Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: Twist of Fate by Rachael Anderson

Twist of Fate 

Disclosure: I received an ecopy of this book free for an honest review which I've given.



22596406**This story was first published in the All I Want holiday romance anthology**

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he's wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won't be a wedding after all?
















My Review 

Rachael Anderson has done it again! Somehow she always comes up with the most adorable stories with great characters. Even in this very short novella, her characters have depth and substance. They make you fall in love with them. You become quickly invested in what happens to the characters in her books, because they are so believable.

What are the odds that your upstairs neighbor shares your name....only in reverse? Slim to none right? But for Tyler McKenzie and MacKenzie Tyler, it's a good thing. They probably would have only been acquaintances had the mailman not switched up their mail. Several times... They're best of friends, but Ty has always felt something more. When he accidentally finds out that Kenzie's fiance is dumping her, he is torn. Should he tell her or not? You'll have to read for yourself to see what happens!

I love this Christmas novella. Christmas books are my favorites and this is going on my "to read every Christmas" list. I highly recommend this. You will read it in a day since it is cute and short!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

$25 Amazon or PayPal Gerbs in the House Book Tour Open WW Ends 11/28



Gerbs in the House: The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine


Mocha says it’s bedtime, but Petri wants nothing to do with it!  Reading books, singing lullabies and juggling plates are only a few of the things Mocha does in an attempt to tire his son out. Although Petri is entertained, he still refuses to sleep. He just wants to dilly dally! Worn out by his son’s shenanigans and silly antics, will Mocha ever get Petri to bed before losing his marbles?

My Review 


Gerbs in the House: The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine  is a very cute little story about a little gerbil who won't go to sleep! His dad tries everything he can think of including reading and singing, but nothing seems to work.

The cute illustrations make this story one kids will love. There are actual gerbils with little sets for the illustrations along with a few drawings.As you can see from the picture, it's adorable!


I've got three gerbils, and I can tell you that I don't think they'd hold still long enough for these pictures! This is such a fun book to read and look at with your little one.



About Author Lydia Lukidis


Lydia is a story teller and a magic maker. She is a multidisciplinary artist with a deep passion for writing and creating. After receiving her Bachelor degree in English Literature from McGill University, she has been writing books, short stories, poems and plays for over two decades. So far, fifteen of her children’s books and eBooks have been published, and she has toured the world with five of her marionette plays. In addition to her creative work, she also writes educational and curriculum based texts for children and is a workshop facilitator.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Iesodo Joy DVD Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of Iesodo Joy free for an honest review which I've given. My opinions may differ from yours.

Iesodo: Joy 

Summary

Iesodo (Yay-Sa-Doe) is a wise white dove whose name means "The Way of Jesus." He and his feathered friends bring your favorite New Testament stories to life in a whole new way including this special re-imagining of the Nativity story. Let your heart take flight and tweet along to holiday carols and all-new songs!

Festivities are in full swing as the flock prepares to celebrate Iesodo's birthday! The Cypress Tree is decked out with holly berries and excitement is in the air. Everyone gathers as Rocky shares the incredible story of Iesodo's birth.





 

 

My Review

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love making the house cheery with all of my Christmas decorations. I love filling the house with Christmas music. I get out all of my Christmas books and movies. We've all got our favorite traditions during the Christmas season. Joy, the latest episode in the Iesodo DVD series releases October 21, 2014 and is a great new DVD to add to your Christmas celebrations. With all of the commercialization of Christmas, it is easy for kids to get caught up in their lists to Santa and "wants." Help them remember the true meaning of Christmas with Joy.

Iesodo's friends are preparing to celebrate his birthday. And as they are decorating, Rocky shares the story of Iesodo's birth. This is a retelling of the Christmas story using birds as the characters. It includes lots of beautiful music as well as a wonderfully animated story your children are sure to love.

Joe and Molly are expecting a baby and must return to the nest where Joe was born. Their flight is long and hard and when the finally arrive, there is no room for them in the tree. This is reminiscent of  Joseph and Mary traveling far and finding no room at the inn. The shepherds, King Herod and the wise men all make appearances in this story as well.  All in all, it is a sweet retelling of the Christmas story that your little ones will love.

Check out the Trailer for Joy


Bonus Material

  • Bible Connections with Pastor Tim
  • Christmas at Natalie's Nest
  • Bible Verses
  • Christmas Sing-A-Long
  • Discussion Guide Available at iesodo.com
I think one of the best things about the Iesodo series is the fact that their website has so much to offer. Children can meet the characters, find fun activities to do, watch videos and more. Each DVD also comes with a discussion guide available as a PDF file. The Joy guide includes questions to answer about the story as well as ways to dig deeper into the Bible with your kids. It also gives you ideas for fun activities to do with your children during the Christmas season. I definitely recommend adding Joy to your family's Christmas DVD viewing.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Neil Diamond Melody Road Album Review

 Neil Diamond Melody Road


Disclosure: I participated in the Neil Diamond Melody Road album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.





On October 21,2014 Neil Diamond will be releasing his first original studio release in six years. Melody Road is his first album since signing with Capitol Records, and I think it was worth the wait. I have listened to this album and really love it. Neil Diamond's voice really makes me feel at home. Who doesn't know Sweet Caroline, Cherry Cherry and America? I have listened to these songs many times over the years and still love hearing them. If you're a Neil Diamond fan, this new album will quickly become one of your favorites. If you are a new fan, you will enjoy getting to know Neil Diamond's unique style and voice.

My favorites on Melody Road are Melody Road, Something Blue and In Better Days. They really make me want to sing along and smile :) I enjoyed all of the songs and will be listening to this over and over. Some of them are really catchy, and you'll find yourself singing along after only listening once!



Neil Diamond has sold over 125 million records over his recording career and has had 37 Top 40 singles. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He's been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and has won a Golden Globe Award. Listening to Neil Diamond, you can easily see why he won the 2011 Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American Culture. His music IS American culture!

You can find out more on Neil's website www.neildiamond.com .


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Here is a little taste of Melody Road with the song Something Blue.


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