Monday, December 31, 2012

Lady Crenshaw's Christmas by Heidi Ashworth, Book Review




Blurb from the novella:

Ginny and her beloved Anthony, Lord Crenshaw, are finally married and have spent the bulk of their first blissful six months of marriage in the country. However, Ginny must now hostess a Christmas ball at Dunsmere, the estate of the dowager Duchess of Marcross. How is a mere vicar's daughter to carry off such an event with no experience and little exposure to the ways of the ton? And how is she to meet the expectations of her Grandaunt Regina, earn the good graces of Anthony's uncle the Duke of Marcross, endure the spite of the duke's new wife, manage the hysterical escapades of Lucinda, Lady Avery, and find the perfect gift for her husband, all while expecting a babe? All these questions and more are answered in Lady Crenshaw's Christmas, a short story follow-up to two full length novels, Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind and Miss Delacourt Has Her Day available via Montlake Romance.


My Review:

I love a good regency story and I love Christmas stories, so this novella was a bonus for me!  I am new to the Miss Delacourt series, I confess I have not read the first two full-length novels, but that didn't pose a problem for this regency short.  I was able to understand the characters and their relationships even though I haven't read the previous novels.  I enjoyed the loving and tender relationship between Ginny and Anthony.  Lady Avery and her husband were hilarious and without them the ball would not have been the same!  I thoroughly enjoyed this regency short and look forward to reading the first two full-length novels from this series!  Four stars!

You can pick up Lady Crenshaw's Christmas via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Indomitable by J. Meyers, Book Review







Blurb from the novella:

Perhaps the most dangerous person to gain unimaginable power is the one who feels oppressed.

And full of wrath. For very good reason.




My Review:


Indomitable is a novella about the character Jonas from J. Meyers full-length novel, Intangible.  I loved this novella, I read it in one sitting!  I was surprised by the depth of emotion that was portrayed in Jonas' story.  I definitely was not expecting such sadness and heartbreak, yet I feel that I now understand his character much better than I did before.  I also appreciated that I got more insight into other characters from Intangible through Jonas' story.  If you are looking for a light read, this is not it.  Jonas' story is heartbreaking.  I don't want to say more because I don't want to spoil it.  The novella ends right where he meets Sera in Intangible.  I appreciated this story very much!!!  I hope that J. Meyers decides to write many more books in this series because I can't get enough!  Five stars!!! 

 

You can pick up Indomitable via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Thursday, December 27, 2012

North Pole High: Rebel Without A Claus




Blurb from the book:


MEET SIXTEEN YEAR OLD CANDYCANE CLAUS. She's the most popular girl at North Pole High. Her father is world-famous. And every day is Christmas. What more could any girl want? BOYS! And the new boy, Rudy Tutti, is hot chocolate. But he hates anything to do with Christmas! When Candy and Rudy are forced to work together on a school Christmas-tree project, her world is turned upside down: Her grades start to suffer, she loses her taste for ice cream, and now the two North-Star-cross'd teens must contend with her overprotective father — Santa Claus — before Christmas is ruined for EVERYONE!


 My Review:


 I would like to thank the author for providing a copy of the book for review. When I read the summary for the book I was excited because the summary was great and I love a good Christmas book!  When I began reading though, I was highly disappointed by the cheesy details of the novel.  The chef to the Claus family was a penguin named Chefy and a high school teacher was a polar bear named Mr. Polar Bear!  What took the cake for me was one of the main character's names was Rudy Tutti!! All I could think of when I read that was 'fresh and fruity' from IHOP.  These details made it difficult for me to enjoy the book and I found myself working to read it. Not exactly how I like my reading to go. Although the premise of the book was a good one, the details were too distracting for me to enjoy it. Two stars.






 You can pick this book via Amazon.


  Happy Reading!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Table in the Window by Elaine Cantrell, Book Review






Blurb from the novella:




Being dumped by your gorgeous fiancĂ© is bad enough no matter when it happens, but he did it at Christmas time! Marley thinks she’ll never get over it, but Rob Travers disagrees. He sets out to win Marley’s heart, well aware that when she finds out about his past, she may turn her back on him forever.
 
