Saturday, August 27, 2016

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S WEEK-IN-REVIEW!!


Ship's Log

August 20th-August 26th



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


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BOOKS


This past week, Chappy had the honor of reading Collision of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes. This is a great story based on fact....about a train wreck and the town that pulled together to help those hurt and stranded. Of course, there is a love story in it as well, with some great characters. I highly recommend this book. Check out the Giveaway section below for the chance to win my copy of this book. 


About the book: (from Amazon)

Mia Roper isn’t a typical nineteenth-century woman. Refusing to pass up the hard-won opportunity to prove herself as a journalist, she left Hillsdale, Michigan, hoping in vain that Ayden Goswell would follow her to Boston.
When the train bringing her back for her first major story crashes in a snowstorm outside town, Mia is stranded. Not even the survival of a fellow passenger, a toddler, can ease her heart’s sudden ache at seeing Ayden, now a history professor at the local college, courting someone else.
Ayden’s never gotten over the fact that the most fascinating woman he ever met chose her career over marriage…and he let her go. But marrying the department director’s daughter could at least guarantee him a permanent job. It’s a satisfactory arrangement, yet his kind, pretty bride-to-be has one simple flaw: she’s not Mia.
As soon as the trains are running, Mia will be leaving again, unless she and Ayden can reconcile ambition and love—and take a leap of faith together.

My Review:
A great story

Collision of the Heart is a great story. It grabbed me from the beginning....what a way to start a story! The characters are wonderful and I can totally picture this town in my head as I read. This is a 'going home' story with a lot of heart. And with some suspense thrown in there, you have the makings of a great book. I highly recommend this and I look forward to reading more by this author.

YOU CAN PURCHASE A COPY OF THIS GREAT BOOK HERE.


 

Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and six of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press. She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and probably too many cats.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LAURIE ALICE EAKES :


(REMEMBER TO CHECK OUT THE GIVEAWAY SECTION BELOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN MY COPY OF COLLISION OF THE HEART)

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MOVIES & TV



Cozi TV is a channel that me and the Butler have found recently. It has a lot of the old tv shows that we used to watch years ago. Here are just a few:

The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Bionic Woman
Hart to Hart
Here's Lucy
Highway to Heaven
Quantum Leap

It also has shows earlier that those, such as:

The Roy Roger's Show
The Virginian
The Lone Ranger

It is even adding Little House on the Prairie to it's line-up in September.

If you love watching those shows that you loved when you were younger, I highly recommend CoziTV. 

Here is a link to the CoziTV site, so that you can check it out for yourself.



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NEWS WORTH SHARING


Okay Mateys, here be some more memes that I created to help spread the word about She Walks in Power by MaryLu Tyndall. It is still set to release on September 2nd, but ye can pre-order it now for only $2.99!!!!

Hop on over to Amazon and get your copy today!   HERE



Enjoy the memes!

Friar Josef:
This character has so much faith that you can't help but feel the touch of God whenever he is mentioned in this story. He saved Lady Alexia's life, by whisking her away from the castle when he heard that her life was in danger. He is her mentor and friend....always there when she needs him for spiritual guidance, or just when she needs someone to talk to.  

Sir Francis LeGode:
Someone who is supposed to be looking after the Ladies of Luxley Castle....but through deceit and an evil warlock, LeGode seeks to do away with Alexia and Cristiana, and then take over the Castle. 


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Here is the description of She Walks in Power again:

Alexia D'Clere didn't ask to be Protector of the Spear, but after her dying mother gave her the tiny metal object and made her promise to keep it safe, she had no choice. Orphaned at age eight, she began to take over the running of her parent's castle with the help of a trusted steward. Yet, when a plot to murder her was revealed, a friar whisked her away to live hidden in the forest. There, she learned to shoot expertly with bow and arrow and hone her skills to see into the spirit realm. 

Now, at eighteen, Alexia continues to keep the Spear protected, provide meat for the starving village, while secretly caring for her ill sister who still lives in the castle. With Alexia's powers of spiritual discernment and her skill as an archer, she is no match for those who come for the spear. That is until she meets Ronar LePeine, one of the King's elite guard. 

Ronar desires nothing more than to do his duty to God and King and pay penance for past sins. Yet a forest sprite with red, flaming hair blocks his every move, all the while enchanting him like no other. Something evil lurks at Castle Luxley, and both Ronar and Alexia are soon thrust into the middle of a spiritual battle which will not only test their very beliefs, but put them both in mortal danger. 


