People Groups Study {Homeschool Review Crew}

People Groups Study

Homeschool Review Crew

Elisabeth Elliot was a remarkable woman who didn’t let life get in her way.  We’re doing a people groups study that focuses on the Waodani people.  These are the very people who murdered her husband that she then went back to minister to.  Walking with the Waodani is a brand new unit study from Home School Adventure Co that we’ve received a preview for through The Homeschool Review Crew.

 

People Groups Study

 

We were given a list of items that the Home School Adventure Co produces to choose an item for review.  As part of the Homeschool Review Crew we get to say which we’d like the most and then sometimes we’ll receive it and sometimes not.  Walking with the Waodani was our top pick.  Primarily because I love doing unit studies and it ties in with our regular yearly curriculum so well.  This People Groups Study was definitely something that I could see us using and enjoying.

I have always respected and looked up to Elisabeth Elliot as an example of a great Godly Christian woman and so getting to delve more into her life and the people she served appealed to me.  My kids don’t really get that aspect yet though we’re adding to this study a biography of her life.  To me, it is important to understand the people we reach out to with our faith and both were a focal point of Elisabeth Elliot’s life.

The People

This study focuses on the Waodani people through the journey of Russell Winters who is a homeschool graduate.  He took a 7 week long adventure through Ecuador.  This group of people has hit the radar of people prior to his journey though.  They were the tribe involved in the killing of 5 missionaries in 1956.  It is also commonly referred to including the name of Nate Saint and there is a great biography out about his life and what is called Operation Auca(the other name for the Waodani people). 

 

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About the Study

This study is fun and engaging.  While learning about people and places your child is going on an adventure.  Take a trip to Ecuador!  Learn about the people, places, and the culture.  Also included in their “travel journal” that they’ll keep are things like the animals and agriculture.  It’s all fun and entertaining but also full of knowledge and information that will engage the brain and the heart of your child.

The fun thing that makes this easy to use for me is that it’s designed to be used by a wide array of ages.  I was able to use this with all my children but really focused on using it with the ages 6-12.  One of my six year olds and the three year old did not participate much in the study.  They’re doing more preschool type work though.

We received an e-copy of the study.  It’s currently not completed though almost there!  There are going to be four lessons to the study.  Three were released early to us for this review.  It’s going to be great guys!  Personally we’re sitting here waiting on the last lesson.  My kids love exploring Ecuador and learning about this tribe of people that we will probably never encounter on our own.  The e-book is currently set to be priced at $14.95 with the physical copy being $18.95.  You’re meant to cover one lesson per week in this study but we’ve been taking longer so we don’t run out of study before the last lesson comes!

Lesson 1: Shell Mera (Then)

Lesson 2: Shell Mera (Now)

Lesson 3: Ecuador

Lesson 4: Quito

Learn More

If you’re interested in learning what other products were offered to the Crew to review from Home School Adventure Co or for other opinions about Walking with the Waodani please pop over to the Main Review Crew blog where the reviews are all linked up.  You can also find the Home School Adventure Co on twitter, facebook, pinterest, google +, and youtube.

 

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The Beginner’s Bible {Crew Review}

The Beginner’s Bible

Homeschool Review Crew

 

The Beginniner's Bible

 

Do you use a Bible with your youngest children?  We love The Beginner’s Bible from Zonderkidz and recently received a copy of their new and improved version through the Homeschool Review Crew.  This Bible is geared towards ages 4-8.  It’s to be used as a read aloud with ages 4-6 and children ages 6-8 can read it independently.

Why a redo of a great classic?  Well, it’s the 25th anniversary of The Beginner’s Bible so they redid it to include new three dimensional artwork.  How cool is that?  My girls are loving this new Bible.  It’s great for our read aloud time.  The girls I have using this are ages three, six, and six.  One of my six year olds is able to do some beginning reading on her own.  She’s been reading us some of the stories with a bit of help while the other two just listen and enjoy the new art work.

The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}
 

So, how are we using this new Bible?  I find that The Beginner’s Bible is amazing added to our school day.  As we start our day I do a devotional with the kids after breakfast.  While the younger girls can sit and listen they rarely take away any of the big picture that the older children get from the devotional.  I wanted something that they could understand and also glean something from.  Something that was going to stick with them.  

