Friday, October 5, 2012

Denise Hunter’s “The Trouble with Cowboys” Facebook Party & Kindle Fire Giveaway

To celebrate the release of The Trouble with Cowboys Denise is hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. She'll connect with readers and give away some amazing prizes - including a Kindle Fire! 
Save the Date for October 11th!

Grab your copy of Denise Hunter's latest book and join her for an Author Chat Party on October 11th at 8:00 PM EST (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 MST, & 5:00 PST)! Haven't read The Trouble with Cowboys yet? That's okay, don't let that stop you from coming to the party! (You may win a copy!)

During the evening she’ll be sharing the story behind the book, posting discussion questions, testing your trivia skills, and of course, there will be plenty of chatting and fun giveaways – books, gift certificates and – a Kindle Fire! She’ll also be giving you a sneak peek of her next book too!

RSVP today and then come back on the 11th … and bring your friends!

About the Book:

Cowboys are just trouble... they flirt, make you fall for them and when you really need them they leave you!  Annie Wilkerson had been taught that lesson by more than one cowboy.  She didn't have time for that... she's just too busy trying to keep herself financially afloat with two jobs - horse trainer/column writer, push her sister to complete her college degree and make sure her nephew is taken care of... she doesn't need a cowboy to smooth-talk his way into her life! Besides, she has John.  Dutifully employed at the bank, stable and consistent John.  Who needs more?
Dylan Taylor is a smooth-talking, ladies' man of a cowboy, or so it would seem.  Dylan is very attracted to Annie, but he's not ready to fall in love again.   The last "love of his life" about ripped his heart up, so he built a high wall around it.  He dates, but doesn't get close enough to get hurt.  When his horse, Braveheart, is in need of a horse trainer to deal with a physical issue, Dylan has to strike a deal with Annie for help.  

Will they be able to work together for both of their benefit or will the attraction they feel get in the way?  Can they forgive and forget the transgressors in their past to move on to what God has in their future?

My Review:

While the ending of The Trouble with Cowboys is a little predictable, I would say the beginning sets the stage and the middle is anything but predictable.  There are many twists and turns throughout.  The romance is sweet, but pure and the interaction is true to life.  Both Dylan and Annie deal with stereo-types and forgiveness and learning to trust again.  I loved the book and really didn't want it to end. This is the third book in the A Big Sky Romance series, but it is not necessary to read the first two to understand this one.  Although, I would recommend you read those two (Cowboy's Touch and The Accidental Bride) as well... yes, they are that good!!  

About the Author:
Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Because You Care by Cecil Murphey and Twila Bel

From the Back of the Book:
As someone caring for an ill or elderly loved one, you understand that your role can push you to the limit, press on every nerve—and yet fill you with a deep sense of love and peace of mind.
Beloved authors Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk know this too. Beautifully written and full of gentle wisdom, their personal stories of caregiving will help you face some of the ups and downs of your journey.
  • Feeling guilty for doing too much, too little, or nothing at all
  • Answering other’s well-meaning but insensitive questions
  • Watching someone you dearly love suffer or die
Here are the stories from those living the life. Let their encouraging words lift your heart.

Book Excerpt:
(from the beginning)
This Is Who You Are
From Cec and Twila
Others may call you brave. They’ll use words like noble or sacrificial. They’ll admire and applaud you because you’ve offered your life to make yourself available to someone who needs a long-term caregiver.
“I couldn’t do what you’re doing for him,” a friend says.
You listen to the words your friend speaks, and you like hearing the compliments. Yet as you listen and smile, you don’t see yourself as exceptional. You’re doing the right thing for someone you love, and that gives you peace. You also know the reason you’ve devoted your energies to another person.
You can express that reason in a single sentence: “I do it because I care.” You might say it’s because you love the person, or you may do it because of a strong sense of commitment to God and to your loved one. Regardless of how you express yourself, you’re determined to give yourself as fully as you can.
Some days you may not feel like loving anyone. You get tired, lose your temper, or think of the things you didn’t accomplish. During the worst times, you wish the situation would change. And in those dark moments, you’ve probably prayed, Dear Lord, please take this burden from me.
The situation probably won’t change for a long time—perhaps years. It’s not the kind of life you would have imagined. You probably envisioned living out your years in blissful peace. Caring for your loved one wasn’t part of your dream, but this is the life you have. Despite the moments of sadness, perhaps even regret, your answer remains the same: “I care.”
Taken from:  Because You Care.  Text Copyright © 2012 by Cecil Murphey, Twila Belk.  Artwork Copyright © 2012 by Betty Fletcher. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon.  Used by permission.

