Sunday, January 20, 2013

Free books!

I know I promised everyone a post this weekend, but sadly, my Nook post is not finished. There is so much that I want to say that I do not want to rush it. So instead, I offer you this: free books!

As I surf through various apps and websites, I try my best to share any free book opportunities that I come by. Here is a selection of various ones I have come by in the past few days that are all currently available, as of the time of this posting.


The Christian radio station Grace to You offers a couple of books that they have discussed on their station as available to request. Each person may only accept ONE free offer from Grace to You.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is offering a free copy of Seven Fruits of Israel: Recipes and Devotions from the Holy Land.

Digital Magazine:

Zinio is offering a voucher for $50 worth of FREE digital magazines to facebook users who claim by 1/31/2013.

Also Remember:

Kindle e-books
Amazon always offers a selection of free e-books to their readers. Such as 25 Awesome Bedtime Stories for 1st-4th Graders or A Pony for the Fair (The Gypsy Pony). Find more on

Nook e-books
Do not forget to check the B&N Nook Blog every Friday for their Free Book Friday promotion.

It is hard to imagine that there is anything better than free books, but there is! Winning awesome ones! Keep a look out for a new book giveaway in the beginning of February!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Well that's colorful...

As I mentioned previously, I am currently reading The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl. A word to the wise - this book is not for the feint of heart, or the weak of stomach. Heh. Seriously, it has several very graphic descriptions, right from the start. If wiggly things make you squirm, you may want to take a pass. I usually read much faster than I have been, but I find myself having to set it aside occasionally and take it in small doses. I am not one who is a fan of gratuitous visuals - mostly those involving violence or gore. When I read the description, I was prepared for some level of gore. I mean, that's what Dante is all about. But Mr. Pearl chose to jump in with all these interesting tidbits within the first 5 pages, and I may not have been ready for it yet. >.<

Image borrowed from The Digital Reader. Check them out for all the news on e-readers!

On another note. If you are a fan of e-book readers, or considering buying one, or know anyone else who is...well you get the idea. In fact, even if you aren't, this is important information, so read it anyways! Look forward to a lengthy post this weekend about my recent experiences with Nook e-readers, Barnes and Noble, and their customer support. It will be an eye opener.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A new year and new books

That's right. Its already 2013. I can't believe a year has passed. Life has been crazy. But now it is time to focus on the new year, which means a new start. New books to read. New experiences to be had. I look forward to it.

On the top of my list of books for 2013 is The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, which I picked up today while shopping with a friend. She is a frequent reader as well, so I look forward to discussing this book. Of course, I will share any interesting tidbits with you all as well. :)

 Next on the list is a few reviews I did a while back, that were never posted due to personal issues keeping me away. Amongst the titles to come are:
The Ale Boy's Feast by Jeffery Overstreet
A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley
Say Not What If by Andrew Friedman
The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry

 With luck, I can finish out this task list and start fresh into February with a selection of new books!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Yale University Press Sale!

There is a sale on Yale University Press books right now over at One Kings Lane, so be sure to check it out! The sale ends some time Saturday - or whenever they sell out (which they often do) - so check it out soon.

One Kings Lane offers $15 off $30 purchase when you join thru 

I have been following sales on One Kings Lane for a while now. Most frequently, they offer closeouts of designer brand housewares and furnishings at a percentage of the original cost. They also have a clearance section with some really great steals, though it is on hiatus for the holiday shopping season and has been replaced with the Gifts sales:

If you are looking for a classy gift for someone, the section of gifts under $50 has some really pretty serving ware and candles for a good price. This sale ends some time Friday, and shipping is guaranteed by Christmas.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

To Win Her Heart

To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0757-0
347 Pages

Levi Grant leaves prison a changed man, sorry for his unintentional crime and embracing his re-found religion. He hopes to make a new start in a new place, and Spencer needs a new blacksmith. When Eden Spencer came to town five years ago, she was hoping for a new start of her own. One without the hindrance of a man. She spends her days running the local library and attending Ladies Aid meetings, and has no time for or interest in relationships. Can the new blacksmith change her heart, and when she learns about his past, will it be broken again?

My Thoughts:

To Win Her Heart is a touching story of unexpected love. The author paints a perfect picture of a peaceful little town in old time Texas. She uses images of vibrantly colored fields of wildflowers and dusty streets to help the readers to imagine themselves walking throughout the town and the outlying areas.

The characters are well thought out and each has a memorable personality. The reader is easily able to empathize with Levi and Eden in their plights, to feel the sting of hurt and indignation brought on by the closed minded inhabitants of Spencer, and to find a place in their heart for the scruffy stray Ornery.

The story progresses at a good pace and avoids the cliches in many romance novels. There are distinct moments where events affect the the characters and make them come to terms with their feelings without the frequent lustful encounters so often found in such books. For a romance novel, To Win Her Heart is quite tame. It shows that you can have a good book without all of the sex.

To Win Her Heart is clearly written from a Christian perspective - not only determined by the lack of lustful imaginings and sex scenes, but by every element of the writing. The main characters are sure in their faith and are set to live their lives by it. This does not deter from the romance in any way, but adds to it. It lets you know that their feelings are pure and true. It puts the assurance in your heart that this relationship is strong. You can close your eyes and see these characters still together 40 years down the line, rather than like many modern couples who change partners every year. That makes it all the sweeter.

Overall, To Win Her Heart is a great read. It has a solid plot and an endearing story. It has it's few "action" moments to keep you from getting bored, and it teaches respectful values. If you are a fan of romance novel and want to avoid all the smut, this is a good book.

I was contacted by Bethany House publishers and given a free copy of To Win Her Heart in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Parent's Guide:
To Win Her Heart is a perfect romance novel for young readers. I would highly recommend this book to preteens and teens who like sweet stories. It displays healthy values - i.e. no girls wanting to die because their guy doesn't want them around, or other foolishness like that. It does not use foul language or inappropriate actions. There are one or two minor violent encounters, none of which are really graphic or gory. To Win Her Heart is a nice, safe read for young ones.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Agent of Artifice Winner!

The winner of the signed copy of Agent of Artifice is:

Jessica Peeling

Congratulations on your win! Your book will go out as soon as I receive an email with the details on where to send it.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and be on the lookout for the next giveaway!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Last day to enter giveaway!

I hope that everyone out there had a good turkey day yesterday. Even though the holiday is over, remember to be thankful for your blessings every day. And be safe if you are out there shopping this morning. There are a bunch of crazies out there I'll bet.

I am sorry the Agent of Artifice review came so late. Last week I got really sick, and as soon as I got meds for it, my DH and daughter got a stomach bug. So I was drugged up for a sinus thing and still trying to take care of them (sounds fun, huh?) and didn't get all the posts in I intended.

It is up though! So remember to check it out and comment for the giveaway, which ends at midnight tonight! There is still a low number of entries, so anyone has a good chance! Remember, you get one entry for each giveaway post or Townsend review post you comment on, as well as for following on FB or GFC, and for tweeting!

I will be away from internet at the renaissance festival all weekend, so the winner will be posted Monday! Good luck to everyone!