Friday, January 31, 2014

Crossing the Deep by Kelly Martin, Book Review


Blurb:

Sixteen year old Rachel Harker expects the church sponsored hiking trip in the Smoky Mountains to be short and painless. Four days later, injured and scared, Rachel prays to just make it home alive.

Asher Jenkins, fellow hiker and handsome skeptic who is only on the hike so he doesn’t have to go home and face his abusive ‘uncle’, finds Rachel in the woods and tries to get her back to Deep Creek Trail. A small hole hidden under the fall leaves causes her ankle to twist and forces Asher to leave her to get help. As night falls, he comes back, unable to find the right trail.

As hours stretch into days, an unexpected rainstorm bears down the mountain, flooding Deep Creek and cutting off their way home. Rachel puts all of her faith in God to save them. Asher thinks believing in God is a waste of time and does what he can to prove to Rachel that He doesn’t exist.


My Review:

It took me about a quarter of the book for me to really become pulled into the story. but once I was pulled in, I could not put it down!  When Rachel and Asher become lost and alone in the woods, the story becomes gripping and the emotion is so real I found myself feeling like I was there watching it all unfold.  This is a Christian YA novel, and the references to that are very prevalent.  There are some very real and painful issues that Rachel and Asher face and try to overcome while lost in the woods.  This definitely is not your typical Christian YA novel.  Crossing the Deep is full of pain, loss, over coming huge obstacles and ultimately learning to put your faith and trust in God.  Martin has written a novel unlike any I have read; one so gripping and emotional that I could not help but read until the very last page!


You can pick up your own copy of Crossing the Deep via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fall (Seaside #4) by Rachel Van Dyken, Book Review



Blurb:

If you look up British in the dictionary…A-list celebrity Jamie Jaymeson’s name would be next to it. Along with charming, witty, man-whore, and a lot of other adjectives that he wouldn’t appreciate being attached to his name.
He has everything in the world going for him.
Until fate decides his number’s finally up.
Caught in a compromising position that really wasn’t his fault to begin with (really it wasn’t)—Jaymeson’s been told by his agent to lay low in the one town he swore he’d never return to—the seventh circle of hell, known by its residents as Seaside, Oregon.
Two months? He can do anything for two months. Especially if it means getting a part in the new book-to-movie series that has girls all over the world swooning.
Play nice? Keep it in his pants? Please. He played an alien once—he was going to totally rock it.
Until a certain someone who he may or may not have publicly humiliated—rejected, then humiliated again, suddenly pops up next door.
Self control has a way of flying out the window when the one girl you can’t have—is suddenly dangled right in front of you.
But Priscilla isn’t just off limits—she’s a pastor's daughter and barely legal to boot. So Jaymeson does the one thing he swore he’d never do—he tries to be friends. With a woman.
Only, it’s exactly what he needs.
Until suddenly, he craves more.
He wants to date her.
She wants to date someone else.
He wants to kiss her.
She asks him to give her lessons for her new boyfriend.
When opposites attract, sometimes the only option you have is to leap—and trust the fact that when you fall—that special someone falls too.


My Review:

I have fallen for Fall...truly I fell in love with this story!  Rachel Van Dyken has exceeded all of my expectations with this book!  I love the Seaside Series but Fall is now my favorite one!  I never thought I would find myself cheering on Jaymeson, I mean the guy is a royal jerk with the ladies.  Demetri and Alex swore that he would fall and boy did he fall hard!  I love the way that he was constantly keeping tabs (albeit in a strange fashion) on Pris, making sure she was okay.  Also that he was willing to change himself for the better....that says it all.  He really cared and loved her.  Pris' character was so wholesome and vibrant!  She was funny and full of life, the reader can't help but want what is best for her!  I never saw what was coming towards the end of the book, and the emotion is so strong that the reader will be feeling it right along with the characters!  ( I would specify but I despise spoilers).  This is a fantastic addition to the Seaside Series and I still want more of these characters!  Please write more, I am not ready to leave Seaside, AD2 and Jaymeson behind just yet.  That is the mark of a true great author, when the fans cannot get enough of the world they have created.  That is exactly what Van Dyken has done with the Seaside Series!



