memory closetThe truth may set you free, but it will be in your head forever.  The truth haunted Anne Mitchell for 25 years.  The truth about her childhood was locked inside a closet in her mind, and she had spent two and a half decades trying to open the door.  After her mother’s deathbed confession, Anne went to live with her 84-year-old grandmother in a last ditch, desperate move to remember what had happened when she was 11 years old.  All she remembered was being in an automobile accident that killed her step-sister.

With her grandmother suffering from dementia, she can’t get any real answers, or are the ramblings of an old woman and the strange things happening to her part of a more sinister plan? It is hard to categorize “The Memory Closet” by Ninie Hammon as suspense even though it keeps you on the edge of your seat and constantly changing your focus on how the story is going to end.  If there is such a thing as comedic suspense or suspenseful comedy, this would definitely be number one.  It is definitely a must-read and should be at the top of your to-read list.  The random humor makes for a fun time.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

OAC-bloggerbuttonMy daughter has enjoyed listening to the Adventures in Odyssey podcasts on the Odyssey Adventure Club website.  She would love to see some movies rather than just listening, but the podcast kept her still for thirty minutes.  She also would prefer games to play online rather than the worksheets to print off.  The best benefit is that the podcasts are timeless.  The issues and stories will be relevant for years to come.  The storylines are interesting and I enjoy listening to them with my daughter.

Until July 31, 2014, you can get your first month for $5.00.  You and your child can get a taste of the Club and you can see how much fun you and your child can have learning about Whit’s End and Imagination Station. If you choose to continue the membership, you will pay $15.00 per month.

Your Membership Includes …

  • Unlimited streaming of  Adventures in Odyssey Library (740+ episodes) retail value over $1,500
  • New monthly exclusives episodes
  • Monthly web quests
  • Clubhouse magazine subscription
  • Daily Devotions based on Adventures in Odyssey episodes
  • OAC exclusive blog posts
  • OAC Monthly Member Newsletter
  • OAC exclusive video stories
  • Other Odyssey content (Last Chance Detectives and More!)

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free one year membership from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 25, 2014

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE – Hawaiian Chef Challenge & Kitchen Aid Mixer

when i fall in loveVisiting Deep Haven is like going to a family reunion.  Darek, Casper, Grace, Eden and Owen are almost like cousins I get to catch up with every so often, and I miss them as soon as the story is over and begin the wait until the next reunion.  So far, we’ve seen Darek and Eden find the love of their life.  “When I Fall in Love” begins with Darek and Eve’s wedding.  Grace, the shy Christiansen who never finds herself in the spotlight, is given a trip to Hawaii to attend a three-week culinary school as appreciation for catering the wedding.  One of Owen’s hockey teammates is also attending and is asked to make sure Grace finds her way around.

For someone who doesn’t like to venture outside of Deep Haven, Grace discovers a whole new world, and a new guy, Maxwell Sharpe, who doesn’t want to open his heart because of the likelihood that he will contract Huntingdon”s disease.  Grace and Max can choose the safety and security of their careers, or they can follow what their hearts truly desire.  Does God want us to choose the safe path or the path that’s unknown but leads to personal fulfillment?  That is what Grace and Max must decide.  Grace’s faith is tested in this third installment of Susan May Warren‘s The Christiansen Family Series.

Come spend some time with the Christiansens in Deep Haven.  You will never want to leave.

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Susan May Warren‘s newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love,  has won over readers’ and critics’ hearts alike. With critical reviews like, “. . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem,” and more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please.



Susan has teamed up with some amazing food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Love website to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut, mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you’re not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry.



Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan’s blog.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Susan’s blog on the 13th to see if you won!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 23, 2014

Take a trip to Deep Haven. Again.

when i fall in loveVisiting Deep Haven is like going to a family reunion.  Darek, Casper, Grace, Eden and Owen are almost like cousins I get to catch up with every so often, and I miss them as soon as the story is over and begin the wait until the next reunion.  So far, we’ve seen Darek and Eden find the love of their life.  “When I Fall in Love” begins with Darek and Eve’s wedding.  Grace, the shy Christiansen who never finds herself in the spotlight, is given a trip to Hawaii to attend a three-week culinary school as appreciation for catering the wedding.  One of Owen’s hockey teammates is also attending and is asked to make sure Grace finds her way around.

For someone who doesn’t like to venture outside of Deep Haven, Grace discovers a whole new world, and a new guy, Maxwell Sharpe, who doesn’t want to open his heart because of the likelihood that he will contract Huntingdon”s disease.  Grace and Max can choose the safety and security of their careers, or they can follow what their hearts truly desire.  Does God want us to choose the safe path or the path that’s unknown but leads to personal fulfillment?  That is what Grace and Max must decide.  Grace’s faith is tested in this third installment of Susan May Warren‘s The Christiansen Family Series.

Come spend some time with the Christiansens in Deep Haven.  You will never want to leave.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 21, 2014

Live intentionally in a chaotic world

blue bikeTsh Oxenreider and her family moved to Turkey in 2008 and lived there for several years before returning to the states.  It was just as difficult to return as it was to leave.  Having grown accustomed to the culture in Turkey, it was difficult to return to the fast-paced busy lifestyle Americans call normal.  Tsh and her husband, Kyle, made an intentional decision to live a simple life which meant giving up some of the luxuries we enjoy.  “Notes From a Blue Bike” is Tsh’s story of how buying less and making healthy food choices, makes life simple and more enjoyable.

