Sunday, 1 March 2015

MONDAY READING: BOOK CLUBS, TOURS, CHALLENGES and READ-A-THONS FOR MARCH 2.3.15




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Another good reading week in my wee corner of the world ~

I am seriously glad for the goodreads challenge tracking my record
so that I can report back for Monday posts!
I completed The Secret of Pembrooke Park in time for my Book Tour slot.
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Five star read and a great opp for any historical mystery / romance readers to win the
Julie Klassen Collection of Eight Novels + Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey dvd.
Here's the Tour + Giveaway Post - Comments are your entry [ends March 9]




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Long awaited copy of Prelude for a Lord by the prolific Camy Tang 
writing as Camille Elliot for this one,  her 1st Regency.
Definitely a series I'll be following.  What a relief to not be living with under the censure of society at that time.  The poor woman wasn't to use her musical gifts because it wasn't seemly for a woman to raise her arms in public.  Which, of course, is necessary when playing the violin!  Fantastic adventure and suspense to guard and keep the unique violin gifted to Alethea by the Italian woman who taught her to play.  Recommended, Yes!


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For my Lent video series, I added the print copy of 
Henri Nouwen's Life of the Beloved.
Filled with thoughtful insights 
on spiritual living,





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I followed up with an animation of Nouwen's
Reflections on Leadership ~ In the Name of Jesus 
video/audio created by an American youth group .
Another excellent read for Lent.
Available on youtube.



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Two book club picks begin this week's reading for me.

Taking time for self-care in the midst of the prevailing
culture of busyness.  I'm all for that affirmation!
The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You
by Jessica N Turner
and Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves From Old
Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron who lives on
Canada's eastern coast. 
This read is with fellow classmates from my studies
this past autumn in Arizona.
Great to be keeping connected.

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I've joined the TBR Challenge for the month of March
~ or as far into it I can, with grandbaby due midway!

Join up here if you've got some TBR to tackle!

March 2015 Take Control of Your TBR Pile

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If interested, here's a headsup for the Mini Read-a-Thon from the 13th - 16th 

TBR Read-a-Thon

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Thanks for stopping in.  HapPiest reading times for everyone...

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YOU ARE THE BELOVED with Graham Cooke 1.3.15





WELCOME to SONGS on SUNDAY 
for this 2nd Sunday of Lent.



Continuing our Life of the Beloved theme,

today featuring a recitation of Graham Cooke on God's Love for us,
The Beloved, in an enchanting setting of violin .  

May you be filled and refilled with both word and music...

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Consider adding your own worship music favs by posting links in comments.
Adding the link back to this #SONGSonSUNDAY post 
will help connect and grow the audience .
Thanks for participating ~ 
I love hearing your choices!

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"Revelation occurs when wisdom penetrates our hearts to the point of transformation."

May you be Blessed in the revelation and understanding of your BELOVEDNESS!

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WELCOME MARCH : CALENDAR WALLPAPERS 2015 1.3.15



NEEDING MID-WINTER CHEER?
How about MARCH Calendar changes for your pc ?

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R click to enlarge and save to your choice of computer file.  Go to where you saved it.
Select 'set as background' or something similar and voila - cheery new art to greet you!
EnJoY ... and may March bring you blessings !


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Various wallpapers and sizes [including iphone and android] available 
at crosscards.com * smashingmagazine.com * simplifiedsuccess.com




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Saturday, 28 February 2015

MARCH READ-A-THON + MINI 13th -16th 28.2.15


March 1st - 31st

Kim of Caffeinated Reviewer is Hosting 

March 2015 Take Control of Your TBR Pile



As I'm participating in the mini read-a-thon , 
I will make my March goal to clear as many TBR books and audios [published prior to March 2015] as I can while waiting for grandbaby's arrival.
Read-a-thons motivate me so I'll add my post to Kim's linkup.  Interested?   Link via button above.

