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#Blogoween 2018 ~ Book Blogger Halloween Event :: Mark Your #Bookish Calendars!

Halloween is just around the corner. This year has gone by quickly and slowly, if you know what I mean. 

I saw a post about Blogoween 2018 in the Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader and thought it sounded like fun.

I will be joining in at Level 1 ~ 13 Days of Blogoween. 

Are you planning to participate? If so, at what level? 

Click the banner below for more details or to sign up.





Blogoween is an event where Book Bloggers can celebrate Halloween by posting daily prompts handed out by our many hosts. this event is supposed to be fun! There are different levels of participation you can join in on. - Coffee, Books and Cakes

Drink Clean Water With Clearly Filtered #Giveaway | Ends 10/19 | @SMGurusNetwork @las930

Welcome to the Drink Clean Water With Clearly Filtered Giveaway. 

Thank you so much for helping to support this giveaway! It is part of the Social Media Gurus Network's Fall Gift Guide.

Be sure to check the blog often for new giveaways.

May the odds be ever in your favor!


Drink Clean Water With Clearly Filtered Giveaway Ends 10/19

Welcome to the Drink Clean Water With Clearly Filtered Giveaway!

1 winner receives Water Pitcher and 3 replacement filters.

$225 RV

This giveaway is part of our Fall Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!

Host that put together this giveaway is Michigan Saving and More


Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.

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This giveaway's Sponsor is:

Clearly Filtered


Clearly Filtered started in 2011 with the belief that water shouldn’t contain harmful chemicals, toxic heavy metals or any other form of contamination. This philosophy has led to the development of one of the most advanced filtration technologies in the world. They are on a mission to provide people with the tools to take control of their water and live healthier lives. That is why they are so passionate about filtration and clean water because they know how important it is for our health and wellbeing.
Drink Clean Water With Clearly Filtered Giveaway

Water Pitcher + Filter 3-Pack Combo


See the review HERE.

1 winner receives Water Pitcher and 3 replacement filters.

$225 RV

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from this sponsor in the last 12 months. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 10/19/18. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them! Don't forget to stop by for your daily bonus entries.

Enter below and Good Luck!
 


Feel First Class Everytime You Travel #Giveaway | Ends 10/20 | @SMGurusNetwork @las930 @clearlyfiltered

Welcome to the Feel First Class Everytime You Travel Giveaway. 

Thank you so much for helping to support this giveaway! It is part of the Social Media Gurus Network's Fall Gift Guide.

Be sure to check the blog often for new giveaways.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Feel First Class Everytime You Travel Giveaway

Welcome to the Feel First Class Everytime You Travel Giveaway!

1 winner

$44.97 RV

This giveaway is part of our Fall Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!

Host that put together this giveaway is Michigan Saving and More

 
Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.
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This giveaway's Sponsor is:

Talonport

You don’t need a first class ticket to feel first class. Talonport creates quality travel products that not only look great, they make travel easier too. Form and function. You’ll get a lifetime guarantee. They stand by the quality of their products and handcraft them to last.

Ultimate Leather RFID Passport Holder

See the review HERE.

Two Pack Metal Luggage Tag

See the review HERE.

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from this sponsor in the last 12 months. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 10/20/18. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them! Don't forget to stop by for your daily bonus entries.

Enter below and Good Luck!

My Father's Gift by @SixtusZAtabong | Book Tour and Print Copies #Giveaway | #Memoir

My Father's Gift by Sixtus Z. Atabong is on virtual book tour. The memoir stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt. Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $20 Amazon GC or 6x print copies of the book and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).





My Father's Gift
by Sixtus Z. Atabong
Genre: Memoir


Sixtus’s father had only one request of Sixtus—‘give back.’ And give back he did.” Edward C. Benzel, MD, emeritus chairman of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic


Born into a poor West African family in the disease-stricken town of Fontem, John N. Atabong embarked into the unknown in search of hope. He was eleven, but he triumphed against all odds to give his children the best care and education available. Eventually, he sacrificed his most valuable possession, his son Sixtus, sending him to study in the United States with nothing more than lessons learned from his days working the farms and his father’s basic biblical teachings. Sixtus Atabong's journey of temptations and challenges in the US gives rise to a mission: to give back. He uses his gift to extend God’s healing hands and unfailing love to the far corners of the earth through sustainable health care infrastructures. Fulfilling his father’s dream, Sixtus hopes that he too can leave the world a better place than he found it.





