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Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop

 

I really dropped the ball on this giveaway!  I meant to have everything posted on Friday, September 15th.

This giveaway runs September 15-30, 2017.

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Click on the link below to sign up for “Cindy’s Notebook” newsletter and be entered in my giveaway.

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I am giving away:

A signed hardback copy of Hometown Appetites.  This is a book I co-wrote in 2008.  I have a few on my bookshelf at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Flower for My Mother by Clementine Paddleford was written for her mother, Jennie Paddleford.  This book is full of short stories about Clementine growing up at Stockdale, Kansas.  Stockdale was inundated by the Tuttle Creek Reservoir.

This book will go to a winner directly from Amazon.

 

 

 

I will also be giving away a $20 Amazon gift card.

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Good Luck

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September is Preparedness Month

With Hurricane Havey causing havoc in Texas and Louisiana, it is once again time to think of your own Preparedness.

 

Where do you start?

By breaking the plan down into parts each week, it becomes manageable and not overwhelming.

Week 1: Prepare a household inventory.

Week 2: Review your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to see what is covered.  If you do not understand your policy, make an appointment to visit with your insurance agent.

Week 3: Build a “Grab-and-Go” kit.

Week 4: Create a communication plan.

 

To help get you started you can download a pdf of the “Survival Journal” that my husband and I use.

Print off the pages, fill them out and put them into plastic sheets and put into a 3 ring binder and put in your Survival Container or Grab-and-Go Kit.

Survival Journal

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And the Winners Are!

All winners have been notified and the books are on their way!

Congratulations to:

 

Janice J. is the winner of Hometown Appetites!  Hope you enjoy learning about Clementine Paddleford and trying out some of the recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He wrote me a note saying that he too had a nose for justice!  The winner of A Nose for Justice is James W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Z. is the winner of A Flower for My Mother. 

The stories in this book are fun for both young and old.

 

 

 

 

 

The winner of Both Sides of Nice is Helen R.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway.

The next giveaway is Banned Book Week Giveaway, September 15-30.  Again this is a hop that I am participating via bookhounds.net

 

 

 

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Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

This Giveaway Hop is hosted by Bookhounds.net

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I will be giving away:

A signed hardback copy of :

 

Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate (NY: Gotham), 2008

 

 

 

 

A gently used hardback copy of:

A Nose for Justice by Rita Mae Brown

Main characters:

Jeep Reed and her dog King

Mags and her dog Baxter

A murder mystery with lots of Nevada water rights history.

 

 

A paperback copy of A Flower for My Mother by Clementine Paddleford.

This book is a collection of Paddleford’s childhood memories.  Includes photographs.

 

 

 

 

A paperback copy, new still in its plastic wrapper, of:

Both Sides of Nice by Helen Brockman

“Her autobiography is a varied and colorful tapestry of the 20th century in America as she has lived through it and into the 21st.” ~ John Chalmers, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Emeritus, Kansas State University

 

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A Spoonful of Grace

Book Title:  A Spoonful of Grace: Mealtime Blessings in Bite-sized Pieces
Category:   Christian Living; 444 pages
Genre:  Family devotional, Children’s devotional
Publisher:  Credo House Publishers
Release date:  Feb 2017
Tour dates:  Aug 7 to 25, 2017
Content Rating:  G

 

 

 

Book Description:

Just 2 minutes each day can change your family meal time for a lifetime.

A Spoonful of Grace is a collection of 366 evening meal graces taken from all 66 books of the Bible and designed to provide meaningful exposure to prayer and the Bible at a most opportune time: the family evening meal.

