Monday, 30 March 2015

RELEASE WEEK BLITZ: A HOPE REMEMBERED by STACY HENRIE 30.3.15






WELCOME TO TODAY'S
RELEASE DAY PARTY!
{ with * GIVEAWAY * }
for

A HOPE REMEMBERED

OF LOVE AND WAR 
book 3 

by STACY HENRIE






Title: A Hope Remembered
Series: Of Love and War #3
Author: Stacy Henrie
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Published:  March 30.2015
Page Count:  384


About: A HOPE REMEMBERED


The final book in Stacy Henrie's sweeping Of Love and War trilogy brings to life the drama of battle torn Europe with emotion, faith, and of course, romance. 
As the war ends, love begins . . .
Nora Lewis just wants an escape after losing her fiancé in the Great War. When she inherits property in England, she boldly packs up and leaves America for a fresh start. But if not for her dashing new neighbor, Colin Ashby, she'd be lost.

Even as their friendship deepens, Nora knows a British aristocrat would never be free to love an American orphan, no matter how much the war has changed the world . . . After his brother's death in the war and his own experiences as a pilot at the front, Colin returns home broken, only to discover his family's estate is also in ruin. The pressure is now on him to save his home and the Ashby's place in society with a well-bred match to a wealthy heiress. 

Too bad he finds more of a kindred spirit in Nora, the beautiful American next door. She, too, has faced the rigors of war and survived. Now the ex-soldier will have one more battle to fight - this time for love.



 Stacy's Treat for FHC readers to celebrate ?

An excerpt straight from the pages of A HOPE REMEMBERED ~

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With a glare at both of them, Jack smashed his cap on his head and stalked from the room. He proceeded to slam the door behind him, but it hit the doorframe and bounced open instead. 
Nora pushed out a sigh. “You didn’t have to be rude. Jack’s been very helpful to me this past week.” Maybe a bit too much. But she didn’t voice that thought. Colin needed no further ammunition against Jack.
“I’m sure he has,” Colin muttered, his expression as dark as his eyes. 
Nora pinned him with a piercing look. 
“You’re right.” He finished buttoning his cuffs and slipped on his vest. “That was ungentlemanly of me.” 
She ignored his reference to her joke at their first meeting as she put away the corn starch and closed the cupboard. It was easier to keep her heart firmly locked if she held onto her disapproval of Colin’s behavior. Plus it would also stop her from wondering what he’d been about to say before Jack’s arrival. 
“How may I redeem myself?” he asked as he pulled on his jacket. The amusement tugging at his mouth contradicted his contrite tone.  
Nora folded her arms, contemplating a suitable penance. “I think your punishment needs to be two-fold.”
“Very well.” He nodded. “What is your sentence?”
“First, you must join me for choir rehearsal at the church tomorrow morning.”
The mirth drained from his face. “Nora.” His voice held a note of warning. “That is entirely—”
“Second, you and Perseus can give me a tour around the lake. I’ve already been here a week and haven’t even seen all of it.”
Colin scowled. “A walk around the lake would be acceptable. But the choir rehearsal . . .”
“Please, Colin.” She hazarded a step toward him, hoping he’d relent. “I sang with them last Sunday and they need more male voices.” 
She had another reason for wanting him there. Everyone had been kind at rehearsal and at church the following day, but Nora still felt uncomfortable with the continued references to her likeness to Eleanor. Apparently their similarities also included their singing voices. With Colin at the rehearsals, she wouldn’t feel as awkward. She was beginning to think he was the only person in Larksbeck who hadn’t known Eleanor. 
Colin’s brow knit in obvious annoyance, while Nora held her breath. Would he accept her proposal? Finally resignation settled over his countenance. “I’ll go, but only once.” He held up a single finger. “Once,” he repeated. “I make no promises after that.”
Grateful, she breached the remaining space between them and put her hand on his sleeve. “I agree to those terms.” She couldn’t hide her smile as she added, “Be careful, though, we might make a regular choir member out of you yet.”
Instead of the light laugh she expected, Colin solemnly watched her. Though he didn’t touch her, she felt as powerless to release his sleeve as if he’d detained her hand. She couldn’t step away—his nearness drew her in like the promising warmth of a fire after being out in a storm. 
“You know,” he murmured, his voice low, “you are rather charming when you jest like that.”
Nora’s pulse stuttered to a stop, then sped up again like a train gaining speed. She tried to remember why she’d been angry with him, tried to remember why she couldn’t allow anything more than friendship to blossom between them. But she couldn’t concentrate on any one thought, except for the growing desire to touch the hint of dark bristles covering his jaw. 
Colin studied her lips as Jack had done last week, but this moment couldn’t be more different. A part of her, one growing more insistent by the second, actually wanted Colin to kiss her. How long had it been since she’d last felt the press of masculine lips against hers?
Not since before Tom left.
The memory crashed over her with all the effect of an ocean wave. She felt suddenly ill and cold. Releasing Colin’s sleeve, she stepped back, crossing her arms over her chest for warmth. 
Forgive me, Tom.
She’d done nothing wrong, but even entertaining the idea of Colin kissing her felt like a betrayal. Her heart could never belong to anyone else. And yet, in this moment, the past felt more like a burden than a boon. 
“I’ll . . . uh . . . just get my sweater, then we can go on that walk.” Nora went to pull the garment off its usual peg. Her hands shook slightly as she slipped the sweater on over her blouse. “Ready?”
A flicker of emotion gleamed in Colin’s dark eyes. Was it disappointment? Frustration? Would he forgive her abruptness or understand the source of her pain? As quickly as it had come, though, the sentiment faded and Colin shot her a carefree grin. “After you, fair lady.”

