Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Amanda's 10th Birthday and a Linky


Amanda turns 10 on Wednesday! She had her sea/ocean themed birthday party on Saturday. She colored in sea creatures and used her pictures for decorations. The photo below is of her sea turtle. She also had pictures of a shark, fish, shells, mermaids, and more.

Her dad and siblings helped with the games. Included was a treasure hunt, musical chairs, pass the parcel, throwing streamers, and swimming. I chose photos of the children where faces aren't clearly shown.

Amanda chose to have hedgehogs (no-bake chocolate squares with crushed cookies) instead of traditional cake. She wore a brand new necklace that she got from her grandma of a sea turtle from the gift shop at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Introducing the Dominion Rising Sci-Fi Series and a Linky

The Smugglers Legion

The Smugglers Legion: A Dominion Rising Short Story by [Bogle, Katherine]

Book Description:

Desperate to flee his hometown, Rikkard will risk everything to steal an alien drug prototype in exchange for a job with the most notorious criminal's on Earth.

The Smugglers Legion is a prequel short story taking place before The Aldar Dominion, the first book in the Dominion Rising series.

The Smugglers Legion:

My Review:

The Smugglers Legion is an action-packed short story prequel to The Aldar Dominion. It has everything in it with just enough backstory to give readers a good peek into Rikkard's life and what makes him tick. It's also where Rikkard meets the alien named Kayl for the first time. Not everyone can pull off a short story well, but Katherine Bogle certainly can!


The Stowaway Experiment
FREE on Amazon Kindle

The Stowaway Experiment: A Dominion Rising Short Story by [Bogle, Katherine]

Book Description:

The Smugglers Legion is gone.
Captain Eria is in a work camp.
Rikkard is all that's left.

After the Smugglers Legion disbands, Rikkard Gunnar is left to captain the few remaining members. With no credits left, and only one hovercraft, Rikkard risks everything when he takes a mission to infiltrate a Dominion laboratory. He gets way more than he bargained for when he meets a young woman with no memory of who she is or where she's come from.

The Stowaway Experiment is a tie-in short story taking place before The Aldar Dominion, the first book in the Dominion Rising series.

The Stowaway Experiment:
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My Review:

The Stowaway Experiment is an exciting introduction to the Dominion Rising series. It's action packed with interesting characters. There's Rikkard who feels the heavy responsibility of keeping The Smugglers Legion going or what's left of them, at least. He's willing to risk his all to do what needs doing. Then there's the stowaway who doesn't know her own name, but there's more to her than meets the eye. This short story will leave you wanting to read more!


The Aldar Dominion

The Aldar Dominion (Dominion Rising Book 1) by [Bogle, Katherine]

Book Description:

The Aldar Dominion saved the world.
Then they damned it.

After solar flares decimated Earth's population, the alien corporation gave humans a recipe for immortality and hope for the next generation. Cloning and the technology to transport consciousness from one body to another saved the human race from extinction. But the value of human life plummeted.

In an age when animal conservation no longer exists, Selene smuggles animals to safety. While fleeing Dominion drones during a mission gone wrong, Selene suffers a debilitating head injury. The pain unlocks memories from twenty lost years: stark labs and human experiments. These nightmares could hold the key to why natural-born human children are disappearing. But worse--they reveal a sinister plot centuries in the making.

Can Selene decipher her dreams in time to avoid enslavement to the aliens? Or will she witness the end of the human race?

Read the first book in the Dominion Rising series to find out!

The Aldar Dominion:
My Review:

The Aldar Dominion is the first book in the exciting Dominion Rising science-fiction series by Katherine Bogle. It's an adrenaline pumping story with a hint of romance. The main character in Book 1 is Selena, the stowaway who has lost most of her memory in The Stowaway Experiment prequel. She's part of Rikkard's team as a  smuggler, but her focus is on saving abused animals. Rikkard goes along with her good-will causes as he has a soft spot for her. Their luck is running out and the Dominion is bent on getting her back. With her life in danger and her sleep disturbed by nightmares that seem too real, Selena fights for survival and a better future for others.

