Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book Review--Lethal Engagement



Teyla Branton has been doing novellas for her Unbounded series and Lethal Engagement is Mari's story. It was a fairly long novella actually, and full of action with a little romance on the side.

When we first met Mari, she was in a bad relationship with a man who wanted to kill her. Now, as an Unbounded, she is enjoying her newfound confidence and abilities--and a heady attraction for her partner. She's unsure of exactly where she stands with him, however, until they're both sent on an important mission for the Renegades.

They're tasked to help protect the man who is now the new face of the Unbounded, but the people out to kill him are relentless. Mari is forced to use every skill she has and push herself to the very limits of her abilities in order to keep them both alive.

The action was so fast-paced, I was turning pages as quickly as I could to keep up and see what happened! I really enjoyed this story and the entire Unbounded series so far.

You can buy your copy here for $3.49

Here's the back copy:

Guard, Protect, and Above All, Stay Alive

Two months after the announcement that rocked the entire world, Mari Jorgenson is going undercover to protect the man who has become the face of the Unbounded. What’s not to like? Expensive clothes, a great disguise, a chance to play with knives—and all with a Renegade partner she might just be falling for.

Mari can’t think of a better assignment for practicing her shifting ability. But when everything goes horribly wrong on the first day, it will take everything she has—and more—if she and her friends are to keep humanity’s best hope for peace alive long enough to unite the world. Along the way, Mari glimpses within herself a darkness that threatens to turn her into the very evil she is fighting.

Join Mari, Keene, Jace, Cort, and other Renegades from the main Unbounded series as Mari shifts through an adventure that will ultimately set the stage for the greatest and final battle with the Emporium.

Please note that Lethal Engagement is a novella, but it is 50% longer than the other two Unbounded novellas, the same size as many short novels. While it is separate from the main Unbounded series, the events take place in the Unbounded timeline after The Reckoning (Unbounded Book 4). As some of the events in book 4 are referenced, readers will better appreciate Lethal Engagement after reading The Reckoning.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day


Memorial Day Tribute 2015--Arlington--Trace Adkins




I hope you are having a peaceful Memorial Day with loved ones.  As someone who writes fictional military characters and has interviewed several amazing military men and women for research, my heart is especially tender on days like today. This video and song by Trace Adkins has TAPS at the end that was beautifully done, so have a tissue handy.

Thank you to those who have sacrificed. We will never forget.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Nearly Freebie Friday




Today's Nearly Freebie Friday is a romantic comedy, Jane and Austen, by Stephanie Fowers. I love Stephanie's books and am always thoroughly entertained. I'm so excited that this one is on sale for only .99 cents! I snapped it up and you should, too.

Here's the back copy:

Meet Jane and Austen. First there's Jane—an impractical, starry-eyed wedding planner; if love can’t match what she’s read in a book, she doesn’t want it. And then there’s Austen—a pragmatic, logical-to-a-fault financial consultant; even if he were interested in someone, he wouldn’t know.
The two have one thing in common: they can’t leave each other alone. Jane believes that if Austen could just experience a fairy tale romance, he would secretly love it. And Austen’s pretty sure that if one of Jane’s beloved heroes escaped from the pages of her dog-eared novels, she’d run and hide.

Both are about to be proven right.

When the rivals are called on to help a friend plan the biggest wedding of the year, an entire resort full of colorful wedding guests descends upon them—many sharing uncanny similarities to characters in a Jane Austen novel. It doesn’t take long before Jane gets everything she thinks she wants. After all, too much of a good thing can’t be all that bad, right?

But when Jane’s life turns upside down, the only one she can turn to is Austen; though he’s got his own troubles of the heart…and she's afraid that he's enjoying them more than he should.

Click here to download your copy for .99 cents!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cover Reveal and a $25 Giveaway!

I'm so excited to be participating in Rachelle Christensen's cover reveal for her new novel "Veils and Vengeance." I really enjoyed Diamonds Rings Are Deadly Things and am excited to read this one.  (And scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway!)  

Here it is!

*drum roll*



Veils and Vengeance

Isn't it great?

Here's the back copy:

When wedding planner, Adrielle Pyper, goes to Hawaii to orchestrate a destination wedding, she isn't prepared for what she finds. After the trauma of her previous event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns to murder when Adri discovers the body of a young woman. Shaken, but unable to let it go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she could imagine. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance.

