Friday, February 28, 2014

Living in the Eleventh Hour by Robert L. Millet, LDS Blog Tour

Product Description

Just as the scriptures teach us that the Second Coming of the Lord will be "at midnight" (Matthew 25:6), so the signs of the times teach us that "midnight" is close at hand.
In Living in the Eleventh Hour, author Robert L. Millet points our minds and hearts toward the future—to the glorious day that lies ahead. This encouraging work not only assists us a Latter-day Saints to recognize and better understand the signs of the times but also reminds us of our individual responsibilities as we prepare ourselves and the world for the much-anticipated return of Jesus Christ.
Filled with uplifting quotations from Church leaders, insightful scriptural texts, and engaging personal experiences, this timely book inspires us to live today as if He were coming tomorrow.
Brother Millet's faith-building message is clear: Steadfastly doing the small things that allow us to live each day with faith, rather than fear, builds our trust that the Savior's return to earth to rule and reign will be a glorious and welcome event.

Product Details

  • Size:  6 x 9
  • Pages:  160

About the Author

Robert L. Millet, an Abraham O. Smoot Professor and former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, is a professor of ancient scripture and a lifelong scholar of the last days. After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU in psychology, he earned a PhD from Florida State University in religious studies. He has served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a seminary teacher, bishop, stake president, and member of the Materials Evaluation Committee. He and his wife, Shauna, are the parents of six children.

My Review:

This is my first time reading a book by Robert L. Millet and I was hooked from the beginning.  Gospel books are not always easy for me to read, but Millet speaks in a straight forward fashion, uses scriptures and direct quotes from prophets to make it easy for the reader to understand the point he is making.  He shared personal stories from teaching religion classes at BYU and he tied everything into each point seamlessly.  I enjoyed the short chapters that focused on one specific aspect of living in the last days.  I came away with a sense of calmness not fear.  Millet gives us knowledge backed through scriptures and prophets to help us understand what we will are and will face as the time approaches for His return.  I honestly was amazed at how quickly I read through the book!  I found certain quotes or stories so great that I would re-read them and then share them with my husband. One of my favorite's is taken from chapter 9, "We stand in holy places when we stand firm against vice and immorality and stand humbly but assuredly with God and with "clouds of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1) made up of Saints on both sides of the veil (2 Kings 6:16, compare 1 John 4:4). This is truly a great read that will help and inspire you and I highly recommend it!

You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Time Out Classics LDS Blog Tour

Habits of Happiness – Wendy Ulrich
When happiness doesn’t enter our days automatically, and when life isn’t going as planned, sometimes we are quick to equivocally gauge our overall happiness in life. In this book, filled with scientific research, practical advice and engaging anecdotes, Dr. Wendy Ulrich invites readers to look at happiness in a new way.

Habits of Happiness Review:

This is a short book but it packs a powerful punch! Habits of Happiness is an easy to read book that anyone, even the busiest of people can find time to read. Ulrich speaks in a straight forward and easy to understand manner. She helps the reader see how changing small things in your life, even just changing the way you think about certain things, can make you happier. There are exercises throughout the book so you can evaluate yourself in certain areas. The chapter about recognizing your strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses was my favorite. If you are looking for ways to improve your self esteem or just improve your view on life, Habits of Happiness is the book for you! 

Making It Through the Middle – Emily Freeman
Life is full of challenges, and it’s easy to feel the end of our trials will never arrive. But is it the end we should be spending so much of our time focusing on? In this book, Emily Freeman shares six lessons, and various personal experiences to assist readers in staying strong when they are right in the middle of a hard time. 

Making it Through the Middle Review:

I absolutely loved Making it Through the Middle by Emily Freeman!  She uses scriptures, quotes from the prophets and her own experiences to help the reader realize there is hope in the midst of their trials.  She directs her book towards finding the hope and faith to help you while you are in the middle of your trial.  I have never read a book directed towards this topic and this one is wonderful!  It is short but full of so many great ways to find comfort during hard times.  My favorite part of the entire book is the quote about not looking at the peak but looking back at the truck you left in the parking lot.  Perspective is everything!  I recommend this book to anyone and everyone!  We can all use some help when we are in the midst of hard times!

