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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SIGNED BOOK Giveaway - Stumbling Into Infinity by Michael Fischman

We're taking part in the Leap Into Books Hop!! 

Once you have entered our fantastic giveaway please take a look at all the other book giveaways listed at the bottom of the post (after entering mind !!!)

OUR GIVEAWAY 

SIGNED BOOK - Stumbling Into Infinity
by Michael Fischman
OPEN INTERNATIONALLY
Ending on 6th March at 12.01est

Stumbling Into Infinity is part of a long tradition of spiritual memoirs that began with St. Augustine’s Confessions, 1,600 years ago.  It opens the readers to new experiences and ways of seeing the world by letting them live the experience with the author.

Stumbling Into Infinity is a personal story that begins with the son of a Holocaust survivor, in an Orthodox Jewish household. As an adult, Michael gives up a successful career as a Madison Avenue advertising executive, and , through a mysterious turn of events, ends up in the unlikely position of friend and helper to a great humanitarian and spiritual leader.

Michael re-lives inner traumas, failed attractions, a fight at an Indian ashram, glimpses of wisdom, and a blossoming of love and devotion.

This amazing SIGNED BOOK giveaway is Open Internationally
ending on 6th March at 12.01 est

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Its Our Weekly Book Blog Hop - Hop On Over !!

Welcome to our Weekly Book Blog Hop!!
This runs every Wednesday - Saturday
including a Book Giveaway linky, Goodreads linky
and Authors Who Welcome UK Reviewers linky

Beck Valley Books Weekly Book Blog Hop
Hosted by Beck Valley Books and co-host Ever After PR
Our Book Blog Hop is here to unite all booklovers worldwide,
readers, book reviewers, authors, publishers, book bloggers, book sellers,
putting you all in touch with each other and keeping real books alive x
We would love it if you could share our hop with all your booky friends
and display are book hop badge (optional obviously x)

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!!

Facebook $30  Congrats Jill H!
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Win a Two Night Stay in Estes Park, Colorado !!

Win a two night stay in Estes Park Central

Enjoy a 2 night family vacation in Estes Park, Colorado any time between April 8th – 22nd for a family of up to 6 people (a value over $550) in time for Spring Break!!!

This event was put together by Two Little Cavaliers the prize is being provided thanks to our sponsor Estes Park Central.
This event is open Worldwide however you must provide your own transportation.  
Estes Park View
Experience luxurius accommodations, breathtaking views, cozy fireplaces and the ultimate Premier Vacation Rental. The Home to the Estes Park Premier Vacation Rentals Source was established in 2007. Estes Park Central holds the highest standards in private luxury vacation rental properties and guest services. With our Estes Park Vacation Rentals service and cabin rentals, we offer personalized lavish vacation rental accommodations to meet your individual needs. All our Private Vacation Rental Properties feature top of the line appointments, fully equipped kitchens, TV and DVD, fireplaces, cozy living areas, free wireless Internet, twin/queen/king beds with luxurious bedding and views of the Rocky Mountains. You will truly have an experience to remember with any of our prime Estes Park Vacation Rentals.
   Estes Park Central Condo  

About the Condo:

This is a newly constructed, luxury, two bed/two bath condo with gorgeous mountain views overlooking Marys Lake and only 3 miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Our Estes Park vacation condo rental is fully-equipped with a Jacuzzi bathtub, King-size and Queen-size bed, Queen-size sofa bed in the living room, gas fireplace, washer and dryer, TV with Cable, DVD and a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops. A private hot tub on the deck overlooking the mountains enhances your relaxation. The historic Marys Lake Lodge is located on this unique property. It has been totally restored to its original grandeur.Marys Lake Lodge offers 2 separate dining experiences for your pleasure. Grandmaison’s Chalet Room offers world-class international cuisine with a European flair in an elegant ambiance. The Tavern serves delicious meals in a casual atmosphere with live music every night all summer. The rest of the year the live music continues Wednesday through Sunday evening. The Escape Spa and Salon offers a complete salon experience to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.   *While this particular condo is not pet friendly they do offer other condos and vacation homes under their management that that are pet friendly.