I'll keep record of completed reads at this post ~
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Title: The Fringe Hours - Jessica N Turner  [March book club read]  March 1 -Completed:Reviewed:





Title:
Taking the Leap - Pema Chodron
[March book club read] March 1 -|
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Title: Life of the Beloved - Henri Nouwen 
Completed: March 1.2015
Reviewed:  Posted  Here








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UPCOMING !

Mini March Read-a-thon 

TBR Read-a-Thon


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click for details and signups
I'm in ~  Reading Irish and Ireland themes / settings for St Patrick's Day
{as long as grandbaby waits to arrive...}
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Title:  There You'll Find Me - Jenny B Jones [audiobook - Jeannie Stith narrator - Ireland]
Completed:
Review:




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Friday, 27 February 2015

LENT WEEK 1 DAY 4 : YOU ARE THE BELOVED OF GOD 26.2.15


Meditations in 
Being and Becoming the Beloved 
as we walk the path of Lent
with Henri Nouwen
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Conclusion to Becoming the Beloved.

Community is not to be a hideout from life.  
It's a calling to go.  To a life given.
Coming closer to the heart of God in ministry.  Serving.
Live aware of our own limitations.   We are a fellowship of the weak.
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"Once you are in deep communion with the poor, you are able to discover your own poverty, your own weakness, your own brokenness and not be afraid of it."
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Keep space for hearing God's Voice.
Forming community without possessiveness.  Going out.
Claim your Truth.  You are the Beloved of God.
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LIFE OF THE BELOVED  Available in print 
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and Audio CD  LIFE OF THE BELOVED:
Spiritual Living in a Secular World
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Beginning of this LIFE OF THE BELOVED video series HERE
2nd of the series
3rd of the series
4th is Lent 1st Sunday
5th of series
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

BOOK TOUR + GIVEAWAY! : THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK by Julie Klassen 26.2.15


 WELCOME !

I've looked forward with pleasure to today's
Blog Tour Spotlight for this 5* novel

THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK
Julie Klassen's newest release!

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Published by Bethany House [Baker Publishing GroupDecember 2. 2014
 Genres: Regency Romance / Gothic Romance / Historical Fiction /
Austenesque / Inspirational Fiction 

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AudioBook Published by Recorded Books December 12. 2014
Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki  ~  Length: 18 hrs 3 min  unabridged

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Congratulations, Julie
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on your newest delivery !





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The storyline ...?

In the spring of 1818, twenty-four-year-old Abigail Foster fears she is destined to become a spinster. Her family’s finances are in ruins and the one young man she truly esteems has fallen for another woman — her younger, prettier sister Louisa.
Forced to retrench after the bank failure of Austen, Gray & Vincent, the Foster family optimistically pool their resources for another London Season for her sister in hopes of an advantageous alliance. While searching for more affordable lodgings, a surprising offer is presented: one twelvemonth's use of a country manor house in Berkshire, abandoned for eighteen years. Abigail and her father journey to the imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left. Tight-lipped locals and the handsome local curate offer a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumours of Pembrooke Park's secret room filled with treasure. . .
Eager to restore her family fortune - and her dowry - Abigail begins her search into the heavily veiled past with spirited determination and the aid of cryptic journal pages postmarked Brighton from an unnamed resident. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn't the only one secretly searching the house.   As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?
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Here's author, Julie Klassen, hosting a wee tour for us, 
providing a peek into Great Chalfield Manor,
the English manor {and church} inspiring the story ...

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I absolutely love the unique oriel and stained glass window features,
gardens of wisteria and tulips, pathways, and stairway scenes in the book from 
this spectacular property.
What a delight to share the tour with Julie!
Thank you, Julie, for including us in bringing the story to life via your firsthand experiences.
I loved the suspense, romantic twists, and variety of characters in this novel.
Truly a pleasure to read !  and a strong 5* recommendation.
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AUTHOR BIO:
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. 
She has also won the Midwest Book Award, Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, Minnesota Book Awards, and ACFW’s Carol Awards
Julie blogs at inspiredbylifeandfiction
Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of
St. Paul, Minnesota.




