America’s Original and Bestselling Red Soda Hosts New In-Store and Online Contest for College Football Fans

(AUSTIN, TX) - Starting today, college football fans across the country will have the chance to win FREE tickets to a game of their choice between October 15 – November 15 by entering Big Red Soda’s in-store and online contest. 

“Big Red fans not only love the delicious taste of Big Red, but typically enjoy the quintessential American sport of college football,” says Thomas Oh, SVP of marketing for Big Red. “We are thrilled to offer this exciting promotion that allows Big Red winners to watch their favorite team in action.”
Through September 30, 2014, interested participants simply need to enter to win at www.Bigred.com/bigticket. Ten lucky winners will be randomly selected on or around October 1, 2014. For more information, please visit www.bigred.com.

Big Red Inc. is one of the top 10 beverage companies in North America with a history dating back to 1937. Along with Big Red®, recognized as the number-one selling red soda, Big Red Inc. also markets beverage brands Big Red Zero®, Big Blue®, Big Peach®, Big Pineapple®, NuGrape®, and Nesbitt’s® products. Distributed widely throughout the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Independent Bottlers and Pepsi Beverages Company, consumers across the country enjoy Big Red Inc.’s beverages.  For more information, please visit www.bigred.com.

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National Public Lands Day Tells Families to take it Out Side!

Fee-Free Coupons for Volunteers
A fee-free coupon provides the volunteer one-day of free entry to any participating federal public land, no matter the agency.  For example, if you volunteer at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge on National Public Lands Day and receive a coupon, you could use it for free entry into Saguaro National Park the following May!
Each fee-free coupon is good for one day of entrance fees or day use fees until Saturday, September 26, 2015 At some public lands, this can include accompanying passengers in a car. The coupons cannot be used for parking, camping, tours or concessions.
Federal public land sites interested in the fee-free coupon program for their volunteers need to register for National Public Lands Day by checking the eligibility box during our online registration process. Participation in the program and the distribution of the coupons is determined by the event manager.
NPLD is restricted to sending fee-free coupons to federal employees only. If your site is on federal land, but you are not a federal employee (such as a friends group hosting an event on a wildlife refuge), please register normally and then email npld@neefusa.org to request your coupons.

National Public Lands Day is a fee-free entrance day at many federal public lands including national parks. It's a great opportunity to help a local or favorite public land near you and spend the rest of the day recreating or relaxing on the land. With free admission, feel free to bring a friend or make it a family outing, and enjoy the experience.
National Public Lands Day also partners with five federal land management agencies to provide a special thank-you to their volunteers.  Each volunteer who participates in National Public Lands Day at Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or USDA Forest Service public lands may receive a fee-free coupon.

 This was public announcement provided by http://www.tricompr.org/.

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 Janet Coffield
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Recipe Contest Announced to Mark Healthy Aging Month

Recipe Contest Announced to Mark
Healthy Aging Month

BrightFocus Foundation to Choose Prize-Winning Healthy Recipes

Clarksburg, MD—In honor of Healthy Aging Month, BrightFocus Foundation is launching an online Healthy Recipe Contest for the month of September. Contestants submit a recipe that contains at least three ingredients from a list of healthy foods that may be beneficial to brain or eye health.

The winning recipes will be chosen by BrightFocus. Contestants submitting one of the top three winning entries will receive a $100 Target giftcard and BrightFocus prize pack. See the BrightFocus instructions on how to enter the contest, including providing a photograph of the recipe dish.

Healthy foods on the ingredients list include carotenoids (dark green, yellow, and orange fruits and vegetables); fruits and vegetables abundant in vitamin C, such as tomatoes, broccoli, citrus fruits and green peppers; vitamin E foods including fortified cereals, nuts, and green leafy vegetables; and sources of omega-3 fatty acids, including wild salmon, tuna, walnuts, and flaxseed oil.

Although research is still ongoing regarding the impact of diet on brain and vision diseases, some studies suggest that a healthy and nutritious diet may lower the risk of developing macular degeneration or glaucoma. A healthy diet also may help Alzheimer's patients cope better with their disease. See the BrightFocus Healthy Living fact sheets for macular degenerationglaucoma, and Alzheimer's disease.

BrightFocus Foundation (www.brightfocus.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing brain and eye health, by funding research worldwide on Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. BrightFocus also provides the public with information about these diseases, including risk factors, current treatments, and coping strategies

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30 Meditations on Rest by Marilyn Hickey and Sarah Bowling

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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Whitaker House; Pap/Crds edition (September 2, 2013)

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Dr. Marilyn Hickey, founder and president of Marilyn Hickey Ministries, has served in a wide variety of roles: author, teacher, pastor’s wife, mother and grandmother, preacher, broadcaster, peacemaker and spiritual diplomat. She’s known and loved worldwide for her daily radio and television broadcasts that have helped several generations learn to read the Bible and integrate its principles into daily living. Marilyn is joined by her daughter Sarah Bowling for their TV show, Marilyn and Sarah. Sarah is Vice President and founder of Saving Moses, a humanitarian initiative dedicated to reducing infant mortality worldwide. She is speaks at seminars, conferences, and college campuses throughout the world. Sarah and her husband, Reece, are senior pastors of Orchard Road Christian Center, near Denver, founded by Marilyn Hickey and her late husband, Wallace.

