Monday, July 14, 2014

Cotton Spice: My Book(s)

Cotton Spice: My Book(s): First book published  Log Cabin Quilts: A Brand New Story by Karen Murphy (Funny thing, this book was available to the public a few mont...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bedtime Kisses.... Book Review

Welcome to Friday, and what a great way to start the day but with a new children's book. This sweet book is a must for little one's.... it blends precious stuffed animals, counting, and bedtime kisses mixed with the love and security all young children need to feel.

The simple text is great for beginner readers and a story that younger children will want parents to read over and over again. This is a tender sweet story that encourages parent and child interaction and the illustrations by Ginger Nielson definitely enhance the reader's experience.

Title:  Bedtime Kisses
Category: Children’s Picture Book
Author: Karin Larson
Illustrator: Ginger Nielsen
Softcover ISBN:  978-1-940310-15-2
About the Author:  Karin Larson is a children’s author, freelance writer and speech/language pathologist living in Mitchell, SD, with her husband and three children. Larson is the author of Bedtime Kisses, published by 4RV Publishing, and The Little Bug (under contract – Guardian Angel Publishing). She enjoys reading and traveling with family. Larson is a member of SCBWI and a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. 

Learn more about Larson’s writing career at and   
Bedtime Kisses is available in PDF e-Book format. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hiatus Over...

Like many writers, life tugs and pulls struggling to rip away our writing time, and many times very successfully. And so I confess that life has done this to me the past few months. And my heart yearns to once again write what the reader needs to hear.

The good news is I am studying and working at getting back on the writing train. My heart cannot take the separation from pen and paper any longer. I have characters, story ideas, copywriting golden sentences, and fun fancy words twirling around in this head of mine just begging me to give even 5 minutes to actual writing.

 So I humbly listen for Gods direction... His voice to direct me. While I wait I study, I learn, I listen, and I write. And by His  Grace I will find the right audience, hiatus over.

What do you do to keep on the right track with your writing when life tries to pull you away?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible: Author Jay Grimstead

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Title:  Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible: Proclaiming the Truth on 24 Controversial Issues
Author: Jay Grimstead
Genre: Religion/Theology/Instruction
Publisher: Nordskog Publishing, Inc.

ISBN:  978-0-9882976-5-4 



About the book:

False teachings threatening to corrupt the Church forced the leaders to join in councils, where they codified the orthodox teaching of the Bible into creeds received by the Church as faithful distillations of Scriptural truth and as a bulwark against future corruption. Error, heresy, and outright paganism are today common in churches that were once sound. Even many “better” churches have little depth to their teaching and are silent on critical issues of the day, and even in some paganism masquerades as Christianity.


This book is the fruit of the work of hundreds of theologians and Christian leaders working throughout a 37-year period to define and defend the key Biblical points on 24 controversial issues — which would not even be controversial if all believed like Jesus and Paul in the inerrancy of the Bible.


This book states the Bible’s position on 24 controversial issues and explains why each document needed to be written. It offers the global Body of Christ tools for reforming the Church and motivating Christians to live in obedience to Christ and to all commands in the Bible intended for us.



“We heartily invite all Christians on this planet who desire to live in obedience to the Bible in all areas of life at all times, to form themselves and their local churches into “United Spiritual Armies” at the city and county levels, and to establish a network with other such churches and “spiritual armies” at their state and national levels with the goal of making Christ King of their cities and nation. We invite you to join with us in applying these 24 DOCUMENTS to the life of the Church and in making 2 Cor. 10:5 a reality. By that we mean that together we are called by God to destroy “speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”


About the author:

Dr. Jay Grimstead was born in Bismarck, ND. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1957 from Sterling College in Sterling, KS. He graduated from Fuller Seminary in 1961 with a Masters in Theology (ThM) and later received a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree. He spent 20 years on staff with Young Life Campaign, a ministry of clubs and camping to evangelize and disciple non-church teenagers.

In 1984 he founded the Coalition on Revival which created the 17 World-view Documents which state the biblical principles for the various spheres of life and the “blueprints for how the Bible applies to the fields of: Law, Government, Economics, Education, Science, the Media & Arts, Medicine, etc.” Under his leadership, COR organized the International Church Council Project in 1992.

In 2004 and 2005 he organized theological committees in Guatemala, San Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama to discuss and defend certain of the 22 Theological Documents of the Church Council Project which had been translated into Spanish. A year later, Dr. Grimstead gathered national leaders from various fields to create the “24 Year Plan to Rebuild America upon the principles of the Bible.”

Dr. Grimstead now lives with his wife, Donna, a registered pharmacist, in Murphys, CA. They have two grown children, Julie and Guy.  Dr. Grimstead’s favorite hobbies are mountain climbing and playing jazz and blues on his trumpet.

To learn more about Dr. Grimstead and his work, please visit


Pump Up Your Book and Dr. Jay are teaming up to give away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Terms & Conditions:

§  By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.

§  This giveaway begins June 2 and ends on June 27, 2014.

§  Winner will be contacted via email by July 2, 2014.

§  Winner has 72 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!




Saturday, May 3, 2014

Silent Voice: A Children's Picture Book about Autism

I apologize for not clicking the Publish button yesterday when this review was scheduled so without further ado, may I present another wonderful children's book review on Autism.

