Sunday, July 27, 2014

THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN – Kindle Fire Giveaway & RSVP for 8/7 Facebook Party!

The Butterfly and the Violin
Welcome to the launch campaign for debut novelist Kristy Cambron's The Butterfly and the Violin. Romantic Times had this to say: "Alternating points of view skillfully blend contemporary and historical fiction in this debut novel that is almost impossible to put down. Well-researched yet heartbreaking. . . ."

Kristy is celebrating the release of the first book in her series, A Hidden Masterpiece, with a fun Kindle Fire giveaway and meeting her readers during an August 7th Facebook author chat party.


 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 7th. Winner will be announced at The Butterfly and the Violin Author Chat Party. Kristy will be connecting with readers and answering questions, sharing some of the fascinating research behind the book, hosting a fun book chat, and giving away some GREAT prizes. She will also be giving an exclusive look at the next book in the series, A Sparrow in Terezin!

So grab your copy of The Butterfly and the Violin and join Kristy on the evening of August 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th!

About the book: A mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz---and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.
Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl---a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.
In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover, the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul, who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together, Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting's subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.
A darling of the Austrian aristocracy, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.
As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: in the grim camps of Auschwitz and in the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.

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About the author: Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather's stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.

Find Kristy online: website, Facebook, Twitter

My Review:
First of all I have to say, I LOVED this book!  Seriously, "The Butterfly and the Violin" is one of the top five books that I have read this year so far! Kristy Cambron is a talented writer and I am looking forward to reading many more books from her (I saw  book 2 in this series is to be released in April!). This book is really the telling of two stories, each story set in a different decade and each story about love, loss and hope. 
Sera has been intrigued by a painting since she was a little girl and this in recent years has turned into an obsession; however she is not the only one whom must find the original painting and its' owner.  William is trying to find this painting's owner and is trying to carry on his family name and protect his family.  To help each other out, Sera and William team up, but their hearts also become involved.  Throughout their story, the story of the woman whom is the subject of the painting is told as well.  Adele, society's darling and a very talented violinist, loses life as she knows it in a single night.  Adele must hold onto hope and a will to live in order to survive during World War II and yet she gives others hope and something to live for as well. 
Kristy does an amazing job with switching seamlessly back and forth between the two stories and she captured my attention from the very first chapter and I did not want to stop reading.  It is truly a wonderful book and one that will draw you completely into the lives of all of the characters and will have you experiencing all kinds of emotions with the characters throughout their journeys.  I highly recommend this book to historical romance fans!

To read other reviews included on this blog tour go here:

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this book blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Review - "90 Minutes in Heaven"

Don Piper shares his story of dying and his time in heaven and his recovery in the book he co-writes with Cecil Murphey.  "90 Minutes in Heaven" grabbed my attention on the very first page and held it; right away I was thinking about how even such a seemingly thoughtless and little decision can be so life-changing. What is so intriguing about this book is that Heaven is described as such a beautiful place, a place that we all look forward to arriving in, but yet one that is filled with mystery and also honestly a little fear as death is such a sad time for those left on earth.  Being that Don was able to experience Heaven and return to his life on earth and share that experience just helps add to the wonderment and answer some questions and curiosity surrounding it.  This edition that I read is the 10th anniversary edition and it shares some of the responses and follow up to this book when it was originally published; I enjoyed reading this section as well, and almost as much as the actual book.  I highly recommend this book; it is one that you will not want to put down once you start reading it!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads program for the complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.*

Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review - "Death Takes a Ride"

Cate is back in the midst of a mystery and a murder as well as an attempted murder in "Death Takes a Ride," book 3 in Lorena McCourtney's Cate Kinkaid Files series.  Cate just happens to be at H&B trying to help out a friend of her aunt's when she hears gunshots and then sees one man lying on the floor dead and another man unconscious with $30,000 spilling out of his jacket and another man holding a gun.  As Cate becomes involved with this case, she tries to find the answers and also determine connections among people and whom to trust. 
I really enjoyed this addition to the series!  Finally, Cate is seeing progress take place in both her professional and personal life.  There were times throughout the book I felt like yelling at Mitch and Cate as I was hoping they would figure out what made logical sense for both of them and I have to say I was happy with the ending of the book and I am looking forward to reading more in this series!

