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postheadericon OWOH 2011 – One World One Heart – My Blogiversary

Today is a very, very  special day!  First and foremost, it is the start of the
5th Annual One World One Heart (OWOH)


Welcome or welcome back to MoonCat Farms Meanderings.  This is a husband/Mr. MoonCat and wife/Jules endeavor (though as in most good marriages the wife is the one doing most of the talking/blogging 🙂
Our place is called MoonCat Farms ~ did you notice the cool logo that Mr. MoonCat designed?  We have a large number of animals who call these 10 acres in the California boonies home.  They include cats, dogs and chickens right now.  We have horses and cattle as well, but they’re at Dad’s ranch a few miles from here.
Gardening, photography, riding, sewing, cooking and reading (see my other blog: One Book Shy of a Full Shelf for our book reviews) are just a few of the many things that keep us busy around here ~ besides all of the critters.  We try to live as green a life as we can and lessen our impact on this Earth in as many ways as possible.  I hope you’ll stick around or come back and see what kinds of things we come up with to “Make It So” ~ I’m a closet Trekkie..
OWOH is the brainchild of Lisa at A Whimsical Bohemian.  She created this event as a way to give bloggers all over the world a chance to mix and mingle.  She dreamed of people meeting others they might never have crossed paths with except through One World One Heart.  Lisa started what could only be described as a phenomenon.  It has increased immensely each year with more bloggers worldwide taking part.
I started my blog TWO YEARS AGO TODAY because I was encouraged by several bloggers that I met through One World One Heart.  They basically held my hand as I jumped into what would become a large part of my life ~ a very important part.  So I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Lisa for dreaming up OWOH and also to those lovely, lovely ladies who told me I could do it! One World One Heart started me on the blogging highway.
Happy 2nd Blogiversary MoonCat Farms and Happy 5th One World One Heart!
I’m sure you’re well aware by now that each of the bloggers participating in OWOH is offering their visitors a chance to win a “door prize”.  It is a way of saying Thanks for stopping by and looking around.  Y’all come back now ya hear?
I haven’t really decided what I’m going to give away.  I love doing surprise or mystery prizes so I think we’ll go with that.  Entry into the drawing is very simple.  You must be an active blogger ~ sorry, but this is a blogger to blogger event.. and you must fill out this very short form.  That’s it!  I will draw a winner using the random number generator and then email the lucky number holder.  They will have 48 hours to respond or I’ll have to draw another winner.  Comments on the post are appreciated, but only entries on the form below will count for the drawing.
To continue on your adventure through the blogisphere, please click HERE to be taken to the list of participating bloggers.  Have fun!

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postheadericon Lots of Winners at BlogFest 2010

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We’ve been waiting for this day for months, it’s finally time for BlogFest 2010 to begin!

BlogFest 2010
Organized by Cinnamon at A Journey of Books, this “blog run” event started this morning and will run until midnight, Sunday, September 12th.  Several hundred bloggers are participating and ALL are giving away prizes!!!!
Each blog will be giving something away, including ME!  The idea of this BlogFest is to bring additional traffic and awareness to blogs that you may not be familiar with.  You can choose to visit one, many or all of the blogs who are playing along.  At the end of this post you’ll find a link to the next blogger on the list.  (Be sure to enter my giveaway before you hop on outta here!)  You can choose to visit the blogs in order by following those links or you can go to the great Tracking Site that Cinnamon has created HERE.  It will help you keep track of those sites you’ve visited and where you would like to go next.  The BONUS is that each time you track one of the blogs through that site, you will be entered in a mega drawing that is full of lots of great prizes.  ~This is in addition to the prizes each blogger is offering on their site!
So, onto my drawing.  I’m having a doggie theme this weekend.  My prize is for two books:
One lucky winner will win BOTH of these lovely books.  To enter the drawing, you must be a follower of MoonCat Farms and you must leave a comment telling me how many dogs you have, if any.  This giveaway is open to ALL, so my International friends are encouraged to enter!  Please be sure to leave me a way to contact you if you’re the winner.  I’ll use Mr. Random # Generator to pick the winner and they will then have 48 hours to respond before I have to choose an alternate winner.
Good luck and have fun on this fabulous BlogFest ~ be sure to go here:  A Journey of Books

postheadericon TLC Tours – Diana Gabaldon’s An Echo in the Bone Giveaway and Review

