Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fahrenheit 451-Book Giveaway

Happy Thursday! I am very excited about the impending 3 day weekend and so I thought I would do a little early celebration by posting a giveaway. I just recently read this book for the first time and really enjoyed it. I have been on a quest to fill in the gaps where classics were concerned in my reading and this one did not leave me disappointed. Please leave a comment below with your email address and you must be a follower of my blog. I will choose a winner on Tuesday, July 5.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Free State of Jones-Opening Today

It is hot and humid here in Ky and all I want to do is stay inside where it is cool. This weekend would be a great time to go check out a new movie, eat some popcorn, and stay cool. And who doesn't like Matthew McConaughey-nice to look at and that southern drawl gets me every time.

Based on a true story, Academy-Award winner Matthew McConaughey stars as Newt Knight, a Southern farmer who became a leader that inspired a rebellion.

Knight rallied those who believed that, no man ought to tell another man what he s got to live for - or what he s got to die for. He and his men fought for freedom, equality, and the ideal that, no one can own a child of God.

The film explores the issues of class inequality and race relations that permeate the south during the Civil War. It also tells the story of men and women during this tenuous time who have a strong faith in God, but are dealing with a moral struggle in regards to that inequality and the laws they are forced to follow.

I hope you ll have a moment to screen the trailer below for the full depth and feel of this epic film.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Coming Soon: Hillsong-Let Hope Rise

In addition to books and cross stitch, I am a big music and movie fan. So when I heard that Hillsong had a movie coming out, that just fits right into my wheelhouse as I can watch about their rise in the musical world. Even though the movie won't be out for a couple of months, this info gets me excited for what is to come.
Check out the press release and a video of one of their song selections.


Film spotlights Hillsong UNITED’s remarkable journey from a youth group band at Hillsong Church to a worldwide recording and concert sensation

LOS ANGELES, June 17, 2016—Pure Flix is distributing HILLSONG-LET HOPE RISE, the highly anticipated feature film that chronicles the spectacular and miraculous rise to prominence of the Australia-based band, Hillsong UNITED.

Directed by Michael John Warren (Jay Z’s FADE TO BLACK), the film explores Hillsong’s journey from a tiny church in the Sydney suburbs to an influential international ministry whose songs are sung every Sunday by more than 50 million people across the globe. Their songs have been translated into 60 languages and the band has sold more than 17 million albums.

“HILLSONG-LET HOPE RISE is so much more than a film about a Christian band or even a church. It is truly a theatrical worship experience,” said Michael Scott, chief production officer and a founding partner of Pure Flix. “It is a dream come true for us, as a studio committed to influencing the global culture, to partner with a church like Hillsong.”

“Anyone who regularly attends a church knows Hillsong’s music by heart. That’s how influential they’ve become,” said producer Jonathan Bock. “And yet despite the fame and adulation, they’re still just a humble worship band trying to do what tens of thousands of other worship bands try to do every week -- glorify God through their music. How they balance that is a fascinating and surprising story.”

From a single church in suburban Sydney, Hillsong Church now extends to cities on five continents (including London, Paris, Sao Paulo, Capetown, Rio de Janeiro, and Phoenix) with more than 100,000 weekly attendees, including thriving congregations in New York and Los Angeles. In addition to its local church initiatives, Hillsong partners with international organizations committed to ministry – examples include feeding and educating children in the slums of India, building housing for those living with AIDS in Africa and rescuing victims of human trafficking around the globe.

“We’re thrilled that Pure Flix, the No. 1 producer of faith films in the U.S., is our partner on this project,” said Brian Houston, founding pastor of Hillsong Church. “It’s our hope that by sharing an up-close and unvarnished look inside our music and lives, we can shatter pre-conceived notions of what it means to follow Jesus in today’s modern world.”

Founded in 2005 by Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Russell Wolfe, and Elizabeth Travis, Pure Flix has become the largest independent faith and family studio in the world. With offices in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Pure Flix has produced, acquired, marketed, and distributed nearly 100 faith and family-friendly properties. Aligned with their mission to transform the human spirit through values-based entertainment, Pure Flix is the industry leader in creating high-quality inspirational feature film content. Pure Flix official website:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

America's First Daughter

Have you heard about this book? I have been seeing rave reviews all over the net and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Well, today is just the day as the ebook is a fantastic price. Only 1.99!!!!! Go get yours before the deal is over.

America's First Daughter

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Victorian Motto Sampler Giveaway

I love this blog and the fantastic products. Check out the newest giveaway by clicking the link below.


Free Ebook Deal

I always love a good book deal and even more when it is a free book. Silas Marner is free today as an ebook. Just click on the book title to get your copy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New Releases

What books are you excited about this week?

