Rose Dee

25 July 2014

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Hi all, figured it was time for an update. The past few weeks have been challenging. The medication I was on was keeping the headpain down to around 3 out of 10 most of the time but it had one bad side effect, nightmares. The nightmares started with one ever few nights and escalated to around 5 a night. I have always been someone who dreams a lot and in the last 3 years prior to recently had around 3 nightmares and there was a reason for most of them. These nightmares were horrific to the point I would wake up screaming and waking with a start. I had similar ones over and over all having me about to be attacked in my own home in a serious way. It got to the point I was almost scared to even go to sleep.

I had to change meds and the new one didn't really help and the pain progressively got worse and was like when this first hit except the pain was higher. I had stabbing pain as well this time more like someone was using a nail gun and shooting them into my head and the pain was around 7 out of 10. There have been times I thought I may cry a the clinic well this time I had to see the duty dr and with the noise at the clinic and pain I broke down and was able to sit in a quieter area. The dr could see I wasn't doing well and I now have a new med to try. It will take time to get the right dose but at least the stabbing pain has eased.

At present just walking round the block is to much and hurts the head and the noise issue is also a major issue again. Hopefully it will all calm down again. It has meant reading is not happening at present. I have now read 5 books for the year. 2 I need to put up reviews for.
Mentally I am doing ok. Accepting I have Occipital Neuralgia and that I will probably have to live with headpain goes along way to coping. I am hoping the meds will bring the pain back down to around 3 or 4 which I can handle if I don't have the stabbing pain. 

On a plus the neck and back pain is lower now that we are able to keep the thoracic spine looser. When the neck is also bad the headpain is even harder to handle.

24 July 2014

ACRBA Tour Better Than A Superhero by Belinda Francis



21st - 25th June 2014
is introducing

Better Than A Superhero
(Wombat books 1 May 2014)

By

Belinda Francis, illustrated by Kayleen West






About the Book

Who is better than a superhero? Find out about Jesus as you explore what he did and who he was. And most importantly how Jesus really can be your best friend!


About the Authors



Belinda Francis
Award winning journalist turned children's author Belinda Francis worked in newspapers, magazines and electronic media for ten years in South Africa before she and her family immigrated to Queensland.

Shortly after arriving in Australia, her elder son was diagnosed with ASD and she devoted the next few years to his early intervention, which with God's guidance, has paid off miraculously. Her second son, who had been born ten weeks prematurely, is now healthy and strong – evidence of yet another miracle. She and her family recently celebrated the arrival of their third child, a much-prayed for daughter.

While raising her children, Belinda wrote
Better than a Superhero, her first published book, and threw herself into the local church and community. She runs the Sunday school program at her church campus.

Belinda is passionate about raising children up in God's kingdom and excited about the ministry opportunities the book will undoubtedly open up.

Kayleen West
An award winning artist, her work hangs in private and corporate collections in France, United States, Italy, and the Australian Embassy in Ireland and in government collections in Australia.

Although an initial childhood dream was to write and illustrate for children, Kayleen was encouraged to venture into a career of an exhibiting fine artist and later a graphic designer.
Returning to her original passion in 2009, Kayleen is now a published children's Author and Illustrator working on her third children's book and writes Christian content for magazines and blogs.

Kayleen is the author and illustrator of Without Me? (Wombat Books, 2013) and the illustrator of
Better than a Superhero (Even Before Publishing, 2014).
For more information:
www.kayleenwest.com.au

My Review:
I love this book. It is one of the best children's books I have read for awhile. The illustrations are very well done, bright and fun and will capture a child's attention. It tells children about Jesus and that he is better than a super hero as he is always there with them even if they can not see him. Loved the way the book flows. It would be a great gift book for a child and a book which would be great to see in libraries.

22 July 2014

CFBA Tour Firewall by DiAnn Mills

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Firewall
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2014)
by
DiAnn Mills


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Her books have won many awards through American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a Christy winner in 2010.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is the Craftsman Mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops.

DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas. Visit her website or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/diannmills


ABOUT THE BOOK

After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Firewall, go HERE.

17 July 2014

Getting to know you with Katherine Walden

 Please welcome my friend and debut author Katherine Walden to my blog today. She has a new devotional book out that looks like a good read.


 1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I live with a neurological disorder called Charcot Marie Tooth Disease, but I have not allowed my disability to stop me from living an active, productive life. I worked with Youth With A Mission for 13 years and finally settled in Alberta, Canada. However, my disability progressed to the point where I was no longer able to work in a regular work environment. After consulting with my doctors and seeking the advice of trusted pastors and family members, I decided to hang up the traditional work hat, and I now live on a small disability pension.

Someone once said, "You can take the minister out of the pulpit but you can’t take the ministry out of the minister." I continue to minister around the world without taking a step from my apartment through the Internet, I founded I Lift My Eyes Ministries in 1996, and I now reach thousands on a daily basis, thousands more than I would have ever imagined when I was involved in regular ministry!

I have been an active member of Harvest Vineyard Christian Fellowship, in Alberta, Canada since 1993. At present, I serve the local body through helping to facilitate a weekly small group fellowship as well as overseeing our emergency prayer line. At present, I am also a mentor and friend to several younger women, providing a listening ear, wise counsel, and of course, prayer!



 2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
My favourite author was L.M. Montgomery, the author of the beloved "Anne" series. I own most of her works, and every few years, I pull one of her books off my shelf for some comfort reading. Some people reach for a chocolate bar at times of stress; I reach for a chocolate bar and a good book!  Coincidentally, I once led a home fellowship group with L. M. Montgomery's great-niece although L.M Montgomery lived thousands of miles from me.

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and write?


 I love to read Christian fantasy, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and George MacDonald's faerie tales. I devoured Jeanette Oke books when I was younger as Mrs Oke wrote most of her fictional books while living a few miles from where I grew up!  Right now, I mostly read non-fiction; books on prayer, Christian living, counselling, and relationships. I am drawn to books that inspire me live my faith with authenticity.  My writing is mostly inspirational devotional in nature, although I have written several instructional articles on prayer. (Jenny here it was Janette Oke's Canadian west series that got me back into reading.)


4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
L. M. Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Mitchell, Anne Frank, Helen Keller and Marie Killilea, who wrote 'Karen' and 'With Love from Karen'. I see echoes of their collective influence in all my writings.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
At the age of nine, I created an outline for a book about a girl and her horse. I am now well aware that the concept wasn't very original. However, the dream of owning horses, and then writing about them, died after a week at summer camp. I discovered I didn't like horses as much as I thought I did. I didn't give up my love of writing though and literature, English and Drama were my favourite classes in my school years. (Jenny again love the story of the horse. its funny how we can really want something till we actually either see or do the activity)

6. How did you go about becoming an author?
I suppose the obvious answer is simple. I wrote. When it comes to my devotionals, God challenged me to move past occasional snippets and quips that would pop out of my head and onto paper. I had not written formally for several years, and I was very rusty. I cringe at some of my earlier writings, but I extend grace to the earlier me.  Once I began sending out weekly devotionals via email, I had no choice but to write. It spurred me on and the author within reawakened.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
A teacher or counsellor. But I don't think I could stop being a writer any more than I could change my eye colour.

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
I listen to worship music, classical music and just about anything else except for rap and twangy country genres. I enjoy my friends and my local church, where I serve as a mentor and prayer coordinator. I am also a member of a home fellowship leadership team. In the summer, I enjoy traipsing about my urban neighbourhood; there are great coffee shops, sweet little parks and many independent boutiques and stores within blocks of me.


9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
I have lived most of my life in Alberta, Canada, and I grew up within an hours drive of the Rocky Mountains. Banff National Park and Jasper National Park are both places that fill a deep place in my heart. I am hoping to travel down the Oregon Coast to Northern California in the next year. My ultimate dream vacation would be a six-week holiday travelling through the whole of the United Kingdom: Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales.

