Thursday, May 31, 2012

Love 2 Encourage You Giveaway

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! 
Hi! This is Rebecca! I have the Sweetest Fans here at Love2EncourageYou! Your kindness and support on the blog, and Facebook Fan Page has been amazing! Thank you to those who follow by email or Rss feed, (sign up in the right side bar) and Google+, Pinterest, or Twitter too. I appreciate each and every one of you! Please feel free to share your heart, prayer requests, parenting tips, recipes or just stop by and say hello. I'd love to get to know you better. :) I love making friends, and maybe you've noticed my friendship-themed focus lately on the Facebook fan page. I hope all of you are blessed by God's words and the wise quotes from so many people who knew how to nurture and develop friendship like an art form. My friends are my life here in FL as all of my extended family live up north and are far away. A special thank you goes out to my dear friends, my loving relatives, and all my church family who faithfully support me and my endeavors too. All my readers here at Love2EncourageYou are important to me and I wanted to express my thanks with a series of giveaways and review posts this week. I will try to list a new review and giveaway each day this week. (Lord willing with the sick kiddos in the house still.) Let's kick it off today with this fun giveaway for kids!

THE LOVE2ENCOURAGEYOU 8K FACEBOOK FAN CELEBRATION GIVEAWAY! 

Dates: Start 5/28 - 6/18 End. 

Must be a resident of the USA. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Prize: A collection of fun Disney Items for Kids! 

(Jake and the Neverland Pirates Punching Balloon, 1 sheet of Jake and the Neverland Pirates shiny stickers, 2 sheets of Disney Princess stickers, 2 sheets of Disney Cars reward stickers, 2 sheets of Disney Princess reward stickers, Disney Theme Park Mini Magical Kingdom collectible, Disney Theme Park squished penny, two different 50 piece Disney Fairies mini puzzles)

 Jake & the Neverland Pirates Latex Punch Ball

Enter using the rafflecopter form below. You can win with just one entry, but for each additional entry, you are increasing your odds of winning that much more! There are several bloggers helping me spread the word about our 8K Fan Celebration so please support these wonderful bloggers for their efforts to support Love2EncourageYou blog. Thanks! God bless each of you richly. :) Hugs! Many Blessings, Rebecca @ Love2EncourageYou *Disclaimer: This giveaway prize is a collection of Disney items that Love2EncourageYou is providing and Love2EncourageYou is responsible for the prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Disney, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Seven X Book Trailer


After reading this amazing novel, I was thrilled to see a book trailer made.   Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teaser Tuesday!





Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser


    "Take me to M. Gady.  He will help me," she rasped, frantic for breath.
    "Don't worry.  I won't leave you, little one."  He removed his jacket and then his shirt, ripping it and tying it around the wound in her leg.  - pg. 127 of Two Crosses by Elizabeth Musser
 


Friday, May 25, 2012

Weekly Roundup


New Books In This  Week




Title: The Book of James 
Author: Ellen J. Green
Read my Review July 7


 Title: The Taker
Author: Alma Katsu


Title: Gift
Author: Andrea J. Buchanan

Current Reads

Title: Two Crosses
Author: Elizabeth Musser
Review coming soon

Future Reads

Title: The Miracle Chip
Author: Stanley Grainger
Review coming July 23

 Title: Wilde's Fire
Author: Krystal Wade
Review coming August 13

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Blogger Opportunity!

Adventures of the Mommy Homemaker is hosting a Fan Celebration Event to give one special winner a $50 Build-A-Bear Gift Card!
What's the Prize: $50 Build-A-Bear Gift Card
Why Build-A-Bear? Fans and Followers, aren't just fans and followers, they're friends too! I honestly believe that each and every one of you has come to my blog, or facebook page, or twitter page for a purpose. Something I have written has touched you in some way, just like something you have written has touched me in some way. I couldn't think of a better way to thank you all!
Open To: Internationally!!! It's a Gift Card!!! So we are also celebrating my very first International giveaway!!! YAY!!!
Event Dates: Sign Ups will close on June 15, 2012. Giveaway will begin on June 22, 2012 and end on July 6, 2012.
Price: $5 for two links (Facebook and Twitter) $2 for every extra link you want to include up to 4.
Special Surprise:  The Blogger who refers the most sign ups will receive a small prize! How does $15 paypal cash sound? Yea I think it sounds good too!
Required to Join the Celebration:
Fill out the form below with the required information and make sure you send the Paypal payment to citycrafts08@aol.com. Your participation will not be confirmed until your payment is received. If you don’t want to send the payment as a gift, please add 50 cents to cover the fees.
If you have any questions, Please feel free to e-mail Maria at Mammahomemaker@gmail.com.
If you cannot see the form below, click here.
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

W...W...W... Wednesdays


May 23

This meme is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
 
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions:


• What are you currently reading?

