

Since I am giving away two Amish books, I figured I'd share an Amish recipe. Enjoy!

Banana Whoopie Pie



Ingredients
2 c. brown sugar
1 c. shortening
2 eggs
2 c. mashed bananas
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. ginger
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. cinnamon
3 ½ c. flour
Directions
Mix all together and drop onto cookie sheet; bake
When cool, sandwich together with the following icing:
1 egg white, beaten
2 T. flour
2 T. milk
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ c. shortening
1 c. powdered sugar

Cream together the first 5 ingredients. Add shortening and powdered sugar.

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GIVEAWAY!!!!!


Okay Mateys, as ye know I will be givin' away the two books mentioned above to one commenter. To get yer name in the drawin', just comment below along with yer email address. (US residents only) Winner will be announced in my next blogpost in a week. 


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CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCY REYNOLDS FOR WINNING A SIGNED COPY OF PROMISE OF DEER RUN!!!! I WILL GIVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ELAINE COOPER AND SHE WILL BE CONTACTING YOU SOON!!!

COME BACK NEXT WEEK TO SEE WHO BE WINNIN' THE NEWEST GIVEAWAY!!!


THANKS FER COMIN' ABOARD!
GOD BLESS.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S WEEK-IN-REVIEW!







Ship's Log

June 11th-June 17th



Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard, find yerself a nice spot on the deck and enjoy.


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BOOKS


This is Release Week for a really wonderful book, by an inspiring author. I wanted to share it with you:





Elaine Cooper


Author Bio:

Award winning author Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of Fields of the Fatherless, Bethany’s Calendar and the historical trilogy called the Deer Run Saga. Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ, and the history of the American Revolution. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her historical novels.

Her upcoming releases include Saratoga Letters (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, October 2016) and Legacy of Deer Run (CrossRiver Media, Dec, 2016)

Cooper has been writing since she penned her first short story at age eleven. She began researching for her first novel in 2007. Her writing has also appeared in Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home by Edie Melson and the romance anthology, I Choose You. She has also written articles for Prayer Connect Magazine, Splickety Prime Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and Life: Beautiful Magazine. She began her professional writing career as a newspaper freelancer.

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Elaine's book, Promise of Deer Run released this week and I highly recommend it. Isn't the cover gorgeous!! And the story is even better......read on to find out more about this great book.



Book Title: Promise of Deer Run (Book 2 of Deer Run Saga)

Author: Elaine Marie Cooper

Release Date: June 16, 2016

Genre: Historical romance

Back Cover Blurb:


The year is 1790.

The American Revolution is long since over, yet the battles still live in the hearts of the survivors.

One young veteran is haunted by the painful memories of war. He still awaits a father who has never returned from battle and feels the sting of betrayal from a former love. He withdraws into his own world, clinging to one hope: Perhaps his father still lives.

Only one person in Deer Run seems to understand him: Nineteen-year-old Sarah Thomsen, who feels a kinship with the loner veteran. She senses the wounds in his spirit as much as she struggles to bury her own traumatic memories of war. And the veteran’s search for his father touches a chord of empathy in Sarah, as she feels the loss of a father she never knew.

While the couple begins to find hope in a mutual affection, others determine to destroy it. Slander and misunderstandings ignite a fire of doubt and mistrust, destroying whatever faith they had in each other.

Can two souls longing for healing and trust love again? Can faith—and a family—be restored?

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Like I said, I highly recommend this book.

My Review:

 A Story You Won't Soon Forget


Promise of Deer Run is such a wonderful story. Elaine has done a great job continuing her series and boy are you going to enjoy this book! As I was reading, it felt like I was watching a movie saga unfold. This book has so much to offer and it will draw out all of your emotions, mostly it will tug on your heartstrings.
Dedicated to vets who suffer from post-tramatic-stress disorder...this story will help you to understand what these brave men went through....and the vets of today.
Love, loss, heartbreak, joy, danger....the list goes on. If you are looking for a story that will keep you reading and leaving you with contentment once you are finished, then you need to read Promise of Deer Run. Of course, even though you feel contentment at the end, it will also make you want to read more.......so write your little heart out, Elaine, we anxiously await Book 3.  


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Order a copy today    HERE

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I wish to share a blog post by Elaine....FRIENDING THE FRIENDLESS


I will never forget my childhood friend named DeDe. She was smart and had a great sense of humor. But that is not the main reason I remember DeDe. She is the one friend in elementary school who taught me about being a friend to the friendless.

There was a girl in our class—I’ll call her Jennifer—who was afflicted with a congenital problem that left her with difficulty speaking, an awkward gait, and an odd look to her face. Jennifer was shunned by most in the school, except for DeDe. She was totally unafraid of what others thought and she made every effort to be kind to Jennifer. Her bravery caused me to be kind to the shy classmate as well. I admit I was still a bit uncomfortable hanging out with Jennifer, and it took patience on my part to wait until Jennifer could painstakingly speak even just a few words. But DeDe always cheered Jennifer on in her attempts to communicate. It was such a lesson in kindness to me.

In Promise of Deer Run, the character of Sarah Thomsen befriends the social outcast of the village—Nathaniel Stearns. The young veteran is seven years her senior, but Sarah has memories of the kindness that Nathaniel had extended to her when she was a little girl. It was a kindness never forgotten. Sarah looked past the recluse who seemed so different awaiting the return of his father from war. Many in the town laughed behind Nathaniel’s back. Why would this veteran who frequented the local tavern on a regular basis and who still believed his father was alive, be of a sound mind? Even the churchgoers snickered and avoided him like the plague.