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My Thoughts?

Beautifully romantic journey for Nora who leaves her Iowa family home to accept the inheritance of a distant uncle's sheep farm in England's Lake District. Having lost her parents plus fiance during the Great War, Nora wants the offer of a new beginning and bravely takes the challenge set before her. Yet what unsuspected challenges may remain concealed ? 

Stacy Henrie writes a delectably sweet romance that develops despite family interference, incumbent class prejudices and challenges. I longed for hope to prevail and love to overcome. Authentic characters and emotions - both theirs and mine - made for deeply satisfying reading time. 

Well worth the wait, this highly anticipated conclusion Of Love and War trilogy surpassed my expectations . Reader recommendation for Great War and historical romance fans.

Find my review for book #1 HOPE AT DAWN and book #2 HOPE RISING
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It's a delight to honour Stacy today for her writing accomplishment of both this novel and her series.  I appreciate Stacy's authenticity.  CONGRATULATIONS Stacy!


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Here's a bit more about Stacy....
 
Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. She earned her B.A. in public relations and worked in communications before turning her attentions to raising a family and writing inspirational historical romances.

Wife of an entrepreneur husband and a stay-at-home mom to three, Stacy loves the chance to live out history through her fictional characters, while enjoying the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century.

In addition to author, she is a reader, a road trip enthusiast and a novice interior decorator. Her first novel, Lady Outlaw, released from Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in 2012. 


Connect with Stacy via :
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HOPE AT DAWN  and  HOPE RISING
 Specially Priced + NO SHIPPING COSTS or minimum order required


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Here's your opportunity to Enter to Win !
5 Winners will each Win the Complete Trilogy
Of Love and War Collection
Click to Enter
GiveAway

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** Appreciation to Julie of Grand Central for great organization of this Release Week Blitz
and for the ecopy for reading and review without cost or compensation.



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Sunday, 29 March 2015

IT'S MONDAY READING {Plus GIVEAWAYS} ! 30.3.15



It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?


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Haven't joined the Book Journey party for 2 weeks now,
but the reading hasn't let up !

I've been reading, listening, tracking and reviewing for the
TakeControl TBR Challenge 
for March at Caffeinated Reader.