Red Barn Blue Skies welcomes TLC Tours and Diana Gabaldon for An Echo in the Bone Giveaway and Review.
Diana Gabaldon An Echo in the Bone Giveaway at Red Barn Blue Skies
Welcome to those of you new to Red Barn Blue Skies and welcome back to old friends. I hope you all enjoy my review of this wonderful book and be sure to enter the giveaway that Ms. Gabaldon and her publisher have generously offered one lucky reader.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon at Red Barn Blue Skies
I am extremely honored to have been chosen to participate in this book tour celebrating the paperback reprint of Diana Gabaldon’s latest addition to the Outlander series, An Echo in the Bone.  I have been a fan of hers since she first starting putting excerpts on the Lit Forum of Compuserve way back in the very early nineties.  I fell in love with her “Red Jamie” then and still have a mad passion for him and his love story with wife Claire.  My husband and I even used a variation of their wedding vows in ours!
An Echo in the Bone:  Jamie Fraser is an eighteenth-century Highlander, an ex-Jacobite traitor, and a reluctant rebel in the American Revolution.  His wife, Claire Randall Fraser, is a surgeon – from the twentieth century.  What she knows of the future compels him to fight.  What she doesn’t know may kill them both.
With one foot in America and one foot in Scotland, Jamie and Claire’s adventure spans the Revolution, from sea battles to printshops, as their paths cross with historical figures from Benjamin Franklin to Benedict Arnold.
Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, their daughter, Brianna, and her husband experience the unfolding drama of the Revolutionary War through Claire’s letters.  But the letters can’ warn them of the threat that’s rising out of the past to overshadow their family.
Diana Gabaldon’s sweeping Outlander saga reaches new heights in An Echo in the Bone.

My Thoughts:

*I am trying to do a thorough review without accidentally dropping any spoilers for those readers new to the Outlander series.  I apologize if I do give something away, it’s not intentional as I want newcomers to meet Jamie and Claire fresh, as I did those many years ago.
An Echo in the Bone is the 7th book in the extremely popular Outlander series.  The saga chronicles the life and adventures of Claire Randall Fraser and Jamie Fraser.  When we were initially introduced to Jamie and Claire in the first book, Outlander, they were both in their early twenties.  In this latest book, some thirty years later, they are starting to acknowledge their age and that time is creeping up on them.  Jamie is still quite the hero and Claire is still getting into scrapes that he must rescue her from, it just takes them a bit longer to get over the aftermath of their escapades.
I really enjoyed An Echo in the Bone.  Ms. Gabaldon has remained true to form with superior character development and fabulous settings.  By the end of the book (each of the books, actually), the reader feels that they really know these people personally and that this is more of a diary than a fictional novel.  Her characters come to life and make you feel what they’re feeling.  You worry for them just as you would your own family member and cheer their victories.

 Historical Accuracy

The historical facts are painstakingly researched for accuracy while still allowing the author room to interweave the fictional Jamie and Claire into the timeline.  First, we accompanied them during the Jacobite uprising and the ’45 and we’re now traipsing through the American Revolution along with them.  We need to stay sharp as there are chance meetings with Dr. Franklin (yes, Benjamin Franklin) and other notable figures in the history of America’s bid for independence.
One of the author’s methods of delivering vital information in this book was through letters from Claire in the late 1700s to her & Jamie’s daughter Brianna, in the 1980s.  I won’t get into how they are in different eras as it will give too much away.  The way the letters both give the reader needed details as well as pave the way for current events, is extremely effective and useful.  The sentimental and homesick feelings it stirs up in both Brianna and her husband, Roger carries over to the reader as well.
I’m not going to go any further with my details of the book.  This is one of my favorite books of the year and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves romance, history, fiction and any combination of the three.  There are some sexual situations in the novel, but they are tastefully done.   Being that this is set during a war, violence also comes into play at times.  I have to admit that I pretty much didn’t do anything but read this amazing book over a weekend.  I’m fortunate that my husband is also a big fan of this series, so he took care of the household so I could immerse myself in Claire and Jamie’s world.