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~ Find and Follow Julie online ~
Julie's Website
Julie Klassen Facebook 
Julie on Goodreads 
Julie Klassen Twitter  @Julie_Klassen, @Bethany_House
Tweet the Tour hashtags:
#PembrookeBlogTour, #JaneAusten, #HistoricalFicton, #RegencyRomance, #Reading, #GothicRomance, #Austenesque

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Purchase Links ~
Book Depository 
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Indie Bound  * 
Amazon *  Audible Audiobook *
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Add it at Goodreads 
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the next 2 due later this year ~
Lady Maybe  and   The Painter's Daughter

My thoughts on Julie's novels include ~
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall   *  
The Dancing Master 
The Tutor's Daughter

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Award winning historical romance author Julie Klassen tours the blogosphere
February 16 through March 2 to share her latest release, The Secret of Pembrooke Park. Twenty five popular book bloggers specializing in historical and Austenesque fiction will feature guest blogs, interviews, book reviews and excerpts of this acclaimed gothic Regency romance novel.
A fabulous giveaway contest, including copies of all of Ms. Klassen’s eight books and other Jane Austen-themed items, is open to those who join the festivities.   
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**Win One of Four Fabulous Prizes**
In celebration of the release of The Secret of Pembrooke Park,
4 chances to win copies of Julie’s books and other
Jane Austen-inspired items are being offered. 
Three lucky winners will receive one trade paperback or eBook copy of The Secret of Pembrooke Park, and one grand prize winner will receive one copy of all eight of Julie’s novels:
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Lady of Milkweed Manor
The Apothecary's Daughter
The Silent Governess
The Girl in the Gatehouse
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
The Tutor’s Daughter
The Dancing Master and
The Secret of Pembrooke Park

one DVD of Northanger Abbey (2007)
and a Jane Austen Action Figure
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To Enter the giveaway contest :
simply leave a comment on any or all of the blog stops on
The Secret of Pembrooke Park Blog Tour starting
February 16, 2015 through 11:59 pm PT, March 9, 2015. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments and announced on Julie Klassen’s website on March 16, 2015. **Winners have until March 22, 2015 to claim their prize. The giveaway contest is open to residents of the US, UK + Canada. [Digital books will be sent through Amazon or Barnes & Noble]. 
Good luck to all!
Be sure to hit the G+ button to spread the word - TY!!
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FIND and FOLLOW 
THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK
 BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
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Julie's Events Page



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And don't forget to comment here at FHC for your 

GIVEAWAY entry

through 11:59 pm PT - March 9. 2015







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LENT WEEK 1 DAY 3: COMMUNITY LIVING AS THE BELOVED


Continuing our meditations in 
Being and Becoming the Beloved 
as we walk the path of Lent
with Henri Nouwen

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2nd part of our journey to Becoming the Beloved.

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Community.  
We live in genuine community when we know we are Beloved.
We may be alone but we are not lonely.
In loneliness we are possessive until we hear we are the Beloved.
When we are rooted in that Love there is possibility for Community.




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LIFE OF THE BELOVED  Available in print 
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and Audio CD  LIFE OF THE BELOVED:
Spiritual Living in a Secular World
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Beginning of this LIFE OF THE BELOVED video series HERE
2nd of the series
3rd of the series
4th is Lent 1st Sunday
5th of series
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

LENT WEEK 1 Day 2: BEING and BECOMING THE BELOVED by Henri Nouwen 24.2.15


Meditations in Being and Becoming the Beloved 
as we walk the path of Lent
with Henri Nouwen
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First of the next 3 sessions of Living as the Beloved of God,
Henri Nouwen explores Christ's model of Communion with God.
In the midst of noise and distraction, busyness around and within us,
we must create that spiritual whitespace where we can hear the Voice
calling us to communion, to relationship, to hear we are Beloved of God.
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Brief and beautiful meditation that challenges as it inspires a new way of
being in our world.  
A call to reclaim what we're meant to be...
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LIFE OF THE BELOVED  Available in print 
and Audio CD  LIFE OF THE BELOVED:
Spiritual Living in a Secular World
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Beginning of this LIFE OF THE BELOVED video series HERE
2nd of the series
3rd of the series
4th is Lent 1st Sunday
5th of series
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Monday, 23 February 2015

