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Sinner's Creed

Sinner's Creed
Scott Stapp

Saturday, November 2, 2013

So I am a quitter, finally!

I have now surpassed the thirty days needed to claim that I am no longer a smoker. For one this may be an easy task and for myself it was by far the hardest damn thing I have successfully ever tried. However, I can now say that I fully just do not want the next smoke. The first three times I could not completely say or translate this notion. No I did not quit because I love my children more than a cigarette. I do not believe it is loving your children more. Smoking is the worst possible addiction to start and so if this addiction happens before one happens to have children than how can it be compared? So now that I have this out of my system. I have been giving an opportunity to read Scott Stapp's Memoir. Today is and can be a happy day. Hopefully it will stay happy and next week we have Mike all to ourselves, Yay. Later for now.

Sinner's Creed

I was given a copy of this book Tyndale House Publishers for an honest review. Synopsis from Tyndale Media Center: Sinner’s Creed is the uncensored memoir of Scott Stapp, Grammy Award–winning leader of the multi-platinum rock band Creed. Raised by an abusive stepfather, Scott was always aware of God’s presence, but it wasn’t until years later, amid a life punctuated by sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll that Scott began to feel a need for God in his life. During Creed’s decade of dominance and in the years following the band’s breakup, Scott struggled with drugs and alcohol, which led not only to a divorce, but also to a much-publicized suicide attempt in 2006. Now clean, sober, and in the midst of a highly successful solo career, Scott has finally come full circle—a turnaround he credits to his renewed relationship with Jesus Christ. In Sinner’s Creed, Scott shares his story for the first time—from his fundamentalist upbringing, the rise and fall of CREED, and his ongoing battle with addiction, to his re-commitment to Christ and the launch of his solo career. The result is a gripping memoir that is proof positive that God is always present in our lives, despite the colossal mess we sometimes make of them. I know who "Creed" was and loved the music at one time. I also knew what the lead singer looked like and thought he was cute. However, at nine-teen I did not know that his name was Scott Stapp, nor did I know that eventually I would probably not listen to Creed for a while. Now I was sent a copy of this book from Tyndale's Publisher Network. The music CD came as well. My review of it is that I would give it 5 stars and more if I could. This is a memoir and I like them because it gives one a real look at people that we consider famous and not as us in the "real-world." From the start of reading this I was hooked by Scott's story of God when he was a child as well as how his band "Creed" was actually thought of as a Christian band. If one were to ask me whether I thought of Creed I probably would have answered that I thought it was rock n roll because CPR 97.9 played it and I did not know what was considered Christian at the time. As time goes on and creed eventually breaks up, then Scott talks about his suicide attempt and eventual downfalls with depression I am still captivated by his story. So, with downfalls then blessings will come and now we are in the future with his wife Jaclyn and how they started out. In 2004, ringing in the New Year to 2005 Scott decides to leave the party early and this is where he saw Jaclyn. So continue to his now life where he is sober; how his life has changed and he have overcome many obstacles but will have many more to come. If you liked Creed's music you will enjoy this memoir. I know at least that I have and it will continue on to my re-read list. As for his music I really enjoy it and I would recommend the music to accompany this book. It is something that should be heard and read together.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Wicked Kind of Dark Giveaway

Author Jonathan K. Benton

Jonathan Benton always wanted to write books, having won first place in a short story competition when he was ten. Inspired by writes such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Jonathan first discovered the crossover genre of literary/fantasy while reading Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Jonathan grew up in New Zealand, dreaming of travelling to London and finally making the pilgrimage in his mid-twenties. Returning from England, he settled in Australia, the country he now calls home, and decided to take his writing seriously.

A Wicked Kind of Dark

Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, who he loved and lost.

As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise of the blood moon. He must, once more, believe in magic …

A Wicked Kind of Dark mixes vast and spectacular fantasy landscapes with gritty urban reality. A must-read for people of all ages who believe in the power of imagination, and the importance of never losing touch with your inner child.

Giveaway Details
$10 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Open Internationally
Ends 8/15/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kindle Summer
Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HD 7".
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The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HD (US Only)
Or $199 Gift Card (International)
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    1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).
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    Ends 8/15/13
    Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    Hollywood Lies Blog Tour Stop


    Summary of Hollywood Lies:
    In a world where make believe is a multibillion dollar industry, it’s hard to know where the fantasy ends and real life begins. When Collette Stroud, an influential Hollywood actor and director, takes a chance on two young actors for her romantic teen movie, three lives converge in a complicated web of publicity, passion, lust, and lies.
    The web is cast when Stroud, a woman with a few skeletons in her closet, hires two young artists in her low-budget film. She handpicks Liliana Addison and Devon Maddox to be Hollywood’s next big stars. Former child star Liliana has had limited success with her previous roles but hopes to take the world by storm under Collette’s tutelage. While Devon is an out of work actor, he never stops dreaming about making it big. The director’s interest in him assures Devon his dreams are about to become reality.
    Sparks between Collette and Devon set their lives ablaze, but the studio has other plans. Executives concoct a fictitious romance in order to drive box office sales and launch careers between Devon and Liliana. When the studio offers to make the young actors into bona fide stars, will the price be too high to pay, or will the deal be too sweet to pass up?
    Can the trio handle the pressure of a hidden romance coupled with a phony public relationship? Will love be enough to conquer the promise of fame, fortune, and a lasting legacy, or will it be an easy sacrifice?
    All three will tread the thin line of Hollywood Lies and genuine passion on the most important red carpet walk of their lives.