Activities and Attractions
Hiking year-round, viewing the incredible sights of Rocky Mountain National Park, bicycling around Lake Estes, the Town of Estes and looping past Mary's Lake Lodge, wildlife-viewing, fabulous Shopping,cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and downhill skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort, a 45 minute drive. The town offers fishing, boating, and indoor/outdoor rock climbing, and horse-back riding.    

This giveaway sounds absolutely amazing and good luck to whoever wins!!!  It's been quite some time since I've had a nice break, after reading about this wonderful prize I'm starting to want to go on one right now

ENTER TO WIN !!
LUCKY WINNER OF THE TWO NIGHT STAY
IN ESTES PARK
COLORADO IS
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CONGRATULATIONS !!!

We have our Winner for the Jaxx Candle Giveaway....

CONGRATULATIONS!!
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THE WINNER OF
THE JAXX CANDLE GIVEAWAY
IS
LISA JANSON!!!!


Sunday, February 26, 2012

A lovely Book Quote for you x

Book Review - Death's Crooked Shadow by Gordon N McIntosh

Book Review

Death's Crooked Shadow
by Gordon N McIntosh
About the Author

Gordon N. McIntosh began writing mysteries and thrillers after a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a successful real estate career. After an early retirement he and his wife traveled and lived extensively in Mexico, South America, Australia and Europe. Now they split their time between their homes in Chicago and Key West, Florida. When he’s not writing, he enjoys running, scuba diving, tennis, and travel.



Book Description
Real estate developer Doug Sutherland thinks it is just going to be another sweltering summer day in Chicago. But when the foreman demolishing his late father’s rundown office building discovers a skull and human bones encased in a crumbling Greek column, Sutherland is suddenly propelled into a cauldron of greed, sadism, and murder.

The last thing Sutherland needs is bad publicity. When he learns the victim is notorious alderman Danny Delaney, however, he realizes a fifteen-year-old mystery is about to be solved and that now his deceased father is one of the prime suspects. Then the murdered man’s notebook and videotapes suddenly surface, and Sutherland discovers that his father had more secrets than he ever realized. As he is relentlessly harassed for what he might know–endangering both his life and his business—Sutherland must convince everyone that he knows nothing. Unfortunately, no one believes him.

As a desperate Sutherland collaborates with an ambitious reporter and his calculating sister in a pursuit strewn with murder victims, he soon finds out that trusting the wrong person can lead to dire consequences.

Book Review
As Doug Sutherland is just about to start his new project of re-development, a body of alderman Danny Delaney is found inside one of the crumbling Greek columns.   As he is investigated, it takes him on a journey back through his past.

The building in question belonged to his dad who mysteriously disappeared 15 years ago along with a substantial amount of money.  This leads to a trail of political corruption throughout the powers of Chicargo from businessmen, politicians and some members of the police force.

As Doug tries to clear his Dad's name he locates certain documents and tapes which implicate the real culprits, as he approaches these people he puts his life and the life of his the sister of a murdered reporter, who is helping him, in danger.

Who can he trust, as everyone he looks to for help has a hidden agenda or is either linked or has been bribed by the murderers.  Each time he gets closer or receives information, the informer ends up dead.  Can Doug find out the truth?

The characters and the position and power they hold are current with the modern day and they way they act and respond to their fear are well described.  This was a good follow up to the first instalment, The Lagarto Stone.  I actually enjoyed this more than the first book as it was more believable and the actions of the bad guys reflected the power, corruption and the hold that certain individuals had over influential peers.

Our Rating
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Sunday is Quote Day

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Welcome to Sunday is Quote Day
I absolutely love quotes, in fact I think I might be getting a little obsessed with them.  They can be so powerful and life changing.

