Friday, May 31, 2013

One Drop at a Time by M. Russell Ballard LDS Blog Tour

Blurb from the book:

Do you sometimes wonder if your little efforts could possibly make any difference at all? Consider a simple example from nature.
Honey is “one of the foods that includes all the substances— enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water—necessary to sustain life,” writes Elder M. Russell Ballard. And yet, “Over its short lifetime of just a few weeks to four months, a single honeybee’s contribution of honey to its hive is a mere one-twelfth of one teaspoon. Though seemingly insignificant when compared to the total, each bee’s one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey is vital to the life of the hive.”
Your simple, daily acts of service matter, and this charmingly illustrated little book will lift your heart as it demonstrates the power of many righteous people working together to fill the world, one drop at a time, with the sweet truths of the gospel.
My Review:
This inspirational book has beautiful pictures that bring to life Elder Ballard's talk from October 2012 General Conference.  The message is beautiful and compares the service that women give to the work that honeybees perform. Individually the honeybee works very hard to produce only one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey.  As sisters in the Church we may feel like the service we provide is not much;  but when each of us combines our efforts and we multiply that by the number of women in the Church, our efforts are amazing!  Just like the individual honeybee has to work hard for a small outcome, but combined with the efforts of the hive it is a great accomplishment!  Inspiring, uplifting, and beautiful, Elder Ballard's words will instill in you the motivation to keep on working hard!  Together as sisters, we can achieve great drop at a time!

You can pick up One Drop at a Time via Deseret Book.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

21 Principles by Jeffrey R. Holland Blog Tour

Blurb from the book:

“As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles,” counsels Elder Richard G. Scott. “Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances.”

In this exciting book, Elder Scott offers 21 principles distilled from his life experiences. These “concentrated truths” will help you understand more fully how to be guided by the Spirit. Elder Scott's brief explanations open the way for your own discovery and exploration.
“I bear witness that Jesus Christ knows you personally,” Elder Scott writes. “He will provide answers to every difficult problem in your life as you trust Him and do all you can to understand and apply His doctrine and strive to live by the Spirit.” 21 Principles will be a valuable tool in that quest.

About the author:

Elder Richard G. Scott, was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1988. He had served in the First Quorum of the Seventy since 1977 and was a member of the presidency of that quorum for five years. He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and completed post-graduate work in nuclear engineering. Prior to his call as a General Authority, he worked on the staff of Admiral Hyman Rickover developing military and private nuclear power reactors. Elder Scott and his wife, Jeanene Watkins Scott (deceased), are the parents of seven children.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book by Elder Scott.  Each principle is it's own chapter and they are relatively short yet full of wonderful advice and help to become closer to the Spirit.  Elder Holland relates some personal experiences that helped illustrate his point.  The book lifted me up and made me want to be a better person.  Elder Holland encourages his readers in a kind and straight forward way how to grow closer to the Spirit.  A wonderful read for anyone wanting a quick spiritual boost from a single chapter or for anyone striving to live closer to the Spirit!
I received a copy of this book for free.  This is my honest review.

You can pick up your own copy of 21 Principles via Deseret Book.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Monday, May 27, 2013

Witch Fire by Laura Powell Blog Tour

Blurb from the book:

Lucas and Glory are hard at work in WICA (Witchkind Intelligence and Covert Affairs). As part of their training, they learn more about the witch-terrorist organization Endor. It is believed that Endor has infiltrated a boarding school for young witches in Switzerland, so WICA sends their two youngest agents—Lucas and Glory—to the school undercover. There, they learn more about an experimental brain implant that blocks the power of the fae. It’s a dangerous procedure . . . more so than they could ever have imagined.