 Silent Voice
                         Barry Rudner
                         Illustrations by Peggy Trabalka
                         ISBN: 978-1-9407775-10-4
                         PICTURE BOOK

Author Barry Rudner does a stand up job describing for the young reader what it feels like to have autism. The simple words ooze with deep emotion making the reader relate to the feelings  all children experience especially those with the misunderstood challenge of known as autism. This book is a must read for young children. The illustrations  by Peggy Trabalka serve to deepen the reader's understanding making this book a treasure for the reader, parents, and teachers. This is a must for any collector of children's picture books and most importantly for anyone who loves a child with Autism.

About the Book
In his powerful and poignant new book Silent Voice, Barry Rudner highlights the pandemic occurrence of autism, how it can afflict any child, and, like any malady, how it robs children of their youth, impacting families and communities everywhere. "I wrote this book to address the need for autism awareness but also to bring awareness to all disabilities...There is not a parent alive who would not give anything to see their child healthy..."
About the Author
Barry Rudner has been a writer and poet of self-esteem books for children for over thirty years. This journey has allowed him to write about universal truths such as reaching for your dreams, being yourself, undying friendships, homelessness, and disability awareness. He is the product of an incredible education that was a gift from his parents; Silent Voice and his previous releases are his gift in return. He firmly believes that we cannot educate children unless they feel good about themselves, and ultimately, when they grow up, they will not feel good about themselves unless they are educated.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Review: Perfect for kids who love horses......

Quincy and Buck
Author: Camille Matthews
Illustrations: Michelle Black
ISBN: 978-0-9819240-4-5
Publisher: Pathfinder Equine Publications
This is a fabulous book for young readers. The story is a heartwarming tale about Quincy, a beautiful horse who wants to ride trails in the desert but is afraid of what might happen or what animals he might encounter on the desert trails.
Buck is a fearless horse who bullies and is mean, making Quincy worried. The story weaves the real life emotions and details that young readers will be able to relate to because they are some of the same fears the reader may also experience in life... fear of the unknown, fear of being bullied, fear of failure.
The twist at the end of the story is a great way to  open the discussion with readers about why a bully is a bully and about how all of us have fears that we must face. Quincy and Buck is the third book in the series by Ms. Matthews and these treasures have become well loved books for children who love horses.
The life lessons in each of her stories is a plus for parents and for classroom teachers trying to teach character education for young readers in a fun and positive way. I give this 5 stars for reaching out to young readers with an entertaining and heartwarming book with beautiful illustrations. Children will want to read this over and over again.

Author Camille Matthews and Illustrator Michelle Black

Creators of the Quincy the Horse Books

Camille Matthews and Michelle Black met in Farmington, New Mexico where Camille was a clinical social worker providing psychotherapy and equine therapy and Michelle was a horse trainer and artist. Camille told Michelle about the Quincy the Horse children’s books she was creating about the real life of one of her horses.  Michelle offered to illustrate the series.  Both are equestrians who between them have done just about everything with horses but they agree that the creation of the Quincy the Horse Books for kids K-4th grade is their favorite project. They have just completed the third book of The Quincy the Horse series, QUINCY AND BUCK.
Camille was born in Lexington, KY, considered by many the horse capital of the world. She loved to read and treasured her horse books.  She was an only child and her favorite activity was visiting her grandfather’s farm where she learned to ride.  She wanted to become a writer but studied to be a psychotherapist. In 2002 she became certified in the new field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and opened one of the first programs in New Mexico. Camille relocated back to the East coast in 2010 and now resides near Reading PA. She is an avid trail rider and lover of American quarter horses.

 Michelle was born in Yuma, AZ into a world of horses.  When she was 11 years old, her family moved to Australia. As she grew older, she did not have a clear plan for her future because training horses was not a respected career for a young woman in the 1970s. When she was 19, she left Australia and returned to the US to visit family. There she finally pursued her dream of becoming a horse trainer. Michelle trained horses for much of her life but now devotes most of her time to her art and her rescue dogs. In addition to painting, she is an avid woodworker. She lives in Farmington, NM.

The real Quincy whose early experiences inspired the Quincy the Horse series, is an American quarter horse who came to live with Camille when he was 7 years old.  He was an active trail horse until he contracted EPM. After several years of rehabilitation, he was able to return to light trail riding and became a mainstay therapy horse, providing equine assisted mental health services to teens and adults. Now 24 years old, he is still working as a member of the equine therapy team at Pathfinder Farm in Reading, PA.

Book Trailer

Friday, March 14, 2014

Winter Mouse: A Book Review

 Winter Mouse
Author: Amelia Picklewiggle
Illustrator: Dawn M Phillips
ISBN: 978-1495968457
Available at

Synopsis from Amazon:

Meet Marty Mouse, (THE FAST), in this witty, fun and entertaining ride of Cat and Mouse antics. Marty, is the sly little mouse, who desperately tries to thwart the fancy feline any which way he can, until he finally comes up with a brilliant fool proof idea that can't go wrong. Meet Sigfried the Cat (THE FURRY), who wants nothing more, then to devour the mouse and be rid of him for good, as he attempts to force his cozy little home to come crashing down. Amelia Picklewiggle is an award winning, best selling author and the Ambassador for the United States for Board on books for Young Readers. She firmly believes children's books should be written for children, not adults.

My Review: Adorable.... Amelia Picklewiggle sure knows how to get the attention of the reader and to keep them engaged in a fun story. The characters are unique, the story is filled with action, and the ending always has an unexpected twist. This book is filled with beautiful illustrations enhancing the fun for the young reader. Winter Mouse will be a favorite for kids and one that will be read over and over again.
Photo: Who's MARTY MOUSE? Be sure to visit Illustrator Dawn M Phillips Pinterest Album for House of Mouse Series by Best Selling & Award Winning Author Amelia Picklewiggle.


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