Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Divergent: Original Motion Picture Score Releases Today!

Well, there has to be something good about Tax Day. Today is also the release of the Divergent: Original Motion Picture Score. Did you see the movie? Did you read the books? The Lil' Diva is a huge fan. Any time we ask her to do anything she doesn't like she says, "I'm Divergent. And I can't be controlled."

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge - M #atozchallenge

Moving right along with the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Today, I also have a neat post up at The Book Connection blog. It's all about books--or should I say, book decor. You can check it out here.

Missal - book containing complete service for mass. I remember these from the Catholic church I attended as a child and young adult.

Mold and mildew - Talk about yuck. This can ruin a lot of things (like books) and can create health issues for some. Care2.com offers three ways to kill mold naturally in this article. I knew about vinegar, but I didn't know about the others. Mother Nature Network has this article on how to tackle mildew naturally.

Mortal Instruments Series - My daughter just borrowed the first book of this series, City of Bones, from the library. This fantasy series has already captured her attention and she is more than half way through the book. Probably not something I would read, but she and I usually have very different tastes in reading material. Have you read any of these books yet?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mailbox Monday - April 14

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

I honestly didn't expect last week to be such a busy book week, but a book I had pre-ordered from Amazon arrived, plus three books I'll be reviewing for book tours.

I've read all the previous books in Charlotte Hubbard's Seasons of the Heart series, so when I learned the latest was available for review, I signed up for the tour right away.

As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge, Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past. Her disgraced ex-bishop father is furious she has taken her five siblings to live with her. She's never been truly at home in her faith. . .or believing in herself. And Annie Mae fears no man will want to take on the responsibilities she's gladly shouldered. True, her quiet neighbor Adam Wagler has been steadfast and unshakeable helping her through her trials, but he surely couldn't think of someone so lost as more than a friend. Believing she is unworthy because of her doubts, Annie Mae will find in a moment of surprising revelation that God can work impossible miracles--and that love makes all things new.

Historian and Washington descendant, Austin Washington, is touring with his book, The Education of George Washington: How A Forgotten Book Shaped The Character of A Hero.

George Washington—a man of honor, bravery and leadership. He is known as America’s first President, a great general, and a humble gentleman, but how did he become this man of stature?

The Education of George Washington answers this question with a new discovery about his past and the surprising book that shaped him. Who better to unearth them than George Washington’s great-nephew, Austin Washington?

Most Washington fans have heard of “The Rules of Civility” and learned that this guided our first President. But that’s not the book that truly made George Washington who he was. In The Education of George Washington, Austin Washington reveals the secret that he discovered about Washington’s past that explains his true model for conduct, honor, and leadership—an example that we could all use.

The Education of George Washington also includes a complete facsimile of the forgotten book that changed George Washington's life.

This is a book by RL Keller that I am promoting through Pump Up Your Book.

Indian nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi has been quoted as saying “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” This is a sad indictment of the Christian community as a whole. Is it true? Are believers in Christ the reason people keep their distance from Judeo-Christian beliefs and the God we embrace? I feel there’s no question that we’re partially to blame. In this book I touch on a wide variety of topics, but in the end call out Christians to immerse themselves in a time of reassessment as we all strive to be more genuine and consistent in our faith.

I discovered Sarah Wilson's blog while browsing another site. When I saw she had a book coming out in the United States that shares how she decided three years ago to quit sugar and offers a program for how you can too, I immediately pre-ordered it. My hubby has a history of diabetes in his family, and years ago he had been borderline diabetic--which was the main motivation for him to change his diet and begin a five-day-a-week exercise program. I'm at the point where I'm ready to consider a larger push toward healthy eating for all of us.

A week-by-week guide to quitting sugar to lose weight; boost energy; and improve your looks, mood, and overall health, with 108 sugarfree recipes.

Sarah Wilson thought of herself as a relatively healthy eater. She didn't realize how much sugar was hidden in her diet, or how much it was affecting her well-being. When she learned that her sugar consumption could be the source of a lifetime of mood swings, fluctuating weight, sleep problems, and thyroid disease, she knew she had to make a change.

