Ultimate Blog Party 2014

DSC_0199-e This is my second year to participate in the Ultimate Blog Party. The ladies hosting this party pull together women and men from all over the place to donate a wide range of prizes. Pop over to their place and register to win prizes from $25 to $200. Now, before we get started let me offer you a luscious slice of Chocolate Truffle Cake with Salted Carmel and Raspberry Sauce, complements  of Christy Perkins.  A link to the recipe is at the bottom of the post. 

This is the tastiest chocolate cake I have ever put in my mouth!


I'm giving away 5 copies of my book April 5-12


Please use the linky tool at the bottom of the page. I love reading comments so let me know you were here. A secret cash prize will be given to one lucky person who leaves me a comment. Just say hi! Or, tell me about your favorite book or dessert. Anything about yourself that let’s me know you a little better.  If you would like to learn more about me click Meet Ali, to discover why I am here, then click the link. Before you link up below, check out the types of posts you will find here at Courage on the Edge of Tomorrow where our aim is to encourage you in the midst of the “already” and “not yet.” I typically blog on topics that enrich and encourage parents and their children. You’ll find topics on:

A desire to help our children learn to communicate in ways that draw others toward them, offering them more opportunities to share the gospel is the theme you will see running through my posts. Sometimes I share how we do this by reading good literature and discussing it. Our family has enjoyed this approach for years. We also open up our home to a larger group of friends and call it a literature club. Literature club provides us with tools and opportunities for our children to practice techniques that will lead them to a greater understanding about how to love others through skillful communication that is respectful and effective. A bonus is that the kids read really great classical literature. In this way, their reading comprehension and critical reading skills mature, advancing their ability to have meaningful conversations. Visit these pages to read a more detailed description about literature club and to see how much fun we have. We use a handbook called The LITClub, Transforming Reading Into An Experience as a guide for our literature club.

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If you want to try the process out you can get your free eBook Transforming the Hunger Games into an Experience just by signing up to receive my blog posts via email.

3d-hunger-games-wI really want to connect with you! Like me on Facebook so I know you stopped by. Link up your blog with this linky tool and let’s get acquainted.

[Remember, a secret cash prize will be awarded to one person who leaves me a comment in the comment section. Winner will be announced on my Facebook author page, April 12.]

Want Help Starting Your Book Club? Read This Post.

Want Help Starting Your Book Club? Read This Post.


  1. This pregnant mama is drooling over that chocolate cake…it looks divine! I wonder if I can talk my hubby into making it for me?

    Coming by from UBP14:)
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  2. Nice to “meet” you! 🙂 This is my first year doing the Ultimate Blog Party. Loving it so far other than the linky tools crash! Haha.
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  3. YUMMMMM salted caramel on top of anything is delicious! I am stopping by during the “crash” Using my time wisely, maybe it will help me stay in the game? We began a Family Bible study with our boys last year and am loving seeing there wheels turn when we discuss what we read. Looking forward to your inspirations.
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  4. Hi there! Stopping by from #UBP14. Good to meet you. I love to read motivational and inspiring books. I can’t wait to poke around your blog and check it out!
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  5. Oh my.. chocolate cake!! That looks amazing!! Stopping by from the #UBP14 – hope you’re having fun partying!! 🙂
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    • Jenn, the cake actually is as good as it looks. Amazing! Thanks for stopping by from the party. I am having a good time. Hoping to make some new friends.

  6. Hello! Your chocolate cake looks so delicious! Favorite dessert … I’m actually not a big dessert eater but I do love cheesecake, chocolate/peanut butter anything and Oreos if I’m having sweets. Favorite book is tough too, but I’d have to say the Bible is at the top of my list and I also loved Grace Based Parenting and Captivating.

    Hope you have a fun week with the UBP. 🙂
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    • Anne, the Bible is at the top of my list too. I’m writing a curriculum this year to teach at a co-op called The Bible as Literature. I’m excited about it. Thank you for stopping by. I hope we can connect some time.

