Saturday, November 24, 2012


It's time for a blogging holiday. 

No blog reading!

No blog writing!

This year's NaNoWriMo is in need of attention

I have a wip to read for a critique partner 
and several books to read and review

So I guess I'll see you in December
When I'm refreshed and ready to go again 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Bethlehem's Warrior Baby .. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..

This week I'm joining in with the ACRBA blog tour... 

This book is on my bedside drawers... I haven't yet read it but I'm so looking forward to it. I have read Ray's Children: God's Special Interest and I thoroughly enjoyed the way he brought the message. 


(Even  Before Publishing )

by Ray Hawkins

About the Author:

Ray Hawkins

Ray Hawkins, retired after over 40 years as a Churches of Christ minister, enjoys sharing themes from the Scriptures through Devotional writing. Married to Mary, multi-published inspirational romance author, they have three children and five grandchildren. Ray shares his insights in his first two books on Marriage and Children with more ideas to come about ministry and much more. Living in Beauty Point Tasmania Ray heads up a new Christian Fellowship as well as doing relief preaching, community work and writing.

Book Description:

Bethlehem's Warrior (31 Day Devotional)

Short Book Description: In 31 daily devotional meditations Bethlehem's Warrior
Baby takes you out of a sentimental nativity scene and into a contest with
eternal significance.

It walks you through God's promise in Genesis 3:15 of Someone coming and the
clues to His identity in the old Testament. You become aware that in the
Christmas event that 'Someone' has come.

I believe Christmas is the culmination of Heaven's countdown to reclaim men,
women and creation from the tyranny of sin, death and Satan. The cost involved
to God to achieve this should make the reader bow in awe and gratitude.
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Get your copy today... just click the link below...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Introducing ... Tracey Hoffmann

~ Author Spotlight ~
Please welcome new author, Tracey Hoffmann to my blog.

Tracey agreed to play a little game with me called
It's quite simple, and there are no rules.

What's one of your... 
Favourite foods?  Chocolate, is that a food? No how about fresh fruit MMmm I love fresh fruit too! 
Favourite colours? Definitely green, love all shades of green. Perhaps I should write a book called shades of green :) hehe
Favourite places?  Gold Coast    YES!!! The GC really is paradise!  
Favourite authors? Francine Rivers, Randy Alcorn
Favourite pastimes? Family, walking, reading .... Sorry don't have one  :D

Thanks heaps for playing Five Favourites Tracey!

Now that you know a little more about this amazing new author, let me introduce her books. Yes books.. TWO new releases at once. Isn't she clever. 

Valley of ChayaDeceit, corruption and forced prostitution are words that never crossed
Charlotte's mind as she finalized arrangements for a trip to India. Her
travel partner pulls out at the last minute and Charlotte's father steps in
forbidding her to leave alone. Failing to persuade her brother Eli to join
her, Charlotte slips away under the cover of night setting off a chain of
events that would change her life forever.

Snatched from her world on the streets of Mumbai young Shanti
now faces unspeakable horrors. Her short life had always been one
of hardship but she’d always felt protected and loved by ten-year-old
Ashok, her only family. Where was Ashok now? Would he come for
her? Why was this happening?

Eli and Ashok are determined to rescue their sisters from the dark world
of human trafficking. Will their courage and love be enough to bring
them home or will they find more than what they were looking for?

Valley of Chaya, a story that rasps every emotion and certain to stir
every readers heart.

In a world saturated in wealth and prestige, the topic of human trafficking is becoming more widely talked about.
Slave labour was abolished years ago… or was it?
The Valley of Chaya is a gripping story spanning continents and communities. Dividing families and reconciling them with core revelations.
This is a heart wrenching story, with some graphic violence. I would highly recommend you read this story – it will rock your foundations. 

AnchoredSuccessful business man, David O'Malley thought life would be simpler moving from Sydney to the picturesque seaside town of Blue Bay, known for it's stunning beaches and friendly locals. An unexpected brutal hit and run not only leaves David questioning his decision to move, but throws the sleepy town into a spin, with suspicions running high. 

Mia Dawson had lived in Blue Bay her whole life and she'd never met anyone quite like David. Despite his obvious good looks and city charm her heart was guarded. A series of unexpected events threatens Mia's safety, but sadly she cannot run to the one man she needs the most - her father.

