Thursday, February 28, 2013

Duty, a novel of Rhynan by Rachel Rossano, Book Review



Blurb from the book:


Duty to King

Tomas Dyrease, the newly made Earl of Irvaine and the village of Wisenvale, owes his good fortune to his king and the recent civil war. When his benefactor demands Tomas marry the cousin of a noble, he obeys. However, no one warned him that she wasn’t a typical noblewoman.

Duty to Others

Brielle Solarius struggles to keep her village from starvation under the new Lord Wisten, her cousin. The men rode off to war and never returned. The remaining women and children face a dire winter if they do not find a solution soon. When she learns her cousin sold her into marriage to save his life, she isn’t surprised. However, she is taken aback by Lord Irvaine’s unpolished ways. Was this man a noble or a foot soldier?

Duty to Each Other

Bound by the words of their vows, they face a rough future. They must forge a marriage while battling betrayal, accusations of treason, and villains from the past. Survival depends on their precarious trust in each other. Failure could mean death.


My Review:

First off, I love the quote on the cover, "Can she love the man she married?"  It just begs the reader to find out!  I loved Duty!  It was nice to have a strong female character who knew her mind, didn't act helpless and did what she needed to do!  I loved Brielle, from her beautiful red hair to her stubbornness.   She is the kind of character that you can't help but root for!  I also loved Tomas, he was kind, dutiful and strong character.  Together could they make their forced marriage work?  I won't give away any spoilers, just know that you will enjoy the journey with Brielle and Tomas!  If you like historical or marriage of convenience books, you will enjoy Duty!  Four and a half stars! (And Ms. Rossano, can we please have another book about Lord Dentin?  I need to know his story!!!)

Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up Duty via Amazon or Smashwords.


For more about author Rachel Rossano:





Source:  Author for review

Duty: a novel of Rhynan - Book Trailer

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Snow White and Rose Red by Lilly Fang, Book Review



Blurb from the book:

Welcome to the Festival of Roses, a world full of magic and romance. Every year during the festival each boy leaves a flower at the door of the girl he believes is the "fairest of them all." Naturally, Snow White gets dozens of flowers, while her younger sister Rose Red is ignored. This year, though, things are different. For the first time, Rose Red has a mysterious admirer, and this year she isn't the only one jealous of her sister's beauty. But even though it’s a time of celebration, when girls begin disappearing, the festival turns deadly. With mysterious strangers arriving every day, an ominous marriage proposal, and magic and danger everywhere, Snow White and Rose Red will need to work together to survive the festival and solve the mystery.


My Review:

I love fairy tale re-tellings so when I found this on Amazon for free, I jumped on it!  Snow White and Rose Red is a quick and easy red.  The book is well-written and the plot moved along quickly enough that I stayed interested.  It was definitely worth the time it took to read, I just would have liked a little bit more information at certain points.  Other than that the story is engaging and I would read another book by this author.  I truly hope she writes another book to continue the story!  If you like fairy tales you will definitely like Snow White and Rose Red.  Four stars!


You can pick up Snow White and Rose Red via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!





Monday, February 25, 2013

Cover Reveal for Imaginable by J. Meyers!!!

I am so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Imaginable by author J. Meyers!  It is the second book in her series, and Intangible is the first book!  If you haven't read it, you need to head over to amazon or barnes and noble NOW and buy it!  It is awesome, you can check out my review of it here.  Now, on to the cover reveal!!!




Blurb:
Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees.

But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet.

Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers.

And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been.


This book sounds so awesome and I cannot wait to read it!  For more information on its release and what else J. Meyers is up to, check out her website.



Sunday, February 24, 2013

Winner of Duty by Rachel Rossano from the RAK Giveaway Hop

And the winner, chosen by stattrek.com is.....


GFC Follower:  Aline Tobing!!!


Congratulations Aline!  I hope you enjoy your book!


A big thank you to all who entered and to Rachel Rossano for her donation of Duty!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Duty, a novel of Rhynan by Rachel Rossano Guest Post Blog Tour Stop


How Do You Find the Time to Write? 