• What did you recently finish reading? 

 • What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading? Two Crosses by Elizabeth Musser



Summary: 
The glimmering Huguenot cross she innocently wears leads her deep into the shadows. When Gabriella Madison arrives in France in 1961 to continue her university studies, she doesn’t anticipate being drawn into the secretive world behind the Algerian war for independence from France. The further she delves into the war efforts, the more her faith is challenged. The people who surround her bring a whirlwind of transforming forces—a wise nun involved in the smuggling, a little girl carrying secret information, and a man with unknown loyalties who captures her heart. When she discovers a long hidden secret from her past, it all leads to questions about trust, faith in action, and the power of forgiveness to move beyond the pain of the past.

What did you recently finish reading? Seven X by Mike Wech

Summary:
SEVEN-X is a spine-tingling pendulum of extremes where the purest love and deepest evil cut into your soul and take you on a journey deep into the heart of the human condition.

Los Angeles Times Investigative Reporter Eddie Hansen gets a tip on a missing death row prisoner being held at a Behavioral Health Center in a remote location outside the small town of Dell City, Texas. With an opportunity to break the story, he ventures into a world he was never prepared for. Eddie voluntarily commits himself into the asylum in hopes of finding Annette Dobson, "The SIDS Killer." She is rumored to have had her execution faked so she could be shipped to the asylum, have an exorcism and give birth to the child the world thinks is dead.

Eddie's journals, video diary and recordings leave a trail of breadcrumbs into experimental procedures conducted on patients without their consent. As he dives deeper into his investigation, Eddie is forced to confront his own demons, as an unwilling participant in the asylum's rehabilitation procedures. 

  • See my review Here

What do you think you’ll read next? The Book of James by Ellen Graham

Summary:

A terrible car crash sets things in motion for 31 year old Mackenzie when her critically injured husband, Nick, whispers warnings that someone from his past may attempt to harm or kill her after his passing. He urges her to travel to Philadelphia to his childhood home. Find James, he insists. It's the only way out.
 
His last words are pushed to the side in the aftermath of his death, as Mackenzie is consumed with grief. Until the things he had spoken of start to come true. Mackenzie's search brings her to the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, to the 19th century mansion where her husband was raised, and face to face with a mother-in-law she didn't know existed. The two women each have an agenda. Cora, a recluse, worries that her son revealed devastating childhood secrets to his wife. Mackenzie is concerned that unless she uncovers those secrets and finds the elusive James, she may not survive. The two women circle around one another, hunter and prey. But which is which?
 
As the plot unfolds Mackenzie becomes more driven and takes increasingly dangerous risks while Cora’s precarious mental state rapidly deteriorates forcing her to relive a past she has worked so hard to keep buried. A gallery of photographs in the bowels of the house holds clues to generations of abuse, treachery and possibly murder. Messages hidden in Nick’s childhood Bible within the Epistle of James have Mackenzie racing against time to put the pieces together, unearth the reasons her husband chose to vanish when he was sixteen years old, and locate the person mentioned in Nick’s dying breath.
 
When James is finally found, the results are more horrifying than Mackenzie could have ever imagined.
 

 
 
 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Happy Monday!!!


FINISHED


Title: Seven X
Author: Mike Wech

 Here's what I'm currently reading...


Title: Two Crosses
Author: Elizabeth Musser
32% Complete


Next up!

Title: The White Oak
Author: Kim White 

 Title: The Miracle Chip
Author: Stanley Grainger




Sunday, May 20, 2012

REVIEW: SEVEN X


Seven X
By Mike Wech
ISBN: 0615505813
Genre: Horror
Published: March 6, 2012 

About the Book

SEVEN-X is a spine-tingling pendulum of extremes where the purest love and deepest evil cut into your soul and take you on a journey deep into the heart of the human condition.