Last Sext: Poetry by Melissa Broder

French Love Poems by Tynan Kogane (Editor)

The Girls by Emma Cline

Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley

Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping by Dan White

I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro

War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing: Library of America by Lawrence Rosenwald and James Carroll

The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood : The Spy Who Stole the Crown Jewels and Became the King’s Secret Agent by Robert Hutchinson

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom to Marry in America by Kevin Cathcart (Editor), Leslie Gabel-Brett (Editor)

In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi

The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine by Ben Ehrenreich

God is Not Here : A Soldier’s Struggle with Torture, Trauma, and the Moral Injuries of War by Lieutenant Colonel Bill Russell Edmonds

Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay

Steeplejack (Alternative Detective) by A. J. Hartley

The Sadness by Benjamin Rybeck

Field of Graves (A Taylor Jackson Novel) by J.T. Ellison

Murder on the Quai by Cara Black

Love Wins: The Lovers, Lawyers and Activists Who Brought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell

If I Forget You by Thomas Christopher Greene

Brighton by Michael Harvey

Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire) by Yoon Ha Lee

Worldly Goods by Alice Petersen

The Mistresses of Cliveden: Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home by Natalie Livingstone

Before by Carmen Boullosa

Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin by Ann Patty

Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler

The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire by Karl Jacoby

The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America by Ai-jen Poo

Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp

New York, 1960 by Barry Gifford

Movieola! by John Domini

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

Jamestown, Alaska by Frank Turner Hollon

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts

Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi

The Insides by Jeremy Bushnell

A Great and Terrible King : Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris

Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France by Max Leonard

The Secret Lives of Web Pages by Paul Ford

Éric Rohmer: A Biography by Antoine de de Baecque (Author), Noël Herpe (Author), Steven Rendall (Translator), Lisa Neal (Translator)

The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine by Ben Ehrenreich

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore

The Devils of Cardona by Matthew Carr

The Familiar. Vol. 3: Honeysuckle & Pain by Mark Z Danielewski

Walking the Dog by Elizabeth Swados

Widowmaker by Paul Doiron

The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World by Steve Hely

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

The Port-Wine Stain by Norman Lock

Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

Last Last Orders by Arno Camenisch (Author), Donal McLaughlin (Translator)

Confessions of a Madman by Leila Sebbar (Author), Rachel Crovello (Translator)

Death and Mr. Pickwick by Stephen Jarvis (paperback)

The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader (paperback)

The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows (paperback)

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpoint (paperback)

The Ambassador’s Wife by Jennifer Steil (paperback)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Stephen King

As you might have guessed, I love books. I read just about anything I can get my hands on and author signing and events are right up my alley. On Saturday, a friend of mine went along with me to the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to see the iconic Stephen King. Ann Patchett, herself an author of six novels and owner of Parnassus Books came out first to give information about the event. Much to my surprise, Donna Tartt, Pulitzer prize winner and author of The Goldfinch, took to the stage to give a very nice, detailed introduction of Stephen King. (By the way, if you have not read The Goldfinch-you must!)

King took the stage and for about an hour and a half, he talked about his life and writing, shared amazing stories, and took questions from the audience. He is very funny by the way, the audience laughed and clapped at his endeavors during most of the event. Everyone was given a copy of his latest book, End of Watch, and although I wasn't lucky enough to get a signed copy, there were about 400 attendees that did. The venue was quite strict on no pictures during the event but I am posting one of the stage before he came on.

I plan on started the book today so there will be an upcoming review. The book is the third in the Detective Hodges trilogy and I greatly enjoyed the first two. I encourage you to go get all three. (Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers)

Are you interested in what King reads? He recommended Below the Fall by Noah Hawley and The Fireman by Joe Hill. (A little book trivia-Joe Hill is King's son.)

Please comment with your favorite Stephen King book as I now have to make sure and read everything he has written.

Salem Remembered

I wanted this pattern for a good while and it was very hard to find as it was out of print. However, I did get lucky and was able to purchase it from another stitcher that had just finished the project. Over the weekend, I had a trip to The Stitching Post in Nashville and purchased the fabric and thread to start it. I could not wait to start on it and did yesterday afternoon as soon as I returned home. Here is the progress so far.

The Conjuring 2 Giveaway

Thank you for all that entered this giveaway and I wish I could send a prize pack to all that entered. I hope you enjoyed all of the content shared about the movie and hope that you will go see it. If you do, please come back and comment with a short review of it. So drum roll....the winner is The Eskimo's Wife!!!! I will send you an email to get your mailing address.
You have won:
2 movie money passes
Leather Bound Journal

I hope all of you will keep returning to my blog as I plan to offer more giveaways and book talk coming soon!

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Conjuring 2

I hope you have all enjoyed the content I have posted this week on the anticipated release of The Conjuring 2. I have one last post that will discuss the concept of evil and how that relates to this movie. I would love for you to comment on the questions at the end of the article.
Be sure to sign up for the giveaway on that thread from Monday as a winner will be chosen tomorrow.