LENT WEEK 1 : BECOMING THE BELOVED 3 - by HENRI NOUWEN 23.2.15


First Week of Lent
continuing thoughtful meditations with Henri Nouwen
on Becoming the Beloved
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Living fruitful lives in response to being Chosen, Blessed, Broken, and Given ...
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"From the moment we claim the truth of being the Beloved, we are faced with the call to become who we are.  Becoming the Beloved is the great spiritual journey we have to make."
~ Henri Nouwen
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Beginning of this LIFE OF THE BELOVED video series HERE
2nd of the series
3rd of the series
4th is Lent 1st Sunday
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Henri Nouwen online


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LIFE OF THE BELOVED - Available in print for further reading ~
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and audio CD
LIFE OF THE BELOVED



"How does one live a spiritual life in a secular world?" Henri Nouwen responds from the depths of his heart to this dilemna posed by his friend Fred Bratman. Newly available on CD for the first time, this audiobook is recorded by Nouwen himself. His own interpretive reading of the text lends a sense of immediacy to the production. 2 CDs/2.5 hours




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Sunday, 22 February 2015

MONDAY READING 23.2.15


Finishing up one final book for 
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
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Definitely indoor reading weather this weekend.  I made the best of -47C degrees outdoors
by wearing capris, drinking tea and enjoying bowls of  hot soup indoors.
                             This week I completed ~
 
Contemporary roadtrip on the E coast USA,
journalist Belinda Jones puts her travel knowledge to good use in writing the descriptive locations experienced in 
The Travelling Tea Shop.

A lot of relational issues surface as this tale unfolds.  Three female family members travelling together surprise the baking tour guide who must  rise to the occasion
or watch her efforts disintegrate the first day.  Chick lit reading with a lot of taste tempting recipes en route.

Pancake Tuesday Intro + Teaser posted HERE

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 2nd completion?   Timed for Julie Klassen's Book Tour Spotlight here at FHC on Thursday February 26th
The Secret of Pembrooke Park
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I love Julie's well researched historical plots and this one adds
 gothic suspense to increase reading tension.  Superb.
1,492 ratings at 4+*s
Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her--a longtime friend--has fallen for her younger, prettier sister. 
When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll's house left mid-play . . . 

A gruff welcome awaits them, but though this family seem to know about the manor's past, the only information they offer Abigail and her father is a warning: Beware trespassers who may be drawn by rumours that Pembrooke contains a secret room filled with treasure. . .  A
rrival of anonymous letters addressed to Abigail, with clues about the room and the past, bring discoveries even more startling. As secrets come to light, will she be the one to find the treasure or is danger one step ahead?
**Be sure to check out reviews and excerpts during the
Blog Tour this Week.
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Lovely post delivery ~ Thank you to Laurel-Rain's
Blue Mondays Giveaway !  


The Violets of March -  perfectly timed Spring reading!
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Currently Reading along with daily Lent video posts




"Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the "Beloved." Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.” 

~ Henri Nouwen


The Life of the Beloved series begins HERE



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Anticipated Reading ?


Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest
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I've begun the above library reserve I picked up Friday while the weather was decent
  I do look forward to picking up the following new releases as soon as available!
{ plots are intriguing and fantastic cover art !}
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Price of Privilege - Jessica Dotta
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an amazing audio sale price HERE]
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner [24% off]
Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma
A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor [at 23% off]
A Sparrow of Terezin by Kristy Cambron
[releasing April 2015 pre-order at -10%]
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**[click titles for discount pricing and Free delivery no minimum!]






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