Thursday, October 18, 2018

Free Coloring Pages, a Review, and a Linky!

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Amanda and Samantha

Amanda

Samantha's Coloring Page

My Coloring Page

Hide it In Your Heart Coloring Calendar


Hide it In Your Heart in 2019

This 2019 calendar features a Bible verse for each week in creative fonts that can be colored in. A wide variety of holidays are listed, both traditional and unusual. (Do you know when Appreciate a Dragon Day is? How about Lost Sock Memorial Day?) You’ll have plenty of room to record your activities and appointments in the section for each day and week. After every month, you’ll find word puzzles featuring key words from that month's scriptures and holidays.

Prepare for a year full of coloring and fun that will help you hide God's Word in your heart in 2019 without even trying!



My Review

Hide it In Your Heart is a unique coloring calendar created by Annie Douglass Lima. There are 53 Bible verses and 24 word puzzles for adults and kids. We found the pages lots of fun to color and there's a variety of pictures to choose from. Some of the details in my picture were almost too fine, making it more challenging than I had expected. Other pictures have less details for the younger ones. Amanda's page was perfect for a 10-year-old and Samantha (age 18) loved her sea themed one! I recommend this calendar for the family. It will brighten your year!

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book. This is my honest and voluntary review.

Here's a peek at some sample pages!
(In the actual calendar, each page is 8 1/2" x 11".)







Links to download Bible verse coloring pages:








About the Author:
Annie Douglass Lima


Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published seventeen books (four YA action and adventure novels, five fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.



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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Let's Talk Newsletters! for Bloggers and Authors


Surprise, surprise! I don't have a newsletter that I send out biweekly or monthly. I do, however, receive such emails and on a regular basis. Most of them are from indie authors. Emails are an effective marketing tool! If you need some persuading about the value of emails, just check out this article: Is email marketing still relevant? I have to be totally honest with you, not all of the emails that I'm subscribed to are as well received as others.

Main reason why I unsubscribe from a newsletter: Emails are Too Frequent

Main reason why I don't open a newsletter: Boring Subject Line

3 examples of October newsletter subject lines that caught my interest:

1. On pumpkins, coffee, and other ways to celebrate October - by Author Ron C. Nieto

2. 👑 Pre-Order Highland Queen 👑, Freebies, and a 👻 Halloween Giveaway! 🎃 - by Author Melanie Karsak

3. [New post] IMAGINATION is Powering a BIG “Quiet Ship” Book/Prize GIVEAWAY! :D - by Blogger Donna at Writer Side Up!
Email Marketing Resources

5 ideas for creating good subject lines from

The hallmark of a great subject line
Great subject lines have certain attributes that help pique a recipient’s interest enough to get them to open the email — and that’s the goal.
Let’s look at some of the characteristics of phenomenal subject lines.

1. They’re personal.
Personalization in emails is key. In fact, personalization is shown to increase conversions by 10% and click-through rates by a whopping 14%.

2. They’re urgent.
Urgency is powerful, but you have to exercise restraint so your subject lines don’t come across like a ShamWOW infomercial (“Act now, before they’re gone!”).
That being said, urgency can encourage those opening clicks, as long as you’ve taken the time to tone down your language and phrase things creatively—like these do.

3. They’re mysterious.
Subject lines that are mysterious can pique curiosity, and that’s a good thing — as long as what you’re delivering is in line with your brand.

4. They’re relevant.
Normally, if you’ve subscribed to a list, you’re interested in timely, relevant news pertaining to that company or industry.

5. They contain an offer.
Who doesn’t love an offer? You can craft email subject lines that include this tempting morsel but be careful to deliver what you promise.
Also, don’t use the words, “free” or “rich” in your subject lines—those may land you in the spam folder.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored Guest Post in collaboration with My Emma and Campaign Monitor. I created the images for free and effortlessly with FotoJet. I have included my own thoughts and opinions. The rest of the content is from My Emma.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Parade Day and Graduation with a Linky



It was Samantha's Parade Day and High School Graduation last Friday. Parade Day is a unique tradition at her high school for the Grade 12's. The photos above are of her with her best friends. (She's on the left in the first pic and on the right in the second.) She still has final exams to write, but she's finished with her schooling. High School in South Africa begins in Grade 8, so she's been there for the past 4 years of her life. Both guys and girls shed tears in the school hall at the final ceremony as a big part of their lives comes to an end.

No one received a certificate of graduation, because the final exams are only just underway. The students will collect their diplomas from the school office in the new year. University will also start in the new year, so that's why some things are a bit back to front. Samantha's already been provisionally accepted at Stellenbosch University and has been allocated a room in a res that she will share with another girl.

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Samantha is in the middle




Inside the School Hall

Art inside the School Hall

Snacks and Refreshments were served in the Old Hall

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Monday, October 15, 2018

King's Warrior - Book 4

King's Warrior
Book 4

King's Warrior (The Aermian Feuds Book 4) by [Kay, Frost]

About the Book:

Title: King's Warrior (The Aermian Feuds Book 4) | Author: Frost Kay | Pages: 331 | Genre: Dark Fantasy | Recommended Ages: Young Adult and Up

Book Description:

Revolution and war come with a price in the fourth volume of USA Today Bestselling Author Frost Kay's The Aermian Feuds Series.

Returning to Aermia should've been easy, but nightmares and death haunt her, leaving Sage as an outsider, even in her own family. Nothing is ever as it seems, and that's more apparent than ever as she plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with the one man who's carved himself into her unwilling heart.