Everything I Need to Know I Learned at Home – John Bytheway
Sometimes the smallest phrases we use in everyday language can be eternal principles that get us through our lives. In this book, John Bytheway makes an inspiring and insightful connection between everyday phrases spoken at home and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Everything I Need to Know I Learned at Home:

Big things come in small packages!  I was so impressed with John Bytheway's book.  I never imagined that he could pack so much into such a small book.  I found myself flying through the pages and then going back to re-read certain passages.  I love how he related things we say at home like "Help your sister"  to remember that we are all spiritual brothers and sisters and we need to support and help each other, not compete with each other.  He said in his book, "But I believe that Satan knows he's not going to destroy the Church from the outside in.  His efforts, I believe, will be more focused on causing contention from the inside out."  How true that is!  I could quote several other passages that struck me and have helped me to gain insight.  I was completely uplifted from his gospel comparisons to everyday expressions used in the home.  I am honestly grateful I had the chance to read this book, I know it is one I will turn to again and again!

You can pick up your own copies of these amazing books via Deseret Book.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Orphan and the Thief Book Blast

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  orphan thiefThe Orphan and the Thief An adventure that will keep you and your kids spellbound.
Toad thought it’d be easy to steal from Mr. Edward P. Owl. Unfortunately for Toad, he isn’t the best of thieves. Caught in the act, he’s in more trouble than ever before. Now to save his hide, Toad must track down five rare potion ingredients for Mr. Owl. Or else.All Melena Snead wants is her family back, but after the Miggens Street Fire, that isn’t very likely. Orphaned and miserable, forced to work in an apothecary, she’s determined to find Milo, her missing brother. No matter what. When Melena finds Toad ransacking her apothecary, Toad gets a nasty shock: apothecaries don’t carry Mr. Owl’s ingredients. Luckily, Melena’s willing to help, for a price. With Melena’s pet Spit-Fire dragon and Toad’s enchanted talking beer mug, they embark on a fantastical journey, traveling the country in search of the potion ingredients. But can they gather all of them in time, what with monsters, pirates, and axe-wielding thieves? And if they do, is there an even greater danger waiting for them at the end?
Excerpt: Panicking, Toad rushed, “Come on, Gent. There’s gotta be somethin’ that ya want! My prices are reasonable!” “The price is your life,” Mr. Owl stated, gently placing the dragon statue upon the desk. Mr. Ogg stopped again, his ham-sized hands falling back to his sides. Toad fell silent, too stunned to dare hope that he wasn’t about to be killed. “Let me explain how this will work, Mr. Toad. If tonight was like any other night I would happily see your neck snapped and toss you out like the bit of filth that you are.” He gave a heavy sigh. “However, the Hickory Guard have become annoyingly tedious ever since that upstart became Captain.” “Ya mean Dowell?” asked Toad. “The man has become so inflated with self importance that he’s actually having me followed. Can you imagine? Me?” “That’s … awful?” said Toad awkwardly, unsure how to respond. “So, you will forgive me for not wanting to waste Mr. Ogg’s talents on you with so little preplanning.” He gave the window a casual glance. “I’m sure a guard is stationed outside somewhere and disposing of your body without detection will be troublesome to say the least.” “Pardon me, sir,” Mr. Ogg interrupted, “but it would be no trouble.” “Ah, Mr. Ogg! How I like you!” Mr. Owl cheered. “Always ready to break a neck. Good fellow!” “We can stash him in one of the upstairs rooms,” Mr. Ogg continued in his deep, ocean floor voice. “I’ll make sure he won’t bleed.” “But a body, even in such a large house, will be difficult to hide if Dowell decides to search the place, as he has been hinting at for the last fortnight. No, no, my man. We cannot afford the risk of housing him here.” Toad sat still in his chair. It wasn’t every day that his own murder was discussed in such a light, conversational manner.  
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAM.L LeGette: Melissa Lee LeGette has been writing seriously since she was a teen. She loves an old world vibe with a magical twist, and she puts her full focus on creating believable characters--even if they happen to be a talking beer mug. Her books are targeted for children and teens, but have been enjoyed by adults of all ages. She lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright.
Praise: [LeGette is] able to twist her unique fairy-tales to fit the imagination of children and the attention of adults. Five stars ... The Orphan and the Thief is definitely worth reading! -- Abigail / Goodreads Review M.L. Legette conjures up a captivating magical tale in The Orphan and the Thief. I loved this story and I could not put my Kindle down until I finished the last page. This charming story is so good that it may very well become a classic. -- Karen Dowdall, Author of Delphi Altair: Strange Beginnings
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Dangerous by Shannon Hale, Book Review