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



Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Release Day for Fall: A Seaside Novel by Rachel Van Dyken!!!


Fall (A Seaside Series Novel #4)
Author: Rachel Van Dkyken
Release date: January 28th
Genre: New Adult

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18935419-fall?from_search=true

Synopsis:

If you look up British in the dictionary…A-list celebrity Jamie Jaymeson’s name would be next to it. Along with charming, witty, man-whore, and a lot of other adjectives that he wouldn’t appreciate being attached to his name.
He has everything in the world going for him.
Until fate decides his number’s finally up.
Caught in a compromising position that really wasn’t his fault to begin with (really it wasn’t)—Jaymeson’s been told by his agent to lay low in the one town he swore he’d never return to—the seventh circle of hell, known by its residents as Seaside, Oregon.
Two months? He can do anything for two months. Especially if it means getting a part in the new book-to-movie series that has girls all over the world swooning.
Play nice? Keep it in his pants? Please. He played an alien once—he was going to totally rock it.
Until a certain someone who he may or may not have publicly humiliated—rejected, then humiliated again, suddenly pops up next door.
Self control has a way of flying out the window when the one girl you can’t have—is suddenly dangled right in front of you.
But Priscilla isn’t just off limits—she’s a pastor's daughter and barely legal to boot. So Jaymeson does the one thing he swore he’d never do—he tries to be friends. With a woman.
Only, it’s exactly what he needs.
Until suddenly, he craves more.
He wants to date her.
She wants to date someone else.
He wants to kiss her.
She asks him to give her lessons for her new boyfriend.
When opposites attract, sometimes the only option you have is to leap—and trust the fact that when you fall—that special someone falls too.





 Excerpt from Fall

“Are you alright?” A voice jolted me out of my hell.

“Shit!” The cup tipped off the table; I barely caught it with my left hand. Heart racing, I glared at Pris. “Are you trying to kill me?”

“Mugs don’t kill. Guns do.” She grinned.

“Cute, you should put that on a t-shirt,” I mumbled.

“Maybe I will.” Her voice was light, teasing. Why the hell wasn’t she in bed?

Bed. Bed. Bed. Sex. Shit. Bloody. Freaking. Hell.

My eyes scanned her half-naked body. She was wearing my boxers. Mine. Something that had once been against my skin was now touching hers. I’d probably never wash those boxers, I’d still be eighty and sleeping with them under my pillow telling myself that I made the right choice in leaving her behind, in keeping my heart closed in a cage where it belonged.

“Are you okay?” Pris took a tentative step toward me, her hand reaching out, making a beeline for my arm.

Her fingers grazed my skin.

I jerked back. “Uh, yeah.” Laughing, I grabbed an extra cup. “I just couldn’t fall asleep so I thought I’d make some tea.”

“Tea?” Her eyebrows rose. “How very proper.”

“That’s me,” I said dryly. “All…” My eyes raked over her muscular legs. “…proper.”

Clearing her throat, she stepped around me and grabbed the tea that I’d been holding onto like a lifeline. The way I figured, was if I was keeping my hands occupied then I wouldn’t be touching her. I wouldn’t be forcing myself on her, right? If I was touching tea I wouldn’t be touching tits.

Aw, shit.

I think I just made it worse.

Because my eyes naturally went to her chest, then snapped away like I was a fifth grader with his very first crush.

“So…” Pris ignored my jerky movements. She probably thought I was about ready to piss my pants or something. Ants in the pants, ants in the pants! Yes. I was officially reverting back to my childhood.

Trauma does that to a person.

So does delirium.

Insanity.

That’s what I was experiencing, because, dear God, she had vanilla-scented skin. I leaned toward her, my head turning into her shoulder.

“What are you doing?” she whispered.

“Checking.” I cleared my throat and stepped away.

“For?”

“Bed bugs.”

Yes. I’d just said bed bugs. I just officially ruined the mood and gave men everywhere a bad name.

“Eww!” She jumped into the air. “You have bed bugs?”

“No!” I yelled. “Of course not! But one should always be careful when one is staying…” I waved my hand into the air. “…abroad.”