 
My Review:
 
I am a new reader of Elaine Cantrell so I wasn't sure what to expect at all.  I was pleasantly surprised!  I was immediately interested in the story from the first page!  Marley's story was interesting and I found myself sympathizing with her and cheering for her!  I didn't want to put this book down until I was finished!  Don't discount it because it is a novella, it is very well written and the story has a way of drawing you into it.  The characters are relatable and the emotions were heart-felt!  I gobbled this novella up as fast as I could read it and I would read it again!  Four and a half stars and I look forward to reading more from Elaine Cantrell! 
 
 
You can pick up this book via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I am back up and running!!!

Woo-hoo, I am back up and running!!!  I have three reviews to write so I will do that tonight and post one first thing tomorrow for you!  It has been a LONG five days for me being away from my blog and I am so happy to be back!  Reading is my passion and I am grateful to have a way to share it with others!  Merry Christmas, I have three or four more Christmas book reviews coming this week :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My computer is down...

My computer is currently down and posting from my phone is incredibly difficult. Please bear with me, I will be back up and posting reviews as soon as possible!! Thank you so much for stopping by Books Are Sanity!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Parting Gift by Rachel VanDyken, Leah Sanders, Book Review






Blurb from the book:


Blaine Graham lost his mother at the tender age of eleven. Grief over the loss drove a wedge between him and his father, and soon proved too difficult for him to deal with. At the age of sixteen, he falsified his papers and made the trip across the border into Canada with his best friend to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and enter the war in Europe as a pilot. Ten years later Captain Graham finds himself flying commercial jets in Boston – his estranged father and his past life all but forgotten, until the day he receives a telegram from his dying father asking him to come home.

The persistent Mara Crawford, a live-in nurse, has experienced her fair share of loss as well. Her attachment to Blaine’s father drives her desire to bring reconciliation between the two men before time runs out for her patient. But her best laid plans didn’t include falling in love again.



My Review:

I will admit that it was a bit hard for me to get into this story since it started with a funeral.  I was expecting something else for a Christmas themed story.  However, once I got through the first part of the book, I became intrigued with the story and reading on was not a problem!  Blaine was an intriguing character and I really felt compassion for his loss of family.  I found myself putting myself in Blaine's shoes and asking myself how I would have felt if I were in his place?  Would I be able to forgive my father and would I trust my heart to be able to love?  This story really tugs at your heart strings and makes you think about what is important in life.  Although I found some parts predictable, it was overall a very nice read.  Three and a half stars.


You can pick up The Parting Gift via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Thursday, December 13, 2012

FREE December 13 and 14th, Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren



This amazing series by Lisa T. Bergren is one of my absolute favorites of all time!  Today December 13th and tomorrow December 14th, the first book in the series, Waterfall is FREE!!!!  So hurry and pick up your own copy for you and for your friends!  Here is a quick blurb from the book:


What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds...until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

Suddenly Gabi's summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.



Here are some links to pick it up!

Amazon 

Barnes and Noble 

Christian Book 


HAPPY READING!!!

*All books were free at the time of this posting.
 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Release Day for Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess, #3) by Jessica Day George!!!



Released today, December 11, 2012!!!

Blurb from the book:

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it's not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

 I loved this book so much!  If you have read the Princess series by Jessica Day George, you will love this concluding book to the series!  You can read my review here.  If you haven't read them, pick up the first, Princess of the Midnight Ball and the second, Princess of Glass!  They are phenomenal reads if you like fairy-tale retellings!  

You can pick this awesome book up via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Million Dollar Gift by Cheree Alsop, Book Review






Blurb from the book:


When Chase risks his life to save a brother and sister just before Christmas, his life becomes entwined with theirs more intricately than he could have imagined. Emotional and moving, this is a story of a young man whose troubled heart is tested by the one thing he is unprepared to face, love.

My Review:
 
This is not your typical Christmas story, it is so much more than that.  The Million Dollar Gift is an emotional and poignant novel.  Chase is troubled and feels like he has no worth.  When he makes a split decision to try to save two people, his life is changed forever.  What one family can see in him, he cannot see in himself.  Chase's journey is emotional and one you will be happy you chose to read.  I don't cry during movies or books, but this one brought tears to my eyes.  An amazing story filled with truth that many fail to see, that love and family are the best gifts of all.  Five stars and I will recommend this to everyone!

You can pick up The Million Dollar Gift via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Timeless Romance Anthology (Winter Collection), Book Review






Blurb:

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed brand new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Winter Collection. A collection unlike any other, readers will love this compilation of six sweet historical romance novellas, set in varying eras, yet all with one thing in common: Romance.

