Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson Book Blast!!!

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Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson

After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome new neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.
Fun, compelling, and romantic, Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.
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Rachael

Author Rachael Anderson

 A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


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Monday, April 28, 2014

Lost & Found by Karey White ( A Ripple Effect Novella #4)

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Lost and Found by Karey White

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home. Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled. When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.


My  Review:

I really enjoyed Lydia's story and as a character, she is the kind of friend everyone would want to have!  She is sweet, kind, and down-to-earth.  Her story was endearing how she went away for the summer for an adventure and ended up reading all summer!  I could totally relate to her!  Wanting to be adventurous and actually doing it are two completely different things!  So she chose the safe side and read; reading usually never lets you down!  Anyway, she runs into Blake at the airport for her flight home.  Lydia's adventure begins there!  I enjoyed the development of their relationship and their adventure together!  If you love sweet romance with great writing, you will love Lost and Found!

Rating:  Clean/Sweet

Happy Reading!!!




  Karey

Author Karey White 

Karey is a USA Today best-selling author. She grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four wonderful children.  




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Friday, April 25, 2014

Seven Day Christian by Brad Wilcox, LDS Blog Tour



Blurb:

Christianity is facing great opposition. No one is being thrown to lions, but many followers of Christ face persecution because of their beliefs. At the very least, most know how it feels to end up on the wrong side of a "politically correct" conversation. More than ever before, we need believing and behaving disciples—men and women who are ready to stand up and stand together to change the world as early Christians did: one righteous choice at a time.
Filled with personal experiences and insightful stories, this book emphasizes the importance of living in accordance with our values every single day, with practical suggestions for how to actually pull it off. "Christ doesn't just want people to acknowledge His grace," writes Brad Wilcox. "He wants them to be transformed through it. He doesn't just want people to come to Him. He wants them to become like Him— a process that takes place 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, and throughout all the years of our lives.

My Review:

I LOVED this book! Anyone who is Christian will find it uplifting, helpful and full of great advice for living their lives like Christ every day of the week.  I found reading this book to be addicting!  I seriously could not get enough and found myself pulling out my highlighter (which I NEVER do) and highlighting things that I wanted to remember.  The pages flew by so quickly...too quickly for me.  I found myself grateful I highlighted because once I was finished I immediately turned back to my highlights and shared them with my husband and family members.  Wilcox has an easy to read, straight forward manner of writing.  His personal stories along with quotes by other well known people coupled with his own amazing words makes for a book that I could not get enough of!  Anyone who wants to pattern their life after Christ will benefit from this book!  It is full of positive and uplifting ways to help you live your life after the example of the Savior.   One of my favorite parts was the story concerning C.S. Lewis.  My favorite quote from the book I must share!  " God did not remove the Red Sea, He opened it: He will help us find a way through our problems as well.  The light does always reveal distant landscapes; sometimes it gives us just enough vision to get us through one day at a time."  These are words to live by!  Five brilliant stars and I would give it more if it would let me!  I recommend this book to any Christian striving to be a better person!


About the Author:

BRAD WILCOX has lived in Ethiopia, Chile, and New Zealand; he and his family now make their home amid the Rocky Mountains. Brad taught sixth grade before obtaining his PhD in education from the University of Wyoming. His contributions as an author and teacher have been honored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and his work has appeared in Guideposts magazine andReader’s Digest. He once served as a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and has addressed thousands of youth and adults across the United State, Europe, Australia, and Japan. He and his wife, Debi, are the parents of four children.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Matchmakers by Ruth Hartman, Book Review


Blurb:

Who's to say cats can't be matchmakers?


Jessie Selkirk has a mission — to take care of every stray cat she finds. They are her life, her sole reason for being. But when Baldwin Rutledge steps into her barn looking for a cat, she develops a whole new interest. One in which she must continually remind herself there is no future. No. Best to hope for nothing beyond friendship and spare herself a broken heart.

Baldwin Rutledge is desperate to stop his aunt from trying to find him a wife. So he decides to distract her by procuring a second cat for her. His plan is working beautifully, until he meets pretty Jessie Selkirk. Now marriage is the only thing he thinks about. He’d like to be more than acquaintances, but convincing her of that might take some doing.


