Friday, June 24, 2016

Adopting an Adult Dog - Part 1

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #179!


I've been looking to adopt the right dog for several weeks and we finally found a dog that we hope will bond with us and will add extra protection to our home. He's a dog that was found on the street and never claimed. The people at the shelter suspect that he was a security dog that was let go. They have another one similar to him that was found around the same time. We've named our dog Koda and he walks well on a leash. The photos I'm sharing were taken the day we met Koda for the first time. I'll share more about the adoption on Tuesday's post.

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Meeting Koda
(for the first time)

Benny and Koda meet

Samantha taking Koda for a walk

At the Cattery
(We enjoyed the kitties, but
we already have two.)

Amanda meets the kitties waiting for adoption






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My Latest Book Blasts
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Emoji Adventures Volume 1




Raising Sleeping Stones




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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Raising Sleeping Stones

Raising Sleeping Stones
(The Orora Crona Chronicles, Book One)
middle grade fantasy by P.H.T. Bennet
Book Blast with a $25 Giveaway!


About the Book:

Title: Raising Sleeping Stones (The Orora Crona Chronicles, Book One) | Author: P.H.T. Bennet | Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy | Number of Pages: 364 | Publisher: DreamKeeper Publishing | Publication Date: December 4, 2014


Book Description:
Winner of a 2013 Newbury Comics Award!

When sisters Kiva and DeeDee Stone discover a mysterious plot that threatens them and everything they care about, they have to take a crash course in the ancient art of DreamKeeping to survive. As two elder DreamKeepers lead them up the Varruvyen river to the Eyle of Return, they show the girls how to gain dream powers greater than anything they had ever imagined. But can they become strong enough to face the monsters that haunt their dreams at night, strong enough to fight the enemies that draw nearer each day? The answer lies somewhere in the broken history of Orora Crona, the Valley of Dreams lost centuries ago, and whoever can piece it together first will rule for centuries to come.




Read an excerpt...

Kiva looked closely at the sun’s golden face. Wavy rays representing shimmering heat radiated out from it. Its cheeks were plump, the lips full and curved, the nose wide, and the eyes were a little almond-shaped, like hers. In the middle of its forehead was a weird circle with six curving parts swirling around a six-pointed star. She’d never seen the sun drawn like that. Wondering what was on the back of the pendant, Kiva turned it over.

The instant she saw the moon’s closed eyes, her hair flew back in the wind, her stomach dropped, and she was pressed back against the cushions of a vessel that was flying just inches above the river. She jerked her head back up and found she was in the back of a crescent-shaped boat piloted by an old man sitting up front. She was about to call out to him when he pointed at a tree that had fallen across the river and shouted, “When you get here, you must take a detour that even old Jacques didn’t know about! Hold on!”

Before she could, though, he turned the boat around so quickly that Kiva was thrown against the side of her boat and the wind was knocked out of her. She only got her breath back when he straightened out and followed the river back down.

“Look there!” he shouted moments later. “Turn right between the tall twins!”


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What others have to say...


"Raising Sleeping Stones is a beautiful visual/musical tale about confidence and creative thinking." - Stephanie R. (Amazon)

"Great adventure tale that is both coming-of-age story and testimony to the power of dreams." - Thomas G. (Amazon)

"I was enthralled by this book from beginning to end. Truly connected with the intent and purpose behind the story, as well as the strong concept of dealing with dreams. I would definitely recommend this app..." - Amazon Reviewer

"Both allegorically and psychologically the author deftly explores the richness of young people's emotional lives. I read this story both in its app form and on Kindle. The book is beautifully illustrated and in its app form adds a great sound track. A wonderful book!" - Edward D. (Amazon)

About the Author:
P.H.T. Bennet


P.H.T. Bennet began exploring his dreams when he was a child and has never bothered to stop. He had the good luck to have two daughters, Juliette and Paola, who not only served as the inspirations for DeeDee and Kiva, the main characters of Raising Sleeping Stones, but also helped him turn their family dreamwork sessions into this book. His lucky streak grew when he married his lovely wife, Mim, who tolerates his turning on a light in the middle of the night to write down ever-crazier dreams and talking about them in the morning as long as he lets her sleep in, first. His favorite dreams involve flying, visiting the dead, and replaying nightmares until they reveal their secrets.