The Road to Cavan Town by Sarah M. Eden, set in 1864 Ireland, combines Eden’s sense of humor with her signature sweet romance. Alice Wheatley walks each weekend into town, accompanied by Isaac Dancy. And while Alice finds herself falling in love with the gentleman, unfortunately he has his eyes set on the belle of the town, Miss Sophia Kilchrest. Alice must find a way to turn Isaac’s eyes toward her.

Regency author Heidi Ashworth’s delightful story, It Happened Twelfth Night, set in England 1812, follows Luisa Darlington who discovers the man of her dreams, Percy Brooksby, isn’t in love with her as much as she thought he was. When Percy’s friend, the mysterious foreigner, Mr. Flynn, visits for the twelfth night holiday, he promptly sweeps Luisa off her feet, quite literally. Luisa is left catching her breath in more ways than one.

An Unexpected Proposal by Annette Lyon is a captivating romantic novella, set in remote Wood Camp, the snowy canyon of Logan, Utah, 1880. When Caroline Simpson is forced to thwart the aggressive advances of Mr. Butch Larson, she discovers that her long-time friend, James, has genuine affection for her. But as stubborn as Caroline is, she minimizes the feelings he’s awakened in her, and it takes almost losing James to admit her true feelings for him.

In Joyce Di Pastena’s charming medieval story, Caroles on the Green, we enter England of 1151, in which Lady Isabel has a dilemma. She promises herself that she’ll marry the man who sent a ring hidden in her pastry since the man she truly loves, Sir Lucian de Warrene, has proved to be impossible and exasperating. To forget him, Isabel sets her eyes on other eligible men, only to face another confrontation with Lucian—who isn’t about to back off and leave her to her newest plot.

Donna Hatch’s enchanting novella, A Winter’s Knight, begins when Clarissa Fairchild’s coach just happens to break down in front of the most forbidding estate in the county, that of Wyckburg Castle, a place where young brides have been murdered for generations by their husbands. Clarissa is horrified yet curious all in the same breath. When she meets widower Christopher de Champs, Earl of Wyckburg, she must decide if she should flee or uncover the greatest secret in the county about her handsome rescuer.

In Heather B. Moore’s exciting turn-of-the-century story, A Fortunate Exile, Lila Townsend finds herself the victim of a broken heart—broken by the most notorious bachelor in 1901 New York City. If that isn’t bad enough, her father sends her to Aunt Eugenia’s remote farm where Lila must wait for her father’s anger to subside and the gossip columns to find new fodder. When Lila meets her aunt’s boarder, Peter Weathers, she discovers a man who isn’t afraid to stand up to her formidable family and take a chance on a woman with a sullied reputation.



My Review:

Wow!!!  First, I have to say that this is a great value for your money!  Six amazing novellas from six amazing authors!!!  This is a great deal and would make a wonderful Christmas gift :)  The cover is beautiful!  I LOVED this collection of short stories!  They are all clean historical romance novellas.  Each story was unique and captured my attention!  I found myself drawn into each novella and I was amazed at the character development!  How can I pick a favorite among them?  It wouldn't be fair, so I won't ;)  Just know that you won't be disappointed with these stories! Some authors are old favorites of mine and some were new to me, however I loved each and every story!  They are all so different, yet each one had something in common, finding true love.  If you love romance stories and historical fiction, then you will love this collection of short stories!  Five Stars!!!

P.S.  It says at the end that there is a new Spring Collection coming out soon!!!  I am excited and looking forward to reading this one, so be sure to look for it!


You can pick this up via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

 Happy Reading!!!

Source:   Author for review 



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Scavenger Hunt for Eternal Hope

Welcome to the Eternal Hope Scavenger Hunt!!!  I bet you have been hopping around cyber space hoping to find all of the keys words!  Are you shaking with the anticipation of it all?  I bet you are!  So onwards we go!  You can find all of the information for the hunt here on my blog.  I have a copy of the excerpt to fill out and links to the other blogs for today!  Good luck and have fun :-)





Book Information



Title: Eternal Hope
Series: The Hope Series, Book Two
Author: Frankie Rose
Published: October 10, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:
He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me

When your friends go missing and you don’t know if they’re dead or alive; when you tie your soul to the one you love; when you kill to protect and your family suffers, there’s only one thing you can do:

Move to Montana.

