Friday, September 12, 2014

“Love & Cupcakes” Kindle Giveaway and Facebook Party from @BetsyStAmant!

Don't miss Betsy St. Amant's latest fiction release, All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes. A "sweet" tale of two best friends and the choices they make between dreams and a possible "sure thing," St. Amant's novel is sure to satisfy your romantic-fiction craving.

Betsy is celebrating with a fun Kindle giveaway and a Love & Cupcakes Facebook party! One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle
  • All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 18th. Winner will be announced at the "Love & Cupcakes" Author Chat Party on 9/18. Betsy will be hosting a "sweet" book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at her next book project!

So grab your copy of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes and join Betsy on the evening of September 18th 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 18th!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant *Review

About the book: 
Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie's bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat's best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself---her---is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat's senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

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My Thoughts: I don't have cable so really haven't seen many reality style shows when it comes to baking. Fortunately when I was visiting my Dad this summer I was able to watch a few, specifically some that involved baking. I really think it helped me to set the stage in this novel for the visual of what a cupcake bakeoff style show would look like. I really think the author captured that sense of the style of show, from the set, the judges, the speed of which things happen, and the competition. You definitely don't need to be familiar with the reality show to get the jist of the book. By watching it however, I really could see what a great job she did!
I love Kat's desire to do more. To not be stiffled in her baking. But on the same hand, she has such a gentle spirit that she doesn't want to 'rock the boat' with her ailing aunt in doing something out of the ordinary. Kat's family is less than encouraging to her and I was so glad she had a great friend like Lucas. Trouble is.. Lucas and her both desire more in the way of their relationship, but both are fearful that the other doesn't and they aren't willing to take that chance. Definitely some romantic tensions to keep the book flowing. 
The descriptions of the cupcakes were mouth watering! Made me wish we had a cupcake shop in our small town. 
I really enjoyed this book and hope there will be many more from Betsy St. Amant
 About the author: 

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she's not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.

Find Betsy online: website, Facebook
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God is Always Good *Review & Giveaway

 God is Always Good brings comfort for kids facing grief, worry or scary times. Written by Tama Fortner and illustrated by Veronica Vasylenko.

A remarkable tool for parents to use for everything from the death of a goldfish to a national tragedy.

A friend who doesn’t keep a promise. A scary storm. A soldier who goes off to war. Saying goodbye to a pet—or a loved one. Every day, children come in contact with scary or sad situations where they can feel helpless and alone. Filled with scriptures, soft illustrations, and sweet, reassuring text, this book will broadly address scary situations and remind children that God is always in control and that He will bring good out of bad things.
God Is Always Good features sweet illustrations filled with animal characters who show how God never leaves His children alone, and we can see Him through the helping hands of others, a hug, a warm blanket, or even a smile. Each spread features a scripture, giving children biblical assurance that God keeps His promises.
Christian parents will love having a biblically based resource, backed up by Scripture, to bring comfort to children during difficult times.

The illustrations are superb! I love how Mommy bunny reassures the little bunny of the greatness of God. From God creating us and thinking we are pretty marvelous, to God knowing the number of hairs on our head. I appreciate how the author says that God is hurt when 'not so good' things happen too. God is with the brave people like the firemen, doctors, etc to use them to help the people around us.
Each page has a scripture verse that reinforces the concept being taught. You can't error when you include scripture in a children's book!

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