Award-winning, bestselling author Shannon Hale's new teen science fiction novel, which New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner James Dashner calls, "One of the best books I've ever read. Ever."

How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?

Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit and see something new. She never intended to fall in love with a boy at space camp. And she certainly never intended to stumble into a frightening plot that just might destroy everything and everyone she cares about. But now there's no going back—Maisie's the only thing standing between danger and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs, before she loses her heart . . . and her life.

Equal parts romance and action-adventure, this explosive story is sure to leave both longtime Shannon fans and avid sci-fi readers completely breathless.

Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon Hale has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and was a New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. The sequel, Palace of Stone, was also a New York Times bestseller. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shannon lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, Dean, and their four children.


My Review:

I was so excited when I saw that Shannon Hale had a new book coming out...and then I realized it was sci-fi and I am so not into sci-fi.  Generally I avoid it at all costs.  I think I have read one other sci-fi book period.  However, Shannon Hale has changed my mind with Dangerous!  I was immediately captivated by Maisie!  Born with a birth defect (no right hand) and home schooled by her scientist parents, all she has ever dreamed of is becoming an astronaut!  When she wins a sweepstakes contest to go to Astronaut Camp for three weeks so is ecstatic!  But camp isn't everything she thought it would be.....and now Maisie is faced with trying to save the world, literally.  Hale captivates the reader with her fluid writing style and a story that enthralls the reader from the beginning of the book.  Be warned that once you start reading you will find it hard to stop!  The book is four hundred pages and they will literally fly by!  For a reader who doesn't care for sci-fi I am least as far as Dangerous goes!  Bravo to Hale, a master story teller!
* I received an ARC of this group via Netgalley and was under no obligation to review it.

You can pick up your copy of Dangerous via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Touching Sky by Stephanie Boyd, LDS CD Blog Tour

Touching Sky

Touching Sky With a fresh and energizing sound, Stephanie Boyd’s debut album Touching Sky will put a smile on your face and a skip in your step. Unique lyrics, heartfelt vocals and top quality production will inspire and uplift you. With brand new original songs and a novel take on some favorite hymns, this CD will stay with you every day of the week.

    Music Video Stephanie
About Stephanie Growing up in New York, Stephanie was drawn to the power of music from a young age. While she was originally trained in classical singing, Stephanie always gravitated towards more upbeat and modern music. With her debut album, Touching Sky, Stephanie combines her love of traditional messages with fresh music. Since moving to Utah, Stephanie has worked closely with well-known artists including Jenny Phillips, Tyler Castleton, and Michael McLean. She was also featured soloist with Sally DeFord. She has a master’s degree in environmental science she and her husband have enjoyed building and selling businesses together. Stephanie is married with four children (and one on the way!) and likes to read, garden, run and bake fun birthday cakes.

My Review:

I loved Touching Sky by Stephanie Boyd!  I am a musical person, I sing and play the piano, so I can be picky when it comes to music.  I found Touching Sky to be a breath of fresh air!  I loved the upbeat rhythm of the majority of the songs, it had me tapping my foot and feeling better just by listening to it.  I felt the happiness and positiveness through the music, it really changed how I felt.  That is the incredible thing about music, it has the ability to change how we feel and what we are thinking.  Stephanie Boyd's Touching Sky does just this in a positive and uplifting way!  Her music had me smiling and feeling brighter!  If this is what Stephanie Boyd's music is like, I look forward to listening to whatever she puts out in the future!  I received a copy of this CD for free and this is my honest review.

  Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 3/9/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In Tune by Gerald Lund, LDS Blog Tour

Product Description

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are all teachers. Not only do we have a glorious mandate to "teach all nations" the gospel (Matthew 28:19), we also have numerous charges to "teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom" (D&C 88:77). In formal and informal settings, as parents or leaders or friends, we are constantly teaching and learning.
Not only has the Lord commanded us to teach, but He has taught us what we are to teach and how we are to do it: diligently and by the power of the Spirit. But how do we know if we're "doing it right"? What signs can we watch for that the Spirit is actually present in a teaching setting?
In this insightful companion volume to Hearing the Voice of the Lord, bestselling author Gerald N. Lund brings his decades of experience working in the Church Educational System to the topic of teaching and learning by the Spirit. He discusses common misconceptions, important questions we should ask about our teaching, and the role of the Holy Ghost in the process.
"The Lord has given the responsibility to save His children to teachers," writes Elder Lund. "The charge is clear. It is specific. It is inspiring. And, gratefully, the Lord blesses us greatly when we strive to carry out His will."

About the Author

Elder Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He also did extensive graduate work in New Testament studies at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California, and studies Hebrew at the University of Judaism in Hollywood, California.

During his thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, the author served as a seminary teacher, an institute teacher and director, a curriculum writer, director of college curriculum, and zone administrator. His Church callings have included serving as stake president, bishop, and teacher. Elder Lund served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008.

Elder Lund is a prolific author; his novels include the Work and the Glory series, the Kingdom and the Crown trilogy, Fire of the Covenant, and The Undaunted. He has also written several books on gospel topics, including Hearing the Voice of the Lord and Divine Signatures.

He and his wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children. For more information, please visit Gerald Lund’s website (Click Here)

My Review:

I have loved Gerald Lund's novels and this is my first time reading a nonfiction book authored by him.  I should not have been surprised that his amazing talent at writing carries over into the nonfiction genre.  I found myself engrossed in learning about the Spirit and how I can become more in tune with the Holy Ghost.  Lund explains everything simply so that any person, no matter where they are in their gospel learning, can easily understand each concept as he explains it.  I enjoyed the quotes from various prophets that are in the sidelines of the book as well as the personal stories that Lund shares throughout.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how they can become more in tune with the Holy Ghost.  I received an ARC of this book and the opinions in this review are my own.

You can pick up your own copy via Deseret Book.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Broken Path by Cami Checketts, Book Review


Involved in a debilitating accident at age six, Ethan Searle believes women eye him with a mixture of pity and disdain. He's tried love before. He won't again. Autumn Reader escaped her abusive marriage with her daughter, a stack of debt, and fear. Autumn's precocious two-year old becomes enraptured by Ethan. Autumn is on the path to following her daughter's example when her ex-husband reappears.

My Review:

Checketts has a gift for writing stories that draws my attention in quickly and has me page turning to find out what will happen next.  Autumn, who is a single mother meets Ethan, who is handicapped from an accident on the way into the church building. It seems that from the first moment that Ethan misunderstands everything that Autumn says and does and vice versa.  I actually started to feel frustrated and sorry for both of them because they seem to assume what the other one is thinking instead of just talking about it!  Brittan who is Autumn's two year old daughter, is adorable and full of fun!  She immediately takes a liking to Ethan and in typical fashion of a toddler chants his name over and over and over again!  Things that come out of her little mouth cause some of the misunderstandings and I began to wonder if the two adults would EVER just talk to each other instead of assuming the worst!  Which they eventually do and then enters a whole other problem....Autmun's ex-husband.  I truly enjoyed every moment of this book and it was a refreshing change to have a character with a handicap and to view the world through their eyes.  This is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it!  You will fly through the pages!

You can pick up your own copy of The Broken Path via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

*I downloaded this book when it was free on Amazon.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Paris Cravings by Kimberley Montpetit Book Blast!

