THE MASON JAR Kindle Fire Giveaway from @JRLingerfelt!

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James Russell Lingerfelt‘s debut novel, The Mason Jar, is hot-off-the-press and causing quite the buzz. It’s even been optioned for a feature film and is in pre-production.

Catch the spark by entering James’ Kindle Fire giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 19th. Winner will be announced October 20th at James Russell’s blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective.


About the Book:
What if your old college roommate called, raving about a book someone sent her, calling it the most beautiful book she’s ever read? “But,” she said, “it’s about you.” The author is your college ex.
In The Mason Jar, Clayton Fincannon is a Tennessee farm boy raised at the feet of his grandfather. He and his grandfather leave letters for each other in a Mason jar on his grandfather’s desk—letters of counsel and affirmation. When Clayton attends college in Southern California, he meets and falls in love with a dark debutante from Colorado. However, when an unmentioned past resurrects in her life and she leaves, Clayton is left with unanswered questions.
Clayton goes on to serve as a missionary in Africa, while he and his grandfather continue their tradition of writing letters. When Clayton returns home five years later to bury his grandfather, he searches for answers pertaining to the loss of the young woman he once loved. Little does Clayton know, the answers await him in the broken Mason jar.
A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her, and a reunion they never imagined.
Written for the bruised and broken, The Mason Jar is an inspirational romance that brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones. With a redemptive ending that encourages us to love again and written in the fresh, romantic tones of Nicholas Sparks, The Mason Jar interweaves the imagery of Thoreau with the adventures and climatic family struggles common to Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall.
My Thoughts:

Overall, I thought this was a cute read.  Can you imagine getting a phone call from your friend telling you that an ex-boyfriend wrote a story… and it was all about you?!  My gut reaction was not what was truth.  I can really see this story becoming a feature film, and since it’s actually in pre-production, I guess I actually will be able to see it as a feature film soon!  I thought the fact that this story is about a story was a creative way to wrap it up, and I enjoyed the way the book went back and forth between Clayton and Eden’s point of view.  It was never confusing, though.  I also appreciated the unfolding of Clayton’s relationship with his grandfather.  I did have some issues with it being called Christian fiction… while it was “clean”, there was very little mention of God…one of the first references I remember reading was a mention of being a Christian, but not “one of those crazy Christians” (whatever that’s supposed to mean).  So overall I think it’s cute, and I can see it being made into a Hallmark-type movie, but to call it Christian I think is perhaps a little bit of a stretch.
*As a Litfuse blogger, I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.
P.S.  Were you a winner from the NuNaturals giveaway?  Check your email, as I’ve sent out emails to the 4 winners!  I still have to hear back from 1 of you, so please get back to me.  If I don’t hear back by Sunday, I will draw a new winner.

NuNaturals Giveaway


I’ve blogged about NuNaturals before, and they’ve sent me more of their new products to try out – I basically have a cabinet full of their flavorings, stevia, and newer products, and I do use them!  I thought I would highlight some of my absolute favorites:

Their pure stevia extract – I’ve been using stevia for quite a long time now, and I find their stevia not to have a bitter aftertaste like some companies have.  It’s still stevia, and you still have to be careful to not overdo it, but most times that I use it now I can’t really tell!  Stevia is, however, something to get used to.  If you are new to stevia and are put off by the taste of something you made with it in, here are a few of my tips:

– Start off by combining it with your regular sweetener.  It’s sort of the baby step approach.  If your recipe calls for all white sugar, try using half the amount of sugar and a few shakes of stevia.  Gradually, your taste buds should get used to the taste of stevia, and soon you may find you can go less and less on the sugar without noticing too much.

– Don’t start off with using it to sweeten hot drinks.  This applies to the flavored drops or the stevia powder.  I found that stevia is a little “less forgiving” in hot beverages – not that it doesn’t work as well, but that often when we drink sweetened beverages, the sweetener has a very particular taste, and you will notice the stevia taste more.  Example – I used to drink herbal tea all the time and heavily sweeten with honey.  I really put a lot of honey in my mug of tea, so much that I think the honey flavor became a part of the tea flavor I liked.  So going from a very heavily honey-sweetened tea flavor to just stevia …. it’s just not quite the same and I don’t care for it.  Though, now I really love iced oolong tea sweetened with stevia.

– add a pinch of sea salt.  Not sure why this works, but it seems to take away any hint of bitterness — if you find stevia to be bitter to your taste buds, put a pinch of salt in your recipe..not too much, but a pinch – that amount won’t make the dish taste salty, but will just help counterbalance any bitterness.  Works especially good in a recipe that uses both cocoa and stevia.

Okay, so now to a few of my favorite NuNaturals products!!

I love their flavoring extracts- I’ve used the vanilla and the orange quite a lot.  I’m currently working on a chocolate-covered cherry recipe that uses the cherry stevia extract, and I know I’ll try the orange and the peppermint also in my chocolate-making adventures!

They recently came out with chocolate syrups – think Hershey’s, but SO much healthier!  So, honestly, if you’ve ever squeezed some Hershey’s chocolate syrup right into your mouth (come on, be honest, who hasn’t done this at some point?!), you will *not* want to do that with NuNaturals, but if you want the flavor of chocolate syrup on your ice cream or to add a special chocolately touch to your morning coffee, this is perfect for that!  Chocolate and chocolate mint….mmmm,mmm,mmmm!!!

Oat fiber.  This is something new to me recently, and maybe to you too.  It is not oat flour, but just the fiber, so if you’re following Trim Healthy Mama, it would be a FP.  I’m still working on tweaking some recipes, but so far what I’ve made with them haven’t been bad!

They have other sweetener options like lo-han and tagatose, but I’ve been sticking with the plain stevia mostly.  But check out their website because they have so many options to suite just about anyone!

NuNaturals giveaway

How about a NuNaturals giveaway?

NuNaturals giveaway NuStevia Simple Syrup NuStevia 50 Packets Top Angle Liquid Cherry Vanilla (2)

NuNaturals is super generous and is offering up a prize pack for 4 (yes, FOUR) of you!   Winners will receive ( 1 ) one bottle of the  Cherry Vanilla  Stevia Liquid,  a 50 pkt box of our NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets, PLUS a bottle of our NEW COCOA SYRUP & a bottle of the NEW SIMPLE SYRUP.   Each of the 4 winners will receive the complete product selection of all 4 items with the retail value of $ 55.00 , PLUS A FREE BONUS PRODUCT!
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And NuNaturals always has discounts available on their website.  When you get to the checkout page you can enter the discount code BLG1214  and you will receive – 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER. ( excluding other discounts)  This discount remains  EFFECTIVE UNTIL  DECEMBER 31, 2014 .

Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding   $35.00 after discounts.

Oh, and this giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.

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