Saturday, November 30, 2013

Crossroads Book Blast

The Crossroads Saga
Crossroads Saga
  crossroads tingCrossroads (Book 1) Can two worlds collide in dreams? Crossroads, Between, Beyond, Eternity, Halo City-novella Protecting her from the fallen was his duty. Falling in love was never part of his plan. Loving her was forbidden. Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity. Claudia Emerson's life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident after the homecoming dance. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia's dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. Unknown to her, Crossroads is like a second heaven, a place between heaven and earth, where the souls of humans in comas or near death experiences may wander. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilim--half angel, half human. It turns out that this isn't her first visit, which is an enigma, for she has no recollection of being there, and is told that no human has crossed over...until Claudia. Now that she's been there, fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most. The situation becomes even more complicated when she is unable to hinder her feelings for her swoon-worthy guardian angel. Can Michael fight his growing feelings for Claudia and protect her as a guardian angel should, or will he be too blinded by human emotions and the struggles of being who he is?
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  Praise for Crossroads "Crossroads contains action, twists and romance that has you flipping through the pages so fast that you're at the end and ready for more before you know it." ~Gabby, Nashville Young Adult Fiction Examiner/What's Beyond Forks "Watch out Edward Cullen! The angel Michael has officially given you a run for your money! Teens everywhere will add a new fictional boyfriend to their ever growing lists! OMWings! An amazing paranormal angel romance that stays with you long after the last page has turned. I need more!" ~Jennifer Howell with LateBloomerOnline.com “Crossroads by Mary Ting has it all: danger, romance, suspense, incredible characters and an original plot that is sure to thrill. The action never stops as good and evil battle to the death. This well written and fascinating love story will keep readers entranced.” ~ReadersFavorite.com   Book Trailer Teaser Though Phillip had already told me that I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between an alkin and a fallen, it was confirmed as I watched the battle. They looked just like the alkins as the two sides battled with swords. Watching, I noticed that Michael had one too, but where had it come from? “No!” Michael shouted, suddenly standing directly in front of me. “You don’t need her. She’s just a human.” “Get them!” Aden shouted again. During the entire fight Michael stayed by my side, protecting me. They fought so swiftly that even with my flashlight it was hard to distinguish alkins from the fallen. I focused intently, trying to figure out who was who, but it was no use. They were too fast for human eyes. I pointed the flashlight, hoping to blind or distract them, but that also proved to be pointless. It was only useful for my vision. In the blink of an eye they were here, there and everywhere. The clanging of swords colliding was painful to hear. As the screeching sounds continued, all I could see were sparks as the swords made contact, as if we were in the middle of a lightning storm. Fearful of any alkin getting hurt, I covered my ears, hoping that it would end soon. Suddenly, Aden raised his hand toward the stars, and the fallen stopped. The sounds of the swords crashing against each other came to a dead halt. Aden started circling around Michael and me. As he drew closer, I could see that he looked exactly as I remembered him from my dream. The wrinkles on his forehead defined his age, and though I conceived him as evil, his voice scared me more than his appearance. Aden never lifted a finger to fight; instead, he relied on the fallen to carry out his battle strategies. “Michael, come with me. I’ll give you anything you want.” “There is nothing I want from you.” “They’ve turned you against me. I should have killed you when I had the chance.” Aden’s eyes raged with anger. “They didn’t turn me against you. I did it of my own free will.” “Move out of my way!” Aden shouted. “You’ll have to go through me first!” As Aden continued to circle around us, I could sense movement from the fallen, edging closer to Michael and me. The alkin must have sensed it too as they positioned themselves right behind us and immediately began to attack the fallen. Michael moved me to the left and then to the right, fighting while shielding me. Though the fallen were fewer in number than before, they were retaliating in full force. In the midst of all the chaos, I lost my grip on the flashlight, and it tumbled off the cliff. Instinctively I reached for it, and in that split second someone or something collided against me, and I plummeted off the cliff. Gravity was pulling me faster than my body could resist. I’d always heard that at the moment of death, one’s life flashed before their eyes; all the moments that had brought them to that point, big or small. All I could think of was death itself and the one person who had changed my life forever—Michael.   crossroads saga 2    
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mary tingAuthor Mary Ting Bestselling/award-winning author Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.  
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Forever: A Seaside Novella (The Seaside Series) by Rachel Van Dyken, Book Review



Blurb:

Men fall hard. Rock stars? Fall the hardest.

