Friday, June 23, 2017

The Winter Rain and a Weekend Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #227!


We've been having drought and now the winter rain has finally come! Our winter kicked off with a massive storm. I took these photos of the wild guineafowl and peacock wandering through our front garden one rainy day soon after the storm. I'm amazed at how well the birds coped. We even had hail!

You can see in the first two photos how our garden fared after months of water restrictions. Most of the grass is gone and some plants didn't survive. The other photos were taken a couple of years ago when our garden wasn't suffering. I also included one of my poems below.

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From Waste Places to Gardens of Joy

Once I was destitute, a captive of sin,
But then You gave me life and dwelled within.
You took my waste places, You took my tears,
You took my heartaches, and all my fears.

You took that pot, which was made of clay,
You took all of my darkness and made it day.
Then gave me wings, made me into a silver dove
With yellow-gold feathers, covered in Your love.

You gave me rivers and gardens of joy;
Things more precious than some material toy.
You gave me gladness and also thanksgiving
And filled my heart with continual singing.

In light of all this, what can I give back in return?
Worship and obedience from a love that is firm.

Christina A. Morley

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To the Land of the Fairies
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The Black Mage Book 3

Candidate (The Black Mage Book 3) by [Carter, Rachel E.]



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Candidate - The Black Mage Book 3

Candidate
The Black Mage Book 3

Candidate (The Black Mage Book 3) by [Carter, Rachel E.]

About the Book:

Title: Candidate (The Black Mage Book 3) | Author: Rachel E. Carter | Pages: 382 | Genre: Dark Fantasy - Sword and Sorcery | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Welcome to the Candidacy. Where dreams go to die.

Twenty-year-old Ryiah is a black mage of Combat, but she's not the Black Mage. Yet. She's had her eyes on the legendary robe for as long as she can remember, and in just one year, she will have a chance at her country's prestigious--and only--tourney for war mages... Too bad she is going up against a certain prince--the one person she has yet to beat.

The Candidacy finally arrives and a winner is robed, but something dark is lurking in her kingdom's midst. Rival nations are closing in, and it's time to make an alliance.

Unfortunately for Ryiah, that's only the beginning. The worst enemy resides in the palace.

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My Review

Candidate, the third book in The Black Mage series, is full of intrigue with plenty of twists. Ryiah is determined to win the Candidacy, but at what cost? Is she willing to jeopardize her relationship with Prince Darren just to prove that she is good enough?

In this year of the candidacy, Ryiah faces her worst trials yet and has to make heart-wrenching choices. There is something sinister going on and Ryiah figures out who is behind it all. Whose side will she choose when her love and loyalty are at stake?

I found Book 3 to be one of the most disturbing books in the series with several traumatic events. Despite the dark content, every page had me hooked. Will Ryiah and Darren finally get their happily ever after? Hopefully we'll find out in Book 4, the last book in the series.

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About the Author:
Rachel E. Carter

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Rachel E. Carter is the USA Today bestselling author of The Black Mage, a YA fantasy series about magic, love, and war -with future projects to come. She hoards coffee and has a weakness for villain and Mr. Darcy love interests.


Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Living in Wine Country and a Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #248!


We live in wine country and I enjoy sharing about our outings on my travel blog, 1camera1mom. The three photos that I chose for this post are ones that I never shared before. The photo above is of the mountains and vineyards in our area. The two photos below are of South African wines from uniWines, a local wine company.

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uniWines - Ankerman (White Wine)

uniWines - African Whisper (Red Wine)
with South African Pap and Wors

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies

Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies
by Louise Courey Nadeau
Blog Tour with Giveaway!

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About the Book:
Magelica's Voyage to
The Land of the Fairies



Title: Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies | Author: Louise Courey Nadeau | Illustrator: Nathan Heinze | Publication Date: April 2017 | Publisher: Magelica Inc. | Number of Pages: 35 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10

Summary: Five Star Readers Favourite and Story Monster approved!  New Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies is finally out! Its the third children's book in the Magelica trilogy. Put on your magical necklace and join Magelica and her friends as they discover that fairies are real and that love is the most powerful magic of all!In this very special adventure, rainbows light up the sky as Magelica and Prince Will embark on an extraordinary voyage to uncover the mystery of her past. Empowered on her quest by her chosen mother, Magelica and her friends follow the secret scroll to the Land of the Fairies. As they make their way through the forest, fear gets in the way and their courage is tested.

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Our Review:

Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies is the third book in the exciting Magelica's Voyage series. Magelica is half fairy and half human. She is raised by an adoptive human mother named Gri. Her friends are a pet dragon named Tris, a prince named Will, a unicorn named Goldy, and a warblegrif named Odin. Magelica and her friends go on an adventure to the Land of the Fairies to help her learn about her fairy mother and human father.