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Here's the LINK for my MARCH book Tally 
+ reviews and all the updates.

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Classic Collection of EASTER STORIES GIVEAWAY OPEN til 11 pm tonight 
for your last minute entries
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**Monday March 30th is Book Release Day Party
for the final of Stacy Henrie's 
Of Love and War Trilogy
Much interest in earlier posts and reviews 
So tomorrow is your chance to check out an excerpt of
~A HOPE REMEMBERED ~
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along with a GIVEAWAY right here !

~ Drop in to have your say and be sure to Enter ~

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  Reminder for a couple upcoming events


SIGNUPS OPEN HERE
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May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge

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Bout of Books
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Thanks for checking in to my MARCH tally for  Monday Reading HERE


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HOLY WEEK: PALM SUNDAY March 29.15





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We begin this final week of Lent with the Palm Sunday
Celebration of  Yeshua's Welcome into Jerusalem 



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HOSANNA 

Paul Baloche leads today's praise for #SONGSonSUNDAYs






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If you've posted it to your blog, please include the url link back to this post.
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

TUESDAY INTROS & TEASERS + *GIVEAWAY* ~ EASTER STORIES ~ CLASSIC TALES for the HOLY SEASON ~ 24.3.15






Today's Intro and Teaser are from one of the tales found in 
EASTER STORIES
an anthology of Classic Tales for the Holy Season
compiled by Miriam LeBlanc.
Published February 2015 by Plough Publishing House
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From the First Paragraphs of 'The Golden Egg' ~

"The sun was setting over the city of London in a golden glory, a little dimmed by the haze from the river.  There was a freshness of spring in the air and the slender little maid, standing by the Thames, lifted her pale face joyously as the soft breezes fanned a tinge of color into her cheeks.  She was neatly dressed, though her shoes were worn and her homespun dress patched, as well as her faded hood and cloak.
"Daydreaming, Winnie?" asked a boy's voice... 
"The day after tomorrow, and on Easter Monday, the great egg rolling takes place...in Master Oglethorpe's grounds, and he is giving a big prize, Winnie.  There is going to be hidden a golden egg, and they say it will be worth fifty guineas."

and the Teaser ~

"Where shall I hide it?" Randolph asked.  "It must be well concealed, 
for we shall have half of London out with such a prize as this."

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EASTER STORIES
includes 27 classic stories illumining the Holy Season and its true meaning.
Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the 
spirit of Holy Week and Easter.
From past centuries to current day, 
folk tales to fables, stories that challenge and stories that delight,
I have enjoyed the variety of writing selections and story tellers.
Classic authors featuring 
CS Lewis, Ivy May Bolton, Leo Tolstoy, Ruth Sawyer, 
Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Anton Chekhov, Walter Wangerin, 
and more including
Swedish author, Selma Lagerlof - the first female author to win the Nobel Prize in Literature
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A unique collection for those who love word artistry and imagination captured by
authors of the nations.  Illustrated by Lisa Toth using evocative black and white woodcuts suited to the stories. 
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EASTER STORIES: Classic Tales for the Holy Season 

available for purchase at Book Depository [Free delivery]

Barnes and Noble Christian Book * amazon .com * amazon. ca

~ Today's Intro + Teaser includes a GIVEAWAY copy ~


a Rafflecopter giveaway







*My appreciation to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing a copy for reading and review 
without cost or compensation and another for giveaway.  
**Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. Open Canada and US. 
Winner drawn Palm Sunday March 29th 11 pm CDT
 Those who have won a prize from Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days are inelligible.  Propeller eligibility verification in effect.