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30 Meditations on Rest is the first of a meditation series by well known Bible teacher Dr. Marilyn Hickey and her daughter and ministry partner, Sarah Bowling. In this volume, readers learn how to meditate and focus on the importance of rest. The authors maintain that rest begins in the mind and offer 30 supportive biblical meditations designed to renew and refresh world-weary readers. Convenient tear-away Scripture cards are included to help people maintain focus amid the busyness of life. Dr. Hickey, over 80 and going strong, says she and Sarah launched the series to challenge those who associate the word meditate with drudgery, saying, “It’s our desire for the reader to experience a life transformation that will take place as these principles are applied.”

Product Details:
List Price: $12.99
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House; Pap/Crds edition (September 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603749012
ISBN-13: 978-1603749015


Meditating: The #1 Key to Success
Hide-and-seek was a fun game. I can hear the refrain: “Ready or not, here I come!” One child was “it,” and he would cover his eyes on home base as all the other children ran and hid. The object was for those who were hiding to get “home” before they were found.
It was great entertainment, and amusing, but there’s a “hiding” that is essential to our walk as Christians that I want to present here.
I’m referring to hiding the Word in our hearts, and the “who, what, when, where, and how” of doing this. The Bible says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!” (Psalm 119:11). When we hide the Word in our hearts, it not only keeps us from sin, as the psalmist said, but it also will bring success.
Most promises in the Bible relate to specific actions:
“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:2–3)
The command (action) involves honoring your parents, and it is accompanied by a specific promise: that you may be well and “live long on the earth.”
God gave a command to Joshua. It was given because of God’s promise to lead Israel into the Promised Land. After forty years in the wilderness, Joshua was chosen to fulfill the hundreds-of-years-old pledge. In Joshua 1:8, he received a command to meditate. The instruction was for all people, as you’ll see from reading further Scriptures on meditation, and it carries a promise that goes with everything in your life. This Scripture enlightens us about hiding the Word. It says,
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
(Joshua 1:8)
God said, in effect, “If you meditate on My Word, day and night, and if you speak that Word and obey it, everything in your life will be prosperous and successful!”
I’ve discovered that God has a lot to say about meditating, and I’ve become excited about what meditating on His Word accomplishes. It is important that you understand what meditation is and what it will do for you. Meditating on God’s Word changes lives—in fact, it is life.
I’ve heard many testimonies regarding the effects of medication. If you know me, I’m sure most of you know Sarah Bowling. She’s a wife, a mother, a teacher of the Word, a pastor, and my television cohost on Today with Marilyn and Sarah. And, if you did not know, she is my daughter. She ministers alongside Reece Bowling, her husband, who is senior pastor of Orchard Road Christian Center, in Greenwood, Colorado. The crux of her heart’s cry is a ministry she founded, called Saving Moses, which concentrates on saving young children, from newborns to the age of five.
Sarah’s life has been strongly affected by meditation. This is what she says:
The most powerful experience I’ve had meditating on the Bible was when I was in my early twenties. I was spending the summer doing missions work in Hong Kong. At the time, I was a schoolteacher and had made some bad decisions in my personal life during the preceding school year. During my time there, I was not only involved in missions work but I also was trying to get past the dilemma created by those choices. Thankfully, I had supportive people around me and made great friendships.
Over the course of that summer, what helped my thinking the most was my experience with memorizing and meditating on Colossians 3. I found that the longer I memorized and meditated on those verses, the more healthy my mind and thoughts became. As I continued to progress through the chapter, it felt as though the verses I memorized were figuratively washing out all the garbage those bad decisions had deposited in my mind. Furthermore, it felt like those verses were not only cleaning my mind, but they also were replacing destructive mind-sets with more truth-oriented thoughts and convictions.
I’ve never forgotten that experience and the transforming power of meditating on the Bible. Subsequently, I’ve used the principles of meditating over the course of my life with equally powerful results and transformations.
I’m sure most of you are familiar with Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life. Rick is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, in Forest Lake, California. This is what he said in his book about meditation:
Meditation is “thinking about God”—His essence, His desires, His plans, His mercy, etc.—throughout each day. And the only way a Christian can do this is by knowing God—and the only way a Christian can know God is through His Word. Meditation (similar to the process of “worrying”), which is only “focused thinking,” is accomplished when one mulls over (contemplates, ponders) God’s Word continually during the day.
Meditation allows God to share His secrets (revelations) with His children—to speak to His children in a close and personal way. To properly meditate requires a life of studying God’s thoughts recorded in the Bible. It also means that a Christian should continuously review biblical truths when they are presented in sermons, radio broadcasts, Bible studies, etc.”[1]
Meditation isn’t always easy, and it’s no small wonder the enemy has desperately tried to mask the topic of meditation on God’s Word. He’s brought in many counterfeits, such as transcendental meditation, and all kinds of distraction. Whenever you see the devil putting up a smokescreen, you can be sure he’s counterfeiting something real. The devil never created anything. All he can do is falsify and imitate what already exists.
The “Who” of Meditation
I mentioned earlier God’s promise for success in Joshua 1:8.
What is success? Let’s look at the Hebrew word for “prosperous”: tsalach.
It means:
1. to rush
2. to advance, prosper, make progress, succeed, be profitable
3. to make prosperous, bring to successful issue, cause to prosper
4. to show or experience prosperity, prosper
You see how success and prosperity go hand in hand? This Hebrew word has the correct signification. When I read “to advance,” I think of wading across a river or pushing forward toward a goal. Proverbs 13:19 says, “A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.”
Another meaning of this word is “to fall upon.” Picture God’s riches falling upon you. Also hidden in this good word is the meaning “to finish well.” God’s Word has happy endings.
Lastly, it can be translated as “promote.” The Hebrew connotation means it brings promotion.
If you so desired, you could place meditate before each meaning and make an equation straight across the line. Do you want to prosper as a wife, a husband, a mother, an employer, an employee, a friend, a sweetheart, a neighbor, a minister, or as a Christian? Meditation on God’s Word is the unusual key that unlocks all of His success. It is the solution, and we need to know what it is and how to do it.
Many will say that this passage was only written for Joshua. They may say, “Well, God gave Joshua success because he had to take the Promised Land.” But I want to tell you that God did more than tell us to take the Promised Land—He told us to take the world for Jesus.
Meditation can dramatically change your life. In this passage, God is talking about a “blessed man.” He says:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
(Psalm 1:1–3)
If you meditate on the Word day and night, you’ll implement the key element of being blessed, prosperous, and successful in every area of your life.
“Oh,” you say, “there’s that ugly word meditate.” I think some Christians have this word confused with medicate. I think they associate it with a task that is time-consuming and difficult. However, meditation does not need to be drudgery. Rather, I have discovered that it adds a refreshing quality to my study of God’s Word. It is my desire for you to see transformation take place when you begin applying the principles of meditation to your own life. As Rick Warren suggested, if you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate!
In the passage above, we run into the same idea found in Joshua 1:8. “Blessed is the man….” The man who meditated on the Word will be prosperous and successful in all that he does. Shall we embrace the truth of meditating? Or shall we simply stand aside and, with words and acts, watch other Christians meditate? We are too busy, too old, or too “out of it” to be bothered.
However, you see, Psalm 1 whets every believer’s appetite for meditation. It states, “Blessed is the man who…meditates” (Psalm 1:1–2). The word blessedness is not found in the Hebrew text, because there is no such thing as a singular blessing, only plural blessings. Psalm 1 says that meditating will give you vitality “like a tree” (Psalm 1:3). It will give you security, for you will be “planted” (verse 3). Your capacity will be unlimited because His sources are “the rivers [plural] of water” (verse 3). You will be fertile, because meditating “brings forth its fruit” (verse 3). You will have seasons and perpetuate, because your “leaf…shall not wither” (verse 3). What prosperity! Everything you do “shall prosper” (verse 3).
Can you look into the mirror of these words and see yourself?
Because of the blessings, successes, and revelations I’ve received, I’ve condensed hours of study, practical experience, and character studies on meditation, which I believe will compel you to meditate on His Word—letting it dominate and change your life for the better. I pray the Lord will throw open the shutters of your spiritual understanding so that you may receive all the blessings He has for you in the fullness of His Word.
Let this truth be gladly received in your mind and your will. Embrace this truth. There’s only one way to go—forward!

