Sunday, August 30, 2015
Counting on a Cowboy
A Four of Heart Ranch Romance book 2
After losing everything dear to her, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy spurs her to wonder if maybe love is worth the risk.
Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the homey town of Wishing Springs, Texas, after her favorite advice columnist found love and a home there. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby too . . . if she's brave enough to reach out and take it.
Bo Monahan isn't interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become---or the women who might be looking at him like he's their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn't looking for serious romantic commitments. But unexpectedly the young child he never knew about appears on his doorstep and Bo's world is turned upside down.
This confirmed bachelor might not need a wife, but he sure needs a woman . . . and newcomer Abby Knightly is definitely a woman. When she comes to his rescue to help him navigate fatherhood, he slowly uncovers her own history. And suddenly Bo's thinking maybe, just maybe, together they can help each other work through the problems of the past to create a future of their own.
My thoughts: I was looking forward to this book since I read the first in the series, Betting on Hope. Unfortunately, COUNTING ON A COWBOY didn't live up to the promises made by the first book in the series. It starts slow - with the heroine falling asleep, but even the immediately following accident involving a steer doesn't jack up the tension. It's just flat. These characters were undeveloped and I couldn't make myself care for them. It also seemed that the author got bored with it herself and decided to throw a baby into the mix. But she also seemed uncertain what age the baby should be. He's standing in a playpen when he's introduced, then he's referred to as a newborn or an infant, then it's a toddler, then they are putting him in a baby swing (which is for up to 3 months of age) then he is about a year old... Really? Maybe a little consistency would be nice. There is also no faith message that I can see. Abby goes to church once. Bo, never.
If you love cowboy romances, southern fiction, or are a fan of Debra Clopton, then you might love COUNTING ON A COWBOY. It is set deep in the heart of Texas, with cowboys, small town appeal, and real quirkiness of some of the secondary characters who were introduced in the first book.
I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series. Ms. Clopton's cowboy romances are usually fun and quirky, books that hold my attention all the way through.
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About the author:
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.
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A new tale of romance, family, and taking risks—don't miss Debra Clopton's Counting on a Cowboy! After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.
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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
This book is on special at Amazon today, for $11.95 - instead of $16.95.
Songs, Crafts and More for Kids China
Grades 3 - 6. Price $16.95
Tuttle Publishing www.tuttlepublishing.com
is available in hard cover and e-book
form, so however you want to read, it’s in your format. It is a collection of
cool pictures, and an encyclopedia of information about China . China
In All about
Allison “Aixin” Branscombe includes interesting things such as: China
Ø fantastic tales about the creation of the earth and the origin of the moon goddess
’s multifaceted cultural heritage and
breathtaking places China
Ø (Attempting to) solve a tangram shape puzzle
Ø Learn about the twelve Chinese zodiac animals and how they were chosen
Ø Try crafts and recipes for Chinese festivals and holidays
Ø Learn a couple Chinese songs (English words and music included)
Ø Practice Chinese calligraphy and other arts
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Scripture Memory Songs
Ages 8 - 12. Price $8.99
This Side Up, LLC
Scripture Memory Songs is a cd or MP3 download geared toward teaching children ages 8 – 12 years old memory verses, using the NIV Bible, complete with references.
In Scripture Memory Songs Ms. Jennifer Shaw has expertly divided portions of the Bible up by topics, such as “Show Down!” and “Lights, Camera, Action” and found verses suitable for each topic.
Bible memorization is an important skill that most Christians don’t utilize. According to Ms. Shaw’s press release included with the CD, scripture illiteracy is at an all time high, with most people unable to even name five of the ten commandments. Since we will be entering (at some point in our lives) a time when Bibles are forbidden, and even now with them available there are times we need to “hear God’s voice”, it is important for children (and adults) to memorize Bible verses.
Scripture Memory Songs engages children with catchy tunes. I like that the references are included, and I like that the lyrics (and verses) for each song are also included as the singers don’t enunciate each song very clearly, and sometimes the words are hard to understand.
My ten year old (who is in the targeted age group for this album) loved it. However, Ms. Shaw also says she hopes that adults will listen and learn along with the children. In my family, at least, the general adult consensus was, “Okay, that was weird” referring to the introductory songs to each section. And we had issues with the John 3:16 song—it says “God’s one and only son” when the words are “only begotten son” and that word change makes a world of difference in other scripture verses that refer to us all becoming joint heirs, adopted children of God, etc.
If you want to teach your children Bible memory verses using the NIV, then Scripture Memory Songs is an invaluable resource. Somewhat recommended with the above exceptions.
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