Let's have some 'Blogging' quotes

“Breathe. Know that the Internet has no eraser.”

Blogging is the new poetry

Your blog is your unedited version of yourself.

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.”

All blogs have one faithful reader at least - Google bot

A  blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list.

A novice blogger knows he can write about anything. A verteran blogger realizes he shouldn't.

blogging

 
Do you have a favourite quote, comment below and share it with us xx

Bloggers Facebook Event Vacation Condo Stay Giveaway

Win a two night stay in Estes Park Central

This event is free to bloggers in exchange for posting about the event sign up and event on their blog. We will be giving away a 2 night stay in Estes Park, Colorado (right next to Rocky Mountain National Park for a stay anytime April 8th – 22nd for a family of up to 6 people (a value over $550) right in time for Spring Break! Each blog that participates will receive 1 Facebook link on the Rafflecopter.

This prize is being provided by our sponsor Estes Park Central Experience luxurious accommodations, breathtaking views, cozy fireplaces and the ultimate Premier Vacation Rentall. The Home to the Estes Park Premier Vacation Rentals Source was established in 2007. Estes Park Central holds the highest standards in private luxury vacation rental properties and guest services. With our Estes Park Vacation Rentals service and cabin rentals, we offer personalized lavish vacation rental accommodations to meet your individual needs. All our Private Vacation Rental Properties feature top of the line appointments, fully equipped kitchens, TV and DVD, fireplaces, cozy living areas, free wireless Internet, twin/queen/king beds with luxurious bedding and views of the Rocky Mountains. You will truly have an experience to remember with any of our prime Estes Park Vacation Rentals.
Estes Park Central
About the Condo:
This is a newly constructed, luxury, two bed/two bath condo with gorgeous mountain views overlooking Marys Lake and only 3 miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Our Estes Park vacation condo rental is fully-equipped with a Jacuzzi bathtub, King-size and Queen-size bed, Queen-size sofa bed in the living room, gas fireplace, washer and dryer, TV with Cable, DVD and a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops. A private hot tub on the deck overlooking the mountains enhances your relaxation. The historic Marys Lake Lodge is located on this unique property. It has been totally restored to its original grandeur.Marys Lake Lodge offers 2 separate dining experiences for your pleasure. Grandmaison’s Chalet Room offers world-class international cuisine with a European flair in an elegant ambiance. The Tavern serves delicious meals in a casual atmosphere with live music every night all summer. The rest of the year the live music continues Wednesday through Sunday evening. The Escape Spa and Salon offers a complete salon experience to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.

*While this particular condo is not pet friendly they do offer other condos in their line that are pet friendly.
Estes Park Central View
Activities and Attractions
Hiking year-round, viewing the incredible sights of Rocky Mountain National Park, bicycling around Lake Estes, the Town of Estes and looping past Mary├»¿½s Lake Lodge, wildlife-viewing, fabulous Shopping,cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and downhill skiing at Eldora Mountain Resort, a 45 minute drive. The town offers fishing, boating, and indoor/outdoor rock climbing, and horse-back riding.

The Giveaway will run from Monday February 27 at 12:01am and run through March 6th at 11:59pm. You will be provided with the Rafflecopter code as well as HTML code and wording for your post which you can then make unique to your blog and readers.
Win a 2 Night Stay in Estes Park Central

Sign up to participate:
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Its The Weekend Gathering Hops

 Welcome to our Weekend Gathering Hops!  This 5 way link up is hosted by Beauty Brite, Beck Valley Books, Nifty Mom, Fairy Tale Reviews and Adventures of Frugalmom to help socialize with fellow bloggers, gain traffic, new followers, make new friends, and more!
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Leap into Spring LeapPad Giveaway Sign Ups are open!  This giveaway is hosted by Karma Media.  For more info, click here.

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Follow Frenzy Cash Giveaway - Hurry and Enter to Win !!