The Scripture/grace devotions are inviting, can be grasped at several levels, and are brief enough (about two minutes) to hold the attention of hungry kids. Here’s why:

  • Each day has an application section called Grace Notes: ideas and quotes to further illustrate the message and stimulate conversation.
  • Sundays are for Story Graces. These 52 devotions are a bit longer to afford the suspenseful, engrossing reading of stories such as David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, and Jonah and the big fish.
  • Special Graces are celebrations such as  Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays.
  • Each grace:
    • Supports discussions of God’s attributes and of faith-based values, offering moral examples like forgiveness, friendship, honesty, trust, even table manners.
    • Creates curiosity about the Bible and ways in which Scripture can be applied to today’s issues.
    • Demonstrates how the act of praying together lifts one’s own spirit; fosters praise; and increases mutual feelings of appreciation, gratefulness, and accountability.
    • Teaches without overt instruction, similar to hiding extra veggies in the spaghetti sauce.
    • Remind us that our food, as well as God’s countless other daily blessings, is a gift.

 

Endorsement for A Spoonful of Grace:

“The dining room table is a key place to connect with your children.  It’s time to put down the phones and pick up this book instead.” —Arlene Pellicane, speaker, and author of “31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom”

“…beautiful, winsome and creative…will spark meaningful discussion and thoughtful reflection. This book will nourish both heart and mind.”Dr. Mark L. Strauss, Vice-Chair, The NIV Committee on Bible Translation and University Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

“Annette Hubbell has made this powerful family life rhythm and tradition SO MUCH EASIER!  Give your family the gift that will last for generations to come—‘A Spoonful of Grace!’” Pam Farrel, author of 45 books including best-selling “Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti,” “10 Best Decisions a Parent Can Make”, and “Couple’s Journey with God.”

“Wonderfully composed and chock-full of wit and wisdom. I wish I’d had this book when my husband and I were raising our four children.” Susan Meissner, Award-winning author of “Secrets of a Charmed Life”

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Meet the Author:

Annette Hubbell earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing from San Diego State University, her M.B.A. from Cal State University in San Marcos, and a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. She has been featured in over 160 performances and starred in the DVD, “Witness to Gettysburg” edited by 33-time Emmy Award winner, Robert Gardner. She was awarded Presenter of the Year twice at the Civil War Round Table of San Diego and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Hubbell lives in San Diego, California with her husband, Monte, of 33 years. They have a daughter, Amy. She and her husband Scott live in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit www.AnnetteHubbell.com or www.SpoonfulOfGrace.com.

Connect with the Author: Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Youtube

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Ends Sept 2.

Virtual Book Tour Hosted By:

 

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

Aug 7 –   Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 7 –   Everyday Gyaan – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 7 –   Reading Authors – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 8 –   Blooming with Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 8 –   Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 –   Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 –   I Love A Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 10 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – Reviews in the City – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 14 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 14 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 15 – Cindy’s Notebook – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 15 – Rainy Day Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 15 – This Mom’s Delight – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 16 – My Journey Back – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 16 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 17 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 18 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 20 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 21 – My Life. One Story at a Time – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 22 – Bless Their Hearts Mom – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 22 – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Seasons of Opportunities – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 24 – Deal Sharing Aunt – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 25 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Aug 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews –  book spotlight / giveaway

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Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

BookHounds.net  is hosting “Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop” starting tomorrow, August 15th through Wednesday, August 30th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am participating in this hop, so check back tomorrow to see what I will be giving away.

 

 

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7 Threads

Today I am “Spotlighting” Seven Threads by Jason Atkinson.

Book Details:

Book Title: Seven Threads: A Book of Short Stories
Author: Jason Atkinson
Category: Adult Fiction, 151 pages
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: July 4, 2017
Tour dates: July 10 to 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

In this collection of seven short stories from Jason Atkinson, follow a man accused of murder, a runaway girl on a train, a scientist at the heart of a government conspiracy, and more! Full of twists and turns, Seven Threads offers a selection of fast-paced stories full of heart and excitement.

