Thursday, March 28, 2013

grandma's bookshelf - The Blue Door - I'm Giving Two Away!

When it comes to books; particularly novels, for older elementary children and young teens, it can be a tremendous challenge to find anything they will be engaged by and which you still want them to read. Far too often there is a lot of garbage out there for this age to read. It seems like most of the books for them have a lot of vampires, zombies, dark magic, violence, sex and stories designed to scare the kids. I, for one, do not want my grandchildren to read those books. So what options do you have to give them stories which are well written? Stories which will capture their imagination? Stories which they will want to read? Stories which will challenge and encourage their walk with God - which of course, is the most important thing?

Well, I'm absolutely delighted to share a new series of books with you - along with several great give-aways! First of all, please allow me to "introduce" you to the author; Christa Kinde. I need to let you know, I know Christa. I worked for her husband for a few years and attended the same church as they did. I can assure you Christa is a genuine lady who loves God and her family; she is a delight to know! Christa has a gift for putting a smile on your face - she so often seems to have one on her own. She is the kind of friend we all hope to be blessed with; and who we want to be to others as well. So, when I had the opportunity to review her book I was very happy to do so!

Christa has the first two books in her Threshold Series completed - The Hidden Deep is the second book and releases on April 23, 2013 (I'll be reviewing it next week). The Blue Door is the first book where Christa introduces you to Prissy Pomeroy, her family and her neighbors . . . some of them are angels! The Blue Door "opens the window" to spiritual warfare and woven in and among a story about a girl and angels is the truth of how God loves us and has a plan for us! Children will be challenged and encouraged as this book deals with family, friends, peer pressure, temptation, betrayal, choices, who they are and helps children get an idea of Who God really is! The Blue Door will leave children - and adults looking forward to the release of The Hidden Deep so they can find out what happens next!

Rough and TumbleI'll be getting to the give-aways in a moment, but first a "gift" for all of you from Christa . . . a free story series on her blog! Rough and Tumble is a companion story to the Threshold Series . . . as Christa says, "In The Blue Door, Prissie Pomeroy gets the barest glimpse of an invisible realm where the Faithful are at war with the Fallen. With Rough and Tumble, the point of view tilts into the heavenlies, and the story is told from a very different perspective! God’s angels serve Him in various capacities—Messengers, Protectors, Observers, and of course, Guardians. Meet young Ethan, the newest angel sent to the Hedge surrounding the Pomeroy family farm, as he is Sent to watch over Prissie’s little brother Zeke. Rough and Tumble updates every weekday (Monday – Friday), and chapters are short enough to read on the fly—just 100 words!" Sound like fun?!!! You are sure to look forward to each new chapter! To follow along, subscribe to Christa's blog at this link! While you are there be sure to check out her other story, Galleries of Stone which you can also read for free on her blog!

Christa has offered several wonderful give-aways for me to share with you . . . first of all, she is making two autographed copies of The Blue Door available for me to give away (USA only)! If you'd like to be in the drawing for The Blue Door, which will be on April 9, 2013,  please comment below to let me know if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win The Blue Door and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away! 
Two Postcards
Christa has also offered to mail her beautiful art cards to 25 people - as Christa says, "Just for fun. Because I like fun. I’ve always been fond of mail, mailboxes, postcards, letters, and the like. Perhaps that’s why a postal theme often crops up in my stories. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I love sending and receiving 'real mail.'" If you would like to receive a note from Christa, please be sure to comment below! If you think your grandchild/child or a friend would enjoy receiving actual mail from a real author, please comment below with your name so I can contact you to get your mailing address. Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know!

12 comments:

  1. This series sounds amazing..our kids need good Christian literature. I follow on fb and email.

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    1. I'm enjoying it and our kids certainly do need books like this for sure! Try checking the free story Galleries of Stone - http://christakinde.wordpress.com/blog/galleries-of-stone/ I love it!

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  2. Thank you, Lynda! I'm always so pleased to discover that someone I know has become a reader. It's a treat to write for friends!

    The companion post to this one is now up on my blog. In which I find myself in a cookie jar...

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  3. Lynda, thank you so much for your compliments and encouragement. I'm always delighted when someone I know discovers my books. It's a treat to write for friends! ♥

    A companion post to this one has been added to my blog! In which I find myself in a cookie jar...

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  4. Lynda, thank you so much for your compliments and encouragement. I'm always delighted when someone I know discovers my books. It's a treat to write for friends! ♥

    A companion post to this one has been added to my blog! In which I find myself in a cookie jar...

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  5. Thank you Christa! You are most sincerely welcome. I was just talking with Tiffany about the Wednesday night so many years ago when I was working with the little ones and explaining a game where they had to get a roll of TP from one end of the hall to the other without using their hands - your youngest daughter at the time began her turn with crawling behind the tp, rolling it with her head. Then she frowned at it like, "who ever thought of THIS!!!", stood up and ran as fast as her little legs would carry her to the other side of the room with the tp in her hands. She looked so happy to be the first one to get her tp to the other side!!! :-) Great memories!

    Thank you for linking to my blog!

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