Follow Frenzy Monthly Blog Cash Giveaway Event

Welcome to Follow Frenzy! $80 TOTAL TO WIN!

Coordinated by ShePromotes

Follow Frenzy is a fun monthly giveaway where a group of bloggers get together, pool our money, and offer our amazing readers the chance at a cash prize via Paypal or an Amazon gift code. It's our way of saying thank you and a great way to introduce you to other blogs you may not have known about! 

We have changed Follow Frenzy up a bit, so it's not the same as it was before.  
Now we have three different mini giveaways: one for Facebook, one for Twitter, and one for Google+.
This way you can enter the ones you are able to do (and want to do!) and get 3 chances at winning a prize!
  Prizes: (Paypal cash OR Amazon GC) Twitter Edition $25 Facebook Edition $30 Google+ Edition $25
$80 total possible!   Yes, you could win all 3!
Only the host is ineligible to enter.
Participating bloggers may enter, but cannot claim their own entries (even if you DO follow yourself!).

This month's giveaway will be open 12:01am est February 24, 2012, through 11:59pm est February 26, 2012.
Open WW; 18+
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!!

Facebook $30 Congrats Jill H!
Twitter $25 Congrats Erin R!
Google+ $25 Congrats Kim R!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review - The Lagarto Stone by Gordon N McIntosh

Book Review
The Lagarto Stone - A Novel
by Gordon N McIntosh

About the Author
Gordon N. McIntosh began writing mysteries and thrillers after a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a successful real estate career. After an early retirement he and his wife traveled and lived extensively in Mexico, South America, Australia and Europe. Now they split their time between their homes in Chicago and Key West, Florida. When he’s not writing, he enjoys running, scuba diving, tennis, and travel.
The Lagarto Stone Website               Authors Website

Book Description
Why should a man lift a finger-much less risk his life-for a mother who abandoned him as an infant? But when a mortally wounded Mexican passes Doug Sutherland a scrawled note, he must overcome resentment and phobias to save her, recover a priceless pre-Columbian artifact, and battle a ruthless smuggler.

For Sutherland, a thirty-something Chicago entrepreneur, the note is meaningless. The warning that his Mexican mother is in danger puzzles him. Even if it is true, why should he care? She deserted him thirty years ago. Besides, his life is already complicated by his relationship with his girlfriend, a deadline for his real estate project, and a recent rash of nightmares. In these vivid dreams, a "burning man" stalks him, then he's trapped in a small space, and thrown into an icy grave.

Doug tries to convince himself that the message was meant for someone else. But then his apartment is invaded, he receives threatening calls from a Mexican smuggler, the police accuse him of drug dealing, and a DEA agent harasses him. Sucked into a maelstrom, he must fight-or become a victim.

Book Review
When a young man turns up at his office carrying a message from his mam, Doug Sutherland's life is turned inside out.  Not only is the young man fatally wounded but Doug hasn't spoken or seen his mam for over 30 years.

In tracing the young mans movements and actions it turns out that he has deceived a Mexican smuggler who has a lot of influence and power.  The Mexican smuggler is determined to find out where his contraband has been hidden and thus threatens not only Doug Sutherland but those he holds dear.

On the way to trying to find out what the Mexican wants and keeping himself alive, Doug is taken on a trip to his past and he finds some of the answers to his dreams.  Why did his parents split up?  Who is the 'burning man' who haunts his dreams?  As he gets closer to his mam and the Mexican, all is revealed.

A really intriguing storyline, although I did have to read some parts a couple of times to grasp what was going on.  Once established and I was back on track I thought the aspect of one greedy individual who wanted everything for himself and either destroyed or controlled everyone that got in his way was a very current topic for today.  Wouldn't it also be nice if something happened to us all, so that we could also solve the answers to all our questions and our demons.

