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Top Shelf Giveaway Winter 2019 Edition

Disclosure / Disclaimer: We received these books/items, free of charge, from different publishers, for review purposes, or bought the books for our personal reading, then donated it to the blog for giveaway purposes.No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it either.

I said we would be changing up Top Shelf and this is the first changed up giveaway.

Instead of being every month, Top Shelf will now be once a quarter and you never know what will be on it!

As I'm fighting a severe cold, I haven't added extras to it YET, they will come later this week or next. BUT that is the beauty of quarterly giveaways, you can change your mind about what you want to win, simply by posting a second comment!

So check back in every couple weeks and see if there is something else you want to win instead!

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There will be more books being added this month, as I still pull from my bookshelves, so feel free to check back later in the month and change your selection!

Your current list is:

Adult Books:

God Hears Her Devotional

Paris Requiem by Lisa App

Pass it On journal

A Rather Curious Engagement by CA Belmond

Georgia's Kitchen by Jenny nelson

Gentle Discipline by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Knit Two by kate Jacobs

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl by Lauri Notaro

the Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz

Circle of Souls by Grandhi

Growing Up Social

Nutrient Based Psychiatry by Dr Emanuel Frank

 Saving Cee Ceee honeycutt by Ruth hoffman

Growing Up Social by Chapman and Pellicane

Who Peed on my Yoga Mat by lela Davidson

There's a Slight Chance I Might be Going to H*ll by Laurie Notaro

The Treasure of a Friend

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by molly Harper

Monsterland by Michael Okon

Wanna get Lucky by Deborah Coonts


Out of the Dark by Mandisa CD

The Answer by Jeremy Camp CD

the Very Next Thing by Casting Crowns

 Kids books:

Where Jesus Slept (Christmas story)

What You Will Be

Win or Loose I Love You

Pink Princess Party Cookbook

Hunter Seekers, the Quest 

Goodnight Manger (kids book)

The Frozen Party Book

A Very Thankful Prayer by Bonnie Rickner Jensen

Where Jesus Slept 

Pink Princess Party Cookbook

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Winner will get their selection they post in the comments below!!!
Be sure to re-comment if you want to change your mind!

Book Review: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Macmillan Publishing, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

                                         Today's mystery is a doozy of a read!

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Told from the split viewpoints of Liv and Jory, Kate A. Boorman's What We Buried is a psychological thrill ride that deftly explores how memories can lie, how time can bend, and how reconciling the truth can be a matter of life or death.
“Do you ever just want to be believed?”
Siblings Liv and Jory Brewer have grown up resenting each another. Liv—former pageant queen and reality TV star—was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother, Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. The only thing they have in common is contempt for their parents.
Now Liv is suing her mom and dad for emancipation, and Jory views the whole thing as yet another attention-getting spectacle. But on the day of the hearing, their parents mysteriously vanish, and the siblings are forced to work together. Liv feels certain she knows where they are and suspects that Jory knows more than he’s telling…which is true.
What starts as a simple overnight road trip soon takes a turn for the dangerous and surreal. And as the duo speeds through the deserts of Nevada, brother and sister will unearth deep family secrets that force them to relive their pasts as they try to retain a grip on the present.


What is real, and what is the world we want to believe? In this page turner, Boorman asks that question, but from the view points of a talented young star and her sibling. Not only do you get a Jon Benet feel early in the book, you soon wonder who is really telling the truth, and wonder where the fault lies- bad parenting, society expectations. out of control media, or just plain ol family dysfunction. When you reach the conclusion you may have to go back and see where you missed some clues, and this book will stay with you for a long while after you finish it! I wouldn't be surprised to see movie rights snapped up pretty quickly too! So don't miss this one!

About the Author:

Kate A. Boorman is an award-winning writer from the Canadian prairies. She is the author of the Winterkill series; WinterkillDarkthaw and Heartfire. She was born in Nepal, grew up in the small town of Rimbey, Alberta, and now lives in Edmonton, where she wrangles her family and schemes up travel to faraway lands. Kate has a MA in Dramatic Critical Theory and has held an odd assortment of jobs, from accordion accompanist to qualitative research associate. She has a fondness for nature, though birds tend to worry her a great deal.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Recipe for a Healthy Retirement?

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Waterbrook Multonah for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

Check out Thrive in Retirement!

This new book comes out in February, but I wanted to share it with you NOW, so you can pre-order and be ready to make the changed YOU need to in the new year, for YOUR retirement!

Discover the three secrets to happiness--
and much more--
in the later years of life.

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Never before in human history have so many people lived for decades beyond their working years. 10,000 Americans turn 65 each day, and their average life expectancy is another 20 years--and many will live longer. But will they just live or have a meaningful life? The truth is that many--if not most--people approaching the latter years do not have a plan, much less a strategy to thrive instead of just survive. 

Packed with information based on research as well as common-sense wisdom, here are some examples of what readers will discover:
  *  How retiring at the wrong time increases the likelihood of dying 89%.
  *  What can delay Alzheimer's onset an average of 9 years.
  *  How everything that makes you happy comes in just 3 forms.
  *  Which partner is most likely to initiate divorce after decades of marriage and why.


So you THOUGHT you had it all planned out in your head for retirement. Guess what- you are WAY wrong, and it will cost you- not only in money, but in life expectancy AND in retirement happiness! Eric made me totally reevaluate the plans I had for retirement! Even though I had already made some changes, that went with this formula, there was so much more to rethink! It's not JUST money- it's what you will DO, and how old you will BE. If you want a fulfilled retirement, you need to start now, making changes, so that everything can be in place for you. And if you can't, then you need to start making the changes as soon as you DO retire. It's not too late- follow the formula in the book, and YOUR retirement can be amazing too! 

Even if you aren't close to retirement yet, you NEED to read this book, to set yourself up for 15 years from now! 

About the Author:

ERIC THURMAN has a history of blazing trails. He was one of the early leaders of the microfinance movement, heading anti-poverty programs in 30 less developed nations. Now, driven by personal passion to find both meaning and enjoyment during his later life, he is creating a new path for people who also want to thrive during the last third of their life. Thurman began his career as a broadcast journalist and has extensive media experience. A partial list of his coverage or appearances include: CNN, Fox and FriendsWall Street Week, PBS, CBS News, NewsweekTimeHarvard International Review, CNBC TV, ForbesChristianity TodayThe 700 ClubFinancial Times, and The Economist. Thurman and his wife, Diane, reside in Illinois.

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