Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sincerely Yours Romantic Novellas A REVIEW

 In this collection of brand-new historical novellas from four outstanding storytellers, four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path toward a changed life--and perhaps lifelong love. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver's workshop to a remote and controversial hospital, readers will love being swept into the lives of four young women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.





Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Revell (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800722043
ISBN-13: 978-0800722043
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

Four unexpected letters. Four intrepid women. Four lives changed forever.

Spanning a century and a continent, these romantic novellas will lead you on a journey through the landscape of love. Four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver's workshop to a remote hospital, you'll be swept into the lives of women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes
Camilla Renfrew is a highborn English lady fleeing false accusations when she runs smack into love on a steamboat bound for the new Erie Canal. But can this unexpected attraction survive the treacherous journey?

Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
Marigold Montgomery Bentley writes marriage advice for Kipler's Home Weekly even though she is single. Everyone assumes from the initials that "M. M." is a man. When the editor asks to meet Mr. Bentley, can Merrie come up with a ruse to keep her writing job?

One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
Lorraine Caldwell will lose her family fortune to a reckless cousin if she doesn't marry quickly. When she learns her long-lost brother is alive, she hopes she's found the answer to her problems. What she finds instead is a mysterious carousel carver who turns her life upside down.

A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
Grace Hathaway must rescue a dear friend from a remote and notorious clinic that promises healing but delivers only heartache. In a place laced with deceit, where lives hang in the balance, whom can she trust to help her?

About the Author
Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning author of many novels, including A Flickering Light. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and lives in Oregon. Visit www.jkbooks.com for more.



Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. She lives in Wyoming. Visit www.amandacabot.com for more.



Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of The Midwives series and The Daughters of Bainbridge House series. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband. Visit www.lauriealiceeakes.com for more.




Ann Shorey is the author of the At Home in Beldon Grove series and the Sisters at Heart series. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon. Visit www.annshorey.com for more.


MY REVIEW
Sincerely Yours is a book with 4 stories in it by 4 different authors. The authors are Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey.
  I like books that have several stories in them. You may find a new author that you love or if you don’t like one of them the story isn’t long.
  The stories in this book are titled Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes. This one I didn’t care much for. The characters weren’t that likable and it seemed to drag in places.
 The next one was called Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey.  Another one I didn’t care much for because it seemed silly. Why would someone try to hide she is a woman just so she could write.
  One Little Word by Amanda Cabot was one well written and one I enjoyed. I liked it because the characters didn’t let money or family inheritance get in the way of making them happy.
  I just loved A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick. This is a story that I wish would be a lot longer, because it was so good. Jane knows how to write a romantic/suspenseful story that keeps your interest.
  Overall this book is well worth reading and keeping. I do recommend it.

I received my free copy from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

LET GOD DVD Review

ABOUT LET GOD

When all is lost, there is hope. As rumors of gold in California spread across the United States in 1848, Levi decides it is time to head west with Amelia, his young housewife, to stake their claim and build a better life. Against her better judgment, Amelia honors her husband’s demands, leaving her home and family. Secretly, they join the last wagon caravan of the season dangerously late, leaving behind a string of bad debts. On the trail, they encounter unimaginable danger that will ultimately change the course of their lives.

After a savage attack takes her husband, Amelia is left alone and without resources. For the first time, Amelia must take life into her own hands, battling winter, hunger, and the unknown. As she grows weaker by the day, she finds strength in a mysterious and unexpected guide. Survival becomes a race against time and Amelia must find something greater than herself to help survive the frigid winter along the Oregon Trail,

Word Films is set to release Breckenridge Film Festival’s 2013 “Best Feature” and “Best Actress” winner “Let God” on DVD on February 25. The faith-based film  follows  the story of young housewife, Amelia, who heads west with her husband during the 19th century gold rush and is left alone without resources in the harsh wilderness when her husband is killed in a savage attack. Battling winter, hunger and the unknown, Amelia must take life into her own hands as she struggles with a loss of faith and battles for her survival.
“There’s a gap between ritual and faith, and we explore that,” said “Let God” writer/director/producer William Parker. “The character of Amelia is very ritual oriented – she goes to church, she read the Bible…but through the movie she kind of gives up on it. Amelia struggles with loss of faith, feeling she’s been abandoned by God and is completely on her own.”  “In the end, she realizes that not only does she actually find her faith, she actually really believes, genuinely, ‘This is what I was looking for,’” adds Jasmin Jandreau who plays Amelia. “She realizes, through another connection in the film that comes along, that God was with her the whole time, and God was communicating with her the whole time.”