About the Author:
Katherine Bogle

Katherine Bogle

Katherine Bogle's debut young adult novel, Haven, came second in the World's Best Story contest 2015. She currently resides in Saint John, New Brunswick with her partner in crime, and plethora of cats. 



Disclosure: I received free digital copies of two of the books and one I purchased from Amazon. These are my honest reviews. There are no affiliate links.
Please Note: Prices were correct at the time of posting. Please check as prices may change.


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Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #257!

Make My Saturday Sweet is a weekend blog hop for all family friendly blogs. You are welcome to link your favorite post from the past week(s) and to visit the last link before yours and leave a sweet comment. It's a really easy and fun way to make new friends and to catch up on old acquaintances.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Watered Roses and a Linky


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Friday, February 16, 2018

My Very Own Book and a Linky

Happy Moms, Happy Homes


I have exciting news for you today.
I have my very own book for sale on Amazon!

Happy Moms, Happy Homes
Empowering Moms to Live in Victory


About the Book:

Title: Happy Moms, Happy Homes | Author: Christina A. Morley | Cover Designer: Les German | Pages: 111 | Genre: Christian Non-Fiction

Book Description:

Feeling Stressed-Out, Left-Out, or Maxed-Out? Don't Miss-Out!

During times of stress, loneliness, financial difficulty, or whatever troubles life may bring, moms can still lead a victorious life in Christ. This book is sympathetic to moms and the challenges they face, offering tools to overcoming their obstacles.

With heart, wisdom, and understanding, Happy Moms, Happy Homes offers mothers of all stages advice and direction as they walk with God and share his love with their children and others.




About the Author:
Christina A. Morley


CHRISTINA A. MORLEY and her husband were married in 1995 after meeting on the mission field. Currently, they live in South Africa with their four kids, two dogs, and two cats. Together, missionary work has always been a big part of their lives, but Christina also became a volunteer reader at the Blind Institute in 2010 and a blogger in 2012. Her blogs include Amanda’s Books and More, where she and her youngest daughter review books, 1camera1mom, which celebrates her love of photography, and Real Church Life, where she and her husband continue to spread the gospel across the world.


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Here's an excerpt from my book:


CHAPTER NINE:
JOY AND A
THANKFUL HEART


We have an enemy called the devil, who goes around like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour (1Peter 5:8). We ought not to underestimate his craftiness because when our guard is down he’ll try to blindside us. Whether we like it or not, the truth is that we are engaged in a war twenty-four hours a day.

Every team wants to know its opponent’s strategy so that it can win the game. That is why I may mention the devil’s strategies now and again – not to give the enemy glory, but to expose his game plan.

When God gave Adam and Eve authority over creation, life was good. However, when they disobeyed God they lost that authority. They didn’t just eat “an apple.” They took hold of something much bigger than just a piece of forbidden fruit. They took hold of the knowledge of good and evil, which had far-reaching consequences. In fact, everything was affected negatively in that we died spiritually, as God had warned. We no longer lived with God as our source, but tried to live apart from Him. We all failed at this miserably, but God had a plan to rescue us.

Jesus came to put things right. Through His authority, we have the advantage and the victory over sin and its consequences. The devil doesn’t want us to walk in that authority so he cons us into thinking that we don’t have it. He tricks us into thinking that we are losers and failures.

In Ephesians 6, the Bible talks about putting on the whole armor of God. Interestingly, the armor covered only the front of the person. The idea was that the soldier wearing the armor would be safe as long as he continued advancing, fighting head-on without considering retreat.

In sports, we speak about offensive players and defensive players. Those on the offensive would be the ones fighting head-on. Offensive players have the chance to taste the victory. We must not only hold our ground but also gain new ground by moving forward in our spiritual lives. As we submit our lives to God and resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7).

Those who remain in defensive mode may feel like failures and give up trying to experience a victorious Christian life. Remember, the devil wants to keep us thinking and feeling that we are defeated. When we feel defeated, we lose our joy. Satan wants us to lose our joy. Without the joy of the Lord, we have no strength and our light grows dim like a tiny flame without proper fuel. We can’t have a positive impact on anyone if we don’t stay stoked with joy. It’s time we started taking back stolen territory by taking back our joy.