Enter The Beginner’s Bible.  We read one story a day as we start their school.  I use one curriculum for my older kids and one for my younger girls.  There are just the three younger girls in their curriculum so I work with them first.  We read a story from our new Bible and talk about what the story means and how we can apply it to our lives.  Next, it’s easy to step right into our school lesson.  I particularly enjoy it when I can match a Bible story with what we’re learning that day.

My older kids even like our new Bible!  They had the original edition as part of their school curriculum when they were little and are loving comparing the artwork in the two editions as well as reading it straight through like a chapter book.  I’m blessed with kids who love to read so I’m not going to discourage them from grabbing this Bible geared to younger kids and reading it quickly in a sitting.  Who knows what they might pick out from a story that they didn’t understand all over when they were younger?

I personally recommend this Bible and think that The Beginner’s Bible makes a great gift for the young children on your gift list.  Whether it be for Christmas or a birthday or a just because they’re going to enjoy this book.  Definitely a book I feel should be on every homeschool library shelf and every little kid Sunday school shelf.

Want to learn more about this new Zonderkidz edition of The Beginner’s Bible?  Check out the main Blog Post where everyone has linked up their reviews.  You can also find them on facebook, twitter, pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.  

 

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Ancient Egypt {Homeschool Review Crew}

Ancient Egypt

Homeschool Review Crew

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes
Have you ever studied Ancient Egypt in your homeschool?  We actually are there in one of our history courses this year so I was very excited to see that The Cat of Bubastes was the newest release and Crew Review from Heirloom Audio Productions!  I of course applied gushing about how we’d love this one.  And I was so excited when we got it!!

We had already read the book as part of our study of ancient Egypt so receiving the audio drama of The Cat of Bubastes was a treat for us!  I have always found ancient Egypt fun and exciting.  Believe it or not, I had never read The Cat of Bubastes though.  It wasn’t until I became a mother and a homeschool mom that I found out about the works of G A Henty.  I also came into contact with Heirloom Audio Productions as a homeschool mom and that makes me very happy!  We’ve been blessed to review many of their works as members of the Homeschool Review Crew.

 

Ancient Egypt {Homeschool Review Crew}

 

Each time we receive an audio drama from Heirloom Audio Productions we also receive access to a ton of other great resources through their Study Guide.  This time we received:

  • access to a downloadable 47 page study guide
  • mp3 version of the soundtrack
  • colorful illustrated ebook of the G A Henty classic
  • printable copy of the inspirational verse featured
  • cast poster in printable form
  • access to the behind the scenes documentary(am I the only one who loves these??)
  • Live the Adventure Letter E-newsletter access

More of What We Love

The CD itself is a 2 disc set.  With all the extras we received it’s very easy to plan and make this a full unit study to help homeschoolers learn about ancient Egypt and a spiritual lesson too.  This audio drama focuses on perseverance, responsibility, and God’s providence.  

The cast for The Cat of Bubastes features Brian Blessed, Anthony Daniels, Sylvester McCoy, and John Rhys-Davies.  Am I the only one that hears the voice of John Rhys-Davies and immediately can see his face as being a bad guy in some movie?  Maybe?  He’s really good at that role and his voice is wonderful.  I love listening to him.

 

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes
 

One of the things that I love about the study guides that Heirloom Audio Production gives us access to with their audio dramas is that it includes historical and biblical content.  They give me a starting point for helping my children dig deeper into the lessons that they can learn from the story. Let’s face it, I don’t have the time to find all that information on my own.  And I certainly don’t have the time to make a study guide of my own with ten kids and a farm/house to run!  I’m forever grateful to the people who do have the time and allow us to use their knowledge and expertise.

Interested in learning more about The Cat of Bubastes and Ancient Egypt?  Check out their facebook, twitter, google +, and instagram!  Also head on over to the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog page and find all the reviews linked up to read and enjoy!

 

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Apologia Astronomy {TOS Crew Review}

Apologia Astronomy

TOS Crew Review

Apologia: Exploring Creation with Astronomy Review
I love astronomy and have wanted to share it with my children.  A favorite curriculum of ours is Apologia.  Recently, Apologia Educational Ministries offered up their Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition for Crew review.  I applied as soon as I saw Apologia astronomy!  It sounded wonderful and fit right in with our science topic of the year which is astronomy!