Paris Cravings
Paris Cravings
Can life really turn on a dime, a missed bus— or a stuck pastry shop door?
Chloe Dillard’s life has always been complicated. Her mother is a neurotic romance novelist and her boyfriend, Mathew, has been pressuring her to go “all the way”. But after The Worst Night of Her Life, Chloe escapes on her Senior Class trip to the swoon-worthy city of Paris which takes her mind off her troubles—temporarily. On the final leg of her dream trip, Chloe squeezes in one final run for a last-minute box of decadent pastries. Add a stuck door, subtract a broken four-inch heel from her cute strappy sandals, and Chloe ends up one stuck girl on the bakery shop floor with a sprained ankle. Rescued by the shop owner’s dreamy son with chocolate-syrup eyes, the beautiful city of Paris suddenly becomes Chloe’s personal secret adventure. And even though Jean-Paul, the oh-so-kind La Patisserie shop boy is the gentlemanly guy Chloe has always dreamed of, even he has a girlfriend. The police are tracking her down as a run-away, Mom’s having a nervous breakdown over her daughter’s “disappearance”, and Chloe’s just trying to have a Happily-Ever-After even as her dreams with Matt are swirling down the drain. Could being lost in the city of Paris be just what the doctor ordered? What’s a girl to do in the most romantic city in the world?

Praise for Paris Cravings: "PARIS CRAVINGS is such a fun read, I couldn't put it down! This is a humorous, delicious, and dreamy romance set in Paris about pastries, growing up, dating, and making those hard decisions about the kind of guy you want to be with, and who is best for you." ~Milyssa Rivera "Who can resist a book set in Paris amidst a Patisserie shop full of eclairs and pastries?! I'm excited this is a series, because anything with a bakery involved and I am in! Paris Cravings started out with a girl, a big box, some high heels and a mishap with a door. Insert cute worker with Hershey brown eyes, a French accent and a missing passport and you have the beginnings of romance." ~Fire & Ice Blogger Excerpt:
Dear Diary: I have a confession to make: I’ve become a total idiot over French pastries. They’re my new favorite food. My new-found edible souvenir. My new favorite sin. Drizzled chocolate, sugar-dusted raspberries, flaky crusts with perfect crimped edges. I’ll have to run a marathon when I get back home to New York just to burn off my new five pounds. French beignets are the worst temptation. Those yeasty chocolate-filled pastries call to me the way Prada handbags call to my mother from Fifth Avenue. Dunkin Donuts—so yesterday. Climbing the Eiffel tower, running through miles of hallways at the Louvre Museum, gourmet lunches on the Seine River . . . yes, those are all must-sees . . . if you don’t mind vertigo-dizzying heights and enough paintings to saturate your brain for the rest of your life. But once I discovered La Patisserie, the rest of Paris became a mere backdrop for my guilty pleasure. What’s a girl to do?
Author Kimberley Montpetit
Kimberley Montpetit once spent all her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops when she was in Paris—on the arm of her adorable husband. The author grew up in San Francisco, another swoon-worthy city, loves all things Parisian and chocolate and lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her family. Kimberley has won many awards for her work, including the Southwest Book Award, the Whitney Award, the Arizona/New Mexico Book Award, is a Crystal Kite Finalist (SCBWI) and included in the Bank Street College Best Books of the Year. She once stayed in a haunted castle tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland, sailed on the Seine in Paris, walked the beaches of Normandy, eaten in numerous French cafes, ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan, sunbathed on Waikiki, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. She adores all baked goodies; brownies, √©clairs, donuts, tarts, and pie, and makes a lot of chocolate chip cookies while revising. Kimberley is, of course, hard at work on her next novel(s).

  BookBlast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 3/14/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck, Book Review


Regina Beswick never dreamed of faraway places. She’s happy with her life as a classic car mechanic and owner of a restoration shop.

But an unexpected visitor and the discovery of a fairytale, drawn by her great-grandma, causes Regina to wonder if she might be destined for something more.

Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg, must convince the strong-willed Southerner, Miss Beswick, that she is his country’s long-lost princess. Failure could destroy his reputation and change his nation forever.

As Regina and Tanner face the challenges before them, neither are prepared for love to invade their hearts and change every thing they believe about themselves.

