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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hope of Refuge Blog Tour & Giveaway

I am so excited to have the opportunity to participate in the Hope of Refuge Blog Tour. A few weeks back I received Cindy Woodsmall's new book Hope of Refuge and I can't wait to tell you about it!Hope of Refuge is the first book in the Ada's House Series. The 352 page book does not take long to entwine you in it's pages. If you would like informatin on where to purchase this book click on the bookcover above.

Cara is a recently widowed late 20's single mother of Lori. They live in New York city and bounce from home to home running from a man stalking Cara. Cara does her best trying to work for quick cash and avoiding the assistance system which gives her stalker an opportunity to track her whereabouts but when he finds her yet again she has a choice to make. Even though Cara has little money she will do anything to keep her daughter safe.
Memories from Cara's childhood lead her and Lori away from New York to a small Amish community in Dry Lake, Pennsylvania. Cara is not welcomed to this closed community with open arms but one man Ephraim Mast takes on a challenge from God to "be me to her". Even helping Cara may risk his being part of the Amish community but Ephraim holds a secret of his own.
Next enters the characters of Mahlon (an Amish man) , Deborah (Ephraim's sister) and Ada (Mahlon's mother). Deborah and Mahlon are engaged to be married. The prescence of Cara is causing much tension in Deborah's family but all she is concerned about is her upcoming wedding and the fact her groom-to-be is acting strangly. Mahlon's actions are also starting to worry his mother Ada. Will Mahlon stop acting so reserved or ever settle down with Deborah?
Ada becomes a person on strength and wisdom for both Cara and Deborah. With age comes wisdom and both of these women desparately need a mother figure. What will Ada teach them both that will release them from their pasts.

Once again, I was finding it rather hard to put down a book written by Cindy Woodsmall. I love how she found a way to entwine the modern and Amish worlds into one story. Her style of writing is so enchanting you cannot help but continue to turn the pages. This is a real life story possibly beyond what most of us will experience but one that we can relate to the emotions of the characters. I highly recommend that you pick up this book and read it with your heart!

If you would like to see an interview with Cindy Woodsmall on Nightline you can go HERE.

New York Times bestselling author Cindy Woodsmall is on tour, and she may be coming to a city near you! Don’t miss your opportunity to meet Cindy and have her sign her newest title The Hope of Refuge at one of the following events.
Tuesday, August 11 7 – 8:30pm
Barnes & Noble
5141 Peachtree Parkway, The ForumNorcross , Georgia 30092(770) 209-4244

Wednesday, August 12 7 – 8pm
Barnes & Noble Opry Mills
515 Opry Mills DriveNashville, Tennessee 37214(615) 514-5000

Thursday, August 13 6 – 8pm
Barnes & Noble
2540 Futura Pkwy. #135Plainfield , Indiana 46168(317) 838-7941

Friday, August 14 6 – 8pm
Barnes & Noble
1550 West 75thDowners Grove , Illinois 60516(630) 663-0181

Saturday, August 15 1 – 3pm
Baker Books
2768 East Paris Ave SEGrand Rapids , Michigan 49546-6139(616) 957-3110

Sunday, August 16 2 – 4pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
3700 Rivertown Parkway Ste. 2058Grandville, Michigan 49418(616) 531-1825

Monday, August 17 7 – 8:00pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
1739 Olentangy River RoadColumbus, Ohio 43212(614) 298-9516

Tuesday, August 18 7– 8:30pm
Joseph Beth Booksellers
2705 E. Carson StreetPittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203(412) 381-3600

Wednesday, August 19 6 – 8pm
Hackman’s Bible Book Store
1341 Mickley RoadWhitehall, Pennsylvania 18052-4610(610) 264-8600

Thursday, August 20 1 – 3pm
Rachel’s Country Store (Amish dry goods store)
6352 McClays Mill RoadNewburg, Pennsylvania 17240(717) 530-9452

Can’t make the tour? You can still follow Cindy’s adventures on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. See you there!

Now it is time for your chance to read this excellent story.
  1. Leave a tip about frugal traveling in the comments.
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  5. Blog about this giveaway and leave a link.

Have fun, good luck and I can't wait to hear from you! Contest ends 8/13, open to US residents only.

72 comments:

Tami said...

a frugal tip for traveling- pack your own granola bars, snack crackers etc so you can feed the kids and not speand a fortune on a tiny something to stave off the muchies.

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write down everything you will need on a list and then ck off as you pack!!!