You can pick up your own copy of Witch Fire via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Blast for Above Rubies by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

above rubies tour  

above rubiesAbove Rubies

His chivalry was strangling her. He thought he was helping her—and in truth, he was. She was in desperate straits. But as honorable as he was, he was also breaking her heart. Her attraction was drowning him. When World Champion rodeo cowboy Rossen Rockland and his friends rescue a young runaway who has been abused by her foster father and take her home to his parents’ ranch, he expects her to turn out to be a pain in the neck. And sometimes she is. It doesn’t take him long to figure out that she has way more than her allotment of troubles—and far more than her share of gifts. Lovely, talented, and ravingly brilliant, Kit Star is too young, unbelievably humble, and oh, so loveable. Knowing that she needs his protection and time to grow into her potential, Rossen also figures out that what she really is, is a pain in the heart. Watch for more of the Rockland Ranch Series!  

Praise for Above Rubies:

I absolutely could not put this book down. It had me laughing, crying, angry and pretty much every other emotion. I can not wait for the next one in the series to come out. Keep them coming!!! ~Addicted to Books This is the second book in the Rockland Ranch Romance Series. It can be read as a stand alone or copies of Peace River can be supplied if you would also like to review it.  

peace riverPeace River (Book 1)

The police didn't understand the danger, but she did. Her father had always been abusive, but now, with a ten million dollar Thoroughbred farm on the line, and a powerful bookie leaning on him, her father had become out of control. But how do you get away and take a world famous stallion with you? Carrie was getting desperate when a handsome and honorable but thoroughly cynical rodeo cowboy from Wyoming happened to show up with a horse trailer. He didn't ride a white horse, but he was definitely a knight in shining armor. He'll protect her from the mob, but can she survive falling in love with a bull rider?  

Praise for Peace River

"Give me a clean romance, humor and a good looking cowboy and I'm a happy girl. LDS fiction isn't always my favorite but I really enjoyed the characters and adventure in this book." ~Carol - Goodreads "There was plenty of action, adventure and danger to keep me guessing just how everything was going to turn out. I didn't want to put it down until I finished! Jaclyn Hawkes is one of my favorite LDS romance authors. You really can't go wrong with any of her books that you pick up!" ~Cathy -Goodreads

jaclynAuthor Jaclyn M. Hawkes

Jaclyn M. Hawkes grew up in Utah with 6 sisters, 4 brothers and any number of pets. (It was never boring!) She got a bachelor’s degree, had a career and traveled extensively before settling down to her life’s work of being the mother of four magnificent and sometimes challenging children. She loves shellfish, the out of doors, the youth and hearing her children laugh. She and her fine husband, their family, and their sometimes very large pets, now live in a mountain valley in northern Utah, where it smells like heaven and kids still move sprinkler pipe.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Shatter (Seaside #3) by Rachel Van Dyken


Sometimes the only way to heal... is to shatter.

Rock star Alec Daniels has it all. Love, fame, money... But being in the limelight isn't all it’s cracked up to be, and after one bad choice comes back to haunt him he is left picking up the pieces of his carefully constructed life. Now he faces the toughest decision of his life: 
Deal with his mistake like a man, or dive back into the dark hole of depression, drugs, and denial that have been his comfort for so long.
One wrong move could destroy everything. His girlfriend, his family, and his future.

My Review:

Rachel Van Dyken has done it again! Shatter is book three in the Seaside series and this book was DRAMA! I felt like things couldn't get worse and then something else would happen! I loved how this book switched POV from Alec to Demetri and there was absolutely no confusion about it. Seeing what each brother thought was a nice bonus! This book is a nail-biting, screaming, kicking, gasping for air, "did that really happen?" roller coaster ride! Shatter packs a punch in more ways than one! Prepare yourself by starting this book in the morning, not at night, because you won't be able to put it down! I am anxiously (as per the norm with a Rachel Van Dyken book) waiting for book four! I am excited to learn more about Jaymeson!

P.S. Rachel, are you also song writer? Somehow, we need to get someone to compose the music for your lyrics :)

Rating: Cussing/drugs/alcohol/sexual references. Not for 17 and under.

