Love Inspired Series Book Review & Giveaway

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I usually don't choose to read "romance" type novels, but when I was offered the chance to review 6 of the Love Inspired books from Harlequin, I decided to give them a chance. 

These are the books that I received:

I have to admit, I found the titles a bit unimaginative, but that would be my only complaint about them. The paperbacks are the perfect size to hold and to tuck into a purse or bag, and at just over 200 pages they are an easy read. What I liked most about them is that they really were faith-based and wholesome! I wouldn't have any qualms at all about letting my teenage daughters or my mother read books from this series. 

The above titles are available now until May 28th and are available for purchase HERE in paperback, large print, and eBook formats. Prices vary from $4.79 to $5.40, for single books, depending on format (prices subject to change). 

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Avengers- Age of Ultron in Theaters Tomorrow!

 The wait seemed like forever, but it was well worth it! Marvel's Avengers Age of Ultron, hits theaters Friday, May 1. 

Full of action and humor (and some unexpected surprises), Age of Ultron is definitely a must see! I was able to prescreen the film earlier this week with my son, and we both loved it. In his opinion, this one was better than the first. I think I like them both equally.

Look for two new characters- Quicksilver & the Scarlet Witch!

If I had to describe this movie in one word? AWESOME! In theaters tomorrow!

When Calls the Heart Season 2 Premiere April 25th

If you are one of the over 22 thousand #Hearties who watched season 1 last year on the Hallmark channel, then you are probably anxiously awaiting the TWO HOUR season 2 premiere taking place this Saturday, April 25th. I am pretty sure you will not be disappointed! If you happen to be like me and had no idea such a series even existed, I highly suggest becoming acquainted with When Calls the Heart, especially if you are a fan of Janette Oke's and inspirational fiction. 

The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

While I have never read any of the author's books, nor had I seen season 1 of the series, I found the season 2 premiere easy and enjoyable to watch. I was thrilled to see Lori Loughlin and Jack Wagner and discovered some new favorites such as Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing. I'm not going to give anything away, but I will say that the end of the premiere left me wanting more! Watch the premiere this Saturday to continue following the lives of the widows, Elizabeth and Jack (I found myself really rooting for them!), and the rest of the folks in Coal Valley. 

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gMovies Review, 2 Week FREE Trial, & Giveaway- Faith & Family Friendly Shows Right From Your Computer!

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Not having cable, I am quite familiar with most streaming services but until recently, I had never even heard of gMovies.  If you aren't familiar with it either, read on! Actually, read on anyway so you can enter the giveaway! :) One lucky reader will win a 6 month subscription! 

Want a 2 Week FREE trial?
and enter code: FREETRIAL85
(It will ask for credit card information, but once you enter the code and it is validated, you should be able to proceed without entering any of that!)

For $4.99 per month, you and your family can have instant access to faith & family friendly movies, tv series, documentaries, and animated kid's shows. Currently, gMovies has almost 300 shows to choose from and new titles are added each month. 

I am very pleased with the quantity and quality of selections, especially for kids. Shows include Davey & Goliath, Junior's Giants, Pahappahooey Island, Friend's & Heroes and more! Genre's like comedy and thrillers have a smaller selection to watch, but the drama selection is amazing. 

The site states that they also offer free gMovies mobile apps for both Apple and Android devices, but I found it was unavailable on my iPhone. In order to access it, I had to download it via iTunes and it is only accessible from an iPad. As of this writing, I have not tried to download the android version but will update this post once I do. Until then, I will just continue watching from my laptop.

I know it's silly, but the only thing I'm not crazy about (besides the app issue, that is) is that there is no "play" button. In order to watch the movie, you click on the words, "Watch Movie" located directly under the picture of the movie. 

The video player used on the website is Adobe Flash Player based so it's important to run the latest version and streaming quality is best when internet download speed is 3.0 Mbps or greater. 

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win a 6 month subscription to gMovies!
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-Ray Giveaway


 Are you a fan of The Hobbit? I just spent the last week watching all three The Hobbit movies plus The Lord of the Rings trilogy. If you've not yet seen The Battle of the Five Armies, you need to! You will not be disappointed! Take the quiz below to find out if you are brave like Bilbo (I'm not) and scroll down to enter to win your very own Blu-Ray disc.

About the movie:

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.
Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include: 

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers

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