My Review:


The Matchmakers is a cute regency novella about one eccentric Aunt Esther, her nephew Baldwin, Jessie (I like to think of her as the cat lady) and numerous cats!  The story is laugh out loud funny and has some of the sweetest moments as well!  Hartman develops not only the human characters but the cat characters also! Hartman's writing made for real life scenes in my mind and I could envision the barn, the cats, the wind blowing through Jessie's hair!  If you want a good laugh and some romance too, then you will love The Matchmakers!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

Monday, April 21, 2014

Collide by Ashley Stambaugh, Book Review



Blurb:

Melina Rowe never thought her quiet, simple life could change to one full of fear and confusion just by accidentally bumping into someone. But after she collides with an elderly man named Walter, she starts to hear people’s thoughts and have unsettling visions. 

Walter reveals himself as a guiding angel and explains to Melina that she’s a rare type of human who can absorb angel powers. But her special ability is more of a problem for her than a gift. 

The powers are too strong for humans and will eventually kill Melina unless she can successfully use them to help a select individual who’s in need of guidance. Her chances are slim, though, seeing that the handful of other humans this has happened to before didn't survive. 

Scared for her life, Melina desperately tries to help a young man named Lee, but his continual resistance and her struggle with the powers make it almost impossible. Her situation only grows worse when a trio of soul-snatching demons is sent by an unknown entity to take her soul and kill her.

As a determined Walter sets out to discover who sent the demons and why, Melina must defend herself from their relentless attacks all while trying to use powers she doesn’t fully understand to help someone who doesn’t want to be helped. If she can’t figure out how to break through to Lee, the powers will ultimately destroy her. But if the powers don’t kill her first, the demons will.



My Review:


In Collide, the story begins unfolding immediately!  And I mean immediately!  You meet the main character and then BAM!  She runs into this older gentleman and something happens to her!  I was surprised at how quickly the action began, only because I knew so little about the main character and who she was, what she was like.  Aside from that, the story is very intriguing.  Melina is one of a few people who can absorb the powers of angels.  None have ever survived it, so she has to figure out how to gain control of them with the help of her guiding angel Walter.  This story is different and definitely interesting.  I read it pretty quickly and it kept my attention.  There were a few inconsistencies that were a little bit bothersome to me and overall I personally felt like Melina's character was underdeveloped. However the book kept my attention and the story-line was unique!  


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


Happy Reading!!!



Source:  Publisher for review

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fortune Cookie by Josi Kilpack, LDS Blog Tour




Fortune Cookie Tour





  Fortune Cookie
Fortune Cookie
Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list. With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago. Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder. The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.


My Review:

I love the Culinary Mystery series by Josi Kilpack!  If you haven't read this series and you enjoy laughter and a great mystery, then go buy it!  You will LOVE it!  Fortune Cookie is just what I expected and even more from Kilpack.  In typical Sadie style, another mystery falls into her lap and she just can't stay out of it!  Even when she tries she can't help herself!  And in Fortune Cookie the mystery happens to revolve around her sister so in a way she feels obligated!  I love how Kilpack incorporated the fortune cookies into Sadie's mystery solving, it was a great element to the book!  A little detour in Sadie and Pete's relationship added another layer that makes Kilpack's story telling realistic and dynamic.  Added to that are all of the wonderful foods and desserts described by Sadie that make Kilpack's Culinary Mystery series spectacular!  I loved reading Fortune Cookie!  Sadie is a favorite character of mine and I will be sad when the series ends, I feel like I will be losing a friend!  Five stars for Fortune Cookie and please read this series if you haven't already, it is so fun!

Culinary Mysteries


Josi
Author Josi S. Kilpack
 Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jessamine's Folly by S.G. Rogers, Book Review



Blurb:

After her estate is entailed away, Jessamine Foster has no choice but to live with relatives who detest her. When her aunt gives her an ultimatum to leave, Jessamine accepts a position as companion to Lord Kirkendale’s sister—even though she’s been warned her predecessors can’t seem to resist the earl’s exceptional good looks. Can Jessamine manage to hold onto her job without losing her heart?

To honor a promise made to his dying father, Lord Kirkendale agrees to an arranged marriage to a woman he cannot love. Although he is resigned to a life without sentiment, the arrival of his sister’s new companion awakens a slumbering passion. Can he find a way to secure his own happiness without sacrificing his family’s honor, or will his broken promise result in the ruination of the person he loves most?

An Edwardian-era novella.