I found the book refreshing that the author was actually testing the reader, as a thriller I enjoyed the story and am now looking forward to reading the second in the series, Death's Crooked Shadow, as I know what to expect from the author I will be taking my time in order to fully enjoy the read.

Our Rating
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

$20 Flash Cash Giveaway - Enter to Win!!

ONE DAY ONLY!!!

Here is a quickie giveaway for you!

Who doesn't need an extra $20?
Enter below, win by tomorrow!!
Giveaway opens at 9 PM EST 2/21 and ends at 9 PM EST 2/22!

CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER - ERIN C !!!

We have our Winner of the Signed Book - The Birth of Hope!!


CONGRATULATIONS !!!!
TO OUR WINNER
LISA W
You now have 48 hours to claim your prize

A special thankyou to our author, Jeane Rhodes, for donating this wonderful prize xx

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's The Weekly Book Blog Hop

Welcome to our Weekly Book Blog Hop!!
This runs every Wednesday - Saturday
including a Book Giveaway linky, Goodreads linky
and Authors Who Welcome UK Reviewers linky

Beck Valley Books Weekly Book Blog Hop
Hosted by Beck Valley Books and co-host Ever After PR
Our Book Blog Hop is here to unite all booklovers worldwide,
readers, book reviewers, authors, publishers, book bloggers, book sellers,
putting you all in touch with each other and keeping real books alive x
We would love it if you could share our hop with all your booky friends
and display are book hop badge (optional obviously x)

World Book Night - We've Been Selected plus Authors Choose Extracts to be given away with their work

We are soooo excited to have been picked to be a World Book Night Giver in April!!!!!!
We were given our third choice of The Take by Martina Cole - We have to hand out copies of the book to encourage reading.  I wonder who the lucky ones will be when we hand them out :-)

Stephen King picks Hesh Kestin and Terry Pratchett adds GK Chesterton to accompany their novels in million-book giveaway
Terry Pratchett and GK Chesterton
Terry Pratchett (left) would like to introduce GK Chesterton (right). Photograph: David Levene/Getty
Terry Pratchett would like us to sample GK Chesterton, Iain Banks is pushing Alan Moore and Roald Dahl's estate is keen on Sarah Waters. The authors chosen to be part of World Book Night on 23 April, when 1m books will be given away for free, have picked the books they themselves would recommend to readers – with Stephen King's ringing endorsement of obscure American crime novel The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats as "the best book you never read" leading a British publisher to pounce on it.

From King's Misery to Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, Pride and Prejudice to The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, each of the 25 titles to be distributed in April by 20,000 volunteers is now also set to include a sample extract from another title selected by its author. King's pick of Hesh Kestin's The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats – he calls it "The Godfather on laughing gas, or Catch-22 with guns … witty, sexy, thrilling, and all story" – will see two chapters of the book included in the back of the 40,000 copies of Misery distributed in April. Publisher Hodder & Stoughton couldn't miss out on the chance and has just acquired Kestin's 1960s New York tale about a college student who meets a notorious Jewish gangster, published in America in 2009 but previously ignored in the UK, for release on 12 April.

King might have plumped for a recent novel to promote to readers, but other World Book Night authors are hoping to push older titles. Martina Cole has chosen an extract from Graham Greene's Brighton Rock, Kinsella is pushing EM Delafield's The Diary of a Provincial Lady and Ishiguro is hoping readers will be intrigued by Stefan Zweig's 1938 novel Beware of Pity. Further picks mean Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit will be sampled in Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle, Jorge Luis Borges's The Aleph in Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist and Ann Patchett's State of Wonder in Emma Donoghue's Room.

"The idea is really very simple," said World Book Night chief executive Julia Kingsford. "World Book Night is all about encouraging people to embark on a reading journey and we believe that you're never more vulnerable to your next read as you are when you've just finished a book. We are really excited at the prospect of being able to put another great book into the hands, hearts and minds of new readers the minute they've finished their WBN book. Asking our World Book Night authors to recommend something seems like the perfect way to introduce new books and writers to readers and encourage people to keep on reading."

