February Reading Round-Up: My Book Picks This Month

As most of you know, I’m an avid reader.  I love a good novel and I’m not ashamed to admit that I stay up late many nights to find out what happens to a favorite character.  And, I also love authors and so every so often, I round up my favorite reads and share them with you.  Here’s what I read this month: Flight of the Earls by Michael K. ReynoldsJust in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this debut Irish Novel takes you from the great potato famine in rural Ireland to the great sea ports of the Irish coast to New York City at the heights of immigration.  Michael’s strong-but-flawed characters and easy-to-read style had me not only staying up late to read, but also looking up countless historical facts online because I wanted to know more about the time period he writes about. The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia NewportI was chatting with the girls at my MOPS table the other day about books and one of my friends asked about our go-to authors. And Olivia Newport immediately came to my mind.  In just a short time, she has broken onto the Christian historical fiction scene as one to watch– I have been absolutely amazed by each of her releases and this one is no exception.  Think Downton Abbey meets turn-of-the-century Chicago all wrapped up with characters that you’d love to invite to your house for coffee.  I highly recommend this series as well as any of Olivia’s other books. My Stubborn Heart by Becky WadeMy friend Katie Ganshert recommended this to me when I hit...

3 Fun Summer Reads… and 1 Summer Project

I admit that I probably read more books in the winter than I do in the summer… there’s just something about curling up by the fire with a good book and reading the evening away.  But, I still love a good book… and since I have the privilege of knowing some amazing authors, I’ve read some great ones lately.  Here are a few of my picks: The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport Think history meets culture meets a romance that will both surprise you and touch you– all wrapped up with a heroine who you will wish lived next door to you.  I loved Lucy– and am anxious to read more of Olivia’s work.       Wildflowers From Winter by Katie Ganshert Katie has been my blogging buddy for almost two years now– her blog katieganshert.com is fantastic, by the way–and so I was so excited to read her debut novel.  And it didn’t disappoint.  Not only did she draw me into this fun and modern romance, but the message really touched me.  What a great story about redemption, faith and hope.       A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas by Erica Vetsch I’ve been a fan of Erica Vetsch’s for awhile now… and her latest gun-slingin, wild-est romance met my expectations.  The feisty heroine made me laugh, made me cry and made me want to read more.         And, last, but not least, The Get Yourself Organized Project by Kathi Lipp If you’ve ever been inside my house, you probably think I’m fairly neat.  But that’s only because you’ve never...

My Book: Better Than Free!

As a big thank you to all of you… the people who have supported me on my writing journey… Guideposts has agreed to offer a FREE Kindle download of my book! So, starting today, for one week only, my book, “The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby” is FREE on Kindle! Download it now! But the only thing better than free is BETTER THAN FREE! So, along with the free download, we’re hosting a contest… which means you could win free stuff just for downloading a free book.  How’s that for awesome? Here’s how (and what) you can win: 1.  Download the book (and forward me your email confirmation to erin@christianmamasguide.com) and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a care package sent from yours truly directly to you. (Hint:  It will involve something delicious to eat.) 2.  Write an Amazon review of the book after you downloaded it (email me at erin@christianmamasguide.com to let me know you posted the review) and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift certificate. 3.  Spread the word on your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest… tag me) or email your friends about the free download (cc. me) and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a summer fun kids care package sent directly to your house… complete with fun summer activities for your kids. Happy Downloading and spreading the word!  And THANK YOU! Here’s how to get in contact with me so you can enter: Email:  erin@christianmamasguide.com Twitter:  @emacphe Facebook:  Christian Mama’s Guide or Erin Schuknecht MacPherson Pinterest: Erin Schuknecht...

Bonus Day: Books I’ve Loved Recently (AND a chance to WIN!)

Taking a break from our “29 Days of Love” to tell you about some books that I’ve read recently and loved.  As a book lover, pretty much the best gift someone could get me for, say, Valentine’s Day, is a book.  Or a Kindle gift card.  So, I figured if any of you are married to book lovers out there, you’d maybe want some recommendations.  So here you go: 1.  FOR HIM (okay, AND for you): The Love & Respect Experience I think most people have at least heard of Eggerich’s Love and Respect books by now… I’ve read most of them.  But Eggerich’s latest book– a devotional that he claims is “the husband friendly book that wives truly love”– is different because it’s formatted in a way that makes it feel doable.  Plus, the lessons and descriptions of Eggerich’s Love & Respect principles are really short, sweet and easily understandable.   Do you see why guys love it? 2.  For HER: Into the Free My friend Julie Cantrell’s debut novel is fantastic.  It’s a beautifully–almost poetically– written story that will capture your heart from the outset.  Captivating, descriptive and emotional, this novel is one of those spend-a-Saturday-afternoon-curled-up-on-the-couch type of reads.     3.  For HER:  The What’s for Dinner Project I love Kathi Lipp.  She just gets me.  She knows I’m busy.  She knows it’s hard for young parents to stay connected in their marriages.  She knows it feels impossible for young moms to even imagine dreaming for themselves.  And, she even knows how frantic I feel at dinnertime.  Anyway, this book is full of simple, fun tips to...

A Fun Christmas Giveaway!

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas… and in order to get you into the festive spirit, I’m giving away FIVE copies of a fun, festive e-novella by my friend Camille Eide. Her new novella, Savanna’s Gift is set in the Oregon Cascades– which I have to admit made me miss home a little bit.  But, her lovely descriptions of Oregon’s pine-covered mountains and a homey lodge for Christmas put me in the mood to sip cocoa by a roaring fire…and finish her book!   Anyway, it’s a short-but-fun, romantic Christmas story that will have you laughing, smiling and devouring Christmas cookies.   Anyway, Savanna’s gift is on sale for just 99 cents (yes, that’s less than a buck!) for the month of December, so if you don’t win one here, pick up your own copy on Amazon by clicking here. Now, for the giveaway: 1.  The first person to comment automatically wins a copy. 2.  The first person to post this giveaway on their Facebook page automatically wins a copy.  (Tag me– Erin Schuknecht MacPherson– in the post.) 3.  The first person to tweet about this giveaway automatically wins a copy.  (add me to the Tweet @emacphe) 4.  Two random winners will be chosen on Wednesday, December 7th to get a copy. Good...

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Okay, so I know Veteran’s Day isn’t until Friday, but I’m celebrating a little bit early on my blog because, well, Friday is a day off of school which means I’ll be busy busy busy. That said, I want to take a moment to honor our veterans– and the current service men and women who fight so hard for our country.  My prayers are with you all and I’m so grateful to the heroes who have given so much to give me and my family the peace and hope that comes with living in the US. And, in order to spread the celebratory love, I’m giving away a book!  My friend Cathy West wrote an amazing book called  Yesterday’s Tomorrow. It’s set during the Vietnam War– an era I hadn’t read much about before reading this novel– and it’s a fascinating and compelling look at life in Vietnam during that time period.  Even better, the book also has a great love story, believable characters and more.  I LOVED the book– and I read a lot lot lot of books, and give very few the “loved it” stamp of approval.   I think you’d really like it… so I’m giving away an e-copy. To win your copy (courtesy of ME!), just reply to this post and tell me why you’d like to read more about the Vietnam War period.  I’ll draw one winner on Veterans Day (at random) and email you a Kindle Copy off of Amazon. Now, here’s a bit more about the book and the author, just in case you’re curious: Vietnam, 1967. Independent, career-driven journalist Kristin Taylor...
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