Apologia astronomy arrived at our door and the whole house started shouting with joy!  The box included a student text, notebooking journal, jr. notebooking journal, and an audio cd.

 

apologia astronomy {TOS Crew Review}

 

The notebooking journal is geared towards grades 3/4 and older.  I put my oldest age 11 and fifth grade in this book.  It fit her well and she was able to understand and answer the questions it posed.  She didn’t like the spaces for answering questions though as they were too small.  Her handwriting is still a bit big and took up more space than was allowed.  To help with this I had her write her answers in a notebook for the long questions.

The Jr. Notebooking Journal is geared for Kindergarten through grades 2/3.  For this one I decided to use my 10 year old daughter was is right around this grade level.  For reading purposes she’s a solid third grade but for writing she leans closer to a second grade level so it was a good fit for her.  She did some complaining about writing but overall did really well with the journal and enjoyed the subject matter.

How We Use It 

Because I was already planning on all the kids using a different science curriculum that was going to focus on astronomy for part of the year I knew that I was going to want them all to listen to the textbook reading.  So, instead of having the girls each read the sections by themselves I read them aloud to the whole family.  We’d chat about what we read and then the two girls would do their journal assignments.

We’re following the schedule laid out by Apologia so this astronomy course will last us the full year.  The activities are done by all of us which makes for lots of fun times.  Those students not doing the journal pages think it’s fun that they don’t have to do all the writing but I’m impressed by the increased comprehension that the girls doing the journal pages are having.

The audio CD contains the full text.  This is like listening to someone read you the textbook.  We did not use this function as the CD player in our van is not working currently so we didn’t have a way to listen to it while driving.  While we could have listened to it at home I enjoyed reading the book to my children so we did that instead.

Want to learn more about Apologia astronomy?  Check out what other crew members thought of their review products on the Main TOS blog.  You can also find Apologia astronomy on facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram.

 

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Prayer Journal for Kids {TOS Crew Review}

Prayer Journal for Kids

TOS Crew Review

 

Spiritual Circle Journal
Recently we received a prayer journal for kids.  I wasn’t too sure what to think of it as I myself have never even used a prayer journal.  Spiritual Circle Journal sent us one of their Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids and Teens.  This is a physical product.

This prayer journal for kids is probably not what you’re thinking.  It’s not just a blank journal with notebook type pages.  It is instead a very pretty and colorful journal with a scripture passage for your child to read.  They then fill in nine unique shapes where they apply the scripture they read to those areas of their life.  

The nine areas of life that the scripture is being applied to are:

  1. journal entry
  2. lyric/verse
  3. message 
  4. confession
  5. God moving
  6. Lesson Learned Light Bulb Moment
  7. Prayer
  8. Thank you/Adoration
  9. Actions

 

Prayer Journal for Kids {TOS Crew Review}

What is it?  How do I use it?

The prayer journal for kids has a sturdy plastic cover and is spiral  bound.  There are three pages of parent instruction at the beginning which help you teach your child how to use the journal.  This journal is geared for ages 8 and up.  They will write a few sentences under each heading, so it’s best if they can read and write of course.  We found that this helps improve penmanship if you have someone who writes really big too.  When they only have a small space to write in it helps them make their letters smaller for sure!

There are 66 blank journal pages within the Spiritual Circle Journal.  It’s up to you whether you want your child to use a page a day or a page a week or even one a month.  The recommendation is that you as the homeschool parent(or possible Sunday School teacher) assign the child using the journal to one page per week.  Monday is the recommended day.  

Our Thoughts

My 11 year old daughter got to be the one using this prayer journal for kids.  She did her page per week on Wednesday since this is a day that our school schedule is a bit different due to children having therapies and being out of the house. It’s also our homeschool group day so it’s a day we’re more lax with structured school.  I really like that this requires them to think.  The answers to go under the bubbles or in the spaces aren’t just easy to find within the reading.  It requires thought on the part of the child. 