Pratt’s latest projects are editing Book Two of the Orora Crona Chronicles and planning a virtual summer dreaming camp with other dream authors.



Book Blast Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: July 4, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, P.H.T. Bennet and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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Emoji Adventures Volume 1: The Horse Party

Emoji Adventures
Volume 1: The Horse Party
Book Blast with $25 Giveaway!


About the Book

Title: Emoji Adventures Volume 1: The Horse Party | Author: P.T. Evans | Genre: Children's Adventure | Number of Pages: 108 | Publisher: Montage Publishing | Publication Date: February 21, 2016

Book Description: OBSESSED WITH EMOJIS?
LOL with your favorite emojis as they come to life in this fun, new series. Follow Annie with the constant smile; Kevin, her devilish brother; Billy, poop head and BFF; and Dot, the love-struck jock as they make their way through Emoji Elementary.

Purchase on Amazon:
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What others have to say about the book...

"I LOVE this book! The dialogue is witty (and LOL funny); the characters are endearing; and the theme is universally sweet. The author has created a unique experience, blending modern inventions of emojis with classic lessons for kids (and, truly, all of us). It would make a fun read-aloud as well! Definitely a winner." - Robin (Amazon)

"This book is darling! My girls fell in love with Annie and her emoji buddies! We can't wait for the next installment so we can laugh and keep on reading!!!" - Amazon Reviewer

"The Emoji Adventures combines things that a lot of kids love- silly characters, fun storylines and emojis!" - Amazon Reviewer


Montage Publishing Summer Reading Program


"We at Montage Publishing are committed to creating quality books for children; as parents and educators, we’re also aware of the academic backslide that can happen during summer. We’ve created some worksheets, a reading log, and a certificate of achievement to be used alongside our EMOJI ADVENTURES series. Feel free to use them as they are or adapt them to your specific needs.

To further encourage summer reading, we’re having a drawing for two sets of EMOJI ADVENTURES books – one for the winning student; one for his/her library."

To print worksheets and enter the drawing visit montagepublishing.com.

About the Author:
P.T. Evans

P.T. Evans has been writing books for children under various names for two decades. With seventeen novels, numerous author visits, and state reading awards, Evans' books have been translated into two dozen languages.



Book Blast with
$25 Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choiceGiveaway ends: July 4, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, P.T. Evans and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.






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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day and a #LinkyParty

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #197!


Happy Father's Day!
Today I'm featuring my husband with three of our four kids and the family dog. I'm also posting my linky party early. Enjoy the photos!

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Robbie and Jeremiah last year at Brenton-on-Sea

Robbie, Amanda and Benny this past week
at Gordon's Bay

Robbie and Samantha at Gordon's Bay

Robbie, Samantha, Amanda, and Benny,
Gordon's Bay

Robbie - last night having an early Father's Day
Braai (a South African barbecue)
with lamb and mutton chops

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Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa





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My Latest Book Review:
Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors


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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors

Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors
by H.L. Burke


About the Book:
Title: Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors | Author: H.L. Burke | Pages: 158 | Recommended Age: Young Adult | Genre: Steampunk, Science-Fiction, Horror, Romance


Summary:
Nyssa Glass is a reformed cat burglar turned electrician's apprentice, settled into a life repairing videophones and radio-sets. However, when her past comes calling, she finds herself framed for murder and forced into one last job. No one has entered Professor Dalhart's secluded mansion in almost a decade, at least not that returned to tell the tale. If Nyssa wants to ensure her freedom, she'll brave the booby-trapped halls and mechanized maids. Nyssa has skills, but this house has more than its share of secrets. As she steps into the cobwebbed halls lined with dusty mirrors, she has to wonder. Is the House of Mirrors really abandoned?