In addition to winning both “Best Feature” and “Best Actress” honors at the 2013 Breckenridge Film Festival, “Let God” was also an official selection at the 2013 Gideon Film Festival and has earned the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for any age. “This is a terrific Story!” said the Dove Foundation. “The writer/director and leading actress Jasmine Jandreau, as Amelia, somehow manage to make this story of survival a powerful movie about trials and a faith that overcomes all odds…You will enjoy watching this one. Don’t miss it!”

For further information about the 91-minute DVD “Let God” and to view the trailer please visit wordfilms.com.

About Word Entertainment:  A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point Of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Switchfoot and We As Human and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Music Publications & Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.


MY REVIEW
  I love DVDs that show of a struggle against nature and oneself and that’s what I thought this DVD Let God would be. It tells the story of Amelia and her husband going West to make a better life for themselves. Levi the husband makes many bad decisions and leads their wagon away from the others.  Levi gets attacked and dies. So Amelia is all alone on the Oregon Trail and has to go on.
  The reasons I didn’t care for Let God is because the plot was very shallow and so many things happened that I couldn’t believe. Like, Amelia doesn’t have a coat, gloves, socks and still in the snow she doesn’t freeze or even get frostbite. She doesn’t meet up with any wild animals, except for a raccoon. Which would be impossible in the days of the 1800’s.
  A little boy just appears when Amelia wants to give up and just is company for her. They don’t talk the same language, but they share friendship and warmth.
  It looked like a wonderful story, but I was disappointed.

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My Name is Paul DVD review




ABOUT MY NAME IS PAUL

My Name is Paul takes place in an apocalyptic dark future where Paul is hate-filled and intent on finding and destroying Peter, a Christian and the enemy of his leader. In an accident he is blinded and Ananias, who follows "The Way," prays for him. His sight returns taking him off his hate-filled course and he learns to live and love "The Way." Now he has to find Peter but his former leader and the government against "The Way" conspires to use him to get to and destroy Peter and the movement.

Actors: Andrew Roth
Directors: Trey Ore
Format: Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Word Entertainment
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
Run Time: 80 minutes

Word Films announces the March 11 DVD release of faith-based film “My Name is Paul” by producers Jurgen Beck and Vanessa Ore. The film, using the analogy of the Apostle Paul who started as a zealous persecutor of Christians, follows Paul’s hate-filled intentions to destroy Peter (the enemy of his leader) when an unforeseen accident and miraculous self-discovery lead him down a different path where he learns to live and love “The Way” (Christ). “My Name is Paul” stars Michael Joiner of “The Grace Card” and Shannen Fields of “Facing the Giants” and has been awarded the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12+.
“If God can use a guy like Paul, who called himself the Chief of Sinners, what can He do with a guy like me or the person that watches this film,” said the film’s director Trey Ore. “Paul is one of the most referenced people in the Bible, yet many don't know how ruthless this man truly was. I now have a better understanding of what grace is all about. So, if we can help even one person understand that we are never too far for God to reach us, this film was worth making.”
Ore continued, “After our first private screening of ‘My Name is Paul’ I was told how this movie spoke to a Vietnam veteran that had been haunted for the last 40 years by his past difficult missions and decisions. When this man saw how ruthless Paul was and that God still had a purpose for him, it gave him hope. He saw that God's grace could cover even his transgressions.”
"From the moment I arrived on the set of ‘My Name is Paul’ I knew that God was present in a very special way...and sure enough these filmmakers have taken a small budget and made a film a hundred times greater,” said Michael Joiner. “I have seen the movie twice now and feel it is destined to be one of the greatest faith based films ever made. Not only creatively, but also in its ability to reach a hurting world for the Gospel. I am extremely blessed to have been a part."
“My Name is Paul” takes place in an apocalyptic dark future where Paul is hate-filled and intent on finding and destroying Peter, a Christian and the enemy of his leader. In an accident he is blinded and Ananias, who follows “The Way,” prays for him. His sight returns taking him off his hate-filled course and he learns to live and love “The Way.” Now he has to find Peter but his former leader and the government against “The Way” conspires to use him to get to and destroy Peter and the movement.”
The film is the follow up film to the award-winning short film by the same name and winner of “Redemptive Storyteller Award” at the 2011 Redemptive Film Festival, an official selection of the 2011UK Christian Film Festival, the 2011 International Christian Film Festival, the 2011 Maranatha Christian International Film Festival, the 2011San Diego Christian Film Festival and the 2011 Kingdomwood Film Festival. It has a running time of 100 minutes.


