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September 28th, 2011

Apps for Homeschooling Grand Opening!

The past few weeks our family has been busy preparing a new resource website for homeschooling parents.

AppsforHomeschooling.com is written by me (Jennifer Bogart) for homeschoolers, by a homeschooler. I’m a homeschooling mom of four, 8 months – 8 years. I’m an app-loving, aspiring geek dedicated to helping you hunt down the best homeschooling apps (iPhone/iPod/iPad) for your children. There are a lot of apps out there, let me help you narrow them down.

There are SO many apps out there now, how can you know which ones are worth your time and money?  Which are best for certain subjects and certain grades?  Our website is clearly organized to help you find what you’re looking for!

Our Apps for Homeschooling facebook page and twitter account list free apps every day, deep discounts, news, and more.

The MOST exciting news though, is that this week Apps for Homeschooling is having a week-long Grand Opening this week!  With over 30 giveaways and more than $260 worth of free download promo codes to giveaway, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

You can find the full list of giveaways at the main Grand Opening page - and stay tuned, more giveaways are being added EVERY day!

August 31st, 2011

Do You Use Apps in Your Homeschool? Do You Want To?

Our family has only recently entered into the world of using apps on our iPod Touch and iPad as a supplement to the homeschooling education of our children (this year in fact).  New as we may be to the scene, it is abundantly clear  to me that there is HUGE educational potential to be had in educcationally-based, engaging, interactive apps.

Sooo…I’ve started a new website!  Apps for Homeschooling just launched last week but we already have many great reviews and giveaways planned – both in the week to come and for our grand opening, September 12th-16th.

In fact – we already have a giveaway in progress – it is open until Thursday night and is for promo codes (that means FREE downloads) of Park Math – a great app for Kindergarten early math studies.  So, head on over to enter and don’t forget to sign up for email or RSS updates in the right hand sidebar – there are many more giveaways scheduled!

Happy educating!

August 18th, 2011

Don’t Miss the Thomas Nelson Survey and Cash Giveaway!

From Thomas Nelson:

One of the highlights of our days in the Fiction department at Thomas Nelson? Receiving reader letters—either directly addressed to us or passed along from our talented authors. It’s critical to be reminded that at the end of our long days acquiring, editing, designing, selling, marketing, and publicizing books, those stories are reaching readers, striking nerves, changing lives. We want readers’ feedback. How stories have given you hope. Which authors’ series you can’t help from sharing with everyone you meet. We want to know what makes you stay up late in the night to finish a story, and conversely what turns you away.

We’re conducting a series of surveys—seeking answers from readers who love Christian fiction. Up for grabs is a free ebook for every respondent who completes the survery, as well as a $10,000 prize for one entrant. The responses we gather will help shape the future of the books we publish for years to come. As well as the data we’re collecting here, we’ll also seek more in-depth feedback from a panel we’ll develop over the next year. More details to come. The note below from one of authors gives a specific picture of how reader feedback shapes her work. In short, your opinion matters! We thank you for your time and appreciate your responding.

Thomas Nelson Fiction

Dear Friends–

Your opinion matters. It really does. I love hearing from readers about what worked for them in a story and about what doesn’t work. Reader feedback changed the balance between romance and suspense in my novels. After the Rock Harbor trilogy, I wanted to write more suspense in my novels because that’s what I personally like. But readers really wanted more relationship and romance in the books so I moved back that direction to about the same mix of 50/50 that the Rock Harbor novels contained. I write for you even more than for myself.

I had no intention of setting a whole series of books at Bluebird, Texas. It was going to be only one book, but readers sent me requests in droves for more books. The fourth book in the Lonestar series, Lonestar Angel, will be out in October. The Rock Harbor novels were going to be complete at three. There are now five and I’m thinking about another one! All due to reader demand.

I’ve often asked for reader input on names and locations too. When I was struggling for a name for my hero in The Lightkeeper’s Ball, I turned to my readers. Harrison really fit my character, and my readers told me. Love that! When I was trying to decide on a location for the new Hope Beach series I’ve started, I asked readers. Their overwhelming response was for a series set in the Outer Banks so guess what I’m writing?!

That’s why we’re coming to you for answers. We want to give you what you really want! Don’t be afraid to let us know what you really think. We value your honesty and the time it will take to share with us. Looking forward to hearing what you have to say!