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rachelle

Author Rachelle J. Christensen Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading. Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know. Her novella, Silver Cascade Secrets, was included in the RONE Award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.



$25 Cover Reveal Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 6/15/15 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com 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 and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Writer Goal Wednesday

photo credit: plnaugle via photopin cc 

Wow, this has been a crazy busy week for me. I have gotten a lot done, though! (Not many of the goals I'd set, however, LOL)

Here's what I did get done:



I put together a boxed set of my Canadian Spy series! You can click here to buy all three ebooks in one convenient set for $9.99

I had the interiors for Time Will Tell and Pocket Full of Posies redone and they look marvelous! I'm so happy with them.

I was approved for a Bookbub ad! YAY! There will be more information coming about that in the next couple of weeks.

I finished my revision of On the Edge! Double YAY! I can finally cross that one off.

I've been working with the narrator for Through Love's Trials in making corrections. Hopefully that process will all be done by this weekend and it will be available for sale soon!

I got a narrator for Falling Slowly! That novella should be coming to you in audio in the next six weeks!

So, lots of exclamation points for me this week and progress towards my goals.  It's nice to look back and see how far I've come by just taking babysteps every week.

My goals for next week are:

Approve the audio book for Through Love's Trials.
Work on my new novella.

Short and sweet.

How did you do on your goals this week? What do you want to set for next week?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What I've Been Doing With No Castle

I was sort of sad that there wasn't a new episode of Castle. That's my go-to Monday night guilty pleasure.  But I was not idle. Oh no. I was helping my husband repaint all the rooms on our main floor.

Although, I must admit, it hasn't been smooth sailing.  I broke a lamp my husband was using for light and accidentally stepped in his paint tray. Then I laughed uncontrollably while he tried to wipe the paint off my foot. It tickled so bad! Who knew I had such sensitive feet?

After that, he gave me the roller to paint with, I think because he thought I wouldn't make very many mistakes with a roller. But then the roller head fell off while I was standing on a chair and got paint on me and the floor. And then I accidentally touched the window screen with the roller and made a beautiful imprint. Yeah, painting isn't as easy as it looks.

I do have to say my husband was a really good sport about things.  And he's still letting me "help" today so I can't have been all bad, right?  But painting is definitely not my talent. That has become very clear to me in the last few days.

You know what else has become clear? How much fun my husband and I can still have together staying up late, listening to terrible Pandora stations while we paint, and laughing at silly things. But I won't be sad when we're all done painting. It's all going to look great! (Except for the screen. I don't think there's any coming back from that. Oops.)

What have you been doing instead of watching Castle?

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Cokeville Miracle Movie Review

I was invited to a screening of The Cokeville Miracle and I wasn't really sure what to expect. The movie description sounded pretty intense so I was intrigued.

"From T.C. Christensen comes The Cokeville Miracle, the remarkable true story of a town facing a terrible tragedy, and the Sheriff’s investigator who struggles with his faith as he gathers evidence that defies easy explanation. ... Cokeville Wyoming, a town of just over 500 people that sits near the Utah-Idaho border, is not known for much beyond it’s strong family values, but in 1986 Cokeville made national headlines when a madman and his wife entered the elementary school with guns and bomb. They gathered over 100 children and teachers into a small room, and made a demand: $200 million dollars for the lives of the children—but then the bomb went off…"

Here is the movie trailer so you really get the feel for what I  mean:




The first half of the movie was incredibly suspenseful.  I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, hoping the teachers would sense something was wrong, that someone would stop what was happening.  I didn't cry, though, until the phone calls started going out to the parents about what was happening to their children at the school since that would be my worst nightmare as a mother.

The second half of the movie was so emotional and touching.  This movie has a message that everyone should see and hear.  At my screening there were three survivors in attendance and it definitely brought a whole new dimension to my thoughts on what happened in Cokeville when I saw and heard what they personally had survived.

The Cokeville Miracle will be released nationwide on June 5th and it should be on your must-see movie list.  It's one you'll think about long after you've left the theater.

Click here for the official Cokeville Miracle webpage with more links and information on the movie.