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Meet the Author:

Jason Atkinson lives in the Midwest with his wife and son. With a love of writing, this is his 3rd book, but the first book in the fiction category. Short stories are easy to digest, and yet, this book still provides all the joys for the long haul reader. Jason writes for everyone in mind when creating this piece and hopes you will enjoy it as much as he did when writing it.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook

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Ends Aug 5

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR:

July 10 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
July 10 – Simple Wyrdings – book spotlight / giveaway
July 11 – Kristin’s Novel Café – book spotlight / interview
July 11 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
July 12 – Books, Dreams, Life –  book spotlight / interview
July 12 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
July 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 13 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 14 – The Reader’s Handbook – book spotlight / giveaway
July 14 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
July 17 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 17 – A Holland Reads – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 18 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
July 18 – Rainy Day Reviews – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
July 18 – Cindy’s Notebook – book spotlight / giveaway
July 19 – The Irresponsible Reader – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
July 19 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 19 – Thoughts on Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 20 – Hall Ways Blog –  book spotlight / interview / giveaway
July 20 – The Cubicle Escapee – book spotlight / giveaway
July 20 – The Book Drealms – book spotlight / giveaway
July 21 – My Devotional Thoughts – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 21 – Travelling Through Words – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 24 – Teresa Edmond-Sargeant – book spotlight / guest post
July 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
July 25 – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight
July 25 – Deal Sharing Aunt – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
July 26 – JBronder Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 27 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
July 27 – Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 28 – Books for Books – book spotlight
July 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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7 Upcoming Writers Conferences

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Los Angeles
July 7-10, 2017
https://www.scbwi.org/annual-conferences/

Thriller Fest, Grand Hyatt, New York City
July 11-15, 2017
http://thrillerfest.com/

Romance Writers of AmericaWalt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Orlando, FL
July 26-29, 2017
http://www.rwa.org/conference

Writers Digest Conference, New York City
August 18-20, 2017
http://www.writersdigestconference.com/

Killer Nashville, Franklin, TN
August 24-27, 2017
http://www.killernashville.com

Creatures, Crime & Creativity, Sheraton Columbia Town Center, Columbia, MD
September 8-10, 2017
http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com/

Historical Writers of AmericaSanta Ana Pueblo, NM
September 21-24, 2017
http://historicalwritersofamerica.org/

 

 

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Does the Pop Singer Meet the Love of Her Life?

By:  Tara Randel
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Publication Date: March 1, 2017
Genre: contemporary romance

Book Excerpt: The help only he can offer…Cypress Pointe, Florida, is a long way from LA, where pop singer Cassie Branford needs a hit to prove she’s not a two-album wonder. But her case of writer’s block could be over when the struggling songwriter meets Luke Hastings at a family wedding.

The legendary musician walked away from success at the height of his career. Yet Luke is already inspiring Cassie with his dedication to building a permanent community outreach center for troubled teens. Volunteering to help bring music into these kids’ lives is also bringing her and Luke closer. Maybe they’re not as different as he thinks…

Author Bio: Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling author of fifteen novels. Family values, a bit of mystery and, of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. She is currently working on new stories for Harlequin Heartwarming, The Business of Weddings series, as well as books in the Amish Inn Mysteries. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books

Connect with Tara:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Tara-Randel-Books-219272758140488/

Twitter: @TaraRandel

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Adam’s Stepsons

Title: Adam’s Stepsons
By:  M. Thomas Apple
Genre: Science fiction
Publication Date: April 15, 2017

Book Excerpt: Dr. Johann Heimann designed the perfect soldiers: superhuman in strength and intelligence, immune to sickness and disease, programmed to lead the United Americas to a quick victory in the Mars Colony War. But Heimann didn’t anticipate the military’s unrealistic

Dr. Johann Heimann designed the perfect soldiers: superhuman in strength and intelligence, immune to sickness and disease, programmed to lead the United Americas to a quick victory in the Mars Colony War. But Heimann didn’t anticipate the military’s unrealistic demands or his own emotional responses to his creations. And now Number Six is calling him “Father”! What exactly is going on during the clones’ personality imprinting cycle?

Dr. Johann Heimann designed the perfect soldiers: superhuman in strength and intelligence, immune to sickness and disease, programmed to lead the United Americas to a quick victory in the Mars Colony War. But Heimann didn’t anticipate the military’s unrealistic demands, or his own emotional responses to his creations. And now Number Six is calling him “Father”! What exactly is going on during the clones’ personality imprinting cycle?

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