Evil has been with us, and in our entertainment, since the dawn of time. First plays, now movies and TV shows, always have to have a bad guy – a corrupt cop, a supervillain bent on world domination, a violent criminal or murderer. In earlier, some would say simpler, times, the dark character in entertainment was clearly one audiences were meant to root against. It was easy, or at least easier, to know our heroes from our villains.

Today, though, it can be a little tougher. Far beyond the reluctant anti-hero, some of the characters we’re supposed to find admirable have qualities that just a generation ago would have firmly planted them in the bad-guy camp. From a sexy devil with charm and a heart (Fox’s hit series LUCIFER), to all variety of films (the TWILIGHT series) and TV shows (pretty much anything on The CW), characters who used to headline horror films – vampires, zombies, werewolves, witches – are now the stars we’re supposed to want to emulate.

That’s why it’s refreshing when a film like THE CONJURING 2, in theaters nationwide Friday, comes out. Like the first film, a big hit that took in $318 million at the U.S. box office alone, the sequel vividly portrays the nature of evil – as something destructive and ugly and to be defeated, not embraced. The “bad guy” in this case isn’t a guy – or gal – at all, but a demonic spirit that torments a British family and must be overcome by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, reprising their roles from the original film).

The Warrens make sure the Hodgson family, the targets of the supernatural entity, understand it is a malevolent force out to destroy them. As a statement from the real Ed Warren stated at the end of the first film, the new one makes very clear that: “Diabolical forces are formidable. These forces are eternal, and they exist today. The fairy tale is true. The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.”

A film like THE CONJURING 2, with its forthright depiction of spiritual evil, is a great opportunity to talk with friends about the true nature of the dark forces that inhabit our world. Here are a few questions to get that conversation going:

• Do you believe in good and evil? In the spiritual realm? In the human realm?
• If you do believe in evil, what do you believe is the source of it?
• If you do believe in evil, how do you think it can be defeated?
• What do you think about the trend in entertainment to make heroes out of characters that have traditionally been villainous?
• Do you plan on seeing THE CONJURING 2? Why or why not?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Old Glory by Rosewood Manor

I started this project last August at a cross stitch retreat and have been working on it since then. I have been working on a few other projects as well, so I haven't been able to finish quickly. However, it is almost done and I wanted to show my progress so far.

The Conjuring 2

Are you getting more excited? The movie is out this weekend and I am ready to go see the next installment in this series. Here is another teaser for you below.

Great Contest for Stitchers/Crafters

I am an avid cross stitcher and this site has some fantastic thread. The giveaways happen often and this one is one of the best. Go check it out and register to win.

Victorian Motto Sampler

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June 7 New Releases

I get so excited about new books and I love to share that excitement with other readers. I am listing the ones that were released yesterday-sorry I am a day late. Which ones are you most excited about? I have to say that there are several that I can't wait to get my hands on but End of Watch by Stephen King is at the top of my list.

A Dangerous Age by Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Super Extra Grande by Yoss (Author), David Frye (Translator)

The Far Empty by J. Todd Scott

Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood

When We Meet Again by Kristin Harmel

The Way of the Runner : A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running by Adharanand Finn

I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around by Ann Garvin

What We Become by Arturo Perez-Reverte

But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman

Peel Back the Skin: Anthology of Horror Stories edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson

Amy Snow by Tracy Rees

Necropolis by Avtar Singh

Dark Horse by Rory Flynn

The Wedding Sisters by Jamie Brenner

Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kay

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?: A Story of Women and Economics by Katrine Marcal

Rio Noir edited by Tony Bellotto

A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen

The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson

The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe

Faerie by Eisha Marjara

The Edge of the Fall by Kate Williams

The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman

Autumn Princess, Dragon Child: Book 2 in the Tale of Shikanoko by Lian Hearn

Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman

Chancers: Addiction, Prison, Recovery, Love: One Couple’s Memoir by Susan Stellin and Graham MacIndoe

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer by Arthur Lubow

Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley Blume

Melville in Love: The Secret Life of Herman Melville and the Muse of Moby-Dick by Michael Shelden

Everything Explained That Is Explainable : On the Creation of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Celebrated Eleventh Edition, 1910-1911 by Denis Boyles

The Good Lieutenant by Whitney Terrell

Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet To Be Born by Anne Waldman

Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment by Wenonah Hauter

American Girls by Alison Umminger

Never a Dull Moment: 1971–The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth

How the World Breaks: Life in Catastrophe’s Path, from the Caribbean to Siberia by Stan Cox and Paul Cox

The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan by Laurence Leamer

End of Watch by Stephen King

Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces by Ian Frazier

Clinch by Martin Holmén and Henning Koch

Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in Sports by Cyd Zeigler

They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine

Among Strange Victims by Daniel Saldaña París (Author), Christina MacSweeney (Translator)