As war looms on the horizon, she must decide who to trust and what sacrifices she's willing to make for her kingdom. But with every decision, she feels the warlord's dark web of secrets, deceit, and betrayal closing around her. One mistake may mean destruction not only for herself, but for those she loves.

In this thrilling fourth book in this Internationally Bestselling Series, Sage and Tehl will raze the world to protect their people and each other from the one man that threatens to tear them apart.

Purchase on Amazon

My Review:

King's Warrior is another superbly written work of fiction by Frost Kay and is the fourth book in The Aermian Feuds. If you haven't read the other books in the series, it won't stop you from getting the most out of this one. Some of the backstory gets explained through Sage's nightmares.

The book follows different POV. I normally struggle switching from one character to another, because I get so engrossed in one that I don't want to hop to another. However, that is not the case with this story. Each character is so interesting that I never felt frustrated having to switch. 

This series seems to fall under YA, but I think this book in particular is more suited for New Adults. I would suggest that it's not suitable for anyone younger than 16. Torture and abuse (including sexual) are themes that follow throughout the series. There's also a non-explicit tenderly moving sex scene in Book 4. If you or someone you know has experienced any form of sexual abuse, Book 4 could be a step in bringing emotional healing.

The Crown Prince sings an especially poignant song to his wife, Sage. Here are the lyrics of the first two stanzas:

Darling, darling, there's nothing to fear.
The sun is rising, so there's no need for tears.
I'll hold you and protect you in the dark of night.
The shadows can't touch you, so there's no need for fright.

Darling, darling, there's nothing to fear.
The dawn is approaching, and the sky is clear.
I'll fight your demons and all of your foes,
I love and adore you more than you'll ever know. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book. This is my honest and voluntary review.

My Reviews of Books 1 - 3:

About the Author:
Frost Kay

Frost Kay

Bestselling Author Frost Kay is a certified book dragon with an excessive TBR, and a shoe obsession. If you love bewitching fantasy and sci-fi, epic adventures, dark promises, thrilling action, swoon worthy anti heroes, and slow burning romance; her books are for you!

She claims ownership to the bestselling young adult series The Aermian Feuds packed with adventure, secrets, and betrayal.

Fans of Frost Kay love her epic and science fiction teen titles for their "witty banter and exquisitely crafted sentences (that) never leave you bored or wanting," and "find the writing on par with Queen (Sarah J.) Maas and Elise Kova."

For more of Frost Kay, visit her website.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

My Second Chance and a Linky

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My Second Chance


About the Book:

Title: My Second Chance | Author: Judy Corry | Pages: 283 | Genre: Romance/Drama | Theme: Teen Pregnancy | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

They broke the rules. He broke her heart. Does their love deserve a second chance?

Sixteen-year-old Juliette Cardini has been keeping a secret for months. Before she went to her semester abroad in Paris, she dated her best friend's older brother, Easton Stevens. What had started as a whirlwind romance filled with forbidden meetings, came to a crashing halt when they crossed a line together that neither of them could return from.

Now she's back in Ridgewater and has to face everyone she left behind. But there's one more secret she is afraid for anyone to discover. She's pregnant. And Easton is the father.

But she has a plan: go to her grandma's house for the next few months. Keep the baby a secret. No one will ever have to know. But when Juliette sees signs that Easton might want a second chance, she wonders if keeping everything to herself is the best choice.

Can a relationship built on such a rocky foundation have a chance at a happy ending? And what will Easton do if Juliette's secret comes out?

MY SECOND CHANCE is a standalone novel in The Ridgewater High series, a collection of simmering YA contemporary romances. If you like sweet romance with ballad-worthy chemistry, swoony kisses and endearing characters then you'll love Judy Corry's latest book.

This is a clean romance with a positive message.


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My Review:

My Second Chance is a nitty-gritty novel about a teen's unplanned pregnancy. 16-year-old Juliette has been keeping her secret for months, but a secret that life-altering requires a string of lies. Now she has to deal with all the consequences. Relationships are challenged, including her best friend and ex-boyfriend. Her mother is supportive in her own way, but hardly ever around. Juliette is constantly having to make adult decisions when she is still a kid herself. Because life is messy, things don't always go as planned. 

This story deals with real teenage issues. This is not a straightforward HEA. The author explores every possible outcome and leaves the reader guessing until the end.

The writing style flowed so naturally that I felt the girl's anxiety. It could have been me in the story, that's how real it felt! This heartfelt story should be mandatory reading for all teenagers.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book. This is my honest and voluntary review.


About the Author:
Judy Corry

Judy Corry

Judy Corry has been addicted to love stories for as long as she can remember. She reads and writes YA and Clean Contemporary Romance because she can't get enough of the feeling of falling in love. She graduated from Southern Utah University in an area that has nothing to do with writing. Some of her favorite things are chick flicks, singing, and playing the piano. She believes in swoon-worthy kisses and happily ever afters.

Judy met her soul mate while in high school, and married him a few years later. She and her husband are raising four beautiful and crazy children in Southern Utah.

Join Judy's VIP Readers Club for access to
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To find out more about Judy and
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Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #286

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

University of Cape Town, a Birthday, and a Linky!


Last week I shared about all 3 girls and what they've been up to with photos of Samantha's prom. If you missed that post, then check out Prom in South Africa! This week I promised to share photos of the University of Cape, which is a beautiful campus set in a beautiful location.

Today was also an important birthday, so I've got 2 bonus photos for you as well. It's Samantha's 18th birthday! She had school today, so the photo is of her in her school uniform. The birthday card was handmade, but not by me. I bought it at a craft market. I chose it for Sam, because she's headed off to Europe with her grandparents and another granddaughter next summer.

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