Friday, January 30, 2015

Madilyn Paige Debut CD Tour!!!





About this CD:

You may remember her from Season 6 of The Voice, but if not you will be blown away when you listen to her vocals.  Madilyn is a young, teenager from Provo/Orem with good values and a new EP that releases February 2nd.  She has a pop sound that can be enjoyed by kids, teens, and adults alike!


My Review:

Well I definitely remember Madilyn from when she was on The Voice and I really liked her then.  However, in her time since The Voice she has gotten even better!  Madilyn's voice has an ethereal quality to it and her debut album is full of songs that are beautiful and catchy!  I found that the entire family was up and dancing and moving to the beat, even trying to sing along the first time we listened to it! This album is definitely a keeper and will be transferred to my phone shortly! Among my favorites are Irreplaceable and Little Things!  I was also also impressed that Madilyn co-wrote every song on her album!  An amazing new talent, I am excited to hear more from her in the future!


Pick up your own copy on February 3rd!!!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Queen (Regency Refuge #3) by Heather Gray, Book Review


Blurb:

You can't hide from the past.

Queen's world was shattered, and she was banished to a foreign land. Years pass before she dares to return, but what she finds is of little comfort. Greed and dishonesty have festered and grown in her absence. Disillusioned, Queen trusts few people.

Owen pursues a clandestine investigation and finds himself working side-by-side with a veritable ghost, an agent few have seen, a master of disguise known simply as Queen. He craves her trust...but then uncovers a secret from his family's past that could destroy her.

Queen once sought refuge in America and now seeks it in disguise. Owen has always found his refuge in God, but will his faith be strong enough for the challenges ahead? Can he convince Queen to stop hiding, or is he doomed to become her most hated enemy?


My Review:

Hello to Heather Gray, where has this book been all my life?!? I loved this story so much! It had a life of its own and the story was so engaging. From one page to the next, I could never be sure what was going to happen or what new secret or tidbit would be revealed. Queen and Owen were jump off the page characters with intriguing personalities! This book consumed my thoughts and I stayed up until the wee hours to finish it. Gray weaves a regency tale like no other! Romance, cloak and dagger, secret agents, and mystery....I couldn't get enough of it! Pick this book up, read it, you will not be sorry! 

Side note:  I have not read the first two books in the series and I found this completely fine as a stand alone novel.

Rating:  Clean romance


Happy Reading!!!


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Duping Cupid by Gina Ardito, Book Review





Blurb:

“Because sometimes, even Cupid needs a little help...”

Vivi Maxwell runs Cupid To Go, a unique dating service in New York. When wealthy client and former model, Ava Featherstone, seeks an escort for the winter season in Manhattan society, she sets her sights on Vivi's best friend, Sebastian “Bass” Lawrence. 

Vivi and Bass have both been burned in their love lives and have never considered their relationship more than platonic. But Ava’s sudden intrusion makes Bass realize he’s in love with his best friend, Vivi. Now, with Ava’s help, he’ll try to dupe Vivi into seeing that the man she’s been waiting for has stood beside her all along.


My Review:

This was the perfect read for when you don't have a ton of time but need a romantic pick me up! This is a shorter book (120 something pages) with a fun storyline that drew my interest right away! Vivi and Bass are the main characters; I loved Vivi's vibrant personality and Bass was such a sweet and caring guy! The story is so fun and the scenes with Vivi's family are one of a kind (not necessarily the good kind either)! I loved Wulf and the role he played too! Okay so just go get the book and read it for yourself! It is a fun yet emotional story you won't want to miss out on! 

Rating: A few cuss words, a few references to sex and one mention of the male anatomically correct part.  Overall a clean romance with no sexual scenes.


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!!


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gifted, A Valens Series, by Andy Lewter



Blurb:
The last thing Abigail Everett thought would happen over spring break was having her world shift into an entirely new perspective.
Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly what happened.
           
Between struggling to master her newly-formed abilities, coming face-to-face with dark, deceiving mind tricks by those that seek her leadership, and learning of a mythical world that she never deemed possible, Abigail risks everything with the future of mankind and the safety of its people in her hands.
Excerpt: 

“I knew I was in mortal danger.  But I was finally able to breathe again—with him by my side.  Then dangerous eyes bore into mine, and darkness overtook me . . .” 



My Review:

I lost sleep to finish this book! My eyes were burning by the time I read The End. I love the characters that Lewter has created. They were real and relatable, well except for the gifted part! Blending reality with fantasy, the gifted race of Valens is one I cannot stop thinking about. I need more of Nicholas, Miles and Abby! A bonus for this reader is that the supporting characters were just as interesting as the main characters, especially Navi and Damien. When all is said and done I am itching to get my hands on the next book! Seriously this girl needs the rest of the story! A YA novel you won't soon forget, Gifted will grab your attention and hold it until the very last word! 



Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.





About the Author:



Andy is a stay-home mom with two beautiful children. Between homework, playing, cooking and cleaning, she writes on the side. Most of her inspiration comes from life experiences that have brought her both pain and happiness - both of which have helped her grow. She also gets inspiration from the wonderful people that have touched her life, accompanied with crazy dreams she has nightly. 

She is so excited to have finally touched the edges of her dream as an author. She grew a fond passion for writing when she was young, and this story has given her determination that she can indeed fulfill her childhood dream. 




Book trailer link:
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Honor by Rachel Rossano, Cover Reveal!!!




Honor

The Earl of Dentin excels in his position as Securer of the Realm. But the king’s order to pluck an orphaned child from a loving home unsettles Dentin. When a dark-eyed woman challenges his honor regarding the mission, Dentin finds himself unable to justify his actions or get her out of his mind. Something about her lack of fear intrigues him.
Lady Elsa Reeve attempts to avoid the marriage of convenience her brother and mother demand of her. She understands the need to pay off her brother's massive debt. She only wants her family to consider her wishes in the process.
As Elsa becomes further entangled in a snare of her brother’s creating, only one man defends her. But can she trust Dentin, her unlikely champion, and his motives? With a murderer on the loose, Elsa’s fate in jeopardy, and a traitor plotting against the king, Dentin finds his priorities shifting in an unexpected direction.
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Author Biography

Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.

Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong love of reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page. 

Published Works

Series

The Theodoric Saga
The Crown of Anavrea
The King of Anavrea
Novels of Rhynan
Duty
Honor

Stand Alone Novels/Novellas

Wren (A Romany Epistle Novel)
The Mercenary’s Marriage

Short Stories

Word and Deed
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

See Me by Susan Hatler, Book Review




Blurb:
Amy Love, a high school junior, plays a Ouija board with friends one night and unintentionally connects with someone whose, well, not visible to the naked eye. When her body’s taken over and her soul is stuck watching helplessly—she’s terrified. When the zombie guzzles bologna that she will have to work off at the gym—she’s angry. And, when her zombied body pulls up a news article on her laptop about a boy named Jonathan Miller who was recently in a car crash—she’s . . . intrigued.

When the zombie chooses another host, Amy learns that the zombie is actually teen Jonathan Miller, son of the famous Maisy's Meow comic creator Jacob Miller. Jonathan tells Amy he doesn’t know whether he’s dead or alive, only that when he’s not in a body, she is the only one who seems to know he exists.

Amy decides to help Jonathan discover what happened to him and, when they can’t find his body, they try to find a substitute—preferably one that isn’t occupied. On the journey, Jonathan leads Amy into all kinds of danger. To her surprise, he also leads her heart to somewhere unexpected. She’s always heard of love at first sight, not love at first fright, but how can Amy be falling for a boy she’s never even seen?
 


My Review:

I just finished reading this book and the word that best describes it is awesome! It is full of so many different emotions, from laughter to tears, from fear to love! This book covers it all and I couldn't put it down! It is so different with the zombie/ghost craziness and the story has this pull that I could not resist! The dynamic between all of the characters was realistic and I laughed so hard at parts there were tears in my eyes. Then in turn there were parts where I had tears from sadness. There is plenty of action in it too and the story played out nothing like I imagined!  It was pure awesomeness and I cannot wait for a second book like this one! See Me is one YA paranormal book that any teenager or one at heart will not want to miss! Hatler continues to amaze me with her ability to write any genre that pulls me in hook, line and sinker! 


You can pick up your own copy (and you should because it is awesome) via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How I Fall Book Blast & Giveaway


How I fly

A two-book series by the bestselling author of Almost and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy.
How I Fall by Anne Eliot

 *WHAT IF YOU HAD AN IMPOSSIBLE CRUSH?* Impossible because she’s Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You’re Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number—until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish, awkward, and insists you and Ellen should become best friends—with her! Only, you don’t want to be friends with a human tornado, and you think Ellen might need to stay a crush. This is because after one interaction you’ve discovered Ellen Foster really is fragile. Your problems and secrets are too big for anyone to understand. *WHAT IF YOU COULDN’T RESIST?* But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, where rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but very alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Suddenly, working on the project makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem fun and completely normal when it’s anything but normal. *WHAT IF YOU KISS?* What if you kiss Ellen Foster and it’s perfect enough to make you believe in things you shouldn’t. You tell her secrets and share your dreams. You make the kinds of promises and create plans to be together that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen and your parents control your entire future, but... WHAT IF YOU HURT HER?  