You can pick up your own copy of Shatter via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Monday, May 20, 2013

Heartless by Jaimey Grant

Blurb from the book:

A dark stranger....
Finding herself abandoned after the death of her father, Leandra Harcourt takes the greatest risk of her life. She accepts the marriage proposal of a complete stranger, the Duke of Derringer—a man the world calls Lord Heartless. 

A heartless proposal....
A desperate girl with no prospects seems the perfect solution to Derringer's most recent problem: marry before his 30th birthday to gain his rightful inheritance, though marriage is the last thing he needs. The need to find his missing cousin takes priority over any silly marriage and he quickly abandons his new bride in the wreck of his family estate.

A perfect love....
Two people were never more suited for each other than the duke and his wife, but will they discover it before it's too late? With an assassin dogging his heels and a suitor wooing his wife, love will not have the luxury of time.

My Review:

I love a good regency book and Heartless by Jaimey Grant does not disappoint!  It was even better than most regencies I have read because it involved mystery, danger and secrets!  Oh and a hasty marriage without knowing the other person; that is always exciting!!!  The Duke of Derringer was an awesome dark lead man!  Dark hair, dark clothes and a possibly a dark heart!  And sweet Leandra, she was so honest, kind and forthright that one couldn't help but love her as a character!  Can they let the other into their hearts?  Heartless is an easy read and one that any regency or romance fan will enjoy.  My only complaint is my unanswered question about the will, I am still thinking about it days later.  Perhaps that question will be answered in another book!  I am a new reader of author Jaimey Grant and now a new fan!  I am anxious and excited to read more of her work!

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

You can pick up your own copy of Heartless via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Release of Shatter (Seaside #3) by Rachel Van Dyken and Giveaway!!!

Sometimes the only way to heal... is to shatter.

Rock star Alec Daniels has it all. Love, fame, money... But being in the limelight isn't all it’s cracked up to be, and after one bad choice comes back to haunt him he is left picking up the pieces of his carefully constructed life. Now he faces the toughest decision of his life:
Deal with his mistake like a man, or dive back into the dark hole of depression, drugs, and denial that have been his comfort for so long.
One wrong move could destroy everything. His girlfriend, his family, and his future.

And just for fun, here's a tiny excerpt:

Her eyes widened a bit when I purposefully flexed my arm and then she looked down, a beautiful pink blush staining her cheeks. “Remember how I feel about your blushing?” I whispered, trying with very ounce of self-control I possessed, not to make a complete fool of myself and toss her over my shoulder cave-man style.
“Is it the same way you felt last night about—”
“—And we’re done.” My brother Demetri cleared his throat, appearing out of nowhere. “Can a person un-hear something? Anyone? Anyone?” He shook his head as if that would make everything go away and cursed. “Seriously, I’m almost embarrassed for the sand.”
“Why the hell would you be embarrassed for the sand?” I rolled my eyes and pulled Nat into my embrace, trailing my hands down her arms. I couldn’t get enough of her. Not by a long shot. Even touching her was enough to send my control out the window. Ha, she thought I had control. No. What I had was a lot of guilt that made me feel the need to control every damn situation until I thought I was going to shatter.
“Because you guys were all…” Demetri put his hands in the air and scowled. “Fornicating.”
“Fornicating?” I laughed, a bit thrown off that he not only knew a four-syllable word but the meaning behind it. “How the hell does one fornicate without—”
“—Okay, sorry to break this weird love triangle up…” Jaymeson stepped beside Nat and me. “But we’re supposed to go over to the bonfire and pretend to be bonding.” Jaymeson was an action star from the UK and one of our good friends. At least he was someone I could count on during all of the chaos that was our lives. I was actually relieved when they asked him to be part of the show. Against popular opinion, he was actually a really clean-cut guy. He never did drugs, never drank, and spent every Easter with his ninety-year-old grandma. Sometimes I hated that he made it look so easy. Fame wasn’t a big deal to him. Granted, he also slept with anything that looked cross-eyed at him, but whatever. He claimed it was because Americans were easy.
“Ah, reality TV at its finest,” I muttered back to him.
“Cheers.” Jaymeson winked at Nat and then slapped my ass. I lunged for him but Nat’s hand slipped to where Jaymeson’s hand had been, making me totally lose my train of thought. I sighed and kissed Nat gently across the lips. Her wet tongue licked my bottom lip and then slipped into my mouth. I wanted to throw her onto the ground.
“And we’ve come full circle.” Demetri cleared his throat. “Back to fornicating.”
I groaned against Nat’s mouth and cursed. “Do you really have nothing better to do than sit here and watch us fornicate? Really, Demetri? Is life that boring without drugs?”
Because of me, my brother had nearly killed himself last year and was finally out of rehab. I couldn’t take credit for pulling him out of his funk — nope, that honor went to Alyssa. She challenged him enough to grow a pair and put on his big boy pants.
Demetri’s wide smile did nothing for my mood. He pulled out a piece of taffy and winked. “Just getting you back for walking in on me and Alyssa.”
It’s possible I’d been ruining my brother’s mojo purposefully just to piss him off. I’d happily take that to my grave.
“Dude, you were moving slower than a snail.” I smirked and made a slow crawling gesture with my hands.
Laughter bubbled out of Nat. “So true.”
Demetri cursed. “If a snail is a kick-ass-ninja-track-athlete, then yeah. I was moving just like that.”
“Did he just compare himself to a ninja snail?” A female voice said from behind us. We all turned. Alyssa, Demetri’s’ girlfriend, was shaking her head and laughing. “Wow, wonders never cease. What were you yesterday, Demetri? A turtle, was it?”
“A turtle?” I repeated. All eyes turned to Demetri.
My brother’s eyes hooded with desire. “You can ride my shell anytime, you—”
“Children!” Jaymeson yelled from the bonfire. “If you’re all done getting in each other’s pants, we’ve got some fake filming to do for the future leaders of America!”
“Truer words have never been said.” Nat nodded solemnly.
“What we do, we do for our country,” I agreed as I grabbed her hand and kissed the back of it. “Later though?”
She winked. “Oh, I promise.”

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Friday, May 17, 2013

The Wolf's Pursuit by Rachel Van Dyken

Blurb from the book:

What happens when one is both Hunter and Wolf?
You know it’s going to be a bad day when you get shot at—twice. Hunter Wolfsbane, Duke of Haverstone, also known as “Wolf” is having exactly one of those days. Things take a turn for the worse when he’s notified that he’ll be acquiring a partner for his newest mission. The rub? He’s kissed her---twice. In his defense, she was already ruined, but it didn’t help matters that she was the sister-in-law to his best friend in the world. 

And how does a woman protect her heart from one who has the power to destroy every-thing she holds dear?
Lady Gwendolyn has only one thing on her mind--Finding the Wolf and strangling him where he stands. Unfortunately, she needs him to complete one final mission for the Crown and to keep her family safe. It has absolutely nothing to do with her attraction to him, or his golden eyes, or his wicked smile, or the fact that he’s convinced to keep his heart encased in ice—that is, if he still possesses one.

My Review:

I loved this third book in the London Fairy Tale Series!  It was great to find out Hunter's story, who we met in book two.  I really loved his character, but more than that, I enjoyed finding out why he acted and did the things that he did.  Learning about his past was a great emotional journey.  Now Gwen, she was a firecracker!  I couldn't seem to get enough of her wit and attitude.   Together with Hunter their conversations were dynamic!  The laughter, tears, danger and love in this book all made for a great read and a wonderful fairy tale!  