However, when a royal opponent nearly destroys Regina’s future, she must lean into God and trust He has sovereignly brought her to her true and final destiny.

My Review:

I fell in love with the cover of this book immediately.  A gorgeous dress and a tiara too, who wouldn't want to read it?  I loved Regina's character; she was completely authentic and true to herself no matter what situation she happened to find herself in (which were many crazy and unbelievable situations!).  I loved her confidence, her ability to rise to the occasions and circumstances that she found herself in once she learned she was a princess and an heir.  This book has so many facets; finding yourself, trusting in God, learning from the past, looking to the future, living the life you were meant to lead.  Rachel Hauck astounded me with the depth of the story, not only with Reggie, but with Tanner as well.  The mystery surrounding Reggie's Gram and how everything would turn out with the future of Hessenberg was so well put together.  As a reader I have no complaints...I loved every bit of the book and I would read it again!  This is my first time reading a book by Hauck and I will definitely be reading more from her soon!  * I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley and was under no obligation to review.

You can pick up your own copy of Princess Ever After via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn Book Blast!

  "Susan Kaye Quinn writes characters that leap off the page... Incredibly well written, the vivid setting was crisp in my mind... As the plot raced on, I was cursing real life for not letting me just sit glued to my kindle, punching the touch screen to get to the next page." - Tiffany on Goodreads

Excerpt A lone two-wheeled surrey ambled out of the shadows of the Samirian embassy and headed toward her dark corner of the Queen’s estate. Aniri held her breath and silently cursed the full two-moon night. If the carriage came much closer, the occupants would surely see her clinging to the side of the palace like a spider on her thread. The six-hooved beast pulling the surrey slowed as it neared the giant stone statue of Devkasera. The mother goddess of ancient Dharia loomed larger-than-life, threatening the carriage with a sword and a scroll—the powers of destruction and creation—clasped in two of her six hands. The Queen loved the ancient traditions, so the goddess held a place of respect in the middle of the palace lawns. Aniri preferred the clean streets and steam-driven inventions of modern Dharia to the unwashed feet and mystic religion of her country’s past, but that didn’t stop her from sending a silent prayer to Devkasera—for invisibility for herself or perhaps a sudden loss of sight by the persons in the carriage.

Third Daughter Tour

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Author Susan Kaye Quinn Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, which is young adult science fiction. The Dharian Affairs trilogy is her excuse to dress up in corsets and fight with swords. She also has a dark-and-gritty SF serial called The Debt Collector and a middle grade fantasy called Faery Swap. It's possible she's easily distracted. She always has more speculative fiction fun in the works. You can find out what she's up to by subscribing to her newsletter (hint: new subscribers get a free short story!) or by stopping by her blog (


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

Friday, February 7, 2014

Romance is in the Air Giveaway Blog Hop!!!

A big thank you to hosts I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Rachael Anderson!!!  Enter to win one of five ebooks (gifted through Amazon or Barnes and Noble) of Love at First Date by Susan Hatler! This series is amazing and one of my personal favorites! I would like to thank Susan for her generous donation of these ebooks for the prizes! Here is the gorgeous cover and the blurb from the book! Happy hopping!!!


Better Date than Never Series, Book 1

Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she’s signed up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. Learning men’s preferences up front, plus a few weeks of email correspondence, has resulted in two candidates she’s excited to meet in person.

When Ellen’s best friend asks her to baby-sit her beloved pooch, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t stop thinking about. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but Ellen suddenly finds herself signing up for a week-long doggy class to spend more time with him.

Now, Ellen has a choice: Go with one of the logical choices or let herself fall for the one man her heart seems to want.