This is the conclusion to Alec and Nat's story.

I breathed in and out for a few seconds as I waited at the end of the aisle. It felt like I was standing overlooking the edge of a cliff, and the minute I saw my future wife, I was going to freefall.

The music started.

Shit, I was seriously going to pass out.

People stood, Demetri nodded his head and patted me on the back.

And then I saw her.

It was like seeing her for the first time all over again. Memories of meeting her that first day of school had me grinning from ear to ear. The local girl, who didn’t even know who I was the first time she saw me, fell for me. And in return, gave me her heart for safekeeping. I ached to touch her as she walked slowly down the aisle. Her brown eyes met mine. And I lost it. Every single fear that I was holding on to snapped.

Forget drugs.

Forget needing to calm down.

I couldn’t stop my heart from beating out of my chest, and I didn’t want to. I just wanted to touch her, to tell her how pretty she was in her white dress. I wanted to promise her forever, I wanted to be her eternity.


My Review:

This is an amazing novella  from the Seaside Series about Alec and Nat's wedding!  It may be shorter than the other books but didn't lack the emotional punches that Van Dyken is known for.  I truly enjoyed the rock star wedding and the fun that they had before and after the ceremony.  Nat surprised me and Jaymeson well let's just say that we get to know Jaymeson more!  There always seems to be some sort of Demetri problem and I loved the way that he resolved this one!  Van  Dyken definitely gives us a great story in a short amount of pages and this is a must-read for any Seaside Series fan!  I was very happy that I got to 'attend' Alec and Nat's wedding!

You can pick up your own copy of Forever via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


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

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Seeking Christmas (Ocean Mist Short Story 2) by Brenda Maxfield, Book Review



Blurb:

The Christmas season has eighteen-year-old Courtney crossing the state line with her little brother Dennis to rendezvous with the man who deserted them years ago. Courtney remembers him only as the tall man who ran away. Dennis doesn’t remember him at all.

Courtney is furious, but Denny is curious. Will their meeting result in a happy Christmas memory or another miserable disappointment?


My Review:

I wasn't sure what to expect from this short story.  I really thought it was a stand alone book (whoops) but I think it falls into a series.  That said, I didn't feel lost or confused, I was fine considering I haven't read any of the other books.  The story was compelling and I was easily drawn in.  I felt like I needed to know why Courtney had such conflicting feelings toward her father.   Although this is a short story it does not lack in emotion or depth!   I was left wanting more information and answers about this family and their lives.  I am hopeful that Maxfield has other books written or is writing another.  This is a great short story that illustrates an important principle.


You can pick up your own copy of Seeking Christmas via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


I received an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Texas Twilight (McCutcheon Family Series #2) by Caroline Fyffe, Book Review




TEXAS TWILIGHT - Book Two in the McCutcheon Family Series

Fresh out of medical school, John McCutcheon finds his stagecoach under attack by brutal outlaws. With the help of a feisty acquaintance, Lily Anthony, he manages to fend off the assault. Lily is attracted to the charming cowboy-doctor, with his chiseled good looks and teasing ways, then heartbroken to learn he's engaged to be married.

Once settled in Rio Wells, Texas, John tries to ignore the fact that his cousin has taken a shine to Lily. When a bounty hunter shows up looking for a priceless jewel that Lily has found stashed away in her aunt's belongings, Lily fears her dreams of owning her own shop--and of finding true love--are about to go up in flames...or, could that just be the glow of a beautiful ... Texas Twilight?