Your friend,

Colleen Coble

August 17th, 2011

Giveaway Winner: Peril in the Palace AND Revenge of the Red Knight

We have a winner for a copy of BOTH Peril in the Palace and Revenge of the Red Knight!

Congratulations to Shani who wanted to win a copy of these Adventures in Odyssey books for her daughter!  I know my daughters certainly enjoy them, so I hope these titles will be a blessing to your family’s library!

Enjoy!

Stay tuned for more giveaways!

August 16th, 2011

Blog Tour and Kindle Giveaway: Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler

I love apologetics books (my copy of this one hasn’t arrived yet), but if you have teens or young adults, you should check this out for their edification!  This is a beginners apologetics resource :).  They are also doing a Kindle Giveaway, so check it out!  If you want to see what other tour bloggers have to say about the book, you can catch that at the LitFuse website!

About the Book:

dontcheckbrains“Seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30—both evangelical and mainline—who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23, according to the survey by LifeWay Research.” (USA Today)

Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door gives teens answers that make sense, even for the toughest of questions. Internationally known defender of the faith Josh McDowell and co-author Bob Hostetler offer clarity laced with humor to expose common myths about God, the Bible, religion, and life to show how Christianity stands up to the test of fact and reason. Teens will be better equipped to stick with their faith as they begin to understand why they believe and why it’s important to make a lifetime commitment to Christ and the church.

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW AT AMAZON.COM OR CHRISTIANBOOK.COM!

(Yep, those are affiliate links.)

Giveaway:

To celebrate the release of their new book, Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler have teamed up with their publisher, Thomas Nelson, to give away a brand new KINDLE!

Don’t Check Your Brains At the Door answers many of the faith-related questions Christian youth face. It challenges young readers to test gospel truths found in the Bible so they can learn to give an answer for their faith as they mature into thinking adults. A great resource for teens and college-age. Read the reviews here.

One “brainy” winner will receive a Kindle prize package worth over $150.00:

  • A Brand New KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Ink Screen
  • Don’t Check Your Brains At the Door by Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler (for KINDLE)

A perfect back-to-school prize package! To enter just click one of the icons below. Hurry! The giveaway ends August 18th. Winner will be announced on the evening of the 18th during the Don’t Check Your Brains At the Door Facebook Party! The authors will be chatting with guests, answering questions on “knowing what you believe and why” (it’s okay if you haven’t read the book – who knows, you might WIN a copy!), testing your trivia skills, and giving away tons of great stuff! (Gift certificates, books, and more!)

Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

Bring your friends and join the fun on August 18th at 5:00 PM PST (6 PM MDT, 7 PM CDT, & 8 PM EDT).

August 4th, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Revenge of the Red Knight (The Imagination Station #4) by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker

CONTEST CLOSED!

Thanks to everyone who has entered this giveaway!  Our winner is Shani who wanted to win these titles for her daughter.  I think you’ll truly enjoy these, our family has!  I’ve sent you an email – please respond in 72 hours with your mailing address so I can have these sent out for you!revengeredknight

At the end of the third book in The Imagination Station series of easy readers – Peril in the Palace - Beth and Patrick found themselves NOT back at Whit’s End, but instead in a dark cave!  As readers will soon discover – there is a reason for this unusual journey.  Beth and Patrick find themselves in England during the war of the roses.

Dropped into the thick of they mystery concerning Albert, the treasures they have been collecting, and Lord Darkthorn, Beth and Patrick find themselves in the midst of a plot to frame Albert.  Thankfully they discover some friends during this time period who have been working from their time to set things aright as well.

In Revenge of the Red Knight young readers will finally be rewarded with the answers to some of the questions that have been driving the series to date.  This is a great stopping-off spot for the series because a few things are wrapped up here, but the series will continue as one of the antagonists (bad-guys) is still at large.  This was my oldest daughter’s favorite book in the series – knights, castles, jousting, what’s not to love?

Rated with a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 2.1, this chapter book is filled with as much adventure and smooth reading as the rest of the series.  My children were – as always- delighted, and my five-year-old put aside all other read alouds in favor of Revenge of the Red Knight when it was her turn to choose.  The virtues of loyalty, honesty, and faithfulness are showcased in this book in contrast to the deceitful trickery of the character who has emerged as the main antagonist of the series (he was previously unknown).