“Stop saying one,” she snapped.

“Sorry.”

Shaking her head, she put a tea bag in each mug. The kettle whistled, prompting her to fill the mugs with the steaming water. I let her do it. My mind had left me and I knew my body was next to go — next in the very long line of betrayal. I figured if I touched the kettle I’d somehow find a way to burn my nether parts off. Because really, that’s just the type of night I was having.

“Here.” Pris thrust the mug into my hand, setting hers on the counter to cool, then jumped up and sat so she was at eye level with me. “I’m sorry you can’t sleep. Is there anything I can do?”

Yeah. She could stop — just stop — breathing so effing close to me.

Wait, did that mean I wanted her to die?

Shit. I was turning into a serial killer.

“No,” I croaked. “It happens sometimes.” I blew across the mug. “I’m sorry I woke you up.”

“You didn’t.” She picked up her mug and lifted it to her lips pausing before taking a sip. “I fell asleep right away, and then, I don’t know, I guess my body wasn’t ready to go to bed yet. I woke up and heard you rummaging around in the kitchen.”

I winced. “Sorry. I tried to be quiet.”

“Jamie Jaymeson being quiet. You let me know when you discover you have that particular talent.”

With a laugh I clinked my mug to hers. “Cheers.”

Pris took a sip then jerked the cup back. “Ouch.”

“What?” I set my mug down and reached for hers, setting it next to mine.

She shook her head and rolled her eyes. “It’s not a big deal I think I just burnt my lip.”

“Let me see.” I stood in between her legs and braced either side of her face with my hands.

In hindsight… that was where I went wrong.

I knew I was struggling — I should have never touched her. I should have left her alone. I should have taken a step away instead of forward.

“Your lips look…” Incredible. Delicious. Plump. “Unharmed.” I inwardly groaned.

“Good.” Her answer was low, hypnotic, her tongue reached out and licked her lower lip.

And my body took the bait.

With a moan I crushed my mouth against hers and lifted her body against mine.

Her arms went around my neck as I devoured her lips — they tasted so sweet. Her body was hot, it slid against mine. My reaction was so violent I almost dropped her onto the floor.

Pris’s tongue pushed into my mouth. Damn, the girl was aggressive. I loved it. Smiling against her mouth I bit down on her lip and let her taste me, let her explore as my hands moved to her hips, setting her feet on the floor as I still held her body against mine.

Slowly, I slid my hands underneath her shirt, and lifted, the friction of my hands against her skin made me dizzy. Pris wasn’t just my obsession — she was my damn downfall. She made me feel weak, like I was drowning but I didn’t want to be saved. For the first time, I wanted to pull someone else down with me. And stay there.

Her breath hitched as my hands reached her bra.

She pulled back, slightly.

But it was enough for my brain to function on a logical level. I wanted to give her all of myself — but I had absolutely nothing to give her.

The math didn’t make sense.

I’d give her all I had — which was nothing.

And she’d give me everything.

“Pris,” I murmured against her mouth. “I’m sorry.” I stepped back, still gripping her wrists. “That shouldn’t have happened. It’s late and—”

“—what?” She jerked away from me, rubbing one wrist with her other hand.


“No, don’t be mad. Please.” Why did I feel like getting on my knees and begging? 

“I wouldn’t survive it if you said you hated me right now. I know it’s what I deserve. I know I’m an ass. I’m a whore. I’m all those things, but please, please don’t say this changes anything. I can’t…” Dammit. “I can’t lose you, Pris. You’re the only real friend I’ve had.”



Fall is available now!!!!!


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About The Author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee, Book Review



Blurb:

Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.


My Review:

I must start off by saying that this is Karen Foxlee and the marvelous book!  I was intrigued when I saw this title available on Netgalley.  I love middle grade reads and fairy tales so I thought I would give it a try.  I didn't expect to be swept away into Opehlia's story so quickly nor did I expect to be up half the night because I couldn't put the book down!  Foxlee has a gift with words; she takes the reader on Ophelia's journey and the reader feels like they are experiencing the entire story with her!  I was amazed at how quickly the pages flew by and how not for one second did I become disinterested in what was going on.  A modern fairy tale with a lovable main character that you can't help but root for, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is sure to please any reader from young to young at heart!  


