Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Book Review & Giveaway! Sweet Is The Work

I'm really excited to have Lauren B., who is currently serving a Church Service mission, review the new book by Breanna Olaveson, Sweet is the Work: Lessons From the First Sister Missionaries.

There is also a giveaway for this book, so don't forget to scroll all the way down and enter!

"Sweet is the Work by Breanna Olaveson is absolutely wonderful for any female members of the LDS church. It’s a quick read, but packs a lot of power that women will enjoy. Don’t skip the introduction of this one! She talked about the age change for missionaries, and how many young sisters, moms, grandmas, and ward members did not serve missions. This wave of sister missionaries may not think they have an example of missionary service in their life to look to. I had never thought of this before, but it really struck me. Men have many examples of missionaries to look to in their own lives, in church history stories and in the scriptures. Sister missionaries are a little harder to find, but they are there, and Olaveson neatly compiled some beautiful stories in an easy to read book.

I was extremely happy to see that my main girls Eliza R. Snow and Lucy Mack Smith got a shout out in the book. I love how smart Eliza was and that she was such a good leader to women. And learning that she went to Jerusalem when she was 69 years old with a bunch of men made me love her even more. (We also have the same birthday. that’s the actual reason I love her.)

Lucy Mack Smith was a small, spunky woman who most people don’t know much about, but I love the story in the book that showed her love of sharing the gospel. Even after losing three sons in the space of a few weeks, she was always willing to stand up for the gospel and never denied it.

Some of the other stories teach of women who traveled to islands and learned the language, had babies on wagons or in other continents, lost family members while overseas, among many other trials they had to face in which they had to be brave. The most interesting story to me was one of the first sister missionaries who had to come home for medical reasons. This has happened to many of my friends, and I love that the author pointed out it isn’t how long you serve but how you serve. These sisters did so much to pave the way for women to serve missions today. I loved this book and that it taught many valuable lessons for women, full-time missionary or not."

You can download your Kindle copy here

Here is the back copy:

Young women serving as missionaries today are carrying on a noble legacy of faith and dedication that extends back to the early days of the Church. But who were the brave women who paved the way for modern-day sister missionaries? In Sweet Is the Work, author Breanna Olaveson delves into a previously unexplored history that demonstrates the unique ability of women to carry out the errand of angels. Discover the powerful experiences of twelve of the earliest sister missionaries, from the first single proselytizing women in 1898 to some of the well-known sisters in Church history who were themselves pioneering missionaries. The women highlighted in this volume demonstrate the valiant and noble history of sister missionaries in an account that is sure to inspire readers to boldly go forth to share the truths of the gospel.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cute Book Alert! And It's On Sale!

Last Christmas I was given a book by Shanna Swendson called Enchanted, Inc. I'd never heard of it before, but several of my book club members had and they loved it! I noticed today that it's on sale for only .99 cents so I wanted to pass on the sale price to you! Don't miss this one!

You can get the Kindle deal here

Here's the back copy:


Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she’s a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn’t help.

Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie’s ordinariness is an asset. Lacking any bit of magic, she can easily spot a fake spell, catch hidden clauses in competitor’s contracts, and detect magically disguised intruders. Suddenly, average Katie is very special indeed.

She quickly learns that office politics are even more complicated when your new boss is a real ogre, and you have a crush on the sexy, shy, ultra powerful head of the R&D department, who is so busy fighting an evil competitor threatening to sell black magic on the street that he seems barely to notice Katie. Now it’s up to Katie to pull off the impossible: save the world and–hopefully–live happily ever after.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Book Review: Courting Carrie in Wonderland

Carla Kelly's new book, Courting Carrie in Wonderland, is a sweet love story set against the backdrop of Yellowstone National Park in the early 1900s.

We first meet Sergeant Major Ramsay Stiles who is a Spanish American War Veteran and now stationed in Yellowstone. He is trying to deal with how the war affected him, and the park with all its beauty helps him do that. The book also has a wildlife conservation theme throughout which will also endear readers who love animals.  Ramsay is looking for a wife, but hasn't had any luck so far, when he meets Carrie McKay outside of a privy, She's been stuck with a bear preventing her from leaving and that in itself is such a funny meet-cute. Carrie is so relatable. She's suffered in her childhood and wants a better life than the one she grew up with. In order to do that, she's working in Yellowstone to save money for college tuition. Both her and Ramsay are learning to deal with their past and working toward finding peace.