My Review:

Texas Twilight is the second book in The McCutcheon Family Series. We get to meet Luke's brother John, the brother who went away to medical school. When the story begins, immediately the action and mystery follows! John finds himself in the middle of a stage coach robbery among fellow passengers Lily and Harriett. Showing bravery in the midst of a dangerous situation, John is the perfect hero for the story! I completely enjoyed the scenes where he used his medical knowledge, it was very interesting to read how they performed medicine back then. Charity makes an appearance and her character is easy to love! She is feisty, tenacious and full of spirit! There is never a dull moment when Charity is around! 

Texas Twilight is a very emotional read! The characters face adversity and hardships and through these circumstances we get to see how they handle it and if they can 'hang' in this new town! This fast-paced western romance is full of mystery and romance! The story is engaging, the setting is Texas, (you can't get much better than that for a western!) and the characters are good looking and intelligent! Bravo to Caroline Fyffe and I hope she is writing about another one of the McCutcheon family members soon! Maybe Dustin? Hint, hint!


You can pick up your own copy of Texas Twilight via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Silver Bells by Sadie Hart, Book Review



Blurb:

Every year, the Christmas Carousel in South Howle takes a beating, and every year, Dash Bartholomew tenderly brings it back to life. It’s a job he started fifteen years ago, when Dash became Dasher, one of Santa’s reindeer, and accepted the worn leather harness now hanging on the hooks at the back of the carousel barn. The one with its beautiful, silver bells that once made the most wondrous sound in the world, and now lay quiet.

That is, until Merry, a young, homeless woman wanders in looking for a place out of the cold. Unlike Dash, she can hear the sweet chimes of the bells, proving to him that it’s not the harness that’s broken. As Christmas draws near, Dash finds himself drawn to Merry and her quiet, stubborn pride. However, unable to hear the sleigh bells Dash isn’t sure what Christmas this year will bring, only that the magic in that harness is far less important than the woman he’s come to love.


My Review:

I grabbed a copy of this book when it was free on Amazon.  I honestly didn't read the blurb and I knew nothing about the book other than it had to do with Christmas.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a heart-warming short story about Dash and a young homeless woman named Merry.  His kindness towards her is so sweet and just what I like to read about during the holidays.  I never saw the twist at the end coming, so it was a nice surprise.  Silver Bells is a nice short story to get you in the Christmas Spirit!

You can buy your own copy of Silver Bells via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Running Home (Run, Book 3) by Cami Checketts, Book Review



Blurb:

In Cassidy’s battle against human trafficking there are two choices: run or be captured.

Cassidy's humanitarian mission takes an ugly turn when human traffickers attack. Cassidy doesn’t know where to run—home to America, into Jesse’s arms, or any direction she can to escape the traffickers. Innocent families are being ripped apart and Cassidy must decide if she’s brave enough to stop running and join the fight.


My Review:


Cassidy is down in Mexico trying to help in the war against human traffickers.  She is so unsure of what she should do and whether or not she can make the commitment to share her life with Jesse.  In this wonderful conclusion to the Run series, Cassidy learns what she is really made of and who is the most important person in her life.  Checketts had me on my toes once again and my only disappointment is that the series has ended!  A must-read series for any action and suspense fans out there!

You can pick up your own copy of Running Home via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author copy for review

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Release!!! The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson


I absolutely love Melanie Dickerson!  Her novels are a breath of fresh air!  Check out her newest release today, The Captive Maiden!  The cover alone would have me buying a copy!





Blurb:

Happily Ever After ...Or Happily Nevermore? Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke's son, Valten---the boy she has daydreamed about for years---is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. 

To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.



You can pick up your own copy of The Captive Maiden via Amazon.


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Monday, November 18, 2013

Dying to Run (Running Home #2) by Cami Checketts, Book Review



Blurb:

Cassidy Christensen wants to run.
Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but she won’t allow another family member to be killed in her place. 