IF YE MISSED ME LAST POST THAT WAS DEDICATED SOLELY TO SHE WALKS IN POWER, YE CAN CHECK IT OUT HERE.


DON'T FORGET TO GO OVER TO MARYLU'S BLOG TO GET IN ON HER PRE-RELEASE PARTY AND ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF SHE WALKS IN POWER OR SOME AWESOME BOOKENDS! HERE BE THE LINK TO TO HER BLOG.......HERE.



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BLOGS TO SHARE

As I find new blogs, I will be sharing them with you. These sites are as new to me as they are to you, because I haven't had time to completely peruse the entire blogsites. If you have a great blog that you wish to share, give me the link in the comments below...I might just feature it on an upcoming post.

This week's find:

  

Smiling Book Reviews

Christian book reviews with the occasional general market clean romance thrown in! 

About the blog and it's author:

 Hi y'all! My name is Rachel and I am a transplanted Westerner living in the South. :) I've been living in the South for about 17 years and I love it! 

I love to read and have been reading since I was a girl. I can remember many a trip to the library where my sisters and I would carry home the biggest stack of books we were allowed. Alas, growing up and going to work has taken a toll on my reading time. Also with the introduction of digital media, I couldn't tell you the last time I was in a library. Which is a shame because there's something calming about rows and rows of books. :) 

A couple of years ago I was introduced to GoodReads and all those challenges have reignited my interest and drive to read. I've started this blog to help me get into the market of reviewing books for publishers and other book sites. For right now it's just book reviews but I may change that in the future. 

Have a blessed day! :)
SOUNDS GOOD TO ME! YE CAN FIND THIS BLOG HERE.
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SHIP'S GALLEY

In honor of Back-To-School, I thought these treats were so cute.....and so easy to make. They are perfect for if your child is having a party in class and you need to bring something.  



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GIVEAWAY!!!!


Okay Mateys, here be this week's giveaway. Chappy is giving away her copy of Collision of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes. Just leave yer email address in the comments below and tell me that ye wish to be in the drawing. This be fer US residents only....sorry. Winner will be announced in me next blogpost.

DON'T FORGET THAT CHAPPY WILL BE HAVIN' A SPECIAL GIVEAWAY IN AN UPCOMING BLOGPOST IN HONOR OF THE RELEASE OF SHE WALKS IN POWER BY MARYLU TYNDALL....KEEP A WEATHER EYE OUT, MATEYS!


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THANKS FER COMIN' ABOARD, MATEYS!

GOD BLESS.











Saturday, August 20, 2016

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S WEEK-IN-REVIEW!

Ship's Log

August 13th-August 19th



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


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Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about this wonderful upcoming release by MaryLu Tyndall. I will be sharing updates and memes and eventually I hope to have a nice giveaway. Keep a weather eye out! 


SHE WALKS IN POWER is a medieval tale about a young Lady that has been tasked with being the Keeper of the Spear of Destiny. 

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About this series(from MaryLu's blog):


Protectors of the Spear  - A Medieval Romance Trilogy 

Ever wondered what happened to the spear the Roman soldier used to stab Jesus's side?  Many legends surround what has been labeled the Spear of Destiny. Does it contain the power to heal, to ward off devils, to defeat one's enemy's in battle? Throughout the ages men and women alike have sought to own this powerful relic, some for evil purposes, others for good. But only a few have been called by God to protect the spear at all costs. Follow the lives of three such women, each given specific supernatural powers to aid them in their lifelong commitment to keep the spear safe. 

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 This series is starting off great. She Walks in Power will grab you from the start and keep you reading and reading and reading.....and since I was helping MaryLu out by reading AND editing, it took me a lot longer to read it. Oh, how it pained me to read soooo slow. But, I am grateful to be able to help her out. 


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Along with reading/editing this book, I also created some memes to help spread the word...I will be sharing some here each week. I am starting off with some character memes that I've created....to whet yer appetite for this great read.

Here are four character memes that I have shared already on social media, along with a little of my own thoughts of each:


Lady Alexia D’Clere:

This is the heroine of the first book. Alexia is a strong-willed young lady who wants nothing more than to make things right again and go back home. She is branded a thief and is known as the Falcon of Emerald Forest. She has a wonderful mentor, Friar Josef....you will read more about him in another post. Being the Keeper of the Spear can be quite an overwhelming task....one that will keep you intrigued throughout this book.