Overwhelmed by deceit and lies, Jonathan only has himself to blame. There's a bitter wedge between him and his only daughter, Mia, which haunts him day and night. Despite living under the same roof his family is falling apart.

Mystery, mistrust and betrayal run deep throughout Anchored. A story where relationships are important but not always as they seem.

We all know lies and deceit are big no no’s… yet how many of us still walk through life and struggle to stay honest?
Anchored takes a look at the working of deceit and lies and the trauma it causes in relationships. 

Both of these are great books 
These books aren't for the light hearted as Tracey deals with heavy issues. 
I highly recommend you purchase both for your bookshelf.

Give a book gift this year. Support a new author.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Embrace Hope with Clean water

It's hard to believe that millions of people in our world still don't  have clean drinking water. But it's a fact. People die everyday because of the dirty water they drink. 

In countries without good clean drinking water, when people become ill, unfortunately medical facilities to treat the illnesses are not available. 

One water bottle?
A couple for gifts?
One each for the kids?
Many of us together can make a difference to a community. 
This is an initiative where 100% of the profit goes directly to one town in need. 

This could just be the most perfect Christmas gift.
Or a reminder to carry with you daily. 

Embrace Hope Drink Bottles ~ an initiative by good friends Jared and Denise Mackay. Raising money for Beo Yoola, Liberia. 

All profits from the sales of the Embrace Hope Drink Bottles will go directly to funding the building of a much needed well/hand pump for clean drinking water, the building of a health clinic and the building of a school. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Return to Baragula

~ an Aussie review ~ 
Today I'm joining the ACRBA blog tour....

5 - 9 November
is introducing 
(Ark house March 2008)

by Mary Hawkins

About the Author:

Mary Hawkins is a best-selling inspirational romance author with other 825,000 romance books in print. During the first few years of being published she also had five medical romance novels released by Harlequin Mills & Boon before concentrating on inspirationals for Barbour Publishing (Ohio). Return to Baragula is her first single title and the first released by an Australia publisher.

Mary was a Queensland farmer's daughter, became a registered nurse and has a graduate diploma from a Sydney Bible College where she met her husband. Ray is a retired minister who is also a published author. They enjoyed ministries in Australia, three short term mission trips to Africa and two years at a church in England before settling in beautiful Tasmania. They have three adult children and are now proud grandparents. Mary is a member of several writing organisations including American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers America, their Faith Hope Love chapter and Australian Omega Writers. She enjoys speaking appointments and writing workshops where she can share the journey she has been walking for many years with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Book Description:

Return To Baragula
Over the years Emily Parker's actions as a teenager have impacted not only her own life, but the lives of many different people. Now, six years later, she returns reluctantly to her home town of Baragula only to discover the man at the heart of those actions, Matthew Davidson, is the community's respected doctor. While Emily's faith is now severely weakened by all that has happened, Matthew's life has completely turned around since he committed his life to Christ. His personal relationship with God is tested when he discovers how his behaviour when a non-believer hurt so many, especially Emily, and feels responsible for her hardness of heart towards the Lord. Disease attacks the community while danger from another source threatens Emily and her family. Through it all, will Matthew and Emily's faith be strong enough to forgive each other and put the past behind them?

My thoughts... 
We meet Emily in this story, and learn about how she has to live with the consequences of her actions. This is a great reminder of how our actions do leave a residue throughout our lives, but God's grace can turn everything around for good.  
Mary is traditionally a romance writer and has a very wholesome approach to writing in the inspirational genre.
I read Return to Baragula a while back and found it refreshing and enjoyable to read. I enjoyed it so much I purchased the next two books in the trilogy, Outback from Baragula and Justice at Baragula.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Ricky the Remarkable!

~ a review ~

This is a super cute story about finding your home. Ricky found his home amongst the most unlikely - and sometimes that's where you will find family.

This story is fun, cute and humorous.

Enjoyed by all of my kids - which means it receives the Evans family recontamination.

Disclaimer ~ the ebook version of Ricky the Remarkable Raccoon was send to me to read & review for the  Bookcrash