I’m so-so excited to tell you all about my friend Clark Richard, who’s new EP is called Kissing Kelly and is available for download at iTunes here.
Clark and I were in a small group together this year, and he’s just a really cool guy. And his music is way more than cool! It’s awesome!
The first time I heard his EP, I just couldn’t stop. I listened to it at least a dozen times in a row. The lyrics are so fresh, and the music is absolutely addictive. And the album has a really wonderful cohesive sound that is sometimes missing from independent albums. My favorite song on the album is the title track, a sweet tune about going to sleep so that he can dream about the girl he loves.
The one bad part about the EP? It’s only 4 songs long. I could listen to Clark’s tunes for hours! Please go check out the EP and plop down at least 99 cents for Kissing Kelly, which you’ll want stuck in your head. Better yet, spend all $4 for the whole EP and put it on repeat. Trust me. You’ll love it.
You can thank me later. 🙂
Today I’m giving away Who Needs Boys by Stephie Davis!
This is a fun YA. It’s not going to break any molds, but it’s a cute story about Allie, who’s summer plans fall through, so she ends up working on a farm to be close to her crush. But her crush’s younger brother might just derail her romance plans, too!
Be the 3rd to e-mail email@example.com today and win this book for free!
Today, I’m giving away Ten Thousand Charms by Allison Pittman. I love this book, and I love this author!
About this book:
Pregnant—by a man who will never know or care. Gloria, born into a life of prostitution, sees only one solution: get rid of the child. But then she meets John William MacGregan, a miner, left with a newborn daughter and no one to care for her when his wife died during childbirth. So John and Gloria strike a deal. Gloria will care for Kate, and John will eventually raise her son. There is no offer of, nor seeking for, a hand in marriage. When John leaves the mines to seek his fortune in the new Oregon Territory , Gloria, Kate, and baby Danny must go with him. Yanked away from a life of prostitution, Gloria must finally face the pain that has always plagued her, and her longings for a home, a family, and a life free from shame. Ten Thousand Charms is a beautiful tale of an empty heart floundering…and falling straight into the arms of Christ.
E-mail me today at firstname.lastname@example.org, be the third e-mailer, and win the book!
Hey there fun-seekers!
As you may remember, one of the items on my 30 by 30 list is to give away 20 books from my bookshelves. And I’ve decided to give away about half of them on my blog. Right here. This month. Free books. For you!!!
All you have to do is keep your eye out for my blog posts all this month and be the 3rd person to e-mail me requesting the giveaway book. You can only win twice this month, so take a gander at what’s in store, and start watching. We’ll start this coming week!
Here’s a little preview of what’s to come:
I Heart Bloomberg by Melody Carlson
Ten Thousand Charms by Allison Pittman
Mosaic by Amy Grant
Pretense by Lori Wick
The Perfect Wife by Shari MacDonald
Secrets on the Wind by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Who Needs Boys by Stephie Davis
My Life as a Doormat by Rene Gutteridge
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
Boo and Boo Hiss by Rene Gutteridge (2 books for 1 winner)
I’m excited to share these books that I’ve enjoyed with you! So look for the official giveaway posts coming this week!
Have you felt it? Have you smelled it in the air? Or noticed that those sweaters in the back of your closet are calling you? Yup. It’s fall, and with it come so many of my favorite things.
Now that I live in Nashville, I’m getting to enjoy the leaves changing. Oh, they were so green this summer. And now they’re starting to turn yellow. Rumor has it that the rain this summer will cause them to turn brown and fall off the trees without really turning brilliant reds and oranges. But, you know, what? It’s still a beautiful change that I would never get to see in Arizona (the cactus are always green) and very little of in Colorado. So bring on the cool weather and the falling leaves.
Fall also brings back football. And while it took me a couple weeks to get back into the swing of the season, I’m so glad to have Peyton Manning, Austin Collie, Dallas Clark, and the rest of the Colts back in my life–and on my fantasy football team. I don’t know if I’d be this excited if I was losing my fantasy league very badly, but I’m hanging in there, and boy, do I love watching this game!
And then there are the scarves. I love it when I’m a little chilly and I wrap a scarf around my neck. It warms me right up … and also adds a little something to my outfit.
Then, of course, there’s the realization that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. You’ve got to love that! And it means that I get to start planning and buying Christmas gifts, which is also a favorite of mine.
These are a few of my favorite things about autumn. What do you love about it?
First … I’m sorry I’ve been absent, as of late. I’d like to blame it on any number of reasonable excuses, but the truth is … I’ve just been over-extended, and my blog has been neglected. It’s a good thing they don’t have a CPS for blogs, or I’d be in trouble!
Okay, on with my movie review … A while back, I reviewed The Young Victoria. You may recall that I LOVED that movie. The story of how Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert fell in love and ruled England together for 20 years warmed my heart and made me all swoony. 🙂
So when I heard that there was a 3-hour mini-series called Victoria & Albert, I was in! I bought it while I was still in Colorado, but it wasn’t until last week that I finally had a chance to watch it with my friend Micah. (We usually stick to Jane Austen flicks, so this was a departure for us.) Through the 3 hours, Micah was riveted.
I was not.
I found it to be a slower, weaker version of the story. I kept waiting for the big romantic elements–the moments where Victoria and Albert begin to realize that although they don’t want to marry just because their family wants them to but want to marry because they genuinely love each other. Instead, I got nothing from Victoria. No build up. Just I don’t want him. I don’t want him. BAM! I love you! Will you marry me?
And don’t even get me started on Albert, who didn’t love Victoria at all when they got married. Nine kids later, he still didn’t love her! Seriously? I’ve heard of marriages of convenience and marriages where the love isn’t explosive. (Love Comes Softly anyone?) But according to this flick, Albert didn’t love her until nearly 15 years into their marriage. Until she said some nice things about him at The Great Exhibition of 1851. What kind of love story is that?
I did make it all the way through the movie, but it couldn’t end soon enough for me. If you want a sweet love story and historical accuracy isn’t the most important thing to you, then I’d recommend The Young Victoria instead.