Eli's Lids said...

Frugal traveling tip...
Try to book a hotel that provides breakfast and take an apple or banana for snack later. Can't find that kind of hotel? Bring your own breakfast (milk can be stored in the tiny fridge). Way cheaper (and healthier) than going out.
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Carol EL said...

We stay where they provide a continental breakfast and then we fill up enough to skip or have a late lunch. jelly15301@gmail.com

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Carol said...

We travel during the off season when rates are cheaper.
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Ingrid said...

My tip is to stay with family or friends. Traveling by car we always pack a cooler full of beverages and snacks therefore saving on stopping and eating in restaurants on our way.

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Marie said...

We always pack our own meals and snacks in the trunk of the car.

Nancy said...

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Stephanie said...

Frugal tip for traveling- Pack you own water, snacks and stay at a state park instead of a hotel. Cheap price and great time in the nature.

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Mama Grits said...

following...gotta love the Amish!

SunnyView said...

A frugal travelling tip: instead of a hotel, camp out at one of the many state parks all over the country.

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Shanna said...

My frugal tip is to find free [or nearly free] events at our vacation destination site - we did this a lot when my children were small. National and state parks with ranger talks or hands-on activities for kids, historic sites, small museums, art shops [where you can just browse and enjoy local artists' work], and community concerts are just a few of the events available for traveling families.

nfmgirl said...

My truly "frugal" tip is to stay-cation! I rarely travel, because it costs so much. But when I do, I take snacks and reading material to avoid spending exorbitant prices at the airport.

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MoziEsmé said...

Use an online gas price finder to locate the cheapest sources of gas along the route...

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sweetsue said...

If you are going to be staying at a hotel, get one with a kitchen. A kitchen unit costs a little more, but it is still cheaper to cook rather than eat in restaurants.
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Winning Readings said...

We posted about this at Winning Readings:

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Laura said...

Well, always take your own water/drinks along. The ones at convenience stores can really add up!!

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Natalie said...

My tip would be while on vacation when you are going to be gone for the day...pack a lunch to take a long with you. That will save you tons of money instead of not taking one and having to keep on stopping somewhere to eat.
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Nickolay said...

I like to set myself a budget on a daily basis and stick to it

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Becky said...

WE like to make sure we have snacks and drinks in the car it makes stopping less expensive.

Cindy said...

Take a travel kit or bag with you of little items you'll needs so you don't have to buy big bottles or items of them when you arrive to your destination!
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kk said...

Use Priceline!!

erma said...

a frugal tip for traveling- take snacks and something to do.
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Ed said...

Have your relatives stay all summer with you...that's what they're doing here!

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Bev said...

Look online for entertainment books that contain coupons for your vacation spot.

susan1215 said...

We pack our own meals when we travel to save on food expensenses

demmi said...

buy some bottled water to take with you and pack a lunch for the drive con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

purango said...

Take your own water, pack your own snacks, use coupons and discounts. shop outside the tourist area Wal Marts are everywhwere. garrettsambo@aol.com

Marie said...

Look for a hotel that offers rooms with a kitchenette so you save money on breakfasts and lunches sometimes.

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Amanda S. said...

To travel frugally we pack as much food/drinks from home as possible.

FDP 4 Life said...

we like to travel frugally by booking the hotel online far in advance. we also do a lot of the cooking ourselves, so we don't have to pay to eat out.

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Tammy said...

One of the things we do to travel frugally is to eat really big breakfasts (they are usually the cheapest meal) and then skip lunch and then eat dinner.

blueviolet said...

We have always tried to eat breakfast and lunch from picnic food we pack and then we can eat out for dinner.
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ladycat713 said...

If you're flying , pack your own snacks (except for drinks since you can't pass security with them ) because they charge an arm and a leg for them in the airport and eat before you leave home. The snacks will especially come in handy if you are changing planes and the second one is delayed a long time because of weather.

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Tina said...

My frugal tip, is carry snacks and water and juiceboxes. Always cheaper then buying them out, plus cures the cranky child when they are hungry and everyones isn't quite ready for lunch yet.

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Erica G said...

Be on the look out for coupons. They are on the internet, in gass stations, in visitor centers, etc.

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Maja said...

take your own water, snacks, food

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Kathy said...

Check ahead to see what is going on in the town you are are visiting. I once visited a beautiful living desert for free!!! Time your visit during a fair or visit old Churches or Missions.

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