My Review:

I devoured this novella in what seemed like no time at all!  I fell in love with Jessamine and immediately felt such strong emotions for her situation right from the start!  Rogers completely pulls the reader into Jessamine's world, which is full of problems.  I was reminded of the fairy tale Cinderella, but when all was said and done it really was nothing like Cinderella at all!  I felt so many emotions throughout this book and I felt them so strongly.  I wanted Jessamine to come out on top of all of her problems.  I wanted her to rise above all of the terrible things her family had done to her.  I couldn't believe so many people were out to make her life so miserable!  Rogers' drew me in from the start and had me flying through the pages to the ending!  If you want an emotional read full of ups, downs and all around emotions, this book is for you!  An Edwardian novella full of romance and mystery, Jessamine's Folly is an all around winner!  


You can pick up your own copy of Jessamine's Folly via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

Monday, April 14, 2014

Righting a Wrong (The Ripple Effect Romance Novella #3) by Rachael Anderson, Blog Tour

Righting a wrong




Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father's been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past. If only life worked that way. Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs. If only it were that easy.


My Review:

This is the third novella in a series of six.  This time we get to read about Jace's story from Silver Linings.  Jace is a mystery and so is Cambri.  Why did they break up all of those years ago?  Why did she never get back in touch with Jace?  Now he seems to run into her everywhere and the pain of the past keeps getting thrust in his face.  The emotional turmoil of her past and the relationship with Cambri's father all seems to be more than Cambri can handle.  Will Cambri and Jace ever talk and work things out?  Is there a happy ending for either of them?  I loved even the minor characters in this book like Grandpa Cal and Cambri's Dad.  The small town setting and and the sense of family and friends will leave you with a satisfied feeling!



Rachael

Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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Fiance by Fate by Jennifer Shirk Book Release Day!





About the Book
Title: Fiancé by Fate
Author: Jennifer Shirk
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Pub. Date:April 14, 2014


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Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancé breaks off their engagement, she’s convinced they’ll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can't refuse. Not if it means getting the life she’s always imagined.

Despite being one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that’s working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company’s board—that he’s ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn’t count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate. Sabrina’s still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down. But fate has other ideas…

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Taking the Reins (The Rosewoods) by Katrina Abbott, Book Review



Blurb:

Brooklyn Prescott (if that's even her real name) is the new girl at The Rosewood Academy for Academic Excellence, now that she's moved back to the States after two years living in London. Rosewood, a boarding school for children of the rich and famous and known for its celebutantes, is missing just one element important to any junior's education: boys. But luckily for Brooklyn, and the rest of the Rosewood girls, there's a boys' boarding school, The Westwood Academy, just a few miles away. On her very first day, Brooklyn meets Will, a gorgeous and flirty boy on campus to help with move in. But is he who she thinks he is? And what about Brady, the cute stable boy? Or Jared, the former child actor with his grown-up good looks who can always make her laugh? As Brooklyn settles in at Rosewood, she's faced with new friends, new challenges and new opportunities to make herself into the girl she always wanted to be. Whoever that might be. Taking The Reins is the first installment of The Rosewoods, an exciting new Young Adult series for readers who love fun, flirty love stories.


My Review:

I really liked Brooklyn, teenage girl who wants to reinvent herself at her new all-girls boarding school  She is unsure of herself (typical teenager) but really sweet and kind.  I liked that about her, a lot.  I was surprised at how kind the girls at the school were to her, especially since she was new.  I really expected them to be mean and catty, especially since it was a school for rich kids.  All of these things were pleasant surprises to this YA novel.  Of course, no YA book can really be about just girls, so cue the all boys rich kids boarding school just a few miles away!  The flirting, the friends, the dance, all of those things rounded out the story.   The continual references to ''hooking up" were in my opinion,  referenced too many times.  It just made it seem like that was all the girls cared about.  However, my favorite part of the book was the horses!  I loved the stables, the dressage coach, the sparks that fly between Brooklyn and Brady!  I felt like the story flew by and then BAM!  It ended without expectation and I wanted the rest of the story!  I guess I will have to wait and read the sequel;  I truly wish it would have been one book!  Overall this is a quick, easy and enjoyable read!