Joy is not a feeling that just comes and goes like natural happiness. Natural happiness is gained by the ups in life and not the downs. Joy, however, is supernatural. You can have joy even in the midst of great trials.

All believers are meant to have the joy of the Lord consistently operating through them, but this is often not the case. After taking a quick look at regular Sunday morning churchgoers, we might conclude that this joy is present, but if we were to look closer we might be surprised to find that many are just doing a good job of role playing. All the smiles and nice clothes hide the turmoil, the depression, and the loneliness. God’s joy doesn’t hide these things, but acknowledges them. He gives us the grace to live joy through it all. Life can be hard. If that is the case, then how can we maintain our joy? Joy is maintained by nurturing a thankful heart.

It’s easy to be thankful when everything is going right, but what about when adversity strikes? How do we react then? The ultimate test is to see if we can be thankful while experiencing difficulties. It takes courage to trust God no matter what, and it takes even more courage to thank Him in the thick of things. Thankfulness is a Kingdom principle that protects a person from getting knocked off course.

I chose to marry in my husband’s country of South Africa and settle there. Moving to a new country didn’t bother me much because I had lived a good part of my childhood outside of the United States. Once I started having children, though, I became more housebound and isolated. It was during those long, lonely hours that I often didn’t feel like being thankful.

I missed having a decent conversation with another female. When I did get the chance, those conversations were few and far between. I did try building some new relationships, but the ladies I met mostly had their own friends and families. Cultural differences also made it harder to connect. Missing out on meaningful relationships made raising children that much more stressful.

We may not always be able to change our circumstances, but whatever our disappointments, there is still one thing that we can change and that is ourselves. It’s usually during the tough times that we grow most. As long as we maintain the right attitude, we’ll continue moving forward; however, if we have a bad attitude we’ll just get stuck in the situation we’re in and never pass the test.

When Moses and the Israelites had to flee Egypt, how did they respond to adversity? Perhaps you have heard that story or read it several times and concluded that they were an unthankful and ungrateful people. After all, they had God performing miracles before their eyes. Why should they grumble and complain?

Actually, it’s easier to point out their faults while ignoring our own. In the next chapter, we’ll take a closer peek into their lives, which will offer us a greater understanding of them and, consequently, ourselves.


Father, thank You for the love that You give
The only love which helps me live
I would be nothing without You
You are sweeter than honey and refreshing as dew

When the world becomes too great
And I find myself in a terrible state
You lift me up with Your tender hand
And I realize that You understand

When the weight of my burdens become too much
And I feel discouraged as such
You remind me that You’re there
To take my burdens, because You care

When everything seems to go wrong
And I think I won’t last long
You fill me with Your staying power
And make me strong as a fortified tower

And when my troubles reach their peak
And I realize that I am weak
You cradle me in Your loving arm
To keep me from any more harm

Then I realize the love that You give
Is the only thing which helps me live
You are sweeter than honey, refreshing as dew
And because You first loved me, I can love You


Chapter and Poem by
Christina A. Morley


If you purchase a copy, please write a review. Authors need reviews to help promote their books. Also, please consider telling others about my book. I think it would make a great baby shower or Mother's Day gift too!



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I want to give a special shout out to C.S. Johnson for helping me see my dream come true with Happy Moms, Happy Homes! She gave me lots of advice, helped format my book, and more! In case you missed it, check out my blog post: Books by C.S. Johnson.

About the Author:
C.S. Johnson


C. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family.



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Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #256!

Make My Saturday Sweet is a weekend blog hop for all family friendly blogs. You are welcome to link your favorite post from the past week(s) and to visit the last link before yours and leave a sweet comment. It's a really easy and fun way to make new friends and to catch up on old acquaintances.

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It's time for another Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love Stories for Valentine's Day

A Variety of Love Stories
Some are FREE!
Happy Valentine's Day!



The kids in South Africa wear uniforms to school, but many of them are allowed to dress for Valentine's Day. This is what Amanda wore to school this morning. It's because of her little outfit that I decided to do a special post today. I'm including previous romance novels that I have reviewed. I also checked to see if the free eBooks were still available on Amazon Kindle for free and they are! There are no affiliate links. Enjoy your day!

















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