I thought this story was a beautiful love letter to Yellowstone National Park. Ms. Kelly knows this park intimately and from her descriptions, it's easy to imagine yourself right there. There were so many incredible details, the setting became nearly as important as the characters. Our hero, Ramsay, is so likable, a man who easily blushes, who wants to find a wife, but more than anything just wants to have peace in his life. His choices have consequences, though, and I wanted things to work out for him so badly. He deserved it! Carrie is a strong woman, yet she also has a tender and vulnerable side which is surprising when you consider the circumstances she's already overcome. Her romance with Ramsay has a unique twist to it and readers will be captivated by their gentle love for one another. This book is like a deep stream that sweeps you along and takes you on a beautiful journey. Historical fans will really enjoy this one!

You can download your Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

Struggling through college and balancing her summer job in Yellowstone Park with the Wylie Camping Company, Carrie McKay simply doesn't have time to consider romance. Spanish American War Veteran Sergeant Major Ramsay Stiles also isn't looking for love, busy with his own complicated affairs. But as the magic of Yellowstone starts making its way into their hearts, both begin to see love move up their priority list.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Freebie Friday

Today's Freebie Friday is a contemporary romance called The Perfect Kiss by Susan Hatler. I haven't read anything by this author before, but it looks cute.

Here's the back copy:

Olivia Lane wants to become the premiere event planner for Blue Moon Bay’s rich and famous. But first she has to impress Greta von Strand—millionaire and bestselling author of Men: Who Needs Them?—by pulling off a two-week luxury getaway for women. The retreat’s all about getting women to embrace their independence by nurturing themselves and each other, and Olivia, who’s never been lucky-in-love herself, is looking forward to it.

The retreat and Olivia’s goals hit a roadblock, however, when sweet-talking firefighter, Brody Mitchell, and his smoking hot friends take up residence at the mansion next door. Now, she must successfully keep Greta and the other women away from their male neighbors, fight her attraction to Brody, and pull off the retreat of a lifetime in one fell swoop.

It’s a battle of the sexes she’s determined to win, otherwise she could lose everything—including her heart.

You can download your free Kindle copy here

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Free Brandon Sanderson Book!

I haven't read any of Brandon Sanderson's books, but I know a lot of my friends are big fans of his, so when I saw this deal today, I had to pass it along!

For 48 hours only, you can download Brandon Sanderson's book, The Way of Kings, for free. (You do have to sign up for the Tor newsletter, but that seems a small price to pay.)

Go here to download your free copy! Deal ends at midnight on Mar. 24th, so don't wait!

Here's the back copy:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths:

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I just started reading Heather Moore's new book, Condemn Me Not. It's based on her actual 10th great-grandmother that was accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch trials and it is mesmerizing!

The first chapter introduces us to Susannah, while she's in the Salem jail, and then we go back in time to when she first met her husband. I loved seeing how sassy and strong she was, even though she's in a Puritan community. The little quotes from her trial at the beginning of the chapters really added to the mysterious atmosphere and I just can't put this one down. So far, it's really good!

You can download your own copy here

Here's the back copy:

“This woman was one of the most impudent, scurrilous, wicked creatures of this world; and she did now throughout her whole trial discover herself to be such a one. Yet when she was asked what she had to say for herself, her chief plea was that she had led a most virtuous and holy life.” —Reverend Cotton Mather, 1692

USA Today Bestselling author Heather B. Moore brings the life of her 10th great-grandmother to center stage. Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Free Kindle Unlimited Mystery/Thrillers

My book, The Captive, is part of a thirty book Mystery/Thriller spotlight in the Kindle Unlimited program! If you love a good mystery with lots of twists and turns, or a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, you'll definitely be able to find that in one of the thirty offered ebooks. And with so many available for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, you can try a new author for free!

There's also a giveaway for a Murder Mystery party game. So come see what's available and enter to win!

See all the prizes and get the details here