This must-read sequel to Dead Running will have you laughing, biting your nails, and hoping for more

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My Review:

I flew through the pages of this novella which is the second book in the Running Home series by Cami  Checketts.  I loved the fast paced action (that began right away I might add) and the same great characters from the first book!   Cassidy is back and who knew that more trouble would come her way AGAIN?    Checketts continues a great story and still leaves the reader wanting more!  I was bummed that it was novella length, but I am pacified knowing there is one more book to hopefully give me the closure I need!


You can pick up your own copy of Dying to Run via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author copy for review

Friday, November 15, 2013

Follow Me To Zion LDS Blog Tour & Book Review


Book Description
James G. Willie knew the trek would be arduous when he left Iowa City in July 1856, leading 500 handcart pioneers on a 1,300-mile journey across the plains.

But he could not have known that his people would run out of food while still hundreds of miles from Salt Lake City nor that the winter of 1856 would begin in the middle of October with prolonged, severe storms. Sixty-nine members of his company would die along the way. Yet from this tragedy emerged triumphant stories of personal endurance, courage, heroism, and unwavering faith.

Follow Me to Zion recounts 20 compelling stories of members of the Willie handcart company and their rescuers. Dozens of full-color images by artist Julie Rogers enrich this keepsake volume, which pays tribute to the men, women, and children who have become enduring witnesses of the power of faith and sacrifice.

Here you will find excerpts from their own accounts of the journey, learn what those faithful pioneers did after reaching the Salt Lake Valley, and read reflections on their lives by descendants.
The simple words “Follow Me to Zion,” cross-stitched onto small pieces of fabric kept in the journal of a handcart pioneer, are an invitation that still calls to us today.

The stories and paintings in this beautiful volume can inspire us to live true to our faith and reach out to help others do likewise.


Product Details
         Size: 8" x 10"
         Pages: 272
         Year Published: 2013


About the Authors
Andrew D. Olsen is an editor for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the author of The Price We Paid: The Extraordinary Story of the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers. Andrew and his wife, Linda, are the parents of 3 children.

Jolene Spendlove Allphin has a love for the 1856 pioneers and rescuers that continues to grow. She has published nearly 300 biographical sketches of them in Tell My Story, Too. Jolene and her husband, Michael, are the parents of 11 children.

Julie Boswell Rogers is an acclaimed artist who has won many awards. Her art has been featured in Church publications, visitors’ centers, and the Church History Museum. The book Emma, the Elect Lady contains many of her paintings of Joseph and Emma Smith. Julie and her husband, Russell, are the parents of 5 children.


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My Review:


Follow Me To Zion is a great book full of true accounts from the people who were a part
of the Willie Handcart Company.  It is a great look into their thoughts and their lives.  I
was amazed at their faith, their courage, and their overall positive outlook.  Even when
things seemed hopeless and desperate, they had faith and did not doubt that the Lord
would deliver them.  This book has helped me to see these pioneers for who they really
were; amazing Church members with unshakable faith. Included are thoughts from their
descendants whose lives have been shaped and influenced by these faithful pioneers.
This book allows you to read what the actual members of the Willie Handcart
Company wrote!  This is an amazing collection of their writings!


Happy Reading!!!


I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Astraea Press Gives Back Giveaway!!!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Illuminating Gracie Book Blast

