Saturday, October 22, 2016

Still Accepting Portfolios

For the 2015-2016 School year: I am still accepting portfolios.  I am happy to review your portfolios and send you the form you need for your district.   Click here.  

Thank you!  Becky

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dawn Crandall: Cautious Maiden Blog Tour (Give-Away)

Many of you know I love books and I love interacting with authors.  One of my favorite authors is Dawn Crandall.  She is currently having a blog tour for her new book The Cautious Maiden,  which includes two fabulous give-aways.   I am so honored that one of her tour stops is here at Ohio Homeschool Assessments.  Below you will find my review of The Cautious Maiden, her fabulous contest, and links to the other books in the series!   Thank you for stopping by today.

My Review

The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall is the fourth book in the Everstone Chronicles. It is a standalone novel, but would be much more enjoyable if you have read the other three in the series. Violet Hawthorne is our heroine in this novel. She is forced into a proposal with the notorious Vance Everstone. After reading the other three books in the series I came in not prepared to really like Vance, and was not sure what to think of him. But, through the heart felt writing of Mrs. Crandall I enjoyed seeing the transformation in Vance that only Christ can bring. By the end I was cheering for Vance. I was thankful for our God who redeems and loves the broken souls which includes me.
The Cautious Maiden is well written and a page turner. I was guessing till the end of the novel. Great romance, adventure and insight into the love of God. I highly recommend it!
I was given this book from the publisher.

The Contest!  

Now for the contest.   Dawn is giving away The Cautious Maiden in Paperback and a lovely study Bible and tea set.  Make sure you enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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Here is a link for a Goodreads Give-Away too!

The other books in the Everstone Chronicles

Dawn's Bio

Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award winning series The Everstone Chronicles, which consists of four books: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, The Captive Imposter and The Cautious Maiden which released October 4th, 2016.

Apart from writing, Dawn is also a mom of two little ones and serves with her husband in a premarital mentorship program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn't begin writing until 2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream. It didn't take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do.
Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and an associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter. She is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Win One of FIVE Gift Cards!!

******  A Big Thank You to all who took the time to enter the contest!  The winners have been chosen, contacted, and have accepted.  Thank you!  Please remember in January I give-away 2 Free Narrative Assessments~  Thanks so much!  

So... the leaves are beginning to change color, you are more into homeschooling than you were a week ago, we are headed towards Christmas, and it is time for a contest at Ohio Homeschool Assessments.  I have spent many weeks pondering what should be given away... (OK, at least a few good hours.)  An Amazon Card, Starbucks Card, Dunkin Doughnuts, Caribou Coffee... ooh! maybe a Panera Card!  I pondered these choices deeply, but could not decide.  So this is what I came up with.

I am giving away $5.00 gift cards to FIVE lucky winners to your choice of FIVE different places!  Your choice!  So if you are one of the winners you may choose either an Amazon, Starbucks, Dunkin Doughnuts, Caribou Coffee or Panera gift card.  I will send you an E-Gift Card and you will be on your way to hopefully a better day!  That means a cup of coffee, a donut, a bagel, an e-book, some music, or a cup of tea.  You decide!

Please enter by the Rafflecopter below.  Please know I verify all winning entries.  If you need help, email me:

This contest is open to anyone whether or not they live in Ohio or home educate.  The only requirement is that I can send you an e-gift card. 

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Friday, October 07, 2016

A Royal Christmas to Remember: by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson

With the arrival of the most spectacular winter in years and Christmas only a night away, Princesses Joy, Grace, Faith, Charity, and Hope find themselves in the midst of a scene right out of a holiday fairy-tale in this newest adventure in the Princess Parables series A Royal Christmas to Remember. But then the threat of bandits in the village lead the king away from the castle on Christmas Eve! Suddenly, the bandits come crashing into the castle. Praying to God for courage and safety, the princesses are soon rescued by five brave knights and then do some rescuing themselves. The next day, the princesses go to the village to see how they can be of help to the people, discovering that the true meaning of Christmas is honoring and giving glory for the greatest gift of all.

The book A Royal Christmas to Remember is a beautiful hardback children's book with stunning illustrations and glittery highlights on the cover.  The book tells the story of the five Princesses Faith, Hope, Charity, Joy, and Grace and how they feel they need more storage for all of their Christmas decorations.  The princesses want their Christmas to be perfect and in the process forget the true meaning of Christmas.  After bandits attempt to steal their Christmas presents and decorations the princesses have an "Aha Moment" about the true meaning of Christmas.  The book is targeted for children four to eight years old.  

I was so excited to have the privilege of reviewing A Royal Christmas to Remember.  I met one of the authors, Jeanne Young, at the Cincinnati Homeschool convention with her sweet daughters.  My daughters were so taken with the princess dolls and books that she brought.  I was thrilled that the stories were highly interesting to my daughters and taught Bible stories and morals.  I was not let down with A Royal Christmas to Remember.

Young readers will be drawn in by the beautiful illustrations and high quality of the book which make it enjoyable to read.  I enjoyed the Princess Journal section in the back where the princesses share a Bible verse and how their hearts were changed.  I highly recommend this book. 

The authors blog at Knights and Princesses Blog
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own