What started as an experiment to eliminate sugar--both the obvious and the hidden kinds--soon became a way of life, and now Sarah shows you how you can quit sugar too:

* follow a flexible and very doable 8-week plan
* overcome cravings
* make food you're excited to eat with these 108 recipes for detox meals, savory snacks, and sweet treats from Sarah Wilson and contributors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Curtis Stone, Dr. Robert Lustig (The Fat Chance Cookbook), Sarma Melngailis (Raw Food/ Real World), Joe "the Juicer" Cross, and Angela Liddon (Oh She Glows)

I Quit Sugar makes it easy to kick the habit for good, lose weight, and feel better than ever before. When you are nourished with delicious meals and treats, you won't miss the sugar for an instant.

"When I quit sugar I found wellness and the kind of energy and sparkle I had as a kid. I don't believe in diets or in making eating miserable. This plan and the recipes are designed for lasting wellness." -- Sarah Wilson

What books made their way into your mailbox last week?

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge - L #atozchallenge

Week three of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge begins with the letter L. With Palm Sunday yesterday, we entered Holy Week, which is always a busy one here and at church. I picked up some of the supplies for this Thursday's Seder Supper at church. I'll be boiling and peeling 5 dozen eggs for that night. This year, we'll have a Good Friday meditation service that I am looking forward to attending. In addition to my regular daily Bible reading--you can read more about that here--I'm reading a Bible study that focuses on the "Hope of Easter." It's important to me to be in the right frame of mind during this important week in the Christian calendar.

Lachrymogenic - causing tears or weeping.

Lemons - an all-natural cleaning solution that has a variety of uses. From countertops to garbage disposals to laundry and more, this yummy fruit I often use in cooking can help you clean up around the house. This article from Real Simple tells you more - http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/all-natural-cleaning-solutions-00000000011547/index.html Did you know lemon seeds were brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus?

Lazarus - close friend of Jesus and brother of Mary Magdalene and Martha.  Proving He had power over death, Jesus raised Lazarus from the grave. The story of Lazarus' death and his being raised from the dead as told in the Gospel of John is a powerful story, and one of my personal favorites. Bible trivia: John 1:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible. Jesus had been away preaching when He heard Lazarus was sick. He stays where He is for two more days and then goes with the disciples to Judea. When Mary meets Jesus on the road and informs Him that Lazarus has died, the Bible says, "Jesus wept." These two words that show how much Jesus loved His dear friend, make up the shortest verse in the Bible.

Hope you have a blessed week.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Guest Blogger: F. M. Meredith, Author of Murder in the Worst Degree (Contest)

The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.

Purchase: Murder in the Worst Degree.

Members of the Rocky Bluff 
Police Department

RBPD is a small police department located in a beach community in Southern California, north of Ventura and south of Santa Barbara. However, it is a fictional place, so you won’t find it if you drive down the 101 Highway.

Cheryl asked me to tell something about the police officer in the Rocky Bluff Police Department so here goes:

The first book in the series, Final Respects, is mostly about Officer Doug Milligan and how his job affected his marriage. Through the years he’s matured and is now a detective. He fell in love with and married Stacey Wilbur, a fellow officer.

Stacey Wilbur Milligan has a young son, Davey. She often works vice crimes.

Gordon Butler has never had good luck when it comes to romance, but things may be looking up for him.

Lizette Gibbs is fairly new to the department and is attracted to Gordon. She sometimes assists Stacey.

Ryan Strickland is married and he and his wife, Barbara, are expecting their first child together. Unfortunately, the baby has been predicted to have Down Syndrome and Ryan isn’t sure if he’s up to being the father of a child with special needs.

Felix Zachary, the only African American officer, has been promoted to detective.

Vaughn Aragon is back on the job, limited duty, because of demons he faced in Angel Lost.

Sergeant Abel Navaro has his own family problems, juggling the care of his young daughter while his wife works as a nurse, and worrying about his mother with Alzheimer’s.

The former police chief has retired, and a new person has taken his place, Chandra Taylor, an African American woman, causing everyone to wonder what changes may come to the RBPD.

And if anyone is wondering, though these characters are fictional, to me each and every one seems very real.