The Girl from The Savoy by Hazel Gaynor

The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men’s Prison by Mikita Brottman

The Dead Don’t Bleed by David Krugler

Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

Commander in Chief: FDR’s Battle with Churchill, 1943 by Nigel Hamilton

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings

Break Me Like a Promise: Once Upon a Crime Family by Tiffany Schmidt

Baba Dunja’s Last Love by Alina Bronsky (Author), Tim Mohr (Translator)

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

This Is Not My Beautiful Life by Victoria Fedden

Infomocracy by Malka Older

The Wheel of Osheim: The Red Queen’s War by Mark Lawrence

The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot

The Second Girl by David Swinson

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

The Great Invention : The Story of GDP and the Making and Unmaking of the Modern World by Ehsan Masood

The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner

With Malice by Eileen Cook

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

Francis Bacon’s Armchair by Sebastien Brebel (Author), Jesse L Anderson (Translator)

Cold Shoulder by Markus Werner (Author), Michael Hofmann (Translator)

The Poor by Raul Brandão (Author), Karen Sotelino (Translator)

Border Towns by C.S. Giscombe


The Seven Good Years: A Memoir by Etgar Keret

Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor

The Clasp by Sloane Crosley

Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings by Shirley Jackson

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh

The Daughters by Adrienne Celt

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America by Ai-jen Poo

The Conjuring 2

Are you getting more excited each day? I know I am. Check out this clip and be sure to comment to enter the fantastic giveaway!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Conjuring 2

In preparation for the release of The Conjuring 2 on June 10, this week will contain several posts to get you all ready for the big premiere.

As a parent, how do you explain evil and the ideas that are in horror movies? Perhaps, the following can help as a guide to talk to your children.

With THE CONJURING 2 in theaters this Friday, it’s only natural to think about scary movies. For some of us, the thoughts are about avoiding them at all costs, but for others there’s excitement at thinking about getting a good scare from our theater seats.

But what about our kids? Especially at younger ages, they can be truly disturbed if they happen to see something onscreen that frightens them. It may not even be a well-made supernatural horror film like THE CONJURING 2 – certainly not for pre-teens – but could be something they see in one of their favorite cartoons that raises fears.

What can you do as a parent when this happens to your son or daughter? Here are a few tips from the experts at Focus on the Family:

• The first thing you need to do is sit down with your child and give them the chance to discuss the film openly. Ask them what they saw, what they thought about it, and how it made them feel. Whatever you do, don't make light of their fears or dismiss their feelings as silly or immature.

• Once their emotions have been aired, assure your son or daughter that this was only a story, just like the imaginary tales they may have seen in picture story books. Bad things weren’t happening to real people – they were actors playing a pretend game, like they and their friends do.

• Reassure your child that you, as their parent, are dedicated to protecting them. Let them know that it is one of your most important jobs – ensuring they feel safe and are safe. Reinforce that message with plenty of hugs.

• If you are a Christian family, you can explain that God has promised to be with them at all times, even in the midst of danger. Open up the Bible and show them the passages where God promises never to leave us or forsake us (Genesis 28:15; Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5). Pray with them about the scary movie and their fears, and encourage them to pray on their own when they become frightened at night. If it seems appropriate, you can also practice some coping techniques with them, like deep breathing relaxation exercises or visualizing a happy place.

• One last thought: it is definitely not a good idea for you to sleep in your child's room or to let them sleep in your bed. That will only reinforce the behavior you're trying to eliminate, encouraging them to act helpless and dependent. So whatever happens, make it clear that you will not be sleeping with them. Instead, find some other way to make them feel secure, like turning on a nightlight for a while or letting them take a special stuffed animal to bed.

Come to think of it, if you go see THE CONJURING 2 and you’re still a little scared even after the credits roll, feel free to take your favorite stuffed animal to bed with you, too.

Don't forget to comment for your chance to win a great Conjuring 2 prize pack!

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Conjuring 2-Givevaway

Are you a fan of horror movies? And ones that are based on a true story?

The Conjuring 2 will be in theatres on June 10.

Based on a true story, THE CONJURING 2, recounts a haunting in London, England that plagued a single mother, Peggy (played by Frances O’Connor), and her four children, Margaret, Janet, Johnny, and Billy. The church sends world renowned paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) to investigate the authenticity of the haunting and help the family.

What begins as an investigation turns into a battle of good vs evil in which faith and scripture become the necessary tools to defeat a powerful entity. The Conjuring 2 is a story of overcoming fear and the power of God’s love and protection against evil.

To celebrate the release of this movie, I have a great giveaway. Please leave a comment below with an email so I can contact you if you are the winner.

2 movie money passes
Leather Bound Journal