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

Rating:  mild cussing. sexual references

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy of The Wolf's Pursuit via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Source:  Publisher for review

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Whispered Music by Rachel Van Dyken

Blurb from the book:

Scarred at a young age, Dominique Maksylov, Royal Prince of Russia, has lived a reclusive life. As a musical prodigy, his music has wide reach into the world, but few ever see his face. He never ventures into polite society, but when he dis-covers he is the only heir to the Earldom of Harriss, he goes to one ball. And that one ball, was enough to change the direction of his life forever.
But how could he possibly have known that other person— the other half of his whole—would not only need his help but threaten his very existence?

She didn’t know how hard it would be to love the broken.
Isabelle Hartwell’s mother just sold her to the Beast of Russia. He’s mean, tem-peramental, and the most virile, handsome man she has ever encountered. But he has a secret, one he’s willing to die for and he refuses to let anyone in. Will she be able to reach his heart before it’s too late?

Find out if love prevails in this regency retelling of how Beauty tamed the savage Beast…

My Review:

The second book in the London Fairy Tale series, I really enjoyed Whispered Music!  We learned very little about Dominique in the previous book and I wanted to know his story and why he decided to take Isabelle.  I wanted to hate Dominique so badly, but when I learned what he had suffered through, I felt sad for him and hoped that he could change.  Isabelle was great because she didn't put up with any of his nonsense and was a complete spitfire!  I admired her courage and strength.  A wonderful addition to the series, Whispered Music is a great spin on a classic fairy tale!  

Rating: mild violence, sexual references, intimate scenes (within marriage)

You can pick up a copy of Whispered Music via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Monday, May 13, 2013

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken, Book Review

Blurb from the book:

When I won the annual Eagle Elite College Scholarship lottery, I was thrilled. After all, my grandma had just died and I wanted to take care of my aging grandpa -- he couldn't be a farmer in Wyoming forever. And graduating from Eagle Elite meant opportunity.
But I wasn't counting on meeting Nixon.

Nor was I counting on the rules of the Elect.

1. Do not touch The Elect.

2. Do not look at The Elect.

3. Do not speak to The Elect.

And worst of all? Don't discover the secret they hide, because in the end, you may just realize... it's about you.
*This is a New Adult Book, blood, violence, cursing, sexual references, and drug use. Not recommended for those under 17*
(Releasing at the end of April)

My Review:

OH. MY. WORD.  I should have known better than to pick up a Rachel Van Dyken book to read at night.  I stayed up until 1:30 A.M. to finish!  Because I literally could NOT STOP READING!!!!  I kept thinking, just one more chapter...that didn't happen!  This story was literally a roller coaster ride that I didn't want to end!  In fact, I need the next book, like last night at 1:30, hint hint Rachel!  The characters were amazing, I loved Trace from the beginning, she had spunk that I admired and Nixon I loved to hate...until I got to know him!  Chase and Monroe, Tex and Phoenix, they were all different and fun as well.  I felt like I was a part of the Elite world that Rachel Van Dyken created.  This book seriously had me crying (I don't cry easily), laughing out loud and scared as heck.  I loved the mystery and trying to put all of the pieces together.  I am going to read this book again...tonight!  I know, but it was that fabulous!  I promise this book will exceed your expectations and leave you wanting more....a whole lot more!  Hurry Rachel (PLEASE) because I am dying right now, and I need more Trace, Nixon, Monroe, Grandpa, Chase and Tex.  I cannot get this world out of my head, it was so realistically created!  The story keeps re-playing in my mind like a movie.  BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR!  Can I give a book ten stars?  I want to, but five is the max so five bright shiny stars for an awesome read!!!

I was lucky and received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.  I would have gladly paid for this book!

Rating:  Cussing, violence, sexual references.

You can pick up Elite via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Friday, May 10, 2013

Upon A Midnight Dream (London Fairy Tales #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Blurb from the book:

"I release you..." were the last words Rosalind remembered before her world went black. Stefan, the future duke of Montmouth, no doubt thought his words were welcomed but he couldn't have been more wrong. Oh, he was handsome as a pagan Norse god, but that was unimportant when her life as well as those of her family hung in the balance. 