The last 15 pages of the journal are summary pages to write down and share what they have learned and how they have grown through using the Journal.  I like this concept.  It brings back to their minds what they have learned and causes them to dwell or think on them again.  This also allows them to see how they’ve grown and what areas they now don’t even have to really think about anymore in their prayer life/quiet time.

If you’re interested in hearing more about this new prayer journal for kids please head over to the Main TOS blog page and check out all the reviews linked up.  You can also find out more about Spiritual Circle Journal by visiting their facebook, instagram, and twitter

 

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Starving Hearts {Litfuse Review}

Starving Hearts

Litfuse Book Review

Starving Hearts {Litfuse Review}
 
About the book Starving Hearts:

Starving Hearts (Heritage Beacon Fiction, May 2016)

About Starving Hearts: Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage.

She yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way. . . .

Mr. Peter Adsley is joining the clergy, and he desires a godly wife by his side. After a failed attempt to obtain one, he engages in a clandestine meeting with the bewitching young woman who keeps crossing his path. But she is so unsettling.

Destined for disappointments, Peter and Annette both endure disgraceful situations. Will Peter’s faith sustain him through overwhelming setbacks? Can Annette overcome her doubts? Or will their starving hearts yield to the machinations of a mad man?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/28OtflH

 
About the author:
 
 

Janine Mendenhall teaches teens English, of all things! Sometimes she sleeps, but most nights she reads, writes, or watches movies like Pride and Prejudice and claims she’s researching her next book. Splickety Love and Splickety Prime have published her flash fiction. She and her husband, Tom, live in North Carolina where they and their two golden retrievers help gratify the needs of their five children and two cats.

 
 
My thoughts:
 
This book.  Wow.  I’d never read anything by Janine Mendenhall before and really wasn’t sure what to think of the book before beginning.  Now, I want to find more.  I want this story to continue on.  It’s amazing!  Seriously.  
 
Annette is a lovely young woman who is also not the image of all the other young women her age.  She loves to read and talk politics plus the slave trade.  Being allowed to have her own thoughts and opinions has let her develop her own person and thoughts and ideas.  Can she keep this independence?  Can she be true to herself and what she believes?  Will she ever find love?
 
After being accosted Annette draws the man who saves her, over and over she draws him.  Finally the man she draws becomes the real man who saved her.  She finds him and falls in love.  But as circumstances spiral out of their control and into the control on one bent on revenge and destruction, can they hold onto each other and their very lives?
 
Get a copy of this book.  Get a copy for all your friends and family as well.  Make sure all the local libraries get a copy too!
 
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The Loyal Heart {Litfuse}

The Loyal Heart

A Litfuse Book Review

The Loyal Heart {Litfuse}

 
 
About the book The Loyal Heart:

The Loyal Heart (Zondervan, July 2016)

Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn’t expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.

Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.

After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda’s home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip’s name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.

Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He’s mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can.
He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn’t prove to be an easy task—Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of theman she thought she knew so well.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2ae3eOX

 
About the author:
 
 

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

 
 
 

My thoughts on The Loyal Heart:

 
I have greatly enjoyed all the other books by Shelley Shepard Grey that I have read.  The Civil War holds a special place in my heart and I was ecstatic to see this new book out by her.  It doesn’t focus a lot on the actual war but rather some on a group of soldiers in a prisoner of war camp.  Mostly the book focuses on a widow of one of these prisoners and the struggles she faces after the war.
 
The setting is in Texas after the war.  A widow of a brave soldier faces harsh accusations and lewd rude men.  Why?  All because someone is spreading nasty rumors about her husband.  He died fighting for the South.  He should be revered as a hero.  Instead, he’s being labelled a traitor.  It’s up to some of his old battle mates to protect his wife and give her a reason to keep living.
 
I loved this book.  Amazing.  Truly amazing.  I highly recommend it and can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful the book is.  Please go find a copy to read and make sure to request it from your library as well!
 
 
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When Death Draws Near {Litfuse}

When Death Draws Near

A Litfuse Book Review

 
When Death Draws Near {Litfuse}
 
About the book When Death Draws Near:

When Death Draws Near (Thomas Nelson, August 2016)

Death has always been part of Gwen Marcey’s job. But when faced with her own mortality, everything takes on a different hue.

Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs and homes when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky. The Eastern Kentucky town, located deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, has been plagued by a serial rapist and a series of unexplained deaths. Before Gwen can develop a composite drawing, the latest witness vanishes, just like all the previous victims.

Turning her attention to sketching the face of an unidentified body, she discovers a link between hisdeath and a Pentecostal serpent-handling church. Serpent-handling is illegal in Kentucky, and the churches have gone underground to avoid the authorities and continue to worship as they believe. Gwen is offered a handsome reward to infiltrate the renegade members, a reward she desperately needs as it seems her breast cancer has returned.

Joined by her digitally-obsessed, Generation Z daughter, Gwen goes undercover to a nineteenth century revival, planning to draw the faces of the snake handlers so they can be identified and arrested. Instead she uncovers a murderous plot and a festering evil.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2auSB8Y

 
About the author:
 
 

Carrie Stuart Parks is a Christy finalist as well as a Carol award-winning author. She has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.

 
 
 

My thoughts on When Death Draws Near:

 
I really enjoyed this book.  I wasn’t sure at first.  Forensics is something I love and reading about medical and mysteries always has me hooked.  But, the snakes.  Y’all, I don’t like snakes.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it.  Those poisonous snakes give me the shivers even just reading about them.  I’m lucky my husband was home the night I read this book or I might have been checking my bed for rattle snakes.  Yikes!  
 
That makes you know it’s a great book though.  When the book world and your reality tend to melt together and you’re not sure if you are you any longer or if you’ve become the main character.  This is one of those books.  I was in the book.  My life was her life and boy did I not like all those snakes.
 
 
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Fetching Sweetness {Litfuse}

Fetching Sweetness

A Litfuse Book Review

Fetching Sweetness {Litfuse}

 
About the book Fetching Sweetness:

Fetching Sweetness (Harvest House, July 2016)

Standing between Stephanie and her dream is one hundred pounds of lovable trouble.

It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author’s valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.

But Agnes’s canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.

When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings—a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog . . . thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it’s a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2auLee3

 
About the author:
 
 

Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

 
 

My thoughts on Fetching Sweetness:

 
This book is so cute!  I expected a dog to steal the show in the book but the characters are complex as well.  The dog is even more complex than I thought.  And the author that Stephanie is trying to track down.  Wow.  Just wow guys.  That author needs some serious help.  Oh and poor lil ol Sweetness, or should we call him big behemoth Sweetness?  Either way he’s super sweet and has a thing for spatulas.  He would not get along well in my house as I use my spatulas too much and would never surrender them to him.
 
I love the adventures that Stephanie and Rhett have as well as Rhett’s sister Karen.  I personally cannot believe that Rhett thinks he can make everything right with his sister by bringing in her old flame.  That just makes no sense to anyone but him.  He needs some eye opening.  And he does get it to be sure.  But so do Stephanie and even sweet Karen.  
Oh and you’ll meet Panny.  Trust me, you’re going to want to meet her.  And the crazy feral cat.  Not to mention the tiny helpless baby bunny.  It seems caring for stray animals is their lot in life.  Or maybe the not so stray animals. . . . is Sweetness the right Sweetness?  And why does a crazy lady keep calling them?  Oh yeah, you need to read this book. 
 
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Undercover Artist Starter Set Giveaway

Undercover Artist Starter Set Giveaway

Have you ever wanted to be an artist?  Have an interest in forensics?  You’re going to want to read on to find out about our undercover artist starter set giveaway!!

Plunge into forensic artist Gwen Marcey’s world, full of cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects. Add Carrie Stuart Parks’ new Gwen Marcey novel, When Death Draws Near, to the top of your must-read list. Gwen accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before she can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?

Join Carrie in celebrating the release of When Death Draws Near by entering to win an Undercover Artist Starter Set.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 22. The winner will be announced August 23 on the Litfuse blog.

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Make sure to check out my review as well.  This is a great book and I’m excited to be included in the launch.  It’s definitely a thriller and going to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat.  Make sure to get yourself a copy or request that your local library gets a copy so you can experience the thrill of When Death Draws Near.  Plus maybe then you’ll want to be a forensic artist after all. . . . or not.  Depends on how scared you are by the excitement in the book!!