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    • Book—Because You Care: Spiritual Encouragement for Caregivers
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      1. Leave a comment about the book or author on the blog post during the blog tour.
      2. Each blog tour host will draw one name from those comments to send to the tour coordinator by October 12.
      3. The coordinator will put all the names into a drawing, and select a winner, using an online randomizer. 
      4. The coordinator will notify the blog tour host who submitted the winning name. 
      5. The blog tour host will notify the winner and collect the mailing info so the author can send out the prize. 

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      Twila Belk and Cecil (Cec) Murphey are both long-term caregivers for their spouses. Twila, aka the Gotta Tell Somebody Gal, is a writer and speaker who loves to brag on God. She works fulltime with Cec as his manager, personal assistant, and biggest fan. Cec is a veteran author who has written or co-written more than 125 published books, including the bestsellers 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands (with Dr. Ben Carson). His books have sold in the millions and have brought hope and encouragement to countless readers around the world. Cec and Twilas’ second co-authored book, Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware(Guideposts Books), released in August 2012.

      Tuesday, October 2, 2012

      She's Got Issues by Nicole Unice

      "Control issues, comparisons, insecurity -- commonplace issues of the soul that I finally faced on my front porch -- lead to a form of bondage.  But because the chains of these issues are so thin, because we don't talk about them  much or take them very seriously, we hardly notice their combined effect.  We are unaware that these issues hinder us from walking free in the path God has laid out for us.  The stuff that affects your inner and outer world might be ordinary, but it's certainly not innocuous."

      Nicole Unice had a breakthrough moment on her front porch, and realized she's got issues and so does every other woman.  For those who choose to deal with their issues (ME!), she wrote this book that contains "seriously good news for stressed-out, secretly scared control freaks like us."   She focuses on 5 common issues:
                                               * Control
                                               * Insecurity
                                               * Comparisons
                                               * Fear
                                               * Anger (and it's cousin, unforgiveness)

      Each of the five issues mentioned above are covered in 2 chapters apiece, one deals with defining the issue, the second explores how to deal with it effectively.  In the chapter that defines the issue, you will find an assessment that will help you see how strongly you struggle with the issue.  The second chapter also includes "a 'word-up' section,  designed to allow you a time of focused attention on Scripture that speaks to that issue."   Every section ends with questions that can be used as a personal study or in a group study.

      There is also a DVD Group Experience with six sessions based on the book.  In this DVD, Nicole talks about the "everyday issues that can hold you back from living free and loving well" with session 6 being on "Uprooting the Bitter Weed of Unforgiveness."

      I haven't quite finished this book, but it looks so good... I am always saying, "I have issues" to people... kind of to just push aside a quirkiness of my own.  As much of this as I have read so far, I recognized that I do have issues and I do look forwarding to continuing to read this book and looking for some help/answers to my issues.  I think it helps to see that I am not alone in my struggles.

      About the Author (from her website):

      from her website

      Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and her masters in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She loves creating a space for ministry and spiritual formation in the everyday rhythms of life with her awesome husband Dave, their three young children, and a mischievous puppy named Shep. Nicole is known for making friends in all corners of the world–especially via social media. So connect with her on her Facebook page or via Twitter–and hopefully face to face at one of her upcoming events.

      Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book and DVD for my honest review.