Sir Ronar LePeine:

This is the hero of the first book and may I just say "Yummy!" Sorry, Chappy lost her head there for a moment. Ronar is a man on  a mission...although it's not the mission he thought it would be. God works in mysterious ways, as Ronar soon finds out. When he comes across the Falcon of Emerald Forest, his life makes a huge turn and you are going to LOVE where it goes. He is tasked to find the Spear of Destiny and return it to the King, but he soon finds out that it is easier said than done. Hahaha! Love it. 




Sir Damien LaRage:

This is one of Ronar's best friends and fellow Knight. The man drinks too much, but time will change his ways. He is loyal and strong...with something in his past that drives him and keeps him on his toes. He is a great character and I am looking forward to learning more about his past.



Lady Cristiana D'Clere:

 Sister of Alexia, Cristiana is a very sweet and trusting young woman. She is the Lady of Luxley Castle, yet since she is always sick, she has to put the Castle in the hands of a 'pretender'.....unbeknownst to her, someone who is trying to take over permanently. (more on that character in a later post) I can see the strength in this character in the way she keeps fighting to survive....she will definitely have a strong showing in a future book...mayhaps Book 2?



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So, there you have 4 of the characters. I will share a couple more next week. 


Now, for the description of the book (from Amazon):



Alexia D'Clere didn't ask to be Protector of the Spear, but after her dying mother gave her the tiny metal object and made her promise to keep it safe, she had no choice. Orphaned at age eight, she began to take over the running of her parent's castle with the help of a trusted steward. Yet, when a plot to murder her was revealed, a friar whisked her away to live hidden in the forest. There, she learned to shoot expertly with bow and arrow and hone her skills to see into the spirit realm. 

Now, at eighteen, Alexia continues to keep the Spear protected, provide meat for the starving village, while secretly caring for her ill sister who still lives in the castle. With Alexia's powers of spiritual discernment and her skill as an archer, she is no match for those who come for the spear. That is until she meets Ronar LePeine, one of the King's elite guard. 

Ronar desires nothing more than to do his duty to God and King and pay penance for past sins. Yet a forest sprite with red, flaming hair blocks his every move, all the while enchanting him like no other. Something evil lurks at Castle Luxley, and both Ronar and Alexia are soon thrust into the middle of a spiritual battle which will not only test their very beliefs, but put them both in mortal danger. 

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My Review:

Power is an understatement!

MaryLu Tyndall has woven yet another tale that grabs you from the start and keeps you reading until the end. I cannot get over how much I enjoyed this story. Medieval knights, maidens, villages....throw in an evil warlock and you have the makings of a thrilling ride. This story has characters that are so real, you will find yourself totally mesmerized by them. You can't help but cheer them on.....hoping that all will work out for them.
Ronar, a great knight to be sure and Alexia, the feisty lady that keeps him guessing, will have you smiling from ear to ear. I truly adore them. And don't get me started on Ronar's fellow knights, Jarin and Damien....and the friar!
I will say no more, for I do not wish to spoil ANY of this fantastic story for other readers.



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MaryLu Tyndall:



Award winning and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. After obtaining a degree in Math and working as software engineer for 15 years, she decided to test the waters as a writer. With now more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the deeply spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. As a follower of Christ, her stories often reflect her own journey and walk with God. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandkids, and three cats on the California coast, where her imagination still surges with the sea.


Find out more about MaryLu's books  HERE



One final thing.....SHE WALKS IN POWER is at a really low Pre-Order price right now. As of the posting of this blog, it is only $2.99! I highly recommend that you head over and purchase it before that price goes up.
GET YER COPY  HERE.

Come back aboard over the next few weeks to learn more about this book and Chappy may have some info on any giveaway that will be happening after it's release.

(HEAD OVER TO MARYLU'S BLOG TO JOIN IN ON HER PRE-RELEASE PARTY! SHE BE GIVIN' AWAY COPIES OF SHE WALKS IN POWER AND SOME AWESOME BOOKENDS! HERE BE THE LINK:  CROSS AND CUTLASS )

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This week's blog will only cover SHE WALKS IN POWER. Next week I will probably go back to my usual set-up. I don't want to overwhelm my followers with too much to read/see. 


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THERE IS NO GIVEAWAY THIS WEEK.....I AM WORKING ON A NICE GIVEAWAY IN HONOR OF MARYLU'S NEW RELEASE.....KEEP CHECKING BACK EACH WEEK.

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Thanks fer comin' aboard, Mateys. Let me know in the comments that ye stopped by and what ye be thinkin' about this upcoming release.

God bless.