[1] Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002), 85.

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Janet Coffield
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WayFarerTales of Faeraven 2 by Janalyn Voigt

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Harbourlight Books (December 31, 2013)

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Janalyn Voigt's unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Beginning with DawnSinger, her epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, carries the reader into a land only imagined in dreams.

Janalyn is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary. She serves as a literary judge for several international contests and is an active book reviewer. Her memberships include ACFW and NCWA.

When she's not writing, Janalyn loves to find worlds of adventure in the great outdoors.

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Elcon, an untried youth, assumes his duties as High King. But as trouble stirs between nations and rebellion threatens Faeraven, his position is far from secure. Can Elcon trust that the Elder youth accompanying Kai is the DawnKing, sent by the High One to deliver his people? Or has something gone horribly wrong?

Driven to prove himself, Elcon embarks on a peace-keeping campaign into the Elder lands, where he meets a beautiful Elder princess. But Aewen is betrothed to another, and Elcon has promised to court the princess, Arillia, upon his return. Declaring his love for Aewen would shame them both and tear apart the very fabric of Faeraven.

Elcon’s choices lead him into the Vale of Shadows, where he learns that to deliver his people, he must find redemption himself.

Product Details:
List Price: $15.99
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Harbourlight Books (December 31, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611162920
ISBN-13: 978-1611162929