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Katherine's FAVORITE THINGS
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

TUESDAY INTROS & TEASERS: MIST OF MIDNIGHT by Sandra Byrd 10.3.15


Release Day for Sandra Byrd's MIST OF MIDNIGHT
[Daughters of Hampshire book 1]
An atmospheric gothic tale, Perfect for Tuesday Intros and Teasers
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"They were gone now, every last one of them.  Gone, but not completely gone.
I still saw them at midnight.
I surrendered too, by leaving.  The ship pulled from the shore whilst I beheld the distancing plumage of saris -- azure and emerald and flame -- the soft brown arms, necks, and noses circled with gold, like exquisite birds of paradise.  A threadbare charity dress the Lord Mayor of London had provided, to me and to all survivors who had nothing of their own to claim,
 pasted to my skin with a familiar fine grit of dust and sweat.
The dress was black for mourning."
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- Published by Howard Books  Released March 10.2015  Length 384 pages -
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"Buried at Headbourne?"  If what she was saying was true, there was only one explanation --
an imposter had come, claiming to be me, and then had died.  
"What did the woman die from?"
"That's not for me to say." ... What had happened to my home?  
It, and my father's accounts, were the only things left me.
   
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My Thoughts?
I absolutely loved this book!  
Masterful storytelling by Sandra Byrd.
Superb gothic intrigue and atmospheric suspense that mesmerized with just enough said to cause me to question, then read on to discover more. I would begin to relax about a character only to confront another action or conversation that proved them false.  Or not...?   Was anyone who they said they were?
Emotions and senses fully alert to decipher truth from deceptions mixed with danger.
And was Rebecca's romantic interest truly interested in her?  or the manor...?
Fascinating detailed historical life of both England and India, Ms Byrd's writing is richly researched, knowledgeable of the Victorian period and descriptive.  
A winning combo that made for an engrossing read.  First in a series, MIST OF MIDNIGHT has definitely whet my appetite for Daughters of Hampshire continuations.
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About Sandra Byrd :
After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I published in April, 2013.

Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens including the Secret Sisters Series, London Confidential Series and a devotional for tweens.

A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra has published many nonfiction articles and books. She is passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.

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Appreciation to publisher for providing ecopy to read and review without obligation.
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[no charge for shipping & delivery]
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Joining Diane, hosting Tuesday Intros and Jenn hosting  Teaser Tuesdays
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Sunday, 8 March 2015

MOMENTOUS MARCH 8th CELEBRATION ! 8.3.15


Momentous Day !


Celebrating Grandson's Arrival 





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7 lbs 10 oz just as the clock sprang 1 hour ahead
 Sunday morning
this precious wee one arrived to be loved and cherished.
JoY and Gratitude for safe and timely arrival 1 week early!
Mom, Dad, Big Brother and Nana all doing reasonably well 
{whilst flying high !}
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Definitely a reader in the making !!
Library under construction :)
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{ Monday Reading will may be added once I climb off Cloud 9 ! }


Reading this week included ~


Contemporary story parallelled with breathtaking story in France WWII

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Audio YA story for reading Ireland in March {thanks to Oasis Audio}

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Lovely arrivals in the post ~


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Another gorgeous cover and intriguing WWII plot...
Both of these lovely authors autographed and sent warm thoughts to remind me
of them each time I open the books.



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This one arrived postmarked Eire from
Irish author Geraldine O'Neill with setting and characters for more 
Ireland reading in March

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Review copy arrived for Book Tour Release Party March 30th!
Stacy Henrie's book 3 Of Love and War trilogy conclusion 

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Book 3 of Everstone Chronicles trilogy ~ Review copy arrived ~ Releases April 1st 

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An armful of library reserves arrived as well,
so no shortage of novel choices as ordered.
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Continuing both 
book club reads ~


















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And don't miss your final chance ~
Enter to WIN ALL 8 novels of Julie Klassen's
historical fiction collection !
Ends Monday March 9th at 11.59 pm PT
ENTER HERE by commenting




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Friday, 6 March 2015

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2015


 
Sunday is International Women's Day 2015

Here's an opportunity to make it a special day of honour
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Lent Retreat - Women of the Passion

