Apr 29, 2011

Silent Love by Susan Shuler DeLong

Check out the YA fiction page for my newest review of: Silent Love by Susan Shuler DeLong

Watch for more reviews to come in the next few weeks!

Apr 23, 2011

Busy Reading, but . . .

Have lots to read, and review. Will be working on getting caught up on my reading, and writing reviews over the next week or so. In the meantime - look for the "I Love My Mommy" giveaway hop coming May 5th through the 10th - over $50 in prizes each, from over 100 blogs!

Check out these amazing books from Amazon.com

Apr 19, 2011

Silent Love review

Silent Love
by Susan Shuler De Long
published by Dorrance Publishing

Synopsis (from back of book)

Krystal Crane is devastated when her parents announce their decision to move. Not only will she be leaving her friends and the only home she's known, but she also will be attending a regular high school for the first time. Will the kids accept her? She is beautiful, smart, and kind—but she also is deaf. How will she adjust to her new world, and how will the new world adjust to her?

With the help of a true friend, Krystal finds her place in her new school. She lands a coveted spot on the yearbook staff, and she begins to date one of the most popular boys in her class. As college decisions loom, Krystal and her friends must choose the paths to their futures. Family pressures, young love, unexpected obstacles, and the added challenge of her deafness make Krystal’s decisions difficult. With the unwavering support of her family, Krystal is destined to shine.

My Review:

I was captivated by the main character, Krystal, from page one. She has such personality and depth of emotion for someone who has been pretty sheltered up until her parent’s decision to move. Her relationships have been safe and open until she attends a public school. Now she struggles with acceptance and understanding by her peers in a school where she is the only deaf student. Do those who befriend her like her for herself? Or do they feel pity due to her deafness? She must face young love, heartache, loss, peer pressure, and difficult decisions.

Author, Susan Shuler DeLong, has written a book which flows smoothly and makes reading a pleasure. Teens and young adults alike will enjoy reading about Krystal, her friends, and her family. There are difficult decisions made throughout the story that help her make the best choices she can, to have a healthy and fairly “normal” life. Only negative I can state, is her friend discusses sexual situations with her boyfriend and a teen pregancy. I would consider this book for older teens through adult who enjoys a good young romance, character-building, and emotionally charged novel. I give it 3 out of 5.  A good read for some.

Content warning:  some sexual situations mentioned, teen pregnancy issues.

*I received a copy of this book, Silent Love, free from Doring publishing for the purpose of reading and posting a review. I was in no way influenced by the author or publisher ~ all reviews I post are my own and my honest opinion!
For more information, see my FTC disclosure under the "policy & disclosure" page

Apr 15, 2011

Congrats to winners of Autism Awareness Hop!

Congratulations to the winners of the
Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop

Winner of Giveaway #1 is ~~ Courtney W from Georgia!

Winner of Giveaway #2 is ~~ April E from Alaska!

Winners have 48 hours to reply!

Apr 10, 2011

Come back bright and early for . . .

Don't forget to stop by and sign up for the giveaways!
Then continue hopping to other blogs with more great giveaways!
Just click on the Autism Awareness tab above, or click HERE to go directly to the giveaway page!

Apr 9, 2011

New Giveaway Starts Monday . . .

Have a great weekend, but be back Monday for the Autism Awareness giveaway hop!  Lots of cool prizes to win ~ invite your friends ~ help spread awareness for Autism and Aspergers, and win fun prizes too!

Apr 7, 2011

Winner of Rebecca St. James CD is. . .

Congratulations to the winner of Rebecca St. James new CD ~ I will Praise You

~~~~ Faith Hope & Cherrytea  ~~~~

Make sure to check back often for upcoming giveaways and reviews:
April 11th ~ Autism Awareness giveaway
May 5th ~ I Love Mommy giveaway
June 16th ~ I Love Daddy giveaway
Follower Love giveaway ~ ???

Lots of book reviews coming soon too!

Apr 3, 2011

Whatever the storm. . .Whatever the Cost. . . I Will Praise You! CD Giveaway 4/4 - 4/6

 REBECCA ST. JAMES’ “I Will Praise You” Releases 4/5/2011!  In Celebration of the new release, I will be giving away 1 copy of this wonderful new CD!

Rebecca St. James charts yet another new course with I Will Praise You, a new collection of worship songs she terms “ her most personal recording to date.” From the opening notes of track one, listeners are offered a welcoming          connection with Rebecca’s recognizably authentic vocal warmth and delivery. More than anything, I Will Praise You represents the latest steps in Rebecca’s life long journey towards the presence of God.

my review:
I really enjoyed getting a chance to listen to Rebecca St. James' new CD "I will Praise You"  The first 2 songs really woke my spirit and gave me such a sense of wonder and worship. The following songs just kept the worship mood, as I listened and sang along when I could.
I chose to listen to this CD the first time as I was driving my car to a family member's funeral.  I was not really expecting to be in any mood to "praise," but the moment the first song began playing, I was swept away with the song.  I found myself listening and trying to sing along ~ thankfully there wasn't anyone in the car with me to complain (lol).  Every song on the CD has such a special message, and wonderful worship element that it is almost impossible not to praise and sing right along.  So, "whatever the storm, whatever the is lost, whatever is takes, whatever the cost . . . I will praise you!
Love it! Abosolutely soul-stirring wonderful music!

Check out these links, then sign up below for a chance to win a copy of this awesome CD.  Giveaway will run from Monday, April 4th ~ through Wednesday, April 6th.

     Website      http://www.rsjames.com
     Facebook:    #/rsjames
     YouTube  preview     
     Amazon:      http://amzn.to/gqOroA
       Rebecca’s LISTENING PARTY : where you can
     share a preview of the CD with your family & friends too!

 “Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it
on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally
and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance
with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Also, I am an Amazon affiliate, so I will post  links that direct you to Amazon.com's site.  If you purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission.

Giveaway contest has ended!
To enter the Giveaway ~ simply leave me a separate comment below for each entry.

Mandatory entry:  Click on the Listening Party , Youtube, or Website link ~ tell me which song sample you liked best and why.

Extra Entries:
+1 for each friend you email a preview to (Listening Party link)
+1 for each Twitter Tweet of this giveaway (1 per day)
+1 for following Rebecca St James on Twitter
+1 for posting a link to this giveaway, on your blog or facebook.
+5 for purchasing a CD for a friend through the Amazon link above.

Congratulations to Faith Hope and Cherrytea - winner picked by Random.org!