Part One: The Bridegroom


Return to Torindan

An indrawn breath alerted Kai. Unsheathing his sword, he peered into the shadows beneath a weilo tree’s curling tresses.
Nothing stirred.
“Show yourself!” His challenge rang through the vale.
No response.
He stepped closer.
Kai. His name sighed in a sudden wind that ruffled the waters of the weild. Morning mists eddied above the river, but the leafy canopy over his head remained still and silent.
Impossible! And yet he knew that voice. “Shae?” With his heart beating in his throat, he pressed forward.
Beneath the weilo a many-hued light shimmered, swirled, and took shape. Shae stood before him, her eyes closed as if in prayer. Her unbound hair cascaded in burnished curls to her waist. Beneath her scarlet cloak, she clutched something at the end of the fine chain encircling her neck. The glint of silverstone between her fingers told him she wore his locket. She opened her eyes and smiled at him. “Kai.”
But he backed away. “Are you some dryad come to enchant me?”
“Please.” She held out her hands imploringly. “Stay.”
“Why should I trust you?”
“You have nothing to fear. It’s me—Shae.”
He shook his head. “I saw you vanish from this world. Do you return by another gateway than Gilead Riann?”
“Gilead Riann is the only Gate of Life, but there are soft places like this one where I can look into Elderland, if only for a time. When I saw you near, I called to you over and over.”
Even as a spark of hope flared, he hesitated. “I heard your voice once only, borne on the wind.”
She clasped her arms about herself and smiled, although tears glistened in her eyes. “And yet you answered my call.”
“I love you, Shae.”
“No. Release yourself.” Her voice broke on the whispered words.
The longing to take her into his arms left him weak. “You ask more than I can give.”
“I can’t bear to see you suffer.”
“Then you must not look.”
Shae’s image shimmered like a reflection in wind-stirred waters. “I release you.”
“Wait!” As he rushed toward her, she dissolved into glimmering light that melted into shadow…
Jerking heavy lids open, Kai blinked against the weak light tilting through swishing weilo leaves. His dream had seemed so real. A moan sprang to his lips but died behind gritted teeth. Short, swift breaths relieved the tightness in his chest. His mind, however, knew no ease.
He turned his head and met a pair of dark, rounded Elder eyes. He let his lids close to shield himself from their penetrating gaze.
Emmerich’s murmur called him back from the edge of thought. He rolled onto his side and pushed to a sitting position. His companions, their shapes little more than shadows in the gathering mists of morning, bent over their bedrolls. Behind them the canyon walls of Doreinn Ravein rose into obscurity.
At the expression of pity on Emmerich’s face, Kai balled his hands into fists and rode out a surge of heat. Shae might stand beside him now, but for Emmerich.
As soon as the unworthy thought came, he pushed it away and forced his hands to unclench. Shae had willingly traded places with Emmerich at Gilead Riann. She’d sung her own death song by choice. And he, to his joy and sorrow, had urged her on.
He glanced sideways at Emmerich. “Sometimes, when the wind blows, I think I hear her calling.”
Emmerich’s eyes gleamed. “Perhaps she does.”
Kai waited until he could trust himself to speak again. “She comes to me in the land of dreams.”
Emmerich tilted his head, and a lock of dark hair fell across his brow. “Does she speak to you?”
Without answering, Kai bent and rolled up his bedding.
Emmerich waited.
Kai sighed and looked away. “She tells me to wait for her no more.”
“I see. And will you heed her?”
He dusted off his hands, lingering over the task, and then glanced sideways at Emmerich. “At odd moments I expect to see her, to hear her voice. I can’t stop hoping for a sight of her—looking for her return.” The words wrenched from him in a rush. “I can’t release myself from loving her. I don’t know how.”
“Patience does not spring from sorrow with ease.”
All at once, Kai laughed. “You have both wisdom and youth—a fearsome combination.”
“Those with ready ears often hear wisdom, even from a youth.”


“Steady, Fletch.” Kai touched the neck of the winged horse beneath him and looked out over the frothing weild, which fell to rapids here. Sudden memory caught at him. He could almost see Shae combing her hair on the flat-topped rock at water’s edge.
At a restive movement from the other wingabeasts, Fletch shuddered in sympathy. Kai turned away from the wraith of memory and gathered his wits before facing his companions. “Thank you for your faithful service. Each of you went beyond duty. Although we–” He heaved a breath. “Although we return without Shae, our quest succeeded. In that we can give thanks to Lof Yuel, the High One, who has kept us in His care.”
He signaled Fletch, and wings rose to enfold him like a feathered curtain. As the great wings lowered and they lifted on invisible currents to the top of the canyon walls, draughts rippled across him. At this height the mists thinned but would still hide their movements from any stragglers from Freaer’s forces retreating from the siege of Torindan.
How would Lof Shraen Elcon, Faeraven’s new high king, react when Kai returned without Shae? He put the thought from him and focused, instead, on navigating the twists and turns of the canyons. They emerged into a flat land as the horizon blushed and the shadows lengthened to stain the eastern desert purple.
The ground folded and rose beneath them, and then crested a rise. In the distance, past the broken peak of Maeg Streihcan, swelled the hills that Kai’s people, the Kindren, called Maegren Syld. The Elder nation knew them as the Hills of Mist. To the west, the kaba forest stretched to meet sandy shores where the tides of Maer Ibris ebbed and flowed.
Torindan, fortress of Rivenn, perched on an arm of rock thrusting into Weild Aenor, the wild river of legend. Kai caught his breath at the sight. How long ago it seemed since they had left.