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  PP Cover.4043372.inddIlluminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple As an old woman's lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity: the chance to do it all again. But that is easier said than done. In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self-loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been. At 17 years old, Grace Bennett is a bitter young woman. Though blessed with a loving family, looks and brains to spare, she hides her light under a bushel, spending most of her time in the darkness of her mind with little more than sarcasm and self-pity to keep her company. But things are about to change for Grace. While delivering food for her family's bed and breakfast, she turns onto a desolate dirt road and drives straight into her destiny. It's on this isolated country lane that the damaged girl meets a strangely familiar old couple and two mysterious young men. Together the group fights the demons that surround Grace, and they teach her what it means to let her light shine. "Illuminating Gracie" is, at once, a metaphorical tale of the fight between good and evil and a spiritual saga of one girl's journey from darkness into the light. If you liked "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," you will love the story of Gracie.  
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Excerpt: Because he was an angel, Lochedus carried the power of life and death in his touch. With the wave of his hand, he could calm an angry sea or rain down terrible destruction on the heads of the guilty. He could grant peace to the troubled and visit devastating disease on the deserving. But no matter how hard he tried he could not, that night, pull himself from the depression that threatened to tear him apart. It had taken the touch of a small boy to do what a mighty angel could not and the far- reaching fallout from the child’s selfless act would echo throughout eternity. Through the years, Lochedus had checked in on the boy, quietly keeping vigil – never speaking, only watching. Not one time did the boy acknowledge his existence or seem to see him again. Not even in his darkest hours did he call out for help. That is, until tonight. The boy, now an old man, didn’t beg for his own soul, but for the soul of another – the one he loved most in the world. And now, the angel would move Heaven and Earth – and Hell if he had to – to help the one to whom he owed so much.   Praise for Illuminating Gracie: "A well-paced fantasy story of redemption and self-improvement." ~Kirkus Review (Sept. 1, 2013 Magazine) "Just the right amount of love story to the action packed plot line left this book a perfectly balanced read." ~Maryann (Amazon “Top 1000” Reviewers) "The story also contains little mysteries that keep you turning the pages, as gems of insight turn up along the way. It is a story of hope and redemption, and a beautiful request of each of us to let our light shine brightly." ~Kimberly Raadt Higgins (Amazon Review) "On a personal level, I can relate to Grace in so many ways. As I read, a lot of memories and feelings from my teenage and young adult years have come flooding back, some a little painful, others fun and exciting, even hopeful. Yet it also has me contemplating where I am today as a middle-aged adult; am I who I thought I would be, who I want to be?" ~N.J. Collar (Amazon Review) "The plot is masterfully drawn and keeps the reader guessing until the end. This book tells the story of the fight between good and evil in a young woman's life. It is brilliant in its use of humor and emotion to draw the reader into the characters." J. Pitts (Amazon and Goodreads)   lisa templeAuthor Lisa C. Temple On thirty-nine Senior scrolls, the Headmaster of author, Lisa C. Temple's, small, private school wrote "Good Luck and best wishes for a prosperous future!" On the fortieth and final scroll, which was Temple's, the Headmaster penned the words, "Lisa, I can't wait to see to what use you put your unusual talents!" Temple spent the next 30 years trying to assuage her former leader's curiosity - and her own. She sold BMWs in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, and hillbillies (as a booking agent) in Nashville, Tennessee. In an effort to escape the enforced servitude of the Junior League, she even attended and was graduated from law school and passed the Alabama State Bar exam in 2002. Through it all, she battled problems and illnesses, many of her own making. But, it wasn't until her father - her hero - was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), that Temple found her true calling - the "talent" that she finds joy in putting to use. "Illuminating Gracie," is loosely autobiographical and born from a desire to, if only, metaphorically right the wrongs of Temple's own past. It tells the story of a miserable old woman who is given the opportunity - by an angel - to go back in time and help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been. "Illuminating Gracie," is the first book in a four-book series. The second book, "Instigating Gracie," is due for release in December 2013. Temple laughs when saying she has a loving and complicated husband she deserves, and a wonderful son and two loving stepchildren that she does not. She also shares her life with her beloved pets: Pomeranian, Phebe; Bordernese, Flash; and Tabby cat, MInx.  
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Monday, November 11, 2013

A Perfect Secret by Donna Hatch Blog Tour & Book Review



Blurb:

Desperate to protect her father from trial and death, Genevieve breaks off her engagement with Christian Amesbury and marries a blackmailer. After a year of marriage, she flees her husband's violent domination only to have fate bring her back to Christian. Just when she thinks she's started a new life of safety and solitude, her husband tracks her down, stalks her, and threatens everyone she loves. 

Still brokenhearted over Genevieve's betrayal a year ago, Christian can't believe she's come back into his life--and worse, that she's done it on the anniversary of his brother's death, a death that haunts him. Though tempted to throw her back into the river where he found her, he can't leave her at the mercy of the terrifying man she married. 