Sixtus Z. Atabong, PA-C, President and Founder of Purpose Medical Mission (PMM) is a neurosurgery Physician Assistant. PMM is a nonprofit organization focusing on developing sustainable healthcare infrastructure and services in developing countries. It has helped build clinics and hospitals in Cameroon, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Sixtus believes in empowering communities with the knowledge and tools to address the global threat of health disparity and lack of basic education.

Sixtus is the recipient of numerous local and national awards for his leadership and humanitarian work, including the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Hall of Fame Award and the American Red Cross Humanitarian of Year Award. In 2013, he was awarded the PA Service to the Underserved Award by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Sixtus was born and raised in a small farming village in Muyuka Sub-division, Cameroon, West Africa. He migrated to the United States in 1995 where he faced many challenges, but eventually obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. He uses his life experiences and voice to motivate individuals on attaining their God-given purpose. He speaks on issues such as, living a purposeful life, realizing your American dream, financial independence, and racial relations.

Sixtus' goals in life have been achieved through faith and self-determination. He enjoys traveling the world with his family and learning about different cultures. He lives in Lubbock, Texas, with his wife, Kyu Mee, and their two sons.





Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and a giveaway!





IN THOSE DAYS, IT was not unusual for a family to have more than five children. The reasons were three-fold. First, families never knew which child would survive to adulthood.

Secondly, more children also meant more farm hands, increased productivity and profit for the whole family. Lastly, as parents grew old, the role of caretaker went to the children. More children meant that role could be distributed among many instead of a few. However, the popular expectation at that time was that girls would marry into a different family, so only the boys would inherit and foster their family name and legacy. Even with all his success, Dad still felt all his hard work would be in vain if

he did not have a son to carry on his legacy. The superstition in rural villages was that a prosperous farmer without a son must have made a deal with the dark powers—his sons in exchange for wealth. My father did not want that taint.

Though Dad knew there was a God, he didn’t know much about Christianity. He had been introduced to the faith by Catholic and Protestant evangelists, but always brushed them off and would advise them to get a real farm job and stop extorting people. He had been to the Catholic Church several times, usually during celebrations, but he still had doubts about the existence of the one God. He admitted that sometimes he would contemplate the beauty of his surroundings, and its relation to his existence. The one thing he was certain of was that hard work led to success.

It was a cloudy day in July 1974 when he had his first communion with God. It was the season for insect control. At the break of dawn, he made it out to his cocoa farm with his insecticide supplies. The crew worked for hours on end and stopped for a break only if it rained, because the rain would wash

away the chemicals immediately. They strapped on their back a ten-gallon tank of water mixed with insecticides, with the pump on the left hand and sprayer on the right. Rainwater in barrels

throughout the farm was used to remix and refill whenever the workers ran out of chemicals. They would repeat the drill several times throughout the day for up to three months, and would only stop for harvesting season.

On this fateful day, the rain poured. Dad couldn’t make it back to the farmhouse, so he found shelter beneath a tree. He took a short nap and dreamed that Mom was pregnant with a boy. He awoke and envisioned life with a son he could go to the farm with. He thought, If this God does exist, he should know my heart’s desires and give me a son. He went down on his knees, raised his arms up to the sky and made a deal with God—since I have no enemies and I’ve taken care of many, and I’ve worked hard all my life, you should bless me with a son. He went home and told my mother of his promise to God, asking her to help him keep this covenant should they be blessed with a son. 

Good news came three months later. Mom was carrying another baby. But would this be the long-awaited boy my father had asked for? There were no ultrasounds or laboratory tests to tell, so everyone had to wait nine months to find out.

With the rumors in town that father was not capable of having a son, he decided to make a very friendly bet with the village chief, who at this time was his very good friend. Because all of father’s farms were far from the house, he had always wanted a farm closer for my mother and the girls to plant noncash crops for home consumption. However, the properties around the village were forbidden land, reserved for the chief and his family. So the chief entered a verbal agreement with my

father: if my mother gave birth to a male child, he would give my father a piece of farmland close to the village. In return, Dad would name his son after the chief.

With every passing day for six months, Dad performed nightly prayers with the family. He bought a four-pound King James Bible and asked his children and strangers to read it to him. He wasn’t afraid to show his newfound friendship with God by buying the biggest Bible he could find.