With less than six weeks left, Rosalind has stopped believing in the fairy tale, the prince on the white horse, and the stolen kiss that would awaken her from her worst nightmares. Resigned to her fate, she waits for the inevitable curse to run it’s course. 

"We must marry at once!" Stefan declared, fully expecting Rosalind to be delighted that he had come to save her, but he was sorely mistaken. Rosalind was no simpering docile female; she was a fiery temptress with a stubborn streak only matched by his horse, Samson. Insulting, infuriating, intoxicating and alluring enough to drive a man mad. Stefan found himself thankful for the curse that required him marry her, thankful for the betrothal contract he had so recently tried to release her from...With the fortitude of a sailor shipwrecked, abandoned, and a solider warring for his life Stefan decides to lay siege to the greatest prize, Rosalind's heart.

My Review:

I loved this re-telling of Sleeping Beauty by Rachel Van Dyken!  I love fairy tales and then to have it be a regency, well that was a bonus!  Rachel has taken two genres that I love and married them!  Upon A Midnight Dream was easy to read and I fell in love with the characters.  Stephan was lovable and endearing.  He made me smile and laugh constantly!  Rosalind was fiery and stubborn and wanted Stephan to 'woo' her properly!  I guess some women don't take kindly to being told they should marry immediately :)  If you are looking for a fun and romantic read, then Upon A Midnight Dream is the book for you!  It made me laugh (a lot) and it kept me guessing at the secret of the curse!  I thought I had it figured out, but there was an underlying twist that I didn't see coming.  Four stars for a fun and romantic read!

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

You can pick up Upon A Midnight Dream via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New Release in the Jane Austen Academy Series by Cecilia Gray!!!

Blurb from the book:

Fanny doesn't want to be at The Jane Austen Academy. She intends to lay low until graduation when she can try out for the Olympic track team. She doesn't need friends or love. She only needs her running.

But The Academy is in danger. In an effort to save it, Fanny joins forces with the friends she never knew she wanted. Suddenly, Fanny finds herself center stage in the middle of the Academy's biggest love triangle as the lead in the school play...only this track star can't afford to break a leg.

This is the newest release in Cecilia Gray's Jane Austen Academy Series!  I highly recommend this series or anything that author Cecilia Gray has written!  You will find her books are easy to read and leave you satisfied yet wanting more!  

You can pick up your own copy of Suddenly You via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

You can find out more about author Cecilia Gray via her website!

Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Beginning of Better Days LDS Blog Tour

Blurb from the book:

How important are women in the restored church of Jesus Christ? We learn something about the answer to the question from a simple historic fact: In 1842, the Prophet Joseph Smith took time to attend several meetings of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo and give personal instruction to the women there. He did this at a time of great personal turmoil, when persecutions were raging and his responsibilities were heavy. He did it at a time when society barely acknowledged women as having any kind of status at all. On six separate occasions, he taught the women personally about their privileges, their opportunities, their obligations, and the blessings the Lord had in store for them in His kingdom.
The Beginning of Better Days includes Joseph Smith's six timeless sermons to the women of Nauvoo, along with personal essays from Sheri Dew and Virginia H. Pearce that help us better understand the sermons and their relevance for Latter-day Saint women today. "We have attempted to share a little about our own processes of discovery regarding the sermons," writes the authors. "This is what worked for us. What works for you may be similar — or it may be completely different. The important thing is to dig in."

About the authors:
Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has authored several books, including the biographies of two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. Her most recent books are God Wants a Powerful People and Saying It Like It Is. Sheri was named the president and CEO of Deseret Book Company in March 2002. She also serves as a member of both the BYU Marriott School of Management’s National Advisory Council and the President’s Leadership Council for BYU-Hawaii. In March 2003 the White House appointed her as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls at the United Nations.
Virginia Hinckley Pearce is the author of the bestselling book A Heart Like His: Making Space for God’s Love in Your Life, and has edited and coauthored several additional books, including Glimpses into the Life and Heart of Marjorie Pay Hinckley. She has served as a counselor in the Young Women general presidency and on the general Primary board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She and her husband, the late James R. Pearce, have six children and twenty-six grandchildren.
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Monday, May 6, 2013

Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George Blog Tour & Guest Post!