Any one of these outstanding books can be read as a highly entertaining, stand-alone novel, but I suggest you start with Outlander and read them in order. Each successive book leaves you with a deeper knowledge of Claire and Jamie’s history and story.

Diana Gabaldon at the Red Barn Blue Skies

If you would like to read more about the author, check out Diana’s website or find her on Facebook.  She has a graphic novel coming out this fall that is the retelling of Outlander, from Jamie’s point of view.  I can’t wait!
There is also more coming out about Lord John Grey, a then minor character we first met in the second book, Dragonfly in Amber.  His own storyline has developed into a secondary, stand-alone series that is equally excellent.


Thank you to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for including me on this great tour.

An Echo in the Bone Giveaway

Diana Gabaldon An Echo in the Bone Giveaway at Red Barn Blue SkiesNow, I’d like to thank Diana Gabaldon and her publisher for providing a copy of An Echo in the Bone for one of you lucky, lucky readers.  The contest closes at midnight, PST on Wednesday, September 1st.  I will draw one winner who will have 48 hours to respond.  Another winner will be drawn if I don’t hear from them.
The drawing is open to followers of this blog who are residents of the United States and Canada only.  No PO boxes please.  Just comment on this post and tell us if you’ve read or heard of Diana Gabaldon and Outlander before and what you think.  That’s it!  Good luck 🙂

~ If you don’t want to wait to get started, you can click on the cover of any of the books above to be taken to the corresponding page on

Disclaimer:  I received this book from TLC Tours for purposes of a review.  I received no monetary compensation and all words/thoughts/opinions are 100% my own.  I am an affiliate and may receive a small percentage from any sales made through my affiliate links.

postheadericon CSN Stores Gift Certificate Giveaway

Giveaway is now CLOSED

Did I mention that I need – OK want,  some new luggage?  I’ve been wanting to get a pretty set of my own that would be easy to spy on the airport conveyor belt thing or might hold up when the ramp rats are throwing all of the suitcases around before stowing them in the plane.  Look at what I’ve come up with so far:

Adolfo 5800-3 in Amethyst
or possibly this one


 CalPak Hardside LKB1020 in Purple

or, maybe even this one from the King Kong of luggage ~ Samsonite:

Samsonite Oyster Hardside in Purple

My old duffels just aren’t cutting it! So what’s a girl to do?  How about enter a drawing for a:

$50 Gift Certificate to

What a great idea! How fabulous…  But alas, I can’t enter this drawing.   But YOU can.

Do I hear applause??? Thank you..

Well anyway, today is the start of the big giveaway I had been hinting about for a few weeks!  As a Preferred Blogger for CSN Stores, I am one being given the chance to share my love of CSN Stores with one lucky MoonCat Farms follower.

It is very, very easy to enter.  Just click on over to CSN Stores and check out their HUMONGOUS inventory of just about everything under the sun.  Then come back and leave a comment to let us all know what you found there that really tickles your fancy and you might want to get with that shiny new gift certificate ~ if you’re chosen by Mr.  I will close the drawing on Sunday, August 15th and we’ll find out just who the lucky winner is!

The only requirements are that you must be a follower of this blog, you must comment as explained above,  and that it is only open to the US and Canada.  I will notify the winner and once they’re verified, I will forward the info to my pal Jamie at CSN Stores.

So what kind of good thing do you think you’ll choose if  you are the lucky one?  My nosy mind wants to know..  Could it be purple luggage for yours truly??

Good Luck my friends and thank you so much to Jamie and CSN Stores for sponsoring this generous giveaway.

The gift certificate for 1 winner is being provided by  I received no compensation for hosting this giveaway.  All opinions and comments are 100% my own.