 10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
This answer changes at a whim as I love to share a meal with three or four very diverse people and just listen to them talk.  I am feeling a bit cheeky today, so my answer would be the following.

Danny Silk, Justin Bieber and Justin's mother who is a strong believer. Danny Silk is a Christian psychologist and relationship expert and has written several books, including 'Keep Your Love On' and 'Loving On Purpose'. I think it would be fascinating to watch the three of them as they discuss family dynamics, personal responsibility and faith. I would be taking copious notes!


Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will
be coming out soon. Also where we can find you on the web.
 
"Seasons - Reflections on Changes Throughout Life" is a compilation of 90 inspirational devotions and thought-provoking writings, penned with humour, wisdom and compassion. It is my hope that this thought-provoking devotional will challenge you to consider a delightful myriad of uplifting possibilities that all surround the fact that God is good, He is on our side and His intention is to bless His children. "Seasons" is currently available on Kindle and I will be releasing other digital formats of the book in October.

I am currently in the process of publishing another collection of 90-100 devotions that is tentatively titled, "Dare to Call Him Friend." I will probably publish that on to Kindle in September 2014.

15 July 2014

CFBA Tour Shenandoah Dreams by Lisa Belcastro

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Shenandoah Dreams
OakTara Publishers (July 1, 2014)
by
Lisa Belcastro


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard. She loves chocolate, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, laughing, reading, traveling, a healthy dose of adventure, and her cat Ben, who keeps her company while she spends hours working at the computer.

She was inspired to write Shenandoah Nights, the first book in the Winds of Change trilogy, while chaperoning two Tisbury School summer sails with her daughter, Kayla, aboard the schooner Shenandoah. The weeklong adventure, sans electricity, Game Boys, iPods and modern conveniences, kindled her imagination to dream of an altogether different voyage.

In addition to writing romance novels, Lisa currently pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style magazine. She has worked as a staff and freelance reporter and photographer for The Chronicle of the Horse and as assistant editor at The Blue Ridge Leader. She has written articles for USA Today, Dressage (London), USA WEEKEND Magazine, The Blue Ridge Leader and Sidelines.

When she’s not at her desk, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, trying to run a marathon a month, or walking the beach looking for sea glass.

ABOUT THE BOOK

What if she met the man of her dreams...in another century? Tisbury, Massachusetts, Martha s Vineyard. It s just a dream, Melissa Smith whispers as she stares into the intense eyes of a man dressed in Colonial clothes, as though stepping out of an American Revolution movie set. A school chaperone with Holmes Hole Elementary, she d boarded the old schooner Shenandoah for a weeklong educational sail. But they are not visiting Plimoth Plantation, the Boston Tea Party Museum, or the Concord Bridge reenactment. They re sailing the waters around the island of Martha s Vineyard. Yet, when she awakes in Cabin 8, the captain claims to be Isaiah Reed, who sailed the original Shenandoah in the eighteenth century. He cannot possibly be real, Melissa thinks. And traveling back in time is impossible. But days pass, and she s still in 1770. What if Isaiah, who is simply too handsome to be real, is real? What if the fire he ignites in her from barely a touch isn t in her imagination? Can a dream last for weeks on end? If so, how will she find her way home...to the twenty-first century? And can she bear to leave the one man who has captured her heart, when everything in her longs to stay? A Vineyard Romance Romance, history, adventure. Get swept into the exciting Winds of Change series.

If you liked to read the first chapter of Shenandoah Dreams, go HERE.

9 July 2014

CFBA Tour Hope Deferred by Elizabeth Maddrey

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hope Deferred
HopeSprings Books (July 1, 2014)
by
Elizabeth Maddrey


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who loves a good happily ever after.