If you have emerging readers I highly recommend this series of engaging historical fiction titles to your family.  They really ignite a love for the written word and are simple enough to encourage rather than discourage early reading efforts.

I received a physical copy of this title in exchange for this review.  All opinions are genuine and entirely my own.  There are affiliate links contained in this post.

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW AT AMAZON.COM OR CHRISTIANBOOK.COM!

CONTEST DETAILS:

I have one copy of BOTH Peril in the Palace and Revenge of the Red Knight to giveaway to one blessed winner in the US or Canada!  To enter just let me know who you’d like to win these two books for!

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to this blog for updates – see the left hand sidebar. Leave an additional comment letting me know you’ve subscribed (or if you already subscribe).

2. Sign up as a friend of this blog using the Google Friend application in the right hand sidebar (under Blog Info – around half-way down).

3. Write a post on your blog promoting and linking to this contest. Leave an additional comment with a link to your post.

4. Add the Quiverfull Family button (see the code box in the right hand sidebar under BUTTON UP!) to your blog’s sidebar, or let me know if you already have the button displayed. Leave an additional comment with a link to your post.

5. Digg, Stumble, Tweet, Facebook or otherwise share this post on a social networking site. Leave an additional comment indicating how you shared this post.

6. Follow me on Twitter or let me know if you are an existing follower.

Each additional step taken counts for 1 additional entry. A total of 7 entries are available if you complete all of these steps. Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

The contest will close at 12 a.m. MST on Monday, August 15th, 2011. One (1) winner will be randomly drawn for this novel on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 and notified by email. Please fill your email address in the comment form when you are completing your comment so that I can contact you. The winners must respond with a mailing address within 72 hours of my email, or a new winner will be chosen. This contest is open to those living in the US and Canada!

August 4th, 2011

Thomas Nelson Survey – Chance to Win $10,000

From Thomas Nelson:

One of the highlights of our days in the Fiction department at Thomas Nelson? Receiving reader letters—either directly addressed to us or passed along from our talented authors. It’s critical to be reminded that at the end of our long days acquiring, editing, designing, selling, marketing, and publicizing books, those stories are reaching readers, striking nerves, changing lives. We want readers’ feedback. How stories have given you hope. Which authors’ series you can’t help from sharing with everyone you meet. We want to know what makes you stay up late in the night to finish a story, and conversely what turns you away.

We’re conducting a series of surveys—seeking answers from readers who love Christian fiction. Up for grabs is a free ebook for every respondent who completes the survery, as well as a $10,000 prize for one entrant. The responses we gather will help shape the future of the books we publish for years to come. As well as the data we’re collecting here, we’ll also seek more in-depth feedback from a panel we’ll develop over the next year. More details to come. The note below from one of authors gives a specific picture of how reader feedback shapes her work. In short, your opinion matters! We thank you for your time and appreciate your responding.

Thomas Nelson Fiction

Dear Friends—

Publishing books is a team effort, and there are a lot of players—authors, editors, cover designers, marketing staff, and a host of other behind-the-scene folks who help get the books on the shelves. And readers are also a large part of the process. Your input matters, probably more than you know.

When I hear from readers, I really listen to what they want. This is particularly true with my series books. For example, Seek Me With All Your Heart (book #1 in the Land of Canaan series) wraps up nicely at the end, but one of my minor characters (Katie Ann) was left pregnant after her husband left her. I received lots of emails about Katie Ann from readers, so book #2 in the series—The Wonder of Your Love—is Katie Ann’s story.

With the popularity of social media resources such as Facebook, it has allowed me to keep in close contact with readers and to seek opinions and advice. Several times, the publisher and I couldn’t decide on a cover, so we posted the cover options on Facebook and let readers decide. And if you’re posting anywhere on my Facebook Fans Page, your name could end up in a book. I often scan the names there, so you are unknowingly helping me just by being on the site.

Readers also made it clear that they wanted books in digital format, large print, and audio versions. Authors and publishers listened, and most (if not all) of my books are available in multiple formats.

As an author, I hope to write entertaining stories that will be enjoyed for many years. As a reader, I have favorite authors, and I’m not afraid to let them know what I want in future books. We listen to the likes and the dislikes in our effort to bring you the best stories we can, so don’t be shy. Tell us what you think!