Farley Hope is special. She was prophesied to kill the forebears of her bloodline- a race of cold-blooded Reavers, men who steal the souls of the living to gain power. The Quorum had counted on Farley ending her own life in the process, but when Kayden came to her aid and helped save both her and Daniel, he undid their plans. Now the Quorum are displeased, not only with Kayden, but with Farley and Daniel too. Though her father is now dead, Farley’s troubles with the Reavers are far from over. An ancient Immortal, trapped for a thousand years, wants Farley for himself, and he will stop at nothing to claim her.

With secrets that lead to anger and pain, that turn friendship to dust, the group must overcome the problems within their own circle before they have a hope of fighting off the powers that threaten their lives.





About the Author:
As a child, I was always accused of being bookish because I wore glasses- big, horrible, ugly ones with too-thick lenses. Those kids, the super smart ones who always know which tender insecurities to poke at in order to provoke

life-long complexes, used to accuse me of reading too many books and that my eyes were going to rot out of my head (their words, not mine!)

The truth of the matter was a little more embarrassing: I used to sit too close to the T.V. That was the reason why I had to wear glasses, but kids don’t really care about small, insignificant details like the truth, and so I was labelled a nerd. The label kinda stuck, and after some sage advice from my awesome nana (nana, you rock!) I decided that if I was going to be abused for my supposed literary obsession, I might as well develop one.

I guess that’s how I got into books and reading at an early age. Since then, I’ve been ripping through books like they’re going out of fashion, which, thankfully, they’re not. Good thing, too, because I’m a writer now, and books are my business!

Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me on my journey- look for your names in the acknowledgements! And a big thank you to you, the reader. I hope you’ve fallen in love with Farley and Daniel just like I have, and that you’ll join them in the next book, Eternal Hope!



Excerpt 

Farley felt her face redden, which was _________ inappropriate. Daniel and Kayden were _______ she was watching, and for once their sparring lacked the flashy showmanship they usually employed to _______ her. For the two of them, nothing _______ beyond the dimly lit parameters of the hangar. Beyond the lunge, beyond the parry, beyond the block.
This was how it would really go down, if they ever meant to do serious harm to one _______. Movements fluid and graceful, there was _________ primal about their circling. Quick _______ of calculating eyes, green and blue, preempting the other’s next move. Kayden’s hair was darkened with sweat, but both their chests rose and fell with __________ regularity. In and out. Slow and steady. The stern, focused expressions on their faces said ____ were in total control.
Farley let the darkness wash over her and kept her presence hidden. The confrontation was too ___________ to interrupt. Bare chests, muscled and tanned; silver flashes of metal as their blades sang through the air. Even Cliff would have been impressed. Farley bit her ______ lip as Kayden darted _______ in a sure leap, thrusting out with deadly precision towards Daniel’s throat.
The ______ would have been a killing blow. Would have been, if it had even ______. Daniel sprang back and duck-rolled over the dusty floor, crouching into a defensive pose. With his knife ________, his eyes lifted to fix on Kayden, but they _____ quite made it.
Farley’s heart leapt to her throat. Those eyes, piercing and sharp, fixed on her _______. She swallowed and braced against the wall behind her, trying to camouflage with the _______. Kayden shifted forward, ready to take _________ of Daniel’s distracted position, but the dark-haired boy simply lifted his hand. A wordless gesture:
____.
Kayden stopped.
Robotically, Daniel rose, his _____ suddenly vanished, and dropped the knife into the dirt. Kayden’s apparent confusion only lasted a second; the moment he ________ it - that she was there - was _______. One second he was ________ Daniel’s creased brow, the next he had spun around impossibly quickly and was staring, too. Blue and Green. Farley felt her throat closing up. She opened her mouth to speak, but nothing came out.
Daniel brushed a hand back through his slightly curling hair, his face trained into a nothing __________. There was ______ he could do to hide the war in his eyes, ______. “So you’re back.”
Silence flooded the hangar. Farley took a moment to _______, pretending not to ______ Kayden’s fist clenching repeatedly ______ the handle of his knife.
“Yes,” she whispered, her voice _______. “I guess I am.”