The award-winning poet Don Paterson has also chosen a Shakespeare sonnet for each book – themed "as much as possible" around each individual title – which will be printed in the books to mark Shakespeare's birthday, which coincides with World Book Night. Pride and Prejudice will feature Sonnet 116, "Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments"; Donoghue's story of imprisonment is matched with Sonnet 133, "Me from myself thy cruel eye hath taken"; and The Remains of the Day with Sonnet 73, "In me thou see'st the twilight of such day / As after sunset fadeth in the west".

Alison Flood

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Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Blogger Sign Ups Open for Leap into Spring LeapPad Giveaway

LeapPad Giveaway 
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Book Tour -Awaken by Sarah M Ross plus $100 Amazon Giveaway

Awaken (The Patronus)

 Lucy Donovan was supposed to have a weekend of fun in the sun, celebrating her upcoming graduation from college. In a split second, everything changed. A drunk driver ended Lucy’s mortal life. Lucy opens her eyes to a world she never imagined possible and a new destiny: as a Patronus, a guardian of spirits. Adjusting to her new role and abilities while negotiating this confusing realm will test her limits and push her further than she ever dreamed she would go. From wayward spirits who don’t want her help to soul stealing vampires, and even a stuck-up British royal, Lucy must brave them all to save one spirit she can’t bear to lose. Further complicating her confusing life is an inexplicable yet growing connection she feels to a member of her team, Max, whose mysterious behavior leaves her both confused and intrigued. Waking up dead was just the beginning of her problems. Lucy’s death is about to become the greatest adventure of her life. 

Buy it - Kindle, Paperback, Nook, and Smashwords

Author Sarah M Ross is working with Promotional Book Tours to bring you an incredible Prize pack. She is offering up - (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOW $100 AMAZON GIFT CODE INSTEAD OF KINDLE)
LUCKY WINNER IS

JESSICA.K

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Book Review - The Birth of Hope by Jeane Rhodes

Book Review
The Birth of Hope
by Jeane Rhodes, PhD

About the Author
Jeane Rhodes, Ph.D., is a licensed professional counselor using sandplay as her primary therapeutic tool She teaches online for Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. She formerly served as associate editor of the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, and worked in the foster care system as a therapist and in various management capacities. She has also been a yoga instructor, active in local, national, and international yoga organizations. Her masters thesis, titled AMind Made Visible: Psychotherapeutic Application of Yoga Asana,@ brought this experience with yoga into her psychology studies. Interest in pre- and perinatal psychology led to interviews with young children regarding their birth memories. Research continued with her Ph.D. dissertation, which explored the prenatal expression of yoga postures and subsequent echoes in the body of prenatal and birth experience. On a very personal level, she was a teen parent herself and brings the emotional reality of that experience to the creation of The Birth of Hope.

Author on Facebook          The Birth of Hope Website          Authors Website

Book Description
The Birth of Hope is the story of a baby named Hope, from her conception through her birth as the child of teen parents who are in foster care at the time of her conception. Hope's story is one of coming into this world through parents who, in spite of their age and other challenges, are very attuned to their baby throughout her gestation. This story inspires new awareness of the importance of the prenatal and birth stages of life. You will come to love Hope and her teen parents as you experience the momentous events of her gestation. Her coming changes not only her parents, but the supportive community that forms around them.

Book Review
Imagine the shock of finding, at the age of fifteen, in foster care and having had your first ever sexual encounter, that you are pregnant.  Already been stigmatised by society as a no-hoper following your eldest sister who was already into drugs and on the road to ruin, along with a mother who has been into prostitution, drugs and serving a prison sentence.  Scared and feeling lonely, where do you turn?  

