Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book Review & $25 Giveaway!

I'm excited to be part of the blog tour for Traci Hunter Abramson's new romance, Chance for Home. It's a sweet romance and includes her characters Ben and Maya from her last book, Chances Are.

At first glance, this looks like another sports romance of a baseball star coming off a bad relationship, and using a "fake" girlfriend to distance himself from the stalkerish ex. But, while that is a fun part of the book, it delves so much deeper than that when the hero's mom suffers a medical emergency and everyone's true selves are revealed as they try to come to grips with how life changes for all of them after that.

I really liked Kari Evans, our heroine of the book. She's always up for pranks and quirky dates, but gone through a lot trying to find love and yet is still true to herself. She doesn't put on airs, does her best to help those around her, and makes a lot of mistakes. I thought she was relatable and felt so bad for her when things looked to be at their darkest. The road to love is always complicated and Kari's journey is full of twists and turns that she navigates while still trying to pursue her own dreams.

Ryan Strobel, third base for the Washington Nationals baseball team, has been looking for that one person who would love him for him and not for his job in the public eye and he thinks he might have found that with Kari. I like how he's taken aback by her innate goodness after his previous girlfriends and how he tries so hard to truly be in the relationship with Kari. Their obstacles to overcome are huge, however, and readers will be turning pages long into the night to see if they get their happily-ever-after!

You can download your copy here

Be sure to scroll all the way down and enter the giveaway!

Here's the back copy:

Beautiful pre-med student Kari Evans believes she’s found the man of her dreams—right up until the moment she discovers he’s a two-timing cheat. Desperately gathering the pieces of her broken heart, she realizes that what she needs most is space to reconsider her future. A summer in Washington, DC, with her professional baseball player brother, Ben, sounds like just the change of scene she’s after. But if complicated romantic entanglements are what she’s trying to escape, she’s out of luck. Ryan Strobel has had it with spotlight-seeking women.

As third baseman for the Washington Nationals, he’s dealt with more than his fair share of opportunistic admirers—but his ex-fiancĂ©e, Brandi, may be the worst. When the woman refuses to take no for an answer, Ryan’s teammate Ben offers a crazy solution: Ben’s sister will pose as Ryan’s new girlfriend. Though an unlikely pair, Ryan and Kari find themselves getting surprisingly comfortable with the charade. Soon, the line between fact and fiction is blurred, and the very real feelings that develop between the couple are undeniable. But when faced with the interference of conniving exes, family objections, and the reality of their very different lives, are Ryan and Kari destined to strike out in the game of love?

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Romance Freebie Today!

I have had the busiest day! After running around and getting a million things checked off my to do list, I am going to sit down and read a romance.

And since I noticed that Taylor Hart's book, Last Play, is free today, I thought I'd pass the deal along to you!

You can download your free Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

Roman Young, quarterback for the Dallas Destroyers, doesn't expect to get a gun shoved in his face by the beautiful red head, Katie Winters, when he arrives to sell the Inn he inherited from his uncle in Wolfe Creek, Utah. But, he's not surprised, either. It's the way his life has been lately. Just ask the tabloids that have happily reported his shattered knee, his wife's affair, and the car accident.

Unfortunately, Katie is wearing a wedding ring. Not that he noticed. He doesn't know why he doesn't tell her about the fact he's selling the Inn, even after she shoves a list of supply demands into his chest and rambles on and on about all the projects they have to do.

When he discovers her husband passed away a year ago, and her seven-year-old son asks him to come to dinner and movie night, things start to change. Or did they start to change when Katie took him sledding? Or when all he could think about was kissing her? Now he has to make a choice--keep ignoring the truth--or try one Last Play.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Review: An Unseen Angel

I'm excited to announce that Lauren B. will now be reviewing all the non-fiction on the blog. She's guest-blogged quite a bit in the past, and now she will be a regular feature! Today she is reviewing, An Unseen Angel by Alissa Parker.

When I first opened the book An Unseen Angel by Alissa Parker, I had no idea what to expect. I had heard of the Sandy Hook tragedy, but I was still young when it happened and didn’t realize all the details. This book brings the tragedy to life and what families went through as they faced many parents' greatest fear. However, Ms. Parker focuses on the beauty of her daughter's life and how friends, family, and the entire nation came together to show love in the darkest time of her life.

Even after reading the book, I still feel as though I don’t know much about the actual events at Sandy Hook. The author did not focus on what the shooter did or the terror her daughter faced that day---she put that part of the story into one chapter. The rest of the book talks about the author’s healing and how her daughter’s life helped others. Everything from some of the letters the family has received about how their daughter has inspired others, to them starting their own non-profit to make schools safer, this book focuses on hope, love and forgiveness. However, the author is also very real about how she felt about the shooter at the beginning of the book and her path that led to forgiveness.

My favorite part of the book was when the author mentioned at the beginning that the day her daughter died, she was trying to tell her mother about how the flowers on her wall were connected. “See, mom?” she said “they are all connected. Everything is connected.” Because of this simple statement, the mother was able to find hope. She is able to see that everything happens for a reason and that Heavenly Father will never leave us comfortless. There is a plan for everyone, and even though we may not see it at first, we have to trust. I love that this book causes so much self-reflection on your life now and how you will be when your own personal tragedies come, because surely they will. This book is a beautiful tribute to a little girl who did so much in six years, but also to a beautiful family who has stayed strong through so much and are willing to share their story.