Here are the links to the other blogs participating today:







Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Candlelight Courting by Joyce DiPastena, Book Review

 




Blurb from the novella:


When Burthred comes courting on Christmas Eve, Meg rejects his advances. She has her heart set on becoming a nun and insists that he call her Christina, the spiritual name she has chosen for herself. She tries to make him swear on her box of holy relics that he will not pursue her, but he carefully words his oath to allow him to stay in her candlelit chamber and try to change her mind.

What Meg does not confess is that her reliquary box holds a secret.
Burthred needs a wife, and no one will satisfy him except Meg. He swore on his father’s deathbed that he would marry her. But Burthred has a secret, too. When they come together before the Yule fire, their shared revelations will either join their hearts together or tear them apart.


My Review:

Joyce DiPastena does a beautiful job of bringing the reader straight into the medieval times and into Meg's world!  The descriptions of her home made me feel like I was right there watching the events unfold.  I loved how Meg called herself Christina because she had already committed herself to become a nun.  She was such a strong-willed character!  Even though it is a short story, I felt like I came to know Meg and Burthred.  Both of them had secrets they were keeping and by candlelight they discovered them!  A Candlelight Courting is romantic and has some drama in it as well!  There is a nice twist at the end that I appreciated and my only complaint would be that the story ended!  Four and a half stars!  

You can pick up A Candlelight Courting via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.





Sunday, December 2, 2012

Finding The Baby Jesus by Kimball Fisher, Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway!





Blurb from the book:


After being forced to wear lederhosen for the annual holiday card picture, twelve-year-old Chris thinks that the least his parents can do is get him the Tony Hawk skateboard he wants for Christmas. But when he recovers the hand-carved Baby Jesus that everyone thought had been destroyed in a fire the year his Grandma died, Chris realizes that some gifts are even more important than skateboards.

When the author had to discontinue a cherished tradition of reading Christmas stories out loud with his family and holiday guests each week in December, he wrote Finding the Baby Jesus. He had been unable to locate enough meaningful stories that could be read in a single sitting with wiggly children.


My Review:

Finding the Baby Jesus is a short, sweet and simple story that illustrates the real meaning of Christmas.  It is poignant and emotional.  It is beautifully written and tugs at your heart strings!  It is a quick read, only about ten minutes, but perfect to sit down and read with your family, kids, and grandkids.  It will hold your interest and theirs too.  It brings to light that giving is much more important than receiving and that some things are much more precious than what lies under the tree.  I love this book so much that I am going to buy a hardback copy for my Dad for Christmas!  He loves Christmas stories as much as I do, and he used to read to my siblings and I every Christmas season!  Five stars for a wonderful Christmas read!



Guest Post by Author Kimball Fisher

There is something special about the holiday season, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holiday traditions, it's a wonderful time to gather the family together and celebrate the things that make us appreciate spending time with each other. It is also, however, a difficult time for many. Especially for those who have had rich traditions of family togetherness who are now isolated from them, or who have lost those they love. When I wrote FINDING THE BABY JESUS, a short story about a boy who recovers a long-lost carving that everyone assumed had been lost when his grandmother died, I remembered the first holiday season I spent as a 14-year-old boy without my Grandpa. He was hospitalized for falling off a roof and died soon after a problem in surgery. I had been very close to my Grandpa, and that year I didn't feel like celebrating without him. It must have been even worse for my younger brothers and sisters. 

Perhaps this season, if we are blessed with a happy celebration full of love and family, we might find a way to share a little bit of it with those who are burdened by loss or loneliness. Isn't giving what the season is all about? My little book has a discussion guide with questions that can prompt a family activity to help others who are less fortunate.

Author Kimball Fisher


Kimball Fisher writes novels for young readers. He is also a best-selling business author, professional speaker, and management consultant. Some of his past jobs include: sailboat builder, ghost writer (not as scary as it sounds), illustrator, and factory manager (more scary than it sounds). For fun he builds furniture, stained-glass windows, and writing pens.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities (with minors in English, Asian Studies, and Japanese), and a Master of Organizational Behavior degree from Brigham Young University. He and his amazing wife Reenie live in Portland, Oregon, where they have seen pheasants, coyotes, and a bobcat in their own backyard.

You can find out more about author Kimball Fisher thru his website or Facebook.

You can pick up Finding the Baby Jesus via Amazon or  Smashwords.

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 Happy Reading!!!

 I received this book for free and this is my honest review.