Thursday, May 28, 2015

Free Kindle Books!!!



Book Summary:

Love can be many things in Worlds Entwined. It's a place where the fate of a kingdom can rest with an unlikely princess, the sea holds more than just dreams, and a heart can be mended amidst a tragedy. While fairytales are few and far away, Worlds Entwined will be sure to keep your blood pumping and your heart fluttering through to the very last page.

Worlds Entwined features five novels from bestselling authors. Dive into these romantic and light fantasy worlds that show love is cruel, painful, sweet, wonderful and inspiring. Worlds Entwined is sure to keep you reading well into the night. Check out more about the included stories below:

The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis
Prince Darmik's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center is a girl who could be the key to its undoing. When given a choice, will he choose love or the kingdom he swore to protect? Rema's an ordinary girl with an extraordinary past… All she wants is to be free. But it comes at a price. She is forced to accept the proposal of a cruel prince, even though she loves another… his brother.

Rumors by Erica Kiefer
Seventeen-year-old Allie Collins would rather hide behind rumors than face the truth—her life will never be the same as it was before the accident. As a star athlete grieving in the shadows, she hopes to find normalcy in boys and basketball. When her best friend sets her up with the popular Shane Moretti, Allie drags her feet, reluctant for added complications. Then she decides that dating Shane would be the perfect shield from last summer’s tragedy. However, what starts as a mere distraction proves much more complex. As Shane leads Allie into questionable situations, gossip continues to swirl. 

Never Forgotten by Kelly Risser
Life tasks a drastic turn for Meara Quinn. Her mom’s cancer returned, and they are moving to her mom’s childhood home in Peggy’s Cove. Meara has never met her grandparents and doesn’t know much about her mom’s childhood. Dreams of her dad help her realize that all is not as it seems. With her new boyfriend, Evan, and his sister, Katie, she embarks on a journey to discover who—or what—she is.

Rising by Holly Kelly
Sara is a criminal with a death sentence hanging over her head, who is being stalked by the deadliest assassin in the sea—only she doesn’t know it. Xanthus’s job is simple. All he has to do is break into her apartment and slit her throat. If only she weren’t so beautiful… so innocent. Will he do his duty and slay her, or will the executioner become the protector, and the hunter become the hunted?

Finding Willow by Michelle Pickett
Finding Willow is the prequel to Unspeakable, which will be releasing in 2015. This touching romance between Brody and Willow explores one girl’s quiet strength to survive the unbearable weight of a family secret alone, and the love and resolve of a boy determined to help her.


And sneak peeks from Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin, Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez and Moonflower by Angela J. Townsend


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Book Summary:

It’s a fight for life in Worlds Undone. The only way to live through these post-apocalyptic times is to stand up against authority, hone in on special gifts, and learn to control the elements. In these stories of survival against all odds, heroes will rise and the evil ones will fall; and amidst the darkness, they might just find hope and love.

Worlds Undone features five novels from bestselling authors. Dive into these dystopian and apocalyptic worlds that will keep you rooting for hope and reading well into the night. Check out more about the included stories below:

The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
In Russia, after a race war has decimated the planet, the Superiors who control the compounds of the Woodlands are obsessed with creating a ‘raceless’ race, convinced it is the only way to avoid war. Collecting troublemakers for use in their high-tech breeding program, they should have lifted the claw when it passed over sixteen-year-old Rosa’s head. She is strong. She is loved. She will fight.

Project ELE by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels
With millions dying each day from a brutal heat wave, fifteen-year-old Willow relocates to a government shelter—where chaos, romance, and strange new powers await her. A must-read doomsday saga with nearly 100 five-star Amazon reviews! 

Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith
Sydney will escape with her sister if they’re denied the right to be together. Chip implants, the electric barrier, and the interest of two opposing forces amplify the danger. Can she trust the side she fights for? Can she receive unexpected love? When her sister's life is jeopardized, she’ll have to weigh new love against the only one she has known. The cost could be deadly. How will she choose?

The Bionics by Alicia Michaels
All I wanted was to be a normal girl. But the nuclear war that laid waste to our country killed any hope I had. They took everything, including my humanity. I’m now half-human, half-machine, part of the freak show that is the Restoration Project. They hate what they created, fearing us for being strong. What they don’t know is—there’s a Resistance and The Bionics aren’t going down without a fight.

Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger
Xander’s simple life is turned upside down when he discovers he’s the newest Wind Warrior, a race of supernatural men and women who control the air. However, they’re not alone and as their time comes to an end, the Fire Warriors grow more and more eager to claim the planet as their own. 