You can pick up your own copy of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and was under no obligation to review it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Teach Me Under the Mistletoe by Kay Springsteen, Book Review



Blurb:

According to Caroline "Kitty" Tyndall's friends, a young lady who's gone two seasons in London with nary a nibble from a prospective suitor is well on the way to spinsterhood. But what's a girl to do when she's never been kissed, and the worldly man she wants regards her as a child?

Hugh McCollum spends his days as a stable hand staying out of trouble and saving for his planned emigration to America. When Lady Caroline asks him to teach her how to kiss so the man she's set her cap for will find her more sophisticated, he knows he should run in the other direction. But when a pretty young woman falls into his arms and begs for his help, what's a red-blooded man to do but oblige?

If learning to kiss leads Kitty to love, will the man of her dreams be the man of her heart?


My Review:

I love Christmas stories and I also love historical novels, so Teach Me Under the Mistletoe was right up my alley!  I thought that Kitty would be my favorite character in this book, but my heart was won over by Hugh.  His love for Kitty showed in everything that he did and it didn't hurt that he was very handsome! I loved the way their relationship began and how strong-willed Kitty was.   She was determined to catch the man she thought was her dream guy with lessons from an unlikely source; the groom!   The further into the book I read the more I wondered how everything would work out.  I was truly taken by surprise and it was a pleasant one!  I loved the epilogue (I love things all wrapped up at the end) and I want to read more books by author Kay Springsteen!  

You can pick up your own copy of Teach Me Under the Mistletoe via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Gift for Lara by S.G. Rogers Book Review



Blurb:

Can the spirit of Christmas mend two broken hearts?

Lara Robinson wrote a love letter four years ago, but received no reply. Now the man to whom she gave her heart will visit Blythe Manor for Christmas. How can she enjoy the holidays knowing Miles Greystoke must despise her for revealing her feelings in such an unguarded fashion?

As an awkward youth, Miles fell in love with a kindred spirit…but his love was unrequited. Against his wishes, he’s now obliged to spend the holidays at Blythe Manor. Time has wrought changes in his physique, but his devotion to Lara Robinson has never wavered. He searches for the perfect present to show her how he feels, but nothing seems quite right…until he realizes the best sort of gift will embrace the true meaning of Christmas.

A Victorian Christmas short story.


My Review:

I loved this short Christmas story by S.G. Rogers!  First I have to say that the cover is simply gorgeous!  If I were to buy a book based on the cover alone, this would be purchased immediately!  Cover aside, the story is great.  Lara and her twin sister Fiona are nothing alike;  I loved Lara and Fiona was just irritating.  I wished that she could be nicer to her sister!  They were twins after all!  Miles is sweet, kind yet he cannot seem to articulate himself while around Lara.  I love how the past comes full circle with Miles and Lara.  While this is a short story, you will be pleased with the fullness of the story and the characters.  Usually with short stories I feel dissatisfied when it ends, like I didn't get a full story.  That was not the case with this book!  A fun Christmas themed read, if you like historicals and romance, you will like A Gift for Lara!
FYI:  this is a 'clean' read :)

You can pick up your own copy of A Gift for Lara via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


I downloaded this book when it was free on Amazon. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Stormy Knight by Amy Mullen, Book Review



Blurb:

In twelfth century England, Gemma de Vere and Nicholas de Reymes find love at a young age. Too naïve to truly understand what is happening, their fledgling relationship is torn apart by political games and scheming minds. Nicholas and his family disappear into the night and Gemma is left with a shattered heart.

Seven years later, Gemma still harbors a broken heart, and retreats into a life in which she will not be foolish enough to fall in love again. Mysterious deaths and accidents begin to plague those living within the walls of Blackstone Castle, and her father falls ill. She has no choice but to seek the assistance of King Henry.

Help arrives in the form of her childhood love, the handsome and imposing Nicholas, who is now a fierce and loyal knight bent on revenge. The pain and anguish he feels over the fate of his family casts Gemma as his enemy. To him, she represents all the misfortune in his life as he tries to keep her at arm’s length and far away from his heart.