Here's the back copy:

When Alissa Parker lost her daughter Emilie in the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, she started a life-changing journey to answer soul-searching questions about faith, hope, and healing. As she sought for the peace and comfort that could help mend her broken heart, she learned, step by step, how to open her heart to God’s grace and will.

One step brought her face to face with the shooter’s father, where in a pivotal and poignant meeting, she was given an opportunity to forgive. Another step brought her into the sheltering compassion of her community as family, friends, and even strangers reached out to buoy her up with their shared faith. And several miraculous manifestations of Emilie’s continued presence and influence lifted her heart and will validate the faith of every Christian.

The story of Alissa and Emilie reminds us that the bonds of love continue beyond this life and that despite tragedy and heartache, we can find strength in our family and our faith.

You can download your Kindle copy here

Friday, April 21, 2017

Freebie Friday!

Today I have THREE free books for you and one on sale. Woot!

The three free books are an inspirational historical fiction series called Daughters of His Kingdom by Amber Lynn Perry. I haven't read any of her books before, but some of my friends have and they've really enjoyed them. Looks like a fun weekend read!

Here's the back copy:

Boston, MA 1773: Shards of Eliza Campbell's life crash to the ground when she discovers a devastating secret: her father was a spy for the Sons of Liberty. Determined to uncover the truth, not even a marriage proposal from the dashing British Officer Samuel Martin can dissuade her. When rescued from British capture by handsome patriot Thomas Watson, Eliza discovers what her father risked his life for and yearns to know more. But will her budding attraction to this courageous patriot damage her already wounded heart?

After years of being blackmailed by Officer Martin, Thomas plans to start a new life in the small town of Sandwich. However, when his actions place Eliza and her sister in danger, he must act quickly to protect them from falling into enemy hands. If the three of them are discovered, their lives will never be the same. Now, not only must he protect Eliza, he must protect his heart from a love that is sure to wound him far greater than any British soldier ever could.

You can download your free book bundle here

If you love romantic comedy, I think you'll love Janette Rallison's How I Met Your Brother, which is on sale today for only .99 cents!

Here's the back copy:

The best day of his life, the worst day of hers.

Back in college, Marco Dawson never thought of Belle as anything more than a friend. If she had crossed his mind on his wedding day, it was probably only to wonder why she hadn’t shown up to be a bridesmaid. After all, his new wife was her old roommate. Seven years have passed since then, and Belle just found out that Marco is divorced and vacationing with his family in an elegant Cancun resort. She’s not about to let the right man get away twice. She heads to the resort where she plans to casually bump into Marco and ignite some romantic flames.

But Belle hadn’t planned on one thing: Flynn Dawson, Marco’s handsome, charming, and determined twin brother. He thinks Marco and his ex-wife can make amends and he’s not about to let Belle stand in the way.

Part Sabrina, part While You Were Sleeping, romantic comedy readers will eat this book up!

Download your sale Kindle copy here

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Fun School Visit Today!

photo credit: Global Partnership for Education - GPE Early childhood education in Nicaragua via photopin (license)

I was so happy today to be able to visit a third grade classroom! I got to talk about what it takes to be an author and interact with one of the most attentive and engaged classrooms I've ever seen. I love it when that happens!

One of the first things we talked about is how to exercise our imagination. We made up a story together, naming the hero and heroine (Mr. McChubbyFace and Felicity) who had a pet dragon named Thor, who were fighting Stinky the large troll on the other side of the forest that kills everything with his rancid breath. We were laughing really hard, but making up a fantastic story at the same time! The best part was seeing them all build on the basic plot. Thor isn't a regular dragon, he's actually an ice-breathing dragon who could freeze the stink. Or how Stink just wanted friends, but didn't know how to be a friend because of his smelly issues. Their imaginations were going a mile a minute and it was a wonder to see. I loved the excitement and energy in the class as we worked on the story together, and how it showed that one idea can build on another and if we can imagine it, we can write it!

We also talked about why we need to know spelling and grammar, what revising means, and how sometimes you have to be brave to show your stories to other people. But my second favorite part of the visit was when I passed out their little writer's toolkits I'd made for them. It was a little tote bag with a neon pencil, a mini-notebook, and a bookmark (leaving room for a book.) They were so excited and asked their teacher if they could start writing right away. It just made my heart melt a little to see how eager they were. I loved that! I wish I could bottle it up and take it out whenever I need a boost. It was definitely a sweet moment that I'm going to put in my Happiness File so I can always remember it.

I really love my job on days like today!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I just started reading an advanced copy of Nancy Campbell Allen's new book in the Proper Romance line, The Secret of the India Orchid. It is SO GOOD! I seriously have hardly been able to put it down all day and was barely able to get anything done! There's romance and intrigue and an incredible setting that you can get lost in. I'm loving this one and I can't wait to see how it all ends. Don't worry, I'll be sure to do a full review!

You can pre-order your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Anthony Blake is in love with his best friend's sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies-including his own-has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the facade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn't as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Win A Kindle Fire & 40 Mild Small Town Romances!

Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

I’ve teamed up with 40+ fantastic sweet to mild small town contemporary romances authors to give away a huge collection of novels to TWO lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize winner!

I know, I know, you never win anything, but maybe this is YOUR chance to win. It can't hurt to try and it's so easy to enter! Just click here