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 ( 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

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.

Another Itty Bitty Book Review & Giveaway!!

It’s time for another Itty Bitty Book Review!  I never realized just how fun it can be to review kids books and I think I may just be a little hooked J.

This time I am looking at an incredibly sweet book, I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug, by Caroline B. Cooney with illustrations by Tim Warnes.  When it comes to kids books I am a nut for great illustration and if it is married with great story telling, I can almost guarantee you have a book that will stand the test of time. This one fits the bill all the way around.

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Beautifully illustrated this bedtime story is filled with animals, bugs, fish and hugs of all shapes and sizes I put it to the test with the little’s that hang around my house.  Younger than the ages range of the book (4-8), my little’s adore this one and I have yet to read it only once at a sitting.  Hugs are a universal-and ageless-symbol of emotion and I don’t think there is a little too young to understand the language of hugs.

Whether it is duck hugs or “wiggly, wriggly…creepy crawly” hugs bringing out the giggles or all the other slithery, wooly kinds of hugs eliciting smiles, one thing that can’t be beat is the promise of unlimited snuggles when you sit down with I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug. If you have a little in your life this one is a must for your book shelves.

Giveaway time!

Because I think this one is so great, I am going to do one more Itty Bitty giveaway!  I have one hardcover copy of I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug to share with one lucky reader out there J  Just leave a comment below with the name of your favorite book growing up and that’s your entry!  I will be running this over on Instagram (thatsmesusanmulder) too so make sure to hop over there for another entry opportunity!  Giveaway is open to US residents (sorry) and closes Sunday, April 23, 2017.  Winner has 24 hours from notification to respond before another name is picked.

Happy Reading and Good Luck!

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 Zonderkidz  and BlogAbout Network for generously providing a review and giveaway copy of I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug.