I Choose You Today Challenge

What’s the secret for hanging on to the happily-ever-after feelings from the day you said, “I do”? It could be as simple as four little words: I Choose You Today. Be sure to grab a copy of Deb DeArmond‘s latest release and find out how you can make the declaration “I Choose You Today” a regular part of your marriage communication.

Deb is celebrating the release of her book with a Facebook author chat party on February 3rd.

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Along with the February 3rd author chat party, you’re invited to participate in two marriage-strengthening challenges: one beginning February 1 and the other beginning in March. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to build your relationship with your spouse and enter to win some prizes along the way!

The Valentine’s Challenge: February 1 – 28

Tell your spouse “I Choose You” every day of the month. Sign up online at www.ichooseyouchallenge.com and receive a free downloadable February calendar to mark off the days of the challenge.

Deb will also be emailing participants 1–2 times throughout the month with giveaway opportunities and “keep going” encouragement.

The “I Choose You” Challenge: March 1 – December 31, 2015

Sign up online at www.ichooseyouchallenge.com to receive 10 weekly emails, each teaching one of the choices from Deb’s book along with practical applications. This challenge is broken up into three different sessions, covering all 31 choices from the book.

There will be giveaways and opportunities to win throughout the year. Participants can decide when to join—it’s not required to do all three sessions. do all three sessions.
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Masterpiece Marriage

Book Description

He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?
After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.

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Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?

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About the author:

Gina Welborn is the author of several novels and novellas, including “The Heiress’s Courtship.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; the president of Faith, Hope and Love; and a founding member of InkwellInspirations.com. She lives in Cache, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband and their five children. Visit her online at GinaWelborn.com.

You can read an excerpt of Masterpiece Marriage here.

My review

I have read and reviewed one of the Quilts of Love books before and didn’t really enjoy it. So I wasn’t quite sure about reading another in the series. I’m so glad I did.

Masterpiece Marriage has a wonderful story line, great characters and a lot of ideas that are worth thinking about. The way Zenus and Mary resisted love and how the story played out is very touching.

That Zenus sometimes uses his faith in God as a crutch and that Mary struggles not to hurt again are brought out so well by the author.

I loved  the character of Aunt Prisicilla who played a huge role in pushing both of them to discover themselves, heal from their past and acknowledge their feelings for each other.

How Zenus expresses his love by giving Mary the freedom to follow her dreams and yet commiting to her tugs at the heart.

I will now be looking out for more books from Gina Wellborn and The Quilts of Love series.

I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

My Reading Challenges

I confess that I suffer from book love! ;)

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The greatest gift is a passion for reading – Elizabeth Hardwick

There was a time between 2007 and 2010 that I just went off books. I wondered how that could be.  And then I realized it was cataract that was causing my eyes to tire so easily. I couldn’t really read a book right through.

Post surgeries, my book reading started again. But when I got myself a Kindle e-reader, that’s when my reading went to new highs! The fact that I’m a book reviewer makes sure that my Kindle runneth over!

I’m really not the challenge sort, but I can’t resist taking up book reading challenges. Today I’m happy to share with you about the book reading challenges I’ve undertaken and how I’ve fared so far.

My reading challenges

2011 – target 50 – I read 34

2012 – target 100 – I read 100

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2013 – target 125 – I read 139

2014 – target 200 – I read 143

2015 – target 200 –  will keep you posted!

I’ve signed up for the challenge on Goodreads and The Book Vixen – you can do that too.

2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

 

Do you love reading? How many books have you commited to reading this year?

 

 

This post was inspired by Vidya Sury’s Inspiring Quotes on Reading Books and Shilpa Garg’s Why I Read.

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A Brush With Love Giveaway

“Fire” up the romance in the new year with Rachel Hauck‘s newest book, A Brush with Love, by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway! And be sure to catch a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-released How to Catch a Prince!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway only runs for a week, 12/30 – 1/5. Winner will be announced January 6th on Rachel’s blog.


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Please note: this novella is only available in e-book format.

Book Description

Ginger Winters is a gifted hairstylist with scars no one can see. The last thing she expects from the New Year is a new chance at love.

Overcoming a childhood tragedy, Ginger emerges from the pain and trauma with a gift for bringing out the beauty in others. From the top big city salons to traveling the world as personal stylist to a country music sensation, success was almost enough to make Ginger forget her she would never be one of the beautiful people.

Almost. Now that she’s back home in Rosebud, Alabama and running her own salon, the truth remains: Ginger is still that girl, forever on the outside looking in. But she needs her confidence this weekend. She’s the acclaimed “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade.

When high-school crush Tom Wells Jr. also returns to town and shows up at her shop looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her locked away from love, Despite Tom’s best efforts, Ginger can’t forget how he disappeared on her twelve years ago and broke her heart. Can she ever trust him again?

When Tom challenges her to see her own beauty, Ginger must decide if she will remained chained to the past or move freely into a new, exciting future.

The author

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.

She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.

She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Find Rachel online: website, Facebook, Twitter.

Proper Attire

Proper Attire: A West Indies Proper Romance

Pressured to marry for money, Julia Scott flees England and a cruel stepmother to determine if the West Indies is the paradise of her dreams. Attacked by pirates and desired by island natives, the only person she can trust is John Smith — if that’s her rescuer’s true name. Reaching her uncle’s station in English Harbor, Julia must find a way to face her feelings and deal with her traitorous family, a dashing new suitor, and the guardian angel, John Smith, who has no qualms sporting counterfeit names and less than what is proper attire.

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Danielle Thorne writes from south of Atlanta,Georgia. She is the author of sweet romantic adventure books, both historical and contemporary. Danielle has published poetry and short fiction as well as novels. Visit the author’s website for more information.

My review:  

Nice clean romance – complete with adventure, pirates, the bad guys and the hero. The heroine, Julia, although young and not familiar with the ways of the world, emerges as having a strong sense of right and wrong and a backbone too! The hero is strong, protective and has a wonderful sense of humour.
A thorougly enjoyable read – my first read of Danielle Thorne and I’ll be looking out for more.