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In Wisdom & Order by Boyd K. Packer, LDS Book Review


The timeless counsel King Benjamin lovingly presented to his people includes this simple and thoughtful caution: "See that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order" (Mosiah 4:27).
In this new collection of addresses, President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reiterates an ancient prophet's call to do all things "in wisdom and order."
These twenty-eight chapters—selected from President Packer's conference addresses, mission presidents' seminars, and other speeches given over the past five decades—will instruct and inspire parents, youth, teachers, priesthood leaders, indeed, anyone who desires to learn at the feet of an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In this book you will find classic discussions on—
  • Faith, "the kind of faith that causes things to happen, the kind of faith that moves people and sometimes moves things."
  • Self-reliance, with a reminder that "you have great and powerful resources at hand. You, through prayer, can solve your problems without endlessly going to those who are trying so hard to help others."
  • Temple covenants, which "become our credentials for admission into His presence. To worthily receive them is the quest of a lifetime; to keep them thereafter is the challenge of mortality."
  • And much, much more.
As you read the words of this faithful disciple-leader, you will recognize anew that the Savior's hand is ever present in our lives and that the gospel plan is one of great "wisdom and order," designed to return us to our heavenly home clothed in glory and righteousness.

About the author:
Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been a member of that quorum since 1970 and a General Authority since 1961. Immediately prior to that, he was the supervisor of seminaries and institutes for the Church. He is a former president of the New England States Mission.
President Packer was born in Brigham City, Utah. He served as a pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II and later obtained his doctorate in education from Brigham Young University. He is the author of several best-selling books, including The Holy Temple, That All May Be Edified, and Teach Ye Diligently.
He and his wife, Donna Edith Smith Packer, are the parents of ten children.

My Review:

I absolutely enjoyed this book which is a collection of talks that President Packer has given over the years.  In my mind I could hear his voice speaking each word as I read them.  Some talks I remember hearing him give and others were new to me, like the ones given to stake presidents or overseas.  Each and every talk I learned something from and felt inspired to be a better person.  President Packer is known for his straight forward manner of speaking and I loved discovering new treasures of information that I have not heard from him before.  The book is grouped into sections of similar topics and I loved the ones on the priesthood and principles for perfection.  In Wisdom and Order is easy to read and if you don't have a lot of time you can just read one talk at a time!  This is a great book for anyone looking to brush up on their gospel principles and to be inspired to be a little better!

You can pick up your own copy of In Wisdom and Order via Deseret Book.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Newport Ladies Book Club: Athena by Heather B. Moore, Book Review


Athena is a self-proclaimed bachelorette—it’s better that way—no one gets hurt. But when tragedy strikes, Athena realizes friendship and love is the only way she can pull through, and she must, for the first time in her life, risk opening her heart.

The Newport Ladies Book Club series is unique in that each Newport book is written from the point of view of a different woman in the book club. The first 4 books cover the same time period and the same book club meetings. But only with reading all 4 books, will you learn the whole story of each of the women and her full character journey. Think of it as a parallel series, not as a forward-moving series.

My Review:

This is my first read from the Newport Ladies Book Club Series and I loved it!  In fact, I am going to purchase the other books if Heather Moore's is any indication of the quality of the others!  Moore really connects the reader to Athena's character.  We get to see her grow in her independence, learn to let go, realize how she truly feels about things and people....and most importantly we get to see her heart.  All of these things the reader experiences through Athena's journey,  along with the heartbreak of loss and dealing with a crippling disease of Alzheimer's.  While at moments I felt so giddy with the new-found love Athena felt, the next moment I felt heart-wrenching loss and ache for Athena's tragedy.   An emotional read full of clean romance that will still curl your toes, Athena is a must-read!

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

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Monday, February 3, 2014

License to Date by Susan Hatler


After discovering her fianc√© cheated on her, Kaitlin is focused on two things: remodeling her new home and avoiding men at all costs. But her friends insist she get back in the driver’s seat and date again. They strike a hard bargain and agree to paint her house if she goes on five dates. 

Anxious to get the paint job started, Kaitlin schedules five dates in five days, but her plan falls to pieces when a sexy bartender at her venue-of-choice makes her swoon. Even though he observes each of the dates from afar, she can’t help but want him to come a little closer. 

The last person she should fall for is a mysterious bartender with a sinful smile, but Paul makes her want to take risks again. Will the charming man with electric blue eyes break her heart or will he prove to her that a license to date is what makes life worth the drive?