Raena Arillia stepped toward Elcon in the dance, jewels and eyes aglitter. Her figure had softened since he’d seen her last, and the luster of her golden hair echoed the glow of her skin. He captured her by the hand and waist and turned her toward him. When she smiled at him, he forgot everything but her beauty.
He clapped his hands in tempo, and Arillia swayed in a circle that brought her back to him. Dainty, light on her feet, and quick to smile, she reminded him of Shae.
Elcon’s hands stilled, and his smile died. He’d tried and failed to reach his sister with the shil shael, the hereditary soul touch they shared. He could only hope she still lived.
Arillia’s smile faltered. “Are you well?”
Without replying, he offered his arm to her. She took it without hesitation, and he guided her out of the crush of dancers toward the leaping fire in the nearest of the great hall’s three large hearths.
Arillia’s parents smiled down upon them from the dais at the end of the long chamber. Shraen Ferran and Raelein Annora had conspired with Elcon’s mother to thrust Arillia and Elcon into one another’s company all of their lives. No formal marriage pact existed, but he and Arillia knew they were expected to wed. As children, they’d laughed at the notion many times.
With a tug on his arm, Arillia brought him up short. “What ails you?” Such trusting eyes she turned on him, eyes of palest gray. She knew him well, but he thought she did not guess he used her company as a balm. In her presence, he found ease for the worries that tormented his rest.
Her gaze probed his, but he glanced away, out the tall window behind her to the fieldstone paths that cut through the lush sward to the inner garden.
Ah, the garden. They’d often whiled away entire afternoons gathering the roses that nodded beneath twisting strongwood branches. Side by side, they’d dropped bright petals into the silken waters of the pool and watched the water cascade in glinting ribbons from the tiered fountain.
Elcon pushed away his memories and looked down into Arillia’s troubled face. “Naught but shadows.”
Her expression registered her disbelief, but he offered nothing more. For Shae’s safety, he couldn’t claim her as his sister. And how could he explain to Arillia the feeling of doom that weighted him?
And yet, when he looked into the cool depths of her eyes, he could almost persuade himself she understood. The thought should draw him to her, but it only made him uneasy. Perhaps he and Arillia shouldn’t spend so much time together.
“As you please, Elcon.” Irritation edged her voice. “It’s clear you mean to keep your thoughts private.” Arillia stepped closer to the fire and gazed into its depths as silence stretched between them. “But I still wish—”
Elcon took her by the elbow. “Forgive me. I must return you to your parents.”
Her eyes widened, but as he pushed her through the crowd toward the dais, she didn’t resist. His perfunctory bow to her parents included Arillia. He caught the glint of tears trembling on her lashes and hesitated, but then hurried across the great hall. Arillia, and all the confusing emotions surrounding her, would have to wait.
By the time he reached the main archway, Weilton, the second guardian of Rivenn, had joined him. In Kai’s absence, Weilton had assumed his duties as Elcon’s personal guard. Elcon answered the question in Weilton’s light gray eyes. “I saw from the window a company of wingabeasts approaching from the south. Kai and Shae return.”