By Rachel Rossano

I am the mother of three small children–a five-year-old and twin two-year-olds. I get asked this question a lot. “How do you find the time to write?”
My usual responses get strange looks.
“It keeps me sane.”
No I am not a mean mother. I just find it helps my mental state to spend a few hours a week in a world of my own creation where the characters do what I tell them, generally. This is particularly crucial on bad days. Don’t look at me strangely, please. You do it yourself every time you watch your favorite program on TV or read a book. I am just a bit more of a control freak than most.
“It is my only hobby.”
Strange, but true. In order to write, I gave up all of my crafting activities, most of my reading time, and all of my other hobbies. Oh, and no TV or movies unless between projects or special occasions like extreme exhaustion and research. I allow myself movies and such if they are for research.  I have to work hard at all of my other tasks and responsibilities, and prioritize my life in order to fit writing in, but I somehow do. And I don’t regret it.
 “I have a wonderfully supportive husband.”
I can just see the image that jumps to people’s minds with this one. My hubby juggling two children, making dinner, and begging me to stop writing long enough to help our oldest with his schoolwork is probably a popular one. Yeah, that isn’t reality. The worst he has to do is put the oldest to bed one night or so a week so. While he does that, I enjoy an hour or two of uninterrupted time to sit in a local fast food place with my laptop and no internet connection. He is a super supportive husband. He reads all of my work before it is published. He is one of my toughest critics, in a good way. And, he inspires me to write truly great heroes without a qualm. Great men exist. I am married to one.
“I use naptimes and the time after they go to bed to write.”
Completely true, though it isn’t always easy to accomplish. My five-year-old has recently given up naps. I think I am having a harder time adjusting to the change than him. Imagine trying to explain to a young lad who loves to talk loudly that he has to be quiet for an hour and a half. “No, I don’t want to talk about superheroes. I love you, son, but please go sit over there and read a book. Mommy needs quiet for a bit.”
Lest you think I am not spending time with my son, I should explain. I spend every weekday morning from right after breakfast to lunchtime teaching him. Every afternoon and evening, I am playing with, talking to, and teaching all three of my children. I love every minute I spend with them. But for an introvert like myself, quiet during naptime is the breather that gets me through the rest of the day.
Someone once said to me, “If it is important to you, you will make time to finish it.” She spoke of a sewing project I hadn’t finished. But I took her point to heart.
So, how do I manage to write? I make it a priority in my life to find time to write just like I make time for the other things I love. My God, my family, and many other things fill my life to overflowing. I count my blessings every day and one of them is that I can continue to write.
What do you do to cope with stress?

Brielle Solarius struggles to keep her village from starvation. The men rode off to war and never returned. The remaining women and children face a winter of starvation if they do not find a solution soon.
Tomas Dyrease, the newly made Earl of Irvaine and the village of Wisenvale, owes his good fortune to his king. When that same king demands Tomas marry the impoverished daughter of the late Lord Wisten, he obeys. However, no one warned him that she wasn’t a typical noblewoman.
Duty: a novel of Rhynan follows their journey from strangers to friends as they face complications from their pasts and the shaky politics of a changing regime. Then Brielle is implicated in her cousin’s treasonous activities. Can a marriage of duty survive treason?

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Duty-novel-Rhynan-ebook/dp/B00BAI41RO
Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/281699

To view the book trailer:   http://youtu.be/8c2-KEWxxs0

Author Bio

Author of a growing stack of novels, novellas, and short stories, Rachel Rossano balances her time between the chaos of raising and homeschooling her three children and the world of drama and high adventure in her head. With her faithful husband and chief consulting editor by her side, she dreams of many more adventures to come in both of her double lives. Check out her work at http://Rachel-rossano.blogspot.com




Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack Book Blast!


Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack

An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmillers latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadies apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her. *Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadies Virtual Test Kitchen.




Praise for Baked Alaska
Josi Kilpack has done it again. You would think that all these events that occur in Sadie's life wouldn't be natural, but Josi Kilpack has a way of making you believe that it just "happens" and it is normal. I have grown to love Sadie's character, even if she is a busybody, you can't help but cheer for her as she attempts to solve a mystery or crime. One of my favorite series. :)
~Goodreads Reviewer Lacey McNeill









Author Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until she was thirteen and her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began her first novel in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since. Her seventh novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense, and Lemon Tart, her ninth novel, was a 2009 Whitney Award Finalist. Josi was the Best in State winner in literature for 2012 and currently has two books (Banana Split and Tres Leches Cupcakes) as finalists in the 2012 Whitney awards.

Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her family.




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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson, Book Review



Blurb from the book:

A daring rescue. A difficult choice. Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom---but can she trust another person to keep her safe? Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible---she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else---he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what. When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help---but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them---they must also protect their hearts.


My Review:

Melanie Dickerson weaves a beautiful Christian re-telling of Snow White in The Fairest Beauty!  I was hooked from the first page all the way until the last page!  The pages flew by so quickly!  It was the kind of story that you just want to sit and read without stopping.  The characters were amazing, and I loved the adventure, action and budding romance!  Ms. Dickerson added her own twists to the original tale that I really appreciated.  It made a story that you expect to know everything about surprising and much more interesting!  The Fairest Beauty had everything I love and need in a good book!  I highly recommend it to all fairy tale fans!  Five stars and I hope that Melanie Dickerson is writing more soon!  

You can pick up The Fairest Beauty via Amazon or Zondervan.

Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Publisher for review

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop




I would like to thank, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting this giveaway hop!  I would also like to thank author Rachel Rossano for donating a copy of her newest release, Duty, a novel of Rhynan!  Here is the beautiful cover of the book!