A retreat offers a chance to take a step back from the pressing concerns of daily life, to reflect prayerfully on the current state of your relationships, with God, with the people around you, and with the world. 
  • To guide our prayer this year we are reflecting on the events of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus as experienced by the women in the company of Jesus.  Their lives were transformed by their encounter with Jesus.  
    This retreat will focus on more than Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, to look at peripheral characters like Pilate's wife and the maidservant at the house of the High Priest.
  • As you pray with the material presented , we hope that you too will encounter Jesus in a new and profound way and that that encounter may have a transforming effect in your own life. We also hope that you’ll come to a deepened awareness of God at work in your life.
  • You are invited to make this retreat by taking some time of prayerful reflection during Lent using the text and audio provided.  [Available as download]
    A new session of the retreat will be made available each week until Easter.
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Take the retreat at your own pace, in a place that suits you, using the text and audio to create a time of prayerful attention.  Instructions HERE.

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

MONDAY READING: BOOK CLUBS, TOURS, CHALLENGES and READ-A-THONS FOR MARCH 2.3.15




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Another good reading week in my wee corner of the world ~

I am seriously glad for the goodreads challenge tracking my record
so that I can report back for Monday posts!
I completed The Secret of Pembrooke Park in time for my Book Tour slot.
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Five star read and a great opp for any historical mystery / romance readers to win the
Julie Klassen Collection of Eight Novels + Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey dvd.
Here's the Tour + Giveaway Post - Comments are your entry [ends March 9]




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Long awaited copy of Prelude for a Lord by the prolific Camy Tang 
writing as Camille Elliot for this one,  her 1st Regency.
Definitely a series I'll be following.  What a relief to not be living with under the censure of society at that time.  The poor woman wasn't to use her musical gifts because it wasn't seemly for a woman to raise her arms in public.  Which, of course, is necessary when playing the violin!  Fantastic adventure and suspense to guard and keep the unique violin gifted to Alethea by the Italian woman who taught her to play.  Recommended, Yes!


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For my Lent video series, I added the print copy of 
Henri Nouwen's Life of the Beloved.
Filled with thoughtful insights 
on spiritual living,





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I followed up with an animation of Nouwen's
Reflections on Leadership ~ In the Name of Jesus 
video/audio created by an American youth group .
Another excellent read for Lent.
Available on youtube.



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Two book club picks begin this week's reading for me.

Taking time for self-care in the midst of the prevailing
culture of busyness.  I'm all for that affirmation!
The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You
by Jessica N Turner
and Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves From Old
Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron who lives on
Canada's eastern coast. 
This read is with fellow classmates from my studies
this past autumn in Arizona.
Great to be keeping connected.

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I've joined the TBR Challenge for the month of March
~ or as far into it I can, with grandbaby due midway!

Join up here if you've got some TBR to tackle!

March 2015 Take Control of Your TBR Pile

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TBR Read-a-Thon

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YOU ARE THE BELOVED with Graham Cooke 1.3.15





WELCOME to SONGS on SUNDAY 
for this 2nd Sunday of Lent.



Continuing our Life of the Beloved theme,

today featuring a recitation of Graham Cooke on God's Love for us,
The Beloved, in an enchanting setting of violin .  

May you be filled and refilled with both word and music...

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Consider adding your own worship music favs by posting links in comments.
Adding the link back to this #SONGSonSUNDAY post 
will help connect and grow the audience .
Thanks for participating ~ 
I love hearing your choices!

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"Revelation occurs when wisdom penetrates our hearts to the point of transformation."

May you be Blessed in the revelation and understanding of your BELOVEDNESS!

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WELCOME MARCH : CALENDAR WALLPAPERS 2015 1.3.15



NEEDING MID-WINTER CHEER?
How about MARCH Calendar changes for your pc ?

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R click to enlarge and save to your choice of computer file.  Go to where you saved it.
Select 'set as background' or something similar and voila - cheery new art to greet you!
EnJoY ... and may March bring you blessings !


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Various wallpapers and sizes [including iphone and android] available 
at crosscards.com * smashingmagazine.com * simplifiedsuccess.com




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