Kai sent Flecht into a spiral and touched down beside his companions on the arched bridge outside Torindan’s barbican. Although they could have flown into Torindan, protocol and good sense called for the guardians to land their wingabeasts outside all strongholds, even their own, and obtain entrance in the usual manner.
“Who goes there?” A guard called from the parapet above the barbican.
“Kai of Whellein and a company of weary travelers, all friends of Torindan.”
With a rasp and screech of metal, the drawbridge lowered over the moat’s dark waters and the barbican’s timbered metal doors swung open.
As they passed beneath the iron fangs of the portcullis, Aerlic drew his silver wingabeast, Argalent, abreast of Kai. Just behind, Emmerich rode Ruescht while Guaron and Dorann brought up the rear. They had barely passed through when the doors thudded shut and the bar clanged back into its rests. Chains clanked, and the portcullis dropped with a squeal and a thump, sealing them into the treacherous “walls of death.”
Fletch’s hooves clattered on the wooden floorboards and rang when they found trapdoors above pits. As Kai guided his wingabeast onward, bars of light penetrating through arrow slits in the outer walls fell over him. With much clanking and screeching, a second portcullis gave way, and they emerged before the inner gatehouse.
Kai, blinking in the sudden light, answered another round of salutations. A small drawbridge lowered across a second channel of the moat. More doors opened, and they passed beneath twin turrets into a short corridor.
Footsteps, light and fleet, approached from the outer bailey. With his eyes adjusting again to dimness, Kai halted Fletch and his companions gathered around him. Two figures entered by the archway from the outer bailey. “Kai. You return.”
Kai’s vision cleared, but he’d already recognized Elcon’s voice.
One of the guardroom doors along the corridor flung open and Craelin, First Guardian of Rivenn, stepped out, the lines around his eyes crinkling from the force of his smile. Beside him strode Eathnor, dressed in the green and gold of the high guard.
Kai dismounted and bowed before Elcon. “I’ve returned, but without Shae.”
Kai obeyed.
Elcon looked him over. “You’re too thin, and I’ll warrant, weary. You look like a strong wind would knock you over. Still, I’m glad to see you. Has Shae stayed behind with her sister in Graelinn?”
Kai swallowed his surprise at Elcon’s response. “Forgive me, but I should explain in private.”
“Tell me where she is.”
Kai flinched. “She remains within the gateway of Gilead Riann.
Elcon’s eyes narrowed. “What madness is this?”
“Only the truth, I promise. Shae went through the gateway of her own will.”
“Why would she do such a thing?”
“So that Shraen Brael could enter Elderland.”
“The DawnKing of prophecy has entered Elderland? But where is Shae?”
Craelin stepped forward. “If I may suggest, whatever news Kai brings might better be given in private, Lof Shraen.”
Elcon opened his mouth as if to speak but closed it again. “Yes. Yes, of course.” His glance slid past Kai and landed on Emmerich, just dismounting. “Tell me, Kai, why you ride with this Elder. Has he strayed from his path so far it brings him among the Kindren?”
Emmerich lifted his head. “I know well my path, Elcon, Shraen of Rivenn, Lof Shraen of Faeraven. I follow it to you.”
“I don’t understand.”
“That is the simple truth.”
Elcon paced before Emmerich, his gaze a challenge. “Who are you?”
Emmerich stood without flinching. “Are you certain you wish to know?”
Elcon stared at him, but then looked to Kai. “Bring him to my meeting chamber, and we’ll discuss these matters at length.” At the archway to the outer bailey, Elcon shot a final piercing glance at Emmerich. “I look forward to that conversation.”
Elcon went through the archway with Weilton behind him. In the small silence that followed his departure, Kai drew his hands into fists at his side. After all they had suffered and sacrificed, would Elcon now reject Emmerich?
“Are you all well?” Craelin said near Kai’s ear.
Kai considered the question. “Well enough. We sustained injuries besides the ones you knew, but most have healed. Some take longer than others.” And some never heal. “How did you and Eathnor fare on your return to Torindan?”
A smile lit Craelin’s face. “Well enough, also. We reached Torindan in advance of Freaer’s charge and just managed to take away a small group of messengers. We rode like the wind to summon the loyal Shraens of Faeraven but had to dodge welke riders to save our own lives.”
“Ah.” An image of dark riders pursuing through the mists of morning came to Kai. “We had a bit of trouble with them ourselves.”
“If not for Eathnor’s skill as a tracker we would not have survived to spread the alert.”
Kai nodded to Eathnor. “Well done. And so you have joined the ranks of the guardians. I commend Craelin’s choice in you.”
Eathnor clasped Kai’s hand. “Thank you. I hope to prove myself worthy of the company I keep.”
Dorann dismounted in one leap, and the two brothers gazed upon one another with eyes that shone. At last, Eathnor dipped his head. “You’ve healed.”
Dorann put a hand to his once-blackened eye as a slow smile spread across his face. “In truth, I’d forgotten it.” He took in the garb his brother now wore as part of the lof stapp. “Green suits you.”
Eathnor laughed. “That it does.”
With Eathnor beside him, Dorann led his dark gray wingabeast, Sharten, through the archway into the outer bailey, where the stables lay.
“Welcome back.”
At Craelin’s greeting, Kai smiled for the first time since entering Torindan. But he also felt like weeping. “Thank you. I’m glad to see you.”
The bright blue eyes nested more deeply in Craelin’s face. “And I, you.”
Kai cleared his throat. “We should hurry, although I dread facing Elcon again.” With slumped shoulders, he led Fletch after the others into the outer bailey, where smoke hung heavy and the stench of charred meat fouled the air. Dogs snarled and yipped, fighting over a bit of offal thrown to them. A scarred wooden door hung open in a doorway, through which emitted the clash and clang of cooking.
With Craelin keeping pace beside him, Kai took the side path to the stables, which squatted across the sward from the kitchens. Waiting for a groomsman at the stable door, he breathed in the heavy scent of hay. Thudding hooves, soft whickerings, and calming voices drifted to him. A lump formed in his throat. He’d forgotten what it meant to come home.
Craelin touched his arm. “Give it time, Kai. None but a fool would think you gave less than your all for Elcon or Shae.”

Kai wanted to shout that his all hadn’t been enough. He’d failed Shae, and he had failed Elcon.

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 Janet Coffield
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New Firefly Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush & Anticavity Mouth Rinse Celebrates the Icon's 40th Birthday

New Firefly Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush & Anticavity Mouth Rinse

Happy 40th Birthday 

Summer is my youngest daughter and most definitely a huge Hello Kitty fan. She was thrilled to have the chance to give the NEW Firefly Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush and Firefly Hello Kitty Anticavity Mouth Rinse (Melon-kiss flavor) a test-drive! She thought it was super cool the way the toothbrush glowed green, yellow and red during each 60 second brushing. And, she gave a thumbs up for the melon-kiss flavor of the mouth rinse.

NEW Firefly Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush glows green, yellow and red!

Pretty in Pink is the fashionable NEW Firefly Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush! It's made of quality DuPont Tynex bristles that are gentle on children's fragile gums. The toothbrush features an easy to activate timer in a green, yellow and red traffic light motif. The light-up timer measures 60 seconds per row of teeth. For the first 30 seconds, it appears as green, proceeds to yellow and finally turns red when the cycle is complete. Repeat! Rinse! Storage is easy with the new suction cup feature that remedies clutter and helps prevent the spread of germs. The Ready Go Brush  is recommended for ages 3 to 12 years.

Your child will be excited with their new independence!  Let's help encourage lifelong healthy habits!