Book Summary:


Brielle Solarius struggles to keep her village from starvation. The men rode off to war and never returned. The remaining women and children face a winter of starvation if they do not find a solution soon.
Tomas Dyrease, the newly made Earl of Irvaine and the village of Wisenvale, owes his good fortune to his king. When that same king demands Tomas marry the impoverished daughter of the late Lord Wisten, he obeys. However, no one warned him that she wasn’t a typical noblewoman.
Duty: a novel of Rhynan follows their journey from strangers to friends as they face complications from their pasts and the shaky politics of a changing regime. Then Brielle is implicated in her cousin’s treasonous activities. Can a marriage of duty survive treason?



Entering is easy!!!  Be or become a follower of my blog through GFC.  For an extra entry 'like' my blog page on Facebook.  Leave a comment with your GFC name and if you liked the FB page, what name it is under.  Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.  The winner has 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Promise by Dee Dee Chant, Book Review



Blurb from the book:


Dear Reader,

I wish to tell you a tale that began with a promise destined to change the lives of many.
When only a child, Lady Adele of Berron lost her family during a dreadful battle and was betrothed to a stranger.
Lord Rafe of Valrek, only a boy himself when the battle of Calis raged, grew to be a feared warrior and trusted advisor to his King.  But sadness filled his past and Adele served only to remind him of all he had lost.
However, the promise that bound these two together caused great anger to some.
What, Dear Reader, happened in those days of treachery and darkness?  Incline your ear that I may whisper the secrets that you so desire to hear......

Lady  Quill


My Review:

I really enjoyed this historical romance novel!  It was easy to read, the characters were interesting and I felt like I really knew them by the end.  I didn't want to put the book down when I had to, and I loved the premise of the story.  Two people betrothed and they have never even met!  And when they do meet, one decides to 'trick' the other to see their true character!  There was just the right balance of intrigue, danger and romance!  If you like a good historical novel with a little bit of romance, then this is the book for you!  You will fall in love with Rafe and Adele, and Finan and Leofric too!  The book would not be the same without those two!  The characters truly make this story unforgettable! Four and a half stars! (I took a half off only because of the letter in the beginning of the novel, it was a bit confusing to me)
*This book is considered a clean or sweet romance! :)

Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up a copy of The Promise via Amazon or  Smashwords.


Source:  Author for review



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Free Kindle Book!



Blurb from the book:

Ensuring her company's success is Debra Laurie's life. But when she goes undercover to investigate a failing hotel in southern New Zealand, she finds her confidence crumbling. Masquerading as a waitress is a disaster--especially when the hotel's assistant manager is a former rugby star she once had a crush on.

Jase McEwan is struggling to keep the hotel afloat. An unpredictable manager, ridiculous demands from the head office, and employee unrest are problems enough. Now a haughty new waitress is causing mayhem in the restaurant--and in his heart.

Determined to be impartial, Debra sets out to discover if Jase is responsible for the hotel's drastic situation. But the more she investigates, the more she likes his work--and the more their attraction sizzles. Before long, Jase has turned Debra's world upside-down. But what happens when he learns the new waitress is really his CEO?


This book is free for the next few days!  Hurry over to Amazon and pick up your copy!  Don't have a kindle?  No problem!  You can download the free kindle app to your computer or smart phone!  Anne Ashby is a great author and is known for her sensual romance novels!

Happy Reading!!!

*This book was free at the time of posting.  This post in no way guarantees that the book will be free when you click on the link.  Always check before clicking the buy button.

Winner of A Little Bit Cupid by Jennifer Shirk!

And the winner of A Little Bit Cupid by Jennifer Shirk is.....


GFC Follower  Cynthia Clubbs!


A big congratulations to Cynthia!  I have emailed the author and you should have your book shortly!  Thank you to everyone who stopped by and participated!!!  A big thank you to Jennifer Shirk for her donation of A Little Bit Cupid!

Happy Reading!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Alice Parker's Metamorphosis by Nicola Palmer, Book Review



Blurb from the book:

Feisty thirteen-year-old Alice Parker knows something isn't right. Aches and pains have started, she hardly sleeps and her craving for fruit is out of control. Suddenly she is top of the class in every subject. Feeling at odds with the world and being bullied by the 'coven' at school, Alice can't take much more. Only when she collapses and experiences a life-changing transformation does she learn why she is different. But with this new identity comes responsibility and Alice isn't convinced she can rise to the challenge. She just wants to be normal! The fact is she's anything but.

Forgotten tales of a magical society are catapulted into the daily life of strong, memorable female characters who readers will grow to love. An intriguing blend of realism, suspense and fantasy, a must-read for girls of 7+.