You can pick up your own copy of Taking the Reins via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What the Duke Wants by Kristin Vayden, Book Review



Blurb:

What the duke wants….
Is not three young ladies for wards.
Nor is the responsibility for finding them a governess.
Thankfully that is delegated to his housekeeper, who he might add is blind as a bat.
That really could be the only excuse she has for hiring Carlotta. 
Because Carlotta is far too beautiful to be a governess.
Temptress, yes. 
Unable to restrain himself—because restraint is not one of his virtues, his reputation is testament of that fact—he finds the young governess far more spirited, opinionated and tempting than he is able to resist.
And of course, because he’s an idiot. He falls in love.
Never questioning whether she’d be a willing participant.
Of course life isn’t that easy, not even when you’re a bloody duke. 
And after one meddling Lady Southridge, 
Leads to two fiascos, 
Three wards decide to take matters into their own hands.
Because what the duke wants…is simply to fall in love (preferably with the young woman in mind, falling in love too.)


My Review:

First I have to start off by saying that if I was judging this book based on cover alone, it would be a winner!  The story is as much of a winner as wonderful as the cover!  The Duke of Clairmont is brooding, strong willed, and devastatingly handsome!  Miss Standhope finds herself in a situation she never foresaw, having to become a governess to make ends meet.  Neither imagined that sparks would fly and they would fall in love with each other!  The Duke sees Carlotta as forbidden and she sees him the same way!  The anticipation, the sparks and swoon worthy kisses, this entire book had me flying through the pages to figure out the end result!  A wonderful regency romance, What the Duke Wants is a perfect fit for any historical romance fan!  


You can pick up your own copy of What the Duke Wants via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

Monday, April 7, 2014

John Bytheway LDS Blog Tour



About the Author: John Bytheway served a mission to the Philippines and later graduated from Brigham Young University. A favorite speaker and teacher, John holds a master’s degree in religious education and is a part-time instructor at BYU. John is the author of many bestselling books and audio products. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children.

Book Description: 
For years, John has used a poem during fireside talks to help LDS families understand the importance of the sacrament. With full-color illustrations by Nathan Pinnock, The Sacrament will help children of all ages understand what they should be thinking about during this sacred ordinance. John shares the story of a boy and his grandfather and the memory the grandfather shares with his grandson regarding the lesson he learned about the sacrament when he was a young boy.

Ideal for children from three to twelve and a perfect baptism gift.


My Review:

The Sacrament by John Bytheway is the perfect book to explain not only the importance of the sacrament but the importance of reverence and worship during the sacrament.  The story is told in first person poetry of a young boy who goes with his family to visit his grandfather.   It is easy to follow and the words that his grandfather told him about the Savior and the sacrament make the reader take a step back and evaluate their own worship during this sacred ordinance whether young or old.  We used this book as a family home evening story and it was a huge success!  We discussed the importance of reverence and the renewal of baptismal covenants made for those who have been baptized.  A huge bonus is the definition of sacramental terms at the end of the book that are a great reference for explaining each part of the sacrament.  A great book for all ages of children to read and look at the pictures and as an adult I enjoyed it too!  


You can pick up your own copy of The Sacrament via Deseret Book.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Publisher for review

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Fortune Cafe Blog Tour

Fortune Cafe Tour




  Fortune Cafe


The Fortune Café
a novel in three parts

MIS-FORTUNE: Emma, a waitress at The Fortune Café will do anything to avoid opening a fortune cookie. Each fortune is rumored to somehow magically come true. Being a girl grounded in reality, she doesn’t have time for that kind of nonsense. But when trying to prevent a food fight at the café, Emma accidently cracks open a fortune cookie: “Look around, love is trying to catch you.” If there is one thing that Harrison, her former best friend in high school is good at, it’s catching her unaware.   LOVE, NOT LUCK: Lucy has always been lucky . . . until her parents meet her fiancé’s parents at a disastrous lunch at The Fortune Café, and she breaks her lucky jade necklace. Even worse, her fortune cookie reveals that “True love is for the brave, not the lucky.” How is she supposed to read that? She’s always considered it lucky how she met her fiancé. But after breaking her necklace, Lucy’s luck takes a dive. And when her fiancé dumps her, the only person she can turn to is Carter, the unluckiest guy she knows.   TAKEOUT: Stella is content in her new life of taking over her mom’s jewelry shop. No more boyfriend to worry about, and as long as she stays busy, she doesn’t have to dwell on her non-existent love life. When Evan comes into the shop with his young daughter, Stella is charmed. But she is reluctant to complicate her straightforward life, so when she reads her fortune after ordering takeout from The Fortune Café, she completely ignores it. After all, how can a fortune as vague as “Do the thing you fear and love is certain,” apply to her?