Praise for How I Fall

 "How I Fall captures exactly how a high school crush feels. You can have endless long days—days that feel exactly the same—and then in one moment a little thing changes, a conversation finally happens, and suddenly there’s a new friend group formed where relationships are suddenly ‘on’! I loved this book (How I Fall) and I’ve already read the sequel, How I Fly as ARC. You will laugh, you will cry and you will fall so in love with Ellen and Cam’s story.” ~Becca H. Teen book blogger.

 “Anne Eliot writes the sweetest first kisses. She also does those book boyfriends you can’t get out of your head. Cam Campbell in How I Fall doesn’t disappoint, nor does the awesome first kiss.” ~Judith, I Love YA Fiction, Blog

HOw I fall



  How I Fly by Anne Eliot

*WHAT IF IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON...?* Over six months after an accident that broke her legs as well as removed her boyfriend from her life—because Cam Campbell left town and dumped her—high school senior, Ellen Foster, wants to move past her broken heart. She’s off to attend a summer photography workshop at a real university along with her best friends. Ellen’s determined to find a new love—or at least a summer boyfriend. In the dorm, she meets Harrison Shaw. He’s a handsome photography student, a charmer who likes her, and a perfect way to forget her past. *WHAT IF IT ALL GOES PERFECTLY...?* Ellen thinks she has everything she wants. Her summer program couldn’t be better. She’s half in love with Harrison Shaw, and she’s going after her next scholarship. But when she kisses Harrison, she can only remember how Cam Campbell used kiss her better, sweeter, and how he used to make her feel like she could fly… *WHAT IF SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT...?* When Cam shows up at the university it’s a shock, especially to Ellen’s new boyfriend. Cam’s distant, different and very afraid to hurt Ellen again. He asks Ellen if they could be friends despite the past and how they’ve both changed and Ellen agrees. But after all they’ve been through, can Cam and Ellen ever be just friends? *WHAT IF...?*



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                                      Author Anne Eliot

Anne Eliot is the author of the, How I Fall/How I Fly two book series, and bestselling, young adult teen issue romances, Almost and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy. She loves writing about teens who live outside the ordinary and she's devoted to stories about teens who live outside the ordinary but who also get to find sweet first kisses and first loves. Anne resides in Colorado with a very patient husband, two teens of her own whom she adores (an some teens near and far thanks to hosting many exchange students) who are all growing up too fast.  


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Prudence Pursued by Shirley Raye Redmond, Book Review


Blurb:

At the advanced age of twenty-seven, vicar’s daughter Prudence Pentrye is on the shelf. Content to occupy her time by attending meetings of Mr. Wilberforce’s Abolition Society and helping her father administer vaccines in an effort to prevent a small pox epidemic, Prudence is resolved to see that her younger cousin Margaret does not share her own unmarried fate. 

But Margaret is plain and shy. She is repulsed when a swashbuckling baronet, Sir James Brownell, makes her an offer of marriage. With his sunburned skin, eye patch, and indifference to fashion, Sir James is not Margaret’s idea of a romantic suitor. Nor does Margaret enjoy his tales of fighting against Malay pirates and trekking through tropical jungles on the island of Borneo in hopes of capturing a living orangutan. 

Prudence, however, finds herself secretly smitten. Will she maintain control of her traitorous heart or will she trust God to make her life richer and more rewarding than the one she had planned for herself?



My Review:


I just finished reading this book and it is not your typical regency! Prudence is much older than most girls and is content that she will never marry. She goes to Bath to encourage her cousin to accept a fortuitous marriage proposal. What ensues is an interesting and quite different story than I imagined! Redmond included some historical details about vaccinating against smallpox that were an integral part of the story, I really enjoyed that. As far as the story goes, there were a some slow parts where I had a hard time continuing on, but towards the end it really picked up speed and I raced to finish it. I was left longing for just a bit more but I am a reader who wants all the details! Overall, a very nice regency from Redmond!

Rating:  clean/sweet/christian


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend By Becky Monson Book Blast!!!