My Review:

Well, it is no secret that I love a good middle grade book.  I may be an adult, but if there is a well written middle grade book around, I am reading it!  Alice Parker's Metamorphosis was a pleasant surprise!  It was easy to read, well-written and Alice seemed very real.  She was just an ordinary girl until one day she transforms and learns that she is not ordinary at all!  Alice experienced all the emotions that a young teenage girl would feel and I think that young girls and young girls at heart will really love this book!  It is fun, full of surprises, and leaves you feeling good!  If you enjoy middle grade fantasy, you will love this book!  Five stars and I look forward to reading the others in the series! (I feel it is important to note that this book is completely clean and has nothing inappropriate it in that would make you worry about your child reading it!)


You can pick up Alice Parker's Metamorphosis via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review



Saturday, February 9, 2013

Letters in the Moonlight of Taj Mahal by Jewel Adams, Book Review



Blurb from Amazon:


Lyla Kelly and Marc Hosseini have never met. The forty-seven-year-old widow and mother of

grown twin boys doesn't know what to think when she begins receiving letters from the son of an old
friend. She never fathomed that Marc, twelve years her junior, could ever be interested in someone like
her, especially since they have never even seen one another. Nor does she count on the passion that his
mere words invoke in her.

Go with Lyla and Marc on their journey of discovery, and watch a surprisingly-powerful love

bloom between them–a love strong enough to rival the undying adoration that inspired the building of
one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The beautiful shrine, Taj Mahal.


My Review:

If you don't have a ton of time and you like romance, this short story may be just for you!  Lyla, who is widowed and Marc, who has never married, begin correspondence through mail and become good friends.  They quickly fall in love without ever meeting each other.  Can they make it work when they don't even know what the other looks like?  A quick read (about 30 pages), this fast romance could be just the read for you! Four stars!



You can pick up Letters in the Moonlight of Taj Mahal via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!



Source:  Author for review

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Like the Wind by J. Adams, Novelette Review



Blurb from the novelette:

Mariah Kennedy and Mason Malone have been best friends since high school. And she has loved him for that long. Afraid to share her feelings with him, she buries them inside, hoping to one day find the courage to admit what is in her heart.

To Mason, Mariah is like the wind, a force blowing around him that he secretly wishes he could hold onto. Having kept his feelings for her hidden for years, he finally decides to confess his love for her.

Then something happens that makes them both wish they had not waited so long to act on a love that carries the force of a hurricane–a love forever in motion, and powerful enough to endure forever.



My Review:



I am a big fan of J. Adams.  She always seems to pack an emotional punch into her novellas and she did not disappoint with Like the Wind!  Best friends who secretly love each other, too afraid to confess for fear of rejection or ruining their relationship.  It seemed plausible and the characters were likeable as well.  The only reason I took one star off is for the cover.  I am sorry Ms. Adams, but the cover is just a bit creepy to me!  The story is great and if you don't have much time, this is just the length!  Four stars!



You can pick up Like the Wind via Amazon.



Happy Reading!!!



Source:  Author for review

Monday, February 4, 2013

Follower Love Giveaway Hop featuring A Little Bit Cupid by Jennifer Shirk, Book Review and Giveaway!!!



Giveaway Alert!!!

Jennifer Shirk has graciously offered a copy of A Little Bit Cupid for giveaway!  To enter be or become a follower of my blog through GFC and for an extra entry 'like' my blog FB page here.  Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!

This contest will run until February 11th, just in time to read it before Valentine's Day!  Good luck!





Blurb from the novella:

Finding love should be easy, but wedding photographer Phoebe Ward knows better. When Cupid shows up on a crazy mission to help her —and save the world in the process—Phoebe realizes love might be even more complicated than she thought. Even with Cupid showing her Mr. Right, she can’t stop thinking about his best friend, Mr. Wrong.


My Review:

A Little Bit Cupid is a fun and light-hearted novella!  Phoebe hasn't had much luck in love and then she meets Cupid at a wedding!  Really, Cupid?  Yes, apparently he does exist!  He knows who her soul mate is and the problem is that she can't stop thinking about his best friend!  How can she work out these feelings she has for his best friend when the fate of love as the world knows it, rests in her hands and her ability to love her soul mate?  Who knew that love could be so complicated?  You would think that falling in love with your soul mate would be easy!  Find out for yourself when you read it!   A quick and fun read, A Little Bit Cupid is unexpected in all the right ways!   A cute Valentine's Day novella, five stars! (Because it was super cute and I devoured it in one sitting!)

You can pick up A Little Bit Cupid via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Happy Reading!!!


For other great giveaways be sure to check out the list below!







Source:  Author for review

Winners!

The winners of the smashwords coupon for Hunter by Cheree Alsop are:

Tore

Melaine

and

Shari


Congratulations!  Winners will be emailed with their coupon code!  Thank you for entering and happy reading!!!