Tuesday, 24 June 2014


This is the song (at least the first few lines) that has been running through my head lately. It pretty much matches how I've been feeling.

Monday, 16 June 2014

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

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


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 [] 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

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed reading through this book. It was both challenging and encouraging. As I said with another of Marion's books last month, there are a few ways you can use this book. One is as a prayer focus during your quiet time each day - the prayer can be used to prompt your own prayer on the topic or when you don't know what to pray, use it as your prayer.

There are also quotes and Bible verses to encourage, inspire and challenge you in your walk with God. While not every topic may be relevant for you at the moment, there are gems for everyone in this book.

Monday, 2 June 2014

ACRBA Tour - Charter to Redemption by DJ Blackmore

2nd - 6th  May 2014
is introducing

Charter to Redemption
(Even Before Publishing 1 May 2014)


D.J. Blackmore

About the Book
At the close of 1821, the penal colony of Newcastle looks to be every bit as black as it's painted. Emma Colchester charters a ride to Australia with a promise of marriage to a man she has never met. But appearances aren't always as they seem. And with a commitment unavoidable Emma learns that shackles are not always forged from iron. Tobias Freeman longs for redemption and hope. After a rough journey to New South Wales, Tobias learns the rations, the regulations, and the reprisal. But neither Emma nor Tobias expect the repercussions.

About the Author

D.J. Blackmore grew up in the wine growing region of the Hunter Valley, New South Wales and is currently based in Central Queensland.
She draws inpiration for her historical fiction novels from her love of age-old crafts such as spinning and cheese making. She considers being the mother of five, her greatest achievement.

My Thoughts:
While the writing in this book is good, I didn't particularly like the story. Part of this comes down to my current interests - I'm not as interested in historical fiction these days. It was nice to have a story set in convict times that wasn't based around Sydney.