    Author Bio:
    Based in the American Midwest, N.K. Smith is a Technical Writer for a Fortune 100 company. The author of the Old Wounds Series, she is a mother of two who finds the time to write very early in the morning when the rest of the world is still fast asleep.
    An avid lover of history, art, music, books, and people, she is interested in telling stories that speak to the human condition.

    Buying link:

    Today I am part of the blog tour for Hollywood Lies.  Here are Q&A from the Author  N. K. Smith.

    What is your favorite part of being an Author? 

    My favorite thing about being an author is giving physical/digital space to the stories that play in my mind. It’s awesome to write (and read) a book that’s been bumping around my brain. The next best thing is sharing that creation with people who want to read the same kinds of books you do.

    What is your favorite book?

    I have never been able to answer this question. There are too many tremendous books in the world for me to name one as THE BOOK, my favorite. I have a lot of books I love and a lot of books that I’ve read and think about constantly, but I can’t pick just one.

    What character do you relate to in "Hollywood Lies," if any?

    On some levels I can relate to every character and on other levels, I don’t. I can relate to Devon’s sense of excitement that his life is about to start. I think everyone has that moment or those moments when it feels like you’re standing on a great precipice, on the verge of something new, something different. I can relate to Collette’s philosophy of “just keep going.” I think one of the biggest mantras for me has been from a Disney film. “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” It ties in with Martin Luther King, Junior’s quote, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” I believe in forward progression.

    Who would play your characters if it were made into a movie?
    Nicholas Hoult as Devon
    Kirsten Dunst as Cole.
    Vanessa Hudgens as Liliana

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks for hosting me for this stop on my blog tour. It’s been fun. I hope your readers give Hollywood Lies a read

    Saturday, May 25, 2013

    $500 Visa or Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. Hurry It ends June 11,2013

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    Saturday, May 11, 2013

    The Last Boyfriend

    The Last Boyfriend by JS Cooper is available on Amazon and B&N. GET your copy today and I promise you will not be disappointed! This is the first book in the Forever Love Series.

     Synopsis from Amazon: Lucky Morgan has had her share of heartbreak. She is devastated when her boyfriend dumps her after sleeping with him and she vows to herself that she won't be used again. She decides that the next guy she dates and sleeps with, will be her one true love. Zane Beaumont is the mysterious and snooty guy that comes into her diner every Friday night with a different girl. He's the type of guy she's learned to avoid: carefree, fast, handsome, rich, and sarcastic. Unfortunately, she can't stop thinking about the devilish gleam in his eyes. When Lucky's car breaks down one night after a party, it is Zane who comes to her rescue. As Zane attempts to sweep Lucky off of her feet, she soon realizes that nothing is as it seems and that Zane may very well be the guy for whom she changes the rules. That is until she meets Braydon. New Adult Contemporary Romance **Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

     My Review: This review is from: The Last Boyfriend (Forever Love) (Kindle Edition) I loved every bit of this book. I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. The characters can absolutely be related too in one way or another. A college girl who works hard and a guy trying to prosecute a guy who was responsible for his brother's death. I liked the story line a lot and I cannot wait for Lucky and Zane's story to continue. Of course the love story went a little fast and all but I enjoyed the documentary part a lot as well. I love history so to learn something about the time period they are focusing on whether true or not it is the cool part of the book, in my opinion. I love that the author studied History. It is not too fast that one can not enjoy the love part and the exciting other parts as well! 5 stars all around and I look forward to the next part of the series.

    Friday, March 29, 2013

    Walk Me Home By Catherine Ryan Hyde Review

    Walk Me Home is the most recent book I have read and I have a chance to review from Net Galley. I appreciate the chance of doing this and starting my new adventure of being a book reviewer. My review for this book is that it is more of a young adult book. I liked it but I was confused about the beginning. I did not understand why the characters were leaving or what was going on. Then all of a sudden the beginning is Part 2 of the story. I would have much rather read part 2 as part 1 so that I could get a background of the characters and why Teddy would be the one to finally take care of the girls. I thought Teddy was a friend to Carly and maybe he had a family that would help them. This was not the case it was the opposite he is the boyfriend to their mother. This story does show that the sisters did keep the faith of finding Teddy and how family they stuck together so that they would not be separated. I would give this book overall 3 stars. I hope to read more from the author but I just cannot give it an awesome review. Book Description from Amazon Since their mother’s sudden death, sixteen-year-old Carly and her eleven-year-old sister, Jen, have been walking and hitchhiking across the Southwest trying to find Teddy, the closest thing they have to a family. Carly desperately hopes Teddy will take them in and save them from going into foster care—and forgive them for the lies told by their mother. But when the starving girls get caught stealing food on a Native American reservation, their journey gets put on hold. While the girls work off their debt, Carly becomes determined to travel onward—until Jen confesses a terrible secret that leaves both sisters wondering if they can ever trust again. Set against the backdrop of the American Southwest, Walk Me Home and its resilient heroines will inspire readers and renew their faith in recovery and redemption.