Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Dnette Fretz: 5/5 stars

Posted by in Authors, book reviews, books, Children's, Denette Fretz, Gene Barretta, Homeschooling, Karla Akins, Youth | 0 comments

I chose to review Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door for BookLook Bloggers because we use a western theme in our children’s department. Every child has their own cowboy hat and a bandana that says “Giddyup with God.” (I’d love to post a picture of the kids reading this book, but do not have parental permission.) I plan to use this book in our super church (children’s church) services and later during our fall festival which will also have a western theme. I was more than delighted with this story about a child greenhorn named Conrad who...

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Lies Strong Girls refuse to believe

Posted by in abstinence, chastity, Christian Girls, fashion, Forgiveness, gossip, Sex, Strong Girls, Uncategorized, Youth | 0 comments

There are a lot of lies out there. But just because they exist doesn’t mean we have to believe them. From the beginning of time the enemy, Satan, has been lying to women, twisting God’s Words and causing them to doubt Truth. Here are some lies that flow through today’s culture. Lies you don’t have to believe. Lies a Strong Girl stands up to and dares to defy: It doesn’t matter who your friends are. It doesn’t matter how you dress–fashion is more important than modesty. It’s okay to talk trash...

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See what I did there?

Posted by in Authors, books, Contest, Musings, Suspense, Tom Threadgill, Tom Threadgill, Uncategorized, writing | 1 comment

I have a writing buddy who loves puns. He’s super hilarious and you’d never know by his sense of humor that he writes bloody suspense novels. You can follow his blog here: Tom Threadgill. Do you like puns? Write some of them for me in the comments below! And don’t forget to head over to my contest where I’m giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Enjoy these punny pics! Which one’s your favorite? Tweet this: See what I did there?  ...

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My kindle does the work of 400 camels

Posted by in books, Christianity, Contest, history, Karla Akins, Kindle, Middle Ages, Pets, Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is said that a Persian Grand Vizier named Abdul Nassam Ismael took his entire 117,000 volume library with him everywhere he went on the backs of 400 camels. And get this–this is the best part–he trained the camels to carry the books in alphabetical order. Can you believe it? Makes me thankful for my kindle. I can’t imagine having that many books or that many camels! Imagine how much it cost to provide food and shelter not only for the camels but the camel handlers, too. Now that’s what I call an investment in...

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Atheist Dawkins: Aborting babies with Down Syndrome is the moral thing to do

Posted by in Abortion, Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Karla Akins, Musings, Special Education, Strong Girls, Uncategorized | 4 comments

I can’t stop thinking about an article I wrote for Examiner a few days ago. As a Special Needs Kids Examiner and a college student working toward a degree in Special Education, I have access to the latest news regarding disabilities. When I read about Richard Dawkins tweeting that children with Down Syndrome should be aborted, I was incensed. According to him, it is the moral thing to do because they have nothing to contribute. Click to read the article I wrote. But that’s the problem, isn’t it? If one doesn’t believe...

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Building your online platform

Posted by in books, Contest, Karla Akins, Marketing, Platform, Social Media, Uncategorized, writing | 13 comments

I’m hosting a Back to School Giveaway!  No, I’m not launching a new book. I like to treat my readers to unexpected surprises now and then. I also hope to acquire new readership. This is one reason authors hold contests. Contests are a fun way to help build your on-line platform. I’ve held several and they are tons of fun. My favorite contests were when I was launching my first novel, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots. I held a Facebook Party and gave away gifts all throughout the evening to those attending....

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The most excellent back to school giveaway — win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Posted by in back to school, Contest, Disabilities, Homeschooling, Karla Akins, Life, Uncategorized, writing | 15 comments

I love giveaways. I’ve won lots of things online and I think it’s great fun to offer them. In honor of back to school, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! All you have to do is click on the different ways to enter below, follow the directions and you’re entered! Contest ends September 1. I’ll post the winner on September 2. Have fun! a Rafflecopter...

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What do you want to read about?

Posted by in autism, book reviews, books, Confessions, Education, history, Karla Akins, Special Education, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I truly want to create a blog that is fun, entertaining and useful. We are all short on time, aren’t we? The last thing we need to do is waste our time reading blogs that we don’t connect with. I deeply desire to connect with you, Dear Reader. Would you be so kind as to fill out this survey? I’d appreciate it so much! Thanks for your help in making this little ministry on the web the best it can be. Love, Karla Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Click to tweet:...

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The Blessings of Friendship by Mary Engelbreit — 5 /5 stars

Posted by in book reviews, books, Children's, Christian fiction, Homeschooling, Karla Akins, Mary Engelbreit, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I had little doubt when I ordered The Blessing of Friendship to review for BookLook that I would fall in love with it. I’ve been an Engelbreit fan for at least twenty years. I especially love her “Queen of Everything” theme and own several products from that line. The Blessings of Friendship, is a  cheerful and touching treasury of poetry, Bible verses, and quotes that celebrate the delightful charms of friendship. Coupled with Engelbreit’s enchanting illustrations, they teach children what it means to be a friend:...

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