But not Sarah. She saw past the exterior to the heart and soul of Nathaniel Stearns. She dared to speak to him. She dared to befriend the friendless.

It reminds me of DeDe looking past the physical anomalies of Jennifer.

A few years ago a friend from high school told me they found out Jennifer had become a nurse, helping others in their need. I was amazed but pleased—and I remembered DeDe leaving her comfort zone of hanging out with the “cool” kids. I sometimes wonder if DeDe was the one who had given Jennifer hope for a future, years before on the playground at school.

I wonder how many other lives can be changed for the better by befriending the friendless. I pray that I will be the brave one.  


 *******THANK YOU SO MUCH ELAINE FOR SHARING THIS WITH US********

(READ MORE ABOUT ELAINE AND HER BOOKS  HERE )


****SEE MY GIVEAWAY SECTION BELOW TO SEE HOW YOU CAN BE ENTERED TO WIN A COPY OF PROMISE OF DEER RUN****
                              
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MOVIES & TV




I love all shows "STAR TREK", with the exception of Deep Space Nine. 
Star Trek Voyager is my all time favorite Star Trek series. I love that the Captain is a woman....a very strong, dedicated woman....and the crew compliment each other very well. This series finds the crew of Voyager lost on the other side of the galaxy. As they struggle to get themselves home, they come across some very interesting species...friend and foe. This series has it's share of humor as well, which makes for good tv.


If I had to put all of the Star Trek series in order, from my most favorite to least favorite, it would go like this:

1. Voyager
2. Enterprise
3. Star Trek (original series)
4. Star Trek TNG
5. Deep Space Nine (I do not consider this a Star Trek series, because there is no 'real' ship's captain and they do not explore space)

Here is my 'Imaginary Crew' using various characters from these shows:

Captain ......Kathryn Janeway
1st Officer......Mr. Spock
Chief Helmsman......Tom Paris
Operations Manager.....Harry Kim
Chief Engineer.....Mr. Scott...aka Scotty
Ship's Doctor...Leonard McCoy..aka Bones(with The Doctor as a back-up)
Chief Security Officer.....Mr. Worf


What do you think of my crew? Who would you pick as your crew? I would love to know.

Read more about the Star Trek Voyager series   HERE


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NEWS WORTH SHARING


PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYING FOR THOSE STILL FIGHTING TO LIVE AND FOR THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO WERE KILLED. 




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BLOGS TO SHARE



SPUN BY THE POTTER



This week I discovered a new-to-me blog SPUN BY THE POTTER. It's a nice blog with a lot to offer.

(From the blog site)

 The goal of Spun By The Potter is to bring hope to those who are hungering; those whose hope is growing thin.  When I started the process of discovering the world of blogging, God took me through each step bringing hope and a realization that I could enter the world of social media and share a message of hope to my readers.  God will do the same for you.  He will bring hope to you and lead you through each step.

Sheryl M. Baker



Head over and check out Sheryl's blog          HERE


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SHIP'S GALLEY


After reading Elaine's book, I thought it might be fun to share a recipe from around the same era as the book.




Mum's War Cake



Makes one 9 inch round deep cake, or two large loaves


A deliciously moist fruited cake from the days of rationing when eggs and butter
were in short supply.

300g soft light brown sugar ( 1 1/2 cups packed)
375ml of water ( 1 1/2 cups)
2 heaped dessertspoons of white vegetable shortening (1/2 cup)
230g of raisins ( 1 1/2 cups)
240g plain flour (2 cups)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder  

Combine the browns sugar, water, shortening and raisins in a medium sized
saucepan.  Bring to the boil, then allow to boil for 3 minutes.  Take off the heat and
allow to cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 150*C/300*F/ gas mark 2.  Butter and line a round deep baking
tin with baking paper.  Butter the baking paper.  Set aside.

Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, soda, nutmeg, salt and baking powder.  Stir this
into the cooled raisin mixture.  Mix until smooth.  Pour the batter into the prepared
cake tin.  Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until the cake is cooked through and solid, and a
skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.  It will still look fairly moist on top.
Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before tipping out onto a wire rack to finish
cooling completely.  Once cold, wrap tightly and store in a tin overnight before
serving.  Cut into wedges to serve.

Alternately if you are baking two loaves, butter and line the loaf tins with paper.
Butter the paper.  Divide the batter betwixt the two tins.  Bake as above  from 1 to
1 1/2 hours until the cakes are cooked through and a skewer comes out clean when
inserted in the centre.  Allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before flipping out
and cooling completely on a wire rack.  Store as above.

This will keep for about 2 weeks, and freezes well for longer storage.

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GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

Elaine Cooper has graciously offered to give one autographed copy of Promise of Deer Run to one commenter on this blogpost. To get your name in the drawing, comment below on any part of this blogpost....along with your email address. This contest runs until my next blogpost. Winner will be announced then. (US residents only, sorry)


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Congratulations to NORMA for winning my last giveaway!!!! Come back next week to see who wins a signed copy of Promise of Deer Run. 


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Thanks fer comin' aboard!!!!



God bless