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A personal blog with book reviews, giveaways, recipes, DIY crafts and more

Check out previous Wordless Wednesday posts here.

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This week I’m on back-to-back Litfuse blog tours, both for historical romance novels. Today’s book, Song of My Heart, is written by Kim Vogel Sawyer, who along with her publisher, is celebrating the release with a fun Nook Tablet giveaway and Facebook party on March 29. Find out how to enter at the end of this

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This time of year, most people are all about March Madness … but for me, it’s all about March Swagness! Starting tomorrow, March Swagness means you can earn bonus Swag Bucks while doing all of the things you’re already doing on Swagbucks.com. Every day, they’ll announce  an earning goal, which you’ll find

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At a Facebook party earlier this week to celebrate the release of her new book, Blue Moon Promise, author Colleen Coble also shared about her new series - Hope Beach – a contemporary romantic suspense series set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The first book is called Tidewater Inn. Don’t you just love

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Wow, have you seen the new homepage at Swagbucks? Now it’s even easier to find your favorite ways to win! I know I’ve blogged about Swagbucks a lot lately, but I just can’t say enough about how easy it is to earn a few extra bucks just by doing the things you already do every day – [...]

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Small in size (less than 400 by 200 miles) the country of Ireland holds a big place in world and human history. And many from around the globe proudly lay claim to ancestral ties there. S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet by Eve Bunting gives readers a guided A-Z tour of this small island country whose influence [...]

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With St. Patrick’s Day only a week away, I thought I’d share some fun dessert ideas I’ve found around the web. Just looking at all these yummy treats makes me want to run to the kitchen and start baking! Thin Mint Cooke Truffles from Six Sisters’ Stuff: These little balls of goodness only require th

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I’ve read quite of bit of historical fiction recently, but nothing quite like Sixty Acres and a Bride! Although I can’t say I loved the book, her debut novel proves author Regina Jennings has a lot to offer! About Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings: With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garne

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Blue Moon Promise  is a story of hope, romance, and suspense . . . immersing the reader in a rich historical tale set under Texas stars. Written by best-selling author Colleen Coble, it’s the first in a new series called Under Texas Stars and it arrived just in time to take on my vacation last week. It’s a [

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Make it a movie night tonight with a free Redbox rental! Redbox just reached 2 billion rentals – and as a thank-you to everyone, they’re celebrating with a free movie night this Thursday. Just visit their Facebook page for the code! Promo code valid only between 12am CT and 11:59:59pm CT on 3/8/12. Limit: 1 [...]

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Check out previous Wordless Wednesday posts here.

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In 1912, Nabisco had a new idea for a cookie – two chocolate disks with a creme filling in between. On March 6, the Oreo cookie was born. Since then, over 491 billion Oreo cookies have been sold in more than 100 countries across the globe. Many variations have joined the original Oreo version, including

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Two weeks ago, I shared the announcement about Julie Klassen’s Kindle Fire giveaway and FB Author Chat party on March 15 in celebration of her new book. Now it’s time for my review! About The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen: To escape a scheme to marry her off to a dishonorable man, Margaret Macy [...]

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I’m a liar. So are you. We all are, because a lie, by definition, is something untrue; even if something is “almost” true, or “not far from” the truth, it’s still not truly TRUE. But do we even realize just how often those little white lies slip off our tongues, often without a conscious

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This post is part of  the “100 Comments On My Blog” Event hosted by Blogelina. Ask almost any blogger, and they’ll agree: frequenting other blogs is one of the best ways to improve your own site. Not only does it generate traffic, but it also introduces you to new design ideas, topics for new posts, possible

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Lots of exciting giveaways are in progress! Have you entered them all? TONIGHT’s Facebook Party is celebrating Sweeter than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliot, with an iPod Nano giveaway! Right here on Books, Baking & Beyond, you could win a copy of First Date by Krista McGee! Ends March 6. Check out my review, too

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Swagbucks, the best place on the web to earn FREE stuff, turns 4 years old today! I’ve been a member for almost three of those years, and it’s still one of my absolutely favorite sites. If you haven’t joined yet and starting earning free Amazon giftcards and other goodies, you are seriously missing out! N

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By the time this post goes up, I’ll be on a cruise ship for seven sweet days of fun in the sun with my Funky family. I’ve got a couple of posts scheduled while I’m gone but I won’t be responding to emails or comments until I return next week. See you then! Photo from [...]

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If you haven’t RSVP’d to the biggest birthday event of the year, don’t worry – there’s still time! The 2012 Swagbucks Birthday Bash will be an epic event of earning, but that’s just half the reason to RSVP. The other half is the fact that RSVPing automatically enters you to win one of four $1000 [...]

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Brimming with romance and danger, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall takes readers inside the fascinating belowstairs world of a 19th-century English manor, where appearances can be deceiving. To celebrate its release, author Julie Klassen has teamed up with her publisher, Bethany House, for a fun Kindle Fire giveaway, F

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My husband talked me into going to see The Phantom Menace in 3D last weekend. We arrived extra early to make sure we got decent seats, and as we waited it was interesting to see all the different ages and types of people that came in. It’s really kind of amazing that the Star Wars [...]

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Since I started reviewing books for publishers like Tyndale, Revell Books and Waterbrook Multnomah, I’ve been reading a lot of Amish fiction. I enjoy learning about their Plain lifestyle and the challenges they face in an increasingly technology-dependent world. And how, despite the obvious differences, the struggle

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Today, February 20th, Revell Books is giving away FREE e-copies of the newly released Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey! I had the opportunity to read and review this book a few weeks ago, and I definitely recommend it! It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers [...]

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It’s been a month since the internet censorship bills, SOPA & PIPA, sparked the largest online protest in history.  Petitions were signed by millions. Over 4 million emails and 8 million phone calls flooded the offices of senators that supported the bills. And thousands of websites participated in the strike by

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Swagbucks, the best place on the web to earn FREE stuff, is celebrating their 4th birthday this month! They’re always coming up with new ways to win, but this prize beats them all – they’re giving away FOUR $1000 PRIZES! It’s all part of The Swagbucks Birthday Bash Challenge, and entering to win $1000 is a

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Fellow bloggers, have you ever had 100 comments on a single post before? Me either. But that’s going to change. Starting March 1, Blogelina is hosting a week-long “100 Comments On My Blog” Event.  Each participating blogger will leave a comment on the other blogs in their group – and in turn will rece

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Check out previous Wordless Wednesday posts here.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s hard to believe it’s already the middle of February. It’s almost been a month since my Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway, so I’m ready for another one! One lucky reader will receive a copy of First Date by Krista McGee, the perfect book to celebrate the year’s mo

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From CountryLiving.com: Paper Airplane Love Notes Give your love notes a lift. Take an aerial approach to letter writing with pint-size paper airplanes. CL contributing editor Cathe Holden designed this high-flying stationery. All you have to do? Print out a copy of the 8″W x 11″L PDF, jot down a note, then c

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Last week in New Life Church Grand Opening, Part 1, I shared a little bit about one of the cakes I made for our new church’s first official service. But since not everyone likes plain old vanilla (although it is my favorite), I also baked and decorated a chocolate cake. Like the first cake, the [...]

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