When her husband torments Genevieve and puts his family in danger, Christian will do anything to protect those he loves...anything except give Genevieve another chance to break his heart.


My Review:

We finally get to read book three in the Rogue Hearts Series and it is a hit!  This book is about Christian's story, the youngest Amesbury brother.  Hatch has done wonders with this novel as you will find yourself biting your nails while trying to figure out how Genevieve can ever get herself out of the mess that has become her life!  There are secrets, revenge, twists and turns all rolled up with the emotional roller coaster of a woman on the run with the man she loves who just happens to not be her husband!  If you are a fan of a good suspense story, historical novels, or just a good read, then you will love A Perfect Secret by Donna Hatch!  I highly recommend you read the first two books in the series before this one, just so you can understand the dynamics of the Amesbury family.  A home run for Hatch, A Perfect Secret has all the great plays a book needs!  I look forward to reading the next book in the series and I am hopeful it will be Grant's story!


You can pick up your own copy of A Perfect Secret via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


I received an ARC copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fighting for the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux Book Blast

Fighting for the Edge CoverFighting for the Edge Two friends. Two dreams. One night that changes everything… Ice dancer Aubrey London scoffs at romance. She’s focused on winning a medal at the upcoming Olympics and uses that as her excuse to avoid serious relationships. But when she and longtime friend Chris Grayden are thrown together by unforeseen circumstances, Aubrey finds herself questioning everything she's ever known about love, complicating her life both on and off the ice. Pairs skater Emily Petrov embraces romance. She and her husband Sergei still act like honeymooners two years after their wedding. As Emily’s coach, Sergei provides constant support while she prepares to challenge for gold at the Olympics. But Sergei’s support might not be enough to help Emily overcome the one challenge she never saw coming. With the Games only weeks away, Emily and Aubrey are on the verge of realizing their dreams. But one snowy, stormy night sets in motion a series of events that will test them in ways they never imagined, giving them more to fight for than Olympic medals.  
Praise for Fighting for the Edge "Emily and Aubrey's final challenge is Jennifer Comeaux's greatest victory. Both touching and suspenseful, Fighting for the Edge is a game changer that will have fans of the series giving both the characters and the author a standing ovation once they've turned the last page. If I could pass out medals, Jennifer would earn gold for writing my favorite romance of all time." - Jenna at Jenna Does Books "Jennifer Comeaux puts you in the action, makes you smell the ice and hear the roar of the crowd during the nail-biting competitions, and she's a master at creating first love jitters in your stomach from the steamy scenes that are so hot without being explicit." - Christina Jean Michaels, author of Epiphany  
Life on the Edge (Book 1) Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history. Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily’s dreams of gold.
 
Edge of the Past (Book 2) Summary: Emily's skating career and personal life have never been more golden. She and her partner Chris have won every competition they've entered this season, and she's found the man of her dreams in her coach Sergei. But when one of the biggest competitions of the year takes Emily and Sergei to Russia, Sergei's past explodes into the present and makes Emily doubt everything in their future.  
 
Author Jennifer Comeaux
Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren't any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she's a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is travelling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing.
When not working or writing, she is an avid follower of the sport of figure skating, travelling to competitions around the country. Those experiences allow her to see another side of the sport and serve as an inspiration for her writing. Jennifer is blessed with a wonderful family and many friends who have encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a published author.
  fighting for the Edge tour  
 
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

52 Questions LDS Blog Tour



About the book:

Has a question ever changed your life? "A good question ... is like an alarm clock," wrote Elder Tad R. Callister. "It awakens us out of our mental doldrums [and] jump-starts our mental engines."
A woman was in a church meeting, studying Philippians 4:8: "Whatsoever things are true, ... honest, ... pure, ...lovely, [or] of good report; if there be any virtue, and ... any praise, think on these things." She felt the Holy Spirit say to her, "Is there anything honest, pure, or lovely in your soap opera?"
She had to confess that the program was not lovely or of good report or praiseworthy. Then the Spirit whispered another question: "So what are you going to do about it?"
What this sister heard from the Spirit that day were life-changing questions, and her decision to give up her soap opera made a profound difference in her life.
Where can we find questions that will awaken us out of those mental—and spiritual—doldrums? Popular authors John Hilton III and Brad Wilcox help us recognize and ponder fifty-two powerful questions from the Book of Mormon—one for each week of the year. One short chapter each week has the power to change your life.
  • Have miracles ceased?
  • Have ye inquired of the Lord?
  • Have ye spiritually been born of God?
  • Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God?
Joseph Smith promised that we would get nearer to God through the Book of Mormon than through any other book. Pondering its inspired questions can propel us forward to attain that promise.
You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Montana Dawn by Caroline Fyffe, Book Review



Blurb from the book:

Luke, third son of Montana’s wealthy McCutcheon family, is different from his brothers. As the offspring of a Cheyenne warrior, he carries a chip on his shoulder for all to see. His flashing eyes and handsome face make Faith feel she’s stepped into some long-ago tale where men cherish their women--and keep them safe. If only she could trust him! Faith is on the run, and although she’s pampered and protected by Luke and his family, she just can’t risk the consequences of sharing the details of her past--one that’s hunting to take her back to the nightmare she’s just escaped. Happy-ever-afters are for fairytales, she reminds herself sternly as her heart feels the warm pull of his. Still, she can’t help but dream of a loving family, a home to call her own, a beautiful and bright…Montana Dawn 


My Review:

Montana Dawn by Caroline Fyffe is a great western romance novel.  It didn't take long at all for me to become engrossed in the story of Luke who in the middle of a rainstorm, finds a young boy along with her mother who is in labor!  Faith is a young mother and she is hiding something, Luke is sure of it!  Luke's character is completely intriguing; we find out that he has a different heritage from his brothers and finding out why is a complete surprise, yet a lovely way to round out the story.  As a reader it was nice to read a book where both characters had something to learn about themselves. Montana Dawn is a good western full of cowboys, danger and a young woman who is hiding something from her past.  I loved the romance along with the suspense and action!  The best part of this book for me is the sense of family and belonging that Fyffe's novel embodies.  The reader feels as though they are experiencing every event along with the characters.  Her easy to read writing style will have the pages flying through this book that is sure to please!


Rating:  Contains a handful of cuss words


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Friday, November 1, 2013

Dead Running by Cami Checketts, Book Review



Blurb:

Cassidy Christensen is running. Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents. Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable. Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness. With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she'll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future. A light-hearted suspense with a side of PG-rated romance, Dead Running will have you lacing up your running shoes and impatiently waiting for the sequel. "Dead Running was everything I was hoping it would be, captivating, invigorating, and a page turner that I could not, would not, put down! Cami Checketts writes books that will make you think, and make you feel. She captivated me with The Sister Pact, and doesn't lose speed with her newest "must read," Dead Running." Sheila DeChantal Book Reviewer - Book Journey "Brilliant characterization, edge-of-your-seat suspense and a touch of humor make Dead Running a rare treat..." Wendy Davy Award winning author of Deadly Chase


My Review:

Dead Running is a great action/suspense novel that I could not put down!!  We are seriously talking about burning eyes because I couldn't stop reading it!   Cassidy's character is one of my favorites I have ever read!  She is fun, vibrant, stubborn and bigger than life in her personality.  She does what she wants,says what she thinks, and is true to herself.  Her character is what makes this book pop!  I loved the running aspect, especially since Cassidy really isn't a runner by choice and doesn't have a desire to be one!  It is hilarious when she wins the entry to a marathon!  She tackles life head-on and finds herself in all types of difficult predicaments.  I was on the figurative edge of my seat throughout the book and Checketts keeps the reader on their toes until the very end!  If you think this is a typical suspense book where you will have it all figured out...think again!  Once I finished reading, I was 'running'to grab the two other books in this series because I couldn't get enough of Cassidy and her friends!



You can pick up your own copy of Dead Running via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author copy for review