Tasha is shocked to find, after their initial despair, her foster parents support her and most of all the boy who got her pregnant, Justin, wants to look after and marry her.  Justin, only 17, is also in foster care and wants to protect her and his baby.  As the couple are both in foster care there is a lot of involvement with other people and meetings with the governing bodies to find out what is the best course of action for their life changing event. 

The pregnancy journey is full of ups and downs, not just having to cope with the growth and development of their baby but also having to deal with the complex issues with other family members as well as their foster parents.   The development stages and feelings experienced by the young couple as they go through the process is intensive and emotional.

As you follow the pregnancy you will cry, laugh, feel elation and an air of fear.  The book will change your views or make you think a lot more about seeing young girls who are pregnant, it will also give you a good insight into how young mothers feel. 

I thought the book was well written, both from a high amount of research undertaken and from personal experience and was very in depth.  It took me on the journey with the young couple and I would recommend that any young person should read this book to help them through pregnancy or help prevent them becoming pregnant.

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WIN A SIGNED COPY ** HERE **


SIGNED BOOK GIVEAWAY - The Birth of Hope by Jeane Rhodes

Photobucket We're taking part in the February Freebies Giveaway Hop!! Hosted by PLANET WEIDKNECHT AND GOING CRAZY!! WANNA GO??!!

Once you have entered our fantastic giveaway please take a look at all the other book giveaways listed at the bottom of the post (after entering mind !!!)

OUR GIVEAWAY

SIGNED BOOK - The Birth of Hope
by Jeane Rhodes, PhD
OPEN INTERNATIONALLY
Ending 23rd February at 11.59pm est
The Birth of Hope is the story of a baby named Hope, from her conception through her birth as the child of teen parents who are in foster care at the time of her conception. Hope's story is one of coming into this world through parents who, in spite of their age and other challenges, are very attuned to their baby throughout her gestation. This story inspires new awareness of the importance of the prenatal and birth stages of life. You will come to love Hope and her teen parents as you experience the momentous events of her gestation. Her coming changes not only her parents, but the supportive community that forms around them.

This amazing SIGNED BOOK giveaway is Open Internationally
ending on 21st February at 11.59pm est

Please wait for Rafflecopter to load, if it does not load, please refresh page, thanku x

Enter Below n Good Luck !!

WINNER OF $850 CUPIDS CASH GIVEAWAY IS....

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Its The Weekend Gathering Hops

 Welcome to our Weekend Gathering Hops!  This 5 way link up is hosted by Adventures of Frugalmom, Beck Valley Books, Beauty Brite, and Nifty Mom to help socialize with fellow bloggers, gain traffic, new followers, make new friends, and more!
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A Small Gift with a Big Impact !!

Keychain heaven is just a click away......

Butterfly Keychain - Crystal Butterfly
When I was given the chance to review a product from WholesaleKeychain.com I jumped at the chance for two reasons really.  The first being it was a nice change from my book reviews and secondly my son is going through an absolute keychain collector phase at the moment.

Digital Photo Keychain & Keyring with Stand - Pink What I didn't realise was just how many different keychains there would be to chose from on their website.  It is simply amazing, they have anything from automotive, sport, Disney, multi-tool, digital to even flash drive keychains.  You name it they have the keychain you are looking for.

For me, my first search was for a butterfly keychain, one of my passions, not only did I find one but a crystal one, another passion of mine, so I was very happy.   Now to pick one for my son, here started the problem as there was sooooo much I could have picked for him.  I wanted to get him something different, unusual, something that would interest him.  Here is what I picked for him out of the huge games keychain collection although I could have picked anything from Battleships to Operation!!

What did surprise me when I received the keychains was the quality of both of them, for the tic tac toe keychain there was none of this cheap plastic that you see elsewhere, the clasp were strong and had finger wheels at the side of each square for easy movement.  The packaging for the butterfly keychain was so nice I've included a photograph, it even had a tiny butterfly in the middle of the ribbon.


Take a look at their website, with free shipping for orders over $50 and you can even have your keychains personalized, let me know your favourite!!
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