Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Contentment Reading Challenge 2013 - Final Update

It is now time for the final post of this challenge!
The total number you've all been waiting for!

But first, these are the books I read in December.

  • Christmas in the Country by Christine Lynxwiler and Jeanie Smith Cash
  • On the Anvil by Max Lucado
  • Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill
  • Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson
  • The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson
  • The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson
  • Patchwork Holiday by Wanda E Brunstetter, DiAnn Mills, Renee De Marco and Colleen L Reece
  • A Victorian Christmas Quilt by Catherine Palmer, Peggy Stoks, Debra White Smith and Ginny Aiken
  • Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K Paul
  • Moments of Peace for the Evening (Anonymous)
  • Listen by Rene Gutteridge
  • A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke
So that was 12 for the month!!

Which takes me to ... drum roll please ...

84 for the year!!!

Now for one last thing ...

I also did this challenge in 2011 (only 48 books that time), and I was curious to know if there were any books that I read for both challenges. In fact, there were 10!
  • Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill
  • A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke
  • Every Storm by Lori Wick
  • Sophie's Heart by Lori Wick
  • Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay and Rene Gutteridge
  • Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K Paul
  • Yuletide in Ireland and Wales by Ginny Aiken and Tamela Hancock Murray
  • English Carols and Scottish Bagpipes by Pamela Griffin and Jill Stengl
  • True Devotion by Dee Henderson
  • True Valor by Dee Henderson
While I won't be doing a challenge in 2014, there are sure to be some books that I read again - probably even from the books I've read during these challenges!

Happy reading and have a safe and Happy New Year!

Nothing Is Wasted

Monday, 2 December 2013

ACRBA Tour - A New Resolution by Rose Dee

2 - 6 December 2013

is Introducing 

( Even Before Publishers Oct 2012)

By Rose Dee

About the Book:
Resolution Island is a safe haven for Anika Demeur - a chance to fulfil dreams, find her place in the world, and a new life for her and young son, Kye. But her dreams of a future are shattered when her son's security is challenged, and the rich and privileged Texan, Nate Hollingsworth sails into the bay. Now Ani must not only fight for her son, but also a growing attraction she has to the one type of man she loathes.

Nate is on a mission - to fulfill his mother's last wish, and change his life. Dropping anchor in the idyllic Resolution harbor, he didn't anticipate becoming involved in illegal fishing, a murder, or an unexpected attraction to the most exasperating woman he has ever met.

The Australian tropical Island, Resolution, sets the scene again for adventures, dreams, and new beginnings. A New Resolution is the final book in the 'Resolution' trilogy, following Back to Resolution and Beyond Resolution.

About the Author:
Rose Dee was born in Ingham, North Queensland, Australia. Her childhood experiences growing up in a small beach community would later provide inspiration for her first novel. Rose, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, decided to try her hand at writing two years ago. The result of that attempt is her first novel, Back to Resolution. Her novels are inspired by the love of her coastal home and desire to produce exciting and contemporary stories of faith for women. Rose's other releases include Beyond Resolution - the second book in the 'Resolution' series. And A New Resolution  the final book in the series. Rose has also co-written a novel in conjunction with three other outstanding Australian Authors: The Greenfield Legacy. Rose resides in Mackay, North Queensland with her husband, young son, and mischievous pup, Noodle.

For all ACRBA members who post the will get an entry into this giveaway. All who leave a comment on any blogs will get an entry into the giveaway. The more blogs you comment on the more entries. This giveaway is open to Australian readers. To enter you need to answer a question about what part of North Queensland you would like to see or leave a comment with a question for Rose. Comments saying sounds interesting enter me will not be equate to an entry. Also leave a way to contact you if you win for example myemail at mymail dot com. entries open til Thursday 12 Dec.

E-Reader (Details below) AND: an e-reader version of each one of my 4 novels – the 3 ‘Resolution’ series novels, and The Greenfield Legacy (gifted via email).


Reader™ with 6.0" paper-like touch screen (Red)
This slim and light Reader with touch screen puts thousands of your favourite stories at your fingertips. Effortlessly turn the page with a swipe of your finger and the glare-free screen reads just like a real book, even under direct sunlight.
         6" E-Ink® Pearl is designed to feel like a real book with a glare-free paper-like screen for reading
         Battery life of up to 2 months with wireless off and up to 1.5 months with wireless on. Up to 30,000 continuous page turns when reading only
         Let your friends and family know what you are reading and share excerpts up to 140 characters with Facebook® built into the Reader™
         Store posts, articles, and text-based webpages all in your Reader™ with Evernote’s integrated services
         Access public library eBooks and PDF files through the integrated OverDrive® service
         eBook purchases will need to be completed via computer

A copy of ‘The Greenfield Legacy’, and a Silver and Amber Grapevine inspired pendant. Really pretty, and ties in nicely with TGL as it is set on a vineyard in the McLaren Vale region. Also the cover is pendant inspired.

A personalised sign copy of each books in my ‘Resolution’ Series. 3 hard copy books in total. 

My Thoughts:

I think this was better than the second book, but I like the first one best. It is nice to find out what happens to the characters from the first one.
This books looks a bit at family dynamics and how the actions of others in your family affect your life. It's also about breaking the bondage that can come from generations of people making bad choices.

Contentment Reading Challenge 2013 - November update

November has just flown by, and yes, I do have a bunch more books to add to my list!

  • Australian Outback by Mary Hawkins
  • Aloha by Colleen Coble, Carol Cox, Denise Hunter and Gail Sattler
  • On Assignment by Marilyn Kok
  • Embrace Grace by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • My Life as a Doormat by Rene Gutteridge
  • The Substitute Guest by Grace Livingston Hill
  • The Christmas Bride by Grace Livingston Hill
  • Yuletide in Ireland and Wales by Ginny Aiken and Tamela Hancock Murray
  • English Carols and Scottish Bagpipes by Pamela Griffin and Jill Stengl
  • That Christmas Feeling by Catherine Palmer and Gail Gaymer Martin
  • Mountains, Memories and Mistletoe by Janet Lee Barton and Kathleen Y'Barbo
Well, it really is a bunch!! I hadn't actually counted them until I made this list. And most of them actually have more than one novella in them, so if you added them all up ...

Anyway, the official count for the month is 11!!
And for the year, that makes 72!!

One more post and this challenge will be over!