MY REVIEW
  My Name is Paul is a fantastic DVD. It tells the Bible story of Paul, but in the present/future kind of setting.
  All of the people’s names are the same as the Bible and the Christians are called The Way and the ones against them and anything to do with the Bible are called The World.
  My Name is Paul is a very action-packed, suspenseful DVD.  It shows how Christians were persecuted, are and will be again to a very big way. The first few scenes shows Paul chasing down Christians and killing them and how Paul is recognized as a great leader.
  The Paul is in a car accident and loses his sight and gets lost. The members of The Way pick him up take him to their hospital and then the action really starts.
  I was really excited to get and review this DVD. It is a incredible one to show to your family, church or other groups. You will be entertained and amazed at My Name is Paul. I highly recommend it and want you to know it would be an excellent addition to your DVD collection.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Iesodo DVDs A REVIEW

Meet Iesodo (pronounced Yay-Sa-Doe), a wise dove whose name means "The Way of Jesus"! He and his lovable feathered friends live in the Holy Land in a beautiful Cypress Tree on the shores of a vast Lake (or as we know it, the Sea of Galilee). The birds are an unlikely group of friends, and though they have their differences, they have one thing in common: since they met Iesodo, their lives have never been the same!




Love Episodes:
“Birds of a Feather, Fish Together”– The wedding of Freddie and Fiona finch is headed for disaster!  Iesodo steps in to calm everyone’s ruffled feathers and make the event a success.
“Love Your Enemies”– Zack, the tax collector, doesn’t play by the rules.  Iesodo shows the flock that treating those who are mean to you with kindness really does make a big difference.


Actors: Tony Oliver, Erin Bethea, T.W. Gibis, Joey Lotsko, Ron Allen
Directors: Brian E. Ray
Format: Full Screen, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Zaya Toonz, LLC
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2014
Run Time: 50 minutes

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Faith Episodes:
“Miracles are Everywhere”– A big event is happening!  Thousands of birds from all over the world have gathered to meet Iesodo, but food is scarce and the flocks are getting hungry.  Iesodo provides in a way no one could have expected.
“The Wind and the Rain”– The flock is soaring through the sky on their way back to the Cypress Tree when a sudden storm approaches out of nowhere!  Trapped at sea and frightened, they learn that when you have faith, anything is possible.


Actors: Tony Oliver, Erin Bethea, T.W. Gibis, Joey Lotsko, Ron Allen
Directors: Colin Brady
Format: Full Screen, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Zaya Toonz, LLC
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
Run Time: 50 minutes


MY REVIEW
  I received two DVDs in the Iesodo series {Yay-So-Doe}. Iesodo means the way of Jesus. It is mainly for children and it is a teaching DVD about different things in the Bible. The two DVDs I received are called Love and Faith.
  Iesodo is a wise dove and he has many bird followers. In these DVDs Iesodo represents Jesus and the other birds the disciples. there are also birds to represent the evil rulers and even the devil. This format is very entertaining and easy to understand even for the very young.
Each DVD has two excellent stories from the Bible that will teach your child while they are really enjoying them.
  The DVDs are high quality and the birds and scenes are very colorful and fun. Each story has songs included that are very catchy and full of meaning.
  I love them all, but my favorite is The Wind and the Rain in the Faith DVD.
  This is a 5-star DVD and I highly recommend them. Collect all for your children/grandchildren/friends or church.

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A Story of Easter and All of Us, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett A REVIEW

ABOUT THE BIBLE

From the Last Supper in the upper room to the celebration of finding an empty tomb, this beautiful full color book chronicles the journey of Christ's death and resurrection in a way the Easter story has never before been "told." Containing extraordinary images from the Emmy-nominated TV series watched by over 100 million people, The Bible, A STORY OF EASTER AND ALL OF US is a book that will take a deserved place among the finest celebrations of Easter.





Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (February 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1455545872
ISBN-13: 978-1455545872
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Roma Downey - A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress, Roma starred for almost a decade as the angel "Monica" in the hit CBS television series, Touched By An Angel. She is also producer of the children's DVD and book series "Little Angels" and its companion Little Angels Storybook Bible.
Mark Burnett - Multiple Emmy Award winning producer of some of the biggest prime time network television shows in history including Survivor, The Apprentice, Shark Tank and The Voice. Has produced over 2,000 hours of American prime time programming airing in over 70 countries.
This husband and wife duo recently collaborated for their most ambitious project to date: producing together a ten hour global television mini-series titled The Bible.


MY REVIEW
  The Bible by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett is taken from an 10 hour mini series called The Bible.  The book  tells the story from Jesus’ Triumphal entry and goes through His ascension.
  The pictures in the book are quite beautiful, it’s a hard cover book. The writing style is present tense.
   I didn’t watch the series on T.V., but I can tell it was a very good movie. Reading the book I found a few things that aren’t in the Bible and have heard that happened on the series also.
  Watching the series or reading the book are fine and very good as long as you know your Bible and what happened.
   It’s a beautiful book to have and read at Easter and really all year. I recommend this book The Bible A story of Easter and all of us for those that know your Bible.