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of computers, math, and organization steered her into computer science at Wheaton College, she always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. This continued through a Master’s program in Software Engineering, several years in the computer industry, teaching programming at the college level, and a Ph.D. in Computer Technology in Education. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity.

She lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Christian fiction for women.
Can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?
June and July and their husbands have spent the last year trying to start a family and now they're desperate for answers. As one couple works with specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, the other must fight to save their marriage. Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hope Deferred, go HERE.

6 July 2014

FOUR WEDDINGS AND A KISS – Win an iPad Mini & rip-roarin’ Facebook Party!

Four best-­selling romance novelists bring tales of feisty heroines, stubborn heroes, and unlikely love in the Wild West in Four Weddings and a Kiss. Don't miss the latest from the Western Brides Collection from Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton.

The authors are celebrating with a "Sweet on Love" iPad Mini Giveaway and rip-roarin' Facebook party.
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  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Bride for All Seasons and Four Weddings and a Kiss 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 8th. Winner will be announced at the Four Weddings and a Kiss Facebook Author Chat Party. Connect with Western Brides Collection authors Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton for an evening of fun book chat, western-themed trivia, and prizes. The authors will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in the collection!

So grab your copy of Four Weddings and a Kiss and join the authors on the evening of July 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 8th!

 
 My Review:
I haven't been able to read much this year but this book I didn't want to put down. I really loved the book and the way this book flows with the different stories but all linked on one way. Each book has a strong heroine in different ways. They each had to fight for different things from being accepted to fighting for there lives. I loved the way each story flowed. From feisty Maisy who I just fell in love with the way she handled herself. To Katie who was dealing with some hard issues. Molly who wants to be an editor but has to try to prove herself and then Grace who finds herself in trouble and needing help. This is a good read and I fully recommend it. Most who know me know I love historical and that I use to read over 100 books a year this year due to illness this book made number 4 but was the fastest book I have read this year.

24 June 2014

CFBA Tour Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Rival Hearts
Abingdon Press (June 17, 2014)
by
Tara Randel


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. After finding Romantic Times magazine in a bookstore many years ago, she found information about writing organizations. Soon after, she joined Romance Writers of America. She located the local RWA chapter and immediately attended her first meeting. There was no stopping her after that!

Through Tampa Area Romance Authors, Tara learned all about the business of publishing, starting with the craft of writing to behind the scenes of publishing. She served as contest coordinator for four years and served as President for one year, enjoying the organization and the lasting friendships made there.

When not writing, Tara owns a business with her husband and stays busy with her two daughters. She lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery. Enjoy!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Rival Hearts, go HERE.

22 June 2014

ACRBA tour Dear God It's Me and It's Urgent by Marion Stroud


16th - 20th  June 2014
(Monarch Oct 13)

By

Marion Stroud





About the Book
Dear God It's Me and It's Urgent' provides prayers for private devotion and meditation, or for sharing with other women. Inspiring and challenging they are rooted firmly in everyday life. Topics range from A Bride's Prayer on the Eve of her Wedding,Reluctant Hospitality and After Chemotherapy, mixing wisdom and compassion with a touch of humour.In a world where people often seem too busy to listen or care God is always available. No appointment is required.


About the Author






Marion Stroud has written 3 children's books, and 23 non-fiction titles. She lives in Bedford UK the town in which John Bunyan wrote his famous Pilgrim's Progress. She is a cross cultural trainer for Media Associates International [www.littworld.org] which works to help Christian writers, editors and publishers write and publish culturally appropriate material in the 'spiritually hard places' of the world. You can contact marion at www.marionstroud.com

18 June 2014

CFBA Tour Yankiee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Yankee in Atlanta
River North(June 1, 2014)
by
Jocelyn Green


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed...Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin's only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta. Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who is about to enlist with the Rebel army. Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman's troops edge closer to Atlanta. Caitlin tries to escape north with the girl, but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that Caitlin follow the rules, or love demand that she break them?

Id you would like to read the first chapter of Yankee in Atlanta, go HERE.

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