Their journey towards truth is riddled with treachery and danger from an unlikely source. Will they find their way back to each other, or will his need for revenge outweigh the love he feels in her arms?


My Review:


I love medieval romances and A Stormy Knight did not disappoint me!  Mullen drew me into the story from the beginning and I found myself enthralled with the story.  I loved Gemma for her strength and courage; yet at the same time she frustrated me with her lack of caution for danger.  Nicholas was definitely the picture of a stormy knight!  His anger and wrath one would not want to find themselves on the other end of it!  I was captivated by the mystery surrounding Blackstone Castle and the way it all resolved itself.  I wish there had been a little bit more information at the ending, but that is just me liking everything all tied up with a bow!  Overall this is an excellent read and I can't wait to read more from Amy Mullen!


You can pick up your own copy of A Stormy Knight via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


*I won a copy of this book and was under no obligation to review it.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Colony by Cami Checketts, Blog Tour & Book Review



Blurb:

To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property. Lance, Brinlee's attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion. While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger. 


My Review:

The Colony starts out with a huge action/suspense scene and grabs the reader's attention right away.  Brinlee is such a strong and vibrant character, her love for her boys jumps right out of the pages.  Lance is every girl's dream man; patient, kind, honorable and good-looking!  Meanwhile, Jed is handsome yet mysterious and seems a bit dangerous.  It was so different reading about the colony of free-loving people, a different angle that is a first for me in a book.  Some of the characters in this book are from Checkett's novel Poison Me, but it isn't necessary to have read that book (although I recommend it, it's a great read!).  I always enjoy a Checketts novel and I can't wait to read whatever she write next!



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Drawn by Cecilia Gray, Book Review



Blurb:

A wholly original tale of friendship and betrayal through the eyes – and lies – of one extraordinary girl. 

Sasha has a secret – that she can make you spill your secret with nothing more than a question. Her strange gift makes her a burden to her foster family and a total freak of nature. Not that Sasha cares. Why should she when no one cares about her?

Then the CIA knocks on her door. They want to give Sasha a new identity and drop her into a foreign country to infiltrate a ring of zealous graffiti terrorists. They want to give Sasha something to care about.

To survive a world where no one is who they seem, Sasha needs to make people trust her. But when that trust blossoms into love, Sasha is forced to decide between duty and friendship, between her mind and her heart, and whether to tell the truth or keep her secrets.


My Review:

Drawn is definitely an intriguing book.  It is so different, that it falls into many different genres:  YA, paranormal, mystery, action/suspense with a little bit of romance.  Gray draws the reader in immediately and I found myself reading through the book quickly.  Sasha has so many facets to her character; while I felt like I couldn't relate to her because of her lie detecting ability, at the same time I felt connected to her desire to fit in and have friends, while at the same time trying not to care what other people thought.  I enjoyed going on this amazing journey with Sasha and the unlikely friends she made along the way.  My one tiny complaint is that the author left me wondering at the end....so does that mean there is another book or will I never know the answer?  Hopefully that means there is a book two in the future!  I think many types of readers will enjoy this book because it crosses so many different genres.  I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.


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


Happy Reading!!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Knight of the Highlander by Kristin Vayden, Book Review




Blurb:

Colin's loyalty is to the English Crown. When sent into the Highlands to spy on the clans and report any Jacobite sympathizers, he takes on a new identity, the clan Chattan Blacksmith. He expected his duplicity would be difficult, he expected to risk his life. But he never expected to fall in love, especially with the traitorous Chattan Laird's daughter. When his cover is blown he had two choices; leave and survive, or fight for a chance at love.


My Review:

Knight of the Highlander is a great historical romance novel!  I was easily drawn into the story of Arwynn and Colin.  Vayden made me fall in love with the Scottish Highlands, tartan and Scottish brogues!  Reading the dialogue in their native brogue brought the characters to life and the dynamic between Arwynn and Colin was tangible!  The premise of the book is intriguing and the decision that each of the main characters' has to make is a tough one.  What would you choose?  Love or your country?  A fast-paced romance with some 'braw warrior' action to boot, Knight of the Highlander will be sure to please any romantic at heart!  