Los Angeles Times Investigative Reporter Eddie Hansen gets a tip on a missing death row prisoner being held at a Behavioral Health Center in a remote location outside the small town of Dell City, Texas. With an opportunity to break the story, he ventures into a world he was never prepared for. Eddie voluntarily commits himself into the asylum in hopes of finding Annette Dobson, "The SIDS Killer." She is rumored to have had her execution faked so she could be shipped to the asylum, have an exorcism and give birth to the child the world thinks is dead.

Eddie's journals, video diary and recordings leave a trail of breadcrumbs into experimental procedures conducted on patients without their consent. As he dives deeper into his investigation, Eddie is forced to confront his own demons, as an unwilling participant in the asylum's rehabilitation procedures. - Goodreads

 
My Review

Wow!  This novel was fantastic!  Other than another Horror novel, I had no idea what I was getting into.  It was so well written that I was drawn in from the very first page.  It was so accurate and seemed so real, I began to wonder if Eddie Hansen really existed.  I loved the way it drew me in, put me on an emotional roller-coaster and wondering if Timothy’s accusations are true.  I must admit, this book gave me chills!  I was hoping Eddie would go home and save himself, instead his quest for truth put his life and soul in danger.  I can’t wait to see what else Mike Wech has in store for us.


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Friday, May 18, 2012

2011 Shirley Jackson Awards

Well, after reading The Devil All The Time, I was curious what the Shirley Jackson Award was.  Here's what it says...

In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, The Shirley Jackson Awards, Inc. has been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.
The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors.  The awards are given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories:  Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology. 


The Devil All The Time won the award but here are the other nominated novels which I will be reading as time permits...




 The Dracula Papers by Reggie Oliver
  
The Great Lover by Michael Cisco
Knock Knock by S. P. Miskowski

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
 
 
Witches on the Road Tonight by Sheri Holman

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Monday!



Here's what I'm currently reading...


  
Title: Seven-X 
Author: Mike Wech 
20% complete


Title: Two Crosses
Author: Elizabeth Musser
17% Complete 



Next up!


Title: The White Oak
 Author: Kim White
 
 Title: The Miracle Chip
Author: Stanley Grainger







Friday, May 11, 2012

REVIEW: THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME

The Devil All The Time
By Donald Ray Pollock
ISBN: 038553504X
Genre: Crime Thriller
Published: July 12, 2011

About the Book

In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over­tones of Flannery O’Connor at her most haunting.

Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.

Donald Ray Pollock braids his plotlines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.

My Review

I was pretty surprised this was called a Horror novel.   It more fits the Gruesome Crime Thriller or Southern Gothic category.  Other than the mislabeling of the Genre, I must admit I was quickly drawn into the story.  At first it seemed like a bunch of well written short stories, until the final few chapters, it finally ties it all together wonderfully and everything comes full circle. The story puts you on an emotional roller-coaster, from the murder of Lenora’s mother to the suicide of Arvin’s father.  The desires of small town people, the limits we will go to get revenge for those we love.  All in all, this was an amazing novel and my favorite thus far this year.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

REVIEW: THE BRIDGE OF PEACE

The Bridge of Peace
by Cindy Woodsmall
ISBN: 1400073979
Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance
Published: August 31, 2010


About the Book

Love alone isn’t enough to overcome some obstacles.
 
Lena Kauffman is a young Old Order Amish schoolteacher who has dealt all her life with attention raised by a noticeable birthmark on her cheek. Having learned to move past the stares and whispers, Lena channels her zest for living into her love of teaching. But tensions mount as she is challenged to work with a rebellious young man and deal with several crises at the schoolhouse that threaten her other students. Her lack of submission and use of ideas that don’t line up with the Old Ways strengthen the school board’s case as they begin to believe that Lena is behind all the trouble.

One member of the school board, Grey Graber, feels trapped by his own stifling circumstances. His wife, Elsie, has shut him out of her life, and he doesn’t know how long he can continue to live as if nothing is wrong. As the two finally come to a place of working toward a better marriage, tragedy befalls their family.


Lena and Grey have been life-long friends, but their relationship begins to crumble amidst unsettling deceptions, propelling each of them to finally face their own secrets. Can they both find a way past their losses and discover the strength to build a new bridge?
 
