Wednesday, January 28, 2015

guest post by author Karen Kilpatrick


From The Heart

I recently went to the movies with my two little girls, and per usual, I made sure we arrived early so we wouldn’t miss any of the previews.  I love stories, and relish the opportunity to watch highlights of upcoming movies so I know what to look forward to next!  This time, I saw a preview for Disney’s Cinderella.  The Cinderella story has been knocked around a bit lately for portraying the standard damsel in distress character rescued by a prince.  But there was a line in the preview that made me think that I wanted to see this movie: "Have courage, and be kind," Cinderella’s mother says. "Where there is kindness, there is goodness and where there is goodness, there is magic."

I sat there, popcorn halfway up to mouth, and thought, “yes!”  Because this is exactly the sort of concept I address in the Pumpkinheads® books: kindness, courage, empathy, compassion, tolerance… many of the qualities that sometimes get forgotten or overlooked in our fast-paced and material driven society.  There is magic that occurs when people are kind and courageous, loving and generous, thoughtful and appreciative –a magic that is even more beautiful than turning a pumpkin into a coach or rags into a beautiful blue dress.  It is the magic that happens when people connect, care for and love one another. 

Pumpkinheads® is a series that comes straight from the heart. As a writer, I wanted to create stories that would serve as examples of the kind of behaviors I hoped my children would exhibit in life.  The vessel for these lessons became characters that are fun and relatable, so that for kids reading about the characters, their dilemmas, and the solution to their problems, it would be like learning from friends!

There is magic to be found in loving oneself, others, and the world around us, and I hope that my stories are as enchanting to kids as a little bit of fairytale magic too!


Karen Kilpatrick is the author and co-illustrator of the award winning children’s books series, Pumpkinheads® (Carmin Cares, Ella’s Toys, Love Monster Lulu, Sage’s Song and Danza’s Message). She currently is working on new Pumpkinheads® titles and other books for children. Karen also writes adult short stories, and is a winning author in the Florida Writer’s Association’s collection contest, with her short story, The Envelope, published October 2014. She lives with her husband and three children in Parkland, Florida. To learn more about Pumpkinheads ® books and for fun art activities, games, and stories, you can visit www.pumpkinheads.com.

For More Information


http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2014/12/21/pump-up-your-book-presents-pumpkinheads-childrens-books-virtual-book-publicity-tour/


a copy of Karen's books were provided in exchange for hosting this tour by....
Pump Up Your Book

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Monday, January 26, 2015

A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliot

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Stitch in Crime
Abingdon Press (January 20, 2015)
by
Cathy Elliot


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cathy Elliott is a full-time writer who lives in northern California and whose cozy mysteries reflect her personal interests from playing her fiddle with friends to antique collecting and quilting. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antiques and is several years into recovery from her eBay addiction. UPDATE: She backslid a while back, enticed to bid on a 1945 Singer Featherweight. (She won.) But now she’s back on the wagon. Except for the recent crazy quilt pillow purchase. She also leads music at church and enjoys time with her grandchildren.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co-chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel. Mary-Alice Wentworth, a much-loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick-off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds? When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch in Crime, go HERE.



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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sewing in Progress

http://sugarlanequilts.blogspot.com/

For the sew-in I worked on my sewing machine cover.  With each sewing session I get closer to completing it.  Here is what I accomplished for the sew-in....



I was able to finish the quilting part now I can cut the pieces and sew the cover.  However, I didn't quite get the cover finished for the Jan. finished challenge.

http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

Someone went to Hobby Lobby.  Not a good place where the wallet is concerned.  hehehehehehe!  Here's my buy....


Who can pass up Pink? Not me obviously! 

Be watching for....

http://www.sewwequilt.com/2014/11/we-support-you-blog-hop-sign-up-begins.html


Also posted at:

Fresh Poppy Design


WIPs on Wednesdays

<http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.com/




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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gonna Try....

http://sugarlanequilts.blogspot.com/

Well it is that time again.  I'm gonna try to get some sewing in.  I have lots of irons in the pot.  Just gotta get motivated.  Don't know what Friday Night Sew-in is all about check out the details here.  Sign up here


Be watching for....

http://www.sewwequilt.com/2014/11/we-support-you-blog-hop-sign-up-begins.html


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Monday, January 19, 2015

I am SEW Excited....


Back a few weeks ago I won a fabric bundle @ Happy Quilting blog site.  It was from the intrepid thread bundle....

Well...it arrived on Friday.  Now I'm sew excited to make something form it.  Here is a spread out view of what I got..............

It is all very lovely.  Now I must get planning.  Sew much to sew and SEW little time. 


http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.com/
 
Be watching for.....
http://www.sewwequilt.com/2014/11/we-support-you-blog-hop-sign-up-begins.html




WIPs on Wednesdays







 





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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Wilborn

About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?
 
After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane's Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.
 
Eager to acquire his aunt's quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.
 
Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn't mean sacrificing her ambition?

Gina Welborn was a new to me author.  I'd never read any of her books.  However, She's scored big in my book.  She has me a fan after reading Masterpice Marriage.  I haven't found a book in this series that I've been disappointed with and Welborn's was no exception.  Romance, quilts and Christian rolled into one intriguing novel.  The characters and plot just grab you and suck you in.  A delightful read you won't be sorry you picked up.  

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author: 





 
Gina Welborn
is the author of several novels and novellas, including The Heiress's Courtship. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; the president of Faith, Hope and Love; and a founding member of InkwellInspirations.com. She lives in Cache, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband and their five children. Visit her online at GinaWelborn.com.



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Saturday, January 17, 2015

odyssey adventure club for kids

https://www.oaclub.org/



Praise for the Odyssey Adventure Club:

"AIO has been such a blessing to me and my family. They were able to help me re-connect with my 6-year-old, especially on our way to school. It's something we can listen to and have those special moments together. I'm so appreciative of what you all do and what you allow God to do in our lives."
~ Christine, Mom from Fla.
"Today I am getting baptized because I want to show God that I love God and it will bring me closer to Him. When I accepted Jesus in my heart I was listening to Adventures in Odyssey in my basement. Adventures in Odyssey was a big part of my decision to be baptized."
~ Claire Bivens, age 8
Members of the Odyssey Adventure Club receive:
  • 24/7 streaming access to more than 750 Adventures in Odyssey episodes (a $1500 retail value).
  • A new, members-only Adventures in Odyssey episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine.
  • A web quest of video stories and online activities reflecting the biblical theme of that month's episode.
  • On-the-go access with the OAClub mobile iOS app.
  • Growing access to Odyssey books, a daily devotion, access to select Radio Theatre dramas and more.
In the coming months, members will also be able to look forward to:
  • An exclusive, downloadable, cut-and-fold Odyssey character craft.
  •  In February, members can sneak a peek at the second Candid Conversations with Connie book.
Additionally, a portion of each Odyssey Adventure Club membership benefits Focus on the Family partner organizations, such as Carry the Cure and Mission Aviation Fellowship, providing parents with an opportunity to teach children about the value of serving others. The Odyssey Adventure Club hopes to spend another 25 years hand-in-hand with parents seeking to teach biblical truth to their children while inspiring the theater of their imagination.


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