You can pick up your own copy of Knight of the Highlander via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Publisher for review

Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Release, Silver Moon by Cheree Alsop & Giveaway!!!



Blurb:

Silver Moon, the seventh book in the Silver Series, is about Jaze as he fights to hold onto the peace he has achieved for the werewolves. Tensions rise, ultimatums are made, and Jaze is forced to make a decision that will change everything for werewolves, hunters, and humans alike. Hearts are broken, lives are forfeit, and Jaze’s pack is called upon to save those who survive.

Silver Moon is about sacrificing everything for love. With those he cares about on the line, Jaze’s courage, loyalty, and leadership are put to the ultimate test.


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Thank you for stopping by!  I will email the winners with their coupons at the end of January!  Happy Reading!!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Surviving Scotland (Westin Legacy #2) by Kristin Vayden, Book Review



Blurb:

Only love is strong enough to grasp what it was never meant to have. 

Elle can’t deny that Ioan is handsome. That is, until he opens his mouth. How can someone so masculine and striking be so irritating? Yet part of her knows that if his sarcastic and teasing temper changed, she’d lose her heart. 

Ioan knows that Elle is untouchable. To protect his heart, he keeps her at arms length with incessant teasing and a quick wit. She can never know the truth. But like a moth drawn to the flame he can’t resist her. Indeed he already burned. 

When the Jacobites attack Carnasserie castle, the Black Watch come to assist. Though Elle has her own personal battle to win, they both with learn that Surviving Scotland isn’t for the faint of heart…


My Review:

This is the second book in the Westin Legacy series by Kristin Vayden.  Elle is the granddaughter of Joselyn, the main character from the first book in the series, Living London.  I love how the characters are tied together from the previous book.  Elle is adopted and she has felt like she has never quite fit into proper London society.  When her grandmother passes away Elle finds herself transported to medieval Scotland!  She loses her memory when she  becomes ill and finds herself falling in love with the irritatingly handsome Ioan!  Sparks and swords fly in an unexpected adventure that will have you on your toes!   Can true love really find a way?  A fun and fresh take on historical romance, Surviving Scotland is one novel you don't want to miss!

You can pick up your own copy of Surviving Scotland via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!




Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Colony by Cami Checketts Book Blast

  The ColonyThe Colony by Cami Checketts To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property. Lance, Brinlee’s attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion. While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger.  
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Praise "Cami Checketts is a genius! She writes about topics that aren't widely discussed, in and out of books, and she does such a brilliant job of crafting these things into wonderful stories that touch your heart and remain with you for days afterwards." ~Myra, Reviewer, Pieces of Whimsy
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From January 7th to 11th The Broken Path is available for FREE on Amazon.
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Author Cami Checketts Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction. Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com. Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.  
  BookBlast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 1/31/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mercy River Come Alive CD Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway!


Come Alive
On the heels of their hit album Higher, Mercy River is back with mesmerizing harmonies and upbeat vocal arrangements. Their new album features inspirational favorites and original songs that highlight the talents of this singing sisterhood. Sing It Out Speak Life How Deep the Father's Love For Us Walk You Through the Night Who I Am Holy Ground Restless Reason For the World Walking On Sunshine  
  About Mercy River With 13 children between them, it’s amazing that Whitney Permann, Brooke Stone, and Soni Muller have time for anything other than runny noses, sock hunts, and prying suckers off the van floor. But music has been a part of each of their lives since childhood, and is now a strong presence in their homes. The three friends met while singing in the Jenny Phillips Choir and there found a common love for tight harmonies and sharing the gospel through song. Over the past five years, Mercy River has traveled all over the United States and Canada as a highly sought after ensemble, performing for thousands of people while testifying of the Savior. Each member of the group brings several years of experience performing, writing, and directing hundreds of firesides and concerts—as well as recording on dozens of inspirational albums. Their self-titled debut album was released in May 2008. “Beautiful Dawn,” was released in March of 2010. Their third album, “Higher” was released with rave reviews in February 2012. Mercy River is back with mesmerizing harmonies and upbeat vocal arrangements in “Come Alive”.