And sneak peeks from The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris, Wolves of the Northern Rift by Jon Messenger and Voodoo Moon by June Stevens.


You can pick up your copy via Amazon and as always CHECK before clicking  purchase to make sure it is still FREE!!!



Book Summary:

Nothing is as it seems in Worlds Between. There are places where hunger can't be contained and telepathy is possible, where the afterlife brings about more adventure than the living can handle, and sometimes employers might just bite. 

Worlds Between features five novels and short stories from bestselling authors. Dive into these paranormal worlds that will have you reaching for the safety of your covers and reading well into the night. Check out more about the included stories below: 

Haunting Zoe by Sherry D. Ficklin 
Logan woke up with a big problem. He’s extremely dead. No one from his former life seems able to see or hear him, making his afterlife little more than a nightmare. That is, until his funeral, when the bitterly sarcastic Zoe, a friend from his childhood, calls him out at his own wake. Now his only chance at moving on means dealing with his sordid past—and the girl he never really got over. 

The Mind's Eye by K.C. Finn 
A girl with a telepathic gift finds a boy clinging to his last hope during the war-torn climate of 1940s Europe. Kit Cavendish has psychic powers that allow her mind to travel to places her disabled body cannot follow, so when war breaks out across Europe, curiosity gets the better of her. The Mind's Eye is a story of personal triumph and young love set against the harsh realities of life at war. 

Reluctant Guardian by Melissa J. Cunningham 
She's dead, and would give anything to have her life back. He's alive, but demons conspire against him. Can two lost souls save each other from destiny? Death is nothing like Alisa thought it would be. Rather than peaceful rest, she must become a guardian to Brecken, a dark and dangerous rebel, who hides a terrible secret. When feelings develop between them, everything spins out of control. 

Kindling Flames by Julie Wetzel 
Fresh from college and with no real work experience, Victoria Westernly considers herself lucky to land the coveted position of personal assistant to Darien Ritter, the CEO and owner of a multibillion-dollar company. His busy schedule and eccentric ways are enough to keep her on her toes. But, all is not what it seems when she discovers the handsome man employing her just happens to be the most powerful vampire in the area. 

Aftershock (An Aftermath Novella) by Sandy Goldsworthy 
An agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation, Ben Parker spent decades undercover on earth, searching for the wife he left behind when he died. Just when he decides to give up hope, and move on with his existence, he learns his soul mate was found. Now, reviewing her case file, he understands what she endured those years without him. More importantly, he knows what the future has in store for her... but there’s nothing he can do to change it. 
And sneak peeks from Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy, Hidden Monster by Amanda Strong, The Awakener by Amanda Strong, The Eye of Tanub by M.E. Cunningham, Angus MacBain by Angela J. Townsend and River of Bones by Angela J. Towsend.

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon and as always, please CHECK before you click purchase to ensure the book is still FREE!!!!


Happy Reading!!!!



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Freebie Alert!!! Always You by Cecilia Gray!




Book Summary:

Anne has always done what her family has asked of her, including giving up her own dreams of being a vet and breaking up with the perfect boyfriend...the one who just returned to town richer, hotter, and more heartbreaking than ever. With nothing to lose, will Anne finally ignore what everyone else tells her and go after her heart's desires? 


This is the final installment in the Jane Austen Academy Series (which I personally LOVE)!!! Hurry and pick it up while it is still FREE!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Amnesty by Jo Noelle, Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway


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Amnesty

Amnesty by Jo Noelle

 Cassie is going to heaven—if she can get amnesty from hell in the next twenty days. Her assignment is to change the eternal destination of a girl in Albuquerque to earn admittance into heaven. No sweat. But when Cassie returns to earth during her three-week, mostly-mortal assignment, her old habits get in the way, (apparently habits don’t die when you do), the partners assigned to help her are anything but helpful, and it turns out the girl she is supposed to help is the only enemy she made on her first day of school. Oh, I’m so going to hell. Things aren’t all bad—it helps to have a hot angel on your side. Mmm-Marc. Even though he’s all about heavenly business, Cassie would like to make it personal. Assignment with benefits. This young adult novel is a coming of age story with a clean romance, packed with action and suspense.

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My Review:

So Amnesty took me by surprise, that's for sure! This book is completely different from any that I have read, seriously! Cassie takes her friend's car while she is drunk, convinces two of her other friends to come with her, and ends up crashing and they all die. Enter judgement, where you kind of judge yourself by your own life and choices.  Cassie feels remorse for her actions and pleads for forgiveness and is granted a twenty day period back on earth to receive amnesty through her assignment to help someone else change their life. I love the premise of the book and I was drawn to the idea that Cassie had a chance to redeem herself. Marc and the gate were one of my favorite parts of the book. While I had some major parts of the story pegged and felt like there may have been one too many visits to 'the gate', I still truly enjoyed reading Cassie's story!