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I received my free copy from Sarah Reck at Faith Words/HachetteBookGroup, for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255



Living Spring by Di Voran Lites A REVIEW

ABOUT LIVING SPRING

Jean Schaefer has suffered from overwhelming anxiety for the past four years due to the death of her parents and an entanglement with her child’s father, which ended in a shocking rejection. She contracts for an original settler’s house in the woods near Living Spring, hoping to use the renovation process as therapy. She must now learn to live in new ways and to allow people into her life again. As the history of the old house, along with elements of her own past begin to surface, Jean finds herself fighting inner battles she thought she had buried forever.




File Size: 347 KB
Print Length: 158 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484028406
Publisher: Real Life Publishing; 1 edition (April 9, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00CB37ZIE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is DiVoran Lites. I am the author of the Florida Springs Trilogy. All three books: Sacred Spring, Living Spring, and Clear Spring are now available at Kindle and on Amazon in print. Each book has its own complete cast of characters and story, but as you read them, you will find the people are a community of family and friends who have known and loved each other for many years. You will watch conflicts,common to man, played out in the characters' lives. You'll read such vivid descriptions of the fabulous Florida Springs that, according to reviewers, you will feel as if you've visited them yourself.

I'm told that even as a toddler I loved books and carried them around. Reading has been a passion ever since. It didn't take long to discover that the best enhancement for reading was writing. I started writing the story of my life in a back booth in my parents'restaurant in a mountain valley in Colorado. Dad said that since I was only seven years old, it would be a short story. I didn't understand the humor at the time. Since then writing has been my calling, and life and love have been my learning labs.

I am married to Bill, an areonautical engineer. We have two children and two granchildren. The way God works with people, and the creations he has given us to enjoy are my favorite subjects.

MY REVIEW
 Living Spring by DiVoran Lites is book 2 in the Florida Springs Trilogy series. I’m really enjoying this series. The first book was about Hank and Elaine. Book 2 is about Hank’s sister Jean who is a single mom.
  She has suffered from anxiety because of her parents death and becoming involved with a man who became her child’s father.
  In this book we see clearly good and evil and what some evil people will do to get what they want. Jean is inexperienced and believes the best in everyone. She wants the father of her child to marry her so things will be right, but she doesn’t understand how bad of a person he is.
  Jean is fixing up a home to call her own and gets help from many people. Will she make the right decisions’ in her life with the man who God has for her.
  Really an interesting read that makes you want to read more. Highly recommended.


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pricilla Hires a Husband by Loree Lough A REVIEW



ABOUT PRISCILLA HIRES A HUSBAND
To Priscilla and Caleb, a marriage of convenience seems the only solution. She'll do anything to provide for her beloved grandparents; he needs her help to rescue his failing farm.

Despite her resolve to the contrary, Priscilla finds herself drawn to her new husband, a man she knows is still in love with his late wife Laura, who has been gone for eight years. Meanwhile, Caleb struggle to control the growing love he feels for Priscilla, as well as his consuming guilt.

In desperation, Caleb prays that God will give him strength to solve his dilemma: keep the precious vow made on the day he buried Laura or keep his newly spoken marriage vows with Priscilla.

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House (April 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603747214
ISBN-13: 978-1603747219
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

ABOUT LOREE LOUGH
A prolific writer, Loree Lough has more than seventy books, sixty short stories, and 2,500 articles in print. Her stories have earned dozens of industry and Reader's Choice awards. A frequent guest speaker for writers' organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, corporations, college and high school writing programs, and more, Loree has encouraged thousands with her comedic approach to learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and industry.

For decades, Loree has been an avid wolf enthusiast, and she dedicates a portion of her income each year to efforts that benefit the magnificent animals. She splits her time between a home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and she shares her life with a spoiled pointer named Cash and her patient, dedicated husband, who has supported her writing and teaching endeavors throughout the years.


MY REVIEW
  Priscilla Hires a Husband by Loree Lough is a fun, inspiring read. Priscilla and Caleb both have a problem and only marriage to each other would solve those problems.
    Priscilla can’t inherit her aunts estate unless she marries and she desperately needs it to help her aging grandparents. They lost everything in a fire.  Caleb loves his small ranch, but he will lose it unless he gets money quickly.
   Neither want marriage, but it seems the only solution. So they get married and they are thrown into many circumstances.  You won’t believe the things they endure, but they also help each other. Will they fall in love or will this be a loveless marriage just for name only?
  Loree Lough is a fun, exciting author whom knows how to write and keep you reading. I recommend Priscilla Hires a Husband.

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Thank you to Whitaker House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255