My Review:

I am a new listener to Mercy River and I am now a new fan!  Mercy River's harmonies are tight and beautiful.  Their songs on the Come Alive album lift me up and are beautiful to listen to.  Their rendition of Walking on Sunshine makes me want to get up and dance and puts a huge smile on my face.  Restless is gorgeous and the beauty of the music and lyrics I could listen to over and over again.  Holy Ground is my absolute favorite song on the entire CD.  The harmony is beautiful and the words move me almost to tears.  It is so beautiful.  Come Alive is named well because it makes my spirit feel alive and makes me want to sing along.  I look forward to listening to all of the songs over and over until I can sing every word right along with Mercy River.  I am grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour because I have been touched by the music on this CD.  If you want to feel uplifted and taken away by music, then Come Alive is the CD for you.  I look forward to buying Mercy Rivers' other CDs.


Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 1/26/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, January 6, 2014

Living London (Westin Legacy #1) by Kristin Vayden, Book Review



Blurb:

Love is stronger than we can imagine. 

Love is never impossible. But for Joselyn Westin, it’s not probable. After the death of her grandmother, Joselyn feels lost in world that seems empty, till a cryptic message in one of her grandmother’s favorite books changes everything. 
Sometimes love happens in the most unexpected, incredible places. Jocelyn wakes up in London, during the Regency Era. But her knowledge of the time is poorly lacking, even with all the historical romances she’s read. She quickly learns that life is the greatest teacher. 
What Joselyn discovers is more than just history, it’s a way of living, a way of loving and discovering that for love, nothing is impossible. 
Especially when you find yourself “Living London.”


My Review:

I fell in love with Living London!  Kristin Vayden takes a time travel theme to a whole new level!  Joselyn feels all alone after her grandmother passes away.  She has been so reclusive throughout her life, really on hanging out with her grandmother (her parents are deceased, no siblings), that she never really became close with anyone.  And then she finds this confusing note from her grandma and she falls asleep and wakes up in regency London!!!  It is incredible really because it is more like she 'fell' through time than traveled intentionally there.  And people know her there!  She has her own house and servants....how can she exist in regency London and back in her own time?  Add into the mix a very handsome man that seems familiar to Joselyn and you have such an intriguing story you will not be able to put it down!  Everything is not always as easy as you think it might be in London, what will Joselyn do?  Hurry and pick up Living London and read an amazing story you will not soon forget!


You can pick up your own copy of Living London via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!








Friday, January 3, 2014

Love Birds of Regent's Park by Ruth J. Hartman, Book Review



Blurb:

Lucy Ashbrook finds a pleasant diversion when she visits the Regent’s Park Bird Sanctuary to sketch the different birds that live there. Birds aren’t the only pleasing thing she finds, though. A certain Sanctuary worker, Oliver Barrow, has stolen her heart. But Lucy’s father will have none of it. No daughter of his will marry a common laborer.

Oliver Barrow loves everything about his work at the Sanctuary. The birds, the trees, the ponds… a certain young miss who mesmerizes him. Miss Ashbrook is beautiful and sweet and shares his love of birds. But Oliver has a secret that just might get in the way of anything more than friendship developing between them. And he can’t share that secret with her. Not yet.

How can Lucy ever convince her father of Oliver’s worth? That love isn't just for the birds?


My Review:

This is the first book that I have read by Ruth J. Hartman and I loved it!  I am a big regency romance fan so this one fit nicely into my preferred genre category.  The story of Lucy Ashbrook is interesting and fun!  I enjoyed how she treated everyone she encountered as equals.  She wasn't typical of her class and didn't look down on others not of her same class or station.  That really impressed me about her character and endeared me to her.  I really enjoyed Oliver's character and oh his secret is so great!  And he was so good-looking too! *sigh*  I must say the bird sanctuary was a great setting and when Lofton was on the receiving end of some of the birds antics, I was laughing out loud!  A new fan, I cannot wait to get my hands on another book by Ruth J. Hartman!