Guest Post by Jessica Day George:

 The Room You Would Wish Castle Glower Would Make For You

I am really hoping that if Castle Glower ever becomes real, it will really, really like me.  After all, I’m the one telling its stories . . . there’s got to be some kind of awesome reward for that, right?  So what I really, really want my reward from Castle Glower to be is a sort of combination library and bakery.  It would be full of books, first of all.  Some of the books would be ones that I’d read before and loved, and want to read again.  And some of the books will be new and wonderful.  My room would have plenty of comfortable sofas, big squishy chairs with matching footstools, and little tables to hold treats.  There will be plenty of lamps with glass shades, and broad windows with velvet curtains.  There would be cases of pastries, and cakes on tall glass cake pedestals, and mismatched china plates and cups.  And it would absolutely have a cocoa machine.  There would be a large balcony that looked out over Sleyne valley, and had padded benches on it and an awning to keep the sun from fading the books.  This room would be available only to me, and people that I specifically invited to join me there.  Every morning I would go down a hallway, up a flight of stairs (for the exercise) and at the top would be my room.  I would sit all day and drink cocoa and eat slices of fresh, cream-frosted chocolate cake and read!  Doesn’t that sound WONDERFUL?

Wednesdays In The Tower By Jessica Day George

A moving castle, and the children sworn to defend it...The wait is over for this highly-anticipated sequel to the award-winning hit Tuesdays at the Castle!

With over 300,000 copies of her books in print, Jessica Day George is back with WEDNESDAYS IN THE TOWER (May 2013), the continuation of her blockbuster middle grade series.
When her brother Rolf dares her to catch magical Castle Glower creating a new room, Princess Celie takes the challenge! No one knows the Castle better than she does. But as usual, the Castle has ideas of its own. Celie finds the new room first, and inside it is hidden a giant egg. Does the Castle want Celie to care for the egg and whatever creature it hatches? Celie hadn’t bargained for a pet, and caring for this one will prove to be especially tricky, once Celie and her siblings realize what else the Castle is hiding...This modern fairy tale classic—with shades of Hogwarts’s “Room of Requirement”—is sure to delight readers of all ages.

About The Author
Originally from Idaho, Jessica Day George studied at Brigham Young University and has been a movie store clerk, a bookseller, and a school office lady before becoming a writer. Jessica lives with her husband, their three young children, and a five-pound Maltese named Pippin who often makes cameo appearances in her books. She is the author of Tuesdays at the Castle, as well as the Twelve Dancing Princesses series, and Dragon Slippers series Visit her website at

Friday, May 3, 2013

Interview with author Marissa Burt!!! *squeel*

Today I have the privilege of interviewing author Marissa Burt on my blog!  Thank you Marissa for taking the time to stop by and answer some questions!  Marissa's middle grade novel, Storybound has been a smashing success and she recently released the sequel to it, Story's End.

STORY’S END (HarperCollins, 4/2/2013)
Ages: 8-12   Trade ISBN: 9780062020543

Inkheart meets The Neverending Story in the sweeping sequel to Storybound. A deadly Enemy has returned to the magical land of Story—and twelve-year-old Una Fairchild may hold the key to defeating him.

Long ago, a King ruled the land of Story....During his reign, Heroes, Villains, and characters of all kinds lived out Tales filled with daring quests and epic struggles. Then the King disappeared, and over the years nearly everyone forgot that he had ever existed.

Now an evil Enemy has emerged, determined to write a new future for Story. And an ordinary girl from our world named Una Fairchild must find a way to defeat him. 