*Thanks to Revell Reads for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review - "Bridge To Haven"

"Bridge To Haven," a novel written by Francine Rivers, is one that draws the reader in and holds you there for a long time after you are done reading. 
Lena was born and deserted by her mother under a bridge where she was found by the town pastor.  All of her life she had spent sheltered in Haven and just wanted an escape.  Moving to Hollywood seemed the answer; however things are not always what we believe them to be. 
Francine has done a wonderful job with this book.  It is a very touching story of grace, love, temptation and moving on from mistakes.  I found this book to be one that really brought the characters to life and really allowed the reader to become a part of the characters' lives.  Lena's life has been a mystery, a disappointment and constantly wanting more, wanting something different. I felt as if I was on this journey with Lena every step of the way and I highly recommend this book.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book Review - Gardeners' Bible

Book Description

God will meet you personally in your garden... and in his. Throughout the Scriptures God has revealed spiritual truth in the language of growing things. This Bible will take you into a deeper relationship with God through the contemplation of soil and soul. The NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible will inspire you to seek God in a personal way through informative essays, devotional readings and prayers that explore the nature of the gardener’s work, the rewards of gardening, the influence of seasons and weather, and the joy of the harvest. In this Bible you will also find botanical-themed pages containing horticultural information for the prominent plants noted in Scripture and landscape-themed pages highlighting the main gardens and regions in which the events in the Bible took place. Draw near to the One whose garden is planted with delight---in you!
Features: * 260 daily devotions and 52 weekend readings arranged in weekly themes and placed near relevant passages in the text to explore the biblical metaphors of gardens and gardening * Beautiful, durable hardcover * Topical Index (for 52 weeks) * Special sections on the Garden of Eden, the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus the Vine.

My Review:
First of all, I love the cover!  I do not like to judge a book by it's cover, but this one just really drew me to it!  This Bible really will give the reader a different perspective on passages and God as well as the focus is on gardening and cultivating plants.  I really enjoyed this Bible and love the set up of it as it is very user-friendly and this is a beautiful edition that will be treasured and thumbed through often. 

*Thanks to BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Book Review - "Love Comes Home"

"Love Comes Home," book 3 in Ann H. Gabhart's Rosey Corner series, continues on in the lives of the Merritt sisters.  World War II is over and everyone is overjoyed that the boys are returning home and there is much celebrating.  Although the war is over, it does not mean that the pain and suffering is over all they all quickly learn.  This story takes the reader into the lives of soldiers dealing with PTSD and other effects of fighting in war, as well as those back home anxiously awaiting news.  This is a sweet love story between the various couples in the book as some are rediscovering their love after being separated, some are given a second chance and others are experiencing love for the first time.  I highly recommend this book to everyone whom has read others in this series, and this is one that you will not want to miss. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

complete guide to eateries across the US!

"Roadfood: The Coast-to-coast guide to 900 of the best barbeque joints, lobster shacks, ice cream parlors, highway diners, and much, much more" makes me want to head out on a cross country road trip and visit many of these places!
Jane & Michael Stern have done an excellent job with this book and compiling all the information that is included in it.  First of all, the book is divided into region making it very user-friendly.  Each eatery place is described and I love the tidbits of information that are included in regards to the history of the place, the atmosphere and really just what makes the place unique.  Types of food are described including recommendations of what to try and also the price range of menu ideas.  Phone numbers and addresses are included as well making this is a guide that you will want to keep handy in the car while traveling! 
I have really enjoyed paging through this book and reading about all of the various places to eat throughout the United States and this is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to travel or whom is planning a road trip!

For more information on this book, go here!

***"I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."