Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Dixon Family Special - A Battle for Life and Neverland Photoshoot

Photo by Love & Honey Photography

A couple of weeks ago we had a family photoshoot. Our theme was Neverland. Our photographer asked me to share this journey with you in my own words. To read the full story and see the rest of the photos, head over to Love & Honey Photography. I am so thankful to Debbie for giving us this opportunity to not only share our story, but to celebrate our journey!

"As we run through the woods, you can hear squeals of laughter and pirate growls, swords are clanging and flashes of color whoosh by. Captain Jake and Cubby join forces with Peter Pan to vanquish the notorious Captain Hook once and for all! Today we are celebrating…Celebrating the end of a long journey. A journey that we never thought we would have to take. A journey filled with heartache, sorrow, and pain. Yet a journey filled with hope, love, and strength. Continue reading...."

About Love & Honey Photography
Debbie Nicholas is a natural light, life style photographer. She enjoys helping families have fun during their sessions. Making the moment another wonderful memory in life. Her sessions are relaxed with lots of play and a bit of posing. Debbie lives in Valley Washington near Loon Lake Washington. She travels to the areas around her in the Inland Northwest for many kinds of sessions. Some of these areas are, Spokane Washington, Deer Park Washington, Coeur d’Alene Idaho, Colville Washington, Loon Lake Washington and Chewelah Washington. If you would like to book a session with Love and Honey Photography, by Debbie Nicholas, call (509)680-8101 or email at loveandhoneyphotography@gmail.com.

Tune In (The Beatles: All These Years) - Volume 1 - Mark Lewisohn

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book
Now in paperback, Tune In is the New York Times bestseller by the world’s leading Beatles authority – the first volume in a groundbreaking trilogy about the band that revolutionized music.

The Beatles have been in our lives for half a century and surely always will be. Still, somehow, their music excites, their influence resonates, their fame sustains. New generations find and love them, and while many other great artists come and go, the Beatles are beyond eclipse.

So . . . who really were these people, and just how did it all happen?

'The Beatles story' is everywhere. Told wrong from early on, rehashed in every possible way and routinely robbed of its context, this is a phenomenon in urgent need of a bright new approach. In his series All These Years, Mark Lewisohn – the world-recognized Beatles historian – presses the Refresh button to relate the entire story as it’s never been told or known before. Here is a full and accurate biography at last. It is certain to become the lasting word.

Tune In is book one of three, exploring and explaining a period that is by very definition lesser-known: the formative pre-fame years, the teenage years, the Liverpool and Hamburg years – in many ways the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. The Beatles come together here in all their originality, attitude, style, speed, charisma, appeal, daring and honesty, the tools with which they’re about to reshape the world. It’s the Beatles in their own time, an amazing story of the ultimate rock band, a focused and colorful telling that builds and builds to leave four sharp lads from Liverpool on the very brink of a whole new kind of fame.

Using impeccable research and resources, Tune In is a magisterial work, an independent biography that combines energy, clarity, objectivity, authority and insight. The text is anti-myth, tight and commanding – just like the Beatles themselves.

Here is the Beatles story as it really was. Throw away what you think you know and start afresh. 

My Thoughts
If you don't know by now, I am a huge fan of the Beatles. Both of my children have their own Beatles song (Hey Jude and Help), however my general knowledge of their history is not so great. So when I saw Tune In, I didn't hesitate at the opportunity to read it. Being born in the late 80s I can only imagine what it was like to live in the world of Beatlemania, endure the sorrow of their breakup, and all the years in between. Which is why I am so excited about this book. Something else about me, is that I value history, learning the facts and details about people and time periods. Tune In is an extremely in depth look at the men that changed music forever. 

Beginning with their family histories, we learn everything there is to know about the background, the life, the creation of the Beatles. Each chapter covers a few years to a few months, and a single day in some cases, beginning in 1845-1945 with the histories of their families, going through their childhood years in the next chapter (1945-1954), and taking us through to the end of 1962.

I have only begun to scratch the surface of this book and I think it is safe to say...Mind...Blown. So much detail, so much history. I love it! With about 80 pages of Notes and another 10 for Credits Mark Lewisohn has definitely done his research to give us such an in depth account of Beatles history. If you are a fan of the Beatles, you are sure to love reading Tune In. Now to wait for volume two...

