Realm Walkers by Donita K. Paul

Always on the look out for good books for my teens I pick up books at thrift stores, garage sales, the library.  And when I have the chance, I request “for review” books I think they will enjoy.  Since Mae, my 15 year old, has enjoyed other Donita K. Paul books, I ordered Two Renegade Realms for her in the fall.  This time around I’ve decided to let her talk about the book.


Two Renegade Realms

Donita K. Paul’s “Realm Walkers” series centers on Cantor, a young realm walker and his companion dragon, Bridger.  Three years have passed since the attack by the corrupt Realm Walkers guild when Cantor is called to join his friends Bixby and Dukmee in searching for secrets that can save them from a deadly invasion.”

“I really enjoyed Two Renegade Realms and would definitely recommend the book.  However, unlike Paul’s original series, which was very good for younger readers, this series is more appropriate for older elementary to middle school ages readers.”

If you are looking for wholesome books of the fantasy genre, I highly recommend books by Donita K. Paul.


Book Description

From bestselling author, Donita K Paul, the second installment in a fantasy series that follows Cantor, a Realm Walker, chosen to battle the corrupt Guild.

In Two Renegade Realms, the second installment in Donita K. Paul’s Realm Walkers Series, Cantor, Bixby, and Dukmee must band together to find the storied realm walker Chomountain after a devastating attack by the corrupt Realm Walkers Guild. But what they discover while traveling turns their mission upside down: the great wizard is not as he once was, and they must now find a way to restore Chomountain before they and he can restore the Guild once more.

About the Author

Donita K. Paul retired from teaching and took up the mantle of grandma. She loves her new career as author of stories her grandchildren devour. Winner of multiple awards, she lives in Colorado, enjoying friends and family, pets and beautiful scenery. Her favorite part of writing is the readers

I received this book from book look blogger network in exchange for my personal thoughts and opinions.

I review for BookLook Bloggers



Springtime Moments

This Moment, For the Love, Fringe HoursFor the love of my sweet children.  For the love of my desperate need for sunshine.

and for the love of the girl in these red converse.

Spring time walks, spring time trips to the park, spring time hikes.

This is how we spent many of our/my fringe hours this past week.

So refreshing, great sleep inducing, lots of laughter cultivating.


fringe hours, this moment

this moment, fringe hours

and then this arrived!  Now you know some of what I’ll be doing as well, during the quiet moments of Spring Break.

linking with the Mom Creative and Soulemama

Sugar Cane Scrub Hand Soap by Dial

 Sugar Cane Scrub Hand Soap by Dial

Sugar Cane Scrub Hand Soap by Dial

micro-scrubber kit

A free product in exchange for review from Purex Insiders!

What is inside this box from Purex Insiders??

Sugar Cane Scrub Hand Soap by Dial

 It is always so fun to find one of these boxes on the front porch when we arrive home in the afternoon.  My kiddos know that I am not very much into buying new products, I mostly just use the tried and true.  So receiving for review items is fun!

Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap is one of the newest products in the Dial Soap line.  It has a soft sweet scent, and a gritty feeling from the micro scrubbers.  As we used the soap over the course of week, I noticed a lot of comments about the grittiness of the soap.  We use some homemade products, including a sugar facial scrub and I don’t ever hear anyone talk about the grittiness.  I think that for an every day, all the time use, the micro scrubbers are too much.

Another thing I noticed, very quickly is that this soap is NOT moisturizing to my skin.  With each wash my hands have felt dry and tight.  Maybe this is the kind of soap that is better suited for cleaning up from a dirty job, like gardening, not for everyday use.

If you are a regular reader of By Quiet Waters, you know that usually I have a giveaway to offer about now.  That is normally the case, but I have something brewing next week so there will not be a giveaway with this post.  Check back here, or on the facebook page, or twitter for the upcoming news.

Thanks for reading.


Your Beautiful Heart, Lauren Scruggs

Your Beautiful HeartYour Beautiful Heart

“Beauty is on the inside.” We know it’s true . . . yet sometimes it seems tough to fully believe it. What would your world be like if you truly felt beautiful and lived every day full of that confidence and joy?

Fashion journalist Lauren Scruggs knows how it feels to search for beauty. She grew up knowing of God’s love, but never fully understood what that love meant, or how it extended to the deepest parts of her soul—until a horrible accident that resulted in the loss of both her left eye and hand. In her darkest hours, everything Lauren believed was tested. Yet it was there that God showed her where real beauty comes from: the unfailing love of the Creator. God’s love is what truly makes us lovely.

Using stories from Lauren’s accident, recovery, and experiences in the fashion world, Your Beautiful Heart explores issues that teen girls face every day: body image, self-worth, peer pressure, and much more. Whether you read the book on your own or with a group of friends, Lauren’s personal message of love, faith, and value will show you what it means to be a girl who radiates with true beauty.

I requested this book as a review item from the Tyndale Blogger Network, because I am always on the look out for books that help me speak truth to my daughters and the young women I encounter.  At first I found the book a little wordy, I am not one to paraphrase stories, nor Bible passages.  But as I read on, I found the devotions and questions to be excellent.  I appreciate the maturity in the writing, but also that this book relates to even my youngest (12 years old) daughter.  I have enjoyed sharing a few devotions from Your Beautiful Heart with my daughters during our morning time together and am pleased that I have seen it picked up and read from time to time.

As I have prepared to write this review I spent some time looking around for more information on Lauren.  Here is a link to her online magazine, LoLo Magazine.  Her first book, Still Lolo, was available from our local library, so my daughters and I are reading it together after dinner each night.  I am so thankful for young people who share their experiences, their stories and offer them up to encourage and inspire others!

Have you heard the story of Lauren Scruggs?  How has her story inspired or encouraged you?


Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.


Tyndale Blog Network