Una and her friends Indy and Peter set off on a quest for answers, facing warlocks, beasts, and enchantments at every turn. But Una soon discovers that the real key lies in her own mysterious ties to Story’s past—and to the long-forgotten King who may be their only hope for survival.

Storybound has been praised by Kirkus Reviews for its “richly imagined world” and by Publishers Weekly as “an appealing fantasy with strong writing and interesting characters.” Story’s End is filled with the same breathtaking action, heartwarming friendship, and timeless appeal. Readers will leap at the chance to return to this captivating fairy-tale world, which is perfect for fans of Inkheart, Gail Carson Levine, and classics like A Wrinkle in Time.

Now, on to the interview!!!

1.  Do you have a day job or is writing your day job?

Well, I have three young boys age six-and-under, so they are my main job - haha!  My eldest started kindergarten this year, but most of my day-job involves preschool-age shenanigans like storytime at the library, rainy walks, and lots of playdough.  I typically work on writing-related projects on Saturdays and am busy with my family and other responsibilities the rest of the week.

2.  Where did the inspiration come for Storybound?

Storybound was born out of my own love for fantasy worlds.  When I finish a good book, I'm always a little sad to turn the final page and say goodbye to my character-friends.  As I thought about this, I began to wonder what it would be like if all the characters lived in another world and what might happen if a reader from our world got dropped into theirs.  And that was the beginning of Una's Tale. 

3.  Did you know the ending of the book while you were writing it?

Great question!  I had a general idea of where the story would go, but I did not have a detailed outline or anything of that sort.  There were a few scenes that were crystal clear in my mind, and the rest has changed quite a bit with each revision.  In fact, early drafts of the novel would probably be strikingly different from what readers encounter today! 

4.  What is your favorite part of being a published author?

One of the great perks is that I get to immerse myself into an imaginary world for my job!  If you love to read, you'll know the magic of reading transports you to fabulous places.  And writing is often a more intense experience of this same sensation.  I also love hearing from readers!  "Talking books" is one of my favorite things to do.

5.  Who is your favorite author?

What an impossible question!  :)  It probably depends on the day and what I'm reading at the time.  L.M. Montgomery's novels have stood the test of time for me - I still re-read them quite often.  I also love C.S. Lewis' work.  When I was a middle-grade reader, Solo's Journey by: Joy Smith Aiken was my absolute favorite - I read it countless times!  It's out of print, now, but if you can find a used copy, pick one up!

7.  Do you enjoy reading or writing more?

This is a tricky question.  I think I'd have to say I enjoy reading more.  It still remains my absolute favorite thing to do, and I spend a good deal of my spare time with some book - I even have audio books queued up to listen to while I do housework.  While I like writing, it involves more work, so it comes in a close second. 

8.  What genres do you like to read?

I love to read all sorts of things.  As far as fiction goes, my favorites are fantasy, mystery, and historical novels, although I'll read just about anything if it comes with a good recommendation!  For nonfiction, I mostly read theology and books having to do with parenting and the occasional housekeeping book.  I'm forever checking out cookbooks from the library even though I loathe cooking and am not very good at it. Hope springs eternal!

9.  Will there be more books after Story's End or will you start a new series?

I'm happy to say that I'm working on a new series now that should be out from HarperCollins Children's in 2015.  The first book, tentatively titled THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN, tells the story of Wren, a clever girl who discovers she is part of an ancient guild of magicians tracing back to the Dark Ages, whose secret histories are mixed up with the Mother Goose children's rhymes.  I can't wait for you all to meet Wren!

Thanks so much, Crystal!

Author Bio

About the author: Marissa Burt was forever getting notes sent home from teachers about reading novels during class.  She grew up in Oregon, and drifted eastward through Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, and South Carolina before coming back to the Pacific Northwest.  She now lives in the Seattle area with her husband and three sons.  You can visit Marissa online at


A big thank you to Marissa Burt for taking the time to answer these questions! :)