Firefly Hello Kitty Anticavity Mouth Rinse SRV $3.99

Mouth Rinse Features:

  • Kid-friendly
  • Braces have no fear!
  • Easy-to-use fun pump
  • No mess cup - convenient measuring cup
  • Sugar-free & Alcohol free
  • Freshens breathe
  • Fluoride for strong enamel  
  • Anti-cavity extended protection
  • Melon-kiss flavors ♥
  • Ages 6 + with adult supervision

New Firefly Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush & Anticavity Mouth Rinse

Firefly features over a dozen fun themes: Angry Birds, Avengers, Barbie, Batman, Hello Kitty, Spiderman, Strawberry Shortcake and many more. You can find manual, battery powered and  light-up toothbrushes as well.

Firefly Hello Kitty and other popular themed products are available at Walmart, Dollar Tree, Walgreens, Rite-aid, CVS, Target, ToysRus and other fine retailers. MSRP $3.49+ Made in the U.S.A.

Social Media Connection for Firefly: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.

Happy Birthday Hello Kitty!!!

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Janet Coffield
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Wordless Wednesday: First Day of School 20014 - 2015

 Wordless Wednesday: First Day of School

Summer (Age 8) Fourth Grader 2014 - 2015

They grow up so fast! She's my baby girl! :)

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Janet Coffield
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It came to me just now that if visitors want to leave me a message on ♥my blog♥ that they need not post on reviews or products if the comments have nothing to do with the topics posted. Why not share your thoughts in a comment below. Each comment is previewed for approval before posting. And, If you wish for it to remain private, please say so in the comment. ♥

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Janet Coffield
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How To-sday - Wooden Branch Buttons

How To-sday - Wooden Branch Buttons

The girls and I already have a few projects in mind for these beauties. What a super cool idea! 

Check out more tutorials at Lindsay's blog.

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Janet Coffield


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No Cell Phone Day by Delfeayo Marsalis

No Cell Phone Day by Delfeayo Marsalis SRV $16.99

by Delfeayo Marsalis 
Illustrated by Reginald William Butler
ISBN 978-0-9895195-0-2
SRV $16.99 

"Technology is here to stay but when it's getting in your way, 
have yourself a no cell phone day!"

Have you heard of the National Day of Unplugging? It happened March 7-8, 2014? Well, Delfeayo  Marsalis the professional Jazz Trombonist and music producer has written a beautifully illustrated children's picture book that helps carry out this message even though it is not related to the holiday.

Here's how the story begins... Six year old Jazmine wants to give her daddy the best birthday present ever so she and her mommy sit down and write a To Do List for his birthday which prevents the use of his cell phone for one full day. Dad agrees and loves his birthday present because he get to spend a full day without interruptions with his favorite little girl. They have a great day visiting places throughout New Orleans. They spend quality time and it becomes the Greatest Day Ever!

YouTube Trailer: A Day at the Museum: Toledo Museum of Ar, Ohio 

Mr. Marsalis creatively reads aloud his first book, "No Cell Phone Day".

About the Author
Delfeayo Marsalis is a famous American jazz trombonist, composer, musician and educator. And he founded the Uptown  Music Theatre in 2000 for New Orleans youth. Uptown Music Theatre has performed 16 of his original musicals. He has volunteered and presented shows at the children's hospital of New Orleans. And, No Cell Phone Day is dedicated to his younger autistic brother, Mboya Kenyatta Marsalis.

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Janet Coffield
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Folklore and Food by Theresa Bane & Cynthia Moore Brown

Folklore and Food SRV $19.99 @ Schiffer

Folklore and Food: Folktales that center on family, food, and down-home cooking 

Theresa Bane and Cynthia Moore Brown

Size: 6″ x 9″ | 37 b/w images | Index | 192 pp
ISBN13: 9780764342202 | Binding: soft cover
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 

     What do "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," and "The Three Little Pigs" have in common? Why, they are all folktales! Folktales are interesting stories that have been passed down from generation to generation based on customs, songs, sayings and stories. The tall tales share moral values and life lessons, often featuring supernatural elements followed by happy endings!

     I was excited to receive my complimentary copy of the co-written book "Folklore and Food: Folktales that center on family, food, and down-home cooking," by authors Theresa Bane and Cynthia Moore Brown. I have enjoyed sharing it with my family. There are 17 amusing and entertaining folktales followed by two dozen home-style recipes. A few sampling stories that you may like are: "Bee Keeper," "Simple Jack," and "Nanny Goat and Her Two Kids." 

    You will find old and new recipe favorites from breads, cakes, cookies, puddings, pies and other staples. I think it is a delightful book to incorporate family bonding and fellowship with friends. You might want to gather-round the kitchen and whip up some fried green tomatoes, meatloaf, sweet potato biscuits and banana pudding. Afterwards, gather in the den to read folktales and have fun laughing and sharing memories of stories from your childhood. If you are not a fan of fried green tomatoes, there are other favorites to pick from (but, I really like fried green tomatoes.)

Some Featured Recipes:
  • Hummingbird Cake
  • Corn Pudding
  • Molasses Sugar Cookies
  •  Angel Biscuits
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Southern Brunswick Stew
  • Hot German Saluda Cole Slaw
  • and more...

     Also, be sure the check out "Folktales and Ghost Stories of the Piedmont, North Carolina" by Cynthia Moore Brown and Theresa Bane and "Haunted Historic Greensboro" by Theresa Bane at Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

♥ About the Authors & Illustrator ♥

     Author Cynthia Moore Brown is co-founder of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild and festival organizer. She previously retired from thirty years as a librarian and K-5 Art Specialist. She is a artist, cook, herbalist, musician, storyteller, performer and traveler. She resides outside of Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband Fred and their three spoiled cats. Learn more about her at www.folkteller.net.

