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Winners: Royal Fever and Carmex

Posted: 14 Aug 2012 06:21 PM PDT

Thanks to everyone who entered these contests and to the sponsors! Winners have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be selected.  

Royal Fever - Shaunda Adam Eppes - confirmed
Carmex - Carol Jenson - confirmed


The Last Israelis by Noah Beck

Posted: 14 Aug 2012 12:57 PM PDT

From Amazon - Iran has threatened to destroy Israel while actively developing the nuclear means to do so. Israel's Prime Minister is suddenly hospitalized -- shortly after learning that Iran is just a week away from entering the so-called "zone of immunity" by transferring key components of its nuclear weapons program into a mountain impervious to attack by Israeli jets. 

Israel's "second-strike" answer to the existential threat posed by a nuclear Iran is a powerful submarine armed with nuclear-tipped missiles that can strike targets 930 miles away. A gripping cautionary tale about a nuclear Iran, "The Last Israelis" takes a suspense-filled ride aboard the Dolphin submarine.

If you like reading military thrillers, then The Last Israelis should be added to your wishlist. From the opening pages throughout until the powerful conclusion, The Last Israelis is thrilling, engaging, shocking and thought-provoking.

With the Prime Minister of Israel hospitalized, it's a perfect time for Iran to make good on their threat of taking care of Israel once and for all with their nuclear weapons that are almost complete. That's when the Dolphin, an Islraelis submarine, is called back to reassemble for a mission of their own.

Daniel Zion, who is captain, and thirty-four other men, all from different walks of life, become the crew of the sub. All of the men have their own beliefs and thoughts of what is happening and what should happen, and the sub fills with hate and distrust among them.

Meanwhile, while they are under water, they lose contact with Naval Command. Now, they have to decide if they should go ahead with their orders of setting off missiles or not. But leading up to this decision is a journey of epic proportions - the men have dreams that are hard to distinguish between reality, there is an enemy sub in the waters, a fire and more. It's a treacherous and realistic adventure that will give you thrills and chills.

Noah Beck has written such a multi-faceted novel; one filled with politics, life-altering choices, back-to-back action and compelling characters. I could easily see this novel made into a movie - it's so vivid and surreal. Riveting, exciting and too close for comfort, The Last Israelis is a well-written novel that is sure to be a best-seller. I finished days ago and I'm still absorbing everything. It's definitely impactive!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Pop-Up Bible Stories by Juliet David

Posted: 14 Aug 2012 06:10 AM PDT

With a pop-up scene on every page, children will cherish this selection of favorite stories from the Old and New Testaments. From the moment Baby Moses is found floating in a basket among the bulrushes to Jesus' stilling of the storm, children will be captivated by Daniel Howarth's remarkable illustrations as each story pops off the page.

What a cute and delightful book! Little ones will be enchanted with the vibrant illustrations and the two dimensional pop-outs on every page.  My Pop-Up Bible Stories talks about five well-known Bible stories, a great foundation to start teaching your child about the Bible, such as baby Moses and Daniel in the Lion's Den.  The book is very sturdy, with extra anchors on the pop-outs so they will hold up will to little fingers.  There are also Bible references after each story so you can cross reference.  A great book to engage your little ones or read at bedtime.

About the Author

 Juliet David has written many children's stories and Bible activity books. Her other interests include painting, music, and traveling to Israel and other Bible lands. This experienced author lives in London with her family. 

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.