Jo Noelle

Author Jo Noelle

Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and by the way, she’s two people— Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team. They began writing separately several years ago but found the process much more fun when they started collaborating. They are debut authors, with Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life as their first completed work. Other titles include Newbie and Damnation. Deanna attended college before marrying and starting her family. Canda received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her day job focuses on teaching teachers and children about literacy.



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Book Review



Book Summary:

"Somewhere in the world I have a tiara in a little box. It is not safe for me to wear it...It is not safe for me even to tell anyone who I really am. But I know -- I have always known."

Cecilia knows that she is not just another peasant girl; she is actually the true princess, in hiding until the evil forces that killed her parents are vanquished. A commoner named Desmia is on the throne as a decoy.

As she gets older, Cecilia finds it harder to study statesmanship and palace protocol secretly at night and then pretend that she has nothing on her mind other than scrubbing the gruel stains out of her best apron by day.

Cecilia knows that it is time to take charge. Along with her best friend, Harper, she flees to the capital city, determined to reclaim her throne and face the danger head on.

When Harper and Cecilia reach the famed Palace of Mirrors, they discover complications: Princess Desmia believes an entirely different version of the story.

Acclaimed author Margaret Peterson Haddix returns to the charmed world of Just Ella, where a princess-in-hiding and a pretender to the throne discover that nothing is as it appears.
 



My Review:


This is a really nice middle grade/ tween book.  I loved the idea of the real and true princess being in hiding to protect herself and the throne.  Every royal should have the experience to live among her subjects undetected, right? There was a great relationship built between Cecilia (the true princess) and Harper (her best friend) and they really learned how much they meant to each other.  I thought that I had the whole princess story figured out but Haddix had some plot twists up her sleeve. I hate spoilers so I won't tell! You need to read Cecilia and Harper's story if you like princess books! Definitely a fun read!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding #1). by Rachel Hauck, Book Review



Book Summary:


Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn't going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon's Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family's tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna's aid under the fabled Lover's Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He's a royal prince. She's a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel's coronation. It's the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God's will or their own?



My Review:

Once Upon a Prince

Watch out happily ever after fans because this is one Cinderella story you do not want to miss! Doesn't every girl want to meet a Prince? But what happens when you meet one and you don't even know it? Everything seems to go wrong for poor Susanna! Is it bad luck or The Lord guiding her life in a new direction? Enter the handsome and dashing Nate, also known as Prince Nathaniel! He just happens to be at the right place at the right time! I love how their friendship progresses naturally and how realistic the entire story felt even though it was about a Prince!!!! This story is moving, magical, and the characters are so down to earth that you cannot help but cheer them on. Days later I am still thinking about this story...and longing to get my hands on another Rachel Hauck book! Blessed with a gift for writing, Hauck is definitely a new favorite for me in the Christian romance genre! 




Happy Reading!!!



You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.





Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Moon Mail and Star Kisses, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!

Moon Mall





  Moon Mail and Star Kisses


  Moon Mail and Star Kisses by Amanda Salisbury

In Moon Mail and Star Kisses, a loving adult and child must be separated for a little while. The adult promises the child to send greetings and kisses through the night sky, shared no matter the distance of place or time apart. The moon, the stars, and a person’s love are bright and constant even when they cannot be seen.


My Review:

This children's book is bright and beautiful! While the message is sweet and clear about sending love and kisses via the moon to each other when separated, the jewel of the book are the pictures! Children will be captivated by the bright blues and yellows in the pictures and beautiful illustrations of the sky. This is a sweet book that any parent and child or loved one and child can read together for comfort when they have to be apart!





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Author Amanda Salisbury


Amanda Salisbury lives on the red planet of Oklahoma. All her best stories are sifted through the screens of her education and experience in history, law, finance, and mothering. She lives with her husband and boys in a lair, a classroom, or a castle, depending on the moment.



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Friday, May 8, 2015

How Beautiful Thy Temples, Sacred Hymns Volume II by Garth Smith, CD Review







How Beautiful Thy Temples 
Sacred Hymns Volume II
Garth Smith


An Angel From On High: This is a piano player’s arrangement. Every time I attend my local temple (San Diego) and look into the sky at the angel Moroni, I get a feeling of majestic reverence for “(the) angel flying through the midst of Heaven, having the everlasting gospel…”

I Love To See The Temple: This Janice Kapp Perry song is the one that enters my mind every time I drive to a temple to do ordinance work or even when I pass by.