  7. Hello Ali, thank you for coming by my blog today. I love the whole LIT concept and sounds like it is quite a success. I am an avid reader and love the classics so I am thrilled that this is what your LIT group focuses on.
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    • Maria, I love meeting book lovers and avid readers. It’s people like you that make literature club happen. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from readers like you that has made our club a success. You should give it a try sometime with your children and their parents. It’s so neat to see the kids grow in their thinking and reading skills.

  8. Hi Ali Dent!

    I love your approach and plan to check out your blog more. Motivational and Inspirational books are great! Stopping by from UBP14.
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  9. Hi, Ali! That cake looks like it’s to die for! Mmm! The LITClub sounds amazing! I’m the mom of 6 and 9 year old girls, and a former 2nd grade teacher. I love literature! Looking forward to connecting with you!
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    • Ginny Marie, I would love to have a conversation with you. Literature club is soooo much fun with 6-9 year olds. I have had clubs in my home for children that age all the way up to high school. Actually the club began with high schoolers and branched out to reach the siblings of those kids. I wasn’t sure how it would go. My apprehensions were quickly put at ease. If you want some ideas just send me a message on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/AliDentAuthor

  10. Stopped by from the Ultimate blog party – nice to meet you and to discover your site @SeductionMeals #UBP14

  11. Oh my! I am sure glad that I stopped by from the UBP! I just saw that the delicious-looking cake is actually gluten free! Yay for me! 😉 I also signed up and received your LitClub pdf. I’m looking forward to learning more. You can visit me at: http://stephanie-thejourney.blogspot.com/ Thanks!
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    • Stephanie, I will stop my your place for sure. If I can be of help to you and your lit club experience with The Hunger Games please send me a FB message. I am here to help.

  12. Hi Ali, I have always loved to read more than anything, and my husband and I have raised two children who are also avid readers, so your blog really interests me! I love the lit club idea, and am eager to take a minute and learn more about it on your site. I hope you will visit my blog, “the most – – of every moment” sometime soon!
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    • Susan, I’m so glad you stopped by and I am thrilled you like the lit club idea. If I can help you in any way, please let me know. I will see you soon over at your place.

  13. Played with all your social media icons and liked, followed and posted my way through your post. Enjoyed reading your teaching of classic literature to your kids/and groups of kids. Amazing, knowing that the youthful minds vast. Thanks for the great recipe and slice of your life you shared.
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    • Dawn, you are so sweet. You’re doing a good job working through everyone’s sites. I wonder if it’s supposed to take us longer than a week to get it all done?

  14. Ok You had me at the chocolate salted caramel cake…Yowza that sounds delish! I am excited to explore your blog…found you through the UBP14, my first time!
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  15. Dropping in from UBP14. Your site is so interesting and I will be back to read around a bit! I am a brand new blogger (as in 2 days old) with two teenage sons. I love to read and so do they. Looking forward to reading more about you.
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  16. I’m stopping by from #UBP14. I’ve been participating since 2007. It truly is a fun way to meet new bloggers!
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  17. Hi Ali! Glad to connect with you at the UBP14! I love your focus on teaching kids to communicate–that is at the core of my mission as well. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. Feel free to stop by my blog as well!
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    • Kennedy, I plan to stop my your place in a day or two. The beginning of the week is busier for us in school than the end. I look forward to reading your posts to see how we share the same vision. Thanks for stopping by.

  18. linking up from UBP14. I know we connected on Twitter earlier this week. i’m still catching up on everyone’s blog posts. 🙂 Glad i found yours–looks very interesting! Can’t wait to read more, seriously. About me: i like popculture, martinis, and info on raising strong kids–i like how you incorporate literature into your strategy.
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    • Shana,
      Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. I feel a little behind on checking out all the blogs, FB pages and Twitter handles. I hope it’s alright to keep working on it after the party is over:) It’s great to meet you.

  19. This cake looks so good. I might make it for Easter
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  20. Great to meet you Ali! Your Litclub concept looks really interesting! And that cake looks like a slice of heaven.
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