Thanks for letting me visit today, Cheryl.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

F. M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith is the author of over 35 published books. She enjoys writing about police officers and their families and how what happens on the job affects the family and vice versa. Having several members of her own family involved in law enforcement, as well as many friends, she’s witnessed some of this first-hand.

Webpage: http://fictionforyou.com/

Blog: http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.meredith/


Once again I am offering the opportunity to have your name used as a character in a book if you comment on the most blogs during this tour for Murder in the Worst Degree.

Tomorrow you can find me here: http://blog.marjamcgraw.com/

Blogging from A to Z Challenge - K #atozchallenge

My goodness gracious, we are at the end of week two in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Can I get a woo-hoo? Here is today's randomness.

Ked - wingless fly that feeds on livestock. Thinking of my farming friends with this one.

Kigelia africana - a species of tree found throughout tropical Africa. The common name is sausage tree or cucumber tree, referring to the plants' long, sausage-like fruit. Read more here.

Jean-Louis "Jack" Kerouac - an American novelist and poet. A native of Lowell, MA, Kerouac played football at Lowell High School and was awarded a scholarship to Columbia University. He dropped out of college after being sidelined by an injury. His first novel was The Town and the City. His most famous work, On The Road, which was based on a series of road trips he took with Neal Cassady, a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s. Kerouac died on October 20, 1969 at the age of 47. You can learn more at http://www.jackkerouac.com/

Friday, April 11, 2014

Children's Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

CBW Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014 - Banner - FINAL

Are you a children's book or teen literature blogger, an author, a publisher, or a publicist looking to share copies of a fabulous book? Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are joining forces to provide you with the opportunity to take part in a Blog Hop featuring links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen's books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes. What better way to celebrate Children's Book Week?

How Does it Work?

Dates: May 12 to 18, 2014

  • Posts must go live at 12:01AM (EST) on May 12, 2014
  • Giveaway must end on May 18, 2014 @ 11:59PM (EST)
(If using Rafflecopter, set your widget to end on MAY 19th at 12:00am)

Cost: FREE!

Prize: Children/Teen's Book and/or a Gift Card

If your prize consists of a book, it must be one appropriate for children/youth under the age of 18. You can also offer an Amazon gift card, a credit at the Book Depository, or PayPal cash as a prize (minimum $10) in conjunction with a book OR in lieu of a book, but your post MUST discuss children's books or literature. Links to posts just offering a gift card or cash with no mention of children/teen's books or literature will be removed from the linky list. If unsure, email me!

Posting Requirements:

Posts must be published no later than May 12, 12:01 am, 2014 ~ Posting early is ok. Posting late is not ok.
Your post must contain the following information (clearly visible):
  • Event Button
  • Giveaway Details
  • Links to the Hostesses (Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews)
  • Giveaway Linky List
The event button, links to hostesses, and linky code will be emailed to you on Monday, May 5, 2014.
Please send me your direct URL once your post goes live, or if possible you can send me your permalink ahead of time. Failure to send me your link within 24 hours of the start of the Giveaway Hop will result in the removal of your link from the linky. If you send me the direct link after the 24 hours deadline, it will be added to the bottom of the list.

Adding a Link to the Linky:

To enter the Giveaway Hop, you simply have to enter the home page of your website followed by the country restrictions (i.e., Who can enter? US; US/CAN; WW; other). Once your post is ready you can send me the permalink as described above.

Deadline for Sign-Ups: May 9, 11:59 pm (EST), 2014

The linky will close and no additional links will be accepted.

Promoting the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

We need YOUR help in spreading the word about the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop. You are certainly not required to do anything other than sign up if you wish to participate, but we would sure appreciate your help by either posting about the sign-ups, tweeting about it, or sharing the information within your circles or even popping the event button up in your sidebar. We are also happy to provide you with the full post HTML code if you would be willing to post about this sign-up. Just email Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews. The more sign-ups the better for all of us!


Please feel free to contact either Renee [renee (at) motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com] or Katie [YouthLitReviews (at) live (dot) com]. We are here to answer any questions you may have.

Sign-Up Below

You will be asked to enter the title you want displayed in the linky list (please add country restrictions in brackets), a link to your home page (or direct URL if you have it), and your name and email address.

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