    Theresa Bane is an author, mythologist and vampirologist. She is the wife of illustrator, Timothy Glenn Bane. She has written several books about the occult and paranormal. She has been featured on the Discovery Channel's "Twisted History Vampires," and William Shatner's "Weird or What." She co-wrote several books with author Cynthia Moore Brown. She is the wife of illustrator, Timothy Glenn Bane.  You can learn more about them at www.theresabane.net and www.scaldcrow.com.

You can find more books from the featured authors at Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. or Amazon.

Thank you,
Janet Coffield
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Wordless Wednesday: Pregnant Onion Plant Blooming

 Wordless Wednesday: Pregnant Onion Plant Blooming

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Pregnant Onion Plant 08.20.2014

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Janet Coffield
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Chewy.com BFF Tuna & Salmon Sweet Cheeks Recipe in Gravy Cat Food Pouches

Chewy.com where pet lovers shop

Best Feline Friend
Our family pets loves trying new treats and foods like the B.F.F. (Best Feline Friend) Tuna and Salmon Sweet Cheeks in Gravy in the 3 ounce pouch, case of 12 sold online at Chewy.com. SRV $14.79(Sale $10.99) It can be served alone or on top of their favorite dried food. Each luxurious grain-free, low fat, low carbohydrate, pouch consists of about 45 calories.

BFF has healthy canned and pouched foods in various flavors like the tuna with beef, lamb, chicken, duck, or turkey.

As you can see from our collage below, Bob the Cat and his new straggling calico friend are immediate fans of the BFF Tuna and Salmon Sweet Cheeks in Gravy.

 The best food for your Best Friend ... For life.

BFF Tuna & Salmon Sweet Cheeks Recipe in Gravy

Your Cat is Going to Love It!

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Janet Coffield
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Thorden by Martin Allen Illustrations by Crisanta Baker

Thorden by Martin Allen SRV. $19.99

Thorden by Martin Allen and Illustrated by Crisanta Baker 
Juvenile Fiction; Soft Cover
978-1495235900, $19.99
Availability: Amazon.com, BN.com

Thorden by Martin Allen is a beautifully written and  illustrated story about an ancient tree in the times when elves and trees frolicked side by side without the fear of danger until the disaster approached. Despite his past, he realizes that life is good. He has someone to care for and love and that is what matters the most. He is content. 

Thorden is beautiful and the message is deep. I think the vocabulary will be over the heads of most younger children. I recommend it to be read aloud to a child and then offer discussion afterwards.

Allen comments, "Thorden conveys many messages. Among them, I hope readers will understand the importance of having someone to love and care for. I also hope they will appreciate how much courage it takes to go on in the face of great loss. This task is made easier when there is someone to love."

About the Author
Germany born and raised author, Martin Allen debuts his first juvenile fiction with Thorden. He is known for his contributions to science with many publications and contributions. He emigrated to the United States.

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Janet Coffield
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Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman: 14 Projects to Soothe the Mind & Body By Anita Closic

SRV $16.99 @ Schiffer Publishing

Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman: 14 Projects to Soothe the Mind & BodyBy Anita Closic

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 14 patterns | 48 pp
ISBN13: 9780764346682 | Binding: soft cover

Whether you are a practicing Yogi or you just love to crochet and/or knit, here's a new book suggestion for you published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. called Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today's Woman: 14 Projects to Soothe the Mind & Body by Anita Closic.  As mentioned, you will find 14 trendy color photo projects for both female and male that incorporate the use of color and design to encourage a more relaxed state of mind, body and soul which features color combinations from violet, green, amber, blue, black and pink.  

Featured Holistic Projects:

  • Aura of Color Cover Up
  • Soothing Knitted Yoga Mat
  • Meditative Yoga Mat Cover(crochet)
  • Healing Crocheted Yoga Wrap(crochet)
  • Warm Infinity Scarft with Wrist Warmers
  • Om Scarf
  • Reversible Scallop Lace Scarf
  • Swirls of Energy Cowl(crochet)

You will find a couple of  patterns for the baby in your home like the sweet Baby Lotus Wrap and Lotus Baby Blankie. Create a beautiful Lotus Blossom throw with matching pillows, a table runner and bolster pillows for your holistic home. 

Each color-photo project lists the size, materials, and pattern with each easy-to-follow instructions.

Anita Closic developed the love of knitting when she was seven years old. She has her great-aunt Pauline to thank for that! Also, she is the owner of her own shop, Garden of Yarn located in Old Ridge Village, Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania. (To contact the store, call 601-459-5599 or visit its website at www.AGardenofYarn.com.)

Schiffer Publishing, LTD. has over 5,000 nonfictional titles to browse and choose from. You can get an inside view of Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today's Woman: 14 Projects to Soothe the Mind & Body by Anita Closic. And, you can download the current summer and fall catalogs for free from Schiffer Publishing, LTD. 

Social Media: Schiffer Publishing on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.

Thank you,
Janet Coffield
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a complimentary copy of Anita Closic's newest book through Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
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