Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Inspirational Readers Choice Award Finalists 2011

On behalf of the IRCA Contest coordinator, Nancy J. Farrier,
we are pleased to announce the 2011 IRCA Finalists

Long Contemporary

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes (Tyndale)
The Six-Liter Club by Harry Kraus (Howard)
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio by Serena Miller (Summerside)

Short Contemporary

Tender Mercies by Mary Manners (White Rose)
White Roses by Shannon Taylor Vannatter (Barbour)
Rodeo Redemption by Teri Wilson (White Rose)

Long Historical

The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund (Bethany House)
Abbie Ann by Sharlene MacLaren (Whitaker House)
A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin (Revell)

Short Historical

Walker's Wedding by Lori Copeland (Harvest)
The Substitute Bride by Janet Dean (Steeple Hill)
A Matter of Character by Robin Lee Hatcher (Zondervan)

Women's Fiction

The House on Sugar Plum Lane by Judy Duarte (Kensington)
Chasing Lilacs by Carla Stewart (FaithWords)
Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson)

Romantic Suspense

Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason (Revell)
Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze (Waterbrook)
Nightshade by Ronie Kendig (Barbour)


The Snowflake by Jamie Carrie (Broadman and Holman)
Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Anita Higman (Summerside)
A Bodine Family Christmas by Marta Perry (Steeple Hill)

Congratulations to the finalists!

I have read and reviewed quite a few of these! I am so excited for these authors! Very Well Deserved!!

NEED A SUMMER BOOK?? Great List to Choose From!!

Happy Reading!

Summer Plans? How about FREE BOWLING??

I have WONDERFUL MEMORIES of spending HOURS at the Bowling Alley! My Mother worked part-time in the nursery at some point of my childhood and then my parents were also in a bowling league so to say I spent a good amount of time at a bowling alley would be right on :)

I can remember carrying Barbie suitcases loaded with Barbies, clothes for her and Ken, and anything else that would fit in there! I would string it all out and just play play play. Listening to the pins being hit by the bowling balls, people yelling SSSTTTRRRIIKKE!! and every so often you would hear the yell of someone frustrated knowing they must have come so close to making that strike yet the ball must have curved at the very last moment :) One of the best memories I have is when my Mom picked up an unbelievable SPLIT! I am thinking it was a 4-10 split and she nailed it!! It was soo exciting :) EVERYONE was squeeling, high - fiving and just overall amazed at her shot!

Bowling is a fun family activity to say the least! So when I found out about an opportunity with the ONE2ONE Network and AMF bowling I was thrilled to sign on! If you and your family love to go bowling be sure to check out this link and find out which bowling alleys are offering Free Bowling in your area! This is an excellent activity to spend some good family time or just getting the kids out of the house, away from TV or video games :)

The Summer Bowling Program for:
KIDS 16 & Under:
At select AMF centers, two free games of bowling per day for kids 16 and under. (Shoe rental not included, but they’re worth paying for.)
Time: open until 8:00PM, 7 days a week.
Dates: Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) through Monday, September 5 (Labor Day).
Parents go to to select a participating center and complete a simple registration form.
Free game coupons emailed every Sunday starting May 29 for the following week – it’s that simple!
Over 200 participating locations across the US!

For those 17 & UP:
AMF Summer 17 Plus Pass

• For families of registered kids, a one-time payment of $27.95 buys 2 games per day for 4 people all summer long (same dates and times as above.)
• Less than $7 per person for 2 games everyday all summer.
• Available online at

Soooo....What are you waiting for?? Summer is Upon us.....and the bowling pins await!