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Thirty-Three Going on Girlfriend

***The highly anticipated sequel to Becky Monson's bestseller - Thirty-Two Going on Spinster!*** Julia Dorning thought she would die a lonely spinster. That was until nine months ago, when her world was turned upside down. Now she’s got a dream career as a bakery owner, and a relationship with handsome Jared Moody—a life she never thought possible. Just as she’s starting to feel comfortable in her new life, Julia is invited to battle it out on national television making cupcakes. An amazing opportunity, if she can muster up the confidence to do it, that is. Then, out of the blue, Jared goes and throws a rather large wrench in their relationship causing Julia to have to make some big decisions. With her two trusted confidants off in wedding la la land, Julia is on her own to figure everything out. Left to her own devices, will Julia be able to work things out for herself? Or will she make a disaster of it all? Find out in Becky Monson’s sequel to Thirty-Two Going on Spinster!




Praise "After reading the first book, I have been waiting impatiently for this one. I was not disappointed. I laughed so hard, it was a fun read that left me with a good feeling." -Amazon Reader "Get ready for another crazy ride with Julia Dorning. This sequel not only lives up to expectations of the first, but surpasses it!" - Author Kathryn Biel "After what seemed like an age of (impatient) waiting, I finally got my hands on the next instalment of Julia Dorning’s life. And it was worth every single finger drumming minute." -BestChickLit.com

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  Excerpt I can’t believe I am here. I can’t believe I’m standing here, gazing lovingly at Jared, surrounded by our friends and family, on this amazing beach with this marvelous sunset, as we make these vows—these incredible, sure-to-make-you-cry vows—to each other. The colors are all muted, antique tones of pink, yellow, gold. My bouquet is practically bursting with soft pink roses. My makeup is not whorish, as my sister, Anna, would have preferred, and my hair is done in perfect, long curls, half pulled up with a small, antique jeweled clip. Simple. Understated. Exactly what I wanted. And then there’s my dress. My dress is spectacular. It’s timeless, really, just slightly off-white, an off-the-shoulder bodice with details of stunning Chantilly lace and a sweeping train. I heart it. I heart it all. Especially Jared. In his classic suit—none of that penguin stuff for him—he looks like something out of a style magazine. His pants and jacket are perfectly tailored, and he wears the antique pink tie just because I want him to. I glance over at my bridesmaids—my baby sister Anna and my dearest friend, Betsy Brown—gazing at us with bright smiles. Anna’s has an ever-so-slight look of jealousy, but I beam at them. This is the perfect day. My perfect day with Jared. “Do you, Jared Nathan Moody, take Julia Warner Dorning to be your lawfully wedded wife? To have and to hold from this day forward, until death do you part?” the officiant, dressed in white, asks Jared. “I do,” he says simply. “And do you, Julia Warner Dorning, take Jared Nathan Moody to be your lawfully wedded husband? To have and to hold from this day forward, until death do you part?” the priest asks. “I do,” I say as I stare into Jared’s eyes. His are filling up with tears, and I begin to well up too. “Then by the power that is vested in me, I now pronounce you man and wi—” “JULIA! What the hell? What are you doing in my dress?” Anna’s screeching pulls me out of my fantasy. “Geez, I leave you alone in here for ten minutes, and you think it’s okay to put my wedding dress on? Mom! Tell her to take my dress off!” Anna stomps her foot in a ridiculous, childlike manner. My mom comes in the room just after Anna and puts her hand to her mouth. “Oh, Julia dear, what are you doing?” “Nothing! Geez, I was just seeing how it felt, that’s all. Stop pouting like you’re ten,” I say to Anna, who is practically throwing an adult version of a temper tantrum.
   

  Becky Monson

Author Becky Monson By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.



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Friday, January 2, 2015

Remember Me by Lara Van Hulzen, Book Review



Blurb:

Detective Ben Russo is in trouble. 

He just can’t remember why.

When a car accident lands Ben in the hospital, he can’t recall anything about his life. What he does know is he’s enchanted by a tiny nurse named Tess, but can’t shake the feeling they’re both in danger.

After being left at the altar, Tess Jansenn moves to a new town and starts over. When her ex-fiancĂ©, Ben, shows up in the ER where she works with no memory of her, she must decide – tell Ben who he is or let him remember on his own.

Can Tess forgive and forget what drove them apart, and when Ben remembers, will the consequences of his choices make it too late for love?


My Review:

This book took my by complete surprise! It grabbed my attention right away and swept me into Tess's world! I couldn't put it down and when I thought I knew what was going to happen, BAM, curveball! Where did that come from?!? Remember Me will pull you in from page one and hold you until the last word is read! I couldn't get enough of Tess and Ben's story and once I thought I had it all figured out something unexpected would happen!  This book kept me on my toes!  This story is packed full of emotional heartache, suspense and mystery!  A new reader of Van Hulzen, this girl cannot wait to get her hands on anything else this author has written!!!

Rating: Clean/sweet romance with Christian elements



You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Publisher for review