More than a memoir, “Notes From a Blue Bike” offers advice to readers about how to make simple changes to enjoy life more and not spend so much time on non-essential things.  Living the simple life isn’t necessarily easy particularly in American culture, but it can be gratifying to slow down and enjoy the life God has given us.  If you are looking to simplify your life, try out Tsh’s new book or find her on her website at theartofsimple.net.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Shelton Interactive, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 21, 2014

House flipping can be dangerous

flipHouse flippers Brad and Julie Evans buy an old house in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island.  The deal was too good to pass up, but the renovations are more than they bargained for when strange things start happening.  When their own house burns down, Julie and Brad must move into the house they are trying to flip.  Things really heat up between the spirits in the house and Julie and Brad.  They soon discover that the house is hiding a secret–it was once a part of the underground railroad and remains from one of the escaped slaves was found in a secret room in the basement.  They also discover that the daughter of the former owner and a suitor had a complicated relationship further complicated by their death.

“The Flip” by Michael Phillip Cash is a night-time ghost story similar to what someone would tell around a campfire.  Even though the story is predictable, the plot moves quickly and the book can easily be read in one sitting.  If you are a fan of horror and the paranormal, you won’t want to miss this tale of a house with a history and ghosts on a mission.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bostick Communications, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 11, 2014

‘Seagrass Pier’ suspenseful and keeps you guessing

seagrassElin Summerall has recently lost her husband.  She has had a heart transplant and is taking care of her elderly mother and young daughter.  Along with her new heart, Elin has also received the memories of the donor’s murder–memories that must be dealt with before she can move on with her life.  She moves to a remote cottage on Hope Island to get away from her fears and anxiety, but it appears that the murderer is stalking her.   Her daughter’s father (a story itself) is an FBI agent who is determined to protect his little girl and Erin.  He wants to be included in his daughter’s life, but Elin is not sure how this will affect their lives.

‘Seagrass Pier’ by Colleen Coble is filled with drama and suspense.  The ending was quite a shock.  Coble does an excellent job of keeping readers guessing until the end.  Don’t miss this third installment in the Hope Beach series.  You don’t have to read the first two to thoroughly enjoy this one; however, you will certainly want to read them after this one.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 11, 2014

Lipp encourages struggling moms in ‘I need some help here!’

helpFrom the moment we find out we are going to be mothers, the planning begins–from the colors of the nursery to the dreams for college.  But no matter how much we dream about having perfect children, something happens to spoil the illusion–like the terrible twos (or terrible ones, twos, threes, etc.).

We can plan for everything, but nothing prepares us for the child who is different or struggling or troubled or the child who is always making poor choices and expects you to bail them out of the consequences.  How do you handle yourself when your kids don’t go according to plan?  Do you pile on the guilt?  Are you ashamed?  Embarrassed?

Kathi Lipp’s “I need some help here!’ is an amazing resource for moms who need hope in their parenting.  Though we may want to panic or thrust ourselves into guilt and shame, Lipp provides practical wisdom and encouragement from moms who have been there.  The prayers for your child and for yourself at the end of each chapter are useful during those times when you don’t know how or what to pray.  If you are struggling with parenting, “I need some help here!’ is perfect and you will feel the support of those who have been where you are.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of a book blogging tour.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 21, 2014

Odyssey Adventure Club offering $5.00 membership first month

focus on the family adventures in odyssey odyssey adventure clubI have been a big fan of Adventures in Odyssey since my oldest daughter was a preschooler.  We loved listening to the gang’s stories and learning big lessons.  When my youngest was born, I started listening again and even began listening online on my own.  I was captivated by the ongoing adventures and keeping up with Whit and the Imagination Station.

The lessons learned during each episode was fodder for great conversations with my children from bullying to lying to stealing.  Each lesson the gang learned was an opportunity to teach my children a lesson.  Now, with the Odyssey Adventure Club, children can listen online and perform activities to help them apply what they have learned.

With the first month membership fee of $5.00, your child can get a taste of the Club and you can see how much fun you and your child can have learning about Whit’s End and Imagination Station.  If you choose to continue the membership, you will pay $15.00 per month.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free one year membership  from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

blind trustKate Adams has a difficult time with trust, but when her elderly neighbor is suspected of counterfeiting, she is determined to prove her innocence.  “Blind Trust” is book two in Sandra Orchard‘s Port Aster Secrets series.  I was disappointed to find that I started reading the second book.  You definitely need to read “Deadly Devotion” if you want to understand what’s going on in “Blind Trust”.  The second book doesn’t offer a recap or do any characterization.  The author assumes readers have read “Deadly Devotion” and some of what’s happening are not easily understood or followed.  The book ends on a cliffhanger so you will have to read continuing books to finish the story.

“Blind Trust” left me frustrated at the end.  I am not certain it is memorable enough for me to want to purchase the next book when it is released next summer.  If you haven’t read book one, don’t read book two.  If you do, you will be confused, frustrated and disappointed because of the author’s assumptions that readers are familiar with the characters and the story.  There were some things that just didn’t make any sense without an explanation.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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