You can pick up your own copy of Love Birds of Regents Park via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Timeless Romance Anthology: The European Collection



Blurb from book:



In War of Hearts, Annette Lyon’s exciting novella, Anna, a journalist, is desperate to escape the magazine where Pete, her now-former boyfriend, also works. Heartbroken and still in love with him, Anna snags an assignment to cover the Winter War in Finland. She arrives at a snowy Finnish battlefront only to discover that Pete is already there—as her photographer. She’s determined to be professional about the situation until a battle breaks out in camp, putting her and Pete in harm’s way and putting their love to the test. 

In G.G. Vandagriff’s enchanting novella, The Earl of Oaksey Takes a Wife, Melissa Burroughs is the new Countess of Oaksey. Her whirlwind romance and subsequent elopement was worth every divine moment, even if her parents did disapprove. When Melissa learns about her new husband’s apparently empty pockets, she wonders if the intimacy they’ve shared is only the ruse of a fortune-hunter. Melissa is devastated and determines to live a separate life from her new husband. But the Earl has other plans, which do not include staying away from his wife. 

In Michele Paige Holmes’ charming story, Gift of Love, Ethan Mooreleigh knows he’ll never love another woman after the loss of his beloved wife. Yet he needs a male heir to inherit his vast fortune. Ethan’s best friend, Stuart, has an idea and retrieves his sister, Amelia, who has been living in a convent since the tragic death of her parents. Amelia only agrees to enter into the contract marriage because there’s a child involved, Ethan’s neglected three-year-old daughter. When Amelia meets Ethan for the first time at the altar, she realizes that the last thing she wants her marriage to be is loveless. But winning a man whose heart is still broken may be impossible. 

A Lesson in Love, a delightful novella by Sarah M. Eden, captures the uncertainties of newlywed life. Lucy Stanthorpe arrives for the London Season, planning to attend every ball and musicale with her new husband, Reed, only to discover he has no intention of taking part in the social whirl. Spurred on by their family and friends, Lucy and Reed each formulate increasingly outlandish plans to teach the other a lesson in appreciation. Their battle of wills threatens to pull the young couple apart unless they can both soften their stubborn hearts. 

In An Ocean Away, Heather B. Moore’s captivating story, Gina Graydon knows the last thing she’ll attract on her holiday in France is an eligible bachelor. Tall, outspoken, and with a weakness for laughing at the wrong moment, not to mention being much too occupied with reading gothic romances, Gina decides she’d rather live in her fictional world. Besides, the only man who pays attention to her at the resort hotel happens to be her father’s worst enemy. And that is far from romantic. Reading in a secluded garden, and dreaming about the perfect kiss, all keep Gina much too busy to consider Mr. Edmund Donaldson any sort of hero. 

Nancy Campbell Allen’s entrancing novella, What Happens in Venice, follows Evangeline Stuart as she determines to enjoy her vacation in Venice—her first and likely her last since she lives under the strict confines of her step-father’s control. When she meets the mysterious and romantic Conte Bellini, who happens to be Italy’s most eligible bachelor, she decides he is all part of the dream of visiting Venice. It’s impossible for her to believe that his interest in her is anything more than kindness to a foreign visitor. But when he discovers the true betrayal of her step-father, Evangeline learns the Conte may be the one person with the power to restore her happiness. 


My Review:

I absolutely loved this collection of stories that took me on a trip through Europe!  Some authors I had read before and others were new to me!  Each book a was a delightful surprise and I couldn't get enough of each new story waiting for me to read!  I was truly captivated by the last story by Nancy Campbell Allen.  Perhaps it is because it is a version of Cinderella or maybe even because I have been to Italy.  But it is mostly because I fell in love with the characters and their vibrancy shone through the pages! Annette Lyon's story was very unique with the setting taking place in Finland during WWII.  I literally felt the cold while reading the story!  Each one of these six stories is different and special and I loved reading each one!  I kept thinking that I wish they were each full length novels!  I fell in love again with authors I have already read and found new ones to enjoy more books from!  If you love the regency area or historical romance novels, then you will fall in love with this collection of stories!


You can pick up your own copy of The European Collection via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review