Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Deadly Christmas Duty By Virgina Vaughan

This Christmas could be her last…Unless Covert Operatives shield her

Prosecutor and single mom Melinda Steele thought her nightmare ended when her abusive husband died, but now someone wants her dead by Christmas. Navy SEAL turned security operative Noah Cason needs her to get justice in his sister’s disappearance, but first he’ll have to keep her alive. And his mission shifts from difficult to almost impossible when Melinda reveals who she suspects is really after her.

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Award winning author Virginia Vaughan lives by the motto ‘It’s not hoarding if its books’. Always the kid with her nose stuck in a book, becoming a multi-published author hasn’t stopped Virginia from continuing to grow her own collection of favorite reads. Her family has refused to help her move anymore because of the sheer number boxes of books, but she’s no quitter. She’ll keep buying books and, the next time she moves, hire a moving van.

If you love stories where romance intersects danger and faith, subscribe to Virginia’s email list at http://eepurl.com/dtFeVP and be the first to know when a new story arrives.

My Thoughts...

From the very beginning this book was full of great suspense and a great page turner.
I will say this again I just don't think great writers should write little novellas.
This is a 4 star book Romantic Suspense fans are going to devour.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Three Ellie Claire Journals Giveaway!

The perfect resource to discover and develop your own personal style for lettering and illustrating your faith.
New from professional letterer Krystal Whitten! With guides, instructions, and tutorials, this is a fun and inspiring way to create beauty with words. It is the perfect place for journalers to practice Bible journaling, lettering quotes and verses, or decorating a page with original thoughts and plans. Exploring your God-given creativity has never been so rewarding.

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My Thoughts...
Faith and Lettering Journal is a scripture journal like none I have ever seen. The journal teaches you how to letter with easy steps. I must say that I am not a very artistic person but with the instructions and practice I found myself really enjoying learning to letter and writing scripture. The book is hard cover and has nice thick pages to keep any bleed through to other pages. It also has a holder on the spine to hold your pen.

Use this almost-lost art of illuminating letters to enhance your writing, Bible journaling, or sermon note-taking. Rich illustrated manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible's collection inspired these gorgeous letters. Easy to follow instructions, practice pages, and encouragements guide you through the creation of amazing start letters, flourishes, and more.
HIGHLIGHTS: Cloth spine opens for lay-flat journaling; Elastic pen loop on spine; High-quality, non-bleed paper; Uplifting, inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout; Drawing guides, grid background practice pages, plus lined pages for journaling; Ribbon marker, pocket, elastic band closure.

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My Thoughts...
Illuminate Your Story Journal is a nice hard cover journal. The nice thick pages make it easy to write on. The journal has a holder for a pen. The Journal teaches you how to create illuminated letters. With step by step instructions it makes writing scripture fun and enjoyable. Would make a great gift. This one was my favorite of all three it has a place in the back to hold your keepsakes safe and sound. This is not your everyday boring journal. This is a unique journal that everyone is going to want. The price is great for this.  

Glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts recreated as line drawings for the reader to color.

Create your own masterpiece with this journal that has forty glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts that have been recreated as line drawings. Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate inked illustrations in handwritten manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own stunning keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.

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My Thoughts...
 The Illustrated Word is a coloring journal. It is a nice hard cover book with thick pages. Each picture can be colored and made unique and is very detailed. The journal pages are sturdy and easy to write on. The first page of the book has a place to write the name of the owner and the date received. Lots of pages to write prayers or letters, or memories you never want to forget.
So this would make a great gift, for someone special.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Cole & Sav By Cole and Savannah Labrant

Popular YouTubers Cole and Savannah LaBrant share their inspiring love story, highlighting the redemptive, surprising nature of God at work in our lives, and how He graciously steps in and turns our messes into something beautiful.
Millions around the world followed the fairytale love story of viral YouTube stars Cole and Savannah LaBrant and watched as they said “I do.” Their subsequent YouTube channel, dedicated to family and faith, garners more than 100 million views each month. But now for the first time ever, Cole and Sav invite you beyond the highlight reel and into the beautiful and messy, funny and tender story of how God brought two unlikely people together in a surprising, unexpected way. 
With their signature charming and engaging style, Cole and Sav take you behind the camera and open up about past heartaches and mistakes; painful secrets and difficult expectations; the joys and challenges of raising their daughter, Everleigh; and the spiritual journey that changed their hearts—and relationship—forever.