I received a free copy of Tune In (The Beatles: All These Years) Volume 1, from the publisher through Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

From the Introduction
"If it were necessary to "sell" the Beatles you could point to many achievements, but their music underpins everything: one game-changing album after another and one game-changing single after another, 214 tracks recorded in seven crowded years in a kaleidoscope of styles. This music is known, loved, respected, discussed, imitated, cherished and studied; it continues to inspire new artists and be reshaped impressively in every genre; its song titles and words are adapted for headlines in twenty-first-century media, quoted and folded into everyday vocabulary, chanted in football stadiums. Infused with the Beatles' energy and personalities, this music still lifts the spirit and is passed joyfully from generation to generation.
Clearly something special happened here -- but what? How?"

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About the Author
Mark Lewisohn (born in London in 1958) is the foremost authority on the Beatles. His books include the bestselling and influential Recording Sessions, The Complete Beatles Chronicle and The Beatles' London (coauthor). The world's only professional Beatles historian, Lewisohn has worked on many projects for them, headlined by all formats (TV, DVDs, CDs, and book) of The Beatles Anthology. His other books include the Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy (two editions; he wrote for the BBC's Radio Times for fifteen years) and the Benny Hill biography Funny, Peculiar. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

First Line Fridays - 12 Days of Snowmen - 12/2/16

It is OFFICIALLY the Christmas season! And I am so SO excited! Christmas truly is my most favorite time of the year. Which is why for the entire month I will be focusing on Christmas books for First Line Fridays. I am also going to be cutting back on my reading this month reading to spend time with family and crafting Christmas presents. 

Today my first line comes from a cute novella written by the incredible Sarah Monzon! And you can read it for FREE! Find out how below...But first, we need our first line!

"She'd heard about not crying over spilt milk, but no one ever warned against weeping over melted ice."

Post your First Line and what your FAVORITE thing about Christmas is below and head over to see what First Lines my lovely friends have today! 

We are GROWING!!! I am so excited that we have added a new member to First Line Fridays! Please stop over at Sarah's blog to show her some love today!
All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact Carrie on Reading is my SuperPower.

Sarah recently visited Bookworm Mama! Read the interview HERE.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Captive Heart - Michelle Griep

My Rating
★ - You have bewitched me body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book
Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a brute of an employer. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.

Friday, November 25, 2016

First Line Fridays - The Thorn Healer - 11/25/16

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I hope you had a lovely holiday! Ours will be spent (yes I am writing this ahead of time) with my husband's family this year. Just a small gathering. But the day promises to be full of enjoyment and relaxation. 

If you can manage to scrounge up a book in your turkey coma...grab it and post the first line! 

If y'all don't know by now, I am kinda in love with Pepper Basham's books. (She is pretty swell too.) So this week I am featuring her latest release The Thorn Healer. It is releasing on December 6th, so make sure you pre-order it today!

May 1918
"Wounded soldiers returned from war as heroes. Wounded nurses returned as old maids."

Yes, yes...I know...That is two lines. Check out my REVIEW and SNEAK PEEK at The Thorn Healer after you post your first line.

Post your First Line and what you are THANKFUL for below and head over to see what First Lines my lovely friends have today! 

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact Carrie on Reading is my SuperPower.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Sound of Diamonds - Steadfast Love Series Book 1 - Rachelle Rea Cobb

My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book
Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.

With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle's castle. She doesn't dare to trust him...and yet doesn't dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.
Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her but what is he to do when those goals clash?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Author Interview with Sarah Monzon & Special Gift!

I was blessed to meet Sarah in Nashville this last summer at Christian Fiction Reader's Retreat. She is such a wonderful person and talented author. I am so happy to get to introduce her to you all today! Sarah Monzon has recently released a Christmas novella. (insert squeal of delight) It is such a sweet story and a quick read. Perfect for kicking off the Christmas season this year. Don't miss out on the special gift from Sarah. More info can be found at the end of this post. 

Welcome to Bookworm Mama, Sarah! I am honored to have you with us today!
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing come from?