Check out The Shadow…


I know, I know-it’s been a long time since my last post. I’ll spare you the details but let’s just say it’s been a little crazy in my little corner of the world.  I am jumping in to spotlight a quick review and do an even quicker giveaway!

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Over the last year I have done a number of book reviews-mostly non-fiction, cooking, or crafting. When The Shadow, by Kimberly Rae, popped up I jumped at the chance to try my hand at something a little different. Part action, part suspense, and part romance, The Shadow has a little something for almost anyone. While it is fiction, it is deeply woven with a real life issue and a ministry (www.rahabsrope.com) that helps support at-risk women and victims of sex trafficking. This combination of fiction and non-fiction comes together in a great bit of story telling.

I’m not going to give away the plot or story line (but will give a copy away at the end of this post!), however, I will tell you there are enough twists and turns along the way (a stalker, the drug trade, the FBI and a hunky former marine to name a few) that will keep you from putting the book down. Rae does a masterful job of keeping the reader on the hook waiting to see what comes next.

Reading along you feel the frustration her protagonist (Meagan Winston) feels with the stumbling blocks along the way and you also get a sense of the passion it takes to run a ministry that requires nerves of steel. The incredibly important work that goes on to combat the evils of the trafficking trade are brought to light through Rae’s writing, though it isn’t the main plot line (I promise, this isn’t a spoiler!). You will find yourself rooting for the main characters as they make their way through this jam packed journey.

I encourage you to visit Rahab’s Rope to learn more about the vital work they do and what we can do to support them. I also encourage you to pick up a copy of The Shadow for a good read!

To learn more about Kimberly Rae and The Shadow visit her website at www.kimberlyrae.com

Now, for the giveaway!

I have a copy that I will give away to one lucky reader. Please leave a comment below with the names of your favorite fictional couple and you’ll be entered. Easy peasy. This will be a quick one and will close on December 26, 2017 so I can pop it in the mail to you for a little New Year’s reading :). One entry per person and please note that no comment field will be visible to readers-you comment comes directly to me 😉

As always, my views are my own. Life is too short so I only pick the good stuff to write about (and give away from time to time!). I am not paid for my endorsements or reviews. A huge thank you to BlogAbout Network for generously providing a review and giveaway copy of The Shadow.

Image courtesy BlogAbout Network.

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Brave Beauty for your girls…and a Giveaway!


Brave Beauty, by Lynn Cowell

Right now my world is little girls. Frankly? I love every second of it! My girls happen to be grand daughters and while they may not be with me all the time I want to make each moment count. They are still young but it is never too early to begin growing their knowledge and understanding of their significance in Christ. I am always on the lookout for ways that I can do that so when I found this book of devotions I wanted to check it out.

Brave Beauty Finding the Fearless You, by Lynn Cowell (Proverbs 31 Ministries), is filled with one hundred devotions geared toward the ‘tween’ years. This is a pivotal stage in a girls development and Lynn has provided a thoughtful, sweet devotional to support, encourage, and empower young girls as they navigate the in-between years. Years when they begin to develop deeper relationships outside the protective net of family and where choices, decisions, and friendships begin to have a deeper impact in their lives.

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Spending time with your daughter/s, grand daughter/s or nieces is so important and spending time in the word with them is a gift they will never outgrow. We can do this from the time they are babies but as they grow, helping them learn to spend time with God on their own can be a challenge-though one well worth our attention. The encouraging devotions in Brave Beauty reinforce the value each of our girls has in Christ and she will be reminded that she is brave, beautiful (in a way far more significant than the worldly definition), strong, and-above all- loved, deeply and wholly by God.

With Christmas just around the corner this would make a great gift for the tweens in your life-daughter, grand daughter, niece, neighbor, Sunday school class-you name it! You can find Brave Beauty at Amazon (hardback AND Kindle!), Barnes and Noble, Proverbs 31 and at your favorite online book retailer.

I know there are a lot of you out there with girls of your own and I want them to have a copy of Brave Beauty, Finding the Fearless You!! I will be giving a copy away over on my Instagram account (thatsmesusanmulder) so hop over there and check for the book image.

A big thank you to BlogAbout Bloggers Network, the Blythe Daniel Agency and ZonderKidz for providing review and giveaway copies of Brave Beauty! As always, my views are my own. I believe life is too short to waste your time or mine so I only post the good stuff.  I am not paid for my reviews or endorsements but did receive a copy of the book in return for my words.