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Cole and Savannah LaBrant's lives have been a series of trials and triumphs—but also full of beautiful redemption and grace. They were on seemingly different paths but were brought together by God in a surprising way, which culminated in a public love story on the Internet that was witnessed by millions of viewers. Their subsequent YouTube channel, dedicated to family and faith, garners more than one hundred million views each month. Cole and Sav believe that God's biggest surprises—like the gift of their marriage; daughter, Everleigh; and her soon-to-be little sister—are sometimes right in front of us, hiding in plain sight.

My Thoughts...

WoW, this was such a great read. I love how you get both Cole and Savannahs perspective of what was going on. Their love story is definitely  one for the books.
Cole showed Savannah God's love and grace and she  was an open book about how God's grace was shown to her through Cole.
I hope that ALL young people read this book and see the important part of relationships.
This is a must read 4.5 star book. I highly recommend it.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Secrets of the Pastor's Wife By Christina Ryan Claypool GIVEAWAY!

Wherever Cassandra Martin goes, her secrets go with her. And hiding her past is beginning to take a toll.
Cassie lives in a small white parsonage in the village of Maple Grove. For 15 years, the beautiful and talented artist has appeared to be the perfect wife for Rev. John Martin, the new pastor at Maple Avenue Community Church.
The couple has moved frequently, and Pastor John is too busy with other people’s problems to notice Cassie’s distress. She has no close friends to confide in, fearing her secrets could jeopardize her husband’s position.
That’s until Maple Grove coffee shop owner Katherine “Katie” Montague embraces Cassie as if she were the daughter she never had. Sensing her pastor’s wife is haunted by something tragic, the caring widow begins praying for her. Will Cassie trust Katie with the pain of her past or will she let the secrets destroy her?
Secrets of the Pastor’s Wife features discussion questions for women’s book clubs, church small groups, and recovery ministries. Entertaining and inspiring fiction, this compelling storyline will encourage emotional healing, forgiveness, and restored faith.

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Christina Ryan Claypool is an award-winning freelance journalist and inspirational speaker who has been featured on Joyce Meyer Ministries Enjoying Everyday Life TV show and on CBN's 700 Club. She is a past National $10,000 1st Place Amy Writing Awards recipient and Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor.

Her fall 2018, "Secrets of the Pastor's Wife: A Novel," is an entertaining and inspiring read, designed to be used for Inspirational book clubs or women's ministry groups to promote emotional and spiritual healing. Claypool is also an Ohio Associated Press Media Editors' award-winning newspaper columnist, former TV reporter, and the author of several Christian recovery books. The autobiographical title, "Seeds of Hope for Survivors," chronicles the writer's own amazing journey of surviving a near fatal suicide attempt and confinement in a state mental institution as a teen to having a successful life today.

Christina has a B. A. from Bluffton University and an M.A. from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where she served as an adjunct instructor in the Communications Department. She is married to a public school administrator, and has an adult son. Besides her "boys," she adores coffee and chocolate. Her website is www.christinaryanclaypool.com.

 My Thoughts...

 What a book, Claypool hit on some tough subjects all in this one book.
Healing and forgiveness and all with out being preachy and over bearing.
Just my thoughts but this would make a great book for women's small groups to read together or Bible study groups.
Now this is for my blog followers who are going to say you promise to tell us if the book is self published or published by a small publisher. This one is BUT it has been edited very well. I challenge you get a copy  of this and see just how good it is and how well it has been edited, and what a touching story this is.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. A book full of Love.
The Mary Reader received this book from the author for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

You are going to love the extra novella at the end. Let me know what you think about the Casserole Lady.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

I will Be Praying For You By Corine Williams

Share with your child how much you are praying for them with this sweet book! Before your child was born, you prayed for him. Each and every day, you pray for him. As a parent, you know that wherever your child goes, whatever he does, no matter what happens in this life, you will be praying for him. Now, snuggle up and share with your little one how you are covering him in prayer. This book is filled with prayers based on the Bible. Parents everywhere will resonate with this eternally important message!

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About Corine...

Corine Hyman, Ph.D. is a psychologist in Baltimore, MD where she treats children and adults who experience or may be at risk for trauma due to physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Treatment Center for Children. Dr. Hyman's clinical work has entailed addressing psychological and social issues that affect children both on the national and international level. These works include being a vital part in the development of The World Health Report 2001 - Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope. Current areas of clinical and research interest include the treating and understanding the long terms impacts of trauma on development, parent-child attachment/engagement and assessment issues.

