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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Book Giveaway....Kay Strom

OK are the rules. DON'T just leave a comment saying I'd like to win this book. Please read the summary of the book, Kay's bio, etc., and ask a question that she'll come back and answer. You can also leave a specific comment about her book or one of her others that she's written, but show a bit of imagination and let her know you've read this post.

Also, and this is very important.....if you want TWO entries in the drawing, go to Kay's blog and become a follower, and become a follower of my blog (or let me know you already are). You'll double your chances of winning.

Now for the disclaimer....I wasn't paid to do this giveaway and have received nothing for posting this.

Book 2—West Africa, 1792. Slavers burst back into Grace Winslow’s life with guns blazing and rip her new family apart. She watches in anguish as her husband is led in chains aboard a tightly packed slave ship bound for America. An old enemy has an even more sinister plan for Grace, and together they set sail for London. But Grace will not be enslaved. And she will hot give up the man she loves. In her determination to be reunited with her husband, she finds God reaching out to her.

Kay Marshall Strom is the author of thirty-five published books. Four were chosen as book club selections, nine have been translated into foreign languages, and one was optioned for a movie. Although she is well established as a non-fiction writer, her current fiction has met with high acclaim, receiving kudos from Publishers Weekly, a starred “Highly recommended” review from the Library Journal, and placed in the list of “Top Ten Inspirational Fiction” books by ALA Booklist Magazine. In addition to her writing, Kay is an in-demand speaker. Her work as a 21st century abolitionist takes her around the globe where she speaks out against social injustice, especially modern-day slavery. She and her husband make their home in the Pacific Northwest.

American Library Association’s Booklist Magazine has chosen this book for their “Top 10 Inspirational Fiction” list. It will be featured in their November issue.

A review from a reader on CBD

Robin Prater

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· Top 25 Contributor

This is book two of this amazing series that all began with The Call of Zulina (book one). This story is set in 1792 and is so well written it takes you back to a time and place of long ago. We find ourselves in West Africa in the middle of a slave trade. We meet Grace Winslow as her life as she knows it is torn apart at the seams. Nothing will ever be the same for her. Grace is a dreamer and finds it hard to accept life as it is, but she is looking for all that it can be. I love the character of Grace. As her life around her is changing, she too is changing as we see the love of Christ through her. She finds that she cannot change everything, but there are some things she can, and herself is one of them. I found Grace a bit like myself, stubborn. We go from West Africa to London, and what an amazing ride this is for the reader. Kay has a way with the language, and shows such passion through her writing, that you feel as though you are right there with Grace. The voyage that Grace takes goes far beyond the oceans, but into her own heart where she begins to soar. I loved this story of love, freedom and change. I know it is one you will also enjoy to add to your collection.

Kay Marshall Strom

2009 Releases:

In The Presence of the Poor: Changing the Face of India (May)

The Call of Zulina- Grace in Africa trilogy Book 1 (August)

Second-Half Adventure (October)

Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage (November)

To be Released:

The Voyage of Promise - Grace in Africa trilogy Book 2 (August 2010)

The Triumph of Grace -Grace in Africa trilogy Book 3 (Spring 2011)

You can find Kay here.....



Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dumping the Fat

Isn't that what we'd all love to do? Get rid of those awful fat pockets stored all over our body? Shudder!!! And where in the world did they come from? I'm 5' 5" tall, and up until I hit about age 40 or so, weighed 120 or fact, in my 20's and 30's I averaged around 115, a bit too light for my height, but my metabolism burned calories faster than I could pack them on.

Then, the dreaded 40's snuck up on me, and my fat burning ability slowed to a crawl. Unfortunately, my eating habits didn't change. I'd spent my entire life eating anything I wanted and never paying for it. It boomeranged with a vengeance. I got up to 130 and didn't think much of it, as that was just a couple of lbs more than what I should be for my height and frame. Then 5 lbs more, and then another five....and...well, I'm not telling. Let's just say, I gained too much in the next 15 yrs.

Yes, I changed my eating habits. Yes, I started to exercise more, although I've always been fairly active. But it's been a constant battle. Now, however, I'm determined that's going to change, and I'm publicly stating....and hoping my readers will help keep me accountable....that I'm GOING to lose weight. At least 10 lbs before Thanksgiving!!

I started yesterday on a diet that's worked for several of my friends and I'll let you know it goes. I'll post one every 7-10 days with an update, if even one person leaves a comment showing that they care to know. Otherwise, I guess I'll just rejoice (or moan and groan) alone, LOL!

Wish me luck, pray for me, bless me, and lend your support. My cholesterol is too high, and my clothes don't fit well, and it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!!

In fact, if I'm brave and this works, I may even do a before and after picture in a month or two!
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