My Review:

This is one awesome book!  It made me fall in love with the small town of Seashell Beach and brought back sweet memories of time with my own family on the coast of California.  Although this book is written in three parts by three different authors it felt completely cohesive to me.  I enjoyed each different part of the story and I enjoyed how the fortunes from The Fortune Cafe played into each romance!  Each different section (there are three) have their own unique romance stories and all include the scenic town of Seashell Beach.  I have to say that I chose this book to read because I am a huge fan of Heather B. Moore!  I have now become fans of Julie Wright and Melanie Jacobson as well through their amazing stories in The Fortune Cafe!  The yummy food that was a part of each story was so well described I was hungry just reading it!  There is laughter, frustration, romance, sadness, love, anger...basically every emotion you will experience throughout this book!  I highly recommend this book!  Find your favorite reading spot and get comfortable because you won't put this book down until you are finished!



About the Authors
JulieW


Julie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen. She’s written over a dozen books since then, is a Whitney Award winner, and feels she’s finally getting the hang of this writing gig. She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools. She loves reading, eating writing, hiking, playing on the beach with her kids, and snuggling with her husband to watch movies. Julie’s favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner. She hates mayonnaise, but has a healthy respect for ice cream.


 
MelanieJ

Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a sometime blogger who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies and pines after beautiful shoes.


 
 
HeatherM

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore, her latest is Finding Sheba. Under Heather B. Moore she writes romance and women’s fiction. She’s the co-author of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Other women’s novels include Heart of the Ocean, The Fortune Café, the Aliso Creek Series, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology Series.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Classic the Rock Album by Jennie Oaks Baker, CD Review Tour



Grammy-nominated concert violinist Jenny Oaks Baker takes her style to an all-new level with her new release, Classic: The Rock Album.  Featuring classic rock favorites like Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin), Sweet Child of Mine (Guns and Roses) and Hey Jude (The Beatles), you won’t believe your ears as one of the country’s most accomplished and acclaimed violinists combines her insane talent with the hear-pumping tunes that have defined a genre for generations.
TITLE: Classic: The Rock AlbumARTIST: Jenny Oaks Baker
TRACKLIST:
- Kashmir/Four Season (Led Zepplin/Vivaldi)
- Everybody Hurts (REM)
- Sweet Child of Mine (Guns and Roses)
- Liverpool Suite
Pinball Wizard (The Who)
- Imagine (John Lennon)
- Stairway to Heaven (Led Zepplin)
Let it Be, Eleanor Rigby, Yesturday, All you Need is Love, Hey Jude(The Beatles)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfundel)
- Fields of Gold (Sting)
Clocks (Coldplay)


My Review:

I am a new listener to Jenny Oaks Baker and I am completely impressed with her talent!  She has taken classic rock songs to a new level as she displays her amazing talent on the violin!  You will be blown away by her versions of classic rock songs!  Who knew that classic rock could sound so great on the violin?  I have always loved the violin and now I cannot wait to hear more from Jenny Oaks Baker!  If you are a classic rock fan, a violin fan, hey if you are just a fan of good music.....then you will love this album by Jennie Oaks Baker!  AMAZING!  Seriously, everyone needs to listen to this one!  It will get your toes tapping and you will be humming or singing along with her beautiful playing!


You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.


Happy Listening!!!

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Fortune Cookie
Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list. With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago. Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder. The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.
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Author Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mormon Tabernacle Choir, He is Risen CD Blog Tour & Review



Product Details: 6 songs including “Christ the Lord has Risen Today,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” and “He is Risen”

ABOUT THE CHOIR:  The 360 members of this remarkable choir represent men and women from many different backgrounds and professions and range in age from 25 to 60. They reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences and are brought together by their love for singing and their faith. Their incomparable voices are the common chord that unites to form the choral group known all over the world as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


My Review:

There are six beautiful songs on the new CD He is Risen performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the Orchestra at Temple Square.  True to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's reputation, the harmonies are gorgeous and bring the spirit of the song straight to the listener!  Each song on this CD testifies of the Easter season.  The orchestra is beautiful, the songs are gorgeous and the wonderful voices of the choir bring the spirit of Christ straight to you.  I could listen to these six songs on repeat; what a beautiful blend of vocal harmony and orchestra!  This is definitely one that you will listen to over and over again!


You can pick up your own copy of He is Risen via Deseret Book.


Happy Listening!


Source:  Blog Tour for review