She is the author of three books: Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time; My Journey With Jesus Christ and What is Love. Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time is a Christian Children multi-cultural book that uses biblical passages to answer the question of why we give gifts at Christmas time if it is Jesus' birthday. It contains over 10 different bible verses to reinforce the joys of giving at Christmas time and throughout the year. Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time is also available in Spanish - Por qué damos regalos en el Tiempo de Navidad.

My Journey with Jesus Christ is a personalized devotional. It is designed to help your child grow in his/her relationship with God while helping him/her understand some key principles of the Christian faith. This book contains 10 lessons and include space for you to write your child's name throughout the book.

She is currently working on the first book in a series that combines her training as a clinical psychologist and Christian faith. The first book is tentatively entitled Godly Feelings. Godly Feelings will be for parents, teachers and professional who often wonder how to react to the variety of emotions expressed by children. It will provide children with an entertaining and constructive way to learn to accept and appropriately express their emotions based on the Bible. Godly Feelings also helps to stimulate discussion and interaction between children and the adults who care for them.

My Thoughts...

This is a cute children's book. It has a few pages in the back of the book where you can write your own prayers for your children. and it has a page of Scriptures that you can pray over you child each night after reading to them.
I thought book was cute and the illustrations were cute as well.
Give this as a gift this year if you are looking for books for kids add this one to your list.
The Mary Reader received this book from the author for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Inkling By Kenneth Oppel

From the acclaimed author of The Nest, The Boundless, and Airborn comes a brilliantly funny, breakout book about a boy who discovers an ink blot that's come to life! Perfect for those who love Hoot and Frindle and sure to be a hit with kids everywhere!
The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's got writer's block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school--even though he can't draw. Sarah's still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom. So much more than they can say.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance's sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together--and then leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple chapters of his math book--not good--and the story he's supposed to be illustrating for school--also not good. But Inkling's also started drawing the pictures to go with the story--which is amazing! It's just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too--for Sarah he's a puppy. And for Dad he's a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It's exactly what they all want.

It's not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they--and Inkling--truly need.

Kenneth Oppel has given us a small masterpiece of middle-grade fiction. Inkling is funny and fizzy and exciting, and brimming with the kind of interesting ideas and dilemmas that kids will love to wrestle with. And Sydney Smith is creating wonderfully inky illustrations to bring the story to vivid life. Get ready. A little ink blot is about to become your new favorite character!

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Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide, and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn was winner of a Michael L Printz Honor Book Award, and the Canadian Governor General's Award for Children's Literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children's Novel of the Year by the London Times. He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, The Boundless, and The Nest, winner of the CLA Book of the Year for Children. His latest book is the YA novel EVERY HIDDEN THING. Born on Vancouver Island, Oppel has lived in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, England, Ireland, and now lives in Toronto with his wife and children.

My Thoughts...

Young adult books just keep getting better and better.
8-12 years is what the author had in mind but this adult really enjoyed this book. So don't put an age on it. It's for all ages to enjoy.
Good Characters, good story, good writing.
I gave this book 4 stars and I hope that you will give it a try. It would make a great stocking stuffer.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Our Gift to our faithful followers!

                                    THANK YOU All so Much!

This Year The Mary Reader wanted to show our appreciation to our faithful followers who never missed one time leaving a comment for the whole year on our posts. So you are getting some of our favorite things.
 I have already mailed out packages with the following items  to all four of you! Here are a few things in your goodie box.

 And of course you need a few books to read while enjoying this wonderful candle. So I sent you a box with five of my favorite books of 2018 one will not be in the box it will ship from Amazon and you will get it tomorrow. P.S. It releases tomorrow!

And in case you are a coffee drinker and or Hot Chocolate there Is some of that as well in the box.

Let's not forget the chocolate as well. This is my favorite chocolate ever!

Last but not least in case there has been a book, CD or movie on my blog this year that you are dying to get your hands on you can run to Amazon and order a copy or two with your gift card.

This is just a small token of our appreciation to all four of you!
THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts, Emma Grace, Henrietta J.,
Amanda Lynn, and Natalie Smith for all of your support.
My Daughter would have been on this list had she still been here. She never missed until the day she passed away!