The story is lots of fun with easy to read text and captivating illustrations. This story teaches the value of friendship, learning to accept people who are different, choosing positive thoughts, and following your heart.

Amanda has enjoyed the Magelica's Voyage series since 2015 and says that the third book was the best! Her favorite page in the story is when Prince Will reads a scroll to Magelica that sets the friends on their adventure. Amanda can't wait for the next book in the series. She also received her own magical feathers necklace from the author and loves wearing it!



Our Review of Magelica's Voyage:
Books 1 and 2

Other books in the series...


Magelica's Voyage
Book 1

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Title: Magelica's Voyage | Author: Louise Courey Nadeau | Publication Date: June 1, 2013 | Publisher: Magelica Inc. | Number of Pages: 48 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10

Summary: Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn't know where she came from or who she really is. But when she's transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination, gratitude, believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical.

* Available in English / French / Spanish *



The Rescue
Book 2

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Title: The Rescue (Magelica's Voyage Book 2) | Author: Louise Courey Nadeau | Publication Date: May 27, 2015 | Publisher: Magelica Inc. | Number of Pages: 48 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10

Summary: When Magelica dreams of the prince lost on a deserted island, she realizes that it could lead to his rescue. She returns to the Isle of Dreams to tell Queen Raya what she knows. Can they save Prince Will before it's too late? Will the power of laughter and love be enough?

* Available in English / French / Spanish *






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About the Author:
Louise Courey Nadeau

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Louise Courey Nadeau, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, wife and mother to two girls and two boys is the creator and author of Magelica’s Voyage, Magelica’s Voyage: The Rescue and Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies; an adventure/fantasy trilogy about a young girl on Earth who suddenly grows wings at the age of 12 and sets out on a voyage to discover who she is and where she comes from. Empowered by her Chosen Mother to follow her heart, Magelica and her fun and wacky friends learn that following your dreams is no easy task! Called upon to connect peoples and worlds, and bring balance and harmony, Magelica discovers that the greatest enemy is fear, but realizes that it is no match for courage, believing in herself, and love, the most powerful magic of all.

 Author, mother, wife, Founder and CEO of Magelica Inc., former marketing and advertising executive, a tireless fundraiser for many charities, a painter, and gardener, Louise’s passions keep growing. Louise's dream is to create a bond with children and their caregivers around the globe, and make a real difference by entertaining them with exciting stories that stimulate their imagination, and help them discover the power of their own magic.  Books are just the beginning. She is simply getting started!

 "Through life's trials and tribulations, I always believed I could. With the Magelica book series, my own beliefs, courage, determination and resolve have been tested over and over. Believing I can, has kept me going!  My goal is for young girls to be empowered to grow up strong, positive and powerful, and for young boys to have the self-confidence to support girls in their goals, thereby creating a new gender balance for a new generation. "The children of today, will grow up to be the parents of tomorrow. By inspiring them now, the ripple effect will eventually change the world."

"Magelica's Voyage is inspired by my life, my family, and the special people and places I love", says Courey Nadeau. "All of the characters in the story, including Magelica are reflections of the person I am- the wacky part, the funny part, the philosopher, the teacher, the caretaker, the chosen mom, the giver, and of course the dreamer. What would Magelica do, I often ask, and I get the answer. When you fly with Magelica, the possibilities are endless and there is magic all around."

To learn more about Louise Courey Nadeau please visit Magelica's Voyage website at Magelica.com. You can also follow Magelica on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Magelica books and necklaces are available on amazon.com and at selected retailers.

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a Magelica Prize Pack which includes all three books in the series and Magelica's necklace (pictured above).

Giveaway ends: June 30, 11:59 pm, 2017

Open to: Internationally. How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Louise Courey Nadeau and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.



Disclosure: Amanda and I received a free paperback copy of the each book and one feather necklace for an honest review.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Father's Day and a Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #226!

Amanda, Samantha, and Robbie
Boogie Boarding on the West Coast
Happy Father's Day this Sunday to all the dads out there! My husband is a big part of our kids' lives and he's always there for them. Today I chose a few photos of our kids with their dad. Our son has a beard in these pictures, but he goes around clean shaven too. I was 21 when I had him and he's turning 21 later this year. Yikes!

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Robbie, Samantha, Amanda, and Jessica
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden Cape Town

Jessica, Jeremiah, Samantha, and Robbie
Christmas Market in Tulbagh

Jeremiah and Robbie
Du Preez Private Cellar

Robbie and Amanda
Bike Riding

Robbie and Jessica
Walking the Dogs

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A Strange Twist of Fate by [Erfert, Debra]

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