Warmly,

Beth Wiseman

June 24th, 2011

Giveaway Winner for The Ambition by Lee Strobel

We have a winner for our recent giveaway of Lee Strobel’s first novel – The Ambition!  Congratulations to Jill – our very first entry in the giveaway!  She said that Lee Strobel’s works of apologetic Christian non-fiction were some of the first books she read after becoming a Christian!  I hope this work of fiction is a blessing to you Jill!  I’ve just sent you an email – please get in touch within 72 hours so I can have this sent out for you!

June 10th, 2011

Giveaway and Book Review: The Ambition by Lee Strobel

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

We have a winner!  Congratulations to Jill – our very first entry in the giveaway!  She said that Lee Strobel’s works of apologetic Christian non-fiction were some of the first books she read after becoming a Christian!  I hope this work of fiction is a blessing to you Jill!  I’ve just sent you an email – please get in touch within 72 hours so I can have this sent out for you!theambition

Everyone (well, almost) is familiar with Lee Strobel’s best-selling non-fiction works of Christian apologetics, but his latest release is something quite different – and exciting.  The Ambition is Strobel’s first major work of fiction, and though it is written in a genre that I don’t normally read, I was very interested in reading the results of his latest writing efforts.  I wasn’t disappointed.

When Tom O’Sullivan, a struggling lawyer with a gambling problem, accepts the task of slipping a bribe to a judge, he didn’t know the trouble he was in for.  When this same judge turns out to be a forerunner as a replacement for a corrupt senator, things are looking bad.   Eric Snow, the pastor of a suburban mega church throws his hat into the ring as a contender, attempting to downplay his spiritual affiliations and essentially denying God’s hand at work.  Thrown into the mix are also a strident investigative journalist, struggling through difficult financial times for his paper and trying to dredge up a story to save his job.

Written with all the earmarks of a legal/political thriller, Strobel deftly mixes the strands of political ambition, organized crime, legal corruption, and faith into a fast-moving blend that keeps the pages flipping.  There are quite a few characters (mostly male) to keep up with, the storylines are thoroughly interwoven, and this testosterone-driven tale is punchy and intense.  Drawing upon his own experiences as a journalist and pastor, The Ambition comes across as very realistic – this is the turf Strobel learned to write on after all.

Better than solidly written, Strobel shows real potential as a fiction author, and based on the cover style (it reminds me of the Left Behind series packaging) it seems that Zondervan agrees.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we see future installments in this same vein from Strobel.  More than a passing curiosity (hey, let’s see what Lee Strobel has gotten himself into now), this debut novel is both enjoyable, realistic, and points the way to very real political/faith collisions while asking meaningful questions about priorities.

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW AT AMAZON.COM OR CHRISTIANBOOK.COM!

CONTEST DETAILS:

I have one copy of The Ambition to giveaway to one blessed winner in the US or Canada!  To enter just let me know why you’d like to win!

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to this blog for updates – see the left hand sidebar. Leave an additional comment letting me know you’ve subscribed (or if you already subscribe).

2. Sign up as a friend of this blog using the Google Friend application in the right hand sidebar (under Blog Info – around half-way down).

3. Write a post on your blog promoting and linking to this contest. Leave an additional comment with a link to your post.

4. Add the Quiverfull Family button (see the code box in the right hand sidebar under BUTTON UP!) to your blog’s sidebar, or let me know if you already have the button displayed. Leave an additional comment with a link to your post.

5. Digg, Stumble, Tweet, Facebook or otherwise share this post on a social networking site. Leave an additional comment indicating how you shared this post.

6. Follow me on Twitter or let me know if you are an existing follower.

Each additional step taken counts for 1 additional entry. A total of 7 entries are available if you complete all of these steps. Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

The contest will close at 12 a.m. MST on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011. One (1) winner will be randomly drawn for this novel on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 and notified by email. Please fill your email address in the comment form when you are completing your comment so that I can contact you. The winners must respond with a mailing address within 72 hours of my email, or a new winner will be chosen. This contest is open to those living in the US and Canada!

June 9th, 2011

Giveaway Winner – No Work Spanish

Congratulations to April B.!  You have won the No Work Spanish giveaway!  I just sent you an email – please let me know your mailing address within 72 hours so I can have this sent out to you!  Enjoy!

Thanks to everyone who entered.  Please stay tuned, I have another giveaway coming up as soon as I can get it posted!

Welcome!

Jennifer. Follower of Yeshua. Wife of one man. Homeschooling mother of 5.