My Review:

I LOVE Susan Hatler's Better Date than Never Series!  Each book is fun, romantic and full of familiar characters that I have grown to love!  In License to Date Kaitlin is so focused on remodeling her house, she couldn't care less about dating!  Her ex-fiance cheated on her with her own sister and how can she ever trust a guy again?  Her friends think differently and they strike a bargain with Kaitlin to date again that is hilarious!  When Kaitlin mets the sexy bartender and he tells her his name,  I thought to myself, "NO WAY!!!  What are the chances?"  But his personality and their chemistry help to overcome the name issue.  Looking for a romantic book fix?  Sparks fly in this newest installment in the Better Date than Never series!  License to Date is the perfect mix of romance, fun and friends! (And don't forget the swoon-worthy kisses!)  Baby blues, tuxedos and some high heels...all make for the perfect date!  

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Afterlife of Lizzie Monroe by Kelly Martin Blog Tour & Giveaway!

I'm nearing the end of my LIZZIE MONROE blog tour and I'm very happy to be here today! I'm so excited to be here talking about my new book, THE AFTERLIFE OF LIZZIE MONROE, and to answer three reader questions. I recently asked on facebook for any questions my readers had for me... they had a LOT! I was surprised actually. And they are really great questions! Some of the blogs on the tour have the questions and answers.  Deep breath...

Three Questions with Kelly Martin
1.       Which author do you aspire to be like (if any)?
I’d love to write like Colleen Coble. She writes Christian/Inspirational novels, but they aren’t preachy. They are just good stories with faith woven in. That’s how I want to write.  Also Ted Dekker. He write some pretty freaky stuff but with faith woven in. That's my favorite thing to do.

2.       If you could go on vacation with any literary character who would you go with and why?
Sherlock Holmes. Because that seems like it would be very… interesting. We’d go to one of those mystery weekend houses…. OR we’d be on a team on ABC’s Whodunnit?

3.       How much of yourself (personality, quirks, etc) do you put into your own books?
I put a lot actually. Probably more than I realize when I write. Rachel in Crossing the Deep is a bit of a klutz. Sloan in Saint Sloan gets picked on. Devin in The Deception of Devin Miller is a bit gullible at times (which I can be… probably shouldn’t be telling you that… ;) ). Brittany in Big is Beautiful is on the heavier side of life—I can relate ;) .  And Lizzie in The Afterlife of Lizzie Monroe... well, I like how she doesn’t understand the world. Sure, it’s because she’a  167 year old zombie ;) but still. I have the same questions she has at times. Also, in LIZZIE MONROE, Shane gives a speech about God and how/why things happen. I wrote that scene after the Aurora Movie Theater shooting, so I think there is a lot of ‘me’ in it. Maybe writing helps make sense of things in the world I don’t understand.

Do you have any questions for me? If so, you can chat on my facebook author page or twitter. I'd love to answer it.

I'd love for you to check out LIZZIE MONROE.. It's FOX's Sleepy Hollow meets The Vampire Diaries with a little faith thrown in for good measure (of course... there is a lot of faith in Sleepy Hollow too lol). SO if you like Sleepy Hollow-- you'll like LIZZIE :)

Thanks for having me here :)

If Shane Davis had it to do over again, he wouldn't have gone out that night. He wouldn't have burned down the church. And he sure wouldn't have taken the annoying dead girl home with him.

Now that Shane has her, he has no idea what to do with her. He can't release her into the "wild" because people will recognize her (being a hundred and fifty year old town 'legend' will do that). He can't send her away because she can't take care of herself yet. And she can't stay because if people find her, they'll know he burned the church. Being eighteen now, Shane definitely doesn't want that fact coming out.

Unbeknownst to Shane, someone has figured out the girl's secret and will do anything to get it for himself... even kill the girl who isn't so immortal after all.

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Kelly Martin a southern girl who writes... a lot. She is the author of 5 Young Adult novels. Her favorite reviews are from the people who 'know' they aren't going to like her books... but end up loving them :) She loves God, is addicted to chocolate, and would rather write than sleep. Kelly loves a good mystery and believes in Sherlock Holmes.

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