Review

In book 2 of the Ada’s House series, the focus is primarily on Deborah’s friend Lena.  Lena has a birthmark on her face she thinks is keeping her from getting married or even a boyfriend.  That couldn’t be further from the truth as you read on.  This story is a perfect example of lifelong friendships turning into true love.  This is also a lesson in learning to loving yourself before you can allow others to love you.  I found this book to be heartwarming, and I found moments where my heart broke for Deborah and Lena.

REVIEW: THE HOPE OF REFUGE

The Hope of Refuge
by Cindy Woodsmall
ISBN: 1400073960
Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance
Published: August 11, 2009

About the Book

Raised in foster care and now the widowed mother of a little girl, Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and Lori out of New York City toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers and a fresh start. She discovers that long-held secrets about her family history ripple beneath the surface of Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, and it’s no place for an outsider. But one Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God–“Be me to her”– despite how it threatens his way of life.

Completely opposite of the hard, untrusting Cara, Ephraim’s sister Deborah also finds her dreams crumbling when the man she has pledged to build a life with begins withdrawing from Deborah and his community, including his mother, Ada Stoltzfus. Can the run-down house that Ada envisions transforming unite them toward a common purpose–or push Mahlon away forever? While Ephraim is trying to do what he believes is right, will he be shunned and lose everything–including the guarded single mother who simply longs for a better life? 

My Review
  
Cara is on the run, Crazy Mike has found her yet again.  Not only that, he’s read her private journal and now knows every detail about Lori.  She has to run, but where?  While waiting for a bus, her daughter begins drawing in her Mom’s old journal, together they see the name of a town start to surface under the drawing, this is where they go.  This is a true story of finding hope,  faith and second chances in the midst of very difficult circumstance.  I found the story so believable that I was immediately drawn in.  This was a wonderfully written story, well done Ms. Woodsmall!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

REVIEW: MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE

The Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy
ISBN:  1593083092
Genre: Classic Literature 

My Review: I was surprisingly pleased by this book.  Although there were many tragic aspects to this story, I don’t think this was the most tragic book I’ve ever read.  It was sad how Henchard sold his wife and daughter.  Because he does this stupidly drunk thing, it begins a sorrowful chain of events.  I felt pity for poor Henchard but my heart broke the most for Elizabeth Jane.  All of the things Henchard went through is a great example of there being consequences to our actions.  All  in all, this was one of the greatest emotional novels I have read in a really long time.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

REVIEW: FRACTURE

Fracture
by P. B. Dillon 
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
 
My Review: I received this as an advanced copy. First of all, I have to start off by saying, sometimes you have to read some comical novels to lighten your spirit and this is one of them. Fracture is a great Sci-Fi adventure. Gordan is on a quest to find out who he is, along the way he has a few bumps on the road, but his reactions are so funny. A great novel, thank you Mr. Dillon!

REVIEW: MIDDLESEX


Middlesex
by Jeffrey Eugenides
ISBN: 0312422156 
Genre: Fiction  

My Review:  I was originally unsure of this novel. My curiosity was peeked to find out what made Middlesex a Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. The story started out to seem slow, until you understand that the family history is vital in the development of the story. Halfway into the story, you feel the emotional struggle Callie goes through as she finds herself. As a teen, her heartbreaking realization after reading her doctor's files, that she isn't gay, but a Hermaphrodite. The subsequent running away, living on the streets as she understands who she is and what it all means. This novel opened my eyes to the emotional conflict that many face.

REVIEW: HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY

The Hunger Games Trilogy
by Suzanne Collins
My Review: 

I loved this trilogy! Katniss shows strength in her character and her will to survive. I was drawn in from the first chapter. At first she seems cold, uncaring, but you see her turn her desire to survive into caring for others. The end of the trilogy was rather unexpected, it took me by complete surprise.


REVIEW: THE MOONLIT MIND

The Moonlit Mind
by Dean Koontz
ISBN: 0345530136
Genre: Horror

My Review: Another amazing novella prequel by Dean Koontz. I love the way the book show today's Crispin and flash back to when it all began. This book starts off slow but ends up being Flowers In The Attic meets Rosemary's Baby.  I hope Crispin and his trusted pal Harley makes an appearance in 77 Shadow Street.