How Beautiful Thy Temples, Lord: One of the most moving hymns I know, verses 1 and 3 sum up so eloquently thepurpose of the temple. I wish this hymn was better known. My hope is that this CD will play a small part in making it more popular among the saints.

Families Can Be Together Forever: Besides the sheer physical beauty of the temples, there is one grand reason that makes them beautiful beyond price or worldly value…the eternal nature and salvation of the family.

The Lord My Pasture Will Prepare/Sheep May Safely Graze: The titles alone of these two beautiful hymns seemedto complement each other perfectly. Arranged from Bach’s 1713 “Hunting Cantata”

There Is A Green Hill Far Away: My mother told me that she once asked me as a small boy what my favorite hymn was, and this was my answer.

Be Still My Soul: This was an arrangement I did specifically for my daughter who needed hope in a moment of trials. This song is a favorite of many for good reason. The message applies to all.

He Is Not Here: Crawford Gates classic Easter hymn, part of the “Choirbook” publication of the church.

Master The Tempest Is Raging: “Peace, be still” is something I can imagine Christ saying to each of us in our moments of crisis. 

The King of Love My Shepherd Is: Harry Rowe Shelley’s classic 1915 version. 

I Come To The Garden Alone: Traditional Baptist hymn. I included this as a gift of appreciation to the wonderful people of Alabama, where I lived for 9 years. 

Abide With Me, ‘Tis Eventide: One verse “benediction“ to the CD


Right now, How Beautiful Thy Temples is number 33 on the iTunes top 100 New Christian Music Charts!!!  See that here.



My Review:


I am a new listener to Smith and I am now a new fan! I was having a pretty rough morning when I decided to put  this CD in and listen. I am so glad that I did! I had goose bumps from the emotion that I could feel as Smith played. It transported me from a bad morning to a beautiful place of hope. This will definitely be my new Sunday listening music! 

 I noticed right away the talent that Smith has a pianist. The beauty of the arrangements have me hoping he will also release sheet music! Discovering a new artist is always exciting yet discovering one that I love is even better! Please, please, please release sheet music, I beg! The beauty of these arrangements will captivate you! You will feel the emotion of the song portrayed through the piano and you too will feel the Spirit through these songs! Five stars and I am anxious to listen to more from Garth Smith! 



About Garth Smith:

Garth Smith specializes in original arrangements of LDS (and other) hymns on the piano. Garth was born in Brigham City, Utah, and currently resides in Oceanside, CA. Classically trained on the piano, Garth began formal lessons at age 5 and has performed publicly as a piano soloist since age 8.  Garth was a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association, ASCAP, California Country Music Association, and won the 1999 CCMA Song-of-the-year with “Last Call”. Garth released his first CD “Sacred Hymns” in March 2014 to critical acclaim and positive reviews. Garth was signed shortly thereafter by RLegacy Entertainment in Salt Lake City, Utah. “How Beautiful Thy Temples” is Garth’s second commercial CD release.


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Endless by Jaclyn Weist, Book Review



Book Summary:

Sydney lives her nightmares every night. While other teenagers are dreaming of boys or traveling to exotic places, she must run a staircase with no beginning or no end, or a terrible debt will never be paid.

Just before her seventeenth birthday, the dreams change. She is no longer alone.

But her nightmares don’t end when she wakes up. Her stepmother and stepsisters threaten to ruin everything she holds dear. She must protect the secret that both she and her father have magic or they will use it to their advantage.

As Sydney learns to control her magic, what seemed impossible before—escaping her stepmother and those ever-present stairs—is now at her fingertips. When she learns the ultimate plan of her evil captor, Sydney must stop her at all costs, or she will forever be trapped inside her nightmares.


My Review:

I picked this up when it was a freebie from Amazon and since I love fairy tale re-tellings, I thought I would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by how easily I fell into the rhythm of the story and how engrossed I became with Sydney's life! This is easily one of the most unique spins on Cinderella that I have read! I cheered for Sydney when she made friends easily at camp, I was so happy when her Dad came home and stuck up for her, I was mad FOR her when her step mom and sisters treated her like garbage! When she met Luke I sighed inside for her and her hope for a relationship! And yeah, I kind of wanted to punch her step family when they continued treating her like their personal servant! A modern magical spin on Cinderella, any fans of fairy tales, magic or young love will truly enjoy Endless!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.