In those days, most women delivered children at home, and only those who could afford it travelled to the closest government hospital. Since it was impossible for a pregnant woman to know her delivery date, she and a family member would travel to the hospital vicinity and find a home to live in near a hospital. This period of uncertainty sometimes lasted for weeks or even months, especially for first pregnancies.

Dad had decided that this child, like the previous five, would be delivered at Mount Mary Hospital in Buea, the provincial capital of this region in Cameroon. This was a Catholic mission hospital about thirty miles away. It served wealthier government officials and was run by European missionary physicians. Mom went ahead and Dad planned to follow to Buea three weeks before delivery. They stayed with a distant relative a few blocks from the hospital.

On the day of delivery, my father sat outside the delivery room and waited. After delivery, a nurse came out to notify him of the birth. He gave thanks to God. Mom asked her if she had told him the sex of the child, and the nurse responded that she hadn’t. “My pikin, e get five girl pikin dem and e don di wait for boy pikin. Abeg go tell yi say na boy pikin,” Mother explained to her that her husband has five girls and is very anxious to find out the sex. She asked the nurse to go back outside and tell him that it’s a boy. The nurse went back outside and asked my dad why he didn’t inquire about the sex of the baby. Dad responded that he was too anxious to find out. The nurse then announced to him that he was the father of a baby boy.

Dad took off in a state of elation. He gathered some friends and passersby in Buea and a nearby town of Muyuka to celebrate with him. It would take him about twenty-four hours, and on April 1st he made it back to Munyenge. He proudly announced my birth, the birth of his first son, as he entered the village. They all thought it must have been an April Fool’s Day joke. As it was customary during this time, because of the high infant mortality rate, newborns were kept in the hospital for weeks, even months. My dad was asked by one of his brothers how the baby was doing, and he replied that he was so overjoyed and eager to share the news that he forgot to see the baby. It was also not unusual for men to go days before seeing their wives and new babies. It would be another three days before a delegation from the village accompanied father to come for me.

Mom and Dad went on to have three more girls and another boy. They were also blessed with numerous adopted children. Their faith in God would grow with children, and Dad’s dedication to impact his surrounding would also grow. Together they worked hard to keep his covenant with God.



#FallBreak2018 #Giveaway Hop | September 21 - October 3 | Banned Books Prize Pack (U.S. only)

Welcome to the FALL BREAK Giveaway Hop (September 21 - October 3, 2018) hosted by Savings in Seconds (http://www.savingsinseconds.com/). 



For many of us, outside temperatures are dropping and leaves are changing color. We’re starting to think fall thoughts that include pumpkins and blankets. One of the events that let's me know fall is coming is Banned Books Week (as it is typically held during the last week of September). Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information. 


To celebrate the week, Readeropolis is giving away a Banned Books Prize Pack at this hop stop. The pack includes a $5 Amazon.com GC to buy a book (or use for something else if you'd like).



Banned Books Week 2018 will be held September 23 – 29. The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship. - bannedbooksweek.org



One winner will be selected to win a Banned Books Prize Pack. The giveaway is open to United States residents with mailing addresses in the 48 contiguous states (18+ years old).

The Banned Books prize pack contains:
  • One $5 Amazon.com GC 
  • One copy of the American Library Association Field Report 2017: Banned and Challenged Books
  • One Banned Books Week Bookmark
  • One Secret Love Book Charm (can be used on jewelry, bookmarks, zipper pulls, cell phone charm, etc.)
  • 2018 16-Month Cats Calendar (5.6 in x 5.3 in) (buy it now)




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FALL BREAK Giveaway Hop 2018


But wait... there is more. As part of my continuing 99 Books Giveaway, I am giving away a pre-owned copy of Four Seasons for Little People from my bookshelf in a Fall Season Prize Pack. It's an illustrated book to help children learn about the four seasons.



The Fall Season prize pack contains:
  • One pre-owned copy of Four Seasons for Little People (text by Jerry Ballard, illustrations by Lynne Marie Davis)
  • One Banned Books Week Bookmark
  • One Cutie Series Cat Bookmark
  • 2018 16-Month Cats Calendar (5.6 in x 5.3 in) (buy it now)


Seasons Prize Pack | Fall Break 2018


Be sure to enter all of the giveaways on the Fall Break giveaway hop!  Please note, hosts and participating blogs are not responsible for sponsors that don't deliver prizes.  Read each giveaway's guidelines.  Good luck! 





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