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My Review:

When I heard that one of my favorite Indie authors was out with a new book, I purchased it on pre-order for Kindle. I thought that I knew H.L. Burke as an author pretty well, since I have read and reviewed most of her books. By the cover, it was obvious that it was steampunk-fiction, but I didn't know what else I was in for. However, with Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors, I discovered a new genre of hers, namely suspense/horror. I don't read horror or watch it, but this story was not all dark and sinister; it had an uplifting side too. There are lighter moments and there's a bit of romance as well, which is true of most of Burke's books.

You might also like to know that Burke is a faith-based author. Her books are relatively clean with a good message inside an exciting fantasy story. In Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors, there are some references to God and Scripture that fit in naturally with the plot.

This book is well suited for young adults who like a thriller.


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Nyssa Glass and the Juliet Dilemma
Just released on Kindle today, June 18!


About the Book:
Title: Nyssa Glass and the Juliet Dilemma | Author: H.L. Burke | Pages: 134 | Recommended Age: Young Adult | Genre: Steampunk, Science-Fiction, Romance


Summary:
Being framed for murder and forced to flee the country sort of takes the fun out of vacations. Reformed cat burglar, Nyssa Glass, wants to lead an honest life as an electrician's apprentice. Instead, she's on the run with her new friend, Ellis, implicated in a crime she didn't commit. The pair ends up stowing away on a zeppelin and meeting Renard and Amara, two teens running away to be married. But the mysterious couple is hiding something—and it might get Nyssa and Ellis killed.

Purchase on Amazon:


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Want More from H.L. Burke?
Check Out My Other Reviews!

recommended for ages 9 - 12






A Tale in Two Parts -
with Author Interview

Dragon's Curse - Book 1

Dragon's Debt - Book 2

Steampunk Fiction

Apocalyptic Fiction


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About the Author:
H.L. Burke


Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

For information about H. L. Burke's latest novels, author news and events, or to contact the writer, go to the H.L. Burke author website.

You can read my interesting interview of Heidi here.


Disclosure: I purchased the Kindle version of this book and have not been compensated in any way. This review is my own.


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Friday, June 17, 2016

My Friend's Fundraiser with #LinkyParty

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #178!


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Today I want to introduce you to a friend of ours whom we met at Youth With A Mission (YWAM), South Africa, a few years ago. She's now living in Portland, Oregon, as a full-time missionary and we still keep in touch. Her name is Portia and she's got a fundraiser on the go. She explains it best, so keep on reading!

From Portia
I am passionate about seeing positive change come to the lives of the most vulnerable in society. Since joining the team at Loom International, where we work with a wide range of different community development projects aimed at vulnerable women and children, I have become aware that my earlier training is not enough. Granted, I have had the privilege of using my accounting knowledge here and on the field (I studied accounting before I became a missionary), I find that by and large I am handling issues that I am ill-equipped for.

That is why I am now pursuing an MA in Global Development and Justice. This MA is perfectly suited to what I am doing and what I hope to pursue in the future. Please sponsor me as I seek to raise $10,000 towards my tuition fees. I am slowly building stamina for my sponsored 10k run (July 23rd - Sunset on the Springwater). I will still work full-time and study part-time. Finally, it may interest you to know that I have the full support of Loom International.

What is Loom International?
Loom International brings people, resources, training and information together for the benefit of women and children at risk. We are committed to bring change by working with others in hope and interdependence.



Click Here to Sponsor Me!


Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly
with Your God - Micah 6:8


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Make My Saturday Sweet is a weekend blog hop for all family friendly blogs. You are welcome to link your favorite post from the past week(s) and to visit the last link before yours and leave a sweet comment. It's a really easy and fun way to make new friends and to catch up on old acquaintances.

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It's time for another Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My Etsy Shop and More with #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #196!


Today's jewelry photos with the human model were taken by my 8 year-old, Amanda. I was the model. She was took some of these photos the day before we were burgled. At the time, I was hoping to get my handmade jewelry off the ground by trying a new strategy. I was looking into Instagram as a possible way to promote Alli Flair, because my shop on Etsy was pretty silent. But then we were burgled, and I took an emotional knock.

As many of you know, we were burgled a couple of days before the Easter Weekend while we slept. Since then I've been wondering how to protect our home and my family better. Our rescue dog, Benny, is a gentle soul and 12 years old. He was outside where the burglars came onto our property and he never alerted us. Thankfully, none of us were harmed, not even our pets. I wonder if our dog would have barked if he had been inside. He's not much of a barker. He communicates a lot with his eyes. We've been bringing him in much more now and enjoy having him around the house. He also goes for walks twice a day, something that we've been doing for years.

I would like to add a new dog to the family, one that will sleep inside, that will have the instinct to bark and will be a friend for all of us, including Benny. Both dogs would have the same privileges. We wouldn't have favorites.

I think burglars would not have taken the risk if they had heard a dog inside the house barking. I'm especially keen on getting a German Shepherd. If you saw my weekend post, you'll remember the Meme that I shared. If you missed it, you can check it out at Dogs Make Our World a Better Place.

Any sales that I make on my jewelry I would like to use toward purchasing a dog. Little Amanda will also receive a small compensation for her role in taking the photos of me modeling my Alli Flair necklaces. I hope you will see something that you like for yourself or as a gift for someone else. All the necklaces come in sets, either with a bracelet or with a bracelet and earrings. You are also welcome to visit my Etsy shop and make a purchase there.

If you want a set below that is not on Etsy, then send me an email at <morleychristina (at) gmail (dot) com>. Each set is unique and there are no repeats. I can also make a custom set for $35.

Every original mixed-matched jewelry set by Alli Flair is designed to add "A Touch of Flair" to your outfit and brighten your day.

All Alli Flair jewelry sets include free shipping worldwide with tracking number.



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My Jewelry Sets that are not on Etsy

Necklace and Bracelet Sets:

Silver butterfly necklace set,
includes a matching bracelet,
for only $23

Playful purple and white necklace set,
includes a matching bracelet,
for only $23

Playful purple and green necklace set,
includes a matching bracelet,
for only $23

Playful black and purple ladybugs
necklace set, includes a bracelet,
for only $23

Royal green and gold necklace set,
includes a matching bracelet,
for only $23

Playful green and aqua necklace set,
includes a matching bracelet,
for only $21

Playful green and white necklace set,
includes a matching bracelet,
for only $19


Necklace and Bracelet with Earrings Sets:

Green and gold necklace set with
bracelet and earrings for $27

Chunky green and white necklace set with
bracelet and earrings for $27

Elegant green and white necklace set with
bracelet and earrings for $27

Vibrant green and purple necklace set with
bracelet and earrings for $27

Casual green and white necklace set with
bracelet and earrings for $25

Subtle purple and white necklace set with
bracelet and earrings for $27

Elegant purple and white necklace set with
bracelet and earrings for $25

Playful purple and white necklace set with
bracelet and earrings for $25

Vibrant pink and turquoise necklace set with
bracelet and earrings for $27

Casual electric blue necklace set with
bracelet and earrings for $25

Custom necklace sets to order for only $35
(The custom set in the photo has been sold.)

My Shop on Etsy



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La Petite Dauphine

Guest Farm


Amanda

Our family from left to right:
Jeremiah, Jessica, Tina (me),
Amanda, Samantha, and